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Darwin Cafe

Darwin Cafe

Café, American Restaurant, and Coffee Shop$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • Patrick C.
    Patrick Crane3 days ago
    Amazing Kale Salad
  • Michael G.
    nutella + mascarpone baguette is amazing dessert for 2
    Upvoted May 17
  • June P.
    June ParinaMarch 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad
  • Maya S.
    The kale salad is a green, leafy mountain topped with snowy Parmesan goodness and speckled w/ fried prosciutto <3
  • James H.
    James HMarch 7
    Roast beef is like some whole new sandwich you've never had. Pillowy meat, smoky cheese.
  • Mehul K.
    Mehul KarJanuary 24
    The people behind the counter all seemed angry and unhappy with their jobs--I was scared to ask for anything.
  • Miwa N.
    Miwa Nagamitsu AhlstromDecember 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Their kale salad is to die for!!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 27, 2016
    Late afternoon salad-y lunch to avoid the crowds.
  • Ceasar B.
    Ceasar BautistaDecember 16, 2016
    Undeniably flavorful sandwiches, but at $12 it's a little painful to buy.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BergDecember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The kale salad is monstrous!
  • Abbey K.
    Abbey KeckSeptember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cinnamon toast (on challah bread) or the croissant with homemade jam. Both are great for brunch.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 26, 2016
    Go in the morning and treat yourself to a baguette with butter and prosciutto before work.
  • Keyue B.
    Keyue BaoJuly 24, 2016
    Bit on the pricier side but well worth it, fresh salad with seasonal fruit is really refreshing and the sandwich is very balanced
  • Drew T.
    Drew ThomasJuly 1, 2016
    The roast beef sandwich is out of this world. Prepare to wait if you go around lunch.
  • Dominic R.
    Dominic RiosJune 12, 2016
    Menu changes frequently but you can't go wrong with any selection!
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    One of my favorite weekend breakfast spots, but I typically come here to draw and read solo. That can change though, and I never come here as much as I'd like to :)
  • David X.
    David XuMay 10, 2016
    A+ eggs benedict, the salads also look amazing
  • Ashlyn A.
    Ashlyn AiuMay 6, 2016
    All the warm sandwiches here are awesome. A little expensive, but the food is great.
  • Amber L.
    Amber LutskoApril 25, 2016
    Wonderful food, beautiful patio space, delicious coffee
  • Clare
    ClareApril 16, 2016
    Tiny but the challah toast is excellent (and enough to share!)
  • Maya G.
    Maya GeleroffMarch 25, 2016
    kale salad is killer
  • Jane R.
    Jane RadstromMarch 19, 2016
    The cottage cheese with fruit, honey and balsamic is better than your average yogurt parfait and soo filling. Salads are also great.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerMarch 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch is amazing here, grab a baguette and sip a coffee mmmmmm so good!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJanuary 10, 2016
    Fantastic roast beef sandwich. It's a small place, but they do have a few seats outside as well.
  • Derek .
    Derek 🐐🐙December 17, 2015
    Warning: salads are weak on the protein.
  • Rachel
    RachelNovember 11, 2015
    A charming little place in a quiet SOMA street, Darwin serves delicious sandwiches and salads. Get your order to go at peak time or come a little later and sample a glass of wine with your kale.
  • Stacey
    StaceyNovember 11, 2015
    Amazing kale salad. Go during off hours.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CoxNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the kale salad and an affogato.
  • Makisa H.
    Makisa HoangOctober 18, 2015
    Stopped by on a Sunday after 10:30am and it was closed. Maybe call ahead if you are trekking over on a weekend.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MowOctober 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great brunch and sandwiches! And great service!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteinOctober 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Kale prosciutto salad
  • John G.
    John GelbiusAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before noon to avoid the lunch rush. If you come after 2pm, there might not be a line, but they will probably run out of some of the best sandwiches and salads.
  • Liz F.
    Liz FallAugust 27, 2015
    I love their baguette sandwiches.
  • Tim E.
    Tim EricksonAugust 18, 2015
    All their sandwiches. Bonus: they come with a small delicious salad
  • Katie M.
    Katie MuiAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    You can ask for double meat (prosciutto!) when you get the kale salad.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HodelAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth the wait in line
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoAugust 10, 2015
    Pretty good coffee, but lunch lines are long
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJuly 6, 2015
    Delicious salads and sandwiches. Super long lunch line so get here early to skip it somewhat. The kale salad is pretty popular. The turkey and prosciutto sandwich is bomb.
  • Julia Q.
    Julia QiuJune 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee's mediocre, but the food is simple and delicious. Prosciutto butter baguette is like an Italian jambon beurre, and yes the kale salad is that good.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMay 16, 2015
    Excellent sandwiches with great ingredients. Also,the OG kale salad.
  • Dirk G.
    Dirk GadsdenMay 1, 2015
    Love the food and the coffee; line may be quite long if you come at a busy time and there's limited seating.
  • Angel F.
    Angel FuMarch 30, 2015
    Love the shrimp salad sandwich!
  • Robert F.
    Robert FruchtmanMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The toasted challah is so good, you'll see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WeidnerMarch 22, 2015
    Kale salad with poached eggs!
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidMarch 10, 2015
    Insanely delicious sandwiches. Great spot for a casual lunch.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tiny place, long lunch lines (don't worry, they move fast), superb sandwiches with creative (not pretentious) ingredients. A nice change for lunch. Wish there were more seating!
  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 19, 2015
    We’ve never met a sandwich at this pocket-sized SOMA cafe that we haven’t liked. What’s so good? The ingredients are top notch, the flavors perfectly balanced, and, oh yeah, they’re stacked. Read more
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroFebruary 4, 2015
    Great sandwiches and good portions. Also it comes with salad. The place it's small and slightly crowed at lunch time.
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PoppelJanuary 26, 2015
    Hot Pastrami. This special isn't always on the menu. Dijon mustard, sweet onion, pickles, Thousand Island dressing and swiss.
  • Austin R.
    Austin RheeJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Roast beef is fav.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BenjaminJanuary 9, 2015
    Everything.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanDecember 30, 2014
    Amazing hot sandwiches. So good.
  • Liza S.
    Liza SperlingDecember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad with parmesan and prosciutto.
  • Dillon F.
    Dillon FerdinandiDecember 19, 2014
    Awesome sandwiches and salads, just make sure to go early to beat the lunch crowds.
  • c0uP
    c0uPDecember 9, 2014
    The ever-changing selection of salads are consistently great!
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChenNovember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The sandwiches here are world class amazing. Plus, I love that they only charge $1.50 for their Mexican cokes.
  • Marc N.
    Marc NijdamNovember 9, 2014
    Hot croissants and biscuits with clotted cream and jam
  • ELY の.
    ELY のりOctober 24, 2014
    KALE SALAD + PASTRAMI SAMMIE (RC Provisions meat)
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergOctober 23, 2014
    Roast beef sandwich or kale salad
  • Grantland C.
    Grantland ChewOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best sandwiches in SF! Go early to skip the lines and watch put if you're going late because they sometimes run out of bread!
  • D O.
    D OOctober 21, 2014
    Super nice service and pretty good food.
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiOctober 16, 2014
    You can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches here.
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrinhSeptember 21, 2014
    Kale salad
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 19, 2014
    Get the Turkish Breakfast: All you need with this fresh spread of tomatoes, figs and cheese paired with toasted sourdough, jam, honey and a hard-boiled egg, is some thick Turkish coffee. Read more
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The roast beef sandwich & kale salad are my go-to items. The sandwich comes with a freshly made salad with seasonal fruit. I recommend getting there around 11:30am before the line gets too long.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad is unbelievably good, even if you don't usually like kale or salad.
  • Garrett L.
    Garrett LangleySeptember 9, 2014
    Kale salad for the win
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 3, 2014
    Great sandwiches and drinks. Tight on space, though.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HitchAugust 30, 2014
    All we had was coffee, but we also got invited to a house show.
  • Ami W.
    Ami WangAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    the kale salad is absolutely amazing - the prosciutto and aged balsamic combo is killer
  • Cleo Y.
    Cleo YoungAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Menu changes every 2 weeks. Kale salad and turkey sandwich are reliably excellent. The baguettes are also really good.
  • Scott O.
    Scott OwadesAugust 26, 2014
    Sandwich came with a delicious side salad. Getting a big salad next time- they look awesome.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MayoAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    They are open for brunch on Saturday 10 am - 2 pm!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Roast beef sandwich to go with a delicious salad
  • Vic B.
    Vic BAugust 14, 2014
    Good food makes excellent healthy salads and sandwiches
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Great weekday breakfast option in soma. Say hi to john as he makes your coffee :)
  • Joe C.
    Joe ConnorsAugust 8, 2014
    A bit pricey, but great sandwiches
  • Joe 🐘 L.
    Joe 🐘 LencioniAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The baguettes are delicious and also a great value.
  • Bryson W.
    Bryson WebsterAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing sandwiches.
  • Felix S.
    Felix SargentAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent sandwiches.
  • xvrl
    xvrlAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The baguettes are a great deal
  • Carla C.
    Carla ClarkAugust 6, 2014
    Kale salad + Prosciutto baguette!!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 1, 2014
    Very popular lunch spot for people who work nearby. The kale salad is worth the wait.
  • Renganathan R.
    Great salads and the curry cauliflower sandwich was total yum. Have to go light on the cheese next time.
  • Adriano C.
    Adriano CastroJuly 31, 2014
    Great sandwiches but the coffee can be disappointing at times. For a better and more consistent caffeine fix, walk up the road to Cento.
  • Erica
    EricaJuly 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    All of their ingredients are fresh! Menu changes every 2 weeks or so!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only for less than $5. Great arugula salad with the sandos.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HsiaoMay 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad is the best
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HemingtonMay 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad!
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanMay 5, 2014
    Amazing Kale salads
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MitroffFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lines are long, but the baguette sandwiches and kale salad are worth it.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuJanuary 31, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Kale salad is okay but try any salad that has smoked chicken in it!
  • David D.
    David DeathJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the lines and come late. 2 or later is prime.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SnyderJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kale salad + baguettes. Enough said.
  • David B.
    David BakerJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    All the salads are great.
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana UJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and hidden cafe. Sometimes they take their time so not great if you're in a rush.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerJanuary 4, 2014
    The kale salad is everything kale should be. The turkey sandwich is also delightful.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DemmonsDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early or wait in a longggg line!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FallsNovember 8, 2013
    Kale salad with prosciutto: baller.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BainOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite place in SF for lunch. Big lines between 11:30 and 1:30 but worth it. Everything is good.
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