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Epicenter Cafe

Epicenter Cafe

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop, Bakery, and Tea Room$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    They smear a hefty amount of cream cheese onto a bagel and top it with four strips of good bacon and chopped chives. Chase it with an espresso and our headache and shame are knocked into submission. Read more
  • Eric S.
    Great atmosphere, a little skimpy on the wifi for a pretty quiet place. They do have the best BLT in town next to The Grove. Finally somebody realizes that avocado does not make things better.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FengAugust 16, 2013
    Looks like a great place to get work done, but the mental institute next door tends to attract some questionable people walking around in front. Locally sourced coffee. No line at 8:30AM.
  • twilio
    twilioMarch 11, 2014
    During the day, grab the Chai Latte and get some work done at the window seat. Once happy hour arrives, they have some great brews on tap.
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FongNovember 27, 2015
    Cute little coffee shop, nice quiet atmosphere. Coffee/latte is pretty good. The people who work there don't seem to friendly or happy to be working there though.
  • Joycott
    JoycottDecember 2, 2013
    The coffee is amazing (get the Cubano), and the customers are too! Some of the friendliest and smartest people in the city hang out here.
  • Luis S.
    Luis SanzMarch 31, 2016
    Good coffee, wifi and friendly staff. A great place to get some work done.
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PatouchasAugust 10, 2014
    Has this nice independently run feeling. Not the same hipsterism as say in Blue Bottle, but more rustic/unpolished. The coffee is very tasty indeed.
  • Claire L.
    Claire LeeJune 7, 2013
    The playlist right now is fantastic. Gotta admit.. this pump-up music and the cool tech guys to my left are better fuel for productivity than any cup of joe
  • Robyn E.
    Robyn EckersleyMay 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is really great, staff is really nice, coffee just doesn't cut it though. But do try the poached eggs :)
  • Nichole A.
    Nichole AlbrightJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their americanos are the best I've had in the city. Also try the chicken pesto panini. I come here way too often..
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OAugust 11, 2013
    Now serving Chromatic Coffee beans from San Jose. French press on tap is great to go.
  • Fast Company
    Fast CompanyFebruary 14, 2011
    Nestle into a comfy couch at this techie hangout, and you might overhear the next Twitter being born. While you’re at it, order the lamb sliders--they're not a house specialty for nothing.
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RigotJanuary 14, 2014
    It's annoying but kinda fair that they give you tickets every 2 hours to get wifi, and you have to buy something to get it; but it's unforgivable that they switch to 1-hour tickets when it's full.
  • Mehul K.
    Mehul KarMarch 5, 2016
    Always a good place to hangout for a bit. Nothing special about the food or coffee as far as I can tell, but they have a nice couch.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 29, 2016
    Feels like a college cafe where you can stay there and study or work all day. But their latte lacks body and tastes very watery.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you get the cheese melt, be sure to request no goat cheese as they might otherwise put some in it.
  • arash m.
    arash mOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing lamb sliders, fantastic espresso drinks, & nice friendly employees.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichAugust 27, 2014
    The bacon bagel is very tasty and their selection of teas is fantastic.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    This café uses beans from Barefoot Coffee Roasters and also has outstanding small plates like a crab salad bruschetta.
  • Katie Z.
    Katie ZecharAugust 5, 2015
    You'll need a wifi code for EACH device. You can't use a code for your phone and computer.
  • Edward S.
    Edward SanchezFebruary 19, 2010
    Great cafe with very nice staff.Shame about the music - bit too rocky for my liking - I prefer the starbucks collection of oldies.Good wifi!Not many vegan options but a few that can be made vega
  • Richard G.
    Richard GarciaMarch 6, 2015
    Always buy my morning coffee on the way to work here. Really good. Cappuccino and Cubano are pretty good.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GrazioliFebruary 12, 2014
    Pretty upbeat but pretty solid coffee and awesome service.
  • Nichole A.
    Nichole AlbrightOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Americano is great- quality espresso beans. Quite a relief from most places in town. :)
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)February 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Soy Latte - Barefoot Coffee and my tenth free one -- what's not to love?
  • Robert R.
    Robert ReizNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Hacker Space. Good WiFi and good food. I like to work here.
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweAugust 20, 2014
    Great spot to work. Free wifi (2 hours) and lots of outlets. Coffee isn't great, but it's decent.
  • Chelsea O.
    Chelsea OtakanJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good food for a small-ish coffee house. The soups are awesome.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RobinsonNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    All the food is good. Chicken pesto sandwich, pulled pork, lamb sliders, pizzas
  • Rene P.
    Rene PinnellApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the best coffee shop in SF if you want to work. Free wifi and lots of outlets.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 19, 2015
    Awesome breakfast bagel(sandwich) and green tea
  • Motohiro T.
    Motohiro TakayamaMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's rarely ready at 7:30am in weekdays though posted to be open at that time. Come later.
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)December 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Lamb Kebab - with yogurt, chutney & rice. God must be Turkish!
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch of Chicken Pesto. Side Salad. Dinner of Sliders Side Salad. Key to the creation of http://letsdrinktonight.com
  • Antone J.
    Antone JohnsonMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The pulled pork sliders ROCK. Get with side salad included in price.
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Part of 'Hang Local' was built on the couch. Have a seat and Google search 'Hang Local' to learn more.
  • Giovanni Walter V.
    Giovanni Walter VatieriDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    great music selection, staff very friendly (cute the blond girl) and good food! must go!
  • Boris 🌐 v.
    Boris 🌐 van HoytemaJanuary 3, 2015
    Great for working, good wifi, relaxed atmosphere
  • Simon F.
    Simon Favreau-LessardMay 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Your coworkers want to go on a coffee run? Convince them to come here and get a beer instead!
  • Maja P.
    Maja PetkovicSeptember 21, 2014
    Chilled, cool cafe with nice coffee.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee, draft beer, tasty food, wifi and power.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SolomonOctober 15, 2015
    Nothing is really good here. I ordered a milkshake that looked (and tasted) like wet sand. The employees are super rude (they forgot my order and were pissed when I asked about it).
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome Cubano espressos and friendly staff!
  • Sara W.
    Sara WeedSeptember 15, 2013
    The veggie Banh Mi was really damn good!
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaAugust 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are lucky you will have fresh squeezed orange juice.
  • Alexander K.
    Alexander KhadiwalaFebruary 28, 2013
    Just had the mixed green salad with chicken. Large portion and delicious.
  • Crew
    CrewDecember 4, 2014
    Plugs everywhere. Free Wi-Fi. Code gives 2 hours (but you can get new codes when your time runs out). Read more
  • Henry S.
    Henry SchwimmerJanuary 22, 2013
    Get a Rip van Wafel and dunk it in your coffee. BOOM. Life changed.
  • Song Z.
    Song ZhengNovember 25, 2013
    A good ol mocha goes a long way! So sweet.
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesMay 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to grab a beer if you've already had too much coffee today.
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueJuly 15, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    the cubano. the best chocolate croissants in SF, period. tuesday $10 beer flights that rock w/a roulette pairing of foodz. VERY geek friendly. and no attitude. total win.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BrownJune 16, 2014
    Baristas are incredibly friendly here. Chat up Deirdre and Mark.
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJune 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cafe cubano is a great treat. They will even make it iced Americano style.
  • Stéphane R.
    Stéphane RangayaJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    wifi is limited to one hour and you can only activate one device. so if you're coming with an ipad and your computer, that's not the right place.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongJanuary 10, 2014
    Chai here is amazing. Unsweetened and locally brewed.
  • Charlotte L.
    Charlotte LJanuary 3, 2015
    2 hours of free wifi per purchase. Nice tea, interesting music choices...
  • Tom B.
    Tom BrownJune 16, 2014
    Don't listen to what others say about the breakfast bagel. It's amazing.
  • Samir G.
    Samir GupteMarch 9, 2011
    Fast wifi and great food. Can't really ask for much more.
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KammererNovember 8, 2013
    Disappointed by the breakfast sandwich, but maybe that's bc I just moved from NYC and am used to the best...
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GreerOctober 8, 2011
    The cubano is made with 100 percent pure awesomeness. Soooo good.
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cubano. Or better yet drink one and then get another. Will have a sweet caffeine buzz.
  • Shaherose C.
    Shaherose CharaniaMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best espresso and chai in the city!
  • Gregarious N.
    Gregarious NarainSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb sliders are amazing! Try them!!
  • Linh P.
    Linh PhanNovember 24, 2014
    How much time you get on WiFi is based on how much you spend. For example, you get 1 hour if you spend $10 or less. Better than cafes with no WiFi at all!
  • Jay P.
    Jay PhillipsOctober 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Their hummus sandwich is fully vegan and their other "veggie" sandwich can be made vegan. They don't always have their (homemade) hummus though!
  • Nicole E.
    Nicole ElizabethAugust 28, 2014
    They have 2 hour wifi codes with a purchase.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 21, 2014
    Wifi is limited to one hour, but you get a new code with each purchase.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TsangSeptember 26, 2014
    Niçoise salad is solid. Get it.
  • Inderpreet S.
    Inderpreet SinghFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place to work, but internet is just too slow sometimes.
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)October 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Lamb Sliders - zomg - perfect
  • d f.
    d felesSeptember 18, 2014
    nice wifi. nice coffe. nice.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BMay 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try a bagel! Always fresh and REAL NY style!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MartinOctober 25, 2014
    Comfortable coffee shop to get some work done
  • Adam T.
    Adam ThorsonJanuary 9, 2016
    Decent coffee and good deserts. 2hr WiFi
  • Adam C.
    Adam CareyNovember 18, 2009
    They have Strongbow in bottles - one of my favorite ciders from my home in England. Happy hour at 4 p.m.
  • Micha H.
    Micha Hernandez van LeuffenSeptember 27, 2014
    Meatball sandwich is the best
  • CD D.
    CD DangculosAugust 17, 2014
    Comfy Couches and Pretty Vanilla Lattes!
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)June 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Soy Latte - another Barefoot Coffee yummy one
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy FungMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The cheese cake here is the best I've had in my life
  • Yael T.
    Yael TygielJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Add bacon to the Mac n Chz at no extra charge!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MirandaAugust 7, 2014
    Cappuccino. Salads. Pulled pork sandwich.
  • Asher Y.
    Asher YanichJune 24, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    I hadn't been here in 3 years and just came back, new owners, burnt coffee, better coffee nearby.
  • Ajay
    AjayApril 23, 2013
    Good pit stop when your car's being repaired nearby
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)May 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Soy Latte - no foam - what else?
  • Anita C.
    Anita CSeptember 17, 2012
    Marin Sun Farms meats and produce from farmers markets.
  • Noam "N.G." G.
    Noam "N.G." GordonNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The gibraltar coffee is very unique.
  • Diane T.
    Diane Tate (Bisgeier)October 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Soy Latte - Lord I need a drink
  • Ian H.
    Ian HunterJune 29, 2013
    The food here is pretty terrible. Just come for the atmosphere and wifi.
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Kitchen closes at 7pm. Wifi is good for two hours.
  • Takeshi 🍜 O.
    Takeshi 🍜 OhishiMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Chai Latte, Small, Less Sweet!
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink two cubanos and enjoy the sweet sweet caffeine buzz.
  • Ficus K.
    Ficus KirkpatrickSeptember 20, 2014
    Chromatic coffee in SF! Yes!
  • Dylan L.
    Dylan LaceySeptember 10, 2013
    These guys make a rad Flat White!
  • Marinell
    MarinellNovember 2, 2012
    Perfect for a quick coffee to-go
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    order a small coffee and a green salad for just $5! Read more
  • Oleg Z.
    Oleg ZhogloJanuary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great loose leaf teas
  • Chris P.
    Chris PelosiMay 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Cubano in the city
  • Nichole A.
    Nichole AlbrightOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their coffee is good enough to drink black and I hate my coffers black.
  • Vi T.
    Vi TranAugust 7, 2014
    Good coffee + free wifi
  • Andreas S.
    Andreas SchreiberApril 5, 2015
    Schöner Ort zum Kaffee trinken, Essen und Arbeiten. Gibt freies WLAN das hinreichend schnell ist.
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