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The Summit

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Café$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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  • marky
    markyJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Order a Three Africans au lait, short on the milk. I usually ask for it in a to-go cup (stays hot longer). Leave 2-3 inches of room and top off with steamed straus organic milk. Add sugar. Perfection!
  • Spoondate
    SpoondateDecember 21, 2010
    Not ready for a dinner date yet? Meet for a pressure-free lunch at The Summit. Try the hot pork or the 28 hr short rib sandwich. Hydrate with an Apple Dapple. Tell Desi (the owner) we sent you :)
  • Andre G.
    Andre GarrigoSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down, the Mission is the nicest/coolest/funest place in all of SF. The Summit – AKA i/o ventures – is the Mission's best coffee spot. Hands down.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon ClarkOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food. Fantastic coffee and other beverages. New mission tech geek/startup space. Power outlets a bit scarce so be prepared, share bring fully charged devices. Open until 2am!
  • Shane V.
    Shane VitriolFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Refreshing to find a coffee shop that has locally sourced healthy food. Love the Hot Pork sandwich with no bread and extra greens. Sausage and Grits rocks too.
  • marky
    markyDecember 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    my go-to drink at the summit when i'm not drinking blue bottle is the robert palmer: 1/2 victorian lemonade + 1/2 iced lychee black tea... simply irresistible!
  • sparklemotion
    sparklemotionSeptember 15, 2011
    Excellent coffee, food, atmosphere. Only drawback is that the backless chairs make it difficult to sit and work for long periods. But maybe that's the point?
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST FREE OFFICEGo straight to the Summit (open till midnight Tues-Sun) & wind up procrastinating with Mac-owning, card-carrying, start-up junkies… Read more
  • M.
    M.October 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Full of startup people and open relatively late at night. If you're working on a laptop, bring a power strip as the outlet availability is quite limited.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestJanuary 25, 2012
    Psst...we see you eyeing that hot techy music geek over there. Impress both geek sides by using me as an icebreaker. And then invite us to the wedding
  • Alex G.
    Alex GlowaskiDecember 12, 2011
    Cash-only, so know your level beforehand... The register area is very dim at night, making it an extra challenge!
  • savoryexposure.com
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    For a refreshing coffee drink that's a break from the norm, try Summit's Cold Infusuion coffee. It's akin to a chai with coffee instead of tea
  • David N.
    David NoëlMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav is the Iced Lemon Ginger Tea. Also, @photojojo is right next door and @superamit is - well- super.
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaSeptember 17, 2011
    Best work cafe in SF and excellent desserts. Also, get the green tea matcha shake.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoyJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    All their teas are good and they know how to steep. Great turkey sandwich, excellent seating. Read more
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HoodMarch 31, 2011
    They are running a promo for the next two weeks: get a $10 gift card if you sign up two neighbors for Blockboard, a new neighborhood app for the Mission. Invite code for the app is UTZN.
  • savoryexposure.com
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Looking for a creative libation without the booze? The Summit's your place. Check the menu for their latest creations.
  • Mbwana A.
    Mbwana AlliyNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do you come here often? Do you want to save money? Use your phone to pay and save up to $15 with prepay http://itunes.apple.com/app/id427898230?TA
  • Steve J.
    Steve JangJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the raspberry cooler when it's hot out. The jasmine pearl tea, when it's cold.
  • Andriana (.
    Check out their Library Program, grab a cup of Blue Bottle and kick it on one of their couches. Rad spot.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    be aware that their iced coffee comes with spices and milk by default - if you want a classic iced coffee, order an iced americano instead.
  • dopre d.
    dopre dopreMay 19, 2011
    Yes. This place is great if you are rock star-well funded by an angel investor - startup - revolutionary social next thing - greedy - pretentious- douche - hipster with ironic detachment from reality
  • Andre G.
    Andre GarrigoSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Open until midnight Monday thru Saturday. On Sundays they close at 10pm
  • David O.
    David OrtizMay 14, 2011
    Great, bustling atmosphere - quintessential SF, good cappuccino.
  • Josh D.
    Josh DeedenDecember 4, 2011
    The counter chick (white girl w/ short brown hair and misshapen face) isn't super friendly.
  • Greggio D.
    Greggio DNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the door on a cold day and give the hairy eyeball to the oblivious morons who leave the door open. Yeah, you.
  • Antone J.
    Antone JohnsonOctober 26, 2010
    Top 15 essential resources for early stage entrepreneurs, from an OG MySpace lawyer (hi Aber!) - http://bll.la/9n + VC term sheet generator http://bll.la/55. Go forth and conquer, young geek!
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WildMay 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come fully charged because (A) you won't want to leave and (B) the outlets are rare
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They now serve beer and wine, the perfect solution to startup frustration.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeatingMay 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $5.40 ham n cheese croissant from Nash Baker is actually worth it.
  • Peter P.
    Peter PattersonMay 13, 2011
    The chocolate croissant is amazing, dense and delicious
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A cafe populated by hackers and startup folks. In the same space with i/o ventures.
  • Alicia C.
    Alicia ChoDecember 8, 2011
    make sure to bring some cash. Its cash only!
  • mistermedici
    mistermediciAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the Palo Alto startup coffee shop scene - recreated well. Read more
  • Enrick B.
    Enrick BuiNovember 18, 2011
    Cool outdoor spot to chill with ur best friend(dog)
  • matt h.
    matt hunterAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best internet cafe in SF (err.. do people still call places internet cafes?)
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    order a double espresso, only $2.71 as of 2011-226 and it's pretty hard for them to screw up. Read more
  • savoryexposure.com
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Power outlets at Mission coffee shops are an endangered species. Poke around and power up.
  • marky
    markyJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    at The Summit, YOU are the DJ! jump on "I/O Ventures (Public)" wifi, go to http://beatlist.com/thesummitsf, pick songs!
  • Derek C.
    Derek CollinsMarch 25, 2011
    You can find crazy fast wifi here, but there are very few power outlets.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to get work done in the mission.
  • Gus D.
    Gus DurdenSeptember 23, 2011
    Great to drink a lot of coffee and work hard!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilsonJanuary 11, 2011
    Gotta get the ice coffee, it's like the devils secret juice Read more
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi network is Monkeybrain.net. No password needed. Free the Net also available.
  • CJ
    CJJune 11, 2011
    Root beer float with humphreslocombe ice cream. DO IT.
  • Scott S.
    Scott San FilippoJanuary 18, 2011
    Do not enter without a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Blue Bottle served here.
  • Guðmundur S.
    best café on this street
  • Sam H.
    Sam HoOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot pork sandwich is delish! Read more
  • Grub Crawl
    Grub CrawlFebruary 25, 2011
    Get some coffee and meet a co/founder! www.grubcrawl.com
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiMay 17, 2011
    Get the matcha soy shake. Yum!
  • Max E.
    Max ElmanMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can control the music online! Read more
  • Brittany F.
    Brittany ForksOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Plugs are here you just have to hunt for them.
  • Lily
    LilyNovember 16, 2010
    Soy Matcha Shake for the win.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MendietaOctober 17, 2011
    Wow, a place to study that doesn't play crappy music.
  • Jon R.
    Jon RomeroMay 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    busyfounder.com favorite working place!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Hot Pork Sandwich
  • June L.
    June LinNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great late night spot.
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CADecember 6, 2011
    Climb to the Summit...
  • Apostolos P.
    Apostolos PapadopoulosNovember 8, 2011
    Free wifi from I/o ventures
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BownsJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the affogato.
  • Lehua H.
    Lehua Hoopai SparrowFebruary 5, 2011
    Coffee cake-get the coffee cake.
  • Owen G.
    Owen GeronimoOctober 17, 2011
    Techies & burgers.
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DavidDecember 13, 2011
    The toilet seats cause hemorrhoids
  • Desi D.
    Desi DangananFebruary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Duck confit sandwich
  • Hiten P.
    Hiten ParmarMarch 23, 2011
    Read the vintage magazines!
  • Andrew Z.
    Andrew ZimmerAugust 1, 2011
    Good luck finding power Read more
  • Nathaniel W.
    Nathaniel WhittemoreOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    New hot spot and hangout for SF startups
  • June L.
    June LinOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Iced coffee here is bomb
  • Rod B.
    Rod BegbieDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the burger and ask for the secret sauce!
  • Rohit G.
    Rohit GuptaOctober 13, 2010
    Root beer on tap!
  • Todd T.
    Todd TateMarch 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee and www.sayladobro.com
  • Sahadeva H.
    Sahadeva HammariOctober 23, 2010
    Pass on the hot chocolate.
  • Amit G.
    Amit GuptaOctober 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Photojojo fan? We're right next door at 766 valencia. Buzz up and say hi!
  • Owen G.
    Owen GeronimoMarch 28, 2011
    THANKS Desi !!! Read more
  • Martin H.
    Martin HeckoNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lame. They raised prices and don't accept credit ads anymore. Not impressed.
  • Owen G.
    Owen GeronimoMarch 28, 2011
    Thanks Desi/ Read more
  • Maria L.
    Maria LambertJune 6, 2011
    Don't get the mochas. Tastes like they used Hershey's syrup.
  • Blake E.
    Blake EngelJuly 28, 2011
    Don't get the ginger beer. It smells gross and is just weak.
  • S
    SOctober 6, 2010
    wifi here sucks!
  • Mario 4.
    Mario 4sqFebruary 12, 2011
    Dicono che qui nascano start-up. Guardatevi intorno!L' Hot Pork Sandwich è veramente da provare, ricorda un panino con la porchetta nostrana....
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