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Café de la Presse

Café de la Presse

French Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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    Michæl B.
    "Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world"(10 Tips)
    Jennifer R.
    "Croque Monsieur is delicious."(11 Tips)
    David S.
    "Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year."(8 Tips)
    Gigi A.
    "Best almond croissant I've had since leaving France."(4 Tips)
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  • Dens
    DensSeptember 13, 2016
    Dig this cafe. You can order to-go from the coffee bar tucked behind the bar. Also amazing magazine selection (mostly indie UK mags) -- soccer, bikes, wine, fashion -- worth checking out.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21, 2017
    A little slice of Paris right at the edge of Union Square and Chinatown. Come here to feel European and unwind over a bowl of French onion soup or a basket of fries. Read more
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic bistro ambience, perfectly executed French dishes, great wine and magazine selection: a great go-to stretch of the homeland in SF!
  • Aigerim N.
    Aigerim NAugust 17, 2014
    Amazing breakfasts, charming Parisian atmosphere, nice view of the Chinatown gate. Whatever you order, always get the almond croissant.
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    BrownFace DebsAugust 5, 2016
    Lovely atmosphere. Can't convenient as a stop off for breakfast early in morning and then catch the Big Bus from next door Triton Hotel. Cappuccino is good. Egg Benedict is good but not exceptional.
  • Michael O.
    Michael OudesJanuary 26, 2020
    the food was great and whatever you order you will not go wrong. the only thing that is killing the french “culture” is the way they serve Cognac. No proper glass and of course not pre-heated.
  • Polina P.
    Polina PolinaJanuary 22, 2015
    Yammy breakfast. One of the best latte in the city. The size is amazing. But the pastry bad. Even in a Starbucks pastry is better.
  • Teresa E.
    Teresa ElliottMay 16, 2013
    Go for the onion soup. Stay for the selection of aoc Provence wines. They have Whispering Angel rose - one of my top two favs. The baguette is also incredible here.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FengOctober 9, 2012
    Eggs Benedict w/ smoked salmon here is the best breakfast food I've had in a while. Unfortunately, got stereotyped as an Asian-who-doesn't-know-English by the staff, which didn't set me in a good mood
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    hkevinchuJanuary 2, 2015
    Food here is delicious. On this most recent visi, I had the Onglet (hanger steak, medium rare w/ bordelaise sauce & fries).
  • Divya M.heart icon on user image
    Divya MenonMarch 9, 2015
    Great place for breakfast! Ordered the pancakes and they were soft, fluffy, and pure heaven! ❤️
  • Manu W.heart icon on user image
    Manu WallnerMarch 12, 2017
    Awesome atmosphere. You really feel like you're sitting at a Café in France. Had the salmon bagel, it was delicious!
  • Martin S.
    Martin SahlbergMay 26, 2014
    Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tables by the bar best or outside on the curb. When in SF don't miss this!
  • Javier P.heart icon on user image
    Javier PascalSeptember 22, 2019
    The Benedict eggs were good, although the potatoes were missing something, the place is nice.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa ManganNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my new fav bfast place....the atmosphere is perfect, food is delicious and the service is on point!! It feels like ur hanging at a cafe in Paris!
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 25, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST MAGAZINE SELECTIONThe city's premier Parisian bistro and take in the dazzling selection of high-end magazines from around the globe... Read more
  • Jugoslav P.
    Jugoslav PetkovicJune 9, 2013
    Loved the Croque Madame! Rare to find the proper treatment with brioche, bechamel and gruyere in this town, so this is a great find.
  • Dia H.heart icon on user image
    Dia HaykalApril 5, 2018
    Great food, great service, with a great view. Try the chocolate croissant.
  • Madewell1937
    Madewell1937April 16, 2012
    Madewell's Denim Roadtrip will be on Grant Ave & Geary St. on 5/16/12 on between 12-7pm. Stop by for some very special surprises, including a styling station, a hair-braiding bar and a secret deal.
  • Mafe B.
    Mafe BrooksAugust 7, 2012
    The tarte tatin is my favorite, next to the profiteroles (very generous portion too. Great for sharing).
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    static_signalAugust 7, 2014
    The escargot are delicious, delicate and not chewy, and best of all come served in their shells, with escargot tongs and forks.
  • Tim P.heart icon on user image
    Tim PursellJuly 1, 2015
    Breakfast is better than dinner but dinner is good. Omelette are straight from Paris and the profiteroles are superbe.
  • Karen S.
    Karen SundtSeptember 29, 2018
    Try the Bloody Mary, taste great
  • Gilles P.heart icon on user image
    Gilles PoupardinApril 7, 2014
    Charming French cafe at the entrance of the Chinatown district. Lovely staff. Good feeling like at home.
  • Michæl B.heart icon on user image
    Michæl BrettAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My fav cafe/bar in SF. Loads of wines, good food and magazines from around the world
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MaurerApril 23, 2013
    The food and service was excellent. But don't try to get anything to go. They frown on that and will send you across the street to Starbucks (for obviously inferior food).
  • Alex B.heart icon on user image
    Alex BarthMay 30, 2017
    Come here for the Euro- style free coffee house read. Phenomenal magazine collection, good newspapers.
  • Carmen L.
    Carmen LaborinJanuary 21, 2012
    Love their coffee mugs ;) on the other side very sorry the tomato soup is gone and instead introduced a sweet butter squash... As for mail I'll stay with the Quiche Lorraine 'round the world tasting.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BuchananMarch 1, 2012
    Amazing service and great atmosphere. I personally didn't care for the parfait, but my girlfriend attested to its French authenticity. She loved the vanilla pancakes.
  • Greg M.heart icon on user image
    Greg MacDonaldJune 10, 2018
    Traditional bistro with tons of character, and actual, European unsalted butter.
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJune 23, 2016
    Cassoulet ou bouillabaisse ? Joking . Ice coffee near china town perfect for a break
  • Kendall T.heart icon on user image
    Kendall ThorntonSeptember 18, 2017
    It's a $5 croissant but the best I've had in the city so far
  • Mariianne C.
    Mariianne CraryDecember 27, 2014
    Great place to meet. Outside seating works well. Menu great. Have the right feel to it.
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RamseyJuly 2, 2012
    Love the atmosphere, food & magazines! No surprise - French onion soup is great. Fun to people watch from sidewalk seats or the bar.
  • Edward F.
    Edward ForteAugust 6, 2022
    Solid breakfast in front china town entrance
  • Santiago L.heart icon on user image
    Santiago LabarcaJuly 13, 2015
    Rabbitt leg is the best dish i have eated in my entere life
  • Desmond F.heart icon on user image
    Desmond FooMay 20, 2015
    I'd order one of the omelettes for breakfast, the oeufs en meurette was really small.
  • Tinne
    TinneFebruary 22, 2014
    Good food, friendly bar tender. Nice to chill out after shopping or wondering about town.
  • Jane F.heart icon on user image
    Jane FriedmanAugust 10, 2018
    An institution. I like it better for brunch/breakfast rather than dinner.
  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David StraussMay 18, 2014
    Most disappointing eggs Benedict I've had in year. Burnt toast. No hollandaise. Just poached eggs, toast, and potatoes.
  • Dany J.heart icon on user image
    Dany JaquierJuly 27, 2016
    Croissants are awesome... Like in Paris... And Orange juice look fresh
  • Eddie G.
    Eddie GenaoNovember 13, 2011
    Croissant sandwich with home fries absolutely delicious and a perfect portion and a Madeleine to top it all off
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhennerJune 11, 2017
    Best French Bistro Breakfast (magazine shop embedded!)
  • Ivan F.
    Ivan Fernandez LoboJuly 31, 2013
    Great place but service is getting worse. Sad thing when the supervisor dont put take good care of clients (on august 31, 2013 at 9:30am)
  • Kemp M.heart icon on user image
    Kemp MullaneyAugust 31, 2015
    The food is great but don't miss the bet cocktails.
  • Roxy A.heart icon on user image
    Roxy AMarch 24, 2018
    No WiFi...but the pinot noir and French onion soup are great
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 10, 2014
    Nice French style brunch spot. A little pricy for the food portion and quality.
  • William J.
    William JonesNovember 12, 2016
    Hair of the dog. Mimosa with that Eggs Benedict, 'pinky out' status. #fancy
  • herm p.heart icon on user image
    herm pugayNovember 9, 2014
    The desserts and sitting outside in the open air, watching people walking by.
  • Uwe Jens N.
    Uwe Jens NeumannJune 23, 2014
    Never been to a French café that doesn't serve baguette. But otherwise it's very French ... except the gate to China Town across Bush St.
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