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Darwin Cafe

Darwin Cafe

Café, American Restaurant, and Coffee Shop$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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    "Go with a friend and split a kale salad and a roast beef sandy."(46 Tips)
    "Roast beef sandwich to go with a delicious salad"(14 Tips)
    Robert Tolar H.
    "Amaze prosciutto and butter baguettes"(4 Tips)
    Sherry L.
    "Super long lunch line so get here early to skip it somewhat."(4 Tips)
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  • kale salad
  • sandwiches
  • coffee
  • trendy
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanyMay 9, 2013
    Go with a friend and split a kale salad and a roast beef sandy. They both are phenomenal! I typically don't love kale due to the bitterness but this one was so so good. #somuchmeat
  • David M.heart icon on user image
    David Muro IIJanuary 1, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The roast beef sandwich is amazing, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • 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.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McBrideSeptember 13, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    The sandwiches are to die for! Menu changes monthly based on what's fresh. Come before 12 or after 1 for a smaller line. Great lunch spot 😍
  • 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
  • Maya S.heart icon on user image
    Maya ShanmugamMarch 7, 2017
    The kale salad is a green, leafy mountain topped with snowy Parmesan goodness and speckled w/ fried prosciutto <3
  • 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
  • Rachelheart icon on user image
    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.
  • James H.heart icon on user image
    James HMarch 7, 2017
    Roast beef is like some whole new sandwich you've never had. Pillowy meat, smoky cheese.
  • Drew T.heart icon on user image
    Drew ThomasJuly 1, 2016
    The roast beef sandwich is out of this world. Prepare to wait if you go around lunch.
  • Keyue B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Luis C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kyle B.heart icon on user image
    Kyle BrazilJanuary 20, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Salads and sandwiches are all pretty great. Long lines during lunch but they move quickly and staff is super friendly.
  • 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.
  • Irene M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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 :)
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyAugust 1, 2014
    Very popular lunch spot for people who work nearby. The kale salad is worth the wait.
  • Nathan
    NathanJanuary 10, 2016
    Fantastic roast beef sandwich. It's a small place, but they do have a few seats outside as well.
  • Agatha Y.heart icon on user image
    Agatha YuAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Great weekday breakfast option in soma. Say hi to john as he makes your coffee :)
  • Jane R.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Tim E.heart icon on user image
    Tim EricksonAugust 18, 2015
    All their sandwiches. Bonus: they come with a small delicious salad
  • Grantlandheart icon on user image
    GrantlandOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ 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!
  • Julia Q.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Christie H.
    Christie HeikkinenMay 26, 2013
    This place gets busy at lunchtime, but it's delicious! The menu is always changing. Try whatever variation they have of the roast beef sandwich!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clareheart icon on user image
    ClareApril 16, 2016
    Tiny but the challah toast is excellent (and enough to share!)
  • Erica
    EricaJuly 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    All of their ingredients are fresh! Menu changes every 2 weeks or so!
  • Matt M.heart icon on user image
    Matt MayoAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    They are open for brunch on Saturday 10 am - 2 pm!
  • Renganathan R.heart icon on user image
    Great salads and the curry cauliflower sandwich was total yum. Have to go light on the cheese next time.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Yitong W.heart icon on user image
    Yitong WangOctober 12, 2018
    Simple yet elegant selection of brekky, light lunch and wine all day :)
  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Ed A.
    Ed AtenAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early or come late. The 12 o'clock hour is insane here. Also their dinner is amazingly underrated.
  • 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.
  • Nick D.heart icon on user image
    Nick D'AmbrosiMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The prosciutto and butter baguette is a perfect snack and it's only 5 bucks! They use really good prosciutto!
  • Andrew P.heart icon on user image
    Andrew PandrewMarch 17, 2018
    Pricey, but incredible! Lots of healthy and vegan options for every meal of the day.
  • Tiff T.heart icon on user image
    Tiff TingDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Dungeness Crab Sandwich - So glad we ordered this special: it's leaps and bounds above the traditional tuna sandwich.
  • 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.
  • Ami W.heart icon on user image
    Ami WangAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    the kale salad is absolutely amazing - the prosciutto and aged balsamic combo is killer
  • Scott O.heart icon on user image
    Scott OwadesAugust 26, 2014
    Sandwich came with a delicious side salad. Getting a big salad next time- they look awesome.
  • Ryan S.heart icon on user image
    Ryan StensonSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kale salad is unbelievably good, even if you don't usually like kale or salad.
  • Brook S.heart icon on user image
    Brook ShelleyAugust 26, 2016
    Go in the morning and treat yourself to a baguette with butter and prosciutto before work.
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MuiAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    You can ask for double meat (prosciutto!) when you get the kale salad.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WorthyJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    A hidden gem! Great coffee and sandwiches! Highly recommend everything on the menu
  • 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.
  • Joe 🐘 L.heart icon on user image
    Joe 🐘 LencioniAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The baguettes are delicious and also a great value.
  • Dominic R.heart icon on user image
    Dominic RiosJune 12, 2016
    Menu changes frequently but you can't go wrong with any selection!
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