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Cafe La Vie

Hayes Valley
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514 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4314
08:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Folsom, California
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley is your comfortable, inviting, locals (and not-so-locals like me) coffee shop hangout. A pseudo-fire place in the back, scattered tables, Wi-fi and a friendly atmosphere (along with a good cup of coffee/espresso/capuccino and tasty edibles) is what it's all about. Cafe La Vie also loves your pampered pooches. Owner George Hom has a great... More 

Thank flygirl926
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The cafe offers a wide menu of drinks and lunch/brunch sandwiches for affordable prices. The service is good and very friendly. Tables offer power outlets and there is free wifi available.

Thank Sabine O
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Café La Vie is a vibrant example of the dying breed of the neighborhood voyage and coffee shop. Strong coffee and espressos, local ownership, room to sit and talk. WiFi and power strips. And big cannister of chocolate powder to top off any foamy beverage. Stephanie the barista and owner is super friendly and positive. Plug in and recharge to... More 

Thank George G
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice staff and atmosphere. I couldn't stay very long, but I felt so welcomed there. Love the place.

Thank dojolava
Roanoke, Virginia
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102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is an extremely relaxed venue. I found it quite comfort able. Mostly for locals. Thankfully quiet. Good mocha latte and friendly service.

Thank 2Yummy4U
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Great French coffee, and a wonderful menu. Also a great hangout feel, complete with newspapers for all to share

Thank leisureloverDallasTx
Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

I've lived in this neighborhood over 5 years and only discovered this place a few months ago. It's a little hidden off Hayes Street but worth finding where it is. It seems to have quite the contingent of local patrons who come back a lot, many people seem to know each other by name. Inside is pretty small, but it... More 

Thank Chris M
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013

This is the place the neighborhood people go to. The coffee drinks are great, service friendly and great chilled out atmosphere.

Thank Shivananda1
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Stayed at nearby motel with terrible breakfast. This place had great coffee, good bagels (and I am from the east coast and have high standards). My coffee and buttered bagel cost $3.05. Woman working there was friendly and knew all the regulars. You can also make a breakfast bagel sandwich with your own choices.

Thank gowharr32
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

Cheapest place to get coffee in Hayes Valley. Bring in your mug and get filled with coffee for 75 cents!

Thank SanFrangirl23

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4314
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hayes Valley

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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