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Cafe Presse

#218 of 3,094 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
+1 206-709-7674
07:00 - 02:00
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New York City, New York
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120 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the perfect place for a casual dinner after a PCNW talk at Seattle U. The steamed mussels with bits of sausage were in the best sauce I've ever had, the mussels themselves were perfectly cooked (not overcooked), and the excellent bread soaked up that delicious sauce. Sorry I only had the opportunity to dine here once.

Thank TripEvalu8
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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is always a great stop. Lunch is my favorite. I like to sit at the bar. They now have a proper lunch special, which is only available on Tuesday. It is a great deal. The food is usually great. Omelettes are terrific. Fries are to die for. And the bread is spectacular. 1664 on tap and a full bar... More 

Thank Michael W
Seattle, WA
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279 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Been coming here for years. Overall consistency is extremely high. Want to order just about everything on the menu every time I'm here. I lean toward the breakfast items; The Croque Madam is World Class, the omelettes are exceptional. French Onion Soup, Bibb Lettuce, Charcuterie, all fantastic! If you are lucky enough to get an outside table on a sunny... More 

Thank ScottD58
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017

While visiting my friends that attend college nearby, they brought me here- a real gem of a place for people that enjoy rich, flavorful, "fancy" food, but at a reasonable price. The staff were lovely and warm, and even gave us delicious bread and butter to start just because! Would highly recommend coming here if you're in the neighborhood- and... More 

Thank Caraaaaa123
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We were right around the corner and decided to stop in for a late breakfast. I had an omelette with mushrooms and ham, which was handled very nicely! Hot, delicious, with just the right texture. My husband ordered the broiled (baked) eggs which were done exquisitely. Service was unrushed, friendly. The caffe au lait was tops. Prices were reasonable. It's... More 

Thank Rosemary M
Delft, The Netherlands
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Their menu is simple, French inspired, and overall features high quality food. We were really pleased with our coffee (including housemade nut milk), perfect omelets, and a delicious yogurt parfait. They serve roasted chicken also for takeaway - looking forward o trying that at some point. A little pricy given the portion size, but we were pleased with the quality.... More 

Thank kate554433
Palo Alto, California
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279 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

They open early, so was a delicious place to meet a friend on a an early AM, for a breakfast with delicious pastries and some hot broiled egg dish. My friend had a London Fog - an earl grey tea with vanilla and steamed milk ! It has the most unusual selection of art magazines and more for sale, so... More 

Thank marcopolopaloalto
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Café Presse prepares seasonal French food, so some of the items change. However, the Casse Croûte has your small plate French favorites: croque monsieur, baguette sandwiches, omelettes, etc. - all day everyday. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed the cod filet roasted with grain mustard, served on fennel, mushrooms, Delicata squash, mushroom-fennel broth. It was served hot and I... More 

Thank Franklin R
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124 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

My mom lives in Bellevue and does not like to come over to Seattle very much but she will gladly come if I treat her to Café Presse. First of all, the service is impeccable. I have never met a rude server at this restaurant and they are not pretentious compared to their colleagues at sister restaurant Le Pichet. They... More 

Thank SeattleEcc
San Juan Islands, WA
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Excellent menu, fantastic food, good service, good coffee, and a cozy atmosphere. I have been here twice and will return again.

Thank Jeff Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
French, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-709-7674

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