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“Perhaps it was the chef's day off”
Review of Cafe De La Presse

Cafe De La Presse
Ranked #455 of 6,311 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Union Square
Cross street: Bush St.
Description: For centuries, cafes the world over have provided patrons with entertainment that draws on all walks of life. In these gathering places of art, politics, fashion, and everyday events, cafe-goers partake in a unique convergence of eclectic culture and traditional cuisine. Parisian-inspired Cafe de la Presse continues the trend with international literature, classic fare, and the age-old pastime of dining, relaxing, and conversing in a vibrant atmosphere.
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Located right at the Chinatown gate, the decor of Cafe D La Presse oozes frenchiness and the promise of delicious breakfast. Alas. Alas. My poached eggs arrived shriveled and smelling strongly of vinegar water that they were boiled in. This indicates that they a) can't poach eggs properly worth a damn and b) don't know or care about rinsing off the shameful evidence. The eggs were accompanied by the fried and (probably) oven-finished potatoes whose crust had an unpleasant scent -- perhaps the oil was getting old and rancid. The toast ("white or wheat") is of the crappy pre-sliced bread variety. Untoasted and cold. Blah. The croissant was served cold and was not the quality one expects from a restaurant with a "de la" in its name. The french onion soup was just OK. The final coup de gras was a red plastic milk jug ring that my wife found at the bottom of her latte doggy bowl ('tis the shape, friends -- doggies don't have hands, thus no handle). I am not sure what I expected the restaurant to do about this when we pointed it out. I got only an apologetic shrug.
Because of their location, Cafe de la Presse will attract a steady stream of customers regardless of the quality of food, service or any reviews here. One keeps hoping that someone at the restaurant will take notice and improve, but for now I cannot recommend it.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Thank dmitry k
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Now I know where a Frenchman can go in San Francisco ( and there are many...it remains a favorite tourist destination for the French) when he or she gets homesick. Cafe de la Presse has managed to carve out a very authentic corner of France here, right down to the glasses and stemware. The coffee and pastries are excellent, and the egg dishes aren't at all bad either. Staff is friendly and efficient. Great way to start the day, but breakfast is only served until 11:00 a.m.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Gordon M
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

This cafe is an easy walk from Union Square, located right next to the Dragon's Gate in Chinatown. My husband truly enjoyed his Egg's Benedict remarking that the Hollandaise sauce was one of the best he'd ever tasted.

I tried the croissant sandwich, which was filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and a mild link sausage. It was good. Both meals were served with house fried potatoes which were crispy and tasty! The menu was enticing and it was difficult to decide what to eat. I will definitely return to see what other yummy things I can find!!!

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank vcave
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

A fun, French-inspired cafe just off Union Square, at the Gates of China Town, this delightful robust gem offers delicious soups, salads and more. Their French bread is heavenly, and the atmosphere is bustling and lively. Definitely a well know hangout for both locals and tourists alike. Street-side dining is also available, should you desire the true feel of a French cafe. Their delicious food is clean, exceptional and visually stimulating.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank Kim G
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

I cannot go to San Francisco without eating at least once here. Where to begin with what to have, anything and everything is so good. Best French Cafe outside of Paris.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank UKLass09
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