As San Francisco’s hot spot for café fare and international literature,
Café de la Presse has been a gathering place for
the age-old tradition of enjoying conversation, politics, style,
and cuisine since 1992. In the fall of 2005, this eclectic place
came under new management when Charles Condy,
Laurent Manrique and Jean-Claude Persais were inspired by their
shared passion for food and fashion to take on the project.
What enticed a seafood restaurant to add steak frites to its
repertoire? A chance to serve traditional, high-quality
bistro dishes while convening diverse cultures proved an
irresistible opportunity. The subsequent renovation and
revitalized menu produced a true Parisian-inspired café
that flaunts a new level of panache and keeps its customers
a la mode with a vast selection of journalism from all over
the world. Café de la Presse, an exemplary display of old-world
classicism meeting modern taste, is one of Union Square’s most
popular dining and entertainment venues.
Executive Chef: Patrick Albert
Café de la Presse Executive Chef Patrick Albert ‘s commitment to creating traditional but innovative French fare infuses this Parisian-inspired café with authenticity. “It is always busy,” he says proudly. “You can meet a lot of different people enjoying an espresso or a beef bourguignon, sipping a Ricard or having cassoulet.” As the man behind the menu, Chef Albert’s comments well support his culinary savoir faire . Following stints in brasseries throughout Paris , Chef Albert’s position as Chef de Cuisine at the consul of Savoie in Paris stimulated him to bring a touch of France to the United States . His subsequent move to San Francisco brought him together with Chef Bruno Chemel at the Milano Hotel and then with Chef Sylvain Portay at the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room. At Café de la Presse, Chef Albert continues to bring his guests a classic, creative dining experience.
General Manager: Olivier Daridon
Native Breton Café de la Presse General Manager Olivier Daridon is no stranger to the joie de vivre of café life. From the start of his career in a bistro through stints as General Manager in hotels on France’s West Coast to nearly a decade of running his own bar and restaurant, Mr. Daridon has shared his love of bringing people together through food and wine with customers and employees alike. From the moment Café de la Presse patrons walk in the door, his passion for the business brings them the same camaraderie café goers have experienced for centuries.