Top 5 French Restaurants In Union Square – No.5 – Cafe De La Presse – 94108 – US

Top 5 French Restaurants In Union Square – No.5 – Cafe De La Presse – 94108 – US

Top 5 French Restaurants In Union Square – No.5 – Cafe De La Presse – 94108 – US

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Category: French 

352 Grant Ave
(between Sutter St & Harlan Pl)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhoods: Financial District, Union Square

(415) 398-2680



Mon-Thu 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri 7:30 am – 10 pm

Sat 8 am – 10 pm

Sun 8 am – 9:30 pm

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Full Bar
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Casual, Touristy, Classy
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About Cafe De La Presse
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.

Menu for Cafe De La Presse



Tarte Provencale

Crispy flatbread of tomatoes, basil, pesto, nicoise olives & parmesan cheese

  • 11.00

Tarte Au Saumon

Crispy flat bread of smoked salmon, capers, horseradish creme fraiche

  • 12.00

Soupe Loignon

Onion soup, melted cheese

  • 9.00

Soupe De Tomates

Summer tomato soup with basil

  • 9.00

Cocktail De Crevettes

Tiger prawns and avocado cocktail, grapefruit segments, romaine salad, cherry tomato

  • 13.00

Salade De Laitue

Butter lettuce salad, toasted hazelnuts, fresh herbs, sherry vinaigrette

  • 9.00

Salade Frisee Aux Petits Lardons

Frisee salad, warm poached egg, bacon, petits croutons, dijon mustard dressing

  • 13.00


Six snails with garlic parsley butter

  • 12.00

Salade De Chevre Chaud

Warm goat cheese on toasted baguette, with a salad of haricots vert, dry figs & walnuts, walnuts dressing

  • 13.00

Les Huitres

Oyster in half shell, mignonette

Twelve 28.00
Six 15.00

Salade De Tomates Bio

Heirloom tomato salad, balsamic dressing, croutons, basil

  • 12.00

Salade Nicoise

Confit tombo tuna, assorted vegetables, butter lettuce, hard boiled egg salad

  • 18.00


Selection of cured ham, salamis and pates

  • 19.00

Foie Gras Au Torchon

Duck foie gras pat with pickled fruit, toasted baguette

  • 19.00



Mouclade, Pommes Frites

Steam black mussels with white wine, sauce mouclade, cornet of french fries, grilled baguettes

  • 20.00

Poulet Roti

Roasted all natural chicken au jus with fries and watercress salad

  • 19.00

Cote De Porc

Pan roasted pork chop, parsnips puree, sauce charcutiere

  • 24.00

Confit De Canard Aux Lentilles

Home made confit of mulard duck leg with french green lentils

  • 22.00

Boeuf Bourguignon

Braised beef stew in red wine, mushrooms, dice bacon, fingerling potatoes, macaroni gratin

  • 23.00

Poisson Du Jour

Fish of the day.

Coin Du Boucher

black angus beef, grass fed, finish with corn, aged 21 days. choice of sauce, black peppercorn, bordelaise, bearnaise. served with french fries

Steak Tartare

Chopped raw steak with condiments

  • 19.00


Pan roasted hanger steak

  • 22.00


Tenderloin of beef

  • 36.00

Le Burger

Hamburger. add $2.00 – each for chesse, bacon, avocado, mushrooms

  • 16.00


Rib eye steak

  • 36.00

Plat Du Jour


Lundi – Canard A Lorange

Pan roasted peking duck breast, orange sauce, potatoes gaufrette

  • 23.00

Mardi – Choucroute

Braised sauerkrauts with smoked pork & sausages

  • 23.00

Mercredi – Couscous

Couscous, braised chicken & lamb, moroccan spices

  • 23.00

Jeudi – Cassoulet

Duck confit, pork shoulder, sausages, & white bean casserole

  • 23.00

Vendredi – Bouillabaisse

Fish stew, marseille style

  • 23.00



Potato Salardaise

  • 7.00

Wilted Spinach

With almonds

  • 7.00

Oyster Mushrooms & Garlic

  • 7.00

Haricots Vert & Shallots

  • 7.00

Macaroni Cheese

  • 7.00



Profiteroles, Praline & Chocolat

Hazelnut ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, caramelized hazelnuts

  • 9.50

Pot De Creme

Traditional palmier

  • 8.00

Mousse Au Chocolat

Cigarette russe

  • 8.00

Ile Flotante

Vanilla creme anglaise

  • 8.00

Soupe Aux Fraises Et A La Rhubarbe

With raspberry sorbet & chantilly cream

  • 8.00

Glaces & Sorbets

Selection of ice cream & sorbet

  • 8.00

Tarte Aux Fruits De Saison

Fresh seasonal fruit tart

  • 8.00


Honey yogurt & berry coulis

  • 7.00

Fromage Du Jour

Cheese of the day

  • 13.00

What’s Popular Here?

Poulet Roti

Alex C. 11/11/13 The French have a passion for food, and I am so glad that I picked Cafe De La Presse.… Read more

Boeuf Bourguignon

Rodney H. Cafe De La Presse is another one of those spots that I’ve always seen and walked by in Union Square… Read more

Butter Lettuce

Roenna N. We found this spot on Yelp while in search for a place to have a birthday brunch for my friend. I… Read more

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