Cafes in San Francisco, CA


$12 for $20 Worth of Happy-Hour Specials or Sunday Brunch with Drinks for Two at Gaslamp Cafe

Gaslamp Cafe

SoMa

Chicken wings, shrimp tacos, Anchor Brewing Co. beer, and global wines at happy hour; veggie scrambles, burgers, and bloody marys at brunch

$20 $12

$25 for $40 Worth of Tea and Accessories at Vital Tea Leaf

Vital Tea Leaf

Multiple Locations

Complimentary tastings help customers find their favorite from a selection of more than 400 tea blends

$40 $25

15% Off Afternoon Tea and More for Two at Dolce Amore

Dolce Amore

Civic Center

For $1, receive 15% Off Afternoon Tea and More for Two

$0 $1

American Dinner for Two or Four at Kate's Kitchen (Up to 46% Off)

Kate's Kitchen

Central North San Francisco

Popular brunch spot expands into dinner with updated comfort-food classics, such as Niman Ranch meatloaf and fried chicken

$45 $25

Two or Four Groupons for Comfort Cuisine and Drinks, Valued at $10 Each at All Star Cafe (Up to 40% Off)

All Star Cafe

SoMa

Dine from a menu of breakfast and lunch items such as donuts, veggie omelettes, fried chicken, and bacon cheeseburgers

$10 $6

One Side Veggie Bowl Salad with Purchase of Any One Gem Wrap Sandwich at Lettuce In

Lettuce In

Downtown Concord

For $1, receive One Side Veggie Bowl Salad with Purchase of Any One Gem Wrap Sandwich

$4 $1

One Sandwich with Purchase of 1 Sandwich and Two 20 oz Fountain Drinks at Winton Deli

Winton Deli

Hayward

For $1, receive One Sandwich with Purchase of 1 Sandwich and Two 20 oz Fountain Drinks

$0 $1

25% Off Your Purchase of $100 or More In Gift Cards at Marin Coffee Roasters

Marin Coffee Roasters

San Anselmo

For $2, receive 25% Off Your Purchase of $100 or More In Gift Cards

$25 $2

Six-Pack, 12-Pack, or 18-Pack of Probiotic Cold Brew Coffee from Jus by Julie (31% Off)

Jus by Julie

Online Deal

Vegan, probiotic, cold-brew coffee helps to regulate digestive systems with added nutrients and vitamins

$48 $33

Pack of 72 "Cake Boss" Single-Serve Coffee Cups from Coffee Marvel (54% Off). Two Options Available.

Coffee Marvel

Online Deal

Single-serve coffee cups developed in partnership with “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro include flavors like Dulce De Leche and Chocolate Cannoli

$85 $39

Up to 25% Off Coffee & Tea — Grand Lake Coffee House; Valid Every Day 2 PM - 5 PM

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$8 $6

$5 Buys You a Coupon for a Free Pound of Coffee with a Purchase of Five or More Pounds of Coffee at Moschetti

Moschetti

Vallejo

For $5, receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee with the purchase of five or more pounds of coffee.

$5 $5

Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Four at PEOPLES Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Peoples Cafe

The Haight

Fluffy pancakes, classic egg dishes, hearty burgers, and even ramen round out an eclectic menu

$20 $12

Mediterranean Brunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Melody (Up to 47% Off)

Melody

Bernal Heights

Enjoy Mediterranean classics such as falafel wraps and lamb musakaa, or classic brunch dishes

$30 $18

$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $7 Toward Mediterranean Food at Baladie Gourmet Cafe ($21 Value)

Baladie Gourmet Cafe

Chinatown

Mediterranean cuisine such as shawarma and gyros; featured on Check, Please!

$7 $4

LaffGang Presents: "Classy Affairs"

Cafe Du Nord

Southwest San Francisco

$10 $3.75

$49 for a Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two at Cafe Bastille ($70 Value)

Cafe Bastille

Downtown

Three-course dinner for two includes soup or salad, a French special, and a dessert

$70 $49

Casual American Café Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Café 15 (Up to 38% Off)

Café 15

Downtown Oakland

Chef with two decades of culinary expertise creates a menu flush with ripe, seasonal ingredients for breakfast and lunch

$8 $5

Diner Fare for Two or Four People at Raphael's Shutter Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Raphael's Shutter Cafe

El Cerrito

All-day breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches at venerable cafe with weekend jazz and gallery artwork

$20 $12

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Cafe Fare and Drinks at Mosley’s Cafe ($28 Value)

Mosley’s Cafe

Mosley’s Cafe

Waterside cafe with great views serves up sustainable coffee, crepes, and sandwiches made with local ingredients to pedestrians and boaters

$7 $4

$29 for $40 Worth of Cafe Food and Drinks at Franklin Street Caffe

Franklin Street Caffe

Centennial

Cafe with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring steak flecked with Mediterranean spices, deli sandwiches, pizza, and breakfast eats

$40 $29

Cafe Food and Coffee at Spot on 25th (Up to 50% Off)

Spot on 25th

Beresford Park

Freshly blended raw juices, gourmet grilled cheese stuffed with brie, dark chocolate, and strawberries, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee

$10 $5

American and Mediterranean Breakfast for Two or More at 475 Cafe (40% Off)

475 Cafe

Downtown

American comfort foods and Mediterranean eats like omelets, hummus, and breakfast sandwiches

$20 $12

$12 for $25 Worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Indian Curry House

Kennedy's Irish Pub & Indian Curry House

North Beach

Multicultural pub serves Indian favorites such as chicken tikka masala and lamb sagwala alongside 200 beers and local wines

$25 $12

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Papa John's. Online Redemption Required.

Papa John's

Multiple Locations

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

$20 $12

Hot Pot and Chinese Food for Two or Four at Celestial Flame (40% Off)

Celestial Flame

Inner Richmond

Traditional hot pots with varying spice levels simmer away; Chinese menu also offers fried rice, general tso’s chicken, and other favorites

$20 $12

$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dinner for Two at Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Bistro

At this sushi-focused spot, munch on a variety of fresh rolls, including vegetarian options, or try a hot pot or donburi

$30 $15

Two or Five Groupons, Each Good for $12 Towards Asian Hot Pot Dinner at The Flame (Up to 42% Off)

The Flame

Central Richmond

Hot soup speciality restaurant, now celebrating its one-year anniversary, serves up customized pot dinners with 10 soup bases to choose from

$12 $7

Four Sandwiches or $100 Worth of Catering at Ike's Place (Up to 39% Value)

Ike's Place

San Francisco State University

Menu of more than 200 different sandwiches served on freshly baked Dutch Crunch bread and slathered with signature Dirty Sauce

$7 $4.25

Cajun Dinner Cuisine for Parties of Two or Four at Swamp; Valid Sunday–Thursday (Up to 42% Off)

Swamp

Central Richmond

Cajun dinner cuisine includes crab in garlic butter boil, lobster in signature hurricane sauce, and oysters on the half shell

$25 $15

Select Local Merchants

  • Lou's Cafe
    Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads Sample Menu Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch Side: new england clam chowder Beverage: iced caffe mocha About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli. From the Press “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly Inside Tips Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go. Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly. To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot. Vocab Lesson Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings. After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.
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    5017 Geary Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Buena Vista Cafe
    The Buena Vista Cafe: A User’s Guide Historic Irish Coffee | Aged Cream | All-Day Breakfast | Cable Car Access | Well Bar Spirits Sample Menu Breakfast (served all day): dungeness crab omelet Side: corn beef hash Sandwich:fFrench dip with au jus Drink: Irish coffee A Sip of History: When it opened in 1916, Buena Vista was a saloon. It wouldn’t become a true cafe unti travel writer Stanton Delaplane drank some Irish coffee at Ireland’s Shannon Airport. He was hooked, and Mr. Delaplane worked with Buena Vista’s owners to start serving Irish coffee in 1952. According to the cafe’s owners, they were the first to serve the beverage in the United States, and their recipe hasn’t changed since—including cream that’s aged at least 48 hours. The Ingredients: Chefs cook breakfast with cage-free eggs, and baristas source organic coffee from Peerless Coffee & Tea. Behind the Bar: Eight well drinks, including Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. While You’re Waiting Look to the window: Cable cars travel right by the cafe Look to the bar: In a stunning feat, bartenders might pour up to 10 Irish coffees at once Inside Tips Don’t worry about parking—the Hyde Street Cable car will take you right to Irish coffee's doorstep. The cafe is narrow and often crowded, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get much elbow room. Fun Facts In 2008, bartenders here mixed a 12-gallon Irish coffee in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Frommer’s notes that The Buena Vista Cafe has poured more Irish coffees than anywhere else in the world. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Pick up a pair of shoes, a scented candle, or a piece of unexpected home decor at Jackson & Polk (900 N Pointe, Ste E206). After: View (and possibly buy) the paintings at Art Attack SF (2722A Hyde St). If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Fiddler's Green (1333 Columbus Ave), a nearby Irish pub.
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    2765 Hyde Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • The Plant Cafe Organic
    The Plant Cafe Organic: A User’s Guide Organic Cuisine | Local, Seasonal Ingredients | Sustainable Meat and Seafood | In-House Desserts | Herbivore Options Sample Menu Breakfast: breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs or basil pesto tofu scramble, chipotle black beans, avocado, and cheddar Lunch: Korean-style BBQ chicken or tempeh with daikon and carrot pickle Dinner: Crispy citrus muscovy duck breast with polenta, greens, and roasted carrots Vegan option: quinoa bowl with sauteed seaesonal veggies ang ginger miso sauce Beverage: Sambazon C smoothie, with bananas, berries, and apple-orange juice blend (non-alcoholic); Plant punch, with vodka, St. Germain, jalapeno, lime juice, and basil Know Your Ingredients When they mean local, they mean local. They work with at least a dozen area farms to procure the best produce of the season. They also serve free-range poultry and sustainable seafood. Customers have been so satisfied that the eatery won the Nature Conservancy’s Nature’s Plate People’s Choice Award 2013. Inside Tips Don’t skip dessert—they’re all made in-house. Not all locations serve all four meals. Yes, four. Some of the six locations only do lunch and dinner, while others, such as the Pier 3 and Burlingame spots, also serve breakfast and brunch. They can help you flush toxins. The staff also concocts juice cleanses made from 100% organic ingredients to help reset digestive systems. Vocabulary Açai berry: dark purple fruit, originating in Central and South America, called a superfood because of its high level of antioxidants Tempeh: like tofu, this vegetarian meat substitute is made from soybeans. A fermentation process forms the soybeans into a cake that firms up as it ages. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Daily Health Food & Deli (1235 9th Ave), which serves up plant-based food in the form of sandwiches, salads, and wraps made with fresh, organic ingredients.
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    3 Pier
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Piccino
    Piccino: A User’s Guide Seasonal Contemporary Italian Cuisine | Thin-Crust Pizzas | 60 Artisanal Wines | Sightglass Espresso Sample Menu Primi: burrata with heirloom polenta, wild arugula, and asparagus Secondi: braised lamb shank with spring-pea ragu, confit garlic, and olive-applemint salmoriglio Pizze: thin-crust salsiccia pizza with housemade sausage, mozzarella, and red onion What to Drink: The wine list carries roughly 60 small-batch varieties from Italy, France, and America. This expertly curated selection is surprisingly accessible, playfully organized by flavor profile from “Bubbles” to “Softer, More Voluptuous Whites” to “Reasonably Serious Reds.” Where to Sit If you’re feeling social: Grab a spot at one of the two cypress communal tables. If you’re on a date: Enjoy a private table with chocolate-colored dowel-and-metal chairs. If you’re culinarily curious: Post yourself at the black-oak bar to get a glimpse into the open kitchen. While You’re Waiting People watch through a glass wall connected to MAC boutique next door. Enjoy relatively quiet conversation thanks to the sound-dampening recycled denim panels on the ceiling. Inside Tips The adjoining Piccino Café serves up espresso from Sightglass Coffee, a local roaster. The café has its own entrance on 22nd Street. The menu changes frequently based on seasonal inspiration and the number of mozzarella trees planted that month. Don’t skip the pizza. The San Francisco Chronicle says that Piccino has “some of the best pizzas in the city if you like a thin golden crust.” While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Check out exhibits that meditate on design ethics and the environment at the Museum of Craft and Design (2569 Third Street) After: Swing by Piccino’s neighbor, DIGWineSF (1005 Minnesota Street) to pick up a bottle of Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph 2011 syrah.
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    1001 Minnesota Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Goody Goodie Cream & Sugar
    Goody Goodie Cream & Sugar: A User’s Guide Nostalgia-Inducing Sweet Treats | Original-Recipe Cookies | Handmade Small Batches Sample Selections Old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie—milk chocolate and semisweet wafers and chips Peanut butter circus—classic peanut butter cookie with kettle-cooked popcorn baked inside Olive cocoa nib wafer—paper-thin wafer made with oil-cured olives About the Owners: People often wonder whether Remi Hayashi-Girouard and Mary Moran are sisters, and the two former pastry chefs certainly understand why. They’re not only business partners, but close friends, and this kinship extends to their staff and customers. Though they’ve outgrown the original location on Folsom—with the beloved Gold Window that once framed their wares—they remain committed to crafting every batch with care. Awards and Accolades SFWeekly’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie One of SFWeekly’s five best new pastries in 2010 for the olive cocoa nib wafer The Bold Italic raved about the namesake cookie, calling attention to its “chocolate to dough ratio of 4:1” and the cacao nibs that give it an “addictive crunch” Inside Tips Savory teeth can be sated here too. Besides sweets, the café also serves breakfast and lunch. The shop’s closed on Sundays. Share the love with a Goody Bag, hand-sewn upcycled bags stuffed with cookies and milk. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Shop for the makings of an organic, healthy dinner at the worker-owned co-op Rainbow Grocery (1745 Folsom Street). After: Break a sweat during a boxing class at The Park Gym (1960 Harrison Street).
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    1830 Harrison Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Greenhouse Cafe
    The Greenhouse: A User’s Guide Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee | Local Ingredients | Sandwiches and Salads | Patio | Eco-Friendly Sample Menu Drink: french press coffee or a fresh-fruit smoothie Breakfast: sun-dried-tomato pesto and feta on a choice of bagel Lunch: the vegan soup of the day, and the Oracle, which pairs honey-smoked ham with French brie Dinner: Greenhouse salad—spinach with housemade candied pecans, avocado, and blue cheese Sweet snack: gluten-free peanut-butter cookie Inside Tips Lattes perform double pick-me-up duty: there’s the caffeine, but baristas also swirl some inspiring art into the foam. Vegan? Gluten-free? There are plenty of dishes to choose from, from soups and sandwiches to cookies and donuts. Take advantage of a nice day and post up on the lush back patio. Origin Stories The bread was baked at San Francisco's iconic Boudin Bakery (except for the gluten-free slices). Sandwich eaters choose between sourdough and multigrain. The coffee, certified fair trade and organic, has a variety of homes. Beans in the mellow Equator Blend hail from Brazil, Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Central America. The creamy Tigerwalk Espresso comes from Mexico, Guatemala, and Rwanda. The tea hails from all across the globe. For example, the jasmine petal-laced pouchong green tea is from Fuzhou, China, and the citron of the citron-honey tea is from Geoje, South Korea. The produce is sourced from local and organic farmers whenever possible. The silverware and packaging come from an eco-friendly supplier, so the forks, spoons, cups, lids, and straws are all compostable. Who's in the Kitchen? Husband-and-wife team Sam and Queenia cofounded Greenhouse Cafe because they love coffee, community, and creativity. The duo may own the joint, but they can often be found behind the counter. Queenia, in fact, is the artist behind many of a latte's foam picture. Some items on the menu are even named after their children, Jeanie and Chuckie.
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    329 West Portal Avenue
    San Francisco, CA US

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