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Universal Cafe

$$$
Neighborhood:
Mission District
American, Californian, Café
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2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
415-821-4608
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great eggs and international setting

I was there for a late Saturday brunch (we arrived at about 2.30 pm). Be sure to come in latest at that time, because by 3.30 pm they were already bringing us the bill without us having asked for it. It has some 6 tables outside, which we didn't get because we were a party of 5 and the tables... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
NunoGoogles
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Sao Paulo, SP
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sao Paulo, SP
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I was there for a late Saturday brunch (we arrived at about 2.30 pm). Be sure to come in latest at that time, because by 3.30 pm they were already bringing us the bill without us having asked for it. It has some 6 tables outside, which we didn't get because we were a party of 5 and the tables... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Plow had a line around the block so we jumped into the car and went to Universal. The bill for three of us for Sunday brunch with tip was $100 which strikes me as a lot, but I wasn't paying. My French toast was superb and I had a side of sausage which had nice seasoning. I just tried to... More 

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The place is nice and the food is very good. In particular I appreciate french toast with lemon chantilly cream and raspberry. During the morning is not difficult to find a table, it is worst from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Have eaten here a couple of times and really enjoyed the food. But sadly I'm forced to write them a poor review for something else. Turned up there a few Saturdays ago at 2.55pm for some lunch. The girl greeting us said sorry kitchen closes at 3pm, we can't serve you. Yet there were a few tables that had clearly... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Universal Cafe is a great pick for anyone who wants great food with casual dining. The food is outstanding and the service just adds to the great experience. 5+.

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Atherton, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were checking out studio space in the area and stopped in on a whim. Nice wine selection at reasonable prices. We opted for a favorite from Willamette Valley. The menu changes daily but everything we chose was tasty from the steamed mussels and fresh greens salad to the hanger steak and yellowtail entrees. We rarely opt for dessert, but... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Not that I cook for the Universal, but it where I can go for a nice roasted chicken when I am too tired to cook. For lunch on the weekday (from Wednesday - Friday) I can pretend to have brunch. On a Sunday, I can get a scone to go and sip a latte on Bernal. Everyone from the owners... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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190 reviews 190 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I am a huge fan of Universal Cafe. I've been for many family brunches and dinners, and I don't think there's a better spot in the city for truly local, fresh food. It's become pretty popular, so be prepared to wait for weekend brunch, and make reservations for dinner. You won't be disappointed. The brunch menu includes special juice or... More 

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Steamboat Springs
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We had a great experience from the wine, the food and the service. This is a small restaurant so I would recommend reservations. We sampled a number of their dinner and appetizer choices. All were awesome. Same with the service. Young energetic crowd. Great place to hang with friends.

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

I had horrible experience there in April, 2012.  When I went to the bathroom, our wait person took my glass of my lemonade.  I clearly remembered there was some lemonade left in the glass.  I asked him politely, if there was lemonade left when he took my glass and he said there wasn't any, so I said okay, it's fine.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-821-4608

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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