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Universal Cafe

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Mission District
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2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
415-821-4608
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Great lunch after meetings before our flight

I had meetings in downtown SF and was looking for a fun place in the mission to grab a bite before my flight. The Universal Cafe did not disappoint. No view to speak of, but the atmosphere of regulars and people that new the spot made it a lively crowd for a noon on Tuesday. The food was fresh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
D R
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had meetings in downtown SF and was looking for a fun place in the mission to grab a bite before my flight. The Universal Cafe did not disappoint. No view to speak of, but the atmosphere of regulars and people that new the spot made it a lively crowd for a noon on Tuesday. The food was fresh and... More 

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Thank D R
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is in one word: AMAZING. The food is is delicious fresh and organic, I had the breakfast scramble with tapenade and mixed greens and shared a order of delicious beignets that featured a hint of lemon citrus a crunchy exterior and soft fluffy yummyness AND the coffee is awesome . The service is on point, friendly and efficient.... More 

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Thank Michael D
Krakow, Poland
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so busy on Sundays that we had to wait 25 minutes only to be seated. But it was worth it! There is a great variety of organic food on a menu and you better be hungry, because portions are huge. Flatbread, organic smoothies, french toasts, fried eggs - everything is very tasty and staff is really friendly.

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Thank NataliaJMT
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Decided to look for a brunch restaurant with a friend and found this neighborhood gem not too far from our place. Surprisingly enough, the waiting line was not long at all but we decided to sit at the bar instead for no wait. The place is small but inviting with a couple of tables in the front patio as well... More 

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Thank cmguzman_91
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I went for Sunday brunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time and it was really hard to talk over the clanging of dishes from the kitchen. If I were to go again for brunch, I would either sit outside or wait for a table close to the window. They do not take reservations. I arrived at... More 

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Thank Djuna W
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Dinner at Universal Cafe is great! My husband and I are regulars when we go out in SF. They are never pretentious, they always use local and fresh ingredients and the food is always good! We like to go early and sit by the window while enjoying a nice glass of Cava or wine. We move on to whatever our... More 

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Thank ErinA626p
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Universal Café is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Food is great and the service friendly and professional. This is a great spot for a fine but relax dinner.

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Thank lara p
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Whether you want healthy or indulgent, inside or al fresco, Universal Cafe really is universal. Upbeat service, great food, quick delivery and slightly enclosed sidewalk seating make it a great go-to.

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Thank SkyFlies
Los Angeles, California
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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very convenient to Z Space on Fl. St. Outdoor seating, very nice service and very well priced. A very simple menu, my partner had the duck and loved it, I had pasta with spinich which was delicious. Nice wine menu by the glass. Absolutely would go back.

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Thank KenSanFrancisco
Sao Paulo, SP
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
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

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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?

Staying in Mission District

Neighborhood Profile
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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