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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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Today
11:30 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 18
    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
Have It All at Universal

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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66 reviews
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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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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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?

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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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