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Universal Cafe

2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018 (Mission)
415-821-4608
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Ranked #1,403 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American, Californian, Café
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Mission
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80% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
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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189 reviews 189 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The menu is always changing and the selections are excellent. We really enjoy sitting at the bar and watching things come together. The coffee is great, the staff are very nice and the food is always great. Highly recommended!

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Nashville, TN
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

Great food. Very fresh. Starter of fresh tomato bisque was sensational... Little gem salad with beets was tasty and so fresh. Really tasted like every ingredient was being grown back in the kitchen. The halibut was exquisite. Truly. Chicken with onions and grapes over polenta was SO savory and delicious. Overall, a fabulous, inspired, delicious meal.

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maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2009

For brunch, wait for a table outside and you won't be disappointed. Inside, you will have to remind yourself that the food will overcome the harsh, industrial ringing of every plate hitting the bar and the crash of crockery and cutlery being dumped for cleaning. The patron next to me must have been hard of hearing as he screamed at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

Nice cozy place with great simple food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

Huckleberry donuts with meyer lemon curd cream

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

Good service :)

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