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Cafe Prague

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Financial District
Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European
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424 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 627-7464
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Sunday
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Seating

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 2
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cozy little cafe tucked away in an alley...

I enjoyed the saurbraten, the split pea soup, the shrimp and avocado cocktail, and a very good Apple Strudel. Its mainly a bar atmosphere with tables, and televisions, but the menu is unique and not over priced. Quaint, no frills.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
maxbialy
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oakland
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oakland
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I enjoyed the saurbraten, the split pea soup, the shrimp and avocado cocktail, and a very good Apple Strudel. Its mainly a bar atmosphere with tables, and televisions, but the menu is unique and not over priced. Quaint, no frills.

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Thank maxbialy
Miami Beach, Florida
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157 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This is a lovely and hidden neighborhood gem, tucked away on a side street and providing a warm, pub-like atmosphere with great beer on tap, good hearty comfort food, and a very kind and attentive staff. It does exactly what it should, and provides a comfortable place to be, eat, talk, meet, and relax. Yes, they only take cash, but... More 

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Thank wprensky
Lincoln, Nebraska
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

My Sister in Law and I were told to visit Cafe Prauge by a waiter after he saw our very Czech last name. It's a bit hidden on small merchant street, but it was worth the find. It was a quiet restaurant with excellent food. While they needed some replaced seating, it didn't take away from our dinner experience at... More 

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Thank kkrivolavek
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We were recommended this place by a local San Franciscan. Easy to find. Atmosphere inside was great but not full. Good range of beers and wines. Food was delicious and served in good time. A really excellent restaurant

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Thank Steve F
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My colleague and I walked down the alley (Merchant Street) on our way to the Hidden Vine wine bar. Unfortunately, but now understandably, they were busy and had no available seating. We decided to try the Cafe Prague next door, which had plenty of room. Cafe Prague's wine selection is almost non-existent. They had just one red wine by the... More 

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Thank Mark_Fei
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40 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

With so many positive reviews I was excited to meet with friends here. The atmosphere was inviting and comfy looking as if they wanted you to stay a while. Unfortunately the staff was terrible. Our server visited our table on three occasions. Once to drop the menus- literally drop the menus. The second time to take the order and third... More 

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Thank Dev227
Matthews, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Absolutely love the wonderful atmosphere! It's beautiful. The wit staff is pleasant. Had fun with people I was there with and it was a fun night.

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Thank Dana S
Huntsville, Alabama
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This was our first experience of Czech/Eastern European food. The food was good. My husband and I each ordered a different goulash and then tasted both. The service was friendly and prompt, but not hurried. We were traveling with a baby in an umbrella stroller, and they were fine with us keeping the stroller open. They even asked if the... More 

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Thank AdventureFamily42
Mid-Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I had not had goulash since a visitor from Hungary cooked some up for my family a few years ago. I had the non-paprika spiced version and it was great. I was asking for more sourdough bread to sop up the sauce. My lunch companion had the steak salad, which appeared to me to be a much larger version of... More 

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Thank Sherpadad54
Washington, DC (or so)
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Service was attentive. I had goulash which was excellent with a huge dumpling. Atmosphere was cosy and comfortable and not too crowded for Friday lunch! A real hidden gem. Bring cash as they don't take plastic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 424 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: (415) 627-7464

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 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 Financial District

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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