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Cafe Prague

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

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 8
    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
Just drinks

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2012
Dana S
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Matthews, North Carolina
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Seattle, Washington
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9 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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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

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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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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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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Mid-Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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Washington, DC (or so)
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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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Berkeley CA
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

Cafe Prague is a delightful place to go for a beer -- very European with friendly warm (and yes, some authentically Czech staffers). I have visited a number of times, and the service has sometimes been good, sometimes very slow. I am not a fan of the food -- sausage OK but I've had some taste-free chicken there. I confess... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Surprised to find a great cafe in an alley in SF--just like you might in Europe. Food was well prepared and generous portions, the beer was great, and the service cheerful and attentive. Good value, but bring cash as they don't do credit cards. They do have an ATM in the hall, though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

The food was very good, try the split pea soup! The service was excellent and the prices were good.

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Bordeaux
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

This is one of my favorite places in the city, fair prices, good food and a family feeling. Czech out a great lineup of beers including Staropramen and Spaten.

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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

Neighborhood Profile
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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