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Old Skool Cafe

1429 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124-2315
+1 415-822-8531
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good10%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Oct 17, 2016
“Best ribs ever!”
Jul 29, 2016
“Amazing hidden restaurant”
All hours
American, International
$$ - $$$
1429 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124-2315
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

I love the ambiance in this small restaurant on a busy street. The banquets are upholstered in red velvet, and there's always a piano or guitar playing, often with a vocalist. The baby back ribs are so good I have to fight with myself not...More

Thank MaxineK99
Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Me and my partner went when visiting san francisco. 15 min uber ride away. Amazing food and great service. Lovely atmosphere with live band. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Kelsey W
Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

I came here for dinner, starving, and came out more full than I needed to be. The food here was delicious. I recommend the burger. It was fresh, and a bit burnt. It came with sweet potato fries, personally I don't like fries. The location...More

Thank Eli K
Reviewed April 17, 2016

We had a wonderful evening at old skoll, we loved their mission to help at risk youth. The atmosphere, food and service were all amazing. We just loved this place. The Chicken, ribs, and peanut stew were fabulous. We can't wait to return.

Thank ciciSanFrancisco
Reviewed January 16, 2016

Great, great place. Wonderful atmosphere, superb food (some of - if not - the best fried chicken in the city - and beyond), great friendly service (and attentive! It was like they were desperate to help), and a really worthy cause. We definitely plan on...More

Thank dsikula
Reviewed December 14, 2015

I sure wanted to like this place. I loved the concept of a restaurant with a mission. I liked all the food on the menu. I was impressed by the great online reviews and also the "Bay Area Check Please" review. Pros: I liked the...More

1  Thank Jane D
Reviewed October 25, 2015

The food is tasty down-home cooking with southern roots. 5 of us shared black-eyed pea salad (v. good) and fried calamari (good) starters. The ribs were perfectly cooked as was the fried chicken, but the peanut stew was especially good. The portions were so large,...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed July 30, 2015

I've been wanting to go to Old Skool Cafe for over a year and we finally went tonight. Unfortunately, I just started a vegetarian diet a week ago...talk about bad timing! I've been dying to try the peanut butter stew and their shrimp and grits....More

Thank TybaltPrinceOfCats
Reviewed April 21, 2015

Went for my birthday on a Sat. night. Although the location makes sense based on the mission of the restaurant, it is a bit scary. We arrived a little early and the restaurant was not yet open. We were going to wait at the door;...More

2  Thank saxonct
Reviewed June 29, 2014

What can I say. This place has soul and heart. The core value of this restaurants is that they train at risk kids and give back to the community. That fact ONLY would make me want to go. But truly -- the food is good....More

4  Thank nlcd
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $12
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1429 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124-2315
  • Public Transportation: T 23, 24, 44, 54
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-822-8531
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We are closed for renovations until fall. Please stay up to date on our progress e for our Grand Re-Opening! We are adding a bar and a large room for more private dinner meetings that can seat unto 20 guests.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
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