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Old Skool Cafe

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1429 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124-2315 (Oakdale)
+1 415-822-8531
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Francisco,CA,USA
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 to eat here every week. The staff is well trained and all the dishes are... More 

Thank MaxineK99
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 was a bit bad.

Thank Eli K
san francisco
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Pacifica, California
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 going back - and taking people. A real gem flying under the radar.

Thank dsikula
San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 interior space, the rich red interior. The staff were pleasant and friendly. The fried chicken... More 

Thank Jane D
San Francisco, California
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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, there was plenty to take home. We shared the lavender cheesecake and bourbon bread pudding... More 

Thank Kate B
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. We were brought complimentary, fresh from the oven sweet potato biscuits. YUM! They were the... More 

Thank TybaltPrinceOfCats
San Francisco Bay Area
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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; however, a fight was brewing between two groups in the plaza area outside of the... More 

2 Thank saxonct
San Francisco, California
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. The food is very good. I had the fried chicken. Delicious. Big portion. The soup... More 

4 Thank nlcd

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $12
American, International
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?