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American, Cafe, Deli, Diner
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Mission District
0.6 miles from Mission District
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

We chose St Francis Fountain because of its old worldcharm. The front of house staff looked after us and we looked forward to a good lunch experience. I ordered a grilled chicken club sandwich on sourdough. The flavour was ok, but it was small and...not a “club” sandwich. The accompanying fries were twice cooked dark brown and just warm. One of the other orders was a BLT. Again the flavour was fine but small and I am not convinced it was sough dough. But the third dish was inedible. It was called Thai Dyed salad. It was so old the lettuce and apple were turning brown. It had no flavour. I looked around and the other diners seemed to be enjoying their meals. Maybe we were just unlucky.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 10, 2019 via mobile

This little cafe is located in the middle of San Francisco on a corner of a old neighbourhood. The food looked good but was a little dry. The services as friendly but messed up the orders. The outdoor seating was pleasant but too busy to...go inside. Seems to be a favourite of the locals. Not somewhere I would go back to.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 30, 2019 via mobile

We went in for breakfast, all the food we ordered was really good! We also had milkshakes which were excellent and the service was friendly. I highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed June 5, 2019 via mobile

From the old school charm and care of the place, to the new school character of the people, and most importantly the wonderful food, authentic and to order. Real Corn beef hash, and a heavenly banana bread, seared on the grill for a little crunch....So. Good.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

A classic American diner. Great staff. Great food. No baby change facilities. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

We love this quaint little cafe with its unique decor and delicious food As vegans we loved the choices for us . We had the tofu scram with added garlic , mushrooms , spinach , cilantro and vegan sausage . Wanted to try other things...but the tofu scram was just so delicious that we decided to have it again on our second trip . All the staff are genuinely friendly with great personalities . We wish we lived closer but every time we come to SF this will be on the agenda for sure . Perhaps next time we will venture to try other items on the menu .More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Don't let the outside scare you away, this restaurant was surprisingly good and classic breakfast dining. Traditional menu but vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Large portions and good flavors.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed April 12, 2018

St Francis Fountain is one of SF's excellent places for breakfast or lunch; we were very fortunate that it is just around the corner from where we are staying. Packed on weekends, but easy to get in during the week. The range of dishes is...pretty good, including reasonably standard breakfast/brunch fare, with mexican influenced options. Located in the Mission district, close to lots of fabulous mural work for those interested in wandering the neighbourhood. Bottomless coffee (but no espresso machine!), excellent and friendly service, and reasonable price (two of us ate very well for $30).More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

A wonderful diner down in the Mission which I believe will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Gives you a real sense of the past and the present mingling together in a bustling neighbourhood. Good food, good prices and a strange array of bubble gum...from the 1980s for some reason.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

I was looking for a location for a style 1950s Diner party with milk shakes and ice cream. The website looks amazing and I was truly excited to have found “the“ place. I knew it‘s in the Mission but with the bar across the street...the neighborhood did not seem right for 13 y old girls and inside the does in no way hold what the website promises. So if you need breakfast- that may be your place - just not a film set quality diner. Not that Mel‘s is that much better and it’s a chain but you get the decor. YMMV.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed October 16, 2017

We ate breakfast/brunch here before exploring the Mission District. There was a wait, but it was well worth it. The coffee was great, the service quick, and the sourdough french toast absolutely delicious. The place heaps of character - sit outside to enjoy the sights...and sounds of the neighbourhood. My girlfriend is vegetarian and she had vegan pancakes which were great too!More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

This place is insanely good - we went twice for breakfast during our recent trip to San Francisco. The first time we both had chefs mess which was blindingly good, incredibly tasty and I did everything but eat the plate! The second time we had...an omelette and my partner had the deluxe French toast with berries and granola. Again both fantastic. The endless coffee is fab and such a nice touch, and the service is excellent. Nothing is too much trouble, even advice on where to shop locally. I am so glad that we discovered St Francis Fountain - we will be back every time we visit San Francisco!! I have to say that HBO's TV drama 'Looking' tipped us off as is was featured. Well done guys, can't wait until the next visit!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed September 17, 2017

On a recent visit to SF we visited this brilliant restaurant twice, love the tables/booths, the staff were so friendly and the food, well that was amazing. Drip coffee served in mugs, my favourite was the Upside-down Hog Cakes, they tasted amazing & I also...sampled some of the pancakes and the Chefs Mess from other family members in our group. So many places to choose from but St Francis' Fountain is in my top five restaurants in San Francisco.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

Good old American style breakfast . We had amazing French toast and scrambled eggs. Gets very busy on weekends, get there early.

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed August 19, 2017

My wife and I loved that place - I discovered that place from Food Network. Breakfast was great and full of flavour - service is good - Coffee is excellent and milkshake are excellent. Pricewise it's good as well

Date of visit: April 2017
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St. Francis Fountain is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4