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Cafe Presse

#304 of 3,065 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
+1 206-709-7674
7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Palo Alto, California
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273 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

They open early, so was a delicious place to meet a friend on a an early AM, for a breakfast with delicious pastries and some hot broiled egg dish. My friend had a London Fog - an earl grey tea with vanilla and steamed milk ! It has the most unusual selection of art magazines and more for sale, so... More 

Thank marcopolopaloalto
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Café Presse prepares seasonal French food, so some of the items change. However, the Casse Croûte has your small plate French favorites: croque monsieur, baguette sandwiches, omelettes, etc. - all day everyday. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed the cod filet roasted with grain mustard, served on fennel, mushrooms, Delicata squash, mushroom-fennel broth. It was served hot and I... More 

Thank Franklin R
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124 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

My mom lives in Bellevue and does not like to come over to Seattle very much but she will gladly come if I treat her to Café Presse. First of all, the service is impeccable. I have never met a rude server at this restaurant and they are not pretentious compared to their colleagues at sister restaurant Le Pichet. They... More 

Thank SeattleEcc
San Juan Islands, WA
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Excellent menu, fantastic food, good service, good coffee, and a cozy atmosphere. I have been here twice and will return again.

Thank Jeff Z
Seattle, Washington
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166 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

I love this place, but it's crowded, and noisy. Our secret is to go early. The back section opens at 5, and they have a very nice happy hour menu. After dinner go to the whisky bar, Cannon. It's 2 blocks south. And, there's plenty of parking.

Thank Max98116
Orlando, Florida
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

This place, while casual, had top notch French bistro food. Excellent service.....I tried several things on the menu during my stay in Seattle and everything was excellent.

Thank kenhamner
Seattle, Washington
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Friends were visiting from out of town and we brought them here for a Saturday afternoon breakfast/lunch. It's a great little French cafe on Capitol Hill on one of the quieter streets. There's a small terrace for when the weather permits and plenty of tables inside as well as a magazine stand with an interesting and eclectic selection. The food... More 

Thank Rhiar23
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

After a disappointing meal the night before at a restaurant that shall remain unnamed, we were guided to Cafe Pesse and were suitably impressed. Great service, European-style streetside seating and a tight menu - if you want delicious, unpretentious French fare, this is the place!

Thank Jeff M
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Three of us dined here 07-31-16, our first night in Seattle. Four years ago we dined here and it was our definite first place to dine this trip. It did not disappoint. I noticed they have added a deck since my last visit and this is where we dined. We each ordered the Tartare de bœuf et sa salade à... More 

Thank davidgI3608ZX
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242 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Was afraid this was going to be all about French Press coffee - but no. Great selection of pastries on a weekday morning, but the best was the Oeufs plate (eggs). Baked in a skillet over shaved ham were two over easy eggs covered with guyere cheese. Served all bubbly hot and delicious. For accompaniment was as much French baguette... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
French, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-709-7674

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?