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Cafe Presse

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1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
206-709-7674
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7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Local bistro

Comfortable local on Capital Hill with French Bistro menu. Good terrine and Croques as comfort food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
pete-mack00
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend who spends several weeks a year in Paris had already mentioned Cafe Presse to me, so I was delighted when a colleague invited me to join him there for a business lunch. It is right at Seattle U, so that parking can be a challenge. Just don't forget your sticker, and watch the time! There is a nice... More 

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Thank Seattle_Hiker
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good late night spot, reasonable wine list prices and excellent service. The menue was limited, and we had some appetizers that were well above average, and the lentil soup was bland. If alternative lifestyles bother you, be advised.

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Thank lpstohler
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfortable local on Capital Hill with French Bistro menu. Good terrine and Croques as comfort food.

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Thank pete-mack00
Mendon, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We were pointed to this gem by a bookseller around the corner. He knew what he was talking about. It was the perfect spot for a light lunch. Very busy, so we staked out a few stools at the bar. The place has a very European feel and the food is delicious. Don't miss the Croque Madam!

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Thank Judyleo
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Delightful French restaurant with some unusual choices. Although it seems small it offers front and back indoor seating as well as outdoor seating and a comfortable bar. Wait staff are helpful and really friendly.

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Thank Barbara S
Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Delicious French Bistro-style favorites served briskly in this casual restaurant. Both bar and table service, open early til late, no linen table cloths, but very good food. The fries with aioli will make you think you are back in Europe, but the Croque Monsieur may be better than the one you had in Paris. Portions are generous and prices are... More 

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Thank Kate S
West Coast
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

As long time customers, we are looking for other options. The servers cannot seem to get things right. Well past opening time, we were shooed back out the door and made to wait on the sidewalk until 7:15. After multiple mistakes with the ordered items (and a near disastrous spill) I was ready to walk. 25 minutes waiting for a... More 

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Thank SeattleME
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I've been coming here since they first opened, though less frequently recently. Had lunch today and it was terrific. Very French I suppose. I had a wonderful mackerel with oranges, potatoes, olives, parsley, and some nice Gauillac Rose, followed by an espresso. I really enjoyed it. Sunny day in Seattle (course they are all sunny this year) and some of... More 

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Thank Michael W
Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My wife and I ate at Cafe Presse twice during a week-long legal conference at Seattle University (the campus is worth a visit, BTW, even if you don't have business there). The place is tiny, with small somewhat cramped tables inside, and a little bit less cramped outdoor patio with market umbrella tables. First, the Good: The Food and knowledgeable... More 

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Thank Woody2billionand1
North Brunswick, New Jersey
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We recently stopped by Cafe Presse while on vacation in Seattle. We wanted to go to a sitdown cafe that offered more to eat than your standard muffins, bagels and danishes. This place serves french food but don't let that scare you away if you've never tried that before. Both my fiance and I tried the Croque Monsieur, which was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 206-709-7674

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: French, Cafe, Middle Eastern, Afghani
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 am

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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?