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“French Bistro - heavily patronized by locals”
Review of Cafe Presse

Cafe Presse
Ranked #273 of 4,216 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: French, Afghani
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed May 28, 2013

In need of morning coffee, a French like breakfast and you want to truly be part of the local Seattle scene? Go to Café Presse. If you are visiting the city, I recommend driving to the restaurant and finding a place where you can park your car for a few hours - Café Presse is located at one end of Capital Hill so after eating you will want to walk around and explore the area.

They offer standard French Bistro fare which is always perfect and most importantly they pair it with Caffe Vita beans so your caffeinated drinks will also hit the right note. (If you are here in a coffee tour start your coffee fix at Stumptown located next door. You will have plenty of time because there is generally a 15 minute wait to get into Café Presse.)

I recommend pretty much the whole menu. The Croque Madame or Monsieur are as good as you will get in France. Why is this so local? The pleasant wait staff all look like they walked out of their Capital Hill apts and strait to work, arm tattoos, fashionably holey stockings, skinny jeans and all. The patrons represent the best of Seattle - dogs, liberal views and an occasional baby.

After eating, ask for directions to Pike Street Fish Fry on 10th ave (about 4 blocks away) take note of its location and swing by for a sinful fried treat on the way back to your car. Stay on 10th and cruise into Elliot Bay book store on the left, come out of the book store and walk to Cal Anderson Park. This park is a weird combination of Seattle hipsters and families - everyone gets along at Cal Anderson. (Oh, Molly Moon's Ice cream is across from the park on Pine Street.) Hang out at the park for a bit, turn left and hit Broadway, then walk up Broadway.

Return to your car (about 2 miles round trip) and tell others about Café Presse.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Went for early lunch/brunch. Place was busy. We were seated at a table in the front section near the bar. Seating is very close. Ordered the croque madame which was mediocre, the carrot soup which was tasty plus a ham on baguette that was fine. Service was decent, priced about right but nothing special to make us want to return.

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Thank Ted M
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We really enjoyed Cafe Presse - so much that we visited twice this past weekend! In a city known for all things coffee, we felt that Cafe Presse served the best cappuccino we had all weekend!

We went for brunch Saturday and had a really great meal - croque madame and wonderful pastries.

We went early on Tuesday and the menu was much more limited - I believe that form 7-9am there is a smaller menu and after that a full one.

A cute eclectic place with a great supply of magazines to buy and enjoy with breakfast - I would highly recommend.

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Thank JBradleyR
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

After 15 or more visits, we feel qualified to rate this excellent bistro. Far better than one might expect for such an unpretentious locale with many hits and few misses. The service is always spot on, an excellent albeit limited (appropriately) wine list . . . by the glass, demi or full carafe or bottle. And all at remarkable value. Have a well made, well served, delicious meal with a demi of wine and dessert, and look at a $30 check. Hard to go wrong here.

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Thank bodaboyce
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited on a rainy Thursday in January. The cafe was jumping. Space is tight but cleverly used. Layout simple, clean. Seating is tight. The staff were friendly and pretty responsive. Food was great for bistro fare, and the wine list good. They have wine by the carafe, which was convenient for 3 people who had to work next day.

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Thank Dennis R
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