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Universal Cafe

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Mission District
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2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
+1 415-821-4608
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Today
09:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Tue 17:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a friend for an early dinner and we shared the appetizer, main dish and dessert. The servings are a good size and food is yummy.

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Thank Pemwhitney
Berkeley, California
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Had brunch hear on New Year's Eve and very much enjoyed it. I ordered the detox bowl, which came with a fried egg atop brown rice sharing the plate with dark greens and pickled beets. The warm rice and egg were comfort food and the salad had a dressing that I liked so much I had to ask the waiter... More 

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Thank Deborah N
Los Angeles, California, United States
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is a great brunch spot. They have a very interesting menu and the food was unique and creative and very tasty. They also had some good wines. We had a large group and the staff/manager were very accommodative. For brunch this is definitely a great spot!

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Thank David_Aggie
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230 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We tried to get in on a Sunday without a booking. Forget it!!. Queue about 50 peopole waiting. So we ventured back mid week and were first ones in at opening time. I'll keep this review brief. Simply one of the best scrambled egg dishes I have ever had. Scrambled eggs sounds easy and is straight forward to do at... More 

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Thank Lindsay W
Paris, France
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We were 6 friends on a Sunday morning (11am), we waited 20-30 min to be seated. Unfortunately we were seated inside and its VERY noisy specially because the kitchen is literally in the main room. The food was good. I asked for an americano, but on the bill they made me pay for the double americano... And the waiter gives... More 

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Thank Caroline G
Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Even though the line was 30 min long, it was totally worthy. Very trendy place with friendly service and superb food. DON’T miss it!!

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Thank Javier R
Chicago, Illinois
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Ate with a group of nine friends--staff handled food and beverage service with ease and grace. I had butter lettuce salad as app and the squid starter as an entree. Both delicious. Great wine list, fun Market District location.

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Thank Erwinka
San Luis Obispo, California
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There was a line (and from what I hear, that's the norm) but it moved quickly and was worth every minute. You can get a beverage or cocktail to enjoy while you wait, which makes it a little less painful. I hightly recommend the french toast and barbacoa breakfast tostada. The service was great, even with the place packed to... More 

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Thank JEVTodd
Pismo Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I had the poached eggs, my friend had the barbacoa tostada. Everything was amazing. The coffee was great.

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Thank Melissa P
Sausalito, California
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194 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Came here before a show with 3 friends and we all really enjoyed our meals. We started with lobster bisque soup and an heirloom tomato salad, both well-prepared and seasonal. Then we had the gnocchi in pesto, linguine with meatballs, ravioli. All well-prepared, with unique twists that made them better than average Italian. The wines were well-priced as well and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-821-4608

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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?

Staying in Mission District

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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