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Cove Cafe

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The Castro
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434 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2020
+1 415-626-0462
08:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been a while since I'd had a meal here and it was always basic, decent comfort food. On a recent visit, however, a had a different experience with an order of a waffle and coffee. The waffle came under-baked, mushy in the middle, and an unappetizing beige color. The bill for both was $15.

Thank steve h
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11 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner here several times, and each time the food was good. There are daily changing specials, and the bread pudding for dessert is really good. Sitting in the window is a good way of seeing the world go by!

Thank Timon_q
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This staple of the Castro never lets me down. Solid good tasty good food and easy access and availability. Recently had the pork chops for breakfast and they were perfect. Moist as you could want. Service is great. Friendly place. Always a good deal.

Thank JPHauck
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

If you happen to find yourself IN the Castro and ON Castro, you will want to duck into the Cove Cafe, a restaurant full of history on mounted screens, with food that's always delicious and reasonable. Big helpings as well. Breakfast offers many different style Benedicts, and all the rest is standard fare, but well prepared and tasty. The evening... More 

Thank maxbialy
San Diego, California
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152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I met friends there for dinner, and we had excellent food and a quiet place to visit and get acquainted.

Thank Darrell92104
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5 reviews
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Certain events leading up to the trip had me a bit down. Choosing a lunch at the Cove helped make those feelings go away and replaced with love. Getting time to visit with Solange & Maurice adds to the awesome. I do my best to eat quite a few meals there during my trip at different times of the day-... More 

Thank Thomas M
San Francisco
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1,165 reviews
557 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I had not eaten in 20 years. But I am glad that I did so tonight. Ribs and Fries, tonight's special, were excellent. Dinner salad was perfect. Service was great and food came out fast.

Thank 7268
Maysville, Georgia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I visit the Castro each fall. We go here every morning for breakfast. They also have very good lunch and dinner. It's a good, local place and fun for people watching. Service has always been excellent.

Thank Mark H
London, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I had read that this place was one of the top places for breakfast/brunch and mimosas and while I did not have the latter I did have the veggie eggs Benedict which is not on the menu but one made for me when I informed them I was vegetarian. Super efficient and friendly service full of friendly locals. Not a... More 

Thank angelaymlau
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great food with really helpful staff makes this a good place to eat. Prices are very reasonable, portions good and food tastes wonderful. Definitely a place to stop if in Castro

Thank Wendy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 434 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2020
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-0462

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

Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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