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Universal Cafe

2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
+1 415-821-4608
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I'm from out of town. Came with a buddy who is a local. They have a patio where lots of people were enjoying themselves on a warm, sunny day. Many of the customers had their dogs with them. My friend and I ate inside in...More

Thank MitchellF677
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This is a fabulous restaurant. Sitting outside on a beautiful sunny day this is hard to beat. Had an amazing "Universal" breakfast with excellent eggs and homemade chicken sausage. The Medjool date butter was also wonderful. Excellent service too.

Thank Travelingbear1000
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Knowing that this gem gets busy on Sundays, we arrived at 9am and had no problem getting a table. Food was great, and the coffee smooth. Only negative in an otherwise fun, earthy atmosphere is that the cafe got pretty loud when it filled up....More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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.

Thank Pemwhitney
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...More

Thank Deborah N
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...More

Thank David_Aggie
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...More

Thank Lindsay W
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...More

Thank Caroline G
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!!

Thank Javier R
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.

Thank Erwinka
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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 40
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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