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Universal Cafe
American Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–2:15PM, 5:30–9PM
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2814 19th St San Francisco, CA 94110
2814 19th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
$$American Restaurant, Cafe
American Restaurant
Breakfast Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
New American Restaurant
Today 11:30AM–2:15PM, 5:30–9PM
Thursday 11:30AM–2:15PM, 5:30–9PMFriday 10AM–2:15PM, 5:30–10PMSaturday 9AM–3PM, 5:30–10PMSunday 9AM–3PMMonday ClosedTuesday 5:30–9PMWednesday 11:30AM–2:15PM, 5:30–9PM
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This informal New American spot attracts brunch crowds & also serves market-driven lunch & dinner.- Google
"I had the soft scrambled eggs with oven roasted tomatoes."
"My favorite brunch place in San Francisco."
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Mia Mora
2 weeks ago
Best brunch in the city. Seasonal daily menus with consistent solid execution. Can't go wrong but definitely try the coffee cake if it hasn't already run out.
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Shanee Ben-Zur
2 months ago
Great brunch. There's usually a bit of a wait. However if you're flexible on where you want to sit - you can be in, in around 30 mins. Order the soft scramble. It's so satisfying. The Bloody Mary is made with sake and a bunch of awesome accoutrement. The polenta and shrimp is wildly decadent. But also delicious. The breakfast sandwich is yummy and a slightly elevated version of the breakfast classic. Comes with a refreshing little salad.
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Ryan Paredez
8 months ago
Had brunch here on a Sunday. Has outdoor and indoor seating. If you like a good brunch come by and get the poached eggs plate. Very good.
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Thomas Riedl
3 months ago
Solid brunch options but overpriced for what it is
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Molly Shelestak
2 months ago
Yet another tasty brunch spot in San Francisco. Be prepared for a bit of a wait. This is one of few spots with outdoor seating that also gets plenty of sun. Being situated in the mission/potrero helps too since the weather is usually the warmest of the whole city. If you are in love with breakfast sandwiches, then the House-Made Sourdough English Muffin is for you. The french toast is also a trademark of this restaurant and don't forget to get yourself a side order of the toasted banana bread.
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Andrew Michaels
3 months ago
I write this review hesitantly because I don't want this place to become more popular than it already is. Of course I want the owners to do well, but since it's around the corner from our house, I would love to for it to remain a neighborhood secret and hangout. Shhhhhh. In all seriousness though, this place is amazing. We have only eaten brunch here (still need to come back for dinner) and each time have left wanting to come back. This weekend, we actually went twice! Michael, the face of Universal, is usually seating people and is always cordial in the morning. Coffee is also self-serve while you wait, so don't hesitate to pour a cup. You can usually grab a seat outside if it's cold and you will probably have to wait around 20 minutes for an inside table. Some highlights include: (menu changes with the seasons, so this is based on winter 2015/16) Soft scramble, flat iron steak, breakfast sandwich and the chicken sandwich are absolutely incredible. The bacon is also very tasty, so don't be ashamed to order a side of it. Caution: this may become your new favorite spot.
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Veasna Hang
a year ago
Universal Cafe got BRUNCH right...and it starts with their eggs. Their soft scramble was quite buttery and delicious. I tried my friends and wish I had ordered it. That dish also had some really good buttery bread! UGH, trying so hard not to eat carbs.... I ended up getting the poached eggs and bacon hash. These were probably one of my favorite poached eggs of all time. Why? Cause they were actually cooked right, poaching is not just the format of the egg, its also the way its flavored! Just cause an egg is poached doesn't mean it has to be bland. Bravo Universal! The ahi tuna sandwich fell short of expectations, but the crisp waffle chips it came with were amazing!!! We also had French Toast...more of a savory guy, but it was okay. Wish it had a bottomless drink option, but sadly we went dry...with water!
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Micah Mason
a year ago
Incredible service, very nice food. Beware the frites - they're good and they're plentiful!


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