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Universal Cafe
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2814 19th St San Francisco, CA 94110
2814 19th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
(415) 821-4608universalcafe.net
$$American Restaurant, Cafe
American Restaurant
Cafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Today Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 9:15 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:15 pmSunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:15 pm
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This informal New American spot attracts brunch crowds & also serves market-driven lunch & dinner.- Google
"Really yummy poached eggs and egg nog toast."
"Will definitely try the scrambled eggs next trip."
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Veasna Hang
4 months 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 not...so we went dry...with water!
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Brigitte Cowell
3 months ago
Our favorite place for a friday lunch (working from home day)... with the sunny days in the Mission it's unbeatable! The food is fabulous, everything is great but I am a huge fan of the egg muffin with whatever they are adding to it that day :-)
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Tony Quan
a year ago
Universal Cafe is a solid brunch place. There can definitely be a wait for a table as this establishment. We waited at least an hour last time for a table of 3. It's also a little difficult to get here by public transport, either that or Google Maps gave us a longer route. I had the eggs benedict and passion fruit mimosa, which were both tasty.
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Lilian Tellez
a year ago
The place is small, if you want to have brunch on weekends, make sure to get early (before 10:30 AM). Order the soft scrambled eggs, they are really good. I couldn't try the coffee cake and other pastries but at least looks delicious. Prices are somewhat high, but the quality of the ingredients worth it.
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Micah Mason
3 months ago
Incredible service, very nice food. Beware the frites - they're good and they're plentiful!
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Flora Fiorillo
10 months ago
Universal Café is an unpretentious, small brunch joint that has all one needs on a sunny Saturday morning: quick and tasty brunch. Even though the line can be quite discouraging at times, if you have a chance, ask for a table outside: there is enough designated space on the sidewalk to make brunch eaters feel comfortable. My friend got there in advance so I didn’t have to wait for a table and, as I walked in, I appreciated looking at the open kitchen where the cooks prepared the concoctions in the menu. I started with the Fresh Fruit Shake that had almond milk & butter, bananas and dates. The flavor and texture was great, not too sweet, and it was a great post workout/recovery drink: lots of proteins and good sugar! My friend and I shared the French Toast with strawberries, raspberries and lemon curd chantilly cream and the Poached Eggs with Chanterelle Mushroom-tomato ragout, pan-fried potatoes and mascarpone. The French toast (A-) was really good: the tall slice of bread had the perfect density: not too hard and not too mushy and went perfectly with the Chantilly cream even if the taste of lemon curd was not distinctive. The poached eggs (B++) were good but the ragout was a little too watery and there was a spoonful of mascarpone in the middle of the dish that didn’t really belong all alone on the plate there… I appreciated how the ingredients of this earthy dish came all together but individually they were a little bland. The servers were pleasant and the service was fast. I will definitely go back!
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Nalani Ngoon Warde
a year ago
Always looking for a brunch place to top Serpentine and Plow. Universal came close, very close. The food was very good, and of course the wait was long. Really, really, really long. We'll be back, if we ever roll out of bed early enough to beat the brunch rush :)
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Ty Lim
a year ago
I've only been here for brunch and I can only give it an average rating. I think the ambience was great and all, but in terms of food, it just didn't blow me away, nor was much of it all that memorable. Parking isn't too difficult to find, but the wait is usually horrendous, unless you're lucky. Overall, I don't mind bringing my friends here, but if you're looking for a delicious and memorable brunch, there are better places to go to in the city.

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