Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Universal Cafe

2814 19th St. (Florida St.) Send to Phone
415-821-4608 | Order Now! | Menu
A casual but classy destination for California spins on New American cuisine.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Wed.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

* Click here for rating key

  • 3.0 star rating
3.0 rating over 3 reviews

Universal Cafe Restaurant Review

: This relatively tiny spot where diners sit elbow-to-elbow offers an inventive New American menu---go on a weeknight to enjoy a less frenetic dinner. A short starter list includes a salad of bitter greens dappled with mussels and coins of dense fingerling potatoes and drizzled with a tangy sauce gribiche loaded with fresh herbs. A pan-seared chicken breast gets a classic treatment with a red wine marinade and mushroom and orzo sides. Brined pork chops sit alongside plump cannelloni beans and rapini spiked with a juniper berry-infused butter. Expect comfort-style desserts such as apple crisp, vanilla ice cream and peach pie.

User Ratings & Reviews for Universal Cafe
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in (and around) San Francisco for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in San Francisco to Eat at Right Now

The weather is cooling down, but the Bay Area restaurant scene is heating up.

Read more


Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.