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Universal Cafe



2814 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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(415) 821-4608

  • Sun - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Mon Closed;
  • Tue 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Wed - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am - 10:00pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Cafes, Dog Friendly Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants

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4.7 of 5.0 from 117 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Universal Cafe Reviews

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  • Yann EFavourite breakfast place. The English muffin is a must.

    55555 by Yann E


  • Alison B.Soft scrambled eggs for brunch are yummy.

    55555 by Alison B.


  • Vicky BBrunch 🙌🏼

    55555 by Vicky B


  • Magda PFrench toast melts in your mouth! Delish. Mimosas are pretty good as well.

    55555 by Magda P


  • Ashley A.the food was GREAT! I loved sitting on the outside patio too!

    55555 by Ashley A.


  • Javier RChicken Sandwich, egg muffin, bignetes

    33333 by Javier R


  • Julia K.Banana bread makes a perfect starter (with a sparkling rosé, of course)

    55555 by Julia K.


  • Andres D.Some of the best french toast in the city

    55555 by Andres D.


  • Alice O.The crab cake benedict and French toast was great. I was surprised the crab cake benedict didn't come with muffin bottoms

    55555 by Alice O.


  • Jenna Linsanely good brunch!

    55555 by Jenna L


  • Soojung LeeMimosa, morning bun, poached egg with crab cakes, and their staffs are amazing

    55555 by Soojung Lee


  • Maya ShanmugamAwesome beignets, can't go wrong with anything involving eggs.

    55555 by Maya Shanmugam


  • Christophe L.Noisy, greasy.

    33333 by Christophe L.


  • Chloe DHit or miss food options for lunch. Brunch is good though!

    55555 by Chloe D


  • Craig V.Get the French toast.

    33333 by Craig V.


  • Jussi NFree wi-fi

    55555 by Jussi N


  • SarahLove their take on Southern food. They also do weekday brunch.

    55555 by Sarah


  • Tiffany Zhongsoft scrambled eggs with a perfect amount of cheese was delicious. super filling brunch.

    55555 by Tiffany Zhong


  • Tania TGo for the scrambled eggs & orange mimosa and thank me later. Give the Banana bread a miss and opt for the French toast with cream as a side to share.

    55555 by Tania T


  • Team SDog friendly, dog-friendly!

    55555 by Team S


  • Ciarán LeeFrench toast is quality!

    55555 by Ciarán Lee


  • Vivian CSolid brunch, get the beignets to start!

    55555 by Vivian C


  • Chris M.Sit outside on a sunny day and remind yourself why you moved to SF.

    55555 by Chris M.


  • Ashley M.This is my new favorite brunch. The eggs Benedict were stupid good, so so good. Perfect portions. Awesome service. the banana shake is amazing. Oh and I only had to wait 10min to get seated. BAM

    55555 by Ashley M.


  • Lily BelleSourdough egg sando was delicious

    55555 by Lily Belle


  • Karsten McVayFlatbread pizza, arugula salad - best apple crisp of my life

    55555 by Karsten McVay


  • Shagun AulakhGreat, quiet location. All the food is great. I had an egg and brown sugar turkey sausage sandwich. Good portioning, not too much, but just enough to satiate you

    55555 by Shagun Aulakh


  • John D.I had the pork hash, which was amazing. A good double cappuccino and egg nog french toast later, and I was really happy.

    55555 by John D.


  • Daniel S.The donuts are amazing!

    55555 by Daniel S.


  • Yaron SEverything I've had has been delicious. Staff is warm and nice. Gets busy on weekends but moves pretty quickly. Seriously, everything is good

    55555 by Yaron S


  • Trevor SmithDon't get the cappuccino. It's 80% foam.

    33333 by Trevor Smith


  • Agatha Y.Get the scramble with cherry tomato, avocado and salsa if available. It is blissful!

    55555 by Agatha Y.


  • Elizabeth AgnewThis is my favorite brunch spot in SF. The fresh seasonal dishes never disappoint!

    55555 by Elizabeth Agnew


  • Bommy ChaGets pretty loud inside so best to sit outside if the weather permits. Favorites are the soft scrambled eggs and toasted banana bread with whipped cream cheese. Great americano coffee as well!

    55555 by Bommy Cha


  • Phil H.soft scrambled eggs + sm orange juice 👍

    33333 by Phil H.


  • Staff PicksLooking for a place to grab brunch today? Check out Universal Cafe for a sunny seating area and one of the best house-made English muffin egg sandwiches around. 7/5, 9am-3pm.

    55555 by Staff Picks


  • Alyssa FooteBoudin blanc!

    55555 by Alyssa Foote


  • Jason BucherThe soft-scrambled eggs are really good. I liked how the asparagus was cut in thin slices and the ricotta was folded in so it was warm and melted.

    33333 by Jason Bucher


  • cyn k.still my fave brunch spot. i've finally stopped ordering the soft scramble eggs 100% of the time, and am loving whatever other special savory plates they're offering.

    55555 by cyn k.


  • Chris S.I don't what happened in the last three weeks but the food is no longer up to SF brunch standards.

    33333 by Chris S.


  • Simon F.Delicious brunch, expect a significant wait if you get there during peak brunch hours

    55555 by Simon F.


  • Jonathan V.First time? You can never go wrong with the soft scrambled eggs.

    33333 by Jonathan V.


  • Daniel G.The toasted banana bread is where it's at. For real.

    55555 by Daniel G.


  • Kelvin T.They have great English muffins

    55555 by Kelvin T.


  • John-Henry B.Grab a coffee from the thermos while you wait for a table. When it's just one the wait is usually short. It's not the cheapest, but well worth the price for the delicious food.

    55555 by John-Henry B.


  • Alix B.Brunch, yum!

    55555 by Alix B.


  • Jonathan C.Make sure u keep tabs on where you are on the list. They sometimes skip over names by accident.

    33333 by Jonathan C.


  • DipikaSoft scrambled eggs, no lie.

    33333 by Dipika


  • Ellen B.Their previous head chef left a few months ago. I loved it before and think it's improved -- food is a bit lighter, less oily than it had been getting the prior couple of years.

    55555 by Ellen B.


  • George M.Get the fries

    22222 by George M.


  • Mamie R.Brunch on weekdays! Wednesday-Friday 11:30-2:15.

    55555 by Mamie R.


  • Cate H.Go for the bacon and banana bread. Everything else was pretty ordinary.

    55555 by Cate H.


  • Charlotte C.Best coffee I've ever had at a restaurant.

    55555 by Charlotte C.


  • Blake S.Get the crab cakes and sit under the sky light at the bar (or outside if weather permits).

    55555 by Blake S.


  • Ellen B.Screw brunch, come for dinner. Consistently amazing food & a great affordable wine list courtesy of owner Armando.

    55555 by Ellen B.


  • Kenneth B.So many brunch classics here: the flatbread or soft scramble for something lighter, the hash or meaty sandwich of the day if you're hungry. The real secret: the toasted banana bread with cream cheese.

    55555 by Kenneth B.


  • SF WeeklyDuring the week, this Mission hot spot serves up the fried egg sandwich on a poppy seed kaiser roll, but if you can make it through to the weekend, grab one at brunch instead.

    55555 by SF Weekly


  • timoni w.Order the fruit plate if you get anything.

    33333 by timoni w.


  • Stephanie L.Put your name down and head over to Heath Ceramics for coffee and shopping while you wait

    55555 by Stephanie L.


  • Noah M.Try the Breakfast Sando... Best in Town!

    55555 by Noah M.


  • Holger L.Dungeness Crab cakes with poached eggs...are you kidding me!?! So good!

    33333 by Holger L.


  • timoni w.The fruit plate, with honey and a wedge of toast covered in cheese, will increase your brunch happiness by 1000%.

    33333 by timoni w.


  • Eric A.Brunch on weekends, lunch menu's great too, but often a long wait.

    55555 by Eric A.


  • Willie L.New extended brunch hours!

    55555 by Willie L.


  • Stephanie C.Always get the plate of local fruit with toast fromage blac and honey.

    55555 by Stephanie C.


  • Anton S.Get the French fries.

    33333 by Anton S.


  • Pacific Union InternationalTerrific brunches with a rotating menu here. Most of the egg dishes include a delicious (and plentiful!) salad. If you arrive right at 9 a.m. on a weekend, there should be plenty of tables still.

    55555 by Pacific Union International


  • Jason L.Doughnuts are delicious but surprisingly filling. You may want to share an order.

    55555 by Jason L.


  • KathleenBest place for fries!

    55555 by Kathleen


  • Ros d.A classier date night can be found here. Get the wait staff to stumble you through the wine list, that's what they're there for.

    55555 by Ros d.


  • Julie F.California cuisine at its finest. Fresh, affordable and amazing service

    55555 by Julie F.


  • Azin A.In short: Not worth the wait

    22222 by Azin A.


  • 7x7 M.A zesty Southern tomato relish and splash of vinegar adds some spice and tang to this eggs benedict dish. Local-cured ham sits on top of sweet cornbread and the blend of flavors is amazing.

    55555 by 7x7 M.


  • JeremyEnglish muffin sandwich == orgasmic

    55555 by Jeremy


  • John C.Expensive but delicious SF brunch. Be prepared to wait in line for half an hour.

    55555 by John C.


  • Priya S.I absolutely love this place. Go for the French toast, soft scrambled eggs, side of sausage, potatoes and bacon to get the full experience! Also, don't forget to try their freshly squeezed mimosas.

    55555 by Priya S.


  • Jacob G.The almond banana buttermilk shake is delicous!

    55555 by Jacob G.


  • Shirley L.Whatever you get make sure to order a side of potatoes and the coffee cake!

    55555 by Shirley L.


  • Jess M.Try the Flatbread W Summer Squash, Fennel & Caramelized Onions - #crunchy crust with super fresh veggies and fragrant herbs. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Jess M.


  • Suzanne Y.Best bacon I ever had was in the english muffin sandwich. Order anything with it in it.

    33333 by Suzanne Y.


  • Kelly P.Beignets are delicious. Coffee refills are generous. Flatbreads are mediocre.

    55555 by Kelly P.


  • Kevin L.Help yourself to coffee while you wait!

    55555 by Kevin L.


  • Jessica C.banana bread and soft scrambled eggs. be prepared to wait!

    55555 by Jessica C.


  • jolene l.Lovely brunch. Good portions and friendly staff. Make sure to go early. The place is small... So enjoy in a group of 3 at most or solo:) oh yea- and the banana bread is amazing!

    55555 by jolene l.


  • Rachael B.Sake bloody marries are the best

    55555 by Rachael B.


  • Ro B.Eggs and sausage with black truffle.

    55555 by Ro B.


  • Felipe O.Brunch is awesome!

    55555 by Felipe O.


  • Doc P.Try the Steak-Frites - My first time here. Loved the steakhole. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Doc P.


  • Randy Q.Monte Croatian sandwich, FTW

    55555 by Randy Q.


  • Jeff K.Arrive before 11:30 am Sundays to avoid excessive wait times. Get the donut with some cream on the menu. Trust. If you ever see something with creamy polenta, get it! Frites with herbs are amazing.

    55555 by Jeff K.


  • Benjy W.Everything is delicious, but if I had to single out one item it would be the banana bread.

    55555 by Benjy W.


  • cyn k.best brunch in the country. try the fruit plate and the soft scrambled eggs.

    55555 by cyn k.


  • Laura P.The little gems is a salad! Don't pass it by if you don't know the lingo

    55555 by Laura P.


  • Sarah W.OMG stone fruit cobbler.

    55555 by Sarah W.


  • The FeastArrive before 9 A.M. on weekends and chuckle as the waiting brunch crowd stares enviously at your sake bloody mary, soft-scrambled eggs, and toasted banana bread.

    55555 by The Feast


  • Paul S.picks-> healthy: soft-scrambled eggs, not: french toast

    55555 by Paul S.


  • Grub CrawlGo there for brunch on Sunday. www.grubcrawl.com

    55555 by Grub Crawl


  • The Daily SipA legendary SF brunch option. Dinner is tasty as well, and corkage runs you $20/bottle. The fries are not to be missed, but plan on sharing them--huge portion.

    55555 by The Daily Sip


  • Monica D.Bring a friend for brunch. One person order sweet, the other savory...share....think about it for days after. #flatbread

    33333 by Monica D.


  • Racheal G.Apple doughnuts. Biscuits and gravy are happening as well for brunch today!! Come by and get your brunch on!!

    55555 by Racheal G.


  • MarcHangar steak here changed my life. A must.

    55555 by Marc


  • Sara W.My husband and I love this restaurant so much we had our rehearsal dinner here. Brunch is incredible-love the doughnuts and bloody marys! Pasta with duck confit is my favorite.

    55555 by Sara W.


  • Mike B.Awesome restaurant. If you go to brunch on the weekends, be sure to try the french toast. OMG!

    55555 by Mike B.


  • David R.They've got a nice Gruener by the glass on the menu today!

    33333 by David R.


  • David R.Flatbread here is awesome!

    55555 by David R.


  • Zak J.Spaghetti is amazing. I had it with artichoke, bacon and peas. Delicious.

    55555 by Zak J.


  • susie COne of my fav eateries in SF, great vibe and fresh, organic delicious cooking

    55555 by susie C


  • 7x7 M.Now these are some good french fries...they're #83 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.

    55555 by 7x7 M.


  • Dora F.pineapple and chantilly cream french toast. wow.

    55555 by Dora F.


  • Benjamin S.Come for brunch and get the french toast or the fruit plate. Best I've ever had!

    55555 by Benjamin S.


  • Mark K.Sit outside and eat good food.

    55555 by Mark K.


  • Shana S.drown your sorrows in chantilly and peach covered french toast

    55555 by Shana S.


  • Christian Kgreat brunch, get the soup, never has disappointed.

    55555 by Christian K


  • FoeWeel !!!???Best French Toast tied with Chloe's Cafe in Noe Valley

    55555 by FoeWeel !!!???


  • Laura G.You can't order wrong at Universal brunch. Standbys include the fruit plate, flatbread, banana bread, any egg dish...and of course, their seasonal bellini!

    55555 by Laura G.


  • Laura G.Get a bellini at brunch - always made with fresh fruit, and potent!

    55555 by Laura G.


  • Claudine C.Go to Universal Cafe for brunch. Wait 1 hour. Order the lamb burger and beignets.

    55555 by Claudine C.


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