Cafe Presse

★★★★☆
  • 1117 12th Ave

    Seattle, WA 98122

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  • 206-709-7674

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Always enjoy coming to Cafe Presse for the delicious baguettes and decadent Croque Madames. Free wifi is a nice bonus, even if I would prefer the NW Stumptown to the (still quite good) European blends used by Presse.

3
★★★★★

Always enjoy coming to Cafe Presse for the delicious baguettes and decadent Croque Madames. Free wifi is a nice bonus, even if I would prefer the NW Stumptown to the (still quite good) European blends used by Presse.

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This place is an adorable little spot, but the menu is a bit limited (not a lot for vegetarians) and pricey. One of the highlights about this place is that they run European Football (soccer) games all day long and they have a great selection of magazines. The staff is friendly and the ambiance is wonderful, but would be nice if they offered some more veg-friendly food. Also, it can be quite busy on weekends.

3
★★★☆☆

This place is an adorable little spot, but the menu is a bit limited (not a lot for vegetarians) and pricey. One of the highlights about this place is that they run European Football (soccer) games all day long and they have a great selection of magazines. The staff is friendly and the ambiance is wonderful, but would be nice if they offered some more veg-friendly food. Also, it can be quite busy on weekends.

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i love presse! I love Presse! The mussels,the sardine salad, the rillette, the cold chicken! I can't get enough. The food follows the seasons and always hits its mark! And whoever that blue-eyed hostess is, I'm sweet on her.

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★★★★★

i love presse! I love Presse! The mussels,the sardine salad, the rillette, the cold chicken! I can't get enough. The food follows the seasons and always hits its mark! And whoever that blue-eyed hostess is, I'm sweet on her.

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My husband and I came to Cafe Presse for brunch and left with satisfied stomachs and planning when we could come back. The Croque Monsieur was delicious and Pan au Chocolat hit the spot. Well made espresso and good service made the experience complete.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I came to Cafe Presse for brunch and left with satisfied stomachs and planning when we could come back. The Croque Monsieur was delicious and Pan au Chocolat hit the spot. Well made espresso and good service made the experience complete.

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I've been to Cafe Presse twice for dinner in the past month. I love the cozy, warm interior and the friendly, relaxed staff. You feel like you could linger for hours just like in France! The portions are generous, delicious, and the prices reasonable - especially the wine list.

4
★★★★☆

I've been to Cafe Presse twice for dinner in the past month. I love the cozy, warm interior and the friendly, relaxed staff. You feel like you could linger for hours just like in France! The portions are generous, delicious, and the prices reasonable - especially the wine list.

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This place is pretty new, and it has great prices. It is a comfortable place to come for a light snack alone with a book, or to meet up with friends. Beautiful interior.

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★★★★☆

This place is pretty new, and it has great prices. It is a comfortable place to come for a light snack alone with a book, or to meet up with friends. Beautiful interior.

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I was a little hesitant to try this place because of some of the not-so-stellar reviews here and because I know so little about French cuisine. I was enormously and pleasantly surprised. My friend and I had dinner at around 8:00 last Friday. We immediately got a table. Our waiter was really friendly and suggested a great bottle of wine and a starter of chicken liver terrine, which was excellent. My friend had the mussels and I had the pork loin. The mussels were tender and juicy in a broth with a hint of orange and came with amazing fries with mayo. The pork, juicy and perfect, was baked in a rich cheese sauce with potatoes and cauliflower. The service, in general, was simultaneously attentive and laid-back and lacked any attitude. All in all, it was a great experience. I will certainly be back.

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★★★★★

I was a little hesitant to try this place because of some of the not-so-stellar reviews here and because I know so little about French cuisine. I was enormously and pleasantly surprised. My friend and I had dinner at around 8:00 last Friday. We immediately got a table. Our waiter was really friendly and suggested a great bottle of wine and a starter of chicken liver terrine, which was excellent. My friend had the mussels and I had the pork loin. The mussels were tender and juicy in a broth with a hint of orange and came with amazing fries with mayo. The pork, juicy and perfect, was baked in a rich cheese sauce with potatoes and cauliflower. The service, in general, was simultaneously attentive and laid-back and lacked any attitude. All in all, it was a great experience. I will certainly be back.

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I love Cafe Presse and don't know what I would do without it. Everyone there is so amazing and friendly. I particularly adore the platinum blonde, I think her name is Heather. I agree with girlkitty! I remember Heather from Pichet too. Everyone there always takes the time to say hi and see what we need. And the food and wine? Out of this world, and such a great deal!

And Cameron's hot.

2
★★★★★

I love Cafe Presse and don't know what I would do without it. Everyone there is so amazing and friendly. I particularly adore the platinum blonde, I think her name is Heather. I agree with girlkitty! I remember Heather from Pichet too. Everyone there always takes the time to say hi and see what we need. And the food and wine? Out of this world, and such a great deal!

And Cameron's hot.

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Not too excited to return, there are better places on Cap Hill to grab a nice lunch.

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★★☆☆☆

Not too excited to return, there are better places on Cap Hill to grab a nice lunch.

Pros: fries, omelette

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It's hard to believe that anyone would have anything bad to say about that platinum blonde woman. She's been serving me for years at Pichet and now at Presse, and she's always taken great care of me! She's attentive and informative. And I love her hair. Oh, and the food is delicious and very affordable.

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★★★★★

It's hard to believe that anyone would have anything bad to say about that platinum blonde woman. She's been serving me for years at Pichet and now at Presse, and she's always taken great care of me! She's attentive and informative. And I love her hair. Oh, and the food is delicious and very affordable.

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Service is a joke there. Sat there, ignored us for the longest time. When we flagged someone down, someone else came over with a horrible annoyed attitude. Rushed us to order, and when we got our food, we were never checked up to see how we were doing. I needed more water, wanted a coffee, and wanted to order something to go...and couldnt get any of that. Server came in the end to drop the check off, did it so harshly she knocked over the glass of water. We left so angry, never want to go back again.

I agree with Jitrato03 and Meekonese, I too was Asian. Horrible restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service is a joke there. Sat there, ignored us for the longest time. When we flagged someone down, someone else came over with a horrible annoyed attitude. Rushed us to order, and when we got our food, we were never checked up to see how we were doing. I needed more water, wanted a coffee, and wanted to order something to go...and couldnt get any of that. Server came in the end to drop the check off, did it so harshly she knocked over the glass of water. We left so angry, never want to go back again.

I agree with Jitrato03 and Meekonese, I too was Asian. Horrible restaurant.

Pros: You can get a nice arm workout flagging people down

Cons: Service

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I like most of the food, and the hours and prices are good. They usually give free bread and butter, both of which are soft and enjoyable. Sometimes, though, they'll forget (or decide they don't care?) and the person waiting your table will seem oddly troubled by a polite bread request. I've also been given cold drip coffee more times than is excusable. Twice my latte came after my meal, so now I just order drip when I go. While the service is generally friendly enough (except for the bread, which seems to be a sore subject) it doesn't tend to kick in until after I've been there awhile and the workers have accepted that I am, indeed, staying for a meal. Maybe they hope that if they don't acknowledge me, I'll just leave?

I have a feeling the poor service is the result of understaffing, and if so, shame on the management for putting the staff in this lose-lose situation.

This is my major gripe: I've been here about a dozen times, and I'm still not sure whether I should seat myself. I've tried doing so, and I've tried waiting for acknowledgement, and both methods have earned me dirty looks from employees. I've seen other poor patrons standing around the door looking confused and wish I could whisper the answer to them. WHY CAN'T THEY POST A SIGN? Here, I'll even ghostwrite a few options: "Please seat yourself," or "Please wait to be seated," or "Please go away." Whatever it is, just let us know!

2
★★★★☆

I like most of the food, and the hours and prices are good. They usually give free bread and butter, both of which are soft and enjoyable. Sometimes, though, they'll forget (or decide they don't care?) and the person waiting your table will seem oddly troubled by a polite bread request. I've also been given cold drip coffee more times than is excusable. Twice my latte came after my meal, so now I just order drip when I go. While the service is generally friendly enough (except for the bread, which seems to be a sore subject) it doesn't tend to kick in until after I've been there awhile and the workers have accepted that I am, indeed, staying for a meal. Maybe they hope that if they don't acknowledge me, I'll just leave?

I have a feeling the poor service is the result of understaffing, and if so, shame on the management for putting the staff in this lose-lose situation.

This is my major gripe: I've been here about a dozen times, and I'm still not sure whether I should seat myself. I've tried doing so, and I've tried waiting for acknowledgement, and both methods have earned me dirty looks from employees. I've seen other poor patrons standing around the door looking confused and wish I could whisper the answer to them. WHY CAN'T THEY POST A SIGN? Here, I'll even ghostwrite a few options: "Please seat yourself," or "Please wait to be seated," or "Please go away." Whatever it is, just let us know!

Pros: Food, prices

Cons: I think they hate their customers

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I'm white and I always get great service. jitrata03 and chonpz, I think you're on to something here. Cafe Presse must be...

Get real, people, white, asian or otherwise. If you don't like the Capitol Hill attitude, stay on the Eastside.

The food is great. Once, it wasn't. I said something and they fixed it. Easy enough. I've never been pushed out the door, even while clocking 2+hours of laptop time during peak business. The service is merely there. I'm not looking to be entertained or stroked under the table. I'm here to eat and have some coffee or wine and that has occurred without fail every time I've been there over the past year (about once a week).

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★★★★★

I'm white and I always get great service. jitrata03 and chonpz, I think you're on to something here. Cafe Presse must be...

Get real, people, white, asian or otherwise. If you don't like the Capitol Hill attitude, stay on the Eastside.

The food is great. Once, it wasn't. I said something and they fixed it. Easy enough. I've never been pushed out the door, even while clocking 2+hours of laptop time during peak business. The service is merely there. I'm not looking to be entertained or stroked under the table. I'm here to eat and have some coffee or wine and that has occurred without fail every time I've been there over the past year (about once a week).

Pros: Great all purpose venue, (date, work, lunch,dinner, late drinks), Staff, Music

Cons: None really. They are who they are.

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I have been there twice because food, atmosphere and serives are really good at the first time. But tonight, my friend and I had dinner there. I was so happy with food but very disappoint and very upset for the services. My friend and I were done with our meal and still talked to each other. The restaurant was getting busy. Suddenly, a waitress who was not served us at the first time asked us did we need more water. We said no because the bottle of water was empty but our glasses were full. She took the bottle and glasses of water away. Our table was empty. That was so rude for the customer who pay the bill for $60.- per meal plus tip 20% because she needed our table to serve other customer. She is not deserve to work there or maybe she don't want to serve Asian. I am a server too, I never do that with my customers. I really upset and will not go back because not only that place has a good food.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been there twice because food, atmosphere and serives are really good at the first time. But tonight, my friend and I had dinner there. I was so happy with food but very disappoint and very upset for the services. My friend and I were done with our meal and still talked to each other. The restaurant was getting busy. Suddenly, a waitress who was not served us at the first time asked us did we need more water. We said no because the bottle of water was empty but our glasses were full. She took the bottle and glasses of water away. Our table was empty. That was so rude for the customer who pay the bill for $60.- per meal plus tip 20% because she needed our table to serve other customer. She is not deserve to work there or maybe she don't want to serve Asian. I am a server too, I never do that with my customers. I really upset and will not go back because not only that place has a good food.

Pros: good food

Cons: bad services

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i ordered steak frite, croque monsieur and a salad verte
the croque monsieur was good enough
the salad was ok, nothing to write home about.
the "steak frite" steak was horrible..believe me ... i haven't had meat this bad in 20 years.
Just imagine steak at Dennys but on a really really really bad night....actually i think steak at Dennys is much better compared to this.
btw i haven't writen a review in 20 years...It was sooo bad i fell it is my responsability to warn seattle.

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★☆☆☆☆

i ordered steak frite, croque monsieur and a salad verte
the croque monsieur was good enough
the salad was ok, nothing to write home about.
the "steak frite" steak was horrible..believe me ... i haven't had meat this bad in 20 years.
Just imagine steak at Dennys but on a really really really bad night....actually i think steak at Dennys is much better compared to this.
btw i haven't writen a review in 20 years...It was sooo bad i fell it is my responsability to warn seattle.

Pros: hmmm still thinking...

Cons: steak frite.

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This duech bag carried such a horrible attitude towards my friends and was absolutely not friendly. We sat at the bar for 15 minutes, watching him chit-chat with his friends on the other end. Did not offer to get us a drink, or offer a food menu, until we had to call him over. When he did come over, he seemed so annoyed to even make our drinks. We actually felt he was sort of discriminating against us, because we were the only asians in the restaurant. Many other customers walked in after us, he was very friendly and was so nice to everyone else around us!! We all work in the restaurant industry, so we know we didn't get off on a bad start. It wasnt like we were ordering complicated and picky orders, and were snobby. We simply went in, sat down at the bar, and he never acknowledge us. I over heard him have his barback take care of us, and he was just fantastic and nice. He was the one with the short somewhat curly hair. The restaurant was not busy at all, with just a few people at the bar. But apparantly, he found it more important to be chit-chatting with is friends and talking only to those who were non-minority. In order words, ONLY White people.
Dont go to this restaurant if you are Asian or NON WHITE. Apparantly, you will be absolutely hated with this prejudice minority hating bartender.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This duech bag carried such a horrible attitude towards my friends and was absolutely not friendly. We sat at the bar for 15 minutes, watching him chit-chat with his friends on the other end. Did not offer to get us a drink, or offer a food menu, until we had to call him over. When he did come over, he seemed so annoyed to even make our drinks. We actually felt he was sort of discriminating against us, because we were the only asians in the restaurant. Many other customers walked in after us, he was very friendly and was so nice to everyone else around us!! We all work in the restaurant industry, so we know we didn't get off on a bad start. It wasnt like we were ordering complicated and picky orders, and were snobby. We simply went in, sat down at the bar, and he never acknowledge us. I over heard him have his barback take care of us, and he was just fantastic and nice. He was the one with the short somewhat curly hair. The restaurant was not busy at all, with just a few people at the bar. But apparantly, he found it more important to be chit-chatting with is friends and talking only to those who were non-minority. In order words, ONLY White people.
Dont go to this restaurant if you are Asian or NON WHITE. Apparantly, you will be absolutely hated with this prejudice minority hating bartender.

Pros: Nice Ambiance

Cons: White Power Bartender

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I love Cafe Presse and its sister restaurant Le Pichet. The food is amazing and I love sitting at the bar and soaking it all in. Casey is awesome! I love that it gets crowded and everyone is having a good time and I love eating an early breakfast when it's quiet on a Sunday morning.

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★★★★★

I love Cafe Presse and its sister restaurant Le Pichet. The food is amazing and I love sitting at the bar and soaking it all in. Casey is awesome! I love that it gets crowded and everyone is having a good time and I love eating an early breakfast when it's quiet on a Sunday morning.

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I love the sister restaurant, Le Pichet, so when I heard that they were opening a second restaurant, I was pumped! In the beginning it was cool, although service could have been warmer, but now- IT'S AWFUL! My husband owns a few restaurants around Seattle, and pays close attention to customer service. We were appauled by the way the waitresses were behaving. Upon arrival, the short haired, platinum blonde waitress hardly acknowledged our presence, then when she finally did make it over, I was embarrassed for her! She was so incredibly rude, walked away from the table while my husband was in the middle of ordering, and seemed annoyed when we wanted to order more! I don't even understand! How she got the job is beyond me! Apparently this girl doesn't understand who really signs her paycheck at the end of the day! Lucky for her my husband didn't share his thoughts on her with her. To the waitress-Hey Sweety, word of advice! Just because you work in a French restaurant, doesn't mean you can act like you have better things to do! If you don't like the restaurant business-don't be in it! Thankfully, the bartender was very attentive, and kept checking on us. That was noticed and appreciated!
A common misconception is that the French are rude. Not so. And it certainly doesn't mean that if you work at a french restaurant, you can take on that characteristic! I lived in France, and never experienced such horrible service! Waiters and waitresses in France are knowledgable on the menu, as well as wine that compliments the meals. Not her-she was a DUD! Such a disappointment

0
★☆☆☆☆

I love the sister restaurant, Le Pichet, so when I heard that they were opening a second restaurant, I was pumped! In the beginning it was cool, although service could have been warmer, but now- IT'S AWFUL! My husband owns a few restaurants around Seattle, and pays close attention to customer service. We were appauled by the way the waitresses were behaving. Upon arrival, the short haired, platinum blonde waitress hardly acknowledged our presence, then when she finally did make it over, I was embarrassed for her! She was so incredibly rude, walked away from the table while my husband was in the middle of ordering, and seemed annoyed when we wanted to order more! I don't even understand! How she got the job is beyond me! Apparently this girl doesn't understand who really signs her paycheck at the end of the day! Lucky for her my husband didn't share his thoughts on her with her. To the waitress-Hey Sweety, word of advice! Just because you work in a French restaurant, doesn't mean you can act like you have better things to do! If you don't like the restaurant business-don't be in it! Thankfully, the bartender was very attentive, and kept checking on us. That was noticed and appreciated!
A common misconception is that the French are rude. Not so. And it certainly doesn't mean that if you work at a french restaurant, you can take on that characteristic! I lived in France, and never experienced such horrible service! Waiters and waitresses in France are knowledgable on the menu, as well as wine that compliments the meals. Not her-she was a DUD! Such a disappointment

Pros: Yummy Food and Cool Bartender

Cons: Platinum Blonde Waitress

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I have to disagree with the comments I'm reading below... Cafe Presse is actually pretty close to the real French Bistros you'd find in small French towns where I'm from. Yes, it can be loud, people and servers are talking (God forbid!), but that what makes this place unpretentious and warm. You can have your coffee and "tartines" while watching a soccer game, or enjoy a perfect Croque-Monsieur with a glass of wine while reading a French newspaper. Again, it is a bistro. If you're looking for a fine French dining experience, you should head towards the Market.

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★★★★☆

I have to disagree with the comments I'm reading below... Cafe Presse is actually pretty close to the real French Bistros you'd find in small French towns where I'm from. Yes, it can be loud, people and servers are talking (God forbid!), but that what makes this place unpretentious and warm. You can have your coffee and "tartines" while watching a soccer game, or enjoy a perfect Croque-Monsieur with a glass of wine while reading a French newspaper. Again, it is a bistro. If you're looking for a fine French dining experience, you should head towards the Market.

Pros: Cheese

Cons: None

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My husband and I were riding the French wave after eating a fabulous dinner at Entre Nous on Valentine's Day so thought we would try another new popular French place. What a mistake! The service was so awful that I wanted to leave about 20 minutes into it! Although the food wasn't terrible, it definitely did not make up for the snotty painfully slow service we received.

Needless to say, we have found our French spot, and Cafe Presse is NOT it!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were riding the French wave after eating a fabulous dinner at Entre Nous on Valentine's Day so thought we would try another new popular French place. What a mistake! The service was so awful that I wanted to leave about 20 minutes into it! Although the food wasn't terrible, it definitely did not make up for the snotty painfully slow service we received.

Needless to say, we have found our French spot, and Cafe Presse is NOT it!

Cons: Horrible service, salty food, soggy pomme frites

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Whoa--first off, nowhere in Paris is like this place because no self-respecting Montmatre proprietaire would let customers sit around while the wait staff gossips. This was our second try--the first time we left after waiting for five minutes and not even getting eye contact. But hope or gullibility springs eternal and we tried again. Actually had to wave in front of bartender's face to get noticed and got sullen notice at that. Ordered. Waited. Ate Pomme Frites (pretty good, but even Mickey D doesn't screw those up). Crowning touch--put a $20 on the $12.50 bill and were asked if we wanted change. Sure--we always tip 63% for crummy service. Unless you're a masochist, don't bother.

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★☆☆☆☆

Whoa--first off, nowhere in Paris is like this place because no self-respecting Montmatre proprietaire would let customers sit around while the wait staff gossips. This was our second try--the first time we left after waiting for five minutes and not even getting eye contact. But hope or gullibility springs eternal and we tried again. Actually had to wave in front of bartender's face to get noticed and got sullen notice at that. Ordered. Waited. Ate Pomme Frites (pretty good, but even Mickey D doesn't screw those up). Crowning touch--put a $20 on the $12.50 bill and were asked if we wanted change. Sure--we always tip 63% for crummy service. Unless you're a masochist, don't bother.

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I'm a huge stickler when it comes to service but will adjust my expectations in relation to how much the food costs. That being said, I love Cafe Presse! I've eaten there twice (both times they were super busy) and on both times received excellent service. Granted it took a bit longer than what one would expect normal but its a wine bar isn't it? Slower pace, good wine, good food, good converstion. Okay, the food..we get the cheese platter and the roast chicken and frites...delicious! What makes that place that much more special is that its so affordable. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

I'm a huge stickler when it comes to service but will adjust my expectations in relation to how much the food costs. That being said, I love Cafe Presse! I've eaten there twice (both times they were super busy) and on both times received excellent service. Granted it took a bit longer than what one would expect normal but its a wine bar isn't it? Slower pace, good wine, good food, good converstion. Okay, the food..we get the cheese platter and the roast chicken and frites...delicious! What makes that place that much more special is that its so affordable. Highly recommended!

Pros: Affordable, delicious and not pretentious!

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mussels are musky, yoghurts nice, those oysters are memory makers. love the svelte server offering mayo & dijon w/ my frites. great bib lettuce salad and v. nice aperitif selection
wouldn't mind raving and rambling on & on & on about the food, however,
because the service stands starkly pale in comparison.
there was one hot/sweet/savvy waiter (mmmm...) in white reeboks & multiple wrist-watchbands. V. nice.
yet, the bartender was oh so disappointing! displaced even.
slimy, sticky, very icky, sickeningly smug, blonde, spine chilling, and scary about sums it up. he served me previously @ monsoon (dreadful!) and this time got our drinks all wrong :( amateur, unproportional, lacking garnishes--ack!)
overall, very disappointed by this. first impressions are defining. get rid of the bad blonde bartender boost your standards a bit. give the hot guy in the hat and the chefs yelling "hot food, hot food" a raise (pastis @ $3 a pour??) and i'll bring back the masses...w/ hot asses. Trust.

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★★☆☆☆

mussels are musky, yoghurts nice, those oysters are memory makers. love the svelte server offering mayo & dijon w/ my frites. great bib lettuce salad and v. nice aperitif selection
wouldn't mind raving and rambling on & on & on about the food, however,
because the service stands starkly pale in comparison.
there was one hot/sweet/savvy waiter (mmmm...) in white reeboks & multiple wrist-watchbands. V. nice.
yet, the bartender was oh so disappointing! displaced even.
slimy, sticky, very icky, sickeningly smug, blonde, spine chilling, and scary about sums it up. he served me previously @ monsoon (dreadful!) and this time got our drinks all wrong :( amateur, unproportional, lacking garnishes--ack!)
overall, very disappointed by this. first impressions are defining. get rid of the bad blonde bartender boost your standards a bit. give the hot guy in the hat and the chefs yelling "hot food, hot food" a raise (pastis @ $3 a pour??) and i'll bring back the masses...w/ hot asses. Trust.

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The food is good and priced very affordably. The space is casual, intimate and charming. The few times that we've been here there have been long waits to get our drinks, in between courses, etc. but there is alot of promise. I have a soft spot for anyplace that can make me feel like I'm in Paris even if it's just for an hour or two.

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★★★★☆

The food is good and priced very affordably. The space is casual, intimate and charming. The few times that we've been here there have been long waits to get our drinks, in between courses, etc. but there is alot of promise. I have a soft spot for anyplace that can make me feel like I'm in Paris even if it's just for an hour or two.

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I'm here so much I practically pay the rent here, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. Last night I was in for dinner and there was about a 15 minute wait, not so bad on a Thursday night at 8pm. The wine is insanely cheap ($4 for a big glass!) and the food is too, with most good-sized portions under $10 and nothing over $20, not even the melt-in-your-mouth steak frites. I keep meaning to branch out, but I get the broiled eggs every time, they're so delicious with a slice of gruyere and ham and just the right amount of salty and savory. But I've tried bites of my dining partners falafel (fantastic, some of the best in town), tomato soup (no longer on the menu, it was a summer thing, but if it is an indication of their soups in general it was very well-done), fish of the day (perfectly cooked) and croque monseuir (a cheesy masterpiece). The green salad with hazlenut dressing is excellent and a steal at 4 bucks. Basically, even though the menu is full of unfamiliar French things, I've yet to try an item I haven't absolutely adored... I'll be back. Maybe tonight.

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★★★★★

I'm here so much I practically pay the rent here, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. Last night I was in for dinner and there was about a 15 minute wait, not so bad on a Thursday night at 8pm. The wine is insanely cheap ($4 for a big glass!) and the food is too, with most good-sized portions under $10 and nothing over $20, not even the melt-in-your-mouth steak frites. I keep meaning to branch out, but I get the broiled eggs every time, they're so delicious with a slice of gruyere and ham and just the right amount of salty and savory. But I've tried bites of my dining partners falafel (fantastic, some of the best in town), tomato soup (no longer on the menu, it was a summer thing, but if it is an indication of their soups in general it was very well-done), fish of the day (perfectly cooked) and croque monseuir (a cheesy masterpiece). The green salad with hazlenut dressing is excellent and a steal at 4 bucks. Basically, even though the menu is full of unfamiliar French things, I've yet to try an item I haven't absolutely adored... I'll be back. Maybe tonight.

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we went here for my birthday lunch. we had the tomato soup with goat cheese croutons, the hanger steak with pomme frits and the arugela salad. we also had some faboo wine that was similar to a bordeaux.

the service was attentive and well versed in wine reccomendations, very good considering the place was packed.

ah, but the food. the steak was covered in some dream like delerium sauce. seriously, i don't think it was real, it was just tooo good. i had to have dreampt that. but it was good. the soup was velvety and delicious. the wine, heavenly. the bill, extremely reasonable condidering the high quality of food prep and the magical assault on your taste buds.

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★★★★★

we went here for my birthday lunch. we had the tomato soup with goat cheese croutons, the hanger steak with pomme frits and the arugela salad. we also had some faboo wine that was similar to a bordeaux.

the service was attentive and well versed in wine reccomendations, very good considering the place was packed.

ah, but the food. the steak was covered in some dream like delerium sauce. seriously, i don't think it was real, it was just tooo good. i had to have dreampt that. but it was good. the soup was velvety and delicious. the wine, heavenly. the bill, extremely reasonable condidering the high quality of food prep and the magical assault on your taste buds.

Pros: wonderful food, great service, delicious wine

Cons: you will need more!! you will have to go again. normal food will seem somehow lesser.

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We wanted a fun, casual place with good food for a birthday dinner last night... after reading about Cafe Presse it seemed like a good option. We were a party of 6 & we put our name in at 7:30pm - we were told 1-1.5 hour wait - which we had planned on, so we went across the street to Licorous for drinks. We were finally seated around 10pm. When we got to the table there was a complimentary order of bread & a pate plate waiting for us. And the server was aware of our long wait & did his best to be prompt & attentive. The food was really good - my husband loved the pate, french bread was heaven, arugala salad was fresh & light, frites were natual cut & crisp, croque monsieur ($5.50) was perfectly executed (served alone), the steak frites ($13) had an amazing onion & herb sauce that I will be craving for awhile. Sadly, we skipped dessert. Even though the staff made great effort & our group had a pretty good attitude about the terribly long wait - it was tough to recover from. Cafe Presse really is like a modern Parisian cafe - simple, elegant decor with lovely, reliable food for a total deal. Will definitely go back & try the roast chicken next time (menu warns it takes 1 hour) - we'll just be sure to go at an 'off' time.

2
★★★★☆

We wanted a fun, casual place with good food for a birthday dinner last night... after reading about Cafe Presse it seemed like a good option. We were a party of 6 & we put our name in at 7:30pm - we were told 1-1.5 hour wait - which we had planned on, so we went across the street to Licorous for drinks. We were finally seated around 10pm. When we got to the table there was a complimentary order of bread & a pate plate waiting for us. And the server was aware of our long wait & did his best to be prompt & attentive. The food was really good - my husband loved the pate, french bread was heaven, arugala salad was fresh & light, frites were natual cut & crisp, croque monsieur ($5.50) was perfectly executed (served alone), the steak frites ($13) had an amazing onion & herb sauce that I will be craving for awhile. Sadly, we skipped dessert. Even though the staff made great effort & our group had a pretty good attitude about the terribly long wait - it was tough to recover from. Cafe Presse really is like a modern Parisian cafe - simple, elegant decor with lovely, reliable food for a total deal. Will definitely go back & try the roast chicken next time (menu warns it takes 1 hour) - we'll just be sure to go at an 'off' time.

Pros: friendly wait staff, tastey food

Cons: ridiculously long wait

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I have eaten at Cafe Presse six times now, since it is close to my workplace, and since there are few options for good food nearby. I agree with most readers that the service is consistently poor. It seems to me as if they have enough staff, but that their system, whatever it is, is clearly not working. There is always a long wait to place your order, and it seems as though the staff are nearly always bumping into each other trying to do their jobs. Usually the food comes quickly, but I once waited 30 minutes for a cafe au lait -- enough time for my frites to be cooked, delivered, and consumed. I hope they figure out how to solve the service problems, because I WANT to like this restaurant. Bottom line on the service is this: I never go there if I am short on time. The food quality, while usually fairly high, is uneven. Particularly the frites, which I have had 4 times -- sometimes they are perfectly crispy, hot, and nicely salted; other times that are undercooked, soggy and/or cold. In general, I find the food to be fairly rich -- especially the tomato soup and the rillettes. Of course, it is french, so perhaps that is to be expected...

2
★★★★☆

I have eaten at Cafe Presse six times now, since it is close to my workplace, and since there are few options for good food nearby. I agree with most readers that the service is consistently poor. It seems to me as if they have enough staff, but that their system, whatever it is, is clearly not working. There is always a long wait to place your order, and it seems as though the staff are nearly always bumping into each other trying to do their jobs. Usually the food comes quickly, but I once waited 30 minutes for a cafe au lait -- enough time for my frites to be cooked, delivered, and consumed. I hope they figure out how to solve the service problems, because I WANT to like this restaurant. Bottom line on the service is this: I never go there if I am short on time. The food quality, while usually fairly high, is uneven. Particularly the frites, which I have had 4 times -- sometimes they are perfectly crispy, hot, and nicely salted; other times that are undercooked, soggy and/or cold. In general, I find the food to be fairly rich -- especially the tomato soup and the rillettes. Of course, it is french, so perhaps that is to be expected...

Pros: nice atmosphere, kind staff

Cons: slow service, uneven food quality

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I went here with my girlfriend saturday morning at about 10am. The typical crowd (indie scenesters and hipsters) must have all been hungover from the previous night, because it wasn't particularly crowded, especially for a place the Seattle Weekly called the latest 'it' place to hang out. We both had the croque campagnard, which our waitress suggested we have with an egg sunnyside up placed on top - it was to die for. My cappuccino was very good, but they didn't know how to make an Irish coffee, which I thought was a little strange. After asking me what went into it, the bar staff made it for me, and it was very good as well.

Great customer service (A+ for making me a drink they didn't know how to make AND suggesting the egg), great food, great location! I've heard it gets very crowded at night, so if you want to check this place out away from the usual trendy crowd, go for breakfast.

2
★★★★★

I went here with my girlfriend saturday morning at about 10am. The typical crowd (indie scenesters and hipsters) must have all been hungover from the previous night, because it wasn't particularly crowded, especially for a place the Seattle Weekly called the latest 'it' place to hang out. We both had the croque campagnard, which our waitress suggested we have with an egg sunnyside up placed on top - it was to die for. My cappuccino was very good, but they didn't know how to make an Irish coffee, which I thought was a little strange. After asking me what went into it, the bar staff made it for me, and it was very good as well.

Great customer service (A+ for making me a drink they didn't know how to make AND suggesting the egg), great food, great location! I've heard it gets very crowded at night, so if you want to check this place out away from the usual trendy crowd, go for breakfast.

Pros: Good food, good service, inexpensive

Cons: Potentially crowded at night

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Wonderful new spot on the hill! Finally a hip spot with great prices, delicious French food and a cutie pie staff. The chicken liver was so smooth and spot on and the bread was perfection. Spicy spicy mustard on every table!! Bon appetite everyone -- this place is hot hot hot! Do call ahead.

Edit: after eating here a few more times, the service needs MAJOR work...so put your patience hat on, Presse cafe needs a service upgrade.

2
★★★★☆

Wonderful new spot on the hill! Finally a hip spot with great prices, delicious French food and a cutie pie staff. The chicken liver was so smooth and spot on and the bread was perfection. Spicy spicy mustard on every table!! Bon appetite everyone -- this place is hot hot hot! Do call ahead.

Edit: after eating here a few more times, the service needs MAJOR work...so put your patience hat on, Presse cafe needs a service upgrade.

Pros: Food + Frenchy ambience!

Cons: May be a bit busy so call ahead, they don't have a great system with seating. Dingy menus - just need to upgrade the card stock.

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I have been to Presse several times now, and for the most part I have had good experiences. The first time was with a large group and was able to share a selection of items at a reasonable price. The chicken pate was in particular popular, as were the frites. I enjoyed the cured ham and confit pork spread. I must say, it is rare to find affordable French food! The only down point is their olive?s in the Algerian paste. They were rather sloppy and served as a finger food. The flavor was off and the olives unimpressive. However, everything else was great. I must mention the service all three times has been polite, but uneven. The first time I was there the server had such bad body odor someone at my table lost his appetite. The second and third time I was there, it was like they had too many tables or something so it was some time between drinks, which is a shame because I think cocktails is where this place excels! Overall I would say go for a relaxed good time. Presse is a welcome addition to the new 12th Ave. scene.

2
★★★★☆

I have been to Presse several times now, and for the most part I have had good experiences. The first time was with a large group and was able to share a selection of items at a reasonable price. The chicken pate was in particular popular, as were the frites. I enjoyed the cured ham and confit pork spread. I must say, it is rare to find affordable French food! The only down point is their olive?s in the Algerian paste. They were rather sloppy and served as a finger food. The flavor was off and the olives unimpressive. However, everything else was great. I must mention the service all three times has been polite, but uneven. The first time I was there the server had such bad body odor someone at my table lost his appetite. The second and third time I was there, it was like they had too many tables or something so it was some time between drinks, which is a shame because I think cocktails is where this place excels! Overall I would say go for a relaxed good time. Presse is a welcome addition to the new 12th Ave. scene.

Pros: Well Blended Cocktails

Cons: Spotty Service

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The international newsstand, casual atmosphere, and regular clientele make cafe Presse feel as if it could easily fit in on the Left Bank. The funky vibe doesn't hint at the caliber of the cuisine. Owned by Joanne Herron and Jim Drohman of…

 

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