We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Universal Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Mission District
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
+1 415-821-4608
09:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Tue 17:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

67 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 65: English reviews
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Knowing that this gem gets busy on Sundays, we arrived at 9am and had no problem getting a table. Food was great, and the coffee smooth. Only negative in an otherwise fun, earthy atmosphere is that the cafe got pretty loud when it filled up. Definitely recommended..

Thank Robert W
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I went with a friend for an early dinner and we shared the appetizer, main dish and dessert. The servings are a good size and food is yummy.

Thank Pemwhitney
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Had brunch hear on New Year's Eve and very much enjoyed it. I ordered the detox bowl, which came with a fried egg atop brown rice sharing the plate with dark greens and pickled beets. The warm rice and egg were comfort food and the salad had a dressing that I liked so much I had to ask the waiter... More 

Thank Deborah N
Los Angeles, California, United States
Level Contributor
71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is a great brunch spot. They have a very interesting menu and the food was unique and creative and very tasty. They also had some good wines. We had a large group and the staff/manager were very accommodative. For brunch this is definitely a great spot!

Thank David_Aggie
Level Contributor
230 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We tried to get in on a Sunday without a booking. Forget it!!. Queue about 50 peopole waiting. So we ventured back mid week and were first ones in at opening time. I'll keep this review brief. Simply one of the best scrambled egg dishes I have ever had. Scrambled eggs sounds easy and is straight forward to do at... More 

Thank Lindsay W
Paris, France
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We were 6 friends on a Sunday morning (11am), we waited 20-30 min to be seated. Unfortunately we were seated inside and its VERY noisy specially because the kitchen is literally in the main room. The food was good. I asked for an americano, but on the bill they made me pay for the double americano... And the waiter gives... More 

Thank Caroline G
Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela
Level Contributor
62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Even though the line was 30 min long, it was totally worthy. Very trendy place with friendly service and superb food. DON’T miss it!!

Thank Javier R
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Ate with a group of nine friends--staff handled food and beverage service with ease and grace. I had butter lettuce salad as app and the squid starter as an entree. Both delicious. Great wine list, fun Market District location.

Thank Erwinka
San Luis Obispo, California
Level Contributor
72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

There was a line (and from what I hear, that's the norm) but it moved quickly and was worth every minute. You can get a beverage or cocktail to enjoy while you wait, which makes it a little less painful. I hightly recommend the french toast and barbacoa breakfast tostada. The service was great, even with the place packed to... More 

Thank JEVTodd
Pismo Beach, California
1 review
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I had the poached eggs, my friend had the barbacoa tostada. Everything was amazing. The coffee was great.

Thank Melissa P

Travellers who viewed Universal Cafe also viewed


Been to Universal Cafe? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 40
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-2018
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-821-4608

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Universal Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

Neighbourhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
Explore this neighbourhood