Canteen

★★★★★
  • 817 Sutter St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

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  • 415-928-8870

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We walked over to Canteen for a Sunday breakfast and the food and service were excellent. There are only 20 seats and they make great use of their space.

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We walked over to Canteen for a Sunday breakfast and the food and service were excellent. There are only 20 seats and they make great use of their space.

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Poor service. We waited for a two-top table for nearly two hours while larger parties were seated before us. Overall experience, AWFUL.

3
★★★★★

Poor service. We waited for a two-top table for nearly two hours while larger parties were seated before us. Overall experience, AWFUL.

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This past Saturday night (11/25/06) I was joined by four other friends for a fantastic and creative 3-course meal at Canteen. Service was excellent, as was the food. Everyone had something different and delectable. I highly recommend

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This past Saturday night (11/25/06) I was joined by four other friends for a fantastic and creative 3-course meal at Canteen. Service was excellent, as was the food. Everyone had something different and delectable. I highly recommend

Pros: Creativity of the food, wait service, portion size,

Cons: Noise, cramped seating

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We were 5 people in the table. We asked the waiter to change our wine glasses and he's attitude towards my request was very abrupt, he collected the other glasses quickly and with attitude towards us saying: "these are the glasses we

3
★★★★★

We were 5 people in the table. We asked the waiter to change our wine glasses and he's attitude towards my request was very abrupt, he collected the other glasses quickly and with attitude towards us saying: "these are the glasses we

Pros: Dessert

Cons: Service

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walked by canteen several times trying to find it to meet my friend but glad i did. the design is great...somewhat of a departure from the adjacent hotel in that it is less "loud." retro but simple layout, as is the menu. the food, is not simple however. corned beef hash with poached eggs was fantastic - hot, savory and just the right amount. we tried the omelett with albacore tuna, which was surprisingly good. the cafe latte is hot, strong and just the right balance of milk and foam. the staff lets you sit and enjoy (doesnt rush you out, despite the rush at the door).

PROS: food, design/decor, service
CONS: wait and size. it is popular despite its being difficult to find

4
★★★★☆

walked by canteen several times trying to find it to meet my friend but glad i did. the design is great...somewhat of a departure from the adjacent hotel in that it is less "loud." retro but simple layout, as is the menu. the food, is not simple however. corned beef hash with poached eggs was fantastic - hot, savory and just the right amount. we tried the omelett with albacore tuna, which was surprisingly good. the cafe latte is hot, strong and just the right balance of milk and foam. the staff lets you sit and enjoy (doesnt rush you out, despite the rush at the door).

PROS: food, design/decor, service
CONS: wait and size. it is popular despite its being difficult to find

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Really enjoyed brunch at Canteen last weekend. The place itself is tiny with about 5 booths (tight for more than 2) and 10ish counter spots, so probably not good for parties larger than 3. The decor is urban/trendy with the vibe is casual neighborhood diner. Loved the bright green counter top. I had the Albacore and tomato omelet. I was super weary of mixing eggs with tuna, but the really nice waitress encouraged me to try it. In retrospect it was more of a dare... either-way, I was not disappointed. It was really good! My friend has the cornbeef has which she enjoyed as well. Overall a great departure from my typical eggs and bacon brunch. Highly recommend!

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Really enjoyed brunch at Canteen last weekend. The place itself is tiny with about 5 booths (tight for more than 2) and 10ish counter spots, so probably not good for parties larger than 3. The decor is urban/trendy with the vibe is casual neighborhood diner. Loved the bright green counter top. I had the Albacore and tomato omelet. I was super weary of mixing eggs with tuna, but the really nice waitress encouraged me to try it. In retrospect it was more of a dare... either-way, I was not disappointed. It was really good! My friend has the cornbeef has which she enjoyed as well. Overall a great departure from my typical eggs and bacon brunch. Highly recommend!

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I recently had a friend in town, and we ate dinner at the 9:15 pm seating. The staff was friendly and fun, and the food was extremely good. i want to avoid comparing it to other restaurants b/c it will mess up your experience. this

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I recently had a friend in town, and we ate dinner at the 9:15 pm seating. The staff was friendly and fun, and the food was extremely good. i want to avoid comparing it to other restaurants b/c it will mess up your experience. this

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We had dinner on Saturday night (9:15pm seating), and absolutely enjoyed every aspect. The food was all very fresh and incredibly tasty. The dishes were quite unique-- very creative takes on somewhat traditional dishes. The menu is small-

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We had dinner on Saturday night (9:15pm seating), and absolutely enjoyed every aspect. The food was all very fresh and incredibly tasty. The dishes were quite unique-- very creative takes on somewhat traditional dishes. The menu is small-

Pros: Excellent food, good service, unique dining experience

Cons: Very small space, kept waiting for table, ok wine list

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Well it looks like a few foodies about town have sat a bit too\r
erectly in the wee booths. No slouching! This is food, and they\r
mean business. If only they would slouch over to the counter,\r
prop up their elbows, and start swinging

3
★★★★★

Well it looks like a few foodies about town have sat a bit too\r
erectly in the wee booths. No slouching! This is food, and they\r
mean business. If only they would slouch over to the counter,\r
prop up their elbows, and start swinging

Pros: Food. Casual.

Cons: Uptight foodies

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Although even smaller than I had expected (despite repeated warnings) I can easily say that Canteen is one of the most memorable restaurants I have eaten at. I've dined at Gary Danko, Boulevard, Farallon, Fifth Floor in San Francisco, and

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Although even smaller than I had expected (despite repeated warnings) I can easily say that Canteen is one of the most memorable restaurants I have eaten at. I've dined at Gary Danko, Boulevard, Farallon, Fifth Floor in San Francisco, and

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Canteen is one of the great unique restaurants in San Francisco. There are dozens of small wonderful restaurants for foodies like this in New York but for some reason they are a rarity here. Its an extremely small restaurant and its

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Canteen is one of the great unique restaurants in San Francisco. There are dozens of small wonderful restaurants for foodies like this in New York but for some reason they are a rarity here. Its an extremely small restaurant and its

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Prices

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Went to Canteen with an out-of-town guest for Sunday brunch. Seemed like a beautiful fit. Utterly wrong. As a big booster for San Francisco, I was embarrassed by Canteen. The food was okay, tad pallid, not hot enough, dubious taste

3
★★★★★

Went to Canteen with an out-of-town guest for Sunday brunch. Seemed like a beautiful fit. Utterly wrong. As a big booster for San Francisco, I was embarrassed by Canteen. The food was okay, tad pallid, not hot enough, dubious taste

Pros: Offers brunch

Cons: Bad service, Mediocre food, Poor value

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Fabulous breakfast spot! No line for us but I would wait if there is. Sit at the counter with your morning-after date and the sunshiney staff will ease you out of the fog with spirited antics and suspiciously familiar over-medicated

3
★★★★★

Fabulous breakfast spot! No line for us but I would wait if there is. Sit at the counter with your morning-after date and the sunshiney staff will ease you out of the fog with spirited antics and suspiciously familiar over-medicated

Pros: Ambiance, Waitstaff, Food

Cons: Too far from Seattle

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We had been told on the phone that there were two seatings, at 6 and 9:30pm so we arrived for the early one. What a -bad-surprise when the waiter told us at ~7:30 that he needed to clear our table quickly because other people were waiting.

3
★★★★★

We had been told on the phone that there were two seatings, at 6 and 9:30pm so we arrived for the early one. What a -bad-surprise when the waiter told us at ~7:30 that he needed to clear our table quickly because other people were waiting.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: rushed service

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I love Canteen for lunch or dinner - although brunch is wonderful too. It is simple, straightforward, and delicious, with a small menu that changes often enough to never be bored. The chicken salad is one of the best anywhere.
Service is

3
★★★★★

I love Canteen for lunch or dinner - although brunch is wonderful too. It is simple, straightforward, and delicious, with a small menu that changes often enough to never be bored. The chicken salad is one of the best anywhere.
Service is

Pros: intimate, original

Cons: No cons

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I must admit that I have been jaded about the food industry after working as a Pastry Chef for two years but this place has given me a new passion. It's a little pricey and the wait for a table can be long (even if you have reservations)

3
★★★★★

I must admit that I have been jaded about the food industry after working as a Pastry Chef for two years but this place has given me a new passion. It's a little pricey and the wait for a table can be long (even if you have reservations)

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Small space

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I never actually end up eating at this restaurant but I was completely put off by the fact that I tried to call serveral times to make a reservation, and the call was never answered -- it kept on going straight to the voicemail. I left a

3
★★★★★

I never actually end up eating at this restaurant but I was completely put off by the fact that I tried to call serveral times to make a reservation, and the call was never answered -- it kept on going straight to the voicemail. I left a

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Like a previous reviewer, I too was a big fan of the Titanic Cafe and sorry to see it go. And so I was very resentful of Canteen .... until I actually went there and tried it out. What a terrific gem of a restaurant! Breakfast, lunch

3
★★★★★

Like a previous reviewer, I too was a big fan of the Titanic Cafe and sorry to see it go. And so I was very resentful of Canteen .... until I actually went there and tried it out. What a terrific gem of a restaurant! Breakfast, lunch

Pros: the food!, chef, staff

Cons: no leg room

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Contrary to a previous reviewer, I had no problem making a reservation and changing the date after the fact. I got a phone call back right away. We had a reservation for when the restaurant opened: 6. The server was extremely patient

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★★★★★

Contrary to a previous reviewer, I had no problem making a reservation and changing the date after the fact. I got a phone call back right away. We had a reservation for when the restaurant opened: 6. The server was extremely patient

Pros: amazing food, interesting space

Cons: a little pricey, crowded

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My girlfriend and I came in for breakfast on a Thursday and I felt the ambience was very tense and stressed. Our waitress was nice but she seemed completely overworked, which is typical at busy breakfast spots, however I felt the

3
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I came in for breakfast on a Thursday and I felt the ambience was very tense and stressed. Our waitress was nice but she seemed completely overworked, which is typical at busy breakfast spots, however I felt the

Pros: food

Cons: slow service, can't get through, parking difficult

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Last Sunday we sat at the counter waiting for acknowledgement and menus, giving us time to read the paper and absorb the changes since it had been Titantic Cafe.
Most of the character has been modernized away.
Several guests entered

3
★★★★★

Last Sunday we sat at the counter waiting for acknowledgement and menus, giving us time to read the paper and absorb the changes since it had been Titantic Cafe.
Most of the character has been modernized away.
Several guests entered

Pros: big portions

Cons: bland atmosphere, bland food

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Found this place walking around the city, what a great spot! Price is fair and food is superior. Pretty cool to watch the chef work right in front of you and it is good to see someone leave the corporate food business and run his own

3
★★★★★

Found this place walking around the city, what a great spot! Price is fair and food is superior. Pretty cool to watch the chef work right in front of you and it is good to see someone leave the corporate food business and run his own

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Tiny place -- really tiny --- and the chef is loudly berating a kitchen worker for a LONG time. Seriously not 5 feet away from us. Should have left because the overpriced food was neither good nor abundant. Don't bother.

3
★★★★★

Tiny place -- really tiny --- and the chef is loudly berating a kitchen worker for a LONG time. Seriously not 5 feet away from us. Should have left because the overpriced food was neither good nor abundant. Don't bother.

Cons: chef, chef, food

 

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