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Cove Cafe

$$ - $$$
The Castro
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434 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2020
+1 415-626-0462
08:00 - 21:00
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Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
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81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you happen to find yourself IN the Castro and ON Castro, you will want to duck into the Cove Cafe, a restaurant full of history on mounted screens, with food that's always delicious and reasonable. Big helpings as well. Breakfast offers many different style Benedicts, and all the rest is standard fare, but well prepared and tasty. The evening... More 

Thank maxbialy
San Diego, California
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152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I met friends there for dinner, and we had excellent food and a quiet place to visit and get acquainted.

Thank Darrell92104
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Certain events leading up to the trip had me a bit down. Choosing a lunch at the Cove helped make those feelings go away and replaced with love. Getting time to visit with Solange & Maurice adds to the awesome. I do my best to eat quite a few meals there during my trip at different times of the day-... More 

Thank Thomas M
San Francisco
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1,122 reviews
528 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I had not eaten in 20 years. But I am glad that I did so tonight. Ribs and Fries, tonight's special, were excellent. Dinner salad was perfect. Service was great and food came out fast.

Thank 7268
Maysville, Georgia
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I visit the Castro each fall. We go here every morning for breakfast. They also have very good lunch and dinner. It's a good, local place and fun for people watching. Service has always been excellent.

Thank Mark H
London, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I had read that this place was one of the top places for breakfast/brunch and mimosas and while I did not have the latter I did have the veggie eggs Benedict which is not on the menu but one made for me when I informed them I was vegetarian. Super efficient and friendly service full of friendly locals. Not a... More 

Thank angelaymlau
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great food with really helpful staff makes this a good place to eat. Prices are very reasonable, portions good and food tastes wonderful. Definitely a place to stop if in Castro

Thank Wendy M
San Francisco, California
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

A great local spot for some easy comfort food. The service here rocks...all of the staff are super friendly and fun to chat with even if you're eating alone. The Cove has good standard breakfast as well as some nice lunch and dinner items. Nothing fancy but good food and good people for sure.

Thank KGarySF
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Tired of over priced restaurants in the USA generally we settled on Cove Cafe's special of fish and chips for Friday night supper. Not fancy, but three nice pieces of cod in a crisp batter with fries and coleslaw. Tartare sauce was good, the slaw not to my taste but overall an honest meal at a sensible price of just... More 

Thank Dave H
Yuma, Arizona
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99 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Not a posh place to eat. Not a hip and cool up and coming sorta place where small amounts of food are arranged on your plate for artistic presentation. But a place where you get an average midwestern kinda meal. The type of place grandpa would say he'd go if he wanted something to stick to his ribs meaning a... More 

Thank Kirk W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 434 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2020
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-0462

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Castro

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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