Seattle >Food & Dining > Cafe Presse
1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.612051 -122.317110
Daily, 7am to 2am
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
Linger over your croque monsieur while reading the latest news from Paris. This place is all things Parisian and all things good.
This lively room feels like a little slice of France. Think chocolaut chaud, salad verte, croque madame, ling cod and steak frites.
Get the Bibb lettuce salad and reward your healthy choice with some of the best damn fries in the city. Cheap, tasty wine, too.
Some of the city's best French onion soup and you pay for it. Worth every drop, ask for extra bread to soak up. Try the chicken which takes an hour to cook, drink in the mean time - don't eat too much because it is the whole bird.
This is a little slice of France on Capitol Hill. Stop by for a quick breakfast, an inexpensive lunch, dinner or snack. The food is good and cooked with care; the wines are cheap; and the ambience is warm and cozy. Get the cold half chicken with mayo and frites if you can't decide.
Such a fantastic bistro morning, noon or night! Frites, baked eggs, wine by the pitcher!
Great breakfast, free wifi – 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.
food always hits its mark – 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.
Surprising – 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.
Wonderful people and wonderful food – 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.
Disappointing – Not too excited to return, there are better places on Cap Hill to grab a nice lunch.
I love that platinum blonde!! – 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.
Bad, snooty, bitchy server – 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.
Good food – 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!
My Favorite Place, Morning, Noon and Night. – 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).
Bad service – 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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