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!
Steak Frite degueulasse – 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.
AVOID BARTENDER WITH SHOULDER LENGTH CULRY HAIR – 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.
Great place to soak up the atmosphere - and feel like you are in Paris! – 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.
STAY AWAY FROM SHORT HAIRED, PLATINUM BLONDE WAITRESS! – 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
Perfect little Bistro. – 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.
This lively French bistro on Capitol Hill's 12th Avenue soon became a cult classic for its cheap food and hip quotient. – In Short
Part bar, part coffee shop, and all restaurant--this casual French bistro on Capitol Hill's 12th Ave serves up cheap food to the masses at (almost) all hours of the day. There are dualities everywhere: Sharp lime green tables frame the whimsy of the blue paisley walls, under rustic vaulted ceilings housing a room full of an equally eclectic crowd. From hipsters parking their fixies out front for a quick bite to Madison Park lunching ladies enjoying a bottle of wine at 11am, Presse has something to delight everyone--from picky eaters to snobby ones. Specialties include the greasy cheesy croque madame (the French predecessor to the American grilled cheese), just-crispy-enough pommes frites, and a simple $4 salad speckled with hazelnuts you can't get anywhere else.
Don't even waste your time... – 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!
Silliness – 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.
Affordable, delicious food and great service! – 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!
bad, bad, blonde monsoon bartender--ewwww. – 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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