Cafe Flore (Closed Permanently)

97% love it
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European-style cafe
This greenhouse-looking cafe is a well-known social hub of the Castro, located at the key intersection of Market/Noe/16th Street, and a great place for coffee, food, and people watching.
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    • KevinTR
      KevinTR Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice place
      It's a very nice place for having a couple of drinks with friends and eat something. The only negative point is that it's often really crowded, and it's hard to get a table. July 12, 2011 ·

    • MoFo63
      MoFo63 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      See and be seen
      First and foremost - this is a great place to see and be seen. Lounge with a coffee or tea, spend time with friends, sit alone to write and read, get a little something to eat, it all works here. Open air and inside all feels very open with lots of light. Decided to catch up with an old friend I'd lost touch with (hey marriage does that) and we had coffee-n-chat, and loved how calm the place seemed even when busy. Food here is standard café food and is quite good, although the staff seems to be put-off or too busy at times to help out the patrons. But it is a good place to "soak up" queer SF.

    • kodiestarland
      kodiestarland Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Still Cooking
      I went to this place last week after a long, long time away from SF. The cramped nature of the eating area reminded me of New York, and so did the cloudiness of the day outside - I think every time I've been here the weather's not been fine and I've sat inside. The proximity to your neighbors can be a good thing though, since you might strike up a conversation with the muscle cutie whose elbow is touching yours. The coffee is excellent, and the food is very good. The staff is unfriendly at first, but easily disarmed, as if they're just waiting for a smile to open them up. Did I mention that the coffee is excellent? And they offer it to go also. Cute guys with dogs sit outside and sip and altogether the crowd is a nice mix of male and female, young and old. I found myself wanting to talk to the older ones and ask them if they knew Sylvester. One gets the feeling that there are some great stories and interesting people behind the worn faces here - I suggest trying to get a stranger to talk after you've cranked yourself up to conversation level on their coffee.

    • hazelhazel
      hazelhazel Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Sit outdoors, protected by plexi windscreens, and eat delicious fries, burgers, salads, and sweets while chatting with friends or reading. Very comfortable, relaxed, good food, and friendly.

    • futbolista7jp
      futbolista7jp Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My favorite cafe
      Love sitting out in the patio on a sunny day, reading, working, chatting with friends etc. Their half chicken is awesome!!

    • allexsf
      allexsf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best Egg Benedicts in town..
      and I just LOVE their Salmon version of it.. delicious creamy Hollandaise..

    • pdev
      pdev Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love Cafe Flore
      Excellent steak salad and beautiful to sit outside when weather is nice !

    • joshuajpresents
      joshuajpresents Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Steak Salad Forever!
      The food got much better a couple years ago. Revisit this spot.

    • vinaynishad
      vinaynishad Over a year ago
      Loves it

      an institution in the Castro
      From the smallest kitchen in the Castro comes some very good food, and the drinks on offer will appeal to all. Mellow vibe, sunny patio very welcoming, inside just as nice. Enjoy!

    • irany
      irany Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My favorite hot chocolate in the city.
      Definitely one of my favorite places in the city to read, meet friends, or just people watch in the city. Located in the corner of Noe Street and Market Street is one of the busiest spots in The Castro. You can enjoy a great cup of tea, have a healthy meal, or a drink either inside or outside in one of the tables in the sidewalk. I highly recommend ordering the hot chocolate, one of the best in the city or a pot of mighty leaf tea. Although they also serve liquor, I recommend other places in The Castro since the drinks are pricey and weak

    • play4peter
      play4peter Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A San Francisco MUST
      Get a table outside with an umbrella on a sunny afternoon and watch gay life go by

    • bullseye
      bullseye Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great setting
      you stand in line for upscale diner food, but this is one of the best places in the castro for hanging out in the very cool shed like cafe and the outdoor patio, perched in one of the best locations in the city, the corner of market and noe. great people watching, and on a sunny day sipping iced coffee on the patio or sidewalk tables it is nothing short of heavenly.

    • wilthefinn
      wilthefinn Over a year ago
      Loves it

      an institution in the Castro
      From the smallest kitchen in the Castro comes some very good food, and the drinks on offer will appeal to all. Mellow vibe, sunny patio very welcoming, inside just as nice. Enjoy!

    • msiaguy
      msiaguy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Decent Food, Very Inclusive Crowd
      The food here has since improved with the arrival of new executive chef, Bronson, who is always introducing new items to the menu. The crowd that comes by for food, coffee, drinks, or just to meet up with friends; are definitely an assortment mix of the gay population of San Francisco. Favorite thing at Cafe Flore - $5 for two margarita's on Tuesday afternoon/evenings.

    • misterpretender
      misterpretender Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Alternative Dating Place
      I have to admit they don't have the best coffee nor the best food or dessert. But I have to say I do love the location and the ambiance of this place. It's a great place to meet up with friends, dates and I guess skipping coffee and dessert and just go straight to his apartment...LOL! Also, I highly recommend Friday nights for their groovy sounds! If you want to avoid crazy teeny-boopers at the Cafe and the snooty queens at the Lookout then check this place out!