Cafe Mason this contemporary American bistro is a godsend to people who like to eat late at night. It makes a great alternative to 24-hour greasy ... More
Cafe Mason this contemporary American bistro is a godsend to people who like to eat late at night. It makes a great alternative to 24-hour greasy spoons. This modern diner has a retro feel. Sit on the red padded bar stools at the chrome counter and slurp up a chocolate milkshake. Located in the theater district, a block from Union Square, Cafe Mason serves breakfast, lunch or dinner whenever you want and at affordable prices. The cooks make most things from scratch including home-made pastas, desserts, soups, and sauces. Nothing beats hot buttermilk pancakes topped with pure maple syrup at 4a.
O.K. place to eat. The service was less than adequate, you could sit here until your hair turns white waiting for a refill or your check. My rice was obviously boil in a bag with still-frozen vegetables in it. I had Boeuf Bourguignon which was good. A friend had potato skins which was only 3 halves of potato, so a very tiny order. The restaurant is nice and clean, though, and a far cry from the dismal Lori s Diner next door.
After walking for miles looking for a place to eat, luckily happened on this place on a rainy night in San Francisco. We experienced a cozy atmosphere, excellent service, and an excellent meal. This is a very good upscale diner.
Yes, it's a great breakfast place, mind beguilingly delicious Benedict's and Omelets which look and taste like they should be featured on an episode of Top Chef. The entrees are and pasta dishes and amazing as well. The eastern european waitresses are friendly, efficient, as well as drop dead gorgeous. Did I mention it's open 24 hours? If you're in the mood for desert, try the cinnamon french toast, it's like cake!
I love this place. I stumbled onto it earlier this year while at a conference. I went twice in that visit and twice more in my most recent visit. Everything I have had there was fantastic! Goat cheese salad is heaven. I never noticed bad service but am from a small town where bad service is a given so maybe I just can't tell the difference. Staff have always be lovely and friendly to me and the locals who eat there are always welcoming as well. I'll be there for breakfast tomorrow on my way out of town and as soon as I get into town the next time I have a conference here.
The variety and overall quality of the food is impressive and far better than one would expect from a 24-hour restaurant: made from scratch with fresh ingredients. It certainly beats the fare one finds at 24-hour diners. Their deserts are quite good.
On the downside, the service is extremely inattentive. The staff will regularly gossip behind the counter, ignoring customers entirely. The secret is not to be shy about going up to the counter and letting them know you are ready to order/to pay your bill/need something/etc. It isn't subtle but it works.
I have never witnessed such ignorance in all my 80 years. Why bother to tell the servers what you want when they just bring whatever they feel like bringing, cold and unappetizing to your table. They have horrible attitude and they all cluster to gossip about customers, while expecting big tips for just being at work. They stand and count their money every 15 minutes as you wait for more coffee or your long overdue meal.
Someone should check this place out for immigrants as no one understands English or etiquette!!!!!
Although the service can be slow at times, this place has the best food out of any diner I've ever been too. Everything is made from the freshest ingrediants. An additional plus is that they are opened 24 hours a day. My husband thinks they have the best burgers in all of SF. Since I'm vegetarian, my favorite is their cheese blintz for breakfast, or their organic salad with goat cheese--yum! Stick with the regular coffee, which is sooo good. The espressos and cappucinos are not too impressive (the only thing I don't like there, but there's a starbucks around the corner for that). Another bonus, the place is family-run and not a chain!
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