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bernalgirl Aug 21, 2007 12:00 PM

I'm planning a meeting for six people where we need to be able to have a casual lunch, access to wifi and the ability to talk for ~2 hours. Something like Crossroads Cafe but with wifi. Central SF would be ideal as we are coming from all SF points, but given the requirements, we're willing to travel unequally. We are planning to meet on a weekend day.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

  1. susancinsf Aug 22, 2007 04:45 PM

    Eguna Basque sounds like a good option but if that doesn't work and if for any reason you are willing to all hop on BART and go 15 or 20 or so minutes to the 19th Street BART Station, there is a perfect (other than being in Oakland) option: Cafe Madrid, at 20th and Broadway, right across from the 20th Street entrance. Casual, clean, the tables in the corner along a wall would be quiet and private enough, and they have free wi-fi...

    Food is generally good, particularly the salads.

    1. j
      jeffreak Aug 21, 2007 06:37 PM

      I like Cafe Du Soleil in the Lower Haight (Waller x Fillmore) and it's pretty central. It's got a nice European feel and there's some nice half face sandwiches and snacks as well as Bay Bread pastries.

      1. Gary Soup Aug 21, 2007 05:07 PM

        My first thought would be Eguna Basque, the daytime little sister to Iluna Basque. Comfortable, quiet room with good wifi signal and tasty cafe fare. The food isn't really Basque, more all-purpose continental, with crepes, quiche, paninis, etc. Menupages has the menu (second link below). I don't know Crossroads Cafe but Eguna is the kind of place where you can sit on sofas or stuffed chairs around a table.

        http://www.ilunabasque.com/eguna/

        http://tinyurl.com/yvw3ns

        Eguna Basque
        1657 Powell St
        San Francisco, CA 94133
        Phone: (415) 362-2141

        1. Windy Aug 21, 2007 04:22 PM

          One option is Kape on 16th near Sanchez (close to Joseph Schmidt). It's quiet, has easy parking, and comfy chairs. Tasty food--sort of Cuban/Filipino, but everything from quiches to bagels and pastry.

          L's Caffe on 24th and Harrison is another good choice. Metered parking, delicious sandwiches, very relaxed atmosphere.

          1. c
            catkoh Aug 21, 2007 04:03 PM

            axis cafe is great -- it's located at 16th and 8th in potrero hill. nice large space, big tables, great food, artsy decor. www.axis-cafe.com. crossroads and axis are my two favorite cafes in town.

            1. psb Aug 21, 2007 01:15 PM

              Maybe Cafe Los Cubanos in Laurel.

              1. m
                ML8000 Aug 21, 2007 01:09 PM

                You might look here:

                http://hotspotr.com/wifi/map/1-san-francisco-ca
                http://ilovefreewifi.com/sanfrancisco/

                If you find something with a decent lunch, that would be great info to know.

                5 Replies
                1. re: ML8000
                  bernalgirl Aug 22, 2007 02:56 PM

                  Great resources, thanks! Anyone familiar with these?
                  -Bazaar Cafe, California/21st
                  -Bean Bag Cafe, Hayes & Divisadero
                  -Kaleo Cafe, Irving near 14th

                  Otherwise Axis and Eguna Basque are great bets and I'm going to drive by Kape later today.

                  1. re: bernalgirl
                    m
                    mchan02 Aug 22, 2007 03:05 PM

                    Bazaar Cafe is one of my favorite cafe's in the city- it's kind of far away, so it's not usually crowded, and the back garden is beautiful and peaceful. Their food is decent- I've had some good soups, but I dont usually go there for the food. This would be a great place for a meeting.

                    1. re: bernalgirl
                      Windy Aug 22, 2007 03:16 PM

                      Bean Bag's got okay food, but it's not too clean, and not really room for 6. Cafe Abir (a block away) is a somewhat better choice, but it's quite popular so you might hit a brunch crowd.

                      Kaleo's a good place for an intimate meeting because it tends to be quiet, or with Hawaiian music. Food is mostly of the reheated noodle variety, with an occasionally creamy coconut cake. I'd meet a friend there, but probably not have a business meeting. The Inner Sunset is definitely hurting since Canvas closed.

                      Probably also worth adding Atlas Cafe to this list, but it's too popular on the weekends. During the week, you could snag one of the tables on the patio.

                      1. re: Windy
                        psb Aug 22, 2007 10:10 PM

                        Is Cafe Abir still alive? I was driving by the a couple of weeks ago
                        looking for an alterate cafe because of some function at Rital and
                        I thought I saw a bunch of crap stacked up in the main space and
                        it looked pretty non-operational.

                        re: Bean Bag: yeah, that's more of a neighborhood crepe place
                        than a cafe. I might go to the DELESSIO-FALETTI-PETES COMPLEX
                        in that area instead. The have parking, but I dunno if they are hostile
                        to lingering.

                        BTW, BBag and Abir dont have free WiFi, do they? If you drop free good quality
                        Wifi, that opens up a lot of options [Grove, Farley, DPark Cafe [which i am not
                        that fond of] etc]

                        1. re: psb
                          Windy Aug 22, 2007 10:34 PM

                          Bean Bag does have wifi.

                          I thought Abir did too, but not sure. They were redoing the space, which is why it was boarded up. Should be finished soon, if not already.

                          BTW Yelp listings include a note about wifi. Often faster than dealing with a small cafe's own website and looking for the info.

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