Restaurant Reviews

20th Century Cafe

December 21, 2014

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Best cake in San Francisco! Friendly service and good atmosphere. (Beware: closed Mondays!)

Tues   8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed – Fri  8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Having been to both Vienna and Croatia (two countries from which the owner of 20th Century Cafe got her inspiration) I fell in love with the place as soon as I walked in. You can tell a lot of thought went into the decor and feel of this corner cafe. The look is fairly simple, but the magic is in the details: the sconces, the finishings and the european touches that make you feel at home and comfortable. I could spend my day there chatting away with a friend and be perfectly content. In, fact that’s exactly what I did yesterday and I enjoyed every minute, my only regret is that I went to a restaurant right before and I only had room for dessert.

What we ate (and drank):

  • Mint tea ($4)
  • Butterscotch ($4)
  • Russian honey cake ($7)


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The honey cake is the true winner, I honestly believe it’s the best cake in San Francisco. The obvious caveat is you have to like honey and if you do, this will BLOW YOUR MIND! This cake is the definition of orgasmic. Every bite was prefaced and finished with a compliment. It’s so good, after you take a bite, you leave it in your mouth a few seconds longer because you’re trying to devour and enjoy every last bit. It’s the kind of cake that makes you want to lick the plate and get one last good lick of the fork just in case any honey cream is left. They just don’t make things this different and exquisite on this side of the world and I praise 20th Century for their delicious dessert.  I have tried other things here and they are great as well, but this cake has a special place in my heart, I think about this cake out of the blue and savor it slowly when I finally get to have it again. This is why this time both of us decided to not only have a slice, but we made sure to take one to go. So before I wrote this post I devoured a slice for breakfast. Needless to say, my Sunday started off great!

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