410 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411037.739070 -122.417425
Neighborhoods: Central East, Bernal Heights
Cozy cafe – What's not to like about a place that offers pot pie? Every dish I've had at Liberty is fantastic, and being able to wait in the wine bar or courtyard is vastly preferable to milling around outside, as you would at many restaurants. Learning from a waiter the meaning of "heirloom" tomato was a nice touch. I also enjoyed listening to Ella Fitzgerald while I dined.
Uncomfortable Comfort Food – Upon hearing numerous word of mouth reccomendations I finally decided to give this restaurant a try...While our dining experinence wasn't horrendous, it certainly did not live up to expectations. Food...not so good, Tables...SMALL, low & CrAmpEd, Service...ehh, Value...sorta pricey, especially for sub-par quality. Maybe they were having an off night, maybe not, but most likely I won't be back...
A True San Francsico Treat! – I've been to the Liberty a few times for lunch and both times were over the top! You must know that Liberty Cafe changes their menu every month with organic and seasonal ingredients, so you'll never have the same thing twice. When I go out to lunch, I don't want a sandwich, I want a gourmet meal and Liberty seems to get it. Last time I had the fried Calzone, it was INCREDIBLE!!! And I had lunch there last week and ordered the Sole Fish. It was cooked to perfection and just delicious. The waitstaff are always kind, friendly & helpful and the Chef was cute too :) This is my favorite lunch spot and next time I'll come for dinner and of course lunch.
A comfortable, unpretentious pleasure – My boss was visiting from out of town and wanted to go to some place "unique" and "laid back." Liberty Cafe fit the bill perfectly. Though not in the 'excellent' or 'inspired' category, all the dishes I've had there are solidly prepared, fresh, and tasty. The fish I had this afternoon was melt-in-my-mouth good and complemented nicely with beans and tomatoes and a light buttery sauce. The banana cream pie -- specifically the crust -- was outstanding, though I think my heart was less than happy with the delicious fresh cream ;). Oh, and I HIGHLY recommend the figs with goat cheese. YUM!
Basically Liberty Cafe is wholesome food served by a helpful staff in a crowded but comodious environment. The friendly vibes are so much nicer than the snobbery one is subjected to at other "fine" eateries in SF!
Great Service, Great BREAD! – The Liberty cafe has been my favorite place to dine on Saturday nights all summer. Although it is conveniently located near my home, I enjoy the consistency of the chef, the service and that delicious compplimentary bread! Recently, I dined with my very picky 70 year old mother. She was fascinated by her caesar salad($8), chicken pot pie ($14) and our handsome waiter! If you come to the Liberty Cafe, be sure to stay for dessert made fresh everyday in their lovely bakery.
This Bernal Heights gem still churns out memorable New American fare. – The Scene
Muted white-on-cornflower-blue walls and lots of exposed wood conjures up a country cottage feel. Service is professional, yet also warm and easygoing, and the vibe is always laid-back and civilized. Since most diners are chummy locals, a pleasant conviviality percolates throughout the dining room.
The seasonal menu at this cozy spot is better than ever. Start with classic Caesar salad or house-made tuna confit with currants, pine nuts and saffron-saturated onions. Mains are downright revelatory, such as milk-braised pork with broccoli raab and linguine tossed with ricotta, chard and toasted bread crumbs. The most popular dish is the flaky chicken pot pie, brimming with moist chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas and pearl onions. The much ballyhooed banana cream pie is a reliable dessert, but other worthwhile indulgences include unctuous orange blossom crème caramel and moist carrot cake with tangy cream-cheese frosting.
farmhouse atmosphere on Cortland – Liberty Cafe is a nice retreat from the rest of busy Cortland. The food is definitely American comfort and works. However, this place does not take reservations, and the waits can sometimes be long. I would go early.
Some of their signature dishes are the chicken pot pie and banana cream pie. Prices are also good...about $10-12 for healthy portions.
On a hot day, beware...no A/C!
Great Brunch! – My only critique of this place is that it doesn't open sooner in the day... They've got great breakfasts on the weekends but isn't open until 10? 11:30 on weekdays?
C'MON guys.. don't call yourself a cafe if you're not going to act like one.
THE FOOD AND SERVICE ARE GREAT!!!
Quaint and Quiet – I love Liberty. The wine bar in the back is quiet and cute with great appetizers and really good service. The restaurant is teeny too, but the food is great and it's an overall calming and cozy experience.
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