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There aren’t a huge number of places in North Beach that make us want to stop, stay a while, and maybe make a new friend. But Family Cafe is one of those spots. This small, two-story Japanese-style cafe on Columbus Ave. (with ties to Soba Ichi in Oakland) is delightful - family portraits and vintage mirrors hang on the walls, turquoise tiles add a bright pop of color, and there’s an intimate feel here that makes you want to take your time eating your katsu, tonkatsu, or veggie sandwich ($14-16) served on Japanese milk bread. Family Cafe is open for lunch and dinner (until 8pm), but we prefer going during the day when the light makes everything feel warm and inviting.
Family Cafe is a two-story, Japanese-style cafe that recently opened in North Beach. They have a small menu of things like salads, katsu sandwiches on milk bread, and matcha drinks.
The Japanese cafe has chicken curry, udon, sandwiches, and matcha lattes available Tuesday to Friday, 12-5pm. Order online.