20th Century Cafe was conceived by owner and chef Michelle Polzine out of years of hard work in front of the oven, thoughts about food, old movies, and drunken discussions about the future (and the past). Searching through vintage cookbooks and traveling through the cites of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague brought tremendous inspiration to the creation of San Francisco’s own little grand cafe which opened in the spring of 2013.
The menu draws heavily from over twenty years of cooking and baking experience, as well a love of California’s produce. Nestled on a sunny corner in Hayes Valley, the early 20th century building once owned by famed cartoonist R.L. “Rube” Goldberg is now home to all these ideas and many more.