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Cafes of San Francisco: Rigolo Cafe

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Rigolo means “funny” or “comical” in French, and is a play on words with the name of one of the cafe’s concept creators, local patisserie mogul Pascal Rigo, owner of the Boulange de Polk and other locations. Pascal does not own Rigolo, but he does supply fantastic French pastries to this neighborhood cafe in the Laurel Village center, bordering upscale Presidio Heights, booming lower Pacific Heights, and the trendy Inner Richmond.

Rigolo serves various types of people throughout the day: commuters on their way to work looking for coffee and a croissant, stay-at-home mothers doing lunch, and families and singles at the end of the day looking for wine and dinner. In this way its French roots show, because it certainly plays a very integral role in the life of this community. The staff is friendly and attentive, and have a tendency to remember regular customers’ usual orders, a very charming ingredient not listed on the menu.

3465 California, San Francisco

Review from the guidebook The Cafes of San Francisco 3rd Edition, by A.K. Crump. A.K. Crump is the founder of TasteTV and the annual TASTY Awards honoring the best food and fashion programs on TV, in Film, and on the Web.

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  • You’re right! Rigolo is a great little cafe with stellar staff – along the lines of “Cheers” – cordial, friendly and smart. Impressive menu and bonus- zero corkage when wine is bought next door at Wine Impressions – free parking -a trifecta!