Café Divine—Heavenly Cuisine
A world-class café located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach, Café Divine offers warm, friendly service in a stunning space, offering customers “heavenly” cuisine.
Overlooking Washington Square Park, Café Divine is the perfect spot to relax with a cappuccino or a glass of wine, devour the delicious food served all day long, and watch the colorful world of North Beach stroll by.
Café Divine occupies the corner space of the Italianate Dante building. Originally a drugstore (check out the safe in the bathroom!), Rossi’s Drugs gave way to Caffé Malvina in 1987. The famous mahogany, maple, and marble bar was custom built in Italy and installed then, along with the brass chandeliers and the pizza ovens in the kitchen. Caffe Malvina and coffee roastery operated here until July 2004.
David Wright, a long time North Beach resident, had his eye on the space for years, always considering it one of the most beautiful café spaces in the City, if not the world. After returning from abroad, he found a “for lease” sign in the window. With the encouragement of family, friends, and business partners, he decided to take the leap, recruiting an old friend, David Wees, as chef. Café Divine opened to the public in the beginning of 2005.
Café Divine is available for private parties and receptions. We can serve a sit-down dinner for up to 40 people, or buffets for twice that many. We’ve even hosted a sangria reception for 175 people! We’ll be happy to make special arrangements for you. Prices vary, depending on time, menus, and number of people.
To All of our Friends,
The menu is the work of Chef David Wees, and incorporates the philosophy of all good cafes—simple, quality dishes, well conceived and executed with a flourish, all at prices that won’t break the budget. We make use of quality, organic products, and believe in supporting local, sustainable agriculture. Some of our suppliers include Torri Family Farms for superior quality beef, Masami Farms pork (happy pigs under the oak trees), and Mary’s chickens.
Café Divine’s Chef David Wees has been cooking professionally for over thirty years. He began his training as a teenager in the famous steak houses of his native Omaha, Nebraska. Learning from numerous talented chefs and graduating from Creighton University’s culinary school program, he worked his way up to the position of pastry chef and lead Saucier for Omaha’s Marriot Hotel, and then chef of V. Mertz, a premier dining destination in the city’s Old Market.
David relocated to San Francisco in the mid-eighties with his rock and roll band, Buck Naked and the Barebottom Boys, where he’s cooked both in the culinary and music worlds ever since. Other restaurants he’s served well include P J’s Oyster Bed, Garibaldi’s and Garibaldi Café, Avenue 9, Le Krewe, and, at last, Café Divine.
Dave’s philosophy regarding his trade and food is simple; great food comes from using great ingredients. This philosophy is manifested clearly at Café Divine.
Café Divine supports the arts. In fact, most of the staff is involved in some artistic pursuit, from music and literature to visual arts and dance.
We’re proud to act as a gallery space to select artists on a rotating basis. Currently featured are the paintings of Marg Starbuck and collages by David Barker.