Stay and play for $5/per person at San Francisco's first board game cafe!
Looking for a place to hang out with friends where you can choose from an expansive collection of board games AND get some delicious food? Come check out The Game Parlour! We cater our food and games to people of all ages! For those who want to play games, there is a $5 gaming fee to stay and play for as long you want (no charge for kids under 5). You're also welcome to just stop in and grab a bite or drink!
Huge shout-out to each and every one of our Kickstarter supporters!
The popularity of board games is on the rise and we believe that in a society that is clearly trending towards interacting virtually, we want to focus on the importance of having and maintaining personal and physical connections with people. What better way to do that than by opening San Francisco’s first board game cafe!
The Game Parlour is a place for people to come together and have fun playing from a huge selection of over 700 games spanning from old classics to new challenges. Whether it be a date night, a family outing, a small group, or a large party, we want to provide a welcoming and comfortable space for people to meet together over board games.
While you're here, be sure to grab a bite to eat! The highlight of our menu is our mochi waffles - sweet crispy waffles with a chewy center - and previously sold only at special food festivals. We also serve savory waffle sandwiches, waffle cut fries, Three Twins ice cream and gourmet popcorn. A full specialty coffee and espresso bar featuring Ritual Coffee, soda fountain, and milkshakes rounds out our menu.
1342 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Sun - Thurs | 11am - 11pm
Fri - Sat | 11am - 1am
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a board game cafe?
A board game cafe is a place serving great food to go along with a wide selection of card and board games. We cater our food and games to people of all ages!
How does it work?
For those who want to play games, there is a $5 gaming fee to stay and play for as long you want (no in-and-out privileges). This fee is still charged if you bring your own games to play. Once you have paid the fee, you will receive a hand stamp.
The cost of food and drinks are not included. We also offer a ten-visit gaming pass at a discounted rate and a twelve-month gaming membership.
Why is there a fee?
The $5 fee is partly a sitting fee and also covers the cost of any damages and overall maintenance of our collection of board games.
Do we have to pay $5 if we are not playing board games?
No, if you are just purchasing food you don't have to pay the $5 gaming fee.
Please note - Friday through Sunday after 6pm there will be a $5 gaming fee for all guests.
Do kids have to pay the $5 GAMING FEE?
Children ages 5 and up will be charged the $5 gaming fee if they are staying to play games.
Please note - children ages 10 and below must be accompanied by an adult.
Do you offer multiple-VISIT passes?
Yes! We offer a ten-visit gaming pass and a twelve-month gaming membership. Just ask the host about these when you come in.
What games do you have?
Can we play for a while, then leave and return later?
Unless it is a break to stretch or get some fresh air, we don’t allow in-and-out privileges.
When does the kitchen and espresso bar close?
The kitchen and espresso bar closes 1 hour before closing on weekdays, and 2 hours before closing on Fridays and Saturdays.
What credit cards do you accept?
We take VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Do you have wifi?
Yes, however, we want to emphasize that the point of our cafe is to unplug from our devices and connect with people over board games.
Can we make reservations?
Do you sell board games?
Not at this time.
Can we bring our own games?
Yes, you can bring your own games. Just be sure to leave with only your own!
Please note - the $5 gaming fee will still be charged.
Can we bring our own food and drink into the cafe?
No, we do not allow any outside food or drink into the cafe.
Can we get food and drinks to go?
Yes, you can even call ahead to place an order.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended if you’re coming with a large group or during peak times and do not want to wait for a table.
- We take a limited number of reservations, while reserving a portion of the cafe for walk-ins.
- The reservation rate is $10 per person. (You will not need to pay the standard gaming fee on top of this reservation rate.)
- Reservations must be pre-paid and are non-refundable.
- Reservations must be made at least 24 hours ahead of time. We do not accept same-day reservations.
- If your group ends up needing additional seats once you arrive at your reservation time, they will be charged at the same rate as the original reservation.
- There is a 15-minute grace period if you are running late to your reservation.
- If you would like to make a reservation, please fill out the form at this link and provide us with your name, contact info, number in your party, and desired date. We will review your reservation info and if available, we will send you an invoice via Square. **Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive and pay your reservation invoice, which must be paid no later than the day before your requested reservation date.**