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Caffe Trieste

409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-241-6064
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“panini” (12 reviews)
“pasta” (20 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Quirky set-up, but wonderful atmosphere and food at this warm Italian "caffe," said to be the oldest espresso bar in California. The pasta specials were everything we hoped for. The salads fresh and delicioso. And great for the wallet.

Thank AdventureDad123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pricing is good for a cooked omelette breakfast. The coffees and teas were also great. Italian themed interior.

Thank Jimi312
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at the Portola, my wife & I were looking for breakfast a little bit away from the waterfront tourist spots. Caffe Trieste fit that bill perfectly. I had a crab omelette, very good. My wife had the oatmeal, she said it was some of...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our visit Caffe Trieste was 1/2 full: a few tourist groups and some young adults playing chess, chatting or doing something with their laptops. The door was jammed open which was a bit of an annoyance as the wind was surprisingly cold. Anyways, you...More

Thank JiiBird
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food! The establishment was high-quality and had a very nice staff. The food was just slightly expensive to warrant a one $ sign. I would place it at 1 and a half.

2  Thank Nicholas P
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Went here while visiting family, in a nice walkable area. Breakfast was really good! Nice little patio area out front to enjoy both the Monterey weather and good food. They have all the fancy coffee drinks which tends to create a line, but it moved...More

1  Thank lovetotravelmore
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Great, chill atmosphere. I had the fettuccine alfredo and it was wonderful. A true gem just a few minutes walk from the most touristy bits of town.

Thank julienavery
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Great place for an omelette. Very quick and cost efficient. You will have the dish you need or build your own. Highly recommend.

1  Thank HaithamHamed
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was a nice little cafe that we ran across while exploring the town of Monterey. It was a nice, less expensive alternative to some of the restaurants around. It had sandwiches, pasta, and pizza on the menu with lots of desserts and coffee. The...More

Thank SammiDeRosa
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Homely and delicious lunch, conveniently located. We ordered a BLT, veggie lovers sandwich/bagel and an affogato. Recommended!

1  Thank Manik78
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-241-6064
Established in 1956. Caffe Trieste opened the first coffee house on the West Coast in 1956. Since then, Caffe Trieste has been serving up optimum quality Espresso coffee and fabulous music for well over a half a century in San Francisco. Giovanni Giotta - THE FOUNDER, who in 1950 had emigrated to San Francisco, California, from the small fishing town of Rovigno, Italy (now part of Croatia). Missing the espresso houses of Trieste, Italy, Giotta opened his own cafe. Caffe Trieste is said to be the first espresso house on the West Coast. Now, Caffe Trieste brings its fabulous coffee and tradition to Monterey Peninsula. Enjoy superb Coffee drinks, gourmet pastries and a light fare Italian menu in casual setting.
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