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Caffe Trieste

Certificate of Excellence
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
+1 415-982-2605
06:30 - 23:00
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Chesterland, Ohio
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726 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Caffe Trieste is more or less on Grant Street near the thoroughfare of Columbus Avenue. I stopped by here for coffee and a quick breakfast on the way to a business meeting. It's basically counter service.There are about 20 cafe style tables and when I was there there were about 5-10 other, mostly older patrons. The coffee (I had cappuccino)... More 

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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135 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very nice and full of history (photo's as a barber shop with musicians) very good coffee, nice seating with lots of phones of famous (italian) guests. Toilet a little rundown. pay only in cash

Thank hpheleen
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We absolutely enjoyed hanging out in this cafe whilst exploring the North Beach area. The coffee was delicious and the juke box is a nice add on. Great spot for just relaxing and watching the world go by.

Thank Sumsi2015
Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

visiting from Toronto with some friends. read reviews on here, but was disappointed with coffee. atmosphere was good both sat night and sun morn. they even had a live 2 pc band sunday. the pastries were ok, but the espresso was very disappointing (I drink 2-3 a day back home). Owners and staff, not Italian, so it didn't feel like... More 

Thank Redtruck T
Silver Spring, Maryland
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a locals cafe. Cash only. Good stop after or before City Light Books. We've only ever had lattes etc but I think they have food and beer too.

Thank Kirsy1
Orinda, California
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436 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We had really expected something special but--and maybe it was because we went at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night--the pastries were all old, dry, and almost stale....Cute restaurant but nothing special. And they don't take credit cards!

Thank Kesslane
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I've only been here once and I wish I could come back! This is a must go! My sister got a hit chocolate and she said it was the best she ever had. It was made of real chocolate and handmade real whipped cream! I got two pastries that were delicious. It I don't know the name of them because... More 

Thank Eli K
Berkeley, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

An SF classic cafe with a great, old school vibe. Nothing fancy, but there's a lot of character in this little spot. Had a delicious pot of tea and great pastries while settling in to get some work done. Everyone who stopped in was very friendly, and one guest kept playing some great classic music on their jukebox. Would definitely... More 

Thank Erin N
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were walking around San Fran and stopped in for a quick cup of coffee and to check the score of the football game. There was a line but the wait went quickly. We each had a latte - the espresso was not spared! We found an entryway table for two and drank our coffee while watching... More 

Thank Jerri L
San Francisco, California
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149 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is not the usual fancy coffee house you can find in SF. This is an original interpretation of an Italian coffee bar: - Staff: super friendly, a sort of family. You can ask suggestions, chat a little bit, ask for information and everybody is nice... - Espresso coffee: one of the best in SF... I dont know if it... More 

Thank Angelo P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-2605

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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