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Piazza Cavana, 1, 34121, Trieste, Italy
+39(0)40 3229802
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Great for an apperitivo

Great place to begin an evening with an apperitivo. We stood at the bar, were served promptly and with a smile. Small morsels are available gratis. Great music adds to the ambience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Amanda T
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Great place to begin an evening with an apperitivo. We stood at the bar, were served promptly and with a smile. Small morsels are available gratis. Great music adds to the ambience.

Thank Amanda T
Kapaa, Hawaii
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538 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We came in for a drink, but the free nuts and chips helped us stay. Then they served Mac and crab cold salad and a great potatoe salad , all a la carte and free. Those were so good I had the ham and cheese panini that was amazing. So now it was drinks and dinner, haha. Smoking outside, nice... More 

Thank MarshallGulch
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Great position, great cocktails and food galore. But, it is the music, that old 50's 60's Sinatra style added to a bit of blues. Thanks to the staff for a terrific night.

Thank GaryPerthAust
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Nice stylish, not too hipster, authentic bar/cafe. Coffee, Italian breakfast and sandwiches are good. The bar is excellent. The bartenders are friendly and professional! The have a very wide range of cocktails and longdrinks. At least 20 different kinds of gin. A good range of different beers, the IPA they offered was very tasty. They also offer typical apperetivos and... More 

Thank Hans M
Alexandria, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I spent a month in Trieste, living a few steps from Piazza Cavana, and I ate breakfast almost every morning at Life: €3.50 for a cappuccino and a jam-filled brioche. It took only three times before the friendly waitress knew my order without my having to say anything. I also had an aperitivo there many evenings, when it's a lively... More 

Thank Passante_711
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

It's worth asking out this place I'd you're in need of a really good coffee!! It's quite close to the Pizza Unita and provides better coffee than most of the restaurants on or closer to the piazza.

Thank Annemarie H
Belgrade, Serbia
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

So, if you look at the posted drinks card, you'll see that a coffee is priced at a reasonable 1.10 Euro. But when you get the bill, the coffee is suddenly up to 2.10, which thus includes "a service surcharge". More like a tourist ripoff surcharge... Basically, if you want to be treated like an idiot for your money, to... More 

Thank genuinekale
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice place in pedestrian zone. Service was fast and totally OK. Swepss is šefe in 0.18cl which is funny fire me. Anything smaller then 0.2 is not acceptable accept short drinks. Snacks are good and portion is large. Prenesite chips...price....ok...Swepss and small Italian beer 8 euro

Thank Alekksej
Nuriootpa, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Good service fast and furious. Great atmosphere often there are buskers playing in the adjacent piazza (square) great selection of complimentary nibbles inclusive of you drink price. Try a Spritz Aperol! Refreshing!

Thank David R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

We were served by the most unfriendly waitress and at the end a huge surprise was waiting for us: although she wasn't even looking at or talking to us we had to pay 1,- € Service Charge per Person. That would have been ok if there had been any service at all. Never again! Beside from that the drinks weren't... More 

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Cavana, 1, 34121, Trieste, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Friuli Venezia Giulia  >  Province of Trieste  >  Trieste
  • Phone Number: +39(0)40 3229802

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  • Cuisine: Cafe, Mediterranean

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