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Caffe Trieste

609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919 (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #535 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner, Italian, Café
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Telegraph Hill
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101 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice coffee and its clearly popular with the locals. They have fresh orange juice but i found their pastries a bit stale. A good place for coffee but I didn't really find the atmosphere charming. A bit down and out

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Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews 100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

San Francisco is a fantastic city this coffee is a great place to stop in the middle of the day and celebrate life, locals, tourists, everyone can fell at home at this little corner place. I don't miss it every time I'm in town. This place is old, charming and it shows..... is aging like a gorgeous italian lady.

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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Or perhaps I ordered the wrong type because most of the positive reviews here seem to agree with their espresso and cappuccino; I hadn't read the review when I visited the place and ordered their latte - it was just so-so. In fact, it was a too bitter for my taste. While I agree and like the quaint, rustic atmosphere,... More

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Manly, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The coffee is the reason to go -- period. Interesting pics on the walls and so on -- and an eclectic crowd -- sometimes live music -- other times people sitting and writing or just reading. As for the negative reviewers -- I'm not sure what they expect. The place is old but authentic -- not a re-creation like so... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I can only state that I agree with the positive reviews here. The place certainly suffers from a lack of upkeep, and it could use a thorough cleaning. But that pales in comparison with the excellent espresso and the atmosphere that soaks in through your pores. Great for dessert or coffee after dinner, or with a date.

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Reno, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Needing a breather and a caffeine fix after climbing Telegraph hill, we dropped in on the hip and historic Caffe Trieste in the North Beach area. According to their website, Caffe Trieste was opened in 1956 by "Papa Gianni" Giotta, as the first espresso house on the West Coast. Soon thereafter, the forefathers of the budding Beat Generation, such as... More

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Chico, CA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I love this little caffe. The coffee is strong, the pastry is amazing, and it's a great place to just sit and read the paper and look out the window, or to lean over to an adjacent table and strike up a conversation with someone likely to be a local, or to have at least been one at one time.... More

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Pentwater, Michigan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I had read and read the reviews about how great this cafe was- not so much. Yes there were people to watch but it was a bit to 'rustic' for me. The coffee was great but the atmosphere not so much

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Manteca, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is always the first place we hit when we go into San Francisco. This trip was with my adult son. We both had the Cafe Fantasia (I think that is the name). It was delicious! I've had their desserts and quiche before and really wanted one this visit but didn't feel hungry enough to eat one (they are pretty... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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179 reviews 179 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Outstanding espresso and cappucino, with fine pastries. Caffe Trieste is imbued with a classic atmospheric sense of old San Francisco, and really exudes history. It is heavily trafficked by locals, and has been a hangout for Jimo Perini, the great San Francisco photographer. A highly authentic and recommended place.

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