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Caffe Trieste

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Café, Coffee Shop, Diner
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
415-982-2605
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Still here, still great atomsphere

No franchised cafes allowed, this is an old school cafe. Enjoy the scene of lot of regulars, linger over coffee, and soak in the atmosphere of some of the old North Beach.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
bookem50
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Pacific
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Pacific
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

No franchised cafes allowed, this is an old school cafe. Enjoy the scene of lot of regulars, linger over coffee, and soak in the atmosphere of some of the old North Beach.

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Granada Hills
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Best cappuccino ever! Cool italian neighborhood vibe. One morning had live music, not loud, but pleasing. You may wait for a seat outside. Not touristy, not flashy, real.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We stopped in for coffee on our last morning in San Francisco. My mocha was good, and I regretted getting the home made whipped cream on top! My husband had an americano and said it was strong, but great. We enjoyed our coffee outside watching the town go by.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Before there was Starbucks, there was Caffe Trieste. Situated in the heart of shops and restaurants, Caffe Trieste offers you a great cup of expresso, latte, cappuccino, light fare and wonderful cookies!

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North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I really liked this little place. I stopped in for an iced espresso, and just hung out. The place had a nice feeling to it. I liked all the photos on the walls. Definitely, it's not Starbucks!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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99 reviews 99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had som questions about the different types of coffee and asked the guy who worked there. He was so rude and didn't give us any answers. We had to order something without knowing what it was and we're not really sure we got, what we ordered. Will not go back!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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124 reviews 124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Loved this little place! Fantastic espresso. We sat and played backgammon for an hour and people watched while sipping excellent espresso and eating cannoli. Bon appetito!

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Melville, New York, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Worth waiting in line for. The place is small so if you're in a group, send one or two people inside with everyone's order. There are some tables in front and more in the back for those who want to relax after a big lunch or a long walk.

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Varese, Italy
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134 reviews 134 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had a breakfast in this cafe. Coffee was not bad but we expected something better. It is not like Italian coffee. Brioches were not bad too. Average place.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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200 reviews 200 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We had lunch on the border of Chinatown/North Beach. Luckily, we were with a local who knew about this small, Italian cafe. We got "to-go" cups of their regular drip coffee. It was really delicious. Smooth and not at all acidic. Didn't need a thing in it. The atmosphere is classic!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-982-2605

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Café, Coffee Shop, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
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 neighborhood 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 neighborhoods 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 neighborhood home.
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