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Caffe Trieste

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Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Cafe, Diner
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
415-982-2605
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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A quite spot for a break

I have visited Cafe Trieste Several times in the past 25 years and it does not change. Maybe not as popular as it was but things change and the cafe stays the same. The food offerings are limited, we had toasted sandwiches at lunchtime which were actually very good, wheat bread being the chosen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
Paul_of_Ashby
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Leicestershire
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Lafayette, California
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203 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I don't give these guys 2 stars lightly - I've been coming here every few months for 20+ years. Their coffee has always been good, not great, and the draw has been the history and interesting collection on neighborhood characters that hang out there. But I've been noticing for the past couple of years that their attitude towards their customers... More 

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Oakland, California, United States
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93 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I went to Cafe Trieste the first time I visited SF IN 1977. This is where I discovered how real Italian and French roast should taste. When I moved to the city in '81, I'd walk to North Beach with coffe at Trieste as my destination. You still feel the spirit of the "beats", hippies and the intellectuals who have... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We had breakfast at this spot twice in two days. Once as a couple, and the next day with our two teens. Casual, cosy ambiance, and good food. Lots of celebrity customers, including Francis Ford Coppola, who had the habit of leaving his typewriter there. The cappuccino is one of the best I have had. Ever. You must drop by... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Charming coffee spot with beautiful light going through. Good coffee and great location. Several years of dust are not needed to make it interesting. Vacuum cleaning is more than needed.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Excellent, walking through SF towards Washington park district after China town we stumbled across a gentleman a few yards from cafe Trieste, he recommended the place and what lick we had to meet him, enjoyable the 5 minutes we spent in his company the experience of the cafe where Copolla reputedly wrote a lot of the Godfather script, was just... More 

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Leicestershire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I have visited Cafe Trieste Several times in the past 25 years and it does not change. Maybe not as popular as it was but things change and the cafe stays the same. The food offerings are limited, we had toasted sandwiches at lunchtime which were actually very good, wheat bread being the chosen option. A nice place to watch... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Their Coffee has no coffee bean taste...as a matter of fact, it tastes burnt and insipid as well as lifeless.. Graffeo does an excellent , full-bodied, delicious dark roast that is far far far superior to Trieste's. I see too many tourists in there and they cater to their taste.

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yyc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fantastic coffee and pastries. We were so lucky to get there on a sunday morning with a very nice live quartet on site. Quiet, homey... great place to escape the cool-obsessed crowds.

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Henderson, Nevada
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136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Can be crowded at times, This is the same place many of the beats slacked their time off at more than half a century ago. Coffee, drinks and snacks are just so-so. Tourists usually stay for a quick snack, so tables open up. Take a look at the photos on the wall even if you don't choose to stay. There's... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Stopped by for some coffee and some pastries. Loved the location, the interior, and the "fika". And they had free wi-fi, so it can be a challenge getting out of here.

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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 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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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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