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Caffe Trieste

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Cafe, Diner
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4.5 of 5 stars
Great authentic espresso

Love the corner foot, great vibe even better coffee. The fastest service ever but right on spot what I ordered. Good people watching

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Poole, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go for the fabulous coffee, stay for the atmosphere. If you have time don't have your coffee to go, stay and enjoy the wall to wall family photos, opera on the juke box, and the wonderful friendly atmosphere. Locals gather daily for coffee and a chat. What a refreshing site in our rush rush generation!

Thank Scrat718
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We stumbled on this cafe in Little Italy on our way back from Coit Tower to our hotel, so we decided to have an afternoon cuppa and a piece of cake. Clearly, this establishment has a dedicated following in the area, unfortunately the service let it down. One would have thought that such a seemingly authentic place would have had... More 

Thank Robin D
Chandler, Arizona
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

ONE of the many reasons we love staying in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco is that we can get our daily caffeine (and pastry fix) at Caffe Trieste! THIS is the place that the locals hang out at....and the corner is always busy! Don't let any of that intimidate you....they have the BEST coffee & pastries, definitely add... More 

Thank MichelleandBob2013
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Skip all the chain coffee places and come here!!!! Right in the heart of North Beach. Best capp, mocha and coffee I've had. Along with fresh bakery items. The ambiance is worth a stop in itself. 1st espresso coffee on the west coast.

Thank spicyitalian612
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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111 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Love the corner foot, great vibe even better coffee. The fastest service ever but right on spot what I ordered. Good people watching

Thank Vozdrad
Metairie, Louisiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Loved this place. The espresso was fine and the service was properly speedy and impersonal, but what I really enjoyed was CT's history.

Thank Capybara70001
Abingdon, Maryland
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423 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We happened upon this place as we wandered through Chinatown. This is definitely a place where the locals like to frequent. We just ordered bagels and coffee. Everything was fine. The people working here were very friendly.

Thank Sharon M
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Nice live music in the back, espresso not too great, cup was cold, didn't help the flavor. Should invest in some upkeep without destroying the Italian feel.

Thank Christian R
Lafayette, California
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261 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 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 

1 Thank LightFighter
Oakland, California, United States
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95 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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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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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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