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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
415-982-2605
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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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Preston, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 41 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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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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 4 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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British Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

After touring Chinatown, we walked up Columbus Avenue looking for Little Italy and did not realize how close it was. We were passing Grant Street when we saw a group tourists looking at “The Saloon”, the oldest bar in San Francisco. As we walked a few more steps we saw the Caffé Trieste on the opposite side of the street.... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Stopped by Caffe Trieste for a late afternoon coffee and snack. I had the iced mocha and a piece of baklava, and it was delicious. Love laid back atmosphere and the overall feel of the place. You can tell these folks have been doing things right for many years. Will definitely return next time I'm in SF.

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Rheinberg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

As with my last visit here everything is as it used to be. Everything is very relaxed, there is pizza and cake, coffee and tea, a simple coffee shop, visited by just a few tourists, a nice authentic place

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Found this place more than 10 years ago traveling here for a business trip and have always made a point to come back every time I'm in SFO. If you want to know what it's like to travel back in time to a more polite old world coffee house this is it. The baristas are young men but they are... More 

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Address: 609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
Phone Number: 415-982-2605
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Italian, Cafe, Diner

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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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