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Caffe Trieste

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Diner
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
415-982-2605
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast

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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
Fantastic atmosphere

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
ulf_gee
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Helsingborg, Sweden
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Helsingborg, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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240 reviews 240 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Caledon, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Love this cafe! What a great place. Great coffee and the atmosphere was so welcoming. After visiting once, I went every morning to get my coffee just the way I liked it.It seems like the locals love this place too. It felt like the "Cheers" of the West coast where everyone knew your name after the first visit and ....everyone... More 

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Ann Arbor, MI
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Espresso was really delicious - deep, full espresso flavor with thick crema and minimal bitterness on the finish. Macaroons and apple tart were yummy, as was the blood orange italian soda. Expect to wait in line, especially if there is live music. There is an attached retail store where you can purchase espresso beans and related product. We enjoyed it... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This place has a very special Italian atmosphere and looks like a favorite for locals. The barista was very friendly and the Capuccino coffee just delicious. We had a couple of soft and delicate pastries and had a really good time. No doubt we’ll go again.

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Pacific
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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, Coffee Shop, Diner

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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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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