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Caffe Trieste

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Coffee Shop, 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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  • 67
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
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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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Shirley W
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Caledon, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dallas, Texas
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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7 reviews 7 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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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, Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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