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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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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 10
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  • 5
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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
Almost the same as being in Italy

I first went here many years ago,when I first moved to san francisco. I had never heard of North Beach,the neighborhood where it is located! It is the only place I had been where opera arias were on the jukebox. It is crowded,noisy,bustling with life,popular with locals and tourists alike. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
mjmiller2013
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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great drop in place. Staff were awesome and helpful with advice on best places to go and things to do. Going back tomorrow

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Thank Matt B
Hengelo, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good coffee, friendly people and a nice atmosphere. I stayed on telegraph hill, and regularly had my morning coffee or evening coffee here. Relaxed and enjoyable.

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Thank Thijs S
Manteca, California
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129 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I keep returning here because of the great coffee and food. The atmosphere is kind of dingy, but it's old and historic so we love it. You can't beat their coffee and desserts!

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Thank Tina C
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307 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area and are hungry, thirsty, both - this place is a terrific neighborhood Cafe/Bistro - really good food, charming atmosphere, attentive service ... all top-shelf over the years. Consistent is good, meaning that for decades, every visit has been enjoyable. If you have guests/visitors that you want to show a quintessential S.F neighborhood... More 

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Thank ggrodhaus
San Antonio, TX
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

So much history here, from the beat poet era, the jazz greats, the local and national celebrities. Lots of it commemorated on the walls. Tiny place, but they don't seem to mind that you stay over your coffee and newspaper for hours. We shared a bench with a very well-behaved dog. Fabulous dessert/bakery items.

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Thank ClassicTheatre
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very cute spot. Cash only, but they do have an ATM inside. They feature live bands regularly, and the space is not extensive so it’s a cozy atmosphere. They have beer, wine, and great coffee drinks. I recommend having a latte and piece of cake as you listen to their band of the day.

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Thank Jayne C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We called in here after a walk around Chinatown and Little Italy and it was amazing. Very cool place to drink. Lots of locals and tourists - sit outside and watch the world go by. The coffee is fantastic and the service is fast. We didn't eat, but the food looked great. Try it!

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Thank Roger H
Pleasant Hill, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I first went here many years ago,when I first moved to san francisco. I had never heard of North Beach,the neighborhood where it is located! It is the only place I had been where opera arias were on the jukebox. It is crowded,noisy,bustling with life,popular with locals and tourists alike. It was the place to hangout in the beatnik era.... More 

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Thank mjmiller2013
Poole, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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!

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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 5, 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 

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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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