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Caffe Trieste

609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919 (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #509 of 4,920 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner, Italian, Café
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Telegraph Hill
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104 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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  • Italian first
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English first
Sonoma, CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not trendy, not chic, but if you like authentic old-school SF this is a great place. Ate supper across the street an came in for coffee and dessert. Loved the boston creme pie and the caramel cheesecake, the coffees were first rate. They claim to be the first espresso bar on the west coast, and they make a pretty convincing... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

i met my husband in here but that's not the point. i first came here in high school but that's neither the point. my little eleven year old daughter loves it here but that's also not the point. the point is the belovedly too strong russian tea they make as soon as they see me walk into the little changed... More

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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice coffee and its clearly popular with the locals. They have fresh orange juice but i found their pastries a bit stale. A good place for coffee but I didn't really find the atmosphere charming. A bit down and out

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

San Francisco is a fantastic city this coffee is a great place to stop in the middle of the day and celebrate life, locals, tourists, everyone can fell at home at this little corner place. I don't miss it every time I'm in town. This place is old, charming and it shows..... is aging like a gorgeous italian lady.

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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Or perhaps I ordered the wrong type because most of the positive reviews here seem to agree with their espresso and cappuccino; I hadn't read the review when I visited the place and ordered their latte - it was just so-so. In fact, it was a too bitter for my taste. While I agree and like the quaint, rustic atmosphere,... More

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Manly, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The coffee is the reason to go -- period. Interesting pics on the walls and so on -- and an eclectic crowd -- sometimes live music -- other times people sitting and writing or just reading. As for the negative reviewers -- I'm not sure what they expect. The place is old but authentic -- not a re-creation like so... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I can only state that I agree with the positive reviews here. The place certainly suffers from a lack of upkeep, and it could use a thorough cleaning. But that pales in comparison with the excellent espresso and the atmosphere that soaks in through your pores. Great for dessert or coffee after dinner, or with a date.

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Reno, Nevada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Needing a breather and a caffeine fix after climbing Telegraph hill, we dropped in on the hip and historic Caffe Trieste in the North Beach area. According to their website, Caffe Trieste was opened in 1956 by "Papa Gianni" Giotta, as the first espresso house on the West Coast. Soon thereafter, the forefathers of the budding Beat Generation, such as... More

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Chico, CA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I love this little caffe. The coffee is strong, the pastry is amazing, and it's a great place to just sit and read the paper and look out the window, or to lean over to an adjacent table and strike up a conversation with someone likely to be a local, or to have at least been one at one time.... More

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Pentwater, Michigan
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I had read and read the reviews about how great this cafe was- not so much. Yes there were people to watch but it was a bit to 'rustic' for me. The coffee was great but the atmosphere not so much

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