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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919 (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #212 of 5,041 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner, Italian, Café
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews 114 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Loved this little place! Fantastic espresso. We sat and played backgammon for an hour and people watched while sipping excellent espresso and eating cannoli. Bon appetito!

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Melville, New York, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Worth waiting in line for. The place is small so if you're in a group, send one or two people inside with everyone's order. There are some tables in front and more in the back for those who want to relax after a big lunch or a long walk.

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Varese, Italy
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126 reviews 126 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had a breakfast in this cafe. Coffee was not bad but we expected something better. It is not like Italian coffee. Brioches were not bad too. Average place.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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184 reviews 184 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We had lunch on the border of Chinatown/North Beach. Luckily, we were with a local who knew about this small, Italian cafe. We got "to-go" cups of their regular drip coffee. It was really delicious. Smooth and not at all acidic. Didn't need a thing in it. The atmosphere is classic!

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Santa Clarita, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Known as one of the first coffee houses in the west coast I have to agree re Americano is perfect. The quiche is interesting with its side of pickles and tomatoes but it works. The ambiance is so San Francisco and the crowds are mixed with locals and tourists.

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Leuven, Belgium
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The nostalgic interior immediately shows off just how legendary the place is for being the first espresso café on the West Coast and for its music sessions. Moreover, our mint tea/chai latte were undoubtedly the best we've had in the U.S. on our 2-week-trip. You'll be more than willing to look past the sloppy waiting (e.g. hastedly serving tea whilst... More 

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Cornish Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

In a recent visit to North Beach San Francisco, I met with an old friend in this very old and charming coffee shop. They served my latte in a tall glass, and it just felt good to sit in a charming old neighborhood drinking great coffee and visiting unencumbered by anything.

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SE Michigan
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Fun to enjoy the morning coffee and pastries and watch the interesting and eclectic mix of people passing by.

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South Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We visited the City Lights Bookshop (Columbus Ave) after reading Tripadvisor reviews. After making our purchases we asked for advice re a good cafe. They sent us a 2 minute walk away to their sister cafe. We were not disappointed. Not only was the coffee really good but so was the pizza. The greatest attraction for us was the live... More 

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Austin, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Step back in time and enjoy the best cup of cappuccino , latte, etc. in the city. The ambience and history associated with Cafe Trieste is incredible. We wish we had been here on a Saturday for the live music.

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Additional Information about Caffe Trieste

Address: 609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
Phone Number: 415-982-2605
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Telegraph Hill
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Diner, Italian, Café

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