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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919 (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #184 of 5,014 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
Indianapolis, Indiana
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180 reviews 180 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Go here for all your caffeine needs! True North Beach before the trendies stepped in. Sometimes there is opera singing, too!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved this place!!! It's small and quirky and full of the locals. Our hotel was near by and the 3 times we passed by there was the policemen ordering their coffee their (always a good sign if the locals go there) Staff were really friendly and nice and when I didn't know what to order (so many choices) they made... More 

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New York City, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved the cappuccino. Excellent selection of coffee drinks and desserts. Would love to visit again. Highly recommended.

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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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