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Caffe Trieste

Certificate of Excellence
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3919
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here for a coffee after lunch and was pleased to see that it is a local place that moves at a local pace. Not like Starbucks where everyone is full of nervous energy trying to get somewhere 5 minutes ago. Was mellow, laid back and relaxing. Ordered a latte and some cheese cake and just loved it. You cannot... More 

Thank dbartoletti
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here after reading in the guidebook that Francis Ford Coppola wrote The Godfather here. It's a very cool cafe with delicious coffee and tea (best we had in San Fran) and amazing pastries. The people-watching was great; so many interesting-looking locals!

Thank Caroline W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband has purchased lattes at Caffe Trieste for over twenty years. He loves them, almost as much as he loves their pastries. We recently stopped in while I was researching my latest book, a murder/romantic mystery set in SFO. In fact, I have a character in the book who regularly stops in Caffe Trieste for his morning fix. Delightful... More 

Thank AlexiVenice
Manteca, California
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204 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I come here most of the time when I visit San Francisco. I love the feel and the coffee and food are excellent. This time I had tea and carrot cake. I didn't like the tea, but the cake was good.

Thank Tina C
Fort Worth, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best cup of coffee in San Francisco. Uber driver told me about this place and now I'm hooked. Line can be long at times but goes very quickly so don't walk away. Service is great and folks from the neighborhood are friendly. It's a must every time I go to San Francisco. Cool shop across the street to get custom... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good for a quick coffee and pastry. My only compliant is that a decent bit of homeless hang out in the area but that's all over San Francisco.

Thank Frank C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

stopped for an Irish coffee. Well made and great service. This is the oldest bar in SF and the bartender was very entertaining.

Thank Eric M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Just like our favourite Italian coffee shop in Soho, London. Good coffee and nibbles, atmospheric, walls stuffed with pictures and photos, whilst remaining unpretentious.

Thank 27alanpw
Billerica, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Met a friend here without knowing about its history. It has that good "old-time" feeling - things have been updated where needed, but mostly stayed the same for many years. All sorts of interesting people to talk with, and just the best cappuccino and fresh baked biscotti. This is a really cool place to check out.

Thank Mws101
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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139 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Stopped by while wandering through San Francisco's Little Italy. This is where Coppola wrote the screenplay for The Godfather so it was worth the visit just for that, though we also had the best espresso in San Francisco which made it doubly worth it.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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