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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
+1 415-982-2605
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe is the best coffee that I tried...when I travel with my family from Mexico ever I visited and I tried to drink a couple of coffee...

Thank Carlos C
Oak Park, Illinois
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97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This coffee house has some history but really not much atmosphere and little to offer in snacks. The coffee was fine, nothing exceptional and the pastry offerings were limited and nothing exceptional. Plus it is set in an area of bars and strip joints - be warned if wanting to visit later at night.

Thank dgilbert9294
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Break for coffee in Little Italy after walking through Chinatown. The trio of mandolin piano and violin were an unexpected addition on Sunday morning

Thank DooherFlem
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This places is authentic, old-school and represents what San Francisco used to have more of and has been losing as far as decor, vibe, etc... Go to this place for the best and the strongest cappuccino you will ever find.

Thank Arkady I
Veradale, Washington, United States
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This was by far one of the BEST coffee I've have had in years. Rivals what I found in Europe. Cash only establishment. Ambiance so cool, a true neighborhood coffee shop

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Los Angeles, California
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149 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 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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146 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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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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
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic
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: +1 415-982-2605

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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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