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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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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have to get a book at City Lights and head over here for a bite and some coffee whenever I'm in town. Love it!

Thank James H
Carmichael, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cool Cafe, lovely staff, check out the history of the Beat Generation and the Music on Saturday afternoons, when the owner used to sing operas! Not sure about the music currently

Thank Mark C
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is legendary place for the city by the bay - Caffe Trieste is a first place on a West Coast where Papa Gianni started to serve espresso. For the first sight it can look a little bit oldfashioned, but you will definitely fall in love with this place since you ll be a witness of a scene when a... More 

Thank cadrilorg
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little cafe is located in the North Beach district and was recommended to us by a local. It is definitely off the beaten path and has a more local feel to it. The coffee is strong and tasty! The pastries are also great. They don't serve full breakfasts or sandwiches but highly recommend a stop here. They only accept... More 

Thank Ace318
Milan, Italy
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Cozy and cultural atmosphere. Reminds me of James Joyce in Trieste and of Coppola writing the script of the Padrino. Italian area.

Thank ryoma23
San Francisco, California
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108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The coffee's just OK and so are the baked goods, but it has an interesting history - it's said to be the oldest espresso house on the West Coast. Opening in 1956 at this location, it was a popular "Beat Generation" hang-out. So, it's old, it's kinda funky, it has/had lots of interesting customers, and it's a nice enough place... More 

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This intimate cafe makes the best cappuccino! The staff is wonderful and the clientele is interesting! It is a local favorite and welcomes visitors.

Thank BernH0ust0n
Hanoi, Vietnam
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding coffee in the north beach area. Great atmosphere and service. Pastries delicious and huge range. Frequent music adds to already great atmosphere.

Thank Rowley1
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

My wife and I have always loved North Beach and visit Mario's Cigar Store Cafe on Washington Square whenever we visit (also recommended). But last Friday, April 1st (coincidence), we stumbled across this place. Wow, 1960's San Francisco meets, 1930's meets today. I didn't know people like that still existed. Wonderful. The place is fabulously shabby, with a magical old... More 

Thank Andrew R
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

I have been to San Francisco many times, and I have been going to Caffe Trieste since 1968. Great coffee, delicious baked goods, and the concerts on Saturdays featuring local artists are legendary.

Thank Tswdfm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Cafe, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget
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 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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