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Stella Pastry and Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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446 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
+1 415-986-2914
Mon 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 12:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot miss this bakery day or night for pastries and coffee. The cannoli are superb and always fresh. If you do not see ask them to fill one for you on the spot.

Thank kasvcstnt
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small pastry shop in little Italy but with a great tiramisu dessert! Canolie was okay though... Definitely recommend the tiramisu!

Thank Carlos M
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104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended to this local bakery by the helpful staff at Golden Boy Pizza (this is their favourite place). Their is ample choice of locally created, freshly baked pastries, cookies and supporting coffees, teas and hot chocolate. A must try is their Sacripantina Slice which is the house creation. This place can be very busy but it is well... More 

Thank SingaporeBms
Saint Louis, Mo
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426 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This little gem is worthy of a walk, uber, cable car or taxi ride! Delicious pastries from itty bitty shortbread cookies to huge slices of tiramisu. They do special orders, cake decorating, eclairs, layer cake slices, coffee, tea, biscotti...you name it. Service was friendly and there's plenty of seating for couples inside & outdoors for people watching.

Thank Christy A
Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

To quote our discerning teenager "best hot chocolate ever". But there is so much more to discover if you really like quality products. Croissants, tick; chocolate eclair, tick; blueberry cheesecake tick! A "Stella" bakery indeed!

Thank DDGK
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

I've got to give them 5 stars. Anyone that can make a good cannoli - read: not just okay - but a truly good cannoli deserves the full 5. I've tried cannolis all over the country, and this place makes some of the best. It was originally recommended to me by an area local, and I've been back several times... More 

Thank Brittydo
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

While San Francisco is well-known for sourdough bread, folks don't realize the number of established bakeries -- Stella has provided folks with the sweet treats since the 1940's. Having served many "who's who" of the San Francisco Bay Area (and probably delivered / shipped elsewhere), the Italian baked goods are a delight to all ages. Known for the sacripantina cake... More 

Thank Dukemeister2013
Fullerton, California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

There's hardly any room in there and you may not get a seat. It is, however, a delicious bakery. I stopped by 3x over 4 days so that ought to say something! I particularly enjoyed the cookies, though the cannoli and the sacripantina were great! Not sure about the coffee, but judging by the locals drinking I'm sure it's alright!... More 

Thank comfortwanderer
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156 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

Tried this pastry place in little Italy and enjoyed all 4 desserts we tried. Apple, wild berry, house special, and tiramisu were all excellent. So far, the best dessert place we found in San Fran.

Redwood City, California
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

I stopped Stella with my son and daughter-in-law who both wanted coffee and some cookies for our BART ride. EVERYTHING looked wonderful! I must say the cookies tasted wonderful, but not for the exorbitant price!! If you are an Italian from NY... you will understand.

Thank Fran G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:00 am
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 446 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-986-2914

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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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