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Caffe Trieste

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409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-241-6064
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Homely and delicious lunch, conveniently located. We ordered a BLT, veggie lovers sandwich/bagel and an affogato. Recommended!

Thank Manik78
Southern Calif.
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155 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were staying at a hotel across the street and noticed this little cafe. Went for eggs, toast, coffe and tea. Enjoyed it so much we returned the next morning to do it again. Eggs were poached just right. Toast was excellent, as were our beverages. Staff was friendly! Nice stop for us! Thank you!

Thank 1socalgirl
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you blink, you could walk past this place, but don't pass it up. The food, the cappuccino, the fresh squeezed orange juice and the smiling service are a great way to start the day. I always come back here and it is consistently fantastic!

Thank Judi W
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good portion size, taste not impressive Alright atmosphere, free wifi and nice style, good for a quick bite

Thank Sara R
Wellington, New Zealand
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed overnight in Monterey. Following my cousin's advice, we opted to have breakfast at Caffe Trieste. Good thing we did because the place didn't disappoint. There was a bit of a queue to place our order but the line moved quickly. The order taker was amiable and efficient; she made sure she got everything right. Food was served not... More 

Thank kiko367
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213 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, they did everyting ok. There's no one thing I can say that really irked or disappointed us, but for some reason it easn't enjoyable. Maybe it was just me on the day. It's quite a big space, with fifty or so covers. You order at the counter, meaning there was a queue. it's quite dark and... More 

Thank Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very cozy place, good food, decent Wi-Fi, nice seating outside too. Our favourite place in Monterey!

Thank Natasha1208
Los Angeles, California
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We came for breakfast and weren't disappointed . The coffees were excellent and the food was well prepared and tasty. There are a lot of lousy places with oddly positive reviews. Caffè Trieste is a genuinely good place and worth patronizing.

Thank BobK729
Lafayette, California
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557 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Caffe Trieste is the perfect breakfast spot in downtown Monterey - a cozy inviting interior for cooler days - and a nice outdoor seating area for nice weather. Apparently a sister restaurant to the cafe of the same name in North Beach in SF. The staff is superb - friendly, helpful and engaging. My wife and I each ordered a... More 

Thank LightFighter
toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 April 2017

6 people in our party.....3 tried breakfast items, 3 lunch/dinner. The breakfasts were ok....pancake/waffles and eggs are hard to mess up. The Ruben sandwich was soggy....must have been done first an sat soaking up the Thousand Island sauce. My wife tried the soup and salad (vegetable and Margarita). The soup was nothing but veggies in hot water.....no stock/spices/flavor. The salad... More 

Thank Richard V
riley M, General Manager at Caffe Trieste, responded to this review

A Café that represents Italian cuisine that uses fresh ingredients is exactly what we are, and very much proud of it. However, if there was an issue with a dish, please next time do not hesitate to let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. We look forward to seeing you and your party again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-241-6064
Established in 1956. Caffe Trieste opened the first coffee house on the West Coast in 1956. Since then, Caffe Trieste has been serving up optimum quality Espresso coffee and fabulous music for well over a half a century in San Francisco. Giovanni Giotta - THE FOUNDER, who in 1950 had emigrated to San Francisco, California, from the small fishing town of Rovigno, Italy (now part of Croatia). Missing the espresso houses of Trieste, Italy, Giotta opened his own cafe. Caffe Trieste is said to be the first espresso house on the West Coast. Now, Caffe Trieste brings its fabulous coffee and tradition to Monterey Peninsula. Enjoy superb Coffee drinks, gourmet pastries and a light fare Italian menu in casual setting.

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