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Stella Pastry and Cafe

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
+1 415-986-2914
07:30 - 00:00
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Mon 07:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 00:00
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Bay Area California
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130 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cannoli come in two types, Siciliano and Napolitano. The Sicilian ones have a thick tube and sweet things inside. The ones from Naples are flaky and have creme inside. They are also called Creme Horns. These melt in your mouth and are hard to find except in NYC and Naples. Stop by!

Thank Denzo1
Vancouver, Canada
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222 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Stella's has a fabulous selection of baked goods and espresso bar. The service is friendly and welcoming and watching the chef putting together his creations is almost as enjoyable as eating them. I would return and enthusiastically recommend.

Thank John S
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

this north beach instituion was a personal favorite for millefiori and cannoli. maybe i have just gotten too old or too jaded, but the place is a it run down, the selection of pastries not so enticing and the taste meh.

Thank Laxsmi d
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 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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143 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 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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453 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 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
Reviewed 6 January 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
Reviewed 30 December 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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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 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 

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: 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

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood home.
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