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Caffe Delle Stelle
Caffe Delle Stelle
  • Address:
    395 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Caffe Delle Stelle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://caffedellestelle.com
  • Phone: (415) 252-1110
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Caffe Delle Stelle
Caffe Delle Stelle is a classic Italian trattoria with comfortable neighborhood charm and destination-caliber cuisine. We use the best available local ingredients, organic meats, and vegetables. Our daily changing menu features soulful classics of Northern Italy, simply and earnestly prepared. Our homemade pastas, breads, and desserts are always fresh and prepared daily. Caffe Delle Stelle is located in the heart of the Hayes Valley neighborhood, within short walking distance of all the major performing arts venues of the Civic Center.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We chose this place because of it's location and it said it had gluten free choices. They had one choice and it was awful. Our waitress was very uneducated on what gluten free is. She said it was tasteless because the gluten had been removed so it took the flavor. We tried three other regular meals and they all were odd and tasteless. The bread they brought us prior to our meals was great. Dinner for four $100 and we all left hungry."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "food is fair to good. I would not go back just for the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is our regular pre-show place. The staff is friendly and efficient, atmosphere is good especially if you sit at the window . The food is very good. I like the salads and pastas."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I had a delightful dinner here before we saw a show in the Nourse Theater. He loved the seafood rissoto and my filet of sole was very good. I knew nothing about it other than it was close to the theater. Caffe Della Stelle is a little gem that reminded me of some of the neighborhood restaurants we had dinner in when we were in Italy last fall. People look like they are enjoying themselves and come often. It has that kind of feel to it. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The place was empty, so it was really surprising that the service was so bad! I had a really nice meal there a few weeks ago so this was a real disappointment."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My second course arrived on our little table when I was 1/3 through my salad. They just dumped the extra plate with my Sole Petrae becoming cold; I switched plates when I finished my salad and was left with this crowded table for the reaminder of the meal. Dreadful service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food at Stelle was really mediocre. The service was fair. We ordered the snapper. It was served over polenta a few carrots one or two pieces of broccoli . The snapper tasted weird. One person had the lasagna and it was full of sauce that did not taste like home made. They should charge a few more dollars but make tasty home like food. I liked the decor but they have to work on their food. I went there a year ago and the food was much better. Their home made bread was the best thing. They should stick to pasta but make better sauces."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "No Problems with our reservation, having to spell out my name, the hostess was able to locate it. The food was good and tasty. We will return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Probably my best experience here. Staff seemed genuinely happy we were there, the food - polenta crepes - was really good, couple glasses of wine, what's not to like. We will be here again before opera, symphony, or something at the Nourse. Perfect location for these venues."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The cafe is charming. The food we ordered was very good. The service was attentive. We had a birthday celebration before a concert at the Jazz Center. We did plan to have a leisurely dinner and the cafe allowed us that. We ordered the raviolis, scaloppini and wild boar. Each one on these dishes were excellent along with the freshly made bread with a tomato based spread to top it with. The only draw back for us... we brought in a very special bottle of wine and the corkage was $20.00. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Give yourself ninety minutes and you will have a delicious, relaxing dinner before the symphony, opera or ballet. Ask about portion size. I ordered the seafood risotto, which was delicious, but huge. I could easily have shared it!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We needed a restaurant before a show and waited too long to make reservations. Dele Stelle was third choice, but at least it was available. The food was OK. Lettuce in the salad a little limp. I had the brown rice risotto, nice (i.e., unusual) to see on a menu. The risotto itself was not bad. The accompanying mussels were lukewarm, one was missing any meat at all, just a shell. Some of the rest of the seafood was pretty good, some was overcooked and rubbery. Service was slow; the server would disappear for long periods. Finally, after requesting our check, we had to wait 15 minutes for it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food and service always good. Close to performing arts center."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Service was very good and everyone was polite and friendly. I ordered the veal scaloppine with mashed potatoes an sautéed vegetables. The veal was served with a caper sauce that was just delicious and the potatoes were very tasty...perfect! I would definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was very good and the prices swere reasonable. A great restaurant for pre-symphony/opera/ballet dining. The veal and fish dishes were particularly good. Sewrvice was punctual. A very noce expereince."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Whereas the food was good and plentiful, it doesn't rate raves. The house wine is abyssmal. Not even able to finish a glass. A sweet place however and good for a duck in and get out. Very close by the War Memorial opera House, Nourse Auditorium, and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "If you can wait to have your order taken and get served, the food is good and at reasonable prices. Definitely not for kids, as the had no dining options for them and were unwilling/unable to create simple versions like plain grilled chicken breast. I went before a show at Davies Symphony Hall and barely made it. The table next to us was going to the same show and left after not having their order taken for 30 minutes."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "noise level was way above ability to carry on conversation, food was ok not special. sat next to window and sun in eyes whole meal -- terrible. was 6 pm reservation pre concert, doubt will go back"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A nice place close to Davies Symphony Hall. The food was good but not spectacular. The service was great. We made it to the Symphony on time."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Burnt soup, over-done pasta, crowded tables, visit only if you're desperate."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The veal scallopini was very tender and the vegetables were nice and crisp. Great location prior to SF Symphony, SF Jazz and so much more."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We dined here before a show at SFJazz which started at 7:30. We had a reservation for 6 PM. There was no crowd, but there were a few people inside, and the service was right on. We did not experience that 'we haven't quite gotten into dinner service' mode some places have that early. Service was good, Food was quite nice, wine selection was good, and we had plenty of time to enjoy our meal before heading off to the show. It is a neighborhood kind of place, with a casual atmosphere and very friendly service. We have been here before and it is quite busy later at night. If you get a table by the windows or eat outside the people watching on this corner is quite fun."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I've been coming to this restaurant for decades. The food is reliably tasty, fresh, and always a good deal. I especially like their boar. The service is a bit slow sometimes when it's busy (ie. when they're packed before the symphony, ballet, jazz performance or opera), but normally they're attentive without being fussy. They also don't freak out if we want to eat "family style" and ask for the entrees to be served in the middle of the table to be shared. The wine list is great, too."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "we enjoyed our dinner before the ballet performance.. the waitress was very cordial. we would go back ."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Haven't been here for quite a while, and was pleasantly surprised at the very good food, service, and prices. They have a special going for dinner which includes anything on the appetizers, and main courses menu plus house wine(red or white) for $35. They also have specials nightly. It's not easy to find a restaurant like this so close to the venues near the Civic Center."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "very convenient for Civic Center events but not exceptional for food or ambience. the charm and variety of the old location is missing."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My partner and I were very disappointed with the food. It all seemed to be reheated, including the pasta. the bread was like cardboard as were the 2 breadsticks. I couldn't eat my food and took it to go and left it outside for anyone whom might be interested. Nothing stands out except mediocrity. We won't go back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "this is a quick place to get an early evening dinner. The menu is not overwhelming."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Delle Stelle in several years and it is still good. We had dinner following a Sunday matinee performance at the SF Jazz Center. We were early and the restaurant wasn't super busy. My husband had the cinghiale with polenta, delicious and really enough for two. I had ravioli. The sauce was creamier than I imagined but not overwhelming. The best of the evening was the service. Our server was attentive and charming without being intrusive. We had a pleasant, quite and relaxing dinner, and I'm trying to remember why we haven't gone there more often."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This resturant has good Italian comfort food. Speedy service, especially if one going to performance in the area. Don't overlook this gem."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been to Caffe Delle Stella regularly before an event in Civic Center. The food is consistently good and enough variety that all are happy. Wine is also good and the glasses are not overpriced, which is rare. We were seated at a table where we could hear and we appreciate that. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great table, excellent waiter, delicious food, good wine and reasonable prices. What else can you ask?"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "A litle taste of Italy is what awaits at Caffe Delle Stelle. The wait staff is friendly and helpful and the menu provides unique options for everyone. Breads with a tangy dipping sauce start your dining adventure. If you like food that is tasty but uncomplicated, then this is your place. The wild board stew is wonderful, especially on a bed of freshly made polenta. This is one of the few local dining spots where you can hold a conversation and actually hear everyone in your party. Yet, there is a feeling of private dining. It is a great dining spot before symphony, opera or jazz."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The soup (poppa pomodoro) and the wild boar with polenta were great. Really large serving of boar, I had to take half of it home. The service was a little spotty; we had three different servers. The first two were a bit overloaded and forgot our request for different water. The third was more attentive. About that water: seems like the only choices are SF tap water and SF tap water run through a soda machine and served in a fancy bottle. There is a chlorine taste and the carbonation just makes it worse. We could not drink it. No Pellegrino available. Had a glass of the daily special Italian red wine. Very good. We'd go back but I hope they fix the water situation."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Have patronized this restaurant for years. Am always greeted warmly and receive fine service, even when they are "snowed" before/after the symphony or opera (from which the restaurant is a couple of blocks).. Every morsel of food is perfection (or they don't serve it). Interesting but reasonable wine list. The zabaione dessert was ethereal. Pasta is always fresh and delectable. Even the coffee is fantastic! My friend and I dined for 3 hours the other evening, looking out the large windows as the street scene and enjoying the fine food and service. As the granddaughter of a professional baker and restauranter, I'm picky and know what I'm talking about!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We've been going to Caffe Della Stella for years and returned this time for a pre-show dinner. The ambience is lovely and our sever was most attentive and able to take care of multiple tables easily. The food was good and certainly a great value for the price. We had mussels, the crepe special, the risotto (extra good - seafood) and a salad and shared the food. The wines are reasonably priced - we'd love to be able to taste a few more choices before betting on a bottle. We did choose a good one. Despite the timing of our dinner (early diners trying to eat and be out by 7:30), the staff gave us the time to enjoy our meal, delivered food hot and sequenced properly and made the experience great. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "service was great, but everything else was disappointing: wilted lettuce salad, stale bread, and unimaginative dishes. too bright, not at all romantic. we will not go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Staff wonderful, really excellent food, and good pricing= YES!,Love it."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We made reservations and were a little early. We were immediately seated by a friendly waiter. Good table. The food was excellent and the service too. We would go there again. It is also very handily located when you go to the symphony, the jazz club, ballet and opera."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Even after 15 years, this place continues to offer quality, tasty dishes at affordable prices. Pork ravioli, rosemary zucchini crepes and tiramisu were highlights. The dipping sauce for the bread is still the same great stuff, and service was friendly. I just wish there was a better interior ambiance -- it's too bright, no tablecloths on our table, and the place is usually 2/3 empty with no one at the bar either. Given its location, it should be hopping."
    Dined on 2/8/2014