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

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://caffedellestelle.com/
  • Phone: 4152521110
  • 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.
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Caffe Delle Stelle reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • again and again
    symphonylover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wonderful .. good food, great Hayes Valley location. .. we have been there again and again. ... and will go again!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying Delle Stelle Again
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We haven't eaten here in several years because the food was becoming very average. We were pleasantly surprised with our dinners. Both the ravioli and the fish risotto were very good. The wines are fairly priced and quite good. Keep up the good work. We'll dine here again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty great pasta!
    gosmomVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Quaint neighborhood spot...we chose because of proximity to Orpheum....quick walk. Pasta was very good...and relatively inexpensive!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night at the symphony
    Monty
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We ordered grilled calamari with verde salsa and that was very interesting, tasty. Then we ordered mussels in a gorgonzala sauce. Delicious sauce but they were the smallest mussels I've ever seen, a tiny bite in each. And unfortunately, my friend received a bowl full of many empty shells. The waitress was great and ordered her another bowl but again even in the bowl there were a few empty shells. Very disappointing.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before a show
    brilldoggy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I used to go here all the time. Decided to go with the group of friends for dinner before seeing a show. We were all pleasantly surprised about how good the food was and we were able to relax eat and get to the show on time. Not many places if you're going to the Orpheum, so this is one we will go back to
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not As Expected
    SantaRosaDiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on its moderately priced menu and proximity to the SFJazz Center. The restaurant requested that patrons allow 90 minutes. There were 3 of us and we each ordered different dishes. My companions had a seafood risotto and wild boar served with a medley of vegetables. I opted for the butternut squash ravioli and seemed to have the best dish of the three. The wild boar entrée looked particularly unappealing as the vegetables were overcooked and the meat looked dried out as if the dish had been kept warm for some time. The risotto was heavy with a tomato-based sauce and also looked like to was reheated vs. "cooked fresh". The wait staff was attentive but not well versed on the wine list. It was not busy.
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  • Great for before concert dining.
    MusicLover
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    If you want a nice Italian meal that is not expensive, this is the place. We came here before a concert. The service was prompt, the food well prepared and the staff very friendly. We would certainly return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location, light, & welcoming
    cmmd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    hadn't been in yrs. wrt noise level, delle may be the one spot in Hayes where regular conversations are still possible. YAY! service is on italy clock. only one guy handling the whole floor. he's lovely. it worked out ok; only a little behind in getting to our seats. but had intended for an after dinner walk before the show. good news is, there's no push to leave so go early, talk, enjoy. salads perfect & summery. house red, works fine. limited menu; different from online publish. butternut ravs tasted a bit like pumpkin pie. do not recommend. love the old school in decor, svc, tableware, etc, however ... most are there on pre-performance basis and it IS HIPSTER-CHIPSTER HAYES VALLEY. a bit of updating must be coming for CDS?
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  • Always good food
    Nadya
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been going to Caffe delle Stelle since it opened. The food is always excellent and the service is friendly and helpful.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Ravioli's
    FoodRequired1VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My friend had the Roasted butternut squash ravioli and sage-infused oil dish. Way too much olive oil on the dish. I had ordered this on another occasion and felt the same way. Won't order this again, not sure if we'll come back. The bread was wonderful but the dinner salad was nothing to rave about.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food; bad air conditioning
    JonP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful place. Haven't been there in years and was glad it is still good. It was a very hot night and the ac only worked on the other side of the restaurant and they left the main door open, which didn't help. Very nice staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT GLUTEN FREE
    Terij
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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  • Not a good experience
    Homer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This place is in the performing arts district, so I intentionally made a reservation for 8:15pm when the concert goers would be out. However, we arrived early, about 7:15. There were hardly any customers in the place, and there were no tables set up. We had to wait a few minutes for a table. The table water was house-made sparkling water that reeked of chlorine. They had no bottled water at all. The water glasses and wine glasses were hot out of the dishwasher. One of the glasses was also cracked. The wine and beer selections were vary narrow and not good. The menus were dirty. We left without ordering.
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  • Convenient to Music Center
    druroVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    food is fair to good. I would not go back just for the food.
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  • Good and reliable
    SFfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    kayb
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Having a bad day?
    Jango
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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  • Way too noisy; terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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  • No Stars at Delle Stelle
    gourmetVIP
    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.
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  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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  • Good pre-performance option
    MttamerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delle Stelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Symphony Find
    sfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OK for third choice
    hotdoggiem
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
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  • CyngrVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food and service always good. Close to performing arts center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OperaFan
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Caffe Delle Stelle reviews archive.
  • Greatr Find for Pre-Concert Dining
    JohnrtVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient to cultural activities
    shilaVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Slow Service
    Fullwit
    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.
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  • dmartin
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
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  • A nice place close to the Symphony
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Don't Bother!
    LoganVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Burnt soup, over-done pasta, crowded tables, visit only if you're desperate.
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  • jamieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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  • Good spot for pre-show dining
    ZephyrsHumanVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
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    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Reliable and Delicious
    FroggyVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • good food, with reasonable prices.
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    we enjoyed our dinner before the ballet performance.. the waitress was very cordial. we would go back .
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Good Food/Good Prices
    RDB27
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigger not better
    macah
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    very convenient for Civic Center events but not exceptional for food or ambience. the charm and variety of the old location is missing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My partner and I were very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
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  • Pre-Davies Concert
    WineCoMom
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    this is a quick place to get an early evening dinner. The menu is not overwhelming.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.