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About 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.

395 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 252-1110

Website:
http://caffedellestelle.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Caffe Delle Stelle Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The best Italian food in SF!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Reservations were for 5:00 PM, but doors didn't open until 5:07 - we had to wait outside, in front of the restaurant. Employees right inside the door did not even acknowledge us. Service was slow, despite the place being empty for the first half-hour. However, our server was really very nice.
She was the best thing about the place. Filet of sole was average, veal was very tough - inedible.
The waitress did alert the kitchen, and had them prepare a serving of sole to replace the veal. She also comped our dessert. We tipped her well, but won't be going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Was a decent place 15 years ago. Now they don’t seem to care and have not kept up with the rising standards in the market. In fact it’s gotten worse. Doing good Italian food isn’t rocket science. I can cook better at home.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

It was great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service were great. There was one group that was on the other side of the restaurant that made it impossible for us to have a good dinner conversation. They had members of the group that were really loud!! One had a caustic loud voice. Not usual for this restaurant but definitely put a dim on this dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We enjoyed both dinner and lunch the following day at Caffe Stella. Excellent traditional Italian cuisine with some innovative twists. The grilled calamari appetizer done with white beans and arrugula was delicious. We also enjoyed spaghetti with sea bass and a buccatini with beef and pork sugo for our dinner. At lunch we had the Italian Cobb salad and the procuitto panini.
Service was attentive on both visits. A definite must try place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our favorite Italian food before we head to Jazz or Symphony. Great location! Good food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great before the Symphony. Service is wonderful. It's like visiting our friends. They remember us and are very gracious. Very flexible about preparing the dishes we love even when they are no longer on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place for dinner before the theater, opera or symphony. Good food with a menu that changes periodically, popular restaurant with locals and usually very busy with patrons.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for a long time to enjoy the food, convenience to the Symphony Hall and friendly staff. However this particular occasion involved a table of 18 people seated next to us who were captivated by one young woman who proceeded to talk Loudly for the whole time , waving her arms and generally dominating the table. She hardly came up for breath. The other folks in her party didn't speak, just watched in silence as she held court. There were other tables near us who rolled their eyes and surely wanted to snatch her from her perch. It was a busy night and we were reluctant to talk to the server as it wouldn't have done any good to approach her as she seemed blissfully ignorant and brilliantly blabbing on. Sorry ..it did ruin our dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always love Cafe Della Stella. It's especially a good value before a performing arts event. This evening they were short handed but did the best they could - excellent food but a little short on service. Very nice place

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Cafe Della Stella is one of our favorite pre-theatre restaurants. Food is tasty and reasonably priced, service is excellent and we always get out on time for the theatre. WE enjoy the european, simple, quaint atmosphere too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Basil pesto was undistinguished, not a lot of pesto favor and filled with too many ingredients, such as cream, peas and zucchini. Wild boar was dry and had no taste or flavor. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very happy that the service was much better than the last time we dined here....about 3 weeks ago. It is one of our go to restaurants before a performance. Tasty food, free sparkling water, accommodating staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Casual, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This was my third time dining here before a theater event, and they are good at making sure you get in and out by a certain time if needed. They can get busy before a sold-out show, so make a reservation to ensure getting a table ... I have seen the crowd before and had to look elsewhere when on a time crunch. Food is good and prices are reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was quite average. I had veal, small portion, and leaning on the tough side. Mt husband had ravioli with cod and mushroom, he said it was fine, again, quite average.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We always come to Caffe Delle Stelle before we go to the San Francisco Opera. The restaurant is located a very short walk away from the Opera House. We tried a different salad, to share, this time...and though it was very large and tasty....we felt that there should have been more figs and cheese. We both had the filet of sole and it was fantastic!!!! The fish was very fresh, tender and absolutely delicious! For dessert, we shared the tiramisu which was very rich and yummy. The service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I went for one of their opera nights - everything was great except there were only two waiters for the entire returaunt! They need more staff, service was way too slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Really enjoyed the broccoli and kale soup which is surprisingly hearty. The crespella polenta crepe filled with vegetables is a nice vegetarian option . The pork meatballs are fine. Dessert was semifreddo , just ok, had a refrigerator taste. I do want to comment on the coffee which was nice and mild with nice flavor.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We come into the city for the SF Symphony, and this is one of our favorite places to have dinner before the performance. It is an easy walk from to and from Bart and Davies Hall. The menu is good, and they usually have a couple of specials to add some variety. The service is almost always good. Our favorite waiter, Victor, is always so attentive and so friendly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been dining here for years and have always enjoyed it very much. Friendly service, good food at a reasonable price, etc. Last Thursday, before a performance, the service was awful...We waited over one hour for our food. This has never happened before and no explanation was given. It was very puzzling as the restaurant was not full. After this experience none of us plans to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Caffe Delle Stelle has been a wonderful pre-Opera venue in which to have a delightful Italian meal. The calamari appetizer on this occasion was perfectly prepared, tender and partnered with white beans with a piquant sauce. The three of us all enjoyed our entrees: one had sole, another chicken with pesto mashed potatoes while I had a tuna salad that complemented the calamari dish well. The wine list is reasonable. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Incredibly noisy. The food is good. The service is great. But the noise level! Funny thing about that. It was so loud that you couldn't hear nearby conversations. Great for spies.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I had delicious Petrale, melt in my mouth. And it's a very comfortable contrast to the upscale overpriced restaurants in the area. The wine selection was comprehensive but not excessive and the prices were reasonable. I liked the corner location with lots of natural light for all the tables. And it is a great choice for all of the theater and other event options in the Civic Center area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always good food at reasonable prices. Service is always friendly and helpful with the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

What happened to the decor? Used to be very lushly European and now it is stark and unadorned. the food and service were fine but the lack of decor was a strong detraction. Della Stella used to be high on my list of pre-theater dining, but I don't think I'll return anytime soon. I hate to be so judgmental but dining there last week made me realize ho much the entire experience adds to the dinner. The food was fine but it was empty and sort of sad inside. It felt like I was eating in a school cafeteria with utilitarian tables and no decor. Like the place had been gutted in a fire and had not been refurbished before reopening. Very sad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Cafe Delle Stelle was amazing. My boyfriend and my parents were meeting for the first time, and I couldn't have picked a better location. The food was great, the service was sublime, and the people-watching was unrivaled. I'll gladly go back in the future! Thank you so much!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, good service. Upon learning it was my birthday, waiter brought a little tiramisu w a candle in it!

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went for our son;s birthday dinner. Great food at reasonable prices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We really enjoyed Caffe della Stelle. It was our first time, chosen online for dinner before a concert at SF Jazz. Really nice to have vegetarian options at a nice Italian restaurant. Service was excellent, both the main server and the busboy/table clearer/bread/water guy. Our reservation was at 5:15, and it was great. By 6:15pm, it was getting mighty loud. So we finished up and took a walk before our concert.

Good spot, we'll go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The mussels in a Gorgonzola/white-wine sauce were outstanding!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice menu. We had 2 items from specials menu and both were very good. Some confusion over specials including/not including soup that was listed with no price, but not a big deal. Definitely need reservations if looking for a table around 6pm.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

We haven't been there for years because we don't live in the city. The food was as good as we remembered it. It's an excellent solid restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Here for a pre-Symphony dinner. first time. The service was friendly and attentive. the appetizers were mixed. The bruschetta with pate' was heavy, but tasty, the calamari was fresh and in a lively basil rich sauce. My wife reported the ahi salad excellent, seared perfectly. My pasta (with house made sausage) was abundant but mediocre, and really much too much for a pre-concert meal. All in all OK, not great, and a decent pre-concert spot close to the venues. I would recommend sharing appetizers and entrees given portion size, especially the pasta.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great place for dinner pre-Symphony/Ballet/Opera, SF. Always accommodates my request for a certain table with windows. Love the lasagna, and bread with its own dip. Good wine selection.
Women's bathroom needs hook to hang purse or jacket. Thanks.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Our reservation was at 5:30 pm. We arrived at 5:20 pm and were seated promptly. The restaurant was fairly empty at that time. We left at 7:30pm. Bottom line. All was bad, from the lack of service, the tasteless veal, and the inattentive bus staff. My recommendation. Try somewhere else.................................

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Mediocre food. Not the place for a pre concert/opera dinner. Too slow and too noisy.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Never never left dissatisfied.....on the pricey but worth every cent and beyond

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner here! Service was exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. I have to eat gluten-free and she told me exactly what I could eat. They offer gluten-free pasta, which is always a plus for me, but I had the seafood risotto, which was excellent. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Went to Caffe Delle Stelle before the Tony Bennett concert and it was the perfect match! Food was delicious and served promptly. Prices were reasonable for both the food and drink. Service was good! Will be back for sure!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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