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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

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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Seasonal (2)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband loved the red snapper-best he has ever had! I had a special that was stuffed sea bass and while tasty, the portion was ridiculously small. I should have said something. Service is very accommodating albeit a bit slow despite the restaurant not being full. Lighting needs to be better.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great meal for a date before the Symphony. A wonderful overture for any show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice place. My only complaint would be that the Pappardelle had dried rosemary on top (not a whole sprig which could be removed, but individual needles) that had the unsettling crunch of fingernail clippings. But other than that the food was good and the atmosphere very pleasant and comfortable. Good, attentive but not overly attentive service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Place was completely quiet compared to other restaurants on Hayes which gave us some pause but in the end we were pleased. If you want a "scene" this isn't it. But if you want a good meal you'll find one here.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had just attended the Nutcracker Ballet and were looking for a nice Italian restaurant within walking distance. Cafe Delle Stelle was a comfortable place in a busy neighborhood. I really enjoyed the broccoli and kale soup We shared the Delle Stelle salad. She had the lasagna and I had the fettuccini. Everything including the lemonade and chocolate dessert was really good as was the service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Caffe Delle Stelle consistently has good Italian food. We have eaten here post & pre theater & concerts for a number of years. We always enjoy the food & service.
This evening was a repeat of what happened to us in the past. It was a Sunday & one wait staff did not show. It left 2 wait staff for a very full restaurant. The 2 waiters did an admiral job considering the circumstances. But, as you can imagine the service was very slow.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were very disappointed. It was our daughter's 18th birthday. We had a terrible seat next to the bar and towards the back and the kitchen. They would not put us in a better place. The food was not tasty and the selection was poor. We will not return and will not recommend it to others.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I felt my raviolis could have been cooked more, too Alderney.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were disappointed by the food on this visit. The veal scallopine and the mushroom pasta were lacking in taste. The gnocchi was good though. And the service was slow. We had fond memories of this restaurant from visits from years ago. Hopefully this was just an off night?

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is my second visit to caffe delle stelle - the first time (last year 2016) the place was empty, the food was good and I thought it's a place to come back to when I was going to an event. This year I came back (2017) and the place was packed and the food is still good but the service really suffered from being really short staffed. Our waiter did his best, so it's not on him. The experience will definitely make me pause before trying again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food is good, but they desperately need more servers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The dinner was lovely, as always, and the service superb. Thank you!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Restaurant was crowded and noisy with slow service. It has a very limited wine list. The veal was over-cooked and dry. The pasta dish was pretty good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We will be back; great for pre-symphony dining. Enjoyed ourselves very much!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

It was too noisy, and we had to wait a l-o-n-g time for the food. We also had to change tables---the table next to us was very noisy.

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

delle Stelle is consistently good Italian food, served in a simple, rustic Tuscan dining room. service is energetic and usually fast. Always a good bet before or after Symphony or Opera.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great place to eat before going to Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theatre etc. Good food, nice wine at decent prices, good service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was great with an Italian flare. Portions are big enough to split for regular appeties. Good place before the opera or symphony as close to the venues!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The best Italian food in SF!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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