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Permanently Closed - Caffe Delle Stelle

3.9
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 252-1110
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

OpenTable sent no notice that Caffe Delle Stelle was permanently closed. We arrived at the restaurant to find that it was closed; we were going to a concert that night and had to scramble to find another place to have dinner. Why did OpenTable not notify us that our reservation was nullified by the closure? This was very poorly managed. By the way, we still do not know why the restaurant was summarily closed and would like to know what happened.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This seems really retarted. It is closed and apparently another restaurant is going in there. I do wish we had known this prior to our arrival Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Delicious Italian food! And very good service. We love dining there!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

DEPENDABLE FOR PRE-SYMPHONY OR OPERA DINNING. FOOD IS VERY GOOD, NOT GREAT, WITH SERVICE GEARED TO GET YOU OUT IN TIME FOR CURTAIN.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I have been here many times and always found the food to be very good and a good value. However, on this occasion, one of our entrees was not good at all, and we felt the salad was good but overpriced.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great restaurant! Staff are very friendly. Food was so delicious - great ingredients with simple recipes. Came after the ballet for a special pre-birthday treat. Will most definitely be back soon.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice little restaurant an easy walk to the symphony. Lots of activity to watch on Hayes street. Had the ravioli filled with kale and parmesan, not a good idea for me as the kale taste was overwhelming. Also they did not have the one item on the menu I wanted for dessert.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

A great place to dine before S F Symphony, SF Opera, SF Ballet, etc. - which we have been doing for 20+ years now. Staff Noy and Theodora are always so very welcoming.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Good quality and value. Great choice if going to ballet or symphony nearby

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Had 5:30 pm reservations because of 7:30 pm concert. Everything was fine except they had already run out of the "special " that I wanted which seemed unusual. The alternative fish meal was fine.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

good food, good ambiance, convenient, what's not to like? Great for a relaxed meal, lunch or dinner. Good Italian menu, good house wine.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a very good time. The server was very busy, so it took him a little longer to
take care of us than we would have liked, but he was clearly doing his best. His name was
Max.

My pasta dish (a special) was just slightly too salty. However, I enjoyed it anyway.
My husband's past dish was close to perfect.

We had ice cream with Irish Cream with whipped cream for dessert and although it
was soupy, it was delicious.

They don't serve decaffeinated coffee, which I would have enjoyed, but every place
has a limit to what they can do.

It was a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I love this place and try to book a table whenever I'm in the city for a performance. Salads are great, fish is wonderful, especially the rolled sea bass!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on December 28, 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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4.0Dined on December 21, 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.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 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!

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3.0Dined on December 17, 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.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 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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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 14, 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?

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3.0Dined on December 13, 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.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Food is good, but they desperately need more servers.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 7, 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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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 6, 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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4.0Dined on December 3, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 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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4.0Dined on November 29, 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!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

The best Italian food in SF!

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3.0Dined on November 19, 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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1.0Dined on November 16, 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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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

It was great!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 19, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 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.

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