We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Caffe Trieste

409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-241-6064
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“panini” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“oatmeal” (4 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (253)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 212 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu was vast & the healthy option was very tasty, couldn't believe how fast the meals were cooked. The portions were large (we shared a mains and had an extra side) and literally opposite our hotel-great place

Thank wackysmif
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We arrived in Monterey and, being disappointed with our hotel, headed into downtown Monterey for some dinner. We came across Alvarado Street and decided to pop into Caffe Trieste as it looked quirky and had everything a family of 4 could want. The food was...More

1  Thank TheFoulkes
Reviewed 29 August 2017

at the risk of insulting million of Americans, it isn't easy to find a good cup of coffee in the US.. This place served some of the best we've had. Decent food too

1  Thank andrew s
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Tho’ we’ve passed this place many times over the years we’ve attended the Monterey “Car Week”, we’ve never stopped to eat. We should have stuck with that strategy. The menu is certainly enticing, and the lasagna we shared was very good, but not spectacular (3.5...More

Thank cobra427sc
R M, Manager at Caffe Trieste, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Hello Steve. We are glad that you've decided to give us a try! We strive to make every experience an enjoyable one, but there are limitations and reasonings behind why we do things the way we do them. Firstly, it is important to point out...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Quirky set-up, but wonderful atmosphere and food at this warm Italian "caffe," said to be the oldest espresso bar in California. The pasta specials were everything we hoped for. The salads fresh and delicioso. And great for the wallet.

Thank AdventureDad123
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Pricing is good for a cooked omelette breakfast. The coffees and teas were also great. Italian themed interior.

Thank Jimi312
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Staying at the Portola, my wife & I were looking for breakfast a little bit away from the waterfront tourist spots. Caffe Trieste fit that bill perfectly. I had a crab omelette, very good. My wife had the oatmeal, she said it was some of...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 24 July 2017

During our visit Caffe Trieste was 1/2 full: a few tourist groups and some young adults playing chess, chatting or doing something with their laptops. The door was jammed open which was a bit of an annoyance as the wind was surprisingly cold. Anyways, you...More

Thank JiiBird
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Very good food! The establishment was high-quality and had a very nice staff. The food was just slightly expensive to warrant a one $ sign. I would place it at 1 and a half.

2  Thank Nicholas P
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Went here while visiting family, in a nice walkable area. Breakfast was really good! Nice little patio area out front to enjoy both the Monterey weather and good food. They have all the fancy coffee drinks which tends to create a line, but it moved...More

1  Thank lovetotravelmore
Nearby Restaurants
Montrio Bistro
970 reviews
.06 miles away
Rosine's Restaurant
910 reviews
.05 miles away
Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill
377 reviews
.04 miles away
Crown & Anchor
419 reviews
.05 miles away
Nearby Attractions
MST Trolley
35 reviews
.05 miles away
Old Monterey Farmer's Market
58 reviews
.08 miles away
Monterey County Youth Museum
35 reviews
.12 miles away
Monterey Sports Center
40 reviews
.10 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Caffe Trieste staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-241-6064
Established in 1956. Caffe Trieste opened the first coffee house on the West Coast in 1956. Since then, Caffe Trieste has been serving up optimum quality Espresso coffee and fabulous music for well over a half a century in San Francisco. Giovanni Giotta - THE FOUNDER, who in 1950 had emigrated to San Francisco, California, from the small fishing town of Rovigno, Italy (now part of Croatia). Missing the espresso houses of Trieste, Italy, Giotta opened his own cafe. Caffe Trieste is said to be the first espresso house on the West Coast. Now, Caffe Trieste brings its fabulous coffee and tradition to Monterey Peninsula. Enjoy superb Coffee drinks, gourmet pastries and a light fare Italian menu in casual setting.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing