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Cento

Cento

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • Garrett O.
    Garrett OlsonOctober 25
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have time to hang out for a bit, get the Cento (not available to go). Similar to a cappuccino, but with a bit less milk foam.
  • Joh S.
    Joh SungOctober 11
    Small coffee shop down an alley. Cash only. No muss, no fuss, and popular with ehh SOMA worker crowd
  • lethargicpanda
    lethargicpandaSeptember 21
    Been here 5+ times
    The "good humor" sticker in the back is so ironic!! Good coffee tho...
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SanzSeptember 12
    Small and cute place, cash only, great coffee, delicious cappuccino.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SAugust 9
    Ok cortado
  • 板津 魁.
    板津 魁彦July 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Mocha $4 and croissant $1.5
  • Jacy L.
    Jacy LiApril 22
    Tasty latte. Cash only. Too bad that they don't have enough pastry choices to complete my breakfast.
  • nancy t.
    nancy t.March 24
    Been here 25+ times
    Cash only, but drinks come quick and the coffee is delicious. Cute spot with two small tables outside for standing around to have your espresso with.
  • Will
    WillFebruary 13
    Mm, wet cap
  • Dilek U.
    Dilek UnarFebruary 11
    Amazing cappuccino and very friendly service. Interior decoration is so stylish. Recommended definitely!
  • Duncan D.
    Duncan DavidsonFebruary 3
    Terrific short cap. Or try their Centro, their version of a Gibralter
  • Eduardo R.
    Eduardo RamirezDecember 18, 2016
    cappuccino is good. cash only
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tiny coffee spot in an alleyway. No seating, cash only. Solid espresso and cappuccino.
  • Nishant T.
    Nishant TotlaOctober 12, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Small alley coffee shop that's really popular with a lot of people who work in SoMa. They're cash only.
  • Cory D.
    Cory DolphinSeptember 30, 2016
    Cash only 😂
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 23, 2016
    Cold brew was good
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas ClaytonJuly 10, 2016
    Cappuccino !
  • Drew T.
    Drew ThomasJune 7, 2016
    The Cento is amazing!
  • kathy z.
    kathy zhengJune 3, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    BEST LATTES AND BEST CROISSANTS EVER. Grab n' go kinda place.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DinoMay 25, 2016
    Not too important when going in to get great coffee, but they played awesome music on my last visit. Had a happy retro rockabilly vibe and that made my experience more warm and welcoming.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YeungJanuary 18, 2016
    Cash only! Small, easy-to-miss shop in a back alley, serving up good pastries and espresso.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧January 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The "Cento" is the perfect afternoon pick me up. John's team keeps it tight.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BenjaminNovember 12, 2015
    Cash only!!
  • Stacey
    StaceyNovember 11, 2015
    BEST fresh chocolate croissants EVER (get em in the morning). Solid cup of espresso. Great staff.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PAugust 15, 2015
    Smarmy coffee makes coffee more better
  • Mike P.
    Mike PAugust 15, 2015
    OMG BEST COFFEE SHOP IN THE CITY
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJune 29, 2015
    Not the best, but pretty good
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MarinhoMay 8, 2015
    Go for the espresso.
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best small coffee shop in SOMA!
  • Angel F.
    Angel FuMarch 30, 2015
    Remember it's cash only!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WixMarch 2, 2015
    Friendly Baristas, low key, would not know it was there unless you were looking for it.
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent place to get good coffee on the go.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HainesNovember 21, 2014
    Fresh baked croissants every morning! Get 'em while you can!
  • Buck W.
    Buck WilsonOctober 24, 2014
    Super nice baristas, great coffee, great vibe. Cash only, ATM next door.
  • Dave D.
    Dave DoolinSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cento is one of those places when you're old and gray and run into someone somewhere and you both worked south of market "back in the day" and connect with "omigod of course Cento was the best ever!"
  • Maykel L.
    Maykel LoomansAugust 23, 2014
    Best cappuccino in the neighbourhood.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BartelsAugust 14, 2014
    Drip and Americano. Small cups, rocket fuel
  • Justin .
    Justin 🐙August 11, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you don't need something to go get the macchiato. Cento bars are good too.
  • Stefano J. A.
    Stefano J. AttardiAugust 7, 2014
    Get the Cento (local name for a Gibraltar/Cortado).
  • Carina N.
    Carina NgaiAugust 7, 2014
    Cash only .
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HowarthAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a cento! Also I like the cookies and the croissants.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    While the baristas here tend to be less friendly and talkative than folks at other shops, they make excellent espresso drinks and their prices are affordable compared to other places.
  • Adriano C.
    Adriano CastroJuly 31, 2014
    Consistently good coffee and a place to sit in the sun.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FallsApril 9, 2014
    Nifty little alley coffee shop. Detach from your desk, take a stroll and grab a mid-afternoon boost, get back to the office to enjoy that tasty beverage while being all productivey.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MacDuff PupiusFebruary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The soy milk here always gets curdle-y in my cappuccino. Stick with the cow-stuff if you can.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DelGaudioNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before 8:30 if you want in on the hot croissants.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinSeptember 29, 2013
    New Orleans iced coffee.
  • Bill W.
    Bill WoodworthSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    SOMA's best-kept coffee secret.
  • Devin R.
    Devin RogozinskiSeptember 11, 2013
    Awesome coffee, if you aren't in a hurry
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    uh, it's pronounced "CH-ento", you simpletons!
  • Drew H.
    Drew HoolhorstJune 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring cash. Otherwise, you're the guy everyone hates who holds up the line and the building is the size of "very small", so.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HoMay 25, 2013
    Iced New Orleans is so consistent every time. Get at it.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaApril 8, 2013
    Sketchy alley coffee shop. Super nice baristas. Cash only.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaësApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Simply the best coffee you can find in SoMa. And probably the best latte of the city.
  • Pelle A.
    Pelle AlmquistMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pour over drip coffee!
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Cento and a freshly toasted chocolate croissant - delicious way to start the day!
  • Grzegorz K.
    Grzegorz KossakowskiJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try Cento coffee. Tastes great and is served in a nice glass.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BownsNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the "Cento": it's their version of a Gibraltar served in a highball glass.
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The chocolate chip cookies are to die for! Perfect with a New Orleans iced coffee.
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaSeptember 17, 2012
    The best espresso in SF, and maybe the world; beautifully mottled pulls that have a different taste every time.
  • Shirin O.
    Shirin OskooiMay 16, 2012
    Legit espresso safe haven near ballpark. Blue bottle beans + new Orleans iced coffee! Creative cookies, too (eg kettle corn chocolate chip)
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoFebruary 3, 2012
    Try the Latte - The ability to stay awake is sold in cups!
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    try Farmer Brown's Little Skillet next door too!
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Order the New Orleans Iced Coffee.
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FernandezNovember 16, 2011
    Order an espresso and receive sparkling water as a complimentary chaser
  • michael s.
    michael sNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    almond, dark chocolate oatmeal cookie. good with espresso & good for you.
  • bees
    beesOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    in the morning, when we're busy, paying when you order works better--best to wait till we tell you how much your order costs and our hands are free. no need for awkwardness!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeLongSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Some sort of simple line control and system for taking orders would be nice.
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Back alley coffee kiosk. Good choice for afternoon lattes.
  • Jereme M.
    Jereme MonteauAugust 16, 2011
    Lunchtime or afternoon iced americano are so good here.
  • Gilbert L.
    Gilbert LewJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The sell Hayes Valley 1/2lb bag for $7
  • John W.
    John WhippleJune 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Some of the best drip coffee in town! And don't forget to check in on their Perkville system
  • Raul K.
    Raul KeallyMay 21, 2011
    Get the furry giraffe, light on the mayo
  • Ed D.
    Ed DISCHNERMay 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Heavy hitter. Ice coffee (chicory) + a shot. They ring the bell! They may card you if you order this
  • Ed D.
    Ed DISCHNERApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask the Barista to make a bear-y cap
  • Michael S.
    Michael SippeyJanuary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Can someone please tell me if I'm supposed to pay when I order my coffee or pay when I get my coffee? Always awkward.
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Iced Latte and spot it on Foodspotting
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Centini and spot it on Foodspotting
  • Kristine S.
    Kristine SaleNovember 3, 2010
    Grab a cookie and feed your caffeine fix - Only open til 3:30pm
  • Peter M.
    Peter MerholzJuly 12, 2010
    One of these days, they'll figure out the whole taking-orders-taking-money thing.
  • T M.
    T MeJune 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Evan, you're doing fake checkins. Step aside and pull it together
  • Dave F.
    Dave FayramJune 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try a Chelsea Au Lait. Only Chelsea (the enthusiastic blonde woman) can make them, so don't bother asking if she isn't around
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CiaMay 20, 2010
    Chocolate croisant!!!! Please be ready at 8am sharp. I can't wait 20min...
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie LoweMarch 18, 2010
    Get the iced coffee - yummy and quick! Also, did you know they're open on Saturdays?? No need to line up at Ferry Bldg to get your Blue Bottle.
  • BluLabel D.
    BluLabel DailyDealsNovember 20, 2009
    Give John Quintos a hug. Tell him TownHog sent you.
  • glenn m.
    glenn mSeptember 28, 2009
    good grindsfierce folks
  • Ben W.
    Ben WardJuly 15, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get one of the hump-day special hot dogs from next door! The sausage is great, and he makes pretty fantastic fries.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanMarch 19, 2009
    Go get some coffee and watch the Web 2.0 nerds hang out on stoops at the alley next to 330 Ritch.
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