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Contraband Coffeebar

Contraband Coffeebar

Coffee Shop$$$$
Nob Hill, San Francisco
  • This coffee shop is famous for their espresso. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Peggy L.
    "Try the dark white (a flat white with dark chocolate)!"(5 Tips)
    Tim R.
    "Best coffee in SF, or anywhere for that matter."(3 Tips)
    Roderic C.
    "The espresso pulled by the owner is one of the best in the city."(50 Tips)
    Audrey C.
    "Great cafe with good wifi and Dynamo donuts!"(15 Tips)
151 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • donuts
  • trendy
  • dark white
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  • Liana C.
    Free wifi, locally sourced food, good coffee and good baristas. Bathroom code is 2939
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Juan Pablo A.
    Great Cortado!
  • Victor N.
    Good atmosphere, great coffee. #a perfect place to read or work. I wish they had better food options.
  • Juliana A.
    So much variety! Tasty coffee too.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 30
    The "Pirates Chai" is a spicy organic matcha green tea chai latte. Order to-go in a rush, or settle in for the mellow vibes at this free Wifi haven with ample light and art-filled walls. Read more
  • Jiafang J.
    They carry dynamo donuts and pastry from neighbor bakehouse!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtFebruary 26
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to do work. Try the spicy matcha chai tea if you're looking for something a little different and delicious.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinFebruary 20
    Great vibe - unique specialty drink
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 30
    I don't like their Americano :\
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HerreraNovember 6, 2016
    Good coffee and Nice staff. Music that was playing was really good
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiOctober 6, 2016
    Try the dark white (a flat white with dark chocolate)!
  • Kelsey K.
    Kelsey KotzebueOctober 4, 2016
    The Chai is alright. Definitely should have listened to everyone and gotten something with espresso. I'll def come back again, great spot.
  • Raghav G.
    Raghav GulatiAugust 31, 2016
    Bali. So good. When they have it.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaAugust 14, 2016
    Line can get long. Coffee starts at $4. Cappuccino or other milk based drinks are the way to go.
  • Liz M.
    Liz McLean KnightAugust 13, 2016
    Get the Blossom Coffee. It's the smoothest coffee ever.
  • Nana
    NanaJune 30, 2016
    Get a macchiato, open your laptop and enjoy the chill music ☕️💻🎼
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OlivoMay 29, 2016
    Quality coffee, but a little expensive. Ample seating, but music can be distracting. Power outlets aren't plentiful. It gets quite warm.
  • Martina E.
    Martina EkmanMay 25, 2016
    Great cappuccinos, tasty savory and sweet pastries, and WiFi
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangMay 16, 2016
    Dark white and the separator
  • Colin J.
    Colin JohnstonMay 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Coffee is excellent but the physical space has become quite dingy and dirty over the last year or so. Thankfully the cups are clean.
  • Sean T.
    Sean TraynorApril 13, 2016
    Great espresso and pour overs.
  • Ruslan H.
    Ruslan HereApril 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent coffee!
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhMarch 15, 2016
    The separator iced coffee is really good - two shots of espresso, coconut, honey, etc. The barista was pretty rude though...
  • Steve R.
    Steve RubinMarch 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good espresso drinks, and it's open surprisingly late for a third wave coffee shop
  • Sibel A.
    Sibel AkcekayaMarch 5, 2016
    Music is way too loud and service is too slow
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainFebruary 23, 2016
    Nice coffee shop that has quick service and great coffee
  • Jaidan B.
    Jaidan BrackenFebruary 19, 2016
  • Nimalan M.
    Nimalan MahendranJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Great coffee, but one barista is really passive-aggressive so avoid that person at all costs!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.December 10, 2015
    If you like your coffee robust, try the Yemen. You can't go wrong with drip coffee.
  • Eli H.
    Eli HickoxNovember 15, 2015
    They accept Bitcoin!
  • James T.
    James TOctober 25, 2015
    Definitely the most hipsters/sq feet that I've seen in an SF coffee shop.
  • MissBng
    MissBngSeptember 16, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Say hello to the new Tuesday!! Good bye cowboy songs and the endless countdown!
  • Karolina 🦄
    Karolina 🦄September 12, 2015
    Everything apart from coffee is overpriced, but the place is super cosy. Laptops welcome.
  • Carl F.
    Carl FrederickAugust 16, 2015
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  • Phil C.
    Phil CalçadoAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, OK pastries, amazing service. Perfect to get some work done.
  • Elena2020
    Elena2020August 11, 2015
    Maybe it was a bad day, but the espresso was very bitter and burnt. Thumbs down!
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Blossom is a unique experience
  • cami j.
    cami j.July 12, 2015
    baristas were friendly and helpful, coffee was tasty, and it's a great place to get some work done.
  • Victor S.
    Victor StuberJuly 9, 2015
    Trendy place. They accept bitcoin
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FouasnonJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pastries and coffee
  • Lorena
    LorenaJuly 5, 2015
    Nice coffee place in San Francisco but ridiculously overpriced. I ended up paying 7 dollars for a coffee, what????
  • Becca S.
    Becca ShayneJune 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cappuccino or drip coffee
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgJune 18, 2015
    A good collection of single origins to choose from.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJune 6, 2015
    Flat white fell flat. Strong but almond milk was not integrated. $4.75
  • David W.
    David WilliamsApril 19, 2015
    A nice patron named Jeff. He told me where to find delicious kimchi!
  • David W.
    David WilliamsApril 19, 2015
    Modern-ish, (#six)$ black coffee though, =sad face
  • David S.
    David StraussApril 4, 2015
    Wide selection of roasts for espresso and drip.
  • Zach
    ZachMarch 31, 2015
    Tried both a regular latte and a dark white. Espresso great on both, dark white really doesn't have the chocolate hints you would expect. Nice place to work just get there early (only a few plugs)
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMarch 29, 2015
    Dynamo donuts and pastries from neighbor bakehouse and mr. holmes bakehouse.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuMarch 28, 2015
    Baristas are not friendly at all and coffee is decent but not good enough to offset service.
  • David P.
    David PhillipsMarch 4, 2015
    It's best here. Takes a little time when made by hand.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    One of my favorite cafes in the city
  • Ari P.
    Ari PaparoFebruary 25, 2015
    Cold brew coffee
  • Martin B.
    Martin BrownFebruary 1, 2015
    Really good Ethiopian coffee
  • U
    UJanuary 19, 2015
    Good coffee and wide selection of coffee beans. Free, stable wifi. Ok to work.
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey ChouJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cafe with good wifi and Dynamo donuts!
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The Bali roast is like pecan pancakes and maple syrup smothered in sweet, plump blueberries (remember those blueberries in 2013, like those). Blueberries.
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniNovember 9, 2014
    Good Place. Very different coffee menu than a typical coffee shop. Had Dark White (Cappuccino with hint of dark chocolate). Liked it.
  • Tatsuhiko M.
    Tatsuhiko MiyagawaOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee with standing-friendly desks. Open late till 9pm.
  • Bryce A.
    Bryce ArcherOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Really friendly staff. Great music. Pour-over is made w/ love & expertise.
  • Pete J.
    Pete JelliffeSeptember 26, 2014
    Drip coffee was worth splurging $4
  • Robert S.
    Robert SamiSeptember 6, 2014
    Great espresso!!
  • d f.
    d felesSeptember 5, 2014
    pretty awesone espresso in a glass cup. the bartenders mustache is a must, you get a free espresso if you manage to swirl it. (maybe not, i've never tried)
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DuVallAugust 31, 2014
    New guinea coffee
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CAugust 25, 2014
    They offer flat whites and Kyoto-style iced coffee
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchulzAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice quiet place to enjoy a great espresso!
  • Ben F.
    Ben FunkAugust 19, 2014
    Cool vibe and good coffee, but expect to feel awkward if you don't know which exotic blend you want for your drip!
  • Taylor C.
    Taylor CascinoAugust 17, 2014
    My favorite cappuccino in San Francisco.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaufmanAugust 16, 2014
    Go to spot for coffee when I'm in San Francisco. Best redeye hands down.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HuntonAugust 12, 2014
    Great Lattes and Dynamo Donuts
  • Paul A.
    Paul AAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee.
  • Adriano C.
    Adriano CastroAugust 8, 2014
    I go here for the lattes but I stay for the guava pastels.
  • ashley t.
    ashley tevatiaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite coffee shops. Can't go wrong with a latte or a regular drip. Great place to get some work done too.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DorshorstAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The espresso is good, nice variety of pour overs, and daily dynamo donuts are a nice bonus.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.August 6, 2014
    Great place to camp out with your laptop and GSD.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FAugust 2, 2014
    There is a reason this place has been voted best coffee in SF. Service is great and the coffee is tasty and hot! Not many places you can get a flat white but it is on the menu here!
  • Malte G.
    Malte GoescheJuly 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Wifi password as of July 2014 is "1415larkin"
  • Emily P.
    Emily PinkertonJune 27, 2014
    Best music selection I've heard in a long time.
  • Cassie D.
    Cassie DavisApril 30, 2014
    Overpriced! The guy that works here treats you like your begging for change when you ask for a coffee
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerApril 11, 2014
    Wifi password as of 4/11/2014: 1415larkin — Their service has gone way down hill, and the guy with the mustache genuinely seems irritated that I was coming in to buy something and give them business.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielMarch 29, 2014
    Solid music.
  • Chalisa B.
    Chalisa BoonMarch 12, 2014
  • Neeharika B.
    Neeharika BhartiyaDecember 14, 2013
    Came here through a event and just got to go behind the coffee bar and use the contraband brew machines!
  • Scrapp H.
    Scrapp HuntingtonNovember 24, 2013
    Great coffee, awful music, at least it's not rap. However bring your headphones. Coffee here is 2nd best in San Francisco (next to philz that is)
  • Mighty T.
    Mighty TravelsNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good coffee. They have my current favorite - Corado- on the menu. Location is odd though.
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 2, 2013
    Spotty internet connection, very few power outlets 👎👎👎
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperNovember 2, 2013
    Wifi password (11/2012) "bettywhite"
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigOctober 26, 2013
    Super good coffee, super crappy wifi. Also no outdoor seating right now.
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberOctober 16, 2013
    They serve a great cortado! Unfortunately the WiFi is poor so not a good place to work.
  • Janet D.
    Janet DeHartOctober 1, 2013
    Only 2 power outlets. Wifi password currently: bettywhite.
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeSeptember 29, 2013
    Some of the best espresso drinks around! Awesome pastries, and free wifi.. Too good
  • 420
    420September 5, 2013
    These guys aren't messing around. They only carry awesome coffee
  • Mark T.
    Mark TooleySeptember 1, 2013
    Fabulous coffee, cool space, free wi fi. Great venue to hang, read, study, think!
  • Abylkassym Z.
    Abylkassym ZhanatAugust 21, 2013
    Nice place to get work done on the mornings with great coffee. Try Iced Latte on a warm day
  • Becky F.
    Becky FoxJune 21, 2013
    Americano is just so tasty.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FenwickJune 14, 2013
    Courtesy Work Cafes by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
  • Stewart M.
    Stewart McCoyMay 15, 2013
    The barista with the mustache is rude. No greeting, not willing to offer a helpful answer about something on the menu, telling me promptly when they close. He's always this way. I won't return.
  • Roderic C.
    Roderic CampbellApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The espresso pulled by the owner is one of the best in the city. I would highly recommend it.
  • Cate M. Z.
    Cate M. ZhangApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't live without.
  • Krystyl
    KrystylMarch 31, 2013
    Dont tell Josh how long its been since you visited... Very touchy
  • Rafaela F.
    Excelente atendimento. Cafés de excelente qualidade e barista qualificado. Não tem como ser ruim.
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