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Contraband Coffee Bar

1415 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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(415) 839-7388


  • Sunday: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Monday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

Cuisine: Bars, Coffee and Tea

4.6 of 5.0 from 151 reviews

price range:Less than $10

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Contraband Coffee Bar Reviews

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  • Rio LGreat drip coffee :)

    55555 by Rio L

  • Liana CascianiFree wifi, locally sourced food, good coffee and good baristas. Bathroom code is 2939

    55555 by Liana Casciani

  • Juan Pablo AlperinGreat Cortado!

    55555 by Juan Pablo Alperin

  • Victor MGood atmosphere, great coffee. #a perfect place to read or work. I wish they had better food options.

    55555 by Victor M

  • Juliana JSo much variety! Tasty coffee too.

    55555 by Juliana J

  • EaterThe "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.

    55555 by Eater

  • Jiafang SThey carry dynamo donuts and pastry from neighbor bakehouse!

    55555 by Jiafang S

  • Geoff R.Great place to do work. Try the spicy matcha chai tea if you're looking for something a little different and delicious.

    55555 by Geoff R.

  • Danielle E.Great vibe - unique specialty drink

    55555 by Danielle E.

  • Kat CI don't like their Americano :\

    55555 by Kat C

  • Melissa JGood coffee and Nice staff. Music that was playing was really good

    55555 by Melissa J

  • Peggy GTry the dark white (a flat white with dark chocolate)!

    55555 by Peggy G

  • Kelsey MThe Chai is alright. Definitely should have listened to everyone and gotten something with espresso. I'll def come back again, great spot.

    55555 by Kelsey M

  • Raghav G.Bali. So good. When they have it.

    55555 by Raghav G.

  • Damian BayonaLine can get long. Coffee starts at $4. Cappuccino or other milk based drinks are the way to go.

    55555 by Damian Bayona

  • Liz JGet the Blossom Coffee. It's the smoothest coffee ever.

    55555 by Liz J

  • Nirnaya L.Get a macchiato, open your laptop and enjoy the chill music ☕️💻🎼

    55555 by Nirnaya L.

  • Kyle DQuality coffee, but a little expensive. Ample seating, but music can be distracting. Power outlets aren't plentiful. It gets quite warm.

    55555 by Kyle D

  • Martina E.Great cappuccinos, tasty savory and sweet pastries, and WiFi

    55555 by Martina E.

  • Linda LDark white and the separator

    33333 by Linda L

  • Colin HCoffee is excellent but the physical space has become quite dingy and dirty over the last year or so. Thankfully the cups are clean.

    33333 by Colin H

  • Sean NGreat espresso and pour overs.

    55555 by Sean N

  • Ruslan sExcellent coffee!

    55555 by Ruslan s

  • Alice O.The separator iced coffee is really good - two shots of espresso, coconut, honey, etc. The barista was pretty rude though...

    33333 by Alice O.

  • Steve GGood espresso drinks, and it's open surprisingly late for a third wave coffee shop

    55555 by Steve G

  • Sibel AkcekayaMusic is way too loud and service is too slow

    33333 by Sibel Akcekaya

  • Brandon C.Nice coffee shop that has quick service and great coffee

    55555 by Brandon C.

  • Jaidan OEspresso!!

    55555 by Jaidan O

  • Nimalan MGreat coffee, but one barista is really passive-aggressive so avoid that person at all costs!

    33333 by Nimalan M

  • Brandon F.If you like your coffee robust, try the Yemen. You can't go wrong with drip coffee.

    55555 by Brandon F.

  • Eli HickoxThey accept Bitcoin!

    33333 by Eli Hickox

  • James TDefinitely the most hipsters/sq feet that I've seen in an SF coffee shop.

    55555 by James T

  • MissBngSay hello to the new Tuesday!! Good bye cowboy songs and the endless countdown!

    55555 by MissBng

  • Karolina PowęzkaEverything apart from coffee is overpriced, but the place is super cosy. Laptops welcome.

    55555 by Karolina Powęzka

  • Carl F.Interested in "The Landmark Forum" but not the high price? Get the basic message in this #2 NY Times bestseller: "est - Playing The Game". Available on Amazon or Smashwords. Save big money!

    33333 by Carl F.

  • Phil LGreat coffee, OK pastries, amazing service. Perfect to get some work done.

    55555 by Phil L

  • Elena2020Maybe it was a bad day, but the espresso was very bitter and burnt. Thumbs down!

    22222 by Elena2020

  • Jiexi CaoThe Blossom is a unique experience

    55555 by Jiexi Cao

  • cami j.baristas were friendly and helpful, coffee was tasty, and it's a great place to get some work done.

    55555 by cami j.

  • Victor S.Trendy place. They accept bitcoin

    55555 by Victor S.

  • Gabriel F.Pastries and coffee

    55555 by Gabriel F.

  • Lorena RNice coffee place in San Francisco but ridiculously overpriced. I ended up paying 7 dollars for a coffee, what????

    33333 by Lorena R

  • Becca ShayneCappuccino or drip coffee

    55555 by Becca Shayne

  • Kevin B.A good collection of single origins to choose from.

    55555 by Kevin B.

  • Madam W.Flat white fell flat. Strong but almond milk was not integrated. $4.75

    33333 by Madam W.

  • David DModern-ish, (#six)$ black coffee though, =sad face

    33333 by David D

  • David DA nice patron named Jeff. He told me where to find delicious kimchi!

    33333 by David D

  • David S.Wide selection of roasts for espresso and drip.

    55555 by David S.

  • ZachTried 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)

    55555 by Zach

  • Bommy ChaDynamo donuts and pastries from neighbor bakehouse and mr. holmes bakehouse.

    55555 by Bommy Cha

  • Melissa A.Baristas are not friendly at all and coffee is decent but not good enough to offset service.

    33333 by Melissa A.

  • David PhillipsIt's best here. Takes a little time when made by hand.

    55555 by David Phillips

  • Amy YOne of my favorite cafes in the city

    55555 by Amy Y

  • Ari P.Cold brew coffee

    55555 by Ari P.

  • Martin B.Really good Ethiopian coffee

    55555 by Martin B.

  • Ugur K.Good coffee and wide selection of coffee beans. Free, stable wifi. Ok to work.

    55555 by Ugur K.

  • Rafaela Figueredo de OliveiraExcelente atendimento. Cafés de excelente qualidade e barista qualificado. Não tem como ser ruim.

    55555 by Rafaela Figueredo de Oliveira

  • Audrey C.Great cafe with good wifi and Dynamo donuts!

    55555 by Audrey C.

  • David J.The Bali roast is like pecan pancakes and maple syrup smothered in sweet, plump blueberries (remember those blueberries in 2013, like those). Blueberries.

    55555 by David J.

  • Ashok L.Good Place. Very different coffee menu than a typical coffee shop. Had Dark White (Cappuccino with hint of dark chocolate). Liked it.

    55555 by Ashok L.

  • Tatsuhiko MiyagawaGreat coffee with standing-friendly desks. Open late till 9pm.

    55555 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa

  • Bryce A.Really friendly staff. Great music. Pour-over is made w/ love & expertise.

    55555 by Bryce A.

  • Pete J.Drip coffee was worth splurging $4

    55555 by Pete J.

  • Robert SamiGreat espresso!!

    55555 by Robert Sami

  • Feles D.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)

    55555 by Feles D.

  • Matthew DuVallNew guinea coffee

    55555 by Matthew DuVall

  • Jenn B.They offer flat whites and Kyoto-style iced coffee

    55555 by Jenn B.

  • Gavin S.Nice quiet place to enjoy a great espresso!

    55555 by Gavin S.

  • Ben F.Cool vibe and good coffee, but expect to feel awkward if you don't know which exotic blend you want for your drip!

    55555 by Ben F.

  • Taylor C.My favorite cappuccino in San Francisco.

    55555 by Taylor C.

  • Daniel KaufmanGo to spot for coffee when I'm in San Francisco. Best redeye hands down.

    55555 by Daniel Kaufman

  • Patrick H.Great Lattes and Dynamo Donuts

    55555 by Patrick H.

  • Paul A.The coffee.

    33333 by Paul A.

  • Adriano C.I go here for the lattes but I stay for the guava pastels.

    55555 by Adriano C.

  • ashley t.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.

    55555 by ashley t.

  • Ryan DorshorstThe espresso is good, nice variety of pour overs, and daily dynamo donuts are a nice bonus.

    55555 by Ryan Dorshorst

  • Sabina B.Great place to camp out with your laptop and GSD.

    55555 by Sabina B.

  • Adam FThere 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!

    55555 by Adam F

  • Malte G.Wifi password as of July 2014 is "1415larkin"

    55555 by Malte G.

  • Emily P.Best music selection I've heard in a long time.

    55555 by Emily P.

  • Cassie D.Overpriced! The guy that works here treats you like your begging for change when you ask for a coffee

    33333 by Cassie D.

  • Luke B.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.

    22222 by Luke B.

  • Mark DanielSolid music.

    55555 by Mark Daniel

  • Chalisa B.Cappuchino~

    55555 by Chalisa B.

  • Neeharika B.Came here through a www.simmr.co event and just got to go behind the coffee bar and use the contraband brew machines!

    33333 by Neeharika B.

  • Scrapp H.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)

    55555 by Scrapp H.

  • Mighty T.Good coffee. They have my current favorite - Corado- on the menu. Location is odd though.

    55555 by Mighty T.

  • LisaSpotty internet connection, very few power outlets 👎👎👎

    55555 by Lisa

  • Tobias K.Wifi password (11/2012) "bettywhite"

    55555 by Tobias K.

  • Lane R.Super good coffee, super crappy wifi. Also no outdoor seating right now.

    55555 by Lane R.

  • Maarten d.They serve a great cortado! Unfortunately the WiFi is poor so not a good place to work.

    33333 by Maarten d.

  • Janet D.Only 2 power outlets. Wifi password currently: bettywhite.

    55555 by Janet D.

  • Eugene L.Some of the best espresso drinks around! Awesome pastries, and free wifi.. Too good

    55555 by Eugene L.

  • Jared C.These guys aren't messing around. They only carry awesome coffee

    55555 by Jared C.

  • Mark T.Fabulous coffee, cool space, free wi fi. Great venue to hang, read, study, think!

    55555 by Mark T.

  • Abylkassym Z.Nice place to get work done on the mornings with great coffee. Try Iced Latte on a warm day

    55555 by Abylkassym Z.

  • Becky AAmericano is just so tasty.

    55555 by Becky A

  • Paul F.Courtesy Work Cafes by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa

    33333 by Paul F.

  • Roderic C.The espresso pulled by the owner is one of the best in the city. I would highly recommend it.

    55555 by Roderic C.

  • Cate M. Z.Can't live without.

    55555 by Cate M. Z.

  • Krystyl B.Dont tell Josh how long its been since you visited... Very touchy

    33333 by Krystyl B.

  • Paul M.Top tier coffee

    55555 by Paul M.

  • Jacqueline L.Great espresso. No outlets.

    55555 by Jacqueline L.

  • Peter K.Make sure your laptop is charged. No outlets anywhere. Would be good to resolve that.

    33333 by Peter K.

  • Paulina M.They only have four outlets for laptop dwellers.

    55555 by Paulina M.

  • Z"single-origin espressos, tricked-out Synesso Hydra machine, Chemex pour-over pots, free WiFi and Dynamo Donuts"

    55555 by Z

  • Kyle M.The coffee here rivals any of the best in the City. Try their Flat White; sort of a short latté, known elsewhere as a Gibraltar.

    55555 by Kyle M.

  • Nick B.The maple-bacon donuts from Dynamo are delicious, especially when paired with a latte.

    55555 by Nick B.

  • Eric J.This place does a horrible job of acknowledging you and charges doubly for anything. Yet I come back oh it's so modernistically wonderful.

    33333 by Eric J.

  • Christine L.Really wonderful latte, service and latte art. Great place to come and do work, it's busy but not crowded.

    55555 by Christine L.

  • Krystyl B.If you give Josh a hug, he'll blush!

    55555 by Krystyl B.

  • AthenaThe owner is super awesome and hot

    55555 by Athena

  • Zahid Z.Drips from across the globe. Travel the world in a cup of coffee!

    55555 by Zahid Z.

  • TenderKnob.comCheck out The Missing link stand here every Thursday

    55555 by TenderKnob.com

  • James D.Best espresso in SF

    55555 by James D.

  • AthenaGreat coffee, great people. Getting a smile from the beautiful barista, Jennalee, starts my day off on the right foot.

    55555 by Athena

  • Ryan O.Proper americano. Must try

    55555 by Ryan O.

  • Bradford S.This is the only coffee joint in Sf that does not serve a burnt or sour espresso. Thank god. Get one.

    33333 by Bradford S.

  • Nick B.Best coffee north of market.

    55555 by Nick B.

  • Daniel L.Try the Bacon Donut

    55555 by Daniel L.

  • Rachael C.Great coffee but the service keeps me away.

    55555 by Rachael C.

  • Brandon P.Hrrrmmm, drink coffee here, you will!

    55555 by Brandon P.

  • Ekkapong T.Believe me, Peppermint Tea will make you happy all day!

    55555 by Ekkapong T.

  • Lisa C.super nice people and great pastries. try the empanadas.

    55555 by Lisa C.

  • Martin P.Pretty damn good coffee, and a cool techie laptop vibe

    55555 by Martin P.

  • Donna CGet the waffle!

    33333 by Donna C

  • Jesse H.Ethiopia Yergacheffe is addictive!

    55555 by Jesse H.

  • Elena K.You can order and pay with tapviva!

    33333 by Elena K.

  • Kenny S.First time here - amazing coffee!!

    55555 by Kenny S.

  • Kristin S.Slowest service on the planet.

    22222 by Kristin S.

  • Allen R.Decent cup o joe in this hood.

    55555 by Allen R.

  • Megan AllisonOne of the few places that really understands the latte breve. Owner dude is awesome.

    55555 by Megan Allison

  • Shannon C.Serious coffee, dynamo donuts and free wifi in a nice space = serious win for this area!

    55555 by Shannon C.

  • TenderKnob.comYou might pay an extra 50cents per coffee (latte) but it is well worth it for their unique blend of roasted beans.

    55555 by TenderKnob.com

  • Christian jCortado. Half espresso, half steamed milk.

    55555 by Christian j

  • Vanessa JThey add 25 cents to your credit card purchases, but, its still cheaper then starbucks and tastes way better too.

    33333 by Vanessa J

  • Jennifer R.Order a Cortado. You won't be disappointed.

    55555 by Jennifer R.

  • Tim R.Best coffee in SF, or anywhere for that matter. You will not be disappointed!

    55555 by Tim R.

  • Jt B.Awesome brownies and dynamo donuts!

    55555 by Jt B.

  • SF WeeklySF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST NEW CAFEBringing great coffee to areas dominated by burned espresso. The Mission, SOMA, Hayes Valley: well served, thank you very much...

    55555 by SF Weekly

  • Molly G.First impression: horrible service. Will report back about the coffee...to be continued

    11111 by Molly G.

  • AnyClipLarkin Street was featured in the movie Edtv, check it out!

    33333 by AnyClip

  • Anna L.Their beef empanadas are delicious and leave you wanting more. Dynamo donuts sell out early! The Ethiopian drip's the way to go if you are into dark, full-bodied, slightly-bitter coffee!

    55555 by Anna L.

  • FatimaBar Argentino? Sí - alfajores. Sí - empanadas (del norte?... no tienen las criollas). No - milas + papas fritas. No - Charly. Hmmm...

    55555 by Fatima

  • Geofhavent had cappuccino this good since being in italy. good vibes here.

    55555 by Geof

  • Stephan CLocal coffee shop tht does it right!

    55555 by Stephan C

  • BruceTry the Bali shot, nice and fruity

    55555 by Bruce

  • AskMenEvery Saturday at 2:30, you taste, & learn about their full-range of coffee flavors. They also roast their beans on-site & make some of the best coffee in SF right now.

    55555 by AskMen

  • Kate SeaburyDynamo donuts, yum.

    55555 by Kate Seabury

  • Caitlin W.Their espresso is by far the tastiest!

    55555 by Caitlin W.

  • Jenne R.best coffee in San Francisco!

    55555 by Jenne R.

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