Overall Rating: 4.900

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 1701 Octavia St.
Cross Street(s): Bush St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Phone: 415.775.8500
Hours: M-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Su 5pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 4.30
Aroma: 3
Body: 6
Brightness: 5
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Sour
Coffee Beans: Barefoot Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Richard Ginori
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 09/25/2008
First Reviewed: 09/25/2008
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

This very good, but not exceptional, Franco-Italian restaurant is located in a cozy space with several tables. There's quite a squadron of elegantly uniformed staff, which likely contribute much to the bill here - as the prices seem pretty high compared to restaurants offering the equivalent level of quality in town. Their choice of Barefoot Coffee is a masterstroke - demonstrating that, as a high-end restaurant, they are well aware of good coffee standards and that they even seek out a unique and very qualified source. However, what they do with these beans is a major disappointment. Using a two-group red Elektra machine in the kitchen, they pull very weak-looking, but modestly sized, shots with the faintest film of a medium brown crema. We also suspect the brewing temperature of their equipment is off, as the cup - while not terrible - has a slightly sweet edge over what is mostly sour in flavor. It's tangy and a bit turpeny. Served in Richard Ginori porcelain cups. [CLOSED: Moved to 470 Pacific Ave. in 2010.]