Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Café

Overall Rating: 6.800


Address: 566 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Union St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.362.0536
Hours: M-Su 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 01/02/2009
First Reviewed: 07/18/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
Classic, lively North Beach dive café serves espresso and sandwiches. A very social place where the customers and staff engage in random conversation. Dark walls covered with photos of friends & family. Several indoor café tables, a series of worn stools at the counter, and a couple of outdoor tables. Espresso is served with a pale, even, thin crema. Poured directly in dark brown ACF Graffeo cups, almost to the rim. Flavor of mild spice with some herbal notes is diluted by the volume of the pour, but the body remains decent. Not bad, considering the "Expresso" [sic] sign behind the machine.