Overall Rating: 3.900

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

Address: 684 Bush St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Stockton & Powell Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.989.7154
Hours: Tu-Sa 5:30pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 2.80
Aroma: 3
Body: 2
Brightness: 3
Crema: 2
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Bernardaud
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 03/14/2006
First Reviewed: 03/14/2006
Notes: None

When you want an over-the-top dining experience, this is a pretty good place to start. (Well, that and a home equity loan.) This internationally recognized restaurant is next to the Hotel Vintage Court. It seats diners among a couple dozen tables with several staffers waiting on you. But unlike most restaurants at this level, the place and the staff are far from stuffy. If only the espresso was something to write home about. Using a two-group Elektra Maxi, they pull a fairly large espresso shot with only a ring of pale crema on the surface. While not bitter, its worst quality is its watery thin body. While it tastes of drip coffee, it does have a slightly more interesting pungent, though watery, edge to its flavor profile. [CLOSED by 2012.]