Sens Restaurant

Overall Rating: 5.050

Address: 4 Embarcadero Center
Cross Street(s): Market St., at the Promenade (3rd floor) level
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.362.0645
Hours: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Saeco
Coffee Rating: 5.30
Aroma: 6
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Fortessa
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 04/14/2010
First Reviewed: 10/08/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Formerly Splendido, and a variety of other nameless restaurants that have once resided in this location, this is the latest incarnation of the decent food/odd location/often empty restaurant formula. A large space with both extensive indoor and outdoor (Embarcadero Center patio) seating, they recently replaced their espresso machine with a giant, single-group Saeco in the kitchen. Now instead of producing espresso shots from Caffé Roma beans (as still advertised on their dessert menus), they've switched to Lavazza pods. The resulting shot has a mottled light brown crema that's thin on thickness and even thinner on consistency. The shot also doesn't have too much of a flavor beyond boring drip coffee mild pepper and spices. Served in Fortessa Vitraluxe cups. Sometimes it can have more body and flavor, but it's surprisingly erratic for coffee pods.