Town's End Restaurant & Bakery

Overall Rating: 7.150


Address: 2 Townsend St.
Cross Street(s): The Embarcadero
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: South Beach
Phone: 415.512.0749
Hours: Tu-Th 7:30am-9pm; F 7:30am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 8am-2:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffè Roma
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 01/08/2006
First Reviewed: 02/22/2004
Notes: None

Review
Famed China Beach weekend brunch spot with Bay Bridge views and horribly long waits. A lot of window seating facing The Embarcadero. They serve Thanksgiving Coffee for drip and Caffé Roma ESP blend for espresso. Espresso costs $1.75 tableside and $1.00 at the take-out counter. Barista brews straight into the cup from a two-group La Carimali, but they often neglect it for a while after brewing. Thick layer of medium bodied crema, with a medium-dark brown color. Medium body. Lacks a flavor punch: slight herbal flavor with some smoke. Espresso has a lot of unmet potential.