L'Olivier

Overall Rating: 2.800


Address: 465 Davis Ct.
Cross Street(s): Jackson St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94111
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.981.7824
Hours: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 3.00
Barista: 0
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Pasquini
Coffee Rating: 2.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 2
Brightness: 1
Crema: 2
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mokarabia
Cup Manufacturer: Churchill
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 02/14/2007
First Reviewed: 02/14/2007
Notes: None

Review
This French restaurant is a bit out of the past. Some complain it feels like a retirement home. My take is that it feels like what defined French dining in 1950s America. In that sense, it's a living restaurant museum - sort of like 1950s French food at 1980s prices. (And given the owners/management, perhaps the best French food this side of Ljubljana.) There's a number of dining areas inside, including one at the front with more sun exposure. They use an old two-group Pasquini Mondiale at the bar: 1980s machine, 1980s espresso. They served espresso spilling over the top rim in the cup, with barely any sign of a crema. It is hardly distinguishable from drip coffee.