Salt House

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 545 Mission St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 1st & 2nd Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.543.8900
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-11pm; F 11:30am-12am; Sa 5:30pm-12am; Su 5pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 11/01/2007
First Reviewed: 11/01/2007
Notes: None

This busy restaurant seems to specialize in catering to well-heeled clientele out on a business lunch, recovering from last night's drinking binges. (They sell a lot of $14 hamburgers.) Exposed wood beam ceiling, brick walls, exposed supporting I-beams, and a tiny upstairs dining space. There's window counter seating in front, bar seating to the side, and many tables deeper in. They grind their Illy coffee in advance. Using a new two-group UNIC at the bar, they produce shots with a cloudy, pale blonde crema. It's mellow, tasting of mild spices and a gentle woodiness. It tastes a little flat relative to its more robust aroma, but it's still good for restaurant espresso. Served in Illy-logo IPA cups.