Overall Rating: 6.750

Address: 22 Hawthorne St.
Cross Street(s): Howard St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.777.9779
Hours: M-Th 12pm-9pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 10/20/2009
First Reviewed: 10/20/2009
Notes: None

Formerly Hawthorne Lane, the restaurant toned itself down for a less monied crowd while keeping the general ambiance. In a private side entrance, past a garage doorway along Hawthorne St., the many-tabled restaurant is centered around a modern bar in the middle taht sports a shiny, two-group Elektra machine. With it they pull shots with a darker brown crema of moderate thickness. It tastes mostly of smoky tobacco - what you might expect from Graffeo - but yet it's handled generally well. Especially well for a restaurant. Note: the chef plans to shut it down at the end of 2009.