Uva Enoteca

Overall Rating: 6.050

Address: 568 Haight St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Steiner & Fillmore Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
Phone: 415.829.2024
Hours: M-Th 5pm-11pm; F 5pm-11:30pm; Sa 11am-11:30pm; Su 5am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/07/2009
First Reviewed: 11/07/2009
Notes: None

This small-bite Italian eatery and wine bar arrived on the scene in the Spring of '08, filling in space that used to be the regular domain of local political campaigns.There is limited seating in front and plenty more in back, and both dining areas are separated by a large, accommodating bar with stool seating. Despite its gentrified theme (house salumi, pizzas, etc.), the staff are decidedly Haight St.: black T-shirts, tattoos, a lot of facial hair. (We appreciated that the entire dining experience was complemented exclusively by Dinosaur Jr.'s music catalog, even if it was only post-Bug, reminding us of the pre-Amoeba days that Rough Trade and Reckless records ruled Haight St.). Using a single-group La Marzocco Linea at the bar and beans from Ritual Coffee Roasters, you'd think the espresso here might be pretty decent. You'd be wrong. While the resulting taste is fine, it is served with a blonde, thinner crema as a large pour, a watery body, and a flavor of decent filter coffee. Served in classic brown Nuova Point cups.