L'Ardoise Bistro

Overall Rating: 6.500

Address: 151 Noe St.
Cross Street(s): Henry St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.437.2600
Hours: Tu-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Sa 5pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: BIA Cordon Bleu
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 09/25/2013
First Reviewed: 04/08/2011
Notes: None

This is a rather charming and often packed French bistro located at the far north end of the Castro. Large draperies as you enter, a small bar, and a cozy environment of a couple dozen tables. A red ceiling and wood paneling. As for the coffee, they serve singles in a short, squat caf´┐Ż cup, whereas the doppio shots are served in very large standard coffee cups. Using a temperamental single-group Astra at the bar, they serve espresso with a medium-brown crema that can vary from even to uneven, but it dissipates rather quickly in either case - suggesting some flaws in the freshness of the roasts here. It has a tobacco flavor with no sweetness and a hint of ash.