Overall Rating: 6.600

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 803 Cortland Ave.
Cross Street(s): Ellsworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Phone: 415.641.8899
Hours: M-F 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa-Su 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 06/30/2003
First Reviewed: 06/30/2003
Notes: None

Roman-style restaurant with a plain interior (looks like a former thrift shop with a paint job and some mirrors). Frequented by young locals in hipster spectacles discussing their East Bernal fixer-uppers. A single Italian waiter for a dozen copper-topped tables, so service can be slow. A small, single group La Spaziale, but they ask the right questions about your espresso (e.g., "Do you like short - the Italian way?"). While the beans aren't freshly ground, the waiter does a lot of pre-heating and other machine prep work. Thin crema, but decent body and flavor pulled short a la "ristretto". Some spice/pepper to the flavor. Waiter will even comp you with great homemade biscotti. [CLOSED: Sep 2005; replaced by Cafe Chez Maman.]