Overall Rating: 5.800

Address: 40 Belden Pl.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Pine & Bush Sts., near Kearny St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94104
Neighborhood: Financial District
Phone: 415.986.6491
Hours: M-F 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sa-Su 5:30pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 4
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 5
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caffe Trieste
Cup Manufacturer: Buffalo
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 08/27/2004
First Reviewed: 07/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Along the upscale Mediterranean alley of Belden Place, this French seafood bistro excels at moules et frites. Some indoor seating, but the real attraction is al fresco seating under the parasols along this pedestrian-only street. Espresso comes from good fundamentals for a French restaurant. It is served with a thin, lighter crema and a simple, woody flavor that's somewhat peppery. Repeat visits have shown inconsistency in crema (occasionally none) and flavor (occasionally richer).