Grande Caf�

Overall Rating: 4.400

Address: 501 Geary Blvd. (at the Hotel Monaco)
Cross Street(s): Taylor St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.292.0101
Hours: M-Th 7am-10pm; F 7am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 9am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.20
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: La Colombe Torrefaction
Cup Manufacturer: Albalite
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 08/29/2003
First Reviewed: 08/29/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Cavernous French bistro at the Hotel Monaco with vast, high ceilings, warm colors, and ornate lighting. Good French dining. Decorative bar in front. Espresso is served with a lemon rind - which spells trouble right there. The baristas pay little attention to process. It has a good aroma, but a weak body and a thin, pale crema. Tepid temperature, and a woody, mild pepper-like flavor. Closed between meal times.