Restaurant Gary Danko

Overall Rating: 5.500

Address: 800 North Point St.
Cross Street(s): Hyde St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Phone: 415.749.2060
Hours: M-Su 5:30pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 5
Body: 5
Brightness: 5
Crema: 5
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 09/23/2012
First Reviewed: 10/10/2003
Notes: None

High-end, pricey restaurant with a gourmet meal that once doesn't fall apart at the coffee -- at least back in the early 2000s when it used Illy coffee and Bauscher cups. Since then, it's almost as if the restaurant has hurled scorn and insults on anyone seeking a decent coffee here. It's a relatively small, well-adorned space with attentive service. Lots of service members, prompt and courteous handlers. They serve espresso from a UNIC Torino in back. But whereas it once had a decent layer of medium brown crema, a good aroma, and a better, smoky flavor than your typical restaurant Illy cup, they have made the cynical move of buying shoddy, inexpensive coffee for their customers. It's one thing to serve Pelligrino sparkling water, which any restaurant can buy at Costco. It's another to resort to inexpensive, cut-rate coffee such as Peerless. They will even handle a decaf Gibraltar upon request -- but with the thin espresso, bare crema, and bitter, ashy flavor of cheap Peerless beans. This is a restaurant that now literally insults the tastes of its patrons when it comes to coffee.