Ritz Carlton

Overall Rating: 6.350

Address: 600 Stockton St.
Cross Street(s): California St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94108
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: 415.296.7465
Hours: M-Su 6:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 5.70
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peerless
Cup Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch
Price: $5.00
Last Update: 03/14/2004
First Reviewed: 03/14/2004
Notes: Outdoor Seating

The Ritz Carlton boasts two restaurants. The Dining Room is a Mobil 5-star event. The Terrace (reviewed here) has a large garden patio with a famed Sunday jazz brunch. As with many restaurants, despite the great food and service, the espresso is second rate. They grind organic Peerless to order, but they leave the portafilters lying in the drip tray. They produce a thinner crema with a surprising dark & light brown richness for Peerless beans. The baristas try for a fuller crema, but only achieve so much. Slightly metallic flavor with some smoky and medicinal elements, but it otherwise ashy.