Baker Street Bistro

Overall Rating: 4.200

Address: 2953 Baker St.
Cross Street(s): Lombard St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighborhood: Cow Hollow
Phone: 415.931.1475
Hours: M 5:30pm-10:30pm; Tu-F 11:30am-10:30pm; Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm; Su 9am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Essika
Coffee Rating: 3.40
Aroma: 2
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Moschetti Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 09/14/2006
First Reviewed: 04/02/2004
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Tight quarters at this small, candlelit French bistro with amusing wait staff. A few sidewalk tables. Relatively inexpensive, considering the neighborhood Range Rovers that regularly park in front.They used to leave the portafilters of their Mr. Espresso two-group Rancilio cooling on the drip tray, so it's perhaps better that they have switched to a low-maintenance Moschetti/Essika combination. However, their espresso has only been worse since the swap.They serve espresso with a bare, thin ring of pale crema. A weaker body. And what was a peppery flavor has now given way to overextracted ashy bitterness. Once tolerable for restaurant espresso; now, that's no longer the case.