Caffé Sempione

Overall Rating: 6.600

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 641 Vallejo St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Stockton St. & Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.362.6317
Hours: M-Th 7am-7pm; F-Sa 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Mr. Espresso
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $1.60
Last Update: 06/11/2003
First Reviewed: 06/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A decent café in the shadows of other North Beach giants. Unusual interior of mustard-colored booths and chairs and a less-than-cohesive layout (a piano and some empty spaces). But you can always get a table, the lines are short, and there's always some Italian spoken by the counter. Espresso is served a little lukewarm (a touch sour - probably temperature) from a large, new Mr. Espresso machine with a nutmeg/spice-like flavor and a rather thin, medium-brown crema. [CLOSED - Replaced by Cinque Terre Restaurant in late 2004.]