Cliff House

Overall Rating: 4.200

Address: 1090 Point Lobos Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary Blvd. & Balboa St., at Seal Rocks
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94121
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Phone: 415.386.3330
Hours: M-Th 9am-9:30pm; F-Sa 9am-10pm; Su 9am-3:15pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Acorto
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 4
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Metropolitan
Cup Manufacturer: Delco
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 04/30/2005
First Reviewed: 04/30/2005
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

In 2003, the Cliff House underwent the latest phase of its historical reincarnations. This time it looks a little less like a diner and more like a modern, seaside restaurant. It's split into two parts: one a full restaurant with white tablecloths, heavy service, and heavier prices. The other half is the Bistro, which has a long casual bar and counter, has many tables along the glass windows with ocean views, doesn't take reservations, but will hand you a pager for when your table is ready. The walls are covered with signed black & white glossies of celebrities past. Using a single-group Acorto 2000s super-automatic machine, and beans essentially from Superior Coffee, they produce a thin film of medium brown crema that barely covers the surface. It is also served at a lukewarm temperature - likely because of service delays between the times they make it and serve it. It has an ashy flavor with some tobacco notes, though it is not as bitter as you might expect. With some grounds in the bottom of the cup.