|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.