Julius' Castle

Overall Rating: 3.850

Address: 1541 Montgomery St.
Cross Street(s): Lombard St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.392.2222
Hours: Su-Sa 5pm-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.80
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 2.90
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: BIA Cordon Bleu
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 04/30/2005
First Reviewed: 04/30/2005
Notes: None

One of the few remaining higher-end dining establishments in SF where the patrons often don't show up wearing sweats or pajamas these days. After a circuitous drive towards a dead end up on Telegraph Hill, you'll arrive at this pinkish castle - which isn't nearly as much of a Barbie doll family playland as it sounds. Once escorted up the steps to the dining area, you're faced with wide views of the Bay and SF piers. But while the views aren't as over-the-top impressive as you might be lead to believe, the food is better than they tell you. Great service too. But unfortunately, it's a far better restaurant than an espresso destination - at which it is a major disappointment given its Italian lineage. Served with a thin whisper of medium brown crema, the flavor is rather bitter for Illy coffee. The ashiness in its flavor indicates improper extraction and brewing with their La Pavoni machine. If you must have coffee here, stick with their drip coffee - which is significantly better.