Overall Rating: 5.450

Address: 345 Spear St.
Cross Street(s): At Folsom St. and the Embarcadero, in Hills Bros. Plaza
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94105
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Phone: 415.512.7400
Hours: Su-Th 11:30am-11pm; F-Sa 11:30am-12:30am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 6
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Torrefazione Italia
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $2.95
Last Update: 05/03/2005
First Reviewed: 05/03/2005
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Large restaurant space in the shadow of the Bay Bridge. They have long counters, a large bar area, wide windows for interior dining with views of the Bay, and a large heated patio for outdoor dining. The bar - which also hosts their old school, two-groupl La San Marco machine - keeps much longer hours than the kitchen. The staff show a decent awareness of their coffee preparation. (They use Cascade coffee for drip, and Torrefazione Italia for espresso.) But for some reason they still are determined to serve their espresso with a wedge of a lemon rind (?!) on the side. The espresso pour is quite large in a taller demitasse. And while the wait staff will gladly replace your espresso for spillage, the eventual cup that arrives at your table will be a somewhat sloppy affair. It has a film of medium brown crema that barely covers the surface, and it has a flavor of bold tobacco with a bit of ashiness mixed in.