Neptune's Palace

Overall Rating: 4.550

Address: Pier 39
Cross Street(s): At the end of Pier 39, off The Embarcadero
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
Phone: 415.434.2260
Hours: Su-Th 11:30am-9pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Rancilio
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 3
Brightness: 3
Crema: 3
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 05/14/2005
First Reviewed: 05/14/2005
Notes: None

At the very end of Pier 39, past all the tourists and tacky souvineer shops, lies this second-floor restaurant perched out over the sea lions below. Great Bay views and decent seafood. Their espresso is about what you'd expect: a red, two-group Mr. Espresso Rancilio produces splotches of barebones crema covering the surface. Here you can taste the wood in Mr. Espresso's wood-roasted beans - along with a lighter spice and pepper flavor. Served wtih the ever-mysterious lemon rind but also an even stranger cocktail stirrer with the restaurant logo. One of the most expensive poor espressos in the city. But hey - the view.