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Bob's Donuts & Pastry Shop

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Nob Hill
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1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-776-3141
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is an authentic small donut shop. They make donuts from scratch, on their own. We were served by a lovely lady. Their donuts are fresh, fluffy, and tasteful. The place is not a super modern decorated place, but it is clean, you fell welcome, their product is good, and this is what matters!

Thank Katerina M
Tuskegee, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by to experience this dive after reviewing it on the San Fran Bucket List. It did not disappoint! Ya;; have got to try the Buttermilk donut....heavenly and right out of the oven! Don't miss this little shop!

Thank Jennifer H
Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got here at 10:30 on a Sunday. They only had a few types available. I tried the cream. Nothing special at all.

Thank Autumn M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We are always looking for good donuts when we travel. Looked at the reviews and decided to give it a try. There was a line so we figured that was a good sign. When we got in to order it became apparent we were dealing with a sweet little oriental woman behind the counter, she was the only one working... More 

Thank bored72
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

So we walked to Bob's and grabbed four apple fritters before heading to Pier 33 for the tour boat to Alcatraz. We also got coffee and milk, to go. These donuts are hot and fresh and powered us for our morning. If you're in the 'hood, stop in!

Thank dcr1837
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Tried several different types of donuts and they were all good and not expensive. Couldn't find anything special but defiantly good donuts:)

Thank Tal S
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Pretty good doughnuts, but I'm not really sure it's worth the hype - perhaps I was expecting too much, but I didn't find them world-changing, as some have. I had the cake crumb and the cinnamon roll - both good, but no need to make a special trip, as I did.

Thank PunterX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Visiting San Francisco and fancied coffee and donuts. Read about Bob's and had a walk to seek them out. It was late Sunday afternoon, but there was still a steady stream of customers. Decided to sit in with coffee. I couldn't believe how tasty and fresh these donuts are. We had bought some pre packed donuts in Yosemite which promptly... More 

Thank Baohx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This place makes what is easily the best doughnut I've ever had. And they do it for only $1. I highly recommend stopping by.

Thank Brandon R
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Made sure to enjoy these (and even brought some for my group to share!). The smell wafting onto the street was amazing and tempting. They always had a selection 'just coming out of the fryer.' It was clear there were local patrons as well as passerbys like myself! There were lineups when I passed in the evenings.

Thank divechka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-776-3141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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