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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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Brisbane, Australia
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69 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Unbelievably big donut here! it tasted so good but i was a bit disappointed that when i ordered there was no fuss or excitement. I didnt get offered the challenge either. Not to worry though i took the donut away and it took a full day to eat it! so worth the 10 bucks

Thank Callum C
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The donuts were absolutely worth it! I had a cake donut with chocolate icing. Don't expect a fancy atmosphere and don't miss it.

Thank Kerstin C
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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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1,598 reviews
969 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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148 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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286 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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211 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 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 

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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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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