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Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe

160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA (Fisherman's Wharf)
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Ranked #139 of 4,858 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Bakery, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf
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84% Recommend
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I had the misfortune to try and eat there tonight. We arrive and askef for a table for two and were asked to wait at the bar. We were given a buzzer that informed us our table was ready and presented with the bill for two drinks. I did ask if we could continue the tab with our meal but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's like being in an exhibition and seeing all the staff working is compelling. It's novel and very appealing. There are many things going on all at once which is what makes this place so appealing. We managed a free tour of the fully operational bakery upstairs which was interesting. Interactive elements for children and a good historic blast if... More

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is excellent, the bread is very tasty and healthy. We had pizza and sandwiches and it was one of the best lunches in San Francisco. We recommend every visitor to San francisco to eat at least one in Boudin Bakery.

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Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

So, you see and hear about this place everywhere. Along with the warnings that its not the best, look for cheaper with less hype elsewhere, etc. Reality: $10 for an animal shaped loaf of sourdough isn't cheap. You're also at Fisherman's Wharf. Is it the most life-changing sourdough bread? Probably not. Are you looking for a life changing foodie experience... More

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Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Famous for their sourdough bread, it is a delicious lunch stop. I had a bread bowl with clam chowder and I recommend it to anybody. They have a variety of food options including "to go" bakery items. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong. And if you want to experience a bit of local taste, this is a good option.

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San Juan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

After our morning trip to The Rock (book your trip at least fee days prior your visit, our sunday morning trip was sold out) this is a very touristy spot just in front the Fisherman's wharf, you have you order in a fast food like counter, then wait in a second line for your food, we order the Sourdough bread... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

This place is difficult to miss as you walk past the piers of Fisherman's Wharf. The smell of the sourdough bakery is blown out into the street to make sure you notice it. We ordered the sourdough bread bowls with clam chowder. The bread is good, but the clam chowder would be better described as clam flavoured potato chowder. I... More

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Fremont, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The food is good and reasonably priced but trying to find a table inside was impossible. Although the line to order food was long I was surprised at the speed of delivery!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I have been in San Francisco slightly over 24 hours and have already had their Clam Chowder in a bread bowl twice. I will likely go back again before I leave and may buy some chowder to take home with me. Absolutely divine! It is that good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I'm not a big sourdough bread guy, but the bread bowl chili and chowder here is amazing and you can't go wrong if you pair it with the flatbread pizza. I also really enjoyed watching the bread chefs.

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