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Bob's Donuts & Pastry Shop

1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
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Ranked #623 of 4,938 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery, Donuts
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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Brisbane
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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We loved these donuts, had the choclate old school and apple turnover. Just awesome and the staff are lovely and very helpful. Would definitely go back, I just wish I could have eaten more. Do not miss Bobs Donuts.

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Cockermouth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Just purchased 6 donuts to share amongst my family. My teenage son tasted the buttermilk donut and the expression on his face said it all. He said it was hard, like concrete and that he had tasted much better. I tasted the jelly filled donut, and when I bit into it an explosion of grease and liquid sugar filled the... More

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped in here after reading raving reviews. Big mistake. There were only 4 or 5 types of pastries available and they weren't fresh at all. The shop wasn't very clean either (neighborhood wasn't very good) and after walking a couple miles there, we wanted to turn around and go back to our hotel right away.

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Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Bob's is open 24 hours, and having donuts for dessert is heavenly! Actually, I had a lemon bar with coconut - so yummy!!! The line was out the door at 9pm, and it was worth it!

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Atlanta, Ga
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I can pass on most sweets but unfortunately I can't on a donut. If you're looking for some chef created fusion pastry nonsense don't stop here but if you want one of the best old fashion donuts this is your place. The jelly is fantastic as are the glazed and cake varieties. A great way to start day.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Had to stop here and see the big donuts. They were delicious. If you are close by you must stop. The coffee is not bad either.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth the mountain climbing walk from our apartment.. The old fashioned was terrific- crunchy out, doughy in, and the kruller was inhalable. The buttermilk bar very nicely done. Good old style bakery donuts, not over the top sweet, nor crazy flavor inventive. Great way to start Sunday morning.

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Willoughby, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This shop is small and homey. The employees are friendly. The Crumb Cake donut was delicious. A Maple Cake donut was also good. If in the area, a nice place to stop.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We went there to get a quick breakfast. We ordered several different things and the apple fritte was not as amazing as in other places. The place was a bit of a mess and seemed dirty which was not very comfortable. I'm not sure I would go back..

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San Francisco, California
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64 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

When you want a donut on Polk street you might want to stop here. The Lady that works her has a very unusual personality and is far from inviting. The donuts are heavy and sometimes greasy. I have had an apple fritter here and a few donuts. It always seems like the donuts have been there awhile.

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