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Bob's Donuts & Pastry Shop

1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
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Ranked #440 of 4,918 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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90% Recommend
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English first
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Ketchikan, Alaska
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58 reviews 58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I was pretty excited about visiting Bob's, given the reviews here. It's not that Bob's doughnuts aren't good, they are, but paying $25 for 1.5 dozen is pretty steep for the quality I experienced. Service was good; the layout of the place is weird as you can't see the available varieties from the cash register. I'd rate the quality of... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Why would any reviewer go to Bob's Donuts for anything but donuts? I thought about Bob's at every donut shop we stopped in on a recent slow drive up the California coast -- in Palm Springs or LA or Carmel or Monterey -- the donuts would be waiting in San Francisco. I don't know how I managed to get through... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

A little over a mile away from the hotel, and armed with the knowledge that I would have to pass through the Tenderloin (imagine skid row), I was prepared to run like a cheatah. During my sprint, various emotions including sadness and empathy vacillate throughout my soul as I notice men and women on the streets of San Francisco (SF)... More

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new jerwey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We found this place by total mistake but when we drove by one evening (around 10) and saw the line of people we figured it must be good so we found a parking spot and got in line! We had three different types of donuts and they were all amazing and fresh and the best thing is they are open... More

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DC Area
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111 reviews 111 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We were told of this place during our Real SF walking tour, and could not be happier in finding this place in the Polk Street area. So much so we stopped by twice! They never close (as we were told by the counter gal), so the donuts and pastries are fresh and a great desert treat. It is easy to... More

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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100 reviews 100 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Went out of our way to buy donuts. Much like supermarket donuts. May not have chosen well. Would not return

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