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Bob's Donuts & Pastry Shop

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1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
1-415-776-3141
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Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Oh, Fritters!

Apple Fritter oh Apple fritter! What would I do without you??? You're all that I need from this joint!!! They make them fresh each and every night at 9PM, get on line and get some. Only a certain amount is made and once it's sold out, come again another day. There are many good sweets to choose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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New Jersey
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Apple Fritter oh Apple fritter! What would I do without you??? You're all that I need from this joint!!! They make them fresh each and every night at 9PM, get on line and get some. Only a certain amount is made and once it's sold out, come again another day. There are many good sweets to choose from but this... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Excellent donuts and other fried foods. The kids loved the donuts and we had to order a second one. The WiFi was a nice extra.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The glazed yeast donuts were delicious, so was the apple fritter. Bob was very funny and nice. She told us some great stories and made us feel at home.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We went on a Monday evening. The display case was nearly empty and the selection was very limited (fritters; cake donuts and couple other items). The worker said weekends are the best for variety. Also late at night. They start frying again around 9 or 10 p.m. She said the place is busy after the bars close around 2 a.m.... More 

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Corte Madera, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Whenever on Polk St or in the vicinity, we have to stop here for donuts. The place hasn't changed in 15 yrs, but still has the best donuts. In and out in 5 minutes and everyone is smiling.

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Olten, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited Bob's Donuts after riding the California Cable Car Line and were Walking down Pine St. We arrived just after 12pm and received the last of those amazing giant Donuts. Is is absolutely the best Donut we every had. We will come back to Bob's one day in the morning to get a fresh chocolat glazed Donut ;)

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We got the big donut glazed and a few other donuts. Hands down our favorite out of all the ones we had were the cinnamon sugar twists. Light and airy. The lady was super nice and the place had a great atmosphere of a local hangout for regulars

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My wife and I went to Bob's Donuts on Monday. We had a glazed doughnut and a bun. Compared to the ones I get at Safeway, Happy Donut, Lucky Donut and our local shops, Bob's are truly outstanding. Bob's uses different recipes for its different doughnuts and this results in unique flavors and textures for their products. I think you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We were on a plane to SF & someone suggested Bob's. They said to try the donut holes. We went there - only donut holes they have are from the raised donuts. When I asked if holes were avail from the cake donuts...they had not heard of that! So we tried what they had. Ugh. They had so much glaze... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Walked by on Friday to a line up out the door, so when I walked by on Saturday afternoon with my Starbucks in hand, had to stop in. I opted for the glaze and it was amazing...it was a soft pillow of goodness. I will think about this donut for a very long time and Bob's Donut will be on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 1-415-776-3141

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Donuts

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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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