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“Gem of a bakery”
Review of Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery
Ranked #1 of 116 Bakeries in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Mission District
Reviewed November 9, 2012

In our 5 days in San Fran, we tried breakfast in 5 different cafes/coffee shops. This was by far the best...

We stayed near Union Square, but had been recommended to go to Mission to find Tartine. Quite hard to find as we were told it was on Valencia and 17th, and in fact it's on Guerrera and 18th - so we walked 9 blocks until we found someone who could direct us back to the bakery! And then we found that it was even less obvious than we'd imagined, as there is no sign telling you it's Tartine until you peer right in the window. Anyway, as soon as we tasted the food, it just didn't matter any more how long it had taken us to find it - we were so glad we had persevered.

We had a simple breakfast - coffee and pie - but the orange cinnamon morning bun was out of this world (if only every cinnamon whirl was like it!), and the pumpkin pie was excellent. The only downsides were that it is hard to get a table (so many people queuing, so few tables) and that the house coffee (served from the pre-brewed pots) was rather weak - and for an Englishman to say that about American coffee, it must have been very weak that day! But the barrista made latte was great....

If you're visiting SF, go to Tartine Bakery for breakfast - you won't regret it (just print out a map first!).

Thank Andy L
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Heard a lot about Tartine so was looking forward to trying it. Went here for lunch with family. Four sandwiches, four non-alcoholic drinks and about $70 later we were all pretty underwhelmed, maybe our expectations were just too high. Yes the bread is good and they advertise that they use organic produce where possible and source their meats and dairy products from reputable local sources, but the meat and cheeses used in the sandwiches were just OK. With sandwiches that are about $13 each you would expect something top notch but that certainly was not the case here. I have had much better on numerous occasions at good delis on the east coast and in Chicago. So if you are well travelled you are likely to be unimpressed, needless to say I won’t be going back.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

This got pointed out to us by a tour guide and how glad we are it did!!
You wouldn't find it unless you know it's address as it has no name above its door! It's so good people just know about it! There was a queue out the door but it moved quickly and it gave us time to decide what to have!
We went for breakfast and had been told to try the almond croissant, it's to die for!! We shared that with a chocolate one and both were sssoooo good!!
Wish we lived in San Francisco and could go every week!

Thank Tuckenby
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The only down side to Tartine is how difficult parking can be in that neighborhood. But it's worth spending the time to make the trip. We have been there numerous times over the years, and their quality is unfailingly high. You can't go wrong. From decadent, warm bread pudding, well-structured, huge croissants, beautiful pastries and cookies, it's hard to choose. If you're in the mood for something savory, their pressed sandwiches are big enough to share, and Chad Robertson's bread is amazing. They also make great coffee drinks. If you appreciate and seek out quality bakeries, you won't want to miss Tartine!

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Thank ezee14
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Apparently a local hot spot. Small, crowded and stale food. Service staff were not helpful and my order was burned. I was offered a free replacement item but after waiting 30 minutes for the first order I chose a dessert and was underwhelmed. I kept wondering what their health department rating was. If you're looking for a truly "local" experience this is it but don't make a special trip.

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1  Thank Terry T
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