Best Bakeries in San Francisco

July 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Zagat's top rated bakeries and sweet shops in the city of SF.  

b. patisserie
Bakery · Lower Pacific Heights · $
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"Even when compared with Paris standards" , this "charming" Lower Pacific patisserie/cafe is an "awe-inspiring" showcase for baker Belinda Leong’s "world-class" "array" of "decadent pastries" (the "buttery" "kouign amann reigns supreme" ); the space sports an "appealing" "European feel" , and while "the line can be daunting" , "dessert addicts" "pretty much can't go wrong."
Tartine Bakery
Bakery · The Mission · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

"In a class by itself" for "sumptuous, buttery" specialties "fresh out of the oven" , this famed Mission bakery produces "last meal requests" including "spectacular pastries" ( "especially the morning buns" ), "the perfect croissant" , "spot-on delicious" hot-pressed sandwiches and "unmatched" country bread that quickly sells out; the cafe section’s "totally overcrowded" , "the wait can be grueling" and the "staff could be friendlier" , but "you’ll be amply rewarded."
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Dessert · Nob Hill · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

It's all "original" at this "tiny" , "sparkling" Tenderloin bakery, where the "superior" specialties include "must-have" cruffins (a croissant-muffin hybrid that "sells out quickly" ), savory pastries and other "innovative" baked goods; it’s efficiently run by a "super-enthusiastic" counter crew, but "a cult following" causes "annoying" lines, so "get there early."
Thorough Bread and Pastry
Bakery · The Castro · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

From SF Baking Institute founder Michel Suas comes this Castro bakery/cafe combo turning out "top-notch" loaves, "tasty sandwiches" and "amazing" pastries, all for "reasonable" dough; it's a thoroughly "nice spot to take a break" and refuel either in the "cool open" interior or on a back patio "surrounded by trees."
Le Marais Bakery
French · Marina District · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.6

French traditions and farm-to-table sensibilities shape the menu at this "cute" Marina bakery and bistro, where the "affordable" little luxuries include "wonderful breads and pastries" , quiches, croques and other "easy" light bites, plus coffee, beer and wine; some say it's "hit or miss" for quality and service, but "when it's good, it's good."
Bakery · $$

A popular Berkeley bakery expands its focus from meringues, pastries and pies to also offer bunzas (brioche sandwiches stuffed with savory meats and vegetables) and a dozen local beers on tap. Inside, there’s cafe seating in a petite, pastel-hued setting, while the beer garden out back has communal tables and a lively atmosphere.