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Boudin Bakery & Cafe

251 Geary St, Macy's Basement, San Francisco, CA 94102-1803
+1 415-913-1849
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“boudin” (19 reviews)
“clam chowder” (30 reviews)
“bread” (42 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
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251 Geary St, Macy's Basement, San Francisco, CA 94102-1803
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

We were up early for some business meetings, and such, when we walked by the place on Macy's outside O'Farrell sidewalk. The smell of the food eaten by the construction workers was what grabbed our attention. After a few moments of discussing the taste, all...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank James B
Reviewed 8 October 2018

The soup bowls are a great light meal. Bread is very fresh. Nice quick meal with fast service. You can also use UberEats to have delivered to your hotel room.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LarainPA
Reviewed 5 September 2018

My wife and I were making the trek up and down Market St and were getting pretty hungry. The crowds and crazies were shoulder to shoulder and we just wanted to relax. A quick check on TripAdvisor and I came across Boudin's...of all places...in the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Garyjamo
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to hit the basement in Macy's....I highly recommend the Chicken Club Sandwich with chips .

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Gary D
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Very nice food and they serve pretty fast. The refillable drinks should be improved because they taste strange. It's accessibility should also be improved because I had no idea where it was. Though it's really good and tastes great

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jeon J
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Eat here whilst shopping. Everything appeared fresh and the soup was lovely. Portion sizes are massive!!! If having the soup, might be worth considering sharing!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Daniel800
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

I met a friend here for lunch and we had a little trouble finding it. It is in the basement of Macy's next to Union Square and the easiest way to get there is to take the elevator to the LL level. I have the...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank powelj1
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Had read before hand that this is the place to go for sourdough in San Francisco. It did not disappoint and was the best of the sourdough I tasted in SF. The lunch was good especially considering the other junk in the area, although it...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank robbyg346
Reviewed 12 May 2018

I walked past and saw a wonderful menu on a board outside this shop. When I went in and started to order what I wanted I was told it wasn't available. Apparently nothing on the board was actually for sale...until after 10am. There was a...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank BagmanNZ
Reviewed 12 May 2018

A light lunch was all that we required but the facilities are good and clean with much produce on offer to buy apart from the restaurant upstairs. Enjoyable

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Terry W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 Geary St, Macy's Basement, San Francisco, CA 94102-1803
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-913-1849
Description
Founded in the early days of the Gold Rush in 1849, Boudin Bakery is the creator of the Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread. French immigrant Isidore Boudin brought his prized French baking skills with him to San Francisco in mid-century. He applied these classic techniques to the region's traditional tangy "sour" dough, producing the now iconic bread with its signature dark-gold, crunchy crust, soft chewy center and distinctive flavor. Since that inspired marriage of Old World artisanship and local flavor, San Franciscans and visitors from around the globe have lined up outside Boudin's doors to savor the aromas and enjoy a fresh loaf of the Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread. Boudin Bakery still uses Isidore's cherished recipe as well as a portion of his original "mother dough" in every loaf. Mother dough is an ancient baker's method of leavening bread with natural yeast found in the air and cultivated with a mixture of water and flour or grain. Isidore's mother dough captured the wild yeast indigenous only to San Francisco's fog-cooled climate. It yields a distinct taste and texture not found anywhere else in the world.
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