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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (19 reviews)
“boudin” (19 reviews)
“clam chowder” (30 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
251 Geary St, Macy's Basement, San Francisco, CA 94102-1803
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

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

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

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

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

Thank Terry W
Reviewed 20 April 2018

Stumbled across this place when doing a bit of shopping in Macy's. What a bit of luck! We had the bread bowl soup and couldn't have been happier. Healthy portion, reasonable pricing and tasty to boot. Very happy with this place and would recommend for...More

1  Thank Michael L
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Great selection of soups and stews which come in their own sour doe roll. Reasonably priced with quick and efficient service. Located in the basement of Macy’s store

Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

My iced tea had no ice and I was told they only serve lime, not lemon with the tea. I had the crab cake sandwich which 6 months ago was fantastic!! This time horrible. The cakes weren't browned properly there was only about a teaspoon...More

Thank Gwen A
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Literally could not eat any more after their bread soup bowl and salad , all for $11. Great value for money!

Reviewed 28 February 2018

I love this place because I love sourdough bread and the fact than you can sit in a nice restaurant and enjoy looking out over the SanFrancisco Bay and enjoy clam chowder or what ever it is your soul desires.The ambiance is not to be...More

Thank Ruth B
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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
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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