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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 good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“boudin” (19 reviews)
“clam chowder” (30 reviews)
“bread” (39 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 8:30 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
251 Geary St, Macy's Basement, San Francisco, CA 94102-1803
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate lunch here. For us it was there soup du jour and a sandwich. They both were very good as was the price. This is conveniently located in the basement food court of the Macy's on Union Square. It's a good break from regular...More

Thank Howard H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have had Boudin clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl years ago and it is still excellent. The soup portions seems to be a bit smaller though. We were not the only ones leaving a lot of bread after as there was no soup...More

Thank wooski
Reviewed 9 October 2017

we had lunch clam chowder and tomato soup in sour dough bread bowls. very tasty and reasonably priced

Thank tony204
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We visited on Labor Day so it was probably even more busy than usual but it was crazy. We'd drunk our drinks and still not been asked for our order so gave up. It was packed.

Thank lyndacanning1959
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Inside Macy's food court, convenient for a quick lunch/dinner (not really cheap, but better than most of the options in SF!). The avocado toast is very tasty, the soups not bad (but served in papercups... they loose their flavor!!)

Thank Ramona P
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Missed San Francisco's sourdough and clam chowder, so made a quick stop here for lunch. While the chicken salad sandwich on sourdough was fresh and the clam chowder was hot, the grapes and chicken did not go well together and the soup was too salty....More

Thank ToroFarm
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Stopped here for coffee and pastries Did not try the bread this time but can recommend from other visits Nice place to take a quick break while shopping in Macys ... would not go out of my way to visit this one Clean with prompt...More

Thank LAG22
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped by for a quick dinner. The staff were very friendly. Chicken salad sandwich was fresh and had nice balance of chicken, mayo, grapes and sliced almonds. I was disappointed that the soup I wanted to order was sold out for the day.

Thank Echaman9
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We happened upon Boudin's in Macy's basement when we were after a quick bite to eat. We were going to share a Club Sandwich but after finding the first so delicious we ordered another. The manager was absolutely on top of his game and kept...More

Thank MacLachlan
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Get some chowder from Boudin Bakery when you visit San Francisco. Before leaving San Francisco, pickup some of the asiago cheese bread - you won't be disappointed. The asiago and garlic bread is good, but not as good as the asiago cheese.

Thank Tourist808
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

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  • Food
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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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