Red Velvet Cupcakes are really good. On a whim, decided to try their baked goods. The red velvet cupcake (I guess it would be seasonal because of Valentine's Day) was delicious, esp, the frosting! Didn't care for the cheedar chive scone. It was too sweet for a savory scone and lacked the cheesy flavor I prefer. I can make a better one using the SF Chronicle recipe. Very popular place with a line even at the end of the day. Didn't notice any ill-spirited service.
Customer Service At Its Worst.
I ordered a cake from this bakery because the cakes looked really tasty. I also ordered it because it's directly across the street from Bliss Bar. I was hosting a party at Bliss Bar and thought since I was dropping $65 on a quarter sheet of cake that the bakery could walk it across the street to Bliss Bar. I asked twice and was told that this was impossible. I couldn't understand as to why a walk across the street would be too much to ask. Apparently it was too much to ask for a tad bit of customer service. In this day and time consumers do not have to put up with bad service. This is truly customer service at its worst. I would never ever recommend this bakery to a soul.
I would have rated this place with zero stars; however the computer would not let me post my comments unless I rated at least 1 star.
Good Cake. Their cake is also gooooood! I bought Chocolate Moose Cake for birthday cake for my husband. The cake is very sophistcated. Taste is not too sweet, but more "chocolatish". Highly recommended!
Terrible service. When I stop into a bakery because on impulse I want to surprise my staff with some pastry, I dont expect that I am going to be chastised for buying too much, and not pre-ordering. This is what happened at Noe Valley Bakery. The staff made sure I was aware of their irritation in having to box up 2 dozen pastry when there were 3 other people waiting behind me. When I let the manager know how embarrassed I was by the incident, he confirmed that because of my greed, someone who might be expecting that item wouldnt be able to have it that day. Makes me re-think dropping $60, or even .60 at this neighborhood establishment. From now on I will happily go out of my way to Tartine, they dont seem to mind selling pastry to customers in any quantity they can accommodate, and without public embarassement.
Tarts, cookies, pies, and great breads make this neighborhood bakery a hit with kids and grown-ups alike..
Excellent breads are the mainstay of this cheerful neighborhood bakery. Don't miss the specialty loaves studded with moist dried apricots and crystallized ginger, chopped figs, or irresistable chunks of dark chocolate and sweet dried cherries. But the breakfast pastries--muffins, scones, croissants--and other baked goods make the visit worthwhile, too. The folks behind the counter give service with a smile, and extra-cute kiddies (this is Noe Valley, after all) might garner an extra cookie or two.
Great bread: Apricot-Ginger, Chocolate-cherry, Double raisin. Baguette:onion sesame.
Enjoy coffee and a roll, sit on the bench outside and watch the world go by.
Untasty. The specialty breads are good, like the choc-cherry or the fig or the apricot-ginger, but the cakes and pies are next door to flavorless and with tough or dry pastry. Undersweetened, underspiced, underwhatever to make them yummy. Service is not that friendly unless you know the server and I OBJECT to a tip jar in a bakery that charges so much! Pay the workers well and don't guilt the customers for the joy of having a loaf taken off the shelf.
Great Rugalach. They've recently added challah and rugalach to their repertoire. Both are very good--the challah is firmer and less "smooshable" than Semifreddi's, and the pecan-raisin rugalach are flaky, crunchy, and delicious--the best I've had in the city.
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