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Extraordinary Desserts

Dessert Shop, Wine Bar, and Bakery$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
  • The experts at Food Network and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Lyn P.
    "Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding + Salted Caramel Ice Cream."(5 Tips)
    "Dulce de leche cheesecake is amazing, but they don't always have it."(4 Tips)
    Dana R.
    "... two filling cups of "Birthday Tea" enjoy.."(4 Tips)
    Joseph L.
    "I've never had such good cakes and desserts... MUST TRY"(48 Tips)
250 Tips and reviews
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  • bread pudding
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  • Tory
    ToryJuly 26, 2013
    Oh my gosh the desserts were amazing! I chose the Pavlova and we split it. The pecan pie was very rich and the next day we couldn't finish it. Glad we were on vacation because if it was local...
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 23, 2014
    Fresh deserts made daily with rotating selection. Great tomato soup and grilled cheese as well as panini and a great cheese selection. Buy some teas to try at home lover girl is the best.
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • Meli
    MeliAugust 31, 2014
    Best dessert place I have ever been to. Classy, upscale bakery that also serves food. Focuses not only on taste but presentation: rose petals on cake. Viking cake is delish. You won't be disappointed.
  • Susie H.
    Susie HarveyDecember 24, 2015
    Passion fruit ricotta torte is amazing (too bad I devoured it before taking a pic). Also give the butterscotch root beer a's delicious.
  • Charlotte C.
    Charlotte CurtisJanuary 5, 2013
    Hands down my favorite place for dessert/cake. However, on the savory side of things their Vegan Mezze plater is unique and refreshing. Pro Tip: Skip the caesar salad, dressing is straight mayo. Bleh.
  • Jean C.
    Jean ColeDecember 1, 2013
    I'll bring my daughter-in-law--chef extraordinaire--Dawn Taylor-Cole next time the family is in SoCal. Desserts taste as delectable as they look.Staff suggested Chocolate cake is heaven on a plate
  • Rabia R.
    Rabia R.September 15, 2011
    Be prepared to stand in front of the cases for a while because everything looks so good that it's hard to pick one dessert! The food and coffee are excellent too. The rose lemonade is heavenly.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.December 14, 2012
    A sweet tooth's paradise. The desserts are delicious and do are the exotic teas they serve. Try the Falling in Love tea. It taste just like chocolate covered strawberries
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaFebruary 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Farmers market veggie panini is the way to go if you're looking for something that is light but still satisfy your tummy
    meniscuszine.comOctober 22, 2011
    A large cavernous warehouse space with - as the name states - larger-than-life desserts. Food is also served, including tasty salads and sandwiches, and you can take away some great chocolate.
  • Rudilynn S.
    Rudilynn SawiOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their Passion Fruit Torte, coconut torte, Panna cotta, & Tortamisu w/ their black iced tea, 108 blossoms yea & vanilla macadamia nut coffee are the BEST!! My faves! :)
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    Their desserts are awesome! Late run with a group of more than 20 (our first time). It was great! The chocolate cheese cake was so, so good!
  • Dana R.
    Dana RockApril 4, 2016
    Sweet! & Tangy!! 🍊🍊🍊 A slice of "Blood Orange Ricotta" my new favorite desert. #raspberries #cranberries Add your fav tea #birthdaycake great combo!
  • Denette
    DenetteMarch 13, 2013
    The name says it all! This is a must try place! They look gorgeous and taste fantastic. This locale is def more fancy than Hillcrest. Cheescake is great!
  • Vu L.
    Vu LeJanuary 25, 2014
    Yes i love visiting this place, as they offer vast range of variety dessert & bakery product. But brushing is important to prevent tooth decay @
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YalowitzJanuary 30, 2016
    I really enjoy all of their desserts here! I would say that they are kinda heavy, but totally worth it.
  • Alexander A.
    Alexander AdlerAugust 31, 2013
    Cakes eww. Chocolate bread pudding is amazing. Honestly though, this place is extremely successful but they refuse to provide air conditioning in 90 degree heat #pissedcustomer
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiuOctober 18, 2015
    The Berry bread pudding is amazing. Good texture on top and delicious and gooey on the inside.
  • Deema M.
    Deema MSeptember 27, 2013
    Since they were out of coconut and carrot cake, Strawberry shortcake was my plan B,and I Loved it!
  • Jase L.
    Jase LaudadioJanuary 20, 2016
    Never ever a disappointment. Everything here is amazing. Got a chocolate truffle loaf cake... was very good. Although wish I would've got something with more components to it. But not disappointed.
    EDUARDO ROMEROMay 16, 2016
    It's one of the best spots on San Diego. Excellent service and food. Desserts are superb.You might have to wait to get a table.
  • yara a.
    yara alangariOctober 8, 2016
    Go for the chocolate bread pudding👍🏻, chocolate truffle bundt.. Some of the sweets has gelato which contains pork so ask before choosing..
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KhuongAugust 24, 2012
    Environment was amazing, and most of the desserts were great. BUT the chocolate pecan pie I ordered was rock hard and just bad. Can't believe they even serve it there. DON'T ORDER IT!
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoApril 19, 2016
    So many gorgeous desserts you'll have a hard time deciding. Large enough to share - but you won't want to.
  • Jayme P.
    Jayme PontiousMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The assortment of cheese was delicious, the cocktails were excellent, and the imported Italian tuna panini was fabulous! You can't go wrong with any of the desserts either :)
  • Charles G.
    Charles GuerreroOctober 5, 2015
    They have a brunch buffet on the weekend. The desserts are insanely good. The blueberry cheesecake coffee cake is amazing.
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.February 27, 2012
    At least the design/architecture appreciation is digs. Clean design.Love the entrance. The Valrhona Chocolate ice cream (when available) is a personal fave.
  • yara a.
    yara alangariOctober 8, 2016
    Everything is so yummy out here!! They don't bring same kinds everyday but you can always find the perfect dessert you're craving ..
  • Emrah S.
    Emrah SaritacJuly 13, 2015
    Try any of their cakes with no doubt! You will love the ones with chocolate..
  • Friska K.
    Friska K.June 14, 2013
    First-timer.. i got dulche de leche cheesecake.. it was good.. creme brulee is good too!!
  • Lisa
    LisaMay 27, 2013
    Wait is around 30-45 mins. Get their croissant bread pudding w/ warm chocolate if they happen to have it on the menu. Yum!!
  • Ericka L.
    Ericka Lozano-BuhlNovember 10, 2012
    amazing and beautiful desserts! try the chai latte and the banyuls port, especial if you're having a chocolate dessert.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PrattMarch 31, 2014
    The house coffee brewed by Zumbar is a dark roast flair. The flavor is a buttery chocolate that is similar in spirit to the rich desserts also served here.
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    best desserts on the planet!! Strawberry shortcake was delicious. I like that they are always changing the desserts up!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJune 8, 2016
    Try the Pavlova - Talking with my friend Chris yesterday made me think of this extraordinary place. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Scott S.
    Scott Sefranka1 week ago
    Everything, everything is good. Cheese, tea, desserts, a surefire dessert haven.
  • Tara K.
    Tara KonitshekJuly 5, 2012
    The carrot cake Creme brûlée is my new fav. Not too sweet and a lot of pretty amazing flavors packed in one cake!
  • Leeanne
    LeeanneSeptember 23, 2011
    I'm not the kind of girl who loves dessert. But this place is still impressive. Detailed and beautiful desserts. Great space, fun gifts up front.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2014
    Try the Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding - With chocolate chocolate chip ice cream. Wow. So rich. So good.
  • Elan
    ElanOctober 22, 2012
    Had no idea they served food here, incredible sandwiches. Also, ask for a Chai Latte with a shot of espresso, you won't be sorry.
  • Jay E.
    Jay ESeptember 4, 2011
    Great place for desserts. The perfect spot to meet up with friends. It doesn't matter what dessert you're craving for they've got it..
  • Bhavya S.
    Bhavya ShahFebruary 16, 2013
    If you love banana split ice cream... U have to try their tropical banana split.. It is out of this world !!!!!
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome desserts, their paninis are also yum, my favorite is portebello mushroom & goat cheese panini 😋😋
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 6, 2013
    Go here for elegant cake (by the slice) and over-the-top desserts that hold nothing back.
  • Kick K.
    Kick KickMay 4, 2015
    Bread pudding (Chocolate Crossaint) This steals hearts 😍👍 They mean their name 👌🏻
  • Comic-Con G.
    Comic-Con GeekJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Any dessert you try at Extraordinary Desserts is really good! Some are enough to feed two people!
  • Lawrence E.
    Lawrence EngSeptember 30, 2011
    They don't always have it, but when it's on the menu, order the peanut brittle ice cream, especially if you love peanut butter!
  • Mohamad A.
    Mohamad AbdulazizOctober 26, 2015
    Sweet cake and dessert I try those, I wish I had chance to try all the store desserts :(
  • Christie P.
    Christie PrinceFebruary 21, 2015
    While the dessert is fabulous don't skip the cheese. My favorite is the ping pong surfing goat.
  • Keri R.
    Keri RobinsonMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    every dessert is delicious and gorgeous. try their serrano ham panini. for drinks, love the kiss of hibiscus and mango mimosa!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Shangri-La is where it's at (been eating this for the last few years and my top favorite)
  • David L.
    David LaSpalutoMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Vegan Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie - Warm, moist, delicious and #vegan, #gluten-free.
  • Shelly W.
    Shelly WeissMay 20, 2014
    This is absolute dessert heaven, and the setting is industrial chic peppered with CA pottery.
  • Francisco J. B.
    Francisco J. BarreraOctober 19, 2015
    Obviously the desserts are great. But it is a must to try the brunch that starts at 11am
  • @luvinmarsnlala
    @luvinmarsnlalaAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dessert is delicious coconut creme torte, bread pudding, tea and wine selection.
  • Jackie J.
    Jackie J.December 6, 2016
    Awesome. Good vibe, great tea, coffee, salads, sandwiches, cheese, and of course desserts.
  • G ..
    G .January 2, 2014
    Skip the food and go straight for the desserts. Had the Tres Leches and it was phenomenal!
  • Juan D.
    Juan DominiciDecember 14, 2012
    Excelent!! U should try the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake!!!
  • Esri UC
    Esri UCJuly 8, 2010
    ArcGIS Developer Rupert says this is probably the most amazing bakery you've ever seen. A strong recommendation for a place to visit during the ESRI UC. Read more
  • Eleanor
    EleanorOctober 20, 2012
    Dulce de leche cheesecake is amazing, but they don't always have it. You can also never go wrong with the creme brûlée or the Viking. Try them all!
  • Gozde A.
    Gozde AcarSeptember 22, 2016
    Coffee cake blueberry cheesecake is awesome, with a cup of black coffee!
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoAugust 4, 2015
    I recommend the tres leeches! But then I haven't had anything else..
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaJune 3, 2016
    Huge decadent desserts. Coffee, tea, wine. Can be a wait. Multiple locations. 🍰🍮🍫🍪☕️🍷
  • Cathy V.
    Cathy VegasApril 25, 2011
    Expect to wait, desserts are to die for. Dark hot cocoa is yummy. There is enough to split it between 2 people
  • eva w.
    eva weertsJuly 4, 2010
    Their food is just as good as their dessert! Tried the serrano ham sandwich and raspberry danish - definitely recommend - you'll have enough for leftovers.
  • Dana R.
    Dana RockFebruary 13, 2016
    Wonderful aroma of fresh baked cake🎂😌✨ $10, Enough for two filling cups of "Birthday Tea" enjoy..
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LyuJanuary 6, 2016
    Don't order the earl grey cookie... It's too thick to have good texture. If you're ordering to-go, there's an extra $3.50 charge for desserts that come in bowls/plates
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin AskewJuly 28, 2013
    Man...they make some good stuff here! I loved the macadamia nut crunch cheesecake.
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HenryJanuary 3, 2016
    I enjoyed the chocolate strudel because it wasn't as rich as the other desserts on offer
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    One of her most-unique creations, the dulce de leche cake, takes inspiration from Latin America. Read more
  • Chloe Y.
    Chloe YuDecember 28, 2013
    Apple pie special was so good!!! Must try it with ice cream!
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatJuly 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    In love with their strawberry greentea. Well, all desserts are yumm also.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SApril 20, 2013
    If they don't have a specific dessert, wait a couple minutes and you may see it get popped into the display!
  • Gordon
    GordonFebruary 9, 2013
    Best time to visit? ANYTIME Best desert to order? CHOCOLATE CROISSANT BREAD PUDDING.
  • DavidPatrone P.
    DavidPatrone PatroneDecember 9, 2010
    The cheeses have GREAT pairings. The bread with the cheeses is OK but if they have the watercrackers, ask if they'll hook you up...
  • Paul T.
    Paul TranAugust 27, 2010
    It's like a ritual to stop by here every time I am in San Diego; got the lemon tart cake (yum!) & carrot cake (ehhh - but I'm not a fan)
  • Michael S.
    Michael StewartJune 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Name says it all... such amazing desserts. Beautiful, tasty, and pretty much perfect.
  • Craig J.
    Craig J.September 25, 2011
    If you like red wine ask for the Blue-Merle Merleatage. The waitress Hana Ko is awesome!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 2, 2014
    Chocolate croissant bread pudding!!!!! Also deep fried stuffed croissant!! OMG!! >_<♥
  • Karen C.
    Karen ChiangMay 10, 2016
    A+ for presentation, but not everything I've had is good. Cakes are probably the safest bet, but are very sweet.
  • NeMeSiS
    NeMeSiSMarch 22, 2016
    Delicious cakes and desserts they offer.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2014
    Try the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake - With white chocolate ice cream. Great.
  • Noriko F.
    Noriko ForbesApril 12, 2014
    I love to see beautiful desserts and nice place visit .
    MattersOfGrey.comNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The desserts rotate daily. If you love chocolate, the Dulce De Leche as seen on the Food Network
  • Wendy W.
    Wendy WashabaughJune 5, 2013
    Love this place but I wasn't impressed with the strawberry cheesecake. Next time I'll stick with the Shangri La!
  • Todd B.
    Todd BlackmanSeptember 4, 2015
    All of their desserts are will not be disappointed!
  • Debbie
    DebbieApril 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Every dessert is amazing and the selection may be limited at times but it is delicious!!
  • Peter M.
    Peter MaiOctober 2, 2011
    You will be charged an additional $3.50 for a to-go order of the bread pudding. They charge for the bowl that you have to keep.
  • Terry S.
    Terry StraitMarch 2, 2013
    Come early. Leave happy. At night there is ALWAYS a line
  • Elyse P.
    Elyse PMay 21, 2011
    Choco bread pudding is the way to go! Sundaes are nothing compared to their baked deserts!
  • Christina HyunJung J.
    Christina HyunJung JungFebruary 21, 2015
    I ate Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding and banana cream pie. It was awesome!!!!!
  • Hannah E.
    Hannah El HajjOctober 15, 2013
    Ask for the dulce de leche cheesecake, it's really extraordinary!
  • Current A.
    Current AddresseeSeptember 5, 2015
    4 words....Tres Leches Crème Brûlée! Even my wife, who doesn't really like Crème Brûlée, barely took a breath eating this. WOW!
  • maysoon B.
    💔I'm really disappointed I came her to enjoy the amazing dessert to find a bad way from the ladies arranging the seating
  • Chiquita B.
    Chiquita BoxMay 11, 2012
    Cakes are gorgeous looking :). Mango passion fruit shorbet...delish..
  • Cole C.
    Cole CorreaAugust 14, 2014
    Everything is exceptionally beautiful & amazing!
  • Leon L.
    Leon LiangApril 4, 2014
    Consider making your order to-go so you can save some time.
  • Carlene B.
    Carlene BasalloFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nelson's a lovely waiter! Very friendly and great service :)
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph Le2 weeks ago
    I've never had such good cakes and desserts... MUST TRY
  • MoDey F.
    MoDey FAugust 25, 2013
    Love it the chocolate truffal bun
  • Thaher A.
    😍❤️😍😍😍amazing place 😍😍❤️
  • Menito L.
    Menito LuzJuly 18, 2016
    Que lugar!! Vai ser dificil vc escolher a sobremesa em meio a tanta delicia. Sugestão, fique ums 10 dias em SD e venha todo dias comer um doce diferente 😜
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