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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco
129 Tips and reviews
  • pastries
  • croissants
  • trendy
  • casual
  • authentic
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonDecember 4, 2015
    Do yourself a favor — skip the Cruffin line and indulge in any of the other just-as-good and actually better pastries. Don't miss their bread pudding and read about them all on WinstonWanders below! Read more
    Upvoted Apr 28
  • SFGate
    SFGateNovember 26, 2014
    Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is serving both creative and classic baked goods. Try the soon-to-be classic California Croissant, which is a croissant stuffed with salmon, nori, ginger, and wasabi. Read more
  • Cassandra G.
    Cassandra GonzalesNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cruffin and feature donut flavors are announced on Instagram and Facebook on a weekly basis. There is 1 cruffin flavor and 2-3 donut flavors a day. 2 cruffins per person limit :)
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DiazAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try anything. You won't be disappointed. For cruffjns, get there before 8:25. Go with a friend. There are two lines here. One for cruffins, one for everything else.
  • Marlon M.
    Marlon MolinareJune 20, 2015
    Everything is amazing. You really can't go wrong by for savory I'd recommend the Cali croissant and for sweet you gotta get there early for a cruffin
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanFebruary 24, 2016
    cruffins are good (fotd was choco earl grey) but so are the other pastries. cruffins come out at 9am daily -- i came by at 9:10 on monday and waited 5 min. i also love their housemade ceramic cups.
  • Jonathan E.
    Jonathan EatherlyFebruary 8, 2015
    Get here extra early on the weekend. Word is out about this place and everything is sold out by 11.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 23, 2016
    While different than a cronut, Mr. Holmes' cruffin (combination of a croissant and muffin) draws similarities to the pastry made famous in New York City and demands its own line with a cult following.
  • Daniel S.
    Home of the cruffin! Get here early, and wait in the long line and hope to get a sticker for a cruffin. If not, go to the short line and get other pastries - the donuts here are our SF favorite!
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownApril 6, 2016
    The donuts, oh the delicious donuts! A must try, but split them as they are filling.
  • Justin M.
    Justin McKissickSeptember 12, 2015
    Chocolate croissant was delicious, cookie was AMAZING but I regret they were out of Cruffins... Definitely worth the experience of visiting.
  • Nanette
    NanetteDecember 21, 2014
    The California croissant is super good, but not necessarily for everyone. Cream puff and cruffin are also must try's !
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 9
    The line for said cruffins begins assembling early in the morning, as Mr. Holmes only sells a limited number each day. Its other pastries are accessible without enduring the cruffin line. Read more
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityMay 6, 2016
    The cruffin, San Francisco’s claim to trendy hybrid pastry fame, combines the shape of a muffin with the layered goodness of a croissant. The flavors rotate on a daily basis. Read more
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoJuly 14, 2015
    Cozy shop with very nice pastries. Loved their kouign amann, croissants, and donuts! Two thumbs up for their creative cruffin!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerJune 10, 2016
    The daily selection of donuts are so good. But looking at the display window, I could have happily for one of everything.
  • Megan R.
    Megan Riley2 weeks ago
    I had the cardamom peach cobbler and it was excellent! They also serve Intelligentsia coffee here; being from Chicago this was the best part :)
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsNovember 24, 2016
    Holy churro croissant you guys! Showed up too late to grab a cruffin and I didn't have a melt down because the churro croissant was so delicious
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Caramel choux, raspberry and custard brioche bomb, pb&j brioche donut, everything is AMAZING.
  • Salman
    SalmanDecember 22, 2014
    Come for the incredibly flaky and deliciously sweet cruffin. Stay for more of the other delightful desserts.
  • Jory
    Jory3 weeks ago
    I ate a caramel chocolate cheesecake donut that was the best damn pastry I've ever had, and I have a degree in pastry arts.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PJuly 12, 2016
    Come at 8 to get your cruffins at 9. You can only get 2 per person! The donuts are also excellent.
  • Paulina M.
    Paulina MichalskaSeptember 25, 2016
    A gem! Donuts taste like heaven, I strongly recommend taking a fig one, it's delicious!
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 5, 2016
    The pastry is perfection here. Go at 8:55am, jump the "cruffin" queue, get the California croissant, a Danish and/or the choux bun.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TomitaMay 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pastries, donuts, and the daily cruffin. Latest new bake shop in SF. Prepare to stand in line.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LiaoJanuary 30, 2016
    Cruffins and creative pastries. Definitely go on a weekday if you can, as lines are long on weekends and they sell through things quickly
  • Sladja R.
    Sladja RsticJuly 8, 2015
    Early in the morning the smell alone will get you salivating! Everything with cinnamon is full proof.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderMay 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Any of the tarts (sweet or savory), the lemon poppy donut and the Amelie are absurdly amazing!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMarch 21, 2016
    The ube puff is beautifully delicious and deliciously beautiful. Kinda pricey but always saying yes to diabetes.
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LiuAugust 4, 2015
    Cruffin was worth the 20 min wait! Smells like bakery heaven once you step in. Would love to try everything else!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawMarch 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cruffins go on sale at 9am. Line can start as early as 8. They were all gone by 10.30 when I visited.
  • Ping
    PingMay 26, 2015
    California croissant is like croissant with California roll inside. Must try!!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PenaJuly 29, 2015
    Get anything. All of it was delicious. And if you love the bubbles, they have sparkling water.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayMay 12, 2015
    Everything is delicious! The Amelie Amman is amazing
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the cruffins and donuts. Have heard the California croissant (sushi inside) is great!
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YeungDecember 31, 2015
    They make about 200 cruffins per day; the last person to get one lined up at around 830am (asked staff on 12/31/15).
  • Iga J.
    Iga JakubikSeptember 24, 2016
    I have only one world for it: YUM! And the place is so cute too
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren ColmanJune 18, 2015
    Worth the wait. They make one flavor of cruffin each day. Get a sticker, get a cruffin (actually 2).
  • Matthew H.
    You can smell the baked goods down Larkin St! The churro croissant was amazing!
  • Elisabeth B.
    Elisabeth BrubakerMarch 8, 2015
    Get the banana creme find donut if out of cringing. Pass on the almond brioche
  • Candid Cuisine
    Candid CuisineJune 25, 2015
    California Roll & Cruffins! And the Amelie Amann is delicious
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YApril 9, 2015
    Ferrero Rocher Choux Bomb, generously filled with cream
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.March 24
    Be prepared for a queue any time of the day. Plain croissant wasn't spectacular. Cranberry pistachio pudding was good. If only they served their pastries warm...
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJune 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Split a California Croissant in the cruffin line to build the savory - then explode it away with cruffin sweetness!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Come a bit after 9 on a weekday and you'll probably get a cruffin without all the hassle.
  • Ashley M.
    Everything here is a masterpiece, but knowing the owner, Mr.Aaron Caddel, I expected it to be
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.May 23, 2016
    Everything is good. Just come early.
  • Ping
    PingMay 26, 2015
    Salted Carmel is a bit too sweet not enough saltiness to my taste, nevertheless it's tasty.
  • Wayne S.
    Wayne SpiegelJune 19, 2016
    Cruffins are heavy and messy; be warned! I still prefer their donuts, but would recommend to try them out at least once.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchofieldAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The cruffin is the headliner - but for my money - get the donuts.
  • رامز ا.
    رامز الفايزSeptember 10, 2016
    Very delicious pastries, must to visit if you are visiting SF
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaDecember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pass on the cornflake cookie. Expected some crunch from the cornflake, but nope. It's too chewy and just tastes like an overbaked buttery, caramel cookie.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SchraderMay 28, 2016
    Go before 9am, no cronuts but no line and they have lots of other great stuff.
  • Lisa Y.
    Im in love with the cruffin ❤️ definitely should try it!
  • Beerblondie V.
    Get there early! They run out fast! Even on weekdays!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJune 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Partial to the brioche donuts over the cruffins.
  • Christina HyunJung J.
    I love here so much!!!!!!!!! The donut was good. Delicious~ I want to go there right now ^*^
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoApril 21, 2015
    Cruffins and California Croissants are awesome
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiMay 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cruffin line, separate from the rest of the pastries line.
  • Liz M.
    While the branding is cute and store staff so nice, I am just not a fan of the crispy (overcooked), sugar-crusted non-croissant cruffin gimmick. The line is just hype. Flour + Co on Hyde = way better.
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaSeptember 30, 2016
    I just think it's best to try them all, especially the Cruffin
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJune 3, 2015
    Get baked.✌️💗🍩
    Upvoted Apr 11
  • Varoujan P.
    Varoujan PanosyanSeptember 29, 2016
    Everything here is amazing!!
  • Alisa K.
    Alisa KarDecember 25, 2015
    Can't understand why they simply don't bake more. We lost 20 minutes standing in the line, by the time we entered - only 5-7 cookies left, nothing else. It was 10.30 am, not business oriented company.
  • Cynthia T.
    Cynthia TruongJanuary 11, 2016
    EVERYTHING. Cruffin was great. Ham and cheese croissant as well
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    Go there as early as possible, waiting for the freshly made pastries.
  • Anita Y.
    Anita YuemingJanuary 2, 2016
    That donut with peanut butter mousse is still in my mind
  • Jackie W.
    Cruffins start at 9 AM. Line ups start getting decently long around 8:45 AM. Max 2 per customer.
  • Stella N.
    Stella NovenaApril 25, 2015
    How delicious! Everything is soooo good!
  • Cierra N.
    Cierra NashNovember 26, 2016
    Best baked goods I've ever had.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SchofieldMay 14, 2016
    The cruffins are tasty, but the donuts are even better in my opinion-and don't require an hour long commitment to stand in line.
  • Diana A.
    Disappointed. I was so excited, but the signs didn't specify the ingredients. 🥐 had salmon & I am extremely allergic to fish. Luckily I saw it once I took a bite, but my health could be in danger.
  • MissBng
    MissBngApril 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Croissants and donuts .. *yumm
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LevyJanuary 3, 2015
    The California Croissant is a must-have!
  • Chris R.
    Chris Ross 💾💩August 17, 2015
    Don't sleep on the donuts! Seriously, don't.
  • Camilla M.
    Camilla MarieMarch 25, 2015
    get here well before 8am if you want a cruffin.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HamlynMarch 30, 2016
    Hip baked goods in the city.
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioJune 7, 2015
    Made the cut. #mrholmes #cruffin #sanfrancisco
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CJanuary 20
    Donuts, cronuts, croissants
  • JT
    JTMay 2, 2016
    California croissant is interesting and new. The donuts were not that good
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiMay 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry donut. Yum!!
  • Martha H.
    Martha HughesAugust 5, 2016
    Try to go on a weekday at 7am or as early as possible. Avoid weekends!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJanuary 8, 2016
    Check out Mr. Holmes Bakehouse as it was featured on Guilty Pleasures for PB and J cruffin Read more
  • Koji K.
    Koji KOMATSUFebruary 1, 2016
    I came hear to have Cruffin and California Croissant. Hmm, Cruffin was too sweet for me. California Croissant was just OK. There are no seats.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamJanuary 22
    Just get all the donuts !!! Classic and quirky fillings
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Line on Friday morning
  • Jim P.
    Jim ProsserJune 28, 2015
    Skip the cruffin line and just get their normal pastries.
  • Sirma S.
    Sirma SuherMay 25, 2015
    The best donuts I've ever had!
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaOctober 1, 2016
    Bread pudding, oh my!!!
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry milkshake cruffin
  • Mafer H.
    Mafer HApril 10, 2015
    The Ferrero Rocher Choux Bomb🙌🙌🙌
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Salted caramel donut
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25November 10, 2016
    Cruffin - pretty to look at but hard to eat
  • Sergio A.
    Sergio AApril 4, 2015
    Pretty much anything won't let you down.
  • Ping
    PingMay 26, 2015
    California croissant
  • Ronni
    RonniJanuary 8, 2016
    Cruffin and other yummy baked goods
  • Carmella E.
    Carmella EstevezAugust 7, 2016
    The Kouign Aman is to die for.
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YshanghaiMarch 26, 2015
    Wonderful pastries ❤️❤️❤️👍
  • Yisselda A.
    Yisselda AmbreDecember 11, 2016
    Donuts, monkey bread
  • Ting S.
    Ting SOctober 16, 2015
    Cruffin! Do arrive earlier before they sold out at 10:30.
  • Alena T.
    Это просто вкусно! Свежая выпечка готовится на месте. Но нужно настраиваться что есть вероятность постоять в очереди на улице)
  • Guía P.
    Guía PlanetingApril 7, 2015
    En San Francisco existe un paraíso para los amantes del dulce (¡y del salado también!) Read more
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 26, 2015
    Pidan un Cruffin! Delicioso!
    Upvoted Mar 29
  • Cíntia L.
    Cíntia LevitaApril 5, 2015
    Inacreditavelmente bom! Valeu 30min de fila na chuva!
  • La Recomelona
    La RecomelonaSeptember 23, 2015
    Está buenísimo! Súper recomendado!
  • Elnar M.
    Elnar MansurovNovember 25, 2015
    Идеальные десерты для утра.
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