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Dessert-only restaurant?

Have been to and enjoyed a dessert-only restaurant in Boston called Finale, which is open late and features dessert tasting menus and a wide selection of dessert wines. Is there anything similar in the SF Bay area?

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  1. I know exactly what you're talking about...they have one in San Diego called "Extraordinary Desserts", but can't think of anywhere that serves SOLELY desserts in SF that is comparable. I can think of a couple with notable dessert menus. Stella Pastry is my all time favorite dessert place, but mostly because I love Italian desserts, and they are open late. No wine though.

    Citizen Cake
    399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Brick - CLOSED, reopening as Fly
    1085 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Stella Pastry
    446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: BernaDiva

      Stella's open till midnight only Fridays and Saturdays, other nights closes at 7pm.

    2. I don't think that trend has hit SF yet.

      We have a lot of bubble tea shops with funny Hong Kong desserts.

      1. Definitely not dessert only, but Bar Tartine has a fabulous dessert menu, really nice cheese plate, and plenty of wines on the menu. And they're open until midnight. We walked in around 8PM last Saturday night and had no problem getting a table.

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        1. re: alag

          Coi reportedly has a really great pastry chef. I think there have been a couple of reports from people who went there just for dessert.

        2. The Perfect Finish - www.apfwinebar.com
          Located at 55 S. First St. San Jose
          A classy wine bar that complements their diverse wine and spirit selction with an eclectric array of desserts.

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          1. re: lauercrnsw

            Wow I am also interested in a place with desserts, are there any more suggestions for San Jose (South Bay Area)? Aside from The Perfect Finish, above.

            1. re: ThaiSpice

              my favorite place that makes "natural/organic" desserts is -
              Rivermark Village
              3938 Rivermark Plaza
              Santa Clara, CA 95054

              My suggestion is
              1. Chocolate Rum
              2. Chocolate Mocca
              3. Carrot Cake
              4. Swiss Water Process Decaf coffee
              5. Chipote Chicken

          2. Sweet Inspiration
            2239 Market Street
            San Francisco
            Just above Castro Street
            When you're driving down market it's on the left side with a bright blue neon sign.
            The cakes and pies are fantabulosa and they are open at least until midnight.
            They also have extra large cups of very good coffee

            1. http://sweetinspirationbakery.com/

              Sorry for posting twice but my wife found the link and thought I should include it so that everyone can enjoy this after hours dessert restaurant.

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              1. re: DrBehavior

                You know, I like Sweet Inspiration for their hours and concept, but I think their cakes are pretty bad. The last time I had chocolate cake there, it was tasteless and seemed like it had been sitting in soaking syrup for days. I'd go for a cookie and a hot drink instead next time.

                1. re: YSZ

                  Ooops, you must have been there on a really off, off night. My wife and I have been going to Sweet Inspirations (they have two - one in Mill Valley and the other on Market) for quite a few years and we've quite literally never had a bad experience. Albeit, some of their cakes are better than others but nothing that has even resembled being 'bad'. The fact that have a very wide selection always makes the choosing somewhat difficult, at least for us. Sorry that you didn't enjoy your cake.

                2. re: DrBehavior

                  We've got lots of bakery-cafes. A dessert restaurant is a somewhat different concept. E.g.:


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    San Jose has a dessert bar already!
                    A Perfect Finish - www.apfwinebar.com
                    Located at 55 S. First St. San Jose
                    A classy wine bar that complements their diverse wine and spirit selction with an eclectric array of desserts.

                    A Perfect Finish
                    55 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Sweet Inspiration is the, or one of the, last remaining examples of that late-'80s phenomenon which wasn't a "bakery-cafe" exactly but came close to "dessert restaurant". There were three along upper Haight, a couple in the Inner Sunset, Cocolat and Just Desserts played a role.

                      Cake only, or mostly. No liquor. Open late into the night.

                  2. Rubicon. I cooked there, and let me tell ya - Nicole Krasinski is amazing. I go back sometimes for only dessert.

                    1. After finishing a local A.C.T. play last evening, some friends and I wandered into Cafe Monaco for a night-cap and was surprised/pleased to see they have updated the Cafe's menu to include a handful of desserts.

                      I chose from an extensive cheese list, I opted for a 5-cheese pairing at $25.00 with a glass of Sauternes while my friend had a pretty decent Pot de Creme. I'm sorry I didn't pay more attention to what was on the dessert menu but overall, the Cafe Menu seemed definitely expanded and better since recent visits.

                        1. re: ComradeBirdie

                          Yes, Candy Bar is the only all-dessert restaurant (aka NYC's Chikalicious) in SF that I know of. Reviews have been mixed--it sounds like they try a little too hard to be experimental, but do check it out and report back.