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Citizen Cake (CLOSED) - 87 Reviews - 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 861-2228

Citizen Cake (CLOSED)

399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-2228
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I went to Citizen Cake last night with my girlfriend following a friend's recommendation and we weren't disappointed. Everything we ordered was excellent (except for one of the ap...


The dessert I ate was simply heavenly, but my husband's was not that great. It was way to sweet!! Go for the dessert and not for their other menu items or service for that matte...

Oh yes, so much hype for this place 12/10/2009

ninersfan2 Provided by Partner
Oh yes, so much hype for this place, I have no idea why. Maybe they pay a lot for PR and then pass that on to the consumer maybe? All I know is that they made the cake for my sister's 21st birthday and boy was that a monumental disappointment! The cake was bland, boring and completely amateur looking. I could have made a better cake! This place is complete hype and nothing else. more

Left Bad Taste in Mouth 12/5/2009

chocolaholic Provided by Partner
Went to dinner at Citizen Cake before the symphony. Never again. The food was okay but the menu was limited and overpriced which I would I wouldn't normally complain about BUT THE SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. Asked for no pepper on steak for pepper hating son. Got pepper. Waited forever for new steak. Was brought wrong desert because the waiter didn't take time to listen to the order. Coffee never came... resulting in grumpy hubby. This place caters to people going to the symphony and the waiter knew we had an 8pm show. We finally just had to go without hubby's coffee, even though we'd given ourselves 2 hours for dinner. Would have been much happier eating a sandwich at Starbucks for a 10th of the price and for a much more pleasant experience. Citizen Cake left a bad taste in our mouths on our special family night out. Pros: Nice Decor Cons: Terrible Service, Overpriced, Limited Menu more

Excellent food! 11/25/2008

yarivs Provided by Partner
I went to Citizen Cake last night with my girlfriend following a friend's recommendation and we weren't disappointed. Everything we ordered was excellent (except for one of the appetizers -- a lettuce salad -- which was good but not remarkable). We got a beats + goat cheese appetizer, I ordered a steak (which came with a scoop of horseradish ice cream -- very interesting flavor) and my girlfriend ordered a vegetarian dish. For desert, we shared a "deconstructed" pumpkin cake. It was delicious. Highly recommended! Pros: great food, pleasant atmosphere more

Worth the trip! 10/16/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
We just love this bakery in San Francisco. The chocolate cookies are just right-not too sweet. We also tried one of their signature cakes-Re... more

over-rated & over-priced desserts 8/26/2008

tl83 Provided by Partner
The first time I visited Citizen Cake was about a year ago after seeing it featured on Food Network. Plus I'm a cupcake fanatic and always make my friends and family cupcakes for special occasions. I even stuff the centers like a hostess cupcake! Anyways, I was so excited to try their famous cupcakes - one more chocolatey and the other a vanilla and fruit mix. They were dry, not very flavorful, and lacked the fun and fancy allure everyone had raved about. Not one to judge a restaurant based on just one visit, I returned last month. Again, not impressed by the dessert selection. Very limited, tiny, expensive items that just weren't appealing. We decided to try the cupcakes again. Not any better this time around. They weren't moist and didn't have enough frosting - the best part of any cupcake! Plus the service was horrible. We were ignored for about 4 minutes in the store before someone asked if we were ready to order. Then they didn't have any insight to offer when we asked for a recommendation of what to purchase and take home. Totally useless service and desserts that aren't yummy enough for their price tag. Overall, not impressed and I won't be giving Citizen Cake a third opportunity to wow least not any time soon. more

Incredible Lunch Spot 7/17/2008

nyfoodie21 Provided by Partner
My mom and I are vacationing in San Fran, and went to salon Oxenrose (another CitySearch find) for hair styling, and were delighted to see that we were on the same street as Citizen Cake. We saw on CitySearch that it's #1 for desserts, but decided to try it for lunch and dessert. The atmosphere is very minimalist/trendy. The menus are very clever. To start, they brought us some incredible biscuits, they were scallion biscuits, moist, flavorful. My mother wanted to buy them in the bakery afterwards, but they were not available. We each wanted soup and a salad, but didn't want a bowl of soup - they reduced the portion that was on the menu, so don't be afraid to ask. The soup of the day was a carrot puree - full of flavor - fennel and cumin...topped with yogurt, very delicious. My mother ordered the tomato salad, it was 3 types of local tomatoes (a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds), chives and fabulous feta cheese....with a lovely vinagrette. I ordered the spinach salad. The most creative spinach salad I have ever had. The only thing traditional was the warm dressing. The salad had a warm dressing, a finely diced bacon (I'm guessing it was salt pork?) - small cubed potatoes, and (are you ready for this?) a poached egg on top. TO DIE FOR! The dessert menu was pricey and very eclectic. We chose a dessert called 'The Sting'. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! The sting comes with a shot glass of the most fragrant, unusual, amazing spiced pineapple liquid - the dessert itself is a molton chocolate concoction, with a vanilla cream, and a pile of toasted hazelnuts and crunchies. You take a sip of the spicy liquid, and while it's in your mouth, you scoop some molten chocolate, some vanilla sauce and WOW. The most creative dessert we'd ever had. Really recommend this place., try it for lunch!! more

I don't know if Orson meant to EAT the Rosebuds... 6/18/2008

sesquialtera Provided by Partner
My husband and I dined at Citizen Cake last night. It was not a pleasant experience. The chefs of the restaurant seem to be unaware that the fad of judging a menu by the outlandishness of its pairings has, thankfully, gone to Colma. Resurrection, one hopes, is not an option. Not a few of the great food writers (MFK Fisher, Brillat-Savarin, and Elizabeth David come to mind) were strong advocates of the right of a diner to negotiate a decent meal in a restaurant when presented with a less-than-intelligent menu. Try it here. See what happens. Am I missing the point when I am confused by a restaurant loading its entrees with sweet junk (beef/cherries, pork/rhubarb, etc.) when it is, presumably, showcasing its desserts? In all honesty, we did not get to dessert as there was no time after a lengthy wait for our meals to be served. However, a glance at the menu showed that, again, items seem to make the cut by virtue of their "shock" value...sort of like those people who keep piranhas as pets. There is a healthy and responsible trend toward making portion sizes reasonable, but Citizen Cake has gone too far. I doubt that my partner's risotto could have weighed in at more than six ounces. We awoke in the middle of the night with grumbling stomachs...and lighter wallets. The meal set us back just pennies short of a hundred bucks, before tip, with one glass of house wine between the two of us. This description of our meal sounds like Chapter of Faults in a Cistercian monastery. So, in charity, I would suggest that CC attempt to strike a balance between the bizarre ("for them that likes it," as Julia Child used to say) and the undeniable appeal of one or two simpler, but sensibly prepared, menu offerings...the latter being a rare bird indeed in this neck of the woods. more

AMAZING!!!!! 6/1/2008

nme128 Provided by Partner
we arrived, luckily early, for sunday brunch. we hadnt made a reservation and upon seeing the people line up to get in i hoped we would get a table. we did! from the start everyone was very pleasant and our server was GREAT. the food was amazing. you must try the Donut Holes (a signature dish). we inhaled them! the fresh made biscuits of the day were just as amazing. we had Bellinis made with fresh peaches from the farmers market. i cant say one bad thing as everything we had (we all got something different) was absolutely amazing. OH! the french fries with aioli, outstanding! and to top it all off, it is very reasonably priced for the great food, and amount, you get. we were bummed that we were heading back home and that we wouldnt be able to try dinner, or lunch, or another breakfast. it is a definite spot to try for any meal and i look forward to trying lunch and dinner because if its anything like brunch, it will be AMAZING, did i say amazing enough?! more

Wonderful pre-opera/ballet/symphony dinner 7/12/2007

lmtullis Provided by Partner
Before an opera performance this is our preferred place for dinner. Most recently we enjoyed a dinner with no reservation. The staff was very professional and accomodated our limited time to dine. We found the Banana Split dessert inventive and delicious and will have it again. The dinner menu is very good too but save room for dessert. more

Best Dessert in San Francisco 6/26/2007

iloveny1223 Provided by Partner
I have had the pleasure of visiting Citizen Cake on two separate occasions. One lazy Friday night, my boyfriend and I decided to to go Citizen for a late night dinner. We ordered light: little gem lettuces in creme fraiche vinagrette along with soup du jour. Can't go wrong with soup and salad. We then ordered what Citizen is famous for: decadent desserts to be shared!! We ordered the adorably named "LoveLova" which is a concoction of organic strawberry rose salad, cardamom cream, saffron meringue, and pisachio oil. Needless to say, C.Cake is a very romantic place for late night dinners!! A few weeks later, I ordered a birthday cake for that sweet boy of mine for a surprise birthday gathering planned with his friends. I ordered two specialty cakes: the Retro Tropical Shag & the After Midnight Chocolate cake. I opted to have them combined and then arranged into a deluxe cake (an option where the cake is cut into geometric shapes and then rearranged in a more architectual fashion). This distinction comes with an add'l fee, but let me tell you- it is WORTH IT!! The cake turned out marvelous, and the look was distinct from the usual mundane rectangular semblance. I was very happy with the custom presentation, timely service, and of course the delicious cake. Here's a tip: if you are going to order a specialty cake, be sure to place your order 48 hours+ in advance, as they require time to complete your order. Another tidbit I was able to pick up along the way: you can request extra garnishes such as berries or flower petals to add a little extra burst of detail (not mentioned on their menu or website). This charming patisserie is a must try for all SF dwellers and visitors alike!! *I hear that Citizen Cake has recently added cookies + cupcakes to their already awesome menu- so go and try 'em out!!* Pros: Romantic Ambience, Delightful Desserts, Cozy Place for Late-Night Dinners Cons: Parking only available on street. more

eh... it's ok 6/12/2007

kat Provided by Partner
well, like the other reviewers, i agree, the service is poor, but my experience wasn't nearly as bad. whew~ we were also served a lunch menu, and ... more

Didn?t live up to Rachael?s recommendation 1/29/2007

siliconvalleygal Provided by Partner
after having a wonderful dinner at Tommaso's Restaurant, I took my friends there because someone told me Rachael Ray recommended it on her ?$40 a day? show. the desserts did look nice in the bakery case. so 5 of us ordered and shared 4 desserts and 2 sorbets. all i can is that we were all very disappointed that this store didn?t live up to Rachael?s recommendation. THE CREME BRULE WAS ONE OF THE WORST. however, for a non-sorbet fan i have to say that the lemon sorbet was not bad. one thing bothered us was when we walked in the store, there were 4-5 tables unoccupied, but the host said they were all booked. 30 min later when we were leaving they were still empty. go figure???? more

good date place 12/15/2006

al04 Provided by Partner
The desserts in the bakery case looked amazing when we walked in and we ended up getting a cake from there and one dessert off the menu. The items on the menu are too complicated with too many ingredients that may or may not go together. They also aren't very satisfying, however, some of the ports and muscats are quite good. If I were to go again, I think I would just order from the bakery section. The service was courteous and knowledgable about the wine list. All in all, it was a fun place to go to for dessert and wine and would be a great place for a date. Pros: large selection of drinks more

Bad service, worse desserts 12/13/2006

Natasha Provided by Partner
First, the waiter seemed to be disgruntled and angry with us as soon as we revealed that we were there for dessert instead of dinner. He mumbled hi... more

Poor service :( 12/13/2006

Jasmine Provided by Partner
I've only been to Citizen Cake once and it was a couple years ago, but I still remember the terrible service we received. Hopefully they've improve... more

Donut believe the hype. 12/12/2006

wendolyne Provided by Partner
Rude, listless servers + average cakes = might as well go to the Safeway bakery. I had such high hopes and they were dashed--DASHED!--by not only poor but abrupt customer service and mediocre treats. I know my cakes and this place didn't pass muster. Bummer because it's nice and close to the opera. Citizen Kane would roll over in his grave! ) : Pros: close to the opera Cons: the place seems to hold no cheer and even at half the price I wouldn't return more

Expensive and bad desserts and service 12/7/2006

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
I have learned from experience that 99% of things mentioned on the Food Network suck. This is no exception. You sit down, then order your ... more

Impressive citizen 12/4/2006

manda Provided by Partner
Citizen Cake is a cute little restaurant/bakery in Hayes Valley. We came here on a Sunday, and it was quite busy, with people going to the performa... more

More like Citizen Delicious 11/29/2006

unbreakablemix Provided by Partner
I looove Citizen Cake. Every menu item has an entensive amount of care and thought put into it. I stop in all the time to catch a quick Hot Chocolate and dessert. No matter whether I'm in a hoodie or dressed to impressed, I always feel comfy at Citizen. There's no stuffy dress code hostesses. Their ice cream is homemade and all thier pasteries are made daily. My favs are the shortbeard cookies and homemade vanilla marshmallows. The staff is always friendly and pays attention to you quickly. I've never had to wait for a table. The main dinner menu changes every 6 months or so. I recommend their signature cheese trio, a great sampling of different cheeses. I always take my friends visiting here. Pros: Hot Chocolate, homemade ice cream, marshmallows, parking more

Great food in casual, cafe-style atmosphere 11/28/2006

erikasf Provided by Partner
The food at Citizen Cake was excellent. We went for dinner, and my husband can't stop raving about the duck, and the cod "clam chowder" I had was exquisite. Our dessert was a very unique blend of pumpkin and chocolate. Service was a bit slow at times, but generally hospitable. The only drawback may be the decor, or lack thereof. I did like the dessert/cafe/bar/restaurant concept, but the atmosphere was definitely more cafe-style minimalist, and the tables were very close together. Intimate conversation is definitely not possible. Still, my husband and I will be sure to rush back soon. Pros: food Cons: ambiance more
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