San Francisco's Best Chocolate Desserts


The case at b. patisserie. Photo: ©


An éclair from Craftsman and Wolves. Photo: ©

The Best Chocolate Desserts in San Francisco
Presented by the tablehopper at the Chocolate Salon, March 24th, 2013

New Places:

b. patisserie
Chocolate Caramel Toffee Mousse
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Choux a la Crème

Craftsman and Wolves
Caramel, Coffee, Dark Chocolate Éclair
Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie
Chocolate Cube Cake: Chocolate, Caramel, Vietnamese Cinnamon Slice
The Devil Inside
Chocolate Croissant Stack

Salty and Sweet
A16: Chocolate Budino
Flour + Water: Chocolate Budino with Espresso-Caramel Cream and Sea Salt (suggested by a tablehopper reader)

Chocolate Cake
Baker And Banker: XXX Triple Dark Chocolate Layer Cake
Bar Jules: River Café Chocolate Nemesis Cake
Zuni Cafe: Gateau Victoire

Classic Desserts
The Ice Cream Bar: Double Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Hot Fudge Sundae
Nopa: Chocolate Mousse
Gary Danko: Chocolate Soufflé
Mission Beach Café: Chocolate Cream Pie and Chocolate Pecan Pie (suggested by a tablehopper reader)
Foreign Cinema: Valrhona Chocolate Pot De Crème
Absinthe: Pot De Crème and something new: White Chocolate Cremeaux
Tartine Bakery: Double Pain Au Chocolat, Eclairs, Chocolate Pudding
Bix: Warm Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding
Pinkie’s Bakery: Chocolate Cakes and the Chocolate Bread!
Delise: Sea Salt Fudge Brownie, Peppermint Fudge Brownie

New-Fangled Creations
Gialina: Chocolate Hazelnut Pizza with Amaretti and Mascarpone
Scala’s Bistro: Bostini Cream Pie; Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!
Town Hall: Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot De Crème
Tout Sweet: Tout Sweet, and Sea Salt-Topped Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Dandelion: Rio Caribe Chocolate Pudding
Dynamo Donut: Spiced Chocolate Donuts or the Passionfruit-Milk Chocolate

Hot/Drinking/Sipping Chocolate
Christopher Elbow

Suggestions by tablehopper readers:

Some good chocolate desserts coming out of Local Mission Eatery’s kitchen lately.

It might be a tie between the Chocolate Custard Tart at Spruce, and the Chocolate Budino Tart at A16. Chocolate + Salt = Heaven.

A few of my favs are: Profiteroles at Delfina, Chocolate Pot de Creme from Slow Club, Dark Chocolate Mousse cake from Tartine, Old Fashioned Cupcakes from Miette (they make it into a mini cake form).

My favorite chocolate dessert in SF is Bacon Crack, sold at Precita Park Cafe (among other places) and made by Nosh This.

Cable Car Chocolate frozen yogurt (made from Ghiardelli cocoa) at Michaelis’ Wine and Spirits Shop and Cafe Jacqueline’s chocolate souffle.

Cafe Jacqueline…the best chocolate souffle, EVER!

One Market’s chocolate toffee almond crunch cake

My favorite chocolate dessert is always a “favorite of the moment,” and my most recent favorite is the chocolate pot de creme at Company Restaurant, Guerrero and 22nd St.

Black and Tan at Jasper’s.

Favorite SF chocolate dessert is dark chocolate sorbetto bar by Guittard/Naia.

Chocolate caramel tart from Dandelion chocolate! I also love the devil’s food brownie from Batter Bakery.

Miette’s chocolate pot de creme.

Chocolate soufflé at Roy’s and the complimentary chocolate truffles that accompany every meal at Butler & the Chef. :)

Pot de creme with scotch pairings at Absinthe. It must have the scotch pairings as you miss out on the complexities of the chocolate (which they’ve made into a delectably smooth creme) if you aren’t contrasting it with the complexities of their scotch choices as well.

Chocolate Orange at Hakkasan.

Loved the Chocolate Pot de Creme at 1550 Hyde and so sad it’s gone. I also love the chocolate spice donut from Dynamo.

Chocolate sundae at Ghirardelli.

Chocolate cookie at Mission Beach Café.

Chocolate cake at Boulevard.