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Cinderella Bakery and Cafe

Map & Directions 436 Balboa
San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Bakery, German, Polish, Russian
  • Sun, Sat 8am-7pm, Tue-Fri 7am-7pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Catering
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

This modest, wonderful neighborhood spot - in business since 1953 - offers a large menu of Russian specialties. Given that the cafe has eight seats, tops, and advertises its pickup service on the website, there's no need to change out of the comfy-pants before placing a phone order and jumping in the car. What to order? Not the entrees, necessarily, but salads and appetizers as well as anything dough-based: piroshki, Siberian pies, blintzes, blini, vareniki. Especially delicious are Cinderella's meat pelmeni, which appear pallid and embryonic, floating in chicken broth, but once the wrapping is breached, a gush of beautifully seasoned beef juices comes out.

Member Reviews

  • on 05/06/09

    Cinderella, open since 1953, is the go-to spot for Russian baked goods and cooked specialties. Partisans debate their favorites: Do you go there for piroshki, borscht, or stroganoff? Do you tote home dark rye or light rye, rum roll or hamentaschen, cherry cake or honey cake? You go to your Russian Orthodox church, and somebody else will go to theirs, but count yourself a fool if... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Patrick K. on 06/26/10

    Piroshki make a good quick lunch

  • Laura M. on 12/02/12

    Best Rye bread in town!

  • Earl on 11/20/11

    Try the honey cake. Wow.

  • nada p. on 04/10/10

    Ritual Coffee

  • Candice D. on 06/27/13

    Don't overlook the sandwiches!

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