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Delivery, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed April 8, 2024

The best donuts and atmosphere. I can’t wait for their new location to open this weekend in Little Italy. San Diego staple

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 8, 2024

The best Donuts I have ever had! The employees were happy and passionate about the product. Their recommendations were spot on and the Cappuccino was so good!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 7, 2024

This is one of the best donuts in America. We got the creme brulee, vanilla bean and boston cream. The cream brulee was amazing. I'd pass at the boston cream. The decor was very cool in the building and the bathroom was decorated with Homer...Simpson photos.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed November 14, 2023

These are not your average doughnuts. Our Marriott Pulse hotel provided one morning small bites of maple, vanilla bean and chocolate. They were all fabulous. Then we decided to venture 1/2 block away to find the Donut Bar. What works of creation! These doughnuts lean...far toward quality vs quantity.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed November 1, 2023

Yum Santiago !!! Travelled all the way from Australia and made sure my first morning waking in San Diego was to walk from my hotel to be there when the doors opened. After following Donut Bar on Instagram, I couldn't wait to meet the staff...and see your works of art in person. I wasn't disappointed. Came twice and tried the lemon pistachio, apple crumble and apple filled donuts. Apple crumble came out on top for me. My husband even enjoyed a few bites and he's not usually a donut fan. If I'm ever in San Diego again (fingers crossed), I'll be there to visit for another yummy donut and big smiles from your staff. Definately recommend visiting.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 16, 2023 via mobile

Wow. Ran across totally by accident when staying at San Diego Pulse and heading out to explore. And so glad we did. Huge selection of freshly made donuts. On weekends they make specials to order. We had a cake style donut, an apple fritter, and...a medium coffee for $10. Donuts are significantly larger than other places. Staff is friendly and happy.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed August 26, 2023

THE most amazing donuts I've ever eaten! Duck Donuts are a close second but you'll never eat Dunkin again after these. Donuts are fresh and flavorful! Highly recommend the Meyer Lemon Blueberry and the Chai Spice! My niece went back 2 more times for the...Strawberry Pop Tart Donut. Go early as this location sells out quickly. Service was quick and the staff treated each customer like they were the only ones in the store!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 24, 2023 via mobile

Best doughnuts EVER!! GET THERE EARLY everyday they sell out by 1130am... you will not be disappointed what a selection I've never seen before. The creativity of them all ...you will thank me later, promise

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 27, 2023 via mobile

Yum! These donuts are huge and delicious! I got a chocolate frosted batman donut during comic con and it was a s a great start to my day!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 6, 2023

We absolutely love the Donut Bar. We stayed across the street and just kept going back day after day for breakfast and coffee. I'm not a donut person, but they elevate donuts to an art form.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 26, 2023

Holy cow, these donuts are huge! We had such a hard time deciding which ones to get, they all looked so yummy. When you bite into them, they fluff right back up.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 7, 2023 via mobile

Staff is AH-Maze-ING!!!! I DONUT know how my trip would have turned out if we didn’t come here!!!! Please make sure you come here if you are in town!!!! The Donut 🍩 Bar is a must!!!!!! Love it!!!!!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed March 24, 2023

Came to SD from Hawai'i just for this place and so glad we went at opening! Workers were so down to earth and kind. Strawberry split came out from the back right when we were checking out so naturally I got one. We weren't gonna...be in town for the French toast donuts but we'll just have to go back! Shoutout to the guy working for hooking it up with the stickers! If you're in SD, you gotta come here or you'll for sure miss out. I've sent pics to everyone who will listen 😂More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 22, 2023 via mobile

Donut Series, Part 10 “You had me at hello.” Dorothy Jerry Maguire When Yelp invited to me join their “Elite Squad” the deliberative process for me was rather limited. Recalling that moment from memory it went something like this, “Uh, heck yeah!” My reaction was...remarkably similar when they invited me to attend an event at the Donut Bar to receive a creation prepared by the “donut master” Santiago. As you might expect if you’ve visited any of the Donut Bar locations, their creativity and selection were both impressive. Equally as impressive was the friendliness of the staff who were genuinely welcoming. While those things equaled my prior experiences here, what was totally unexpected was their addition of a “To Go Mimosa Bar.” I can’t say that I recall seeing that offered anywhere else. If you choose to visit this location, please beware of their updated hours as they now close at 12:30 p.m. most days. And that’s…Henry’s Take. #sandiegodonuts #donutbarMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed January 31, 2023 via mobile

Dropped by Donut Bar flagship shop in San Diego. Had a Big Poppa strawberry donut. The name says it all as it was HUGE. Very fresh and tasty with colorful sprinkles. Friendly, helpful staff. Got my photo taken in front of the store. Definitely worth...a visit!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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On a weekend, early is better. 8 am isn't bad. On a weekday, shortly after rush hour (9:30?) is likely better.
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Donut Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4