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Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Donut Shop and Coffee Shop$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    Viviana d.
    "Sounds gross, but the maple glazed bacon donut is awesome"(15 Tips)
    The Tastes that Make the City
    "maple glazed bacon apple donut is the best donut in SF"(7 Tips)
    Frank D.
    "Four barrel coffee and great backyard"(8 Tips)
    Paul F.
    "Maple bacon Apple glaze and lemon pistachio were great."(18 Tips)
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  • Ugur K.heart icon on user image
    Ugur KanerJune 28, 2014
    You might think this is a take away spot. Don't let that mistake you. Grab a coffee, take the door next to the bar and go all the way back to find the white door, which will lead you to a cute patio.
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 21, 2015
    The donuts here come in dozens of new-school flavor combos like maple-bacon-apple, lemon sichuan, and chocolate rose. This is the go-to for office breakfasts and any other morning occasion. Read more
  • Colby D.heart icon on user image
    Colby DroscherJune 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    All the donuts are amazing. Maple Glazed Bacon, Orange Glaze and Chocolate Star Anise are my faves. The Four Barrel coffee here is the best on the street (don't tell Philz I said that).
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 11, 2014
    This cafe is like a miniature trip to Vienna, complete with delicious Eastern European-inspired food and pastries served on delicate china by staffers attired in vintage finery. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 18, 2016
    Get the spiced chocolate donut. "Get there at 7 a.m. and have one right out of the fryer. It takes donut-eating to a whole new level." - Chef Scott Youkilis Read more
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZSeptember 9, 2016
    The gluten-free doughnuts have good texture and flavor - they rotate the flavors. The backyard patio is a SF secret, perfect quiet place to work if it's not too sunny. Good coffee here too!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronApril 27, 2017
    Small little cafe in an area. Just donuts and coffee. Had an outside area in the back. Donuts were amazing. Friendly staff that broke down each donut for you. There have rotating ones weekly!!
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 23, 2014
    Order a Four Barrel brew and an artisanal donut (in flavors like maple bacon apple and spiced chocolate), then head out to start your day. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateJune 5, 2015
    "I love the small size and lightly fried style not to mention the well-made coffee drinks with Four Barrel espresso and the doughnutsseasonal flavors." -Tara Duggan Read more
  • Tyler B.heart icon on user image
    Tyler BurgettJuly 20, 2015
    Vanilla bean, bacon maple, and candied orange blossom are super tasty. The garden out back is nice place to enjoy the morning.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    Local, seasonal ingredients and imaginative recipes make this Mission-based shop stand out from the pack. Not to miss: Spearin’s famed vanilla bean donut and delightfully fluffy bread pudding.
  • Andrew B.heart icon on user image
    Andrew BristowSeptember 2, 2016
    Over priced crap. 3.50 for a donut maple bacon donut? I could buy a dozen maple donuts down the street at Jelly Donut, get an order of millionaires bacon from Kitchen Story, crush it on top, for less
  • Natalieheart icon on user image
    NatalieApril 29, 2017
    Delicious donuts. Take a box and enjoy them while burning off the calories while walking up and down SF's hills.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Wanna know a secret? Sarah kind of hates donuts. But Dynamo’s Donut Bread Pudding may have forced her to turn the corner. Get the Maple Bacon! Everybody’s doing it!
  • Irina B.heart icon on user image
    Irina BoteaFebruary 19, 2018
    The coffee is the best in the area. Didn't try the donuts but everyone in the neighborhood praised them.
  • J T.heart icon on user image
    J TOctober 24, 2020
    One of the best coffees in the area. Really good donuts too. In pre COVID times, the nice patio was open too.
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityMay 6, 2016
    The photogenic qualities of these donuts gives you all the more reason to buy more than one, right? Be the envy of your gym-going friends by posting about a few of these little guys. Read more
  • Luke A.heart icon on user image
    Luke AndrewsFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you buy a bag of coffee beans (they sell Four Barrel) you get a free donut.
  • David B.
    David BanNovember 21, 2014
    Known for inventive flavors (i.e.Maple Bacon), this is a must visit for any donut connoisseur.
  • Paul F.heart icon on user image
    Paul FarrellOctober 13, 2015
    These are good. Maple bacon Apple glaze and lemon pistachio were great. Sugar rush meant a 6km walk required to come down from the high.
  • Isabel S.heart icon on user image
    Isabel SwartzSeptember 29, 2019
    The passionfruit and milk chocolate donut is like getting slapped ever-so-lovingly in the face with passionfruit and I cannot recommend it enough
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudDecember 15, 2011
    While gourmet ice cream shops and cupcakes dominate, Dynamo continues to churn out lovely perfect donuts daily - except Mondays!!!! Everything is amazing. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouNovember 17, 2012
    they recently open a kiosk by the marina green side of town, but i gotta either way, you get a good satisfying chunk of donut every time u go (if u go) gO!
  • Nathan I.
    Nathan IngrahamJanuary 1, 2016
    They have one of the best lattes I've had in the city. Donuts are great too, but for whatever reason I dream about that latte.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The maple glazed bacon apple donut is the best donut in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Rachel D.heart icon on user image
    Rachel DavisAugust 14, 2015
    Well worth the traffic we endured to get there. The maple bacon doughnut was amazing.
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck RoslofMay 6, 2018
    Delicious donuts with flavors like maple bacon apple and pink lemonade.
  • Lil' Benitaheart icon on user image
    Lil' BenitaMay 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Best donuts ever!!! The Pineapple Basil (vegan) is absolutely delicious!
  • Mamie R.
    Mamie RheingoldApril 5, 2014
    Get the lemon Sichuan. It is light and fluffy with a spicey lemon zing.
  • William J.heart icon on user image
    William JohnsonOctober 21, 2014
    Get here early as popular items go VERY quickly. The lemon curd in the lemon sichuan was pleasantly sweeter than expected.
  • the Lala
    the LalaAugust 4, 2016
    Order the Chocolate Rose Donut (a.k.a a chocolate base topped with sweet rose water and lemon zest glaze), it is always a crowd pleaser. Read more
  • Nitin P.heart icon on user image
    Nitin PuriMay 14, 2016
    The coffee and donuts are great, but the outdoor space in the back can't be beat. Peaceful haven in the middle of a busy 24th st!
  • Zach K.heart icon on user image
    Zach KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Any filled donut. When the key lime custard comes around, buy it out and keep your bomb shelter well stocked.
  • Jack B.heart icon on user image
    Jack BrownMarch 22, 2016
    Redefines doughnuts. Inventive but nevertheless classic tasting flavors. On some of the best donuts you'll ever have.
  • Timothy C.
    Timothy CavanaughMarch 1, 2011
    The maple glazed apple bacon donuts are served every day; availability of other kinds (7-10/day) depends on "freshest ingredients available" & whim of the godlike pastry chef Sara Spearin & staff.
  • Joshua H.heart icon on user image
    Joshua HaftelApril 14, 2015
    Some of the only donuts I enjoy any more. Not too sweet, with some fun flavors. Great coffee.
  • Z
    ZFebruary 27, 2013
    "serves Four Barrel coffee alongside donut flavors like molasses/Guinness/pear and Campari/grapefruit, and their signature maple/bacon/apple"
  • Lorcánheart icon on user image
    LorcánFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Whether attributed to timing, luck, disposition, or divine intervention, the kaffir coconut doughnut at 07:30 was an exemplar fluffy, crispy, limey, warm ideal of wouldbe torroid.
  • Amy B.heart icon on user image
    Amy BAugust 5, 2017
    Donuts are all very good but the flavors can be odd. Quality of the actual dough is amazing
  • James G.
    James G.September 16, 2015
    Try the passion fruit glazed donut with chocolate sprinkled on top. It's simply delicious :-)
  • Wendell R.
    Wendell RobinsonApril 26, 2012
    The Bacon Maple Apple donut is no joke! If you get it warm in the morning, even better. Had to wait 20 minutes this AM for those...worth it!
  • Bennett W W.heart icon on user image
    Bennett W WongMay 30, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Vanilla Bean Donut and Latte - so delicious. A great combo for a quick meal break.
  • ᴡ M.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ MillerApril 10, 2016
    Make sure to take your donuts onto the back patio to sit and eat.
  • Maya S.heart icon on user image
    Maya ShanmugamNovember 4, 2015
    I love all of the quirky combos here, although the passionfruit is an all-time fave.
  • Jole P.heart icon on user image
    Jole PAugust 29, 2015
    Overall, any chocolate donut here is my go-to. The chocolatyness is pretty rich and satisfying:)
  • Lea D.heart icon on user image
    Lea Dessi-OliveFebruary 14, 2015
    Great gluten free donuts. Fried in normal donuts fryers though. Go to the patio in the back
  • Rob A.heart icon on user image
    Rob AtkinsonApril 24, 2016
    Inventive flavors, take away from the counter or sit in the courtyard. More doughy style donuts if you like that
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 16, 2013
    Go to dynamo to try unique flavors like quince or cardamom, and get a cup of Four Barrel Coffee.
  • Ansellheart icon on user image
    AnsellApril 3, 2014
    The Maple Bacon Glazed Donut really is great, and so is the Spiced Chocolate!
  • Erik W.
    Erik WeberOctober 18, 2014
    Good donuts and the back patio is a great place to relax or do some work
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