Sweet Inspiration Bakery Cafe

★★★☆☆

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The desserts here are works of art and so delicious that you'll scream with delight as you eat them. They have free Wi-Fi (but sit in the rear for a stronger signal). I've been going there for years and love the place. My only gripe (for which I deducted one star) is that the prices seem high (around $7 for one slice of pie or cake) and lately the entire place has been staffed by one person, and I've waited as long as 12 minutes just to get coffee and a snack. Go with a friend and split a dessert, you can't go wrong with this place. If you can't wolf down an entire slice of dessert (they're huge) get one of their cookies.

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★★★★☆

The desserts here are works of art and so delicious that you'll scream with delight as you eat them. They have free Wi-Fi (but sit in the rear for a stronger signal). I've been going there for years and love the place. My only gripe (for which I deducted one star) is that the prices seem high (around $7 for one slice of pie or cake) and lately the entire place has been staffed by one person, and I've waited as long as 12 minutes just to get coffee and a snack. Go with a friend and split a dessert, you can't go wrong with this place. If you can't wolf down an entire slice of dessert (they're huge) get one of their cookies.

Pros: Terrific place to sit with friends and chat over coffee and dessert

Cons: Prices are a bit high, can be a long wait during peak periods late at night

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I have left 2 messages and nobody has ever gotten back to me!!! So much for the birthday I had planned. I will never do business with these people again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have left 2 messages and nobody has ever gotten back to me!!! So much for the birthday I had planned. I will never do business with these people again.

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No wonder this place is dead in the day. Tiled floors and open doors creat a whirlwind of chill in this uncozy destination. While all the other warm little nooks in the Castro are packed, I am often forced to do my studying in this cake refrigerator. And yes, a slice of cake will set you back 7-9 dollars. Great for Citizen Cake but what overhead am I underwriting here?

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★☆☆☆☆

No wonder this place is dead in the day. Tiled floors and open doors creat a whirlwind of chill in this uncozy destination. While all the other warm little nooks in the Castro are packed, I am often forced to do my studying in this cake refrigerator. And yes, a slice of cake will set you back 7-9 dollars. Great for Citizen Cake but what overhead am I underwriting here?

Pros: Free Wi Fi

Cons: Freezing,Expensive

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A pleasant atmosphere with a variety of pastries to choose from: tarts, cakes, pies, etc... I am not personally keen on their cakes but their tarts were enjoyed by my friends.

Service is okay, but overall... I have to wonder if the price they charge me is actaully worth the service and confections they are providing me. Not going to recommend this place if I have to force a smile.

PROS: Large selection
CONS: Price and service concerns

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★★☆☆☆

A pleasant atmosphere with a variety of pastries to choose from: tarts, cakes, pies, etc... I am not personally keen on their cakes but their tarts were enjoyed by my friends.

Service is okay, but overall... I have to wonder if the price they charge me is actaully worth the service and confections they are providing me. Not going to recommend this place if I have to force a smile.

PROS: Large selection
CONS: Price and service concerns

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On my regular trips out to San Francisco, one of the places I regularly travel to is this dessert establishment I first got exposed to by a good friend of mine. Everything I have tried here is always very good, with heavy emphasis on the mousse and similar desserts. Never tired the cakes, so can't respond to the other feedback about the quality there, but the three other times I've been had included mousse, cheesecake and cookies, all were great. The staff can be a little bit indifferent, so the service isn't top notch, but the food is great!

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★★★★★

On my regular trips out to San Francisco, one of the places I regularly travel to is this dessert establishment I first got exposed to by a good friend of mine. Everything I have tried here is always very good, with heavy emphasis on the mousse and similar desserts. Never tired the cakes, so can't respond to the other feedback about the quality there, but the three other times I've been had included mousse, cheesecake and cookies, all were great. The staff can be a little bit indifferent, so the service isn't top notch, but the food is great!

Pros: Great mousse

Cons: No frills service

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I found Sweet Inspiration while walking down Market street with some friends. You can see their huge long glass cases filled with their baked goods through their storefront windows. They have a lot of selection of cakes, cookies, pastries and other desserts. I wouldnt recommend this bakery though if you want cakes because their cakes tend to be dry.

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★★☆☆☆

I found Sweet Inspiration while walking down Market street with some friends. You can see their huge long glass cases filled with their baked goods through their storefront windows. They have a lot of selection of cakes, cookies, pastries and other desserts. I wouldnt recommend this bakery though if you want cakes because their cakes tend to be dry.

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Good selection of cakes and pies, as well as baked good and non-alcoholic drinks. Portions more than filling (take half home with you). Tends to be busy and a bit loud, busy with the locals.

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★★★★☆

Good selection of cakes and pies, as well as baked good and non-alcoholic drinks. Portions more than filling (take half home with you). Tends to be busy and a bit loud, busy with the locals.

Pros: Good after-date

Cons: Noisy

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I used to love Sweet Inspirations, but after I ordered a cake from them for a friend's 30th b-day, my opinion changed entirely. The cake was so dry it was inedible. What's worse, when I called to complain, the owner didn't return my calls. Beware before purchasing anything from this business.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to love Sweet Inspirations, but after I ordered a cake from them for a friend's 30th b-day, my opinion changed entirely. The cake was so dry it was inedible. What's worse, when I called to complain, the owner didn't return my calls. Beware before purchasing anything from this business.

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Ten years ago the desserts at Sweet Inspirations were wonderful to eat... Now they are dry and horrible. The prices went up and the quality went down. No wonder this place was so pathetic to add the breakfast and lunch menu. Too bad....

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★★☆☆☆

Ten years ago the desserts at Sweet Inspirations were wonderful to eat... Now they are dry and horrible. The prices went up and the quality went down. No wonder this place was so pathetic to add the breakfast and lunch menu. Too bad....

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I've been going to Sweet Inspirations for a number of years. One thing is consistant...the cheesecakes and tarts are great, but the cakes and cookies are HORRIBLE. A Duncan Hines cake mix would have more flavor and moisture. I couldn't put my finger on it, but now I know what it is. Like the previous person stated, the cake must be loaded with sawdust!! The management act like stuck-up people for don't get a clue about why they are where they are.... it's all about customer service!

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★★★★☆

I've been going to Sweet Inspirations for a number of years. One thing is consistant...the cheesecakes and tarts are great, but the cakes and cookies are HORRIBLE. A Duncan Hines cake mix would have more flavor and moisture. I couldn't put my finger on it, but now I know what it is. Like the previous person stated, the cake must be loaded with sawdust!! The management act like stuck-up people for don't get a clue about why they are where they are.... it's all about customer service!

Pros: Cheesecakes, Tarts

Cons: Cakes, Cookies, Management

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They give you big portions in this place but the flavor and texture is just average. It's a more gathering place than a serious dessert shop.

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★★★☆☆

They give you big portions in this place but the flavor and texture is just average. It's a more gathering place than a serious dessert shop.

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After having dinner out, we skip dessert so that we can eat at Sweet Inspirations. The staff is very friendly and the portions are wonderful. They are a little pricey, but the portions are large. As long as they don't change that, they will have a long following. They have a plethora of wonderful desserts to choose from and terrific coffees too. It is also nice that they are open late...so you can get that late night sweet.

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★★★★★

After having dinner out, we skip dessert so that we can eat at Sweet Inspirations. The staff is very friendly and the portions are wonderful. They are a little pricey, but the portions are large. As long as they don't change that, they will have a long following. They have a plethora of wonderful desserts to choose from and terrific coffees too. It is also nice that they are open late...so you can get that late night sweet.

Pros: great selection, open late, nice sizes

Cons: parking

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I have enoyed Sweet Inspirations many times. It has never failed to satisfy as there is always a wide slelection of choices. It's not a bakery, so if you want a cake for a party, look elsewhere. But if you want something tasty for dessert, take a look and you will most likely be extremely pleased. If I am eating dinner in the Castro with friends, I always skip dessert, and take them here to cap off the night. Always a winner.

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★★★★☆

I have enoyed Sweet Inspirations many times. It has never failed to satisfy as there is always a wide slelection of choices. It's not a bakery, so if you want a cake for a party, look elsewhere. But if you want something tasty for dessert, take a look and you will most likely be extremely pleased. If I am eating dinner in the Castro with friends, I always skip dessert, and take them here to cap off the night. Always a winner.

Pros: Selection, Choice, Value

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Went to a Child's Birthday Party with a Chocolate/Chocolate Cake. It tasted like sawdust with chocolate overtones. It was as if it was put in the freezed and forgotten about. This was the worst cake I have ever had in my life!

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to a Child's Birthday Party with a Chocolate/Chocolate Cake. It tasted like sawdust with chocolate overtones. It was as if it was put in the freezed and forgotten about. This was the worst cake I have ever had in my life!

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I placed an order over the phone for a cake and asked if I can have a sample. When I went there I was told they don't normally give samples, but they gave me one anyway. When I sampled the cake it was dry with no flavor. They covered the dryness with the whipped cream and strawberries. Anyway, when I called to CANCEL my order the woman remembered me and said that the guy never said that he'd give me a sample. They wouldn't cancel my order because they said it was too late. When we actually got the cake it was dry and everyone that had a piece thought so too. I WOULD NOT RECOMMED THIS PLACE . THEY ARE PROBABLY OPEN LATE HOURS BECAUSE THEY DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY DURING THE REGULAR HOURS. AS FAR AS THE GOOD RATINGS, IT'S PROBABLY THE OWNERS TRYING TO PROMOTE BUSINESS.

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★★☆☆☆

I placed an order over the phone for a cake and asked if I can have a sample. When I went there I was told they don't normally give samples, but they gave me one anyway. When I sampled the cake it was dry with no flavor. They covered the dryness with the whipped cream and strawberries. Anyway, when I called to CANCEL my order the woman remembered me and said that the guy never said that he'd give me a sample. They wouldn't cancel my order because they said it was too late. When we actually got the cake it was dry and everyone that had a piece thought so too. I WOULD NOT RECOMMED THIS PLACE . THEY ARE PROBABLY OPEN LATE HOURS BECAUSE THEY DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY DURING THE REGULAR HOURS. AS FAR AS THE GOOD RATINGS, IT'S PROBABLY THE OWNERS TRYING TO PROMOTE BUSINESS.

Cons: Horrible Service, Dry cakes

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Everything I have tried (quite a few of them by now) I have loved. Especially good are the hazelnut torte and the chocolate mousse.

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★★★★★

Everything I have tried (quite a few of them by now) I have loved. Especially good are the hazelnut torte and the chocolate mousse.

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if there were two sweet inspirations for every starbucks in the city, i would never want to leave...even their basic chocolate chip cookies are delectable. and the price is right, too.

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★★★★★

if there were two sweet inspirations for every starbucks in the city, i would never want to leave...even their basic chocolate chip cookies are delectable. and the price is right, too.

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Perfect for after-dinner dessert with a friend, or if you're on a date....

The Tri-Color Chocolate Mousse Cake is to die for. I've ordered it a few times for birthday parties--always a hit!

The other desserts are excellent, too. Haven't tried the ice cream, but who would given all the pastry choices?

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★★★★★

Perfect for after-dinner dessert with a friend, or if you're on a date....

The Tri-Color Chocolate Mousse Cake is to die for. I've ordered it a few times for birthday parties--always a hit!

The other desserts are excellent, too. Haven't tried the ice cream, but who would given all the pastry choices?

 

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