our history

Bob’s Donuts and Pastries is a family owned and operated business established in the 1960s. We are currently located in Lower Nob Hill of San Francisco at 1621 Polk Street. Bob’s has become a San Francisco staple to Bay Area residents as well as an essential tourist destination.  We specialize in a variety of donuts and pastries including our famous apple fritter and novelty giant donut, mentioned by many accredited food critics in articles such as the SF Chronicle, SF Eater, Thrillist, SF Magazine, The Bold Italic, Timeout, SF Weekly and the DailyMail UK. Our business has thrived from local community support as well as national recognition from viral videos.


meet the chefs


is a mother of 3, owner, and head chef of Bob’s Donuts for nearly 20 years. Even though Bob’s has existed since the 60’s, Aya transformed this business into a community. Her leadership style is based on lasting customer relationships, treating our employees as family, and welcoming newcomers.



is a SF native and 2013 UC Berkeley alum who double majored in English & Art History. Helena began baking at a young age with her Nana, starting her baking career with an easy bake oven. “I love working at Bob’s because it feels like a place with lots of history and community, which can be hard to find in SF.