The Best Pie Shops in San Francisco
Whether you’re craving classic apple or pumpkin pie or want to venture into savory and creative options, SF’s pie shops and bakeries have you covered.
When choosing between pie and cake, pie remains the clear winner. It’s not cake’s fault, per se—it’s just unfair to compare a one-note song to a symphony. Whereas cake is always cake, pie has the advantage of thriving on its ability to be whatever you want or need it to be.
Pie can be sweet. Pie can be savory. It can have flaky crusts, crumbly crusts, and crusts that are a vehicle for a gluttonous (in the best way possible) amount of butter. It can contain fruit or chocolate or chicken or nuts. It can overflow with comfort, tradition, nostalgia, and love. It can be topped with whipped cream or ice cream or sugar or meringue. It’s messy and delicious and good for all three meals. Serve it hot, serve it cold, just serve it!
And that, cutie-pies, is why we’ve put together this list of our favorite pie shops in SF, including a few that only offer them during the holidays. And it should be said: whoever started the idiom “as easy as pie” clearly never actually tried to make one. Between perfect, from-scratch crusts to flavorful fillings, lattice tops, and all of the rest of it, well, we’re sure that person would be eating humble pie if they actually gave it a go. Which is why we prefer to leave it to these experts instead. If you’re still on the hunt for a Thanksgiving dinner or restaurants large enough to accommodate visiting family or relatives, we’ve got you covered there, too.
If you’re looking for the most beautiful pies in all of San Francisco, look to this Chinatown shop where SF native and two-time James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef nominee Melissa Chou sells her masterpieces out of a window at Mister Jiu’s. Her edible works of art include an Apple and Almond Tart, Sweet Cheese Tart, Burnt Honey Pie, and a Parisian Egg Tart, all of which cost a pretty penny but are well worth the higher price tag. For Thanksgiving, there’s also a Black Sesame Apple Tart and Chocolate Hazelnut Paris-Brest.
How to order: Pre-order online for pick up between 12 pm and 2 pm. on Friday or Saturday, or go to Mister Jiu’s on Sundays from 10 am until sold out.
Okay, technically this pie made by chef Angela Pinkerton, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, is baked in a commercial kitchen in the East Bay, but you can pick it up in the City and that’s more than good enough for us. Pinkerton grew up baking pies with her grandmother using apples harvested from her grandparents’ Ohio orchard, so needless to say, her Caramel Apple Pie is always an excellent choice. But, so is the Key Lime Pie, Roasted Pumpkin Pie, Passion Fruit Meringue Pie (with or without gluten), her jam-packed Chicken Pot Pie, and even the vegan Pear Pie. Most are available in a nine-inch traditional size and a smaller (meant for two people, but you know what to do) five-inch “sweetie pie” size.
How to order: Pre-order online for pick-up at Dolores Deluxe on Saturdays between 10 am and 6 pm.
This new cafe and bakery in Hayes Valley from the folks behind Four Barrel Coffee, The Mill, and Tartine serves Jewish and Levantine-inspired pastries, including delicious borekas and babkas, and a selection of sweet and savory individual and full-sized tarts. Flavors include pine nut and bay leaf, preserved lemon and rosemary, Turkish coffee cream, pistachio cream puff, and a seasonal galette.
How to order: Right now the only way to order is by walking in. Call 415-994-6594 with questions.
This family-owned bakery specializes in a contemporary, European-American style of baking, which as far as we can tell means you can get a really good cream-based scone, a glorious mille-feuille, and also a classic chewy chocolate chip cookie. But we’re here to talk about pies. Fillmore Bakeshop is known for its fruit pies—apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, apricot, cherry—made with an all-butter pie crust and fresh fruit thickened with its own juices. Whole pies are available, but this is also the perfect spot to enjoy a slice and a cup of coffee.
How to order: Walk in during business hours (you can call ahead to see what’s available). If you want to place an order, call 415-923-0711 by 1 pm the previous day.
Destination Baking Company
If you don’t live near this neighborhood gem, it’s worth an excursion to oh-so-charming and often-overlooked Glen Park to get pastries and pies off the rolling racks at this no-frills bakery. Year-round, you’ll find some of the best tarts in the city, available in flavors like banana cream, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, apple, and raspberry. During the weekends, you can usually find a pie version of at least one of those flavors (always apple), and during the holiday season, you can get 9” single-crust pies rolled out in graham cracker crumbs (prevents soggy bottoms) in apple, pumpkin, pecan (even if you don’t like pecan, you’ll like this pecan—not too sweet and not too many pecan chunks), and sweet potato, and double-crust pies in marionberry and vegetarian mincemeat.
How to order: Stop by during store hours or call 415-469-0730 for pre-orders and to check availability.
During most times of the year, you won’t find a lot of pie options at this women-owned bakery that uses allergen-friendly products (vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and soy free), but during the holidays, it’s the spot for beautiful and delicious pies. Choose from Apple Cardamom Crumble Pie topped with house-made caramel, Pecan Pie topped with whole pecans around the crust, and Pumpkin Pie topped with candied pumpkin seeds.
How to order: Order holiday pies online through the end of the year. You can also pick them up in-store during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One of the best things about picking up a pie at this tiny neighborhood bakery named for its founder, Judy Kahn, who got her start at Tartine and Sandbox Bakery, is that it’s an excuse to create-your-own hot biscuit sandwich. So definitely arrive hungry. During the non-holidays, you’re also stopping in to get amazing muffins, brownies, quiches, and cakes, but for Thanksgiving only, you can get Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie, classic Pumpkin Pie, and the one we’re eyeing: Caramel Apple Pie.
How to order: Order online, walk in during store hours, or call 415-525-3328 for pre-orders or questions about availability.
Bi-Rite Creamery is best known for its ice cream that people line up on the sidewalk for even when it’s cold and foggy. But the founders were pastry chefs before they started chilling and churning, so it only makes sense that they branched out into pie. During the holidays, there are more pie flavors to choose from, like pumpkin and pecan, but you can always get a classic apple pie with a crumb topping as well as their signature Chocolate Bourbon Mousse Pie made with a bourbon-infused chocolate mousse and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Pies come nine-inch (serves six to eight people) and some also come in six-inch (serves two to three, but you could definitely take one down by yourself with a little effort). Can’t pick between ice cream and pie? The creamery has a couple of ice cream pies as well.
How to order: Buy in person at any of the Bi-Rite Markets. You can also order ahead for pick-up or delivery from the Mission and Divisadero locations on the Bi-Rite website or via Instacart. Ice cream cakes are available for pick-up or delivery. Order online.
Black Jet Baking Co.
If you really want a taste of nostalgia, order a pie from Black Jet Baking Co. There are tons of flavors—banana cream, apple, apple crumb, salted honey maple, coconut cream, pecan, chocolate cream, and dark chocolate pecan pie—all with a perfectly flaky crust. If you prefer a savory pie, Black Jet also makes chicken pot pies and mushroom pot pies that will take you right back to childhood.
How to order: Place an order online and pick-up at the storefront the following day. Orders must be in by 12 pm for pick-up Tuesday–Friday and by 8 am for pick-up on Friday and Saturday. You can also order delivery via Good Eggs.
If you aren’t a fan of Key lime pie then keep moving because that’s the only kind of pie you’ll find at this upscale comfort food mainstay. It’s a classic take on the official Florida state pie with a graham cracker crust and a filling that is both tart and sweet with lime zest and topped with fluffy whipped cream. Order a slice or the whole pie.
How to order: Enjoy your pie in Blue Plate’s garden (reservations here), order for pickup here, and order for delivery online.
Butter Love Bakeshop
Pot pie, breakfast pie, cottage pie, shepherd’s pie, hand-held pie, pudding pie, and all of the classic dessert pies—if you’re an equal opportunist when it comes to pie, you’ll be in heaven at Butter Love Bakeshop. The (not really a) secret is in the incredibly buttery crust—a recipe that was handed down to the owner (a native San Franciscan it’s worth pointing out) by her mother, and may or may not (definitely the former) have inspired the shop’s name.
How to order: Shop for pies in-person at the bakery or place an order with three days notice online.
What sounds better than pie for breakfast, pie for dinner, and pie for dessert? Not much, which is why you can’t beat Peasant Pies for when all you want is pie, pie, and more pie. All of the savory pies (and there are a lot, including eggs, sausage, and potato; clam and spicy tomato sauce; garbanzo bean curry; and classic chicken just to name a few) are meant to be eaten with your hands, and the individual dessert pies for one are small enough that no one will blame you if you skip a fork for those as well. Large, sweet and savory pies are also available, but they require notice. And if you just get the small pies, you don’t have to share.
How to order: Look for Peasant Pies in Whole Foods Markets and Rainbow Grocery. Order online for pick-up or delivery online.
Tartine is one of the best bakeries in California, if not the country. Its bread is why any sane person will never swear off carbs. Its morning bun is perfection, you will not find a better one anywhere. And when it comes to pie, the bakery/restaurant also pulls out a huge win. The kind of pie you might find will depend on if you’re going to Tartine Manufactory, Tartine Bakery, or Tartine in the Inner Sunset. And maybe you’re more likely to find a tart, which isn’t technically a pie, but in this instance, close enough. Apple hand pie, banana cream tart, coconut cream tart, lemon cream tart, hazelnut tart...all perfection. (Tartine has quiche also, but we’re already pushing it with the whole tart thing, so we won’t go there. For now.)
How to order: Place an order in-person at all locations, or order delivery or pick-up from Tartine Bakery here, Tartine Manufactory here, and the Inner Sunset location here. You can also order for delivery or pick-up from the Inner Sunset location and the bakery on Caviar.
Three Babes Bakeshop
A WOC-owned bakery with organic pies made from local ingredients may seem like pie in the sky, but the owners of Three Babes Bakeshop made it a reality and are now one of San Francisco’s most beloved pie producers. The dark golden crust is buttery, flaky, and serves as the perfect base for all of the pies, including apple, bourbon pecan, blackberry crumble, bittersweet chocolate pecan, and the always popular Salty Honey-Walnut Slab Pie. Want to make your own filling? You can also get a par-baked pie shell. Order it for pick up at the Mission or Bayview locations or the Ferry Building (Saturdays only), have it delivered, or stop by the Ferry Building farmers market on Saturday morning.
How to order: Order online for pick-up and delivery. Delivery is also available via Good Eggs.
Yvonne's Southern Sweets
Yvonne Hines may be a San Francisco native, but based on the sweets and treats you’ll find at her shop, you’d think she was raised in the South. Her pecan pralines are the best you’ll find in NorCal, and the buttery 7-Up pound cake is out of this world, but we’re here to tell you about pie, and so we will. The menu switches up, but you’ll usually have a choice of pecan and sweet potato, and sometimes lemon. Don’t try to decide without all of the information. Get a slice of ‘em all and then take home an entire pie of your favorite.
How to order: Order and pick-up in person on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 3pm.