Donut Bar

Donut Bar serves up gourmet-size donuts (3-1/2 inches) with gourmet prices ($3 each). But they do come with interesting glazes on them, like the one with Jim Beam whiskey and Vermont maple syrup, topped with bacon. Good news is the coffee is only (as the menu says) a buck a cup. Go early, as they usually sell out of donuts by 11 a.m. Or go late, as the shop reopens at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings along with a 20-tap craft beer bar.


Day Hours
Sunday 8 a.m. to noon
Monday 7 a.m. to noon
Tuesday 7 a.m. to noon
Wednesday 7 a.m. to noon
Thursday 7 a.m. to noon
Friday 7 a.m. to noon
Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Breakfast, Donuts
Delivery No
Outdoor seating No
Party room No
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu No
Occasional live music No
Payment Options Accepts credit cards

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Donut Bar makes delicious dough Downtown

I didn’t have a teaspoon to crack the top of the crème brulee donut, but that didn’t stop me from biting into the delight and hearing the crackle of the burnt caramelized sugar. Specks of vanilla bean throughout the thick custard and carefully piped into this perfectly cooked yeast dough made me believe there are other ways to eat crème brulee than the traditional way.

San Diego’s independently owned donut shop named appropriately the “Donut Bar” makes their donuts from scratch using the finest ingredients and caters to the customer’s needs or more like wants. No greasy floors and nightmarish display cases, the donuts are prepared in the open and each by hand. Saturday morning when I strolled in, co-owner Wendy Bartels was dipping chocolate cake donuts into icing made in small batches. Ever so careful, she twirled her butane torch from different angles to brown the tops of the s’mores donuts. The fire department didn’t need to put out the flames from the torch because they were sold and out the door in no time.

The other part of the team, husband Santiago Campa told me the story of living their dream. Both looking forward to this new business venture, they scoured the county for just the right location until a former restaurant popped up on their radar. Downtown at 6th avenue and B St, and no donut places for miles; they decided it was meant to be. Soon they turned the place in a donut friendly environment and hired just the right people who liked being up at night making treats with a twist. On any given day the selections might be freshly grated blood orange, bacon draped over a maple bar or a fritter made with Julian apples. Santiago said the possibilities are endless with their creative team and suggestions from loyal customers.

Soon the upper floor will be refurbished into an inviting place for customers to relax with local coffee at $1 a cup and watch the pace of downtown go by one donut at a time.

Donut Bar 631 B St, San Diego, Ca 92101
Phone 310. 625.5571

Hours: 7:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday, Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, closed Sunday. Donuts can sell out early!
Daily donut flavors are listed at https://www.facebook.com/DonutBar

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