Candybar

North Park

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Chef Cathleen Li whips up gourmet cheesecakes, ice-cream sundaes & honey-almond panna cotta from scratch as guests sip inventive cocktails

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Promotional value expires Aug 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid with substitutions. Not valid for beer and wine. Valid for 2 cocktails and 2 desserts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Whereas ice cream is a byproduct of milk, which is milked from cows, sprinkles are a byproduct of dreams, which are milked from fairies. Taste mystical treats with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a dessert night for two at Candybar (up to a $38 value), which includes the following:

  • Two desserts (up to a $20 value)
  • Two cocktails (up to an $18 value)

Candybar’s pastry chef, Cathleen Li, handcrafts a rotating menu of luscious cakes, ice creams, and sorbets in an eatery that specializes in desserts. Like a duffel bag filled with pudding, ice-cream sundaes tote sweet contents such as macaroons, brownies, and vanilla custard. At candlelit tables, spoons dive into the creamy depths of cheesecake with pink grapefruit leche or honey-almond panna cotta, which wins over sweet teeth with accompaniments of cherries, soft caramel powder, and chocolate ice cream.

Inventive cocktails range from the triple-chocolate bellini with chocolate sorbet to the blood-orange cocktail, a glass of sparkling wine spiced with blood-orange bitters and a solitary sugar cube infamous for burning its bridges. Soft drinks, coffee, or tea can be substituted for adult libations.

Minimalist bulbs suspended from ceiling tracks cast dancing shadows across plush red couches, black-and-white damask poufs, and walls adorned with contemporary artwork. A collection of board games infuses the dessert lounge’s chic atmosphere with a touch of whimsy and encourages good-natured rivalries between friends or ill-tempered brawls between the Parker Brothers.

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Of all the hooting and victory dancing coming from the group in the corner booth, only half of the commotion is a result of the game of Sorry! the group is immersed in. The other half occurs during breaks in the action when the competitors dig into the decadent morsels in front of them—desserts forged from ingredients such as rum mascarpone cream and homemade marshmallow. Evenings of spirited merrymaking capped with sweet treats are standard at Candybar, where seasoned pastry chef Cathleen Li handcrafts a rotating menu of cakes, ice creams, and sorbets.

To complement Li’s signature desserts, mixologists further tantalize taste buds with inventive cocktails, such as the strawberry kiss. Throughout the candlelit dining room, minimalist bulbs dangle from ceiling tracks, casting dancing shadows across plush red couches, black-and-white damask poufs, and contemporary artwork. A collection of board games infuses the dessert lounge’s chic atmosphere with a touch of whimsy and encourages good-natured rivalries between friends or high-stakes games to determine who gets the last bite of the ice-cream sundae.

Customer Reviews

It was a positive experience.
Lillian B. · October 6, 2016
Great for group of friends
Marilyn A. · September 27, 2015
The place is lots of fun, a bit clubby, in a low-key kind of way (not overly loud, but it had bouncy music). The servers were very accommodating in adapting orders to customer's needs, like serving drinks without alcohol. The flavor combinations were creative, and generally quite harmonious. Eat a light dinner, because the desserts here will definitely feel like overload, if you go in with a full stomach.
Brendan S. · September 26, 2015
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    North Park

    1335 Fulton St.

    San Francisco, California 94117

    415-673-7078

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