Extraordinary Desserts

★★★★☆
  • 2929 Fifth Ave

    San Diego, CA 92103

    Cross street: Between Palm and Quince Sts, Hillcrest/Uptown

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  • 619-294-2132

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I have always loved it here, and the food. Of course I go here in the afternoon, not the evening. The food is delectable. Very delicious.\r

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★★★★★

I have always loved it here, and the food. Of course I go here in the afternoon, not the evening. The food is delectable. Very delicious.\r

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I reserve my right to use five stars for only the fanciest of fancy... But if you try their warm chocolate chip cookies, you might get upset that I didn't give 6 stars... They are good!

3
★★★★★

I reserve my right to use five stars for only the fanciest of fancy... But if you try their warm chocolate chip cookies, you might get upset that I didn't give 6 stars... They are good!

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I often skip desserts at other restaurants so that I can go to Extraordinary Desserts. The desserts at this place are too pretty to eat but once you get over that stage and start digging into them, you'll surely taste heaven. However, the lines can get quiet long especially during the weekend nights and the desserts don't come very cheap; share it with others since the portions are big.

2
★★★★★

I often skip desserts at other restaurants so that I can go to Extraordinary Desserts. The desserts at this place are too pretty to eat but once you get over that stage and start digging into them, you'll surely taste heaven. However, the lines can get quiet long especially during the weekend nights and the desserts don't come very cheap; share it with others since the portions are big.

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This place is to die for!!! Love the strawberry shortcake. It's a must for a first date!! Don't even think about starting your diet until after you've been here!!!

5
★★★★★

This place is to die for!!! Love the strawberry shortcake. It's a must for a first date!! Don't even think about starting your diet until after you've been here!!!

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You know those places where people just take pictures of the food and dont want to eat it....yeaaaa its one of those :) Unbelievable!!!

2
★★★★★

You know those places where people just take pictures of the food and dont want to eat it....yeaaaa its one of those :) Unbelievable!!!

Pros: The best desert ever

Cons: long lines

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Variety of desserts, affordable prices BUT too far from where I live (Orange County)

2
★★★★☆

Variety of desserts, affordable prices BUT too far from where I live (Orange County)

Pros: Very yummy desserts, lovely shop, nice location

Cons: low parking, some desserts available through pre-orders

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Do not go here unless you're OK with not being satisfied anywhere else again, particularly with respect to dessert chef Karen Krasne's really incredible cakes! You have been warned....

5
★★★★★

Do not go here unless you're OK with not being satisfied anywhere else again, particularly with respect to dessert chef Karen Krasne's really incredible cakes! You have been warned....

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The atmosphere and layout are most annoying Why is the tea on display where the dessert should be? Yea, yea so you can sniff the samples of tea they have out but isn't this place named Extraordinary Desserts? We should be able to see what the dessert selections are for that day while you are waiting in the single file, wannabee line, not tea I'm there for the dessert, show me the dessert. In order to see the dessert you have to leave your space in line and walk past the register and look at the display case. Then you have to try and remember what you want once you have squeezed yourself back in line. The problem is that everyone in line is doing this and it becomes very confusing who is in line and who isn?t or where they were in line. Okay desserts, bad set up. Yes they have some desserts before the register but not all of them. When you make it up to the register you are greeted with a blank stare and an ?I have better things to do? attitude. The problem is there is only one cash register. Does Starbucks have one register? Does Teavana have one register? Well if that's what you are trying to be, but with fancier desserts, than take some lessons in customer service from them. People don't want to pay $10.00 for a glorified Hostess Cupcake with a real flower on top and $4.00 for a double shot of espresso and feel like they are in a "soup kitchen" line. After experiencing what Extraordinary Desserts has to offer four different times in the past two years this is how I would set up someone?s expectations before I brought them here. ? Okay I know this place that has really big desserts, but the only thing though is they over charge and they treat you like crap.?Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Never again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The atmosphere and layout are most annoying Why is the tea on display where the dessert should be? Yea, yea so you can sniff the samples of tea they have out but isn't this place named Extraordinary Desserts? We should be able to see what the dessert selections are for that day while you are waiting in the single file, wannabee line, not tea I'm there for the dessert, show me the dessert. In order to see the dessert you have to leave your space in line and walk past the register and look at the display case. Then you have to try and remember what you want once you have squeezed yourself back in line. The problem is that everyone in line is doing this and it becomes very confusing who is in line and who isn?t or where they were in line. Okay desserts, bad set up. Yes they have some desserts before the register but not all of them. When you make it up to the register you are greeted with a blank stare and an ?I have better things to do? attitude. The problem is there is only one cash register. Does Starbucks have one register? Does Teavana have one register? Well if that's what you are trying to be, but with fancier desserts, than take some lessons in customer service from them. People don't want to pay $10.00 for a glorified Hostess Cupcake with a real flower on top and $4.00 for a double shot of espresso and feel like they are in a "soup kitchen" line. After experiencing what Extraordinary Desserts has to offer four different times in the past two years this is how I would set up someone?s expectations before I brought them here. ? Okay I know this place that has really big desserts, but the only thing though is they over charge and they treat you like crap.?Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Never again.

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I took some friends here for what I was hoping to be the end of a pleasant evening. I had been here several times so the line didnt bother me until I realized why there was one. The staff had absolutely no clue how to keep the clientele moving. We stood waiting while at least three tables remained dirty for over 20 minutes. The customers had long gone, yet no one was clearing tables. People finally started sitting down at dirty tables just to get out of the way. I did ask the guy at the cash register to find someone to clear the tables and once he returned to the present from wherever zombies go, he looked at me like I had called him a name. Finally someone did clear the tables and we sat down. Our warm and wilted desserts and lukewarm coffee arrived another 20 minutes later. It you're keeping tally, it was 40 minutes from ordering that some of our order arrived . From the attitude I got from the server (slamming the plates and cups down) I was apparently being punished. I asked to speak to a manager and was curtly told there was no manager on duty. I did email the owner to let her know how horribly we had been treated. She never responded, so one can only assume she only cares about the revenue, not customer service. Bottom line: expensive desserts and the absolute worst service in the history of bad. I'll certainly never go again and will actively warn anyone I know against going. There are many other places to go for great desserts these days, something that the owner may wish to take note of.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I took some friends here for what I was hoping to be the end of a pleasant evening. I had been here several times so the line didnt bother me until I realized why there was one. The staff had absolutely no clue how to keep the clientele moving. We stood waiting while at least three tables remained dirty for over 20 minutes. The customers had long gone, yet no one was clearing tables. People finally started sitting down at dirty tables just to get out of the way. I did ask the guy at the cash register to find someone to clear the tables and once he returned to the present from wherever zombies go, he looked at me like I had called him a name. Finally someone did clear the tables and we sat down. Our warm and wilted desserts and lukewarm coffee arrived another 20 minutes later. It you're keeping tally, it was 40 minutes from ordering that some of our order arrived . From the attitude I got from the server (slamming the plates and cups down) I was apparently being punished. I asked to speak to a manager and was curtly told there was no manager on duty. I did email the owner to let her know how horribly we had been treated. She never responded, so one can only assume she only cares about the revenue, not customer service. Bottom line: expensive desserts and the absolute worst service in the history of bad. I'll certainly never go again and will actively warn anyone I know against going. There are many other places to go for great desserts these days, something that the owner may wish to take note of.

Pros: Delicious desserts

Cons: Difficult parking, Horrendous service

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Extraordinary Desserts is a great place to go on a date especially if you are looking to share something sweet, rich and tastey. I have never had a bad expereince here. Always walk out happy!!!

2
★★★★☆

Extraordinary Desserts is a great place to go on a date especially if you are looking to share something sweet, rich and tastey. I have never had a bad expereince here. Always walk out happy!!!

Pros: delicious desserts with cool atmosphere

Cons: none

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Unfortunately, Extraordinary Desserts cannot be counted on to prepare a custom cake. My husband and I decided to get to a very special cake for my birthday. He designed a very special cake for me. We arrived to pick up the cake. They had my name mispelled (three letter wrong) on the WRONG cake! They did not offer a refund, they offered to give us a different cake in the back that was still not the kind we ordered. They removed the decoration with my name on it.......they wiped off the wrong letters and attempted to cover it up with new icing.
There was no management available to assist us, only the servers. We were not reimbursed, they said that the new cake they had to give us instead was 2 inches larger and should make up for the wrong cake that they were givng us. It is inexcusable to charge that much for a cake and completely do it wrong. If you need a cake for a special occasion, do NOT count on this place to come through for you - I've had better accuracy at Vons.

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★☆☆☆☆

Unfortunately, Extraordinary Desserts cannot be counted on to prepare a custom cake. My husband and I decided to get to a very special cake for my birthday. He designed a very special cake for me. We arrived to pick up the cake. They had my name mispelled (three letter wrong) on the WRONG cake! They did not offer a refund, they offered to give us a different cake in the back that was still not the kind we ordered. They removed the decoration with my name on it.......they wiped off the wrong letters and attempted to cover it up with new icing.
There was no management available to assist us, only the servers. We were not reimbursed, they said that the new cake they had to give us instead was 2 inches larger and should make up for the wrong cake that they were givng us. It is inexcusable to charge that much for a cake and completely do it wrong. If you need a cake for a special occasion, do NOT count on this place to come through for you - I've had better accuracy at Vons.

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My girls and i had a little college reunion in San Diego and after a perfect dinner of sushi we decided to head over to Extraordinary Desserts. MMmmmmm it was a great experience all round! good people, sweet treats and a great atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

My girls and i had a little college reunion in San Diego and after a perfect dinner of sushi we decided to head over to Extraordinary Desserts. MMmmmmm it was a great experience all round! good people, sweet treats and a great atmosphere.

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This isn't your standard dessert menu or quality- it's top notch! The kind you read and see in gourmet and special events magazines. Highly recommended. Parking is a bit of a pain, but the desserts are well worth the trip and parking pain.

2
★★★★☆

This isn't your standard dessert menu or quality- it's top notch! The kind you read and see in gourmet and special events magazines. Highly recommended. Parking is a bit of a pain, but the desserts are well worth the trip and parking pain.

Pros: Yummy dessert

Cons: Parking and seating

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I feel for the previous reviewers that had bad experiences, there are 2 locations, and the one on 5th avenue is indeed always packed. We hate to wait, so we know better than to go there on a friday or saturday night! That can make for a frustrating night, definitely! We go to the one on Union instead, and we haven't had any major problems. As my user ID suggests, I love chocolate and desserts!!! This place is THE place for a decadent chocolate fix. Karen Krasne (the chef) makes a chocolate shortbread cookie with chocolate bits that *literally* melts in your mouth (in my case, I melt too!!). The passion fruit torte is absolutely delicious, and the desserts (every time we've been there, which are countless times since she opened her first location) have been consistently good. Her bread puddings, her amazing cakes (we've provided birthday cakes for friends and family and have always had enthusiastic responses!), and home made ice creams really are extraordinary! I've never had a creme brulee with a soft/bad crust, but then again I haven't been to the tiny 5th avenue location on a busy night--I'm telling you, go to the one on Union Street! If you come to San Diego and love desserts, you should not pass this place up!!!!

2
★★★★★

I feel for the previous reviewers that had bad experiences, there are 2 locations, and the one on 5th avenue is indeed always packed. We hate to wait, so we know better than to go there on a friday or saturday night! That can make for a frustrating night, definitely! We go to the one on Union instead, and we haven't had any major problems. As my user ID suggests, I love chocolate and desserts!!! This place is THE place for a decadent chocolate fix. Karen Krasne (the chef) makes a chocolate shortbread cookie with chocolate bits that *literally* melts in your mouth (in my case, I melt too!!). The passion fruit torte is absolutely delicious, and the desserts (every time we've been there, which are countless times since she opened her first location) have been consistently good. Her bread puddings, her amazing cakes (we've provided birthday cakes for friends and family and have always had enthusiastic responses!), and home made ice creams really are extraordinary! I've never had a creme brulee with a soft/bad crust, but then again I haven't been to the tiny 5th avenue location on a busy night--I'm telling you, go to the one on Union Street! If you come to San Diego and love desserts, you should not pass this place up!!!!

Pros: Desserts made at the premises, consistently very good

Cons: 5th avenue location is always packed on weekends, not good for large groups

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You will the most amazing and delicious deserts here. From cookies, to decadent cakes, other pastries, to drinks including tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I recommand a piece of the Viking Chocolate Cake. A side note, this place is a little pricey.

4
★★★★☆

You will the most amazing and delicious deserts here. From cookies, to decadent cakes, other pastries, to drinks including tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I recommand a piece of the Viking Chocolate Cake. A side note, this place is a little pricey.

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The tea and coffee are pretty decent for an all desert place. Their specialty is of course some very well prepared and beautifully presented desserts. It's a bit pricey but it's well worth it. The scenery is very nice also, the place has raised ceilings to it's very open. As soon as you walk in the desserts are in display cases just ready for you to choose from.

I love the way in which you get to choose dessert. If you are not choosing from the menu you go up to the display cases and pick your poison ranging from amazing fruit tarts to delicious cheesecake. You can't go wrong with this place, especially for a date.

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★★★★☆

The tea and coffee are pretty decent for an all desert place. Their specialty is of course some very well prepared and beautifully presented desserts. It's a bit pricey but it's well worth it. The scenery is very nice also, the place has raised ceilings to it's very open. As soon as you walk in the desserts are in display cases just ready for you to choose from.

I love the way in which you get to choose dessert. If you are not choosing from the menu you go up to the display cases and pick your poison ranging from amazing fruit tarts to delicious cheesecake. You can't go wrong with this place, especially for a date.

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I understand that we went on a busy weekend, everyone was off, the following day, but I found out that I was overcharged on my credit card. I signed for an amount under $35, but on my bank statement, the restaurant charged me the entire bill, over $100. I had a party of 6, we were charged 18% gratuity, which we didn't mind so we could split the bill. The 2 other couples placed cash for their part of the bill and I was the one who placed the remaining amount on my card. I signed for only $30+ and 3 days later, they took out $100 plus!!! I explained that there was cash and a credit card and someone told us that they will look over the receipts, either way, this was a huge mistake, which I believe the waiter may have pocketed the cash. We will see if I get my money returned. This establishment has been a great disappointment with service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I understand that we went on a busy weekend, everyone was off, the following day, but I found out that I was overcharged on my credit card. I signed for an amount under $35, but on my bank statement, the restaurant charged me the entire bill, over $100. I had a party of 6, we were charged 18% gratuity, which we didn't mind so we could split the bill. The 2 other couples placed cash for their part of the bill and I was the one who placed the remaining amount on my card. I signed for only $30+ and 3 days later, they took out $100 plus!!! I explained that there was cash and a credit card and someone told us that they will look over the receipts, either way, this was a huge mistake, which I believe the waiter may have pocketed the cash. We will see if I get my money returned. This establishment has been a great disappointment with service.

Pros: Afternoon service is more accomodating than evenings.

Cons: Parking is difficult and when you find one, it's usually near a parking lot full of smelly transients.

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The wide variety of offerings here is amazing. Each dessert is made with the finest ingredients available with a beautiful presentation. It has won my heart and stomach over as I usually wouldn't even consider eating any kind of cake. All the cakes are moist with the perfect blend of layers, to stimulate your palette. For the toughest critic, you can also try wonderfully creamy mousse, tiramisu, custards, and fresh fruit. It's pleasing on the eyes and on the tongue and well worth spending between $5 - 8 per slice.

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★★★★★

The wide variety of offerings here is amazing. Each dessert is made with the finest ingredients available with a beautiful presentation. It has won my heart and stomach over as I usually wouldn't even consider eating any kind of cake. All the cakes are moist with the perfect blend of layers, to stimulate your palette. For the toughest critic, you can also try wonderfully creamy mousse, tiramisu, custards, and fresh fruit. It's pleasing on the eyes and on the tongue and well worth spending between $5 - 8 per slice.

Pros: great for any occasion

Cons: parking on the street can sometimes be a challenge

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I've been a customer at this establishment for years. Of course, we are used to standing in line and waiting for a seat, but we don't mind that. However, last week, I took 7 of my girlfriends, and it was a horrible experience. Besides the employees having bad attitudes, we seated ourseleves, organized a table on our own, and were forced to pay an extra 18% "gratuity" on top of the premiums we paid for the products. I don't think an extra 18% is warranted when we have no server take our order, bring our desserts, and take care of our needs. All they did was give us a bad attitude and bring our desserts after 30 minutes. I emailed the owner, but due to her non-responsiveness, it seems like she doesn't care. After this experience I went on the web, and it looks like a ton of people share the same complaint. In addition to the joke service and unjust gratuity we were forced to pay, the $10 creme brulee didn't even have a crunchy crust and tasted soggy and repulsive. Needless to say, I won't be returning to this establishment. Neither will any of my family or friends. Pathetic.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been a customer at this establishment for years. Of course, we are used to standing in line and waiting for a seat, but we don't mind that. However, last week, I took 7 of my girlfriends, and it was a horrible experience. Besides the employees having bad attitudes, we seated ourseleves, organized a table on our own, and were forced to pay an extra 18% "gratuity" on top of the premiums we paid for the products. I don't think an extra 18% is warranted when we have no server take our order, bring our desserts, and take care of our needs. All they did was give us a bad attitude and bring our desserts after 30 minutes. I emailed the owner, but due to her non-responsiveness, it seems like she doesn't care. After this experience I went on the web, and it looks like a ton of people share the same complaint. In addition to the joke service and unjust gratuity we were forced to pay, the $10 creme brulee didn't even have a crunchy crust and tasted soggy and repulsive. Needless to say, I won't be returning to this establishment. Neither will any of my family or friends. Pathetic.

Pros: Stylish cute place

Cons: Pathetic service, overpriced menu, and long line. Beware of the forced gratuity!!!

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I went here with a group of people on a Saturday night, what a disaster! The service was awful and their desserts were less than mediocre. I was a server in my college days, I understand the hardships of his type of job but our server was unbelievable, he could not get one order straight. It took over an hour for the desserts to come out. When they finally did, two of them were missing. Apparently another server took the desserts on accident which now meant they were sold out. They did make it up to us with a complimentary dessert.

Once the bill came, there was a service charge added on in addition to the gratuity. After about 15 minutes of looking for a server, we finally flagged one down (not ours) to ask about the unknown charge. Her immediate response was "ummmm, like, I don't really know what that is." When it later dawned on her, she told us that there is $10 minimum per person which was not communicated nor was it on the menu (not all of us ordered dessert). We paid and left with no intention of coming back, my suggestion, don?t even bother going.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here with a group of people on a Saturday night, what a disaster! The service was awful and their desserts were less than mediocre. I was a server in my college days, I understand the hardships of his type of job but our server was unbelievable, he could not get one order straight. It took over an hour for the desserts to come out. When they finally did, two of them were missing. Apparently another server took the desserts on accident which now meant they were sold out. They did make it up to us with a complimentary dessert.

Once the bill came, there was a service charge added on in addition to the gratuity. After about 15 minutes of looking for a server, we finally flagged one down (not ours) to ask about the unknown charge. Her immediate response was "ummmm, like, I don't really know what that is." When it later dawned on her, she told us that there is $10 minimum per person which was not communicated nor was it on the menu (not all of us ordered dessert). We paid and left with no intention of coming back, my suggestion, don?t even bother going.

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There are two extraordinary diesserts locations in san diego, and i prefer this one. The atmosphere is very intimate and the desserts are exactly what the restraunt's name implies. One bite of their cakes is mouth watering. I would defintely suggest this place to my friends and family- especially for more formal occasions.

PROS: desserts!
CONS:

5
★★★★★

There are two extraordinary diesserts locations in san diego, and i prefer this one. The atmosphere is very intimate and the desserts are exactly what the restraunt's name implies. One bite of their cakes is mouth watering. I would defintely suggest this place to my friends and family- especially for more formal occasions.

PROS: desserts!
CONS:

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This is a great place to hang out after a night hanging out in Hillcrest or partying up in the gaslamp (although, they're not open that late). The desserts here are fantastic. The menu changes daily, but it doesn't matter because everything is good. On the downside, you do pay for that goodness, but rest assured, it's worth every penny! I had a brownie of some sort and my friend had a cake. We shared and they were both good.

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★★★★★

This is a great place to hang out after a night hanging out in Hillcrest or partying up in the gaslamp (although, they're not open that late). The desserts here are fantastic. The menu changes daily, but it doesn't matter because everything is good. On the downside, you do pay for that goodness, but rest assured, it's worth every penny! I had a brownie of some sort and my friend had a cake. We shared and they were both good.

Pros: Very good desserts

Cons: Limited parking, Long wait at times

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French-trained pastry chef Karen Krasne continues to wow San Diego with her impressive oeuvre of sophisticated desserts. Of particular note are the toasted macadamia-caramel cheesecake and The Moroccan (chocolate mousse,…

 

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