Sarah Bonar

Sarah Bonar

San Francisco

About Sarah Bonar

Sarah Bonar is the pastry chef at Frances and Octavia. Her start in baking was atypical. Since her family didn’t have a lot of money for college tuition, she followed the lead of her father, a career army soldier, and joined the military. Honorably discharged as a sergeant after five years stationed in San Antonio, Texas, as a Spanish linguist, she attended culinary school on the GI Bill; after graduation, she landed her first industry job at Frances’s pastry station, working for chef-owner Melissa Perello.


  • San Francisco Magazine Best Pastry Chef 2015

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At My Venues

Sarah's bread
$$$, Modern, American, Lower Pacific Heights
"It's been a joy to watch as pastry chef Sarah Bonar has developed what has now become her signature loaf. With just the right amount of tang, chew and sour, this hearty loaf is impeccably balanced. Ask for it by name!"
Sonoma duck breast
$$$, Modern, New American, Eureka Valley
"The Sonoma duck breast with butter bean ragu, grilled broccolini and satsuma mandarin at Frances. The duck is perfectly cooked and the balance of flavors make this an elegant dish. Accompaniments change."