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Balboa Cafe

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Marina District
American, Californian, Cafe
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
415-921-3944
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
stalwart

Fillmore Street runs from the marina area of San Francisco south over the hills and down into rougher parts, passing through neighborhoods posh and shabby, and offering good restaurants of many styles along the way. The Balboa is typical of the older stalwarts - a range of cuisine from burgers to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
gogara
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Lander, Wyoming
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Lander, Wyoming
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Fillmore Street runs from the marina area of San Francisco south over the hills and down into rougher parts, passing through neighborhoods posh and shabby, and offering good restaurants of many styles along the way. The Balboa is typical of the older stalwarts - a range of cuisine from burgers to semi-fine dining. The exterior doesn't suggest the quality within,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Friends who live in San Francisco suggested this restaurant on Memorial Day Monday. We had really delicious hamburgers and addictive french fries. Our friends brought their own wine. Unfortunately, it was quite noisy when we were there which was particularly hard on one of us who has tinitus--clanking silverware and dishwasher emptying can be challenging, as was the noise of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We dropped by for lunch during the Kentucky Derby and the place was hoping with beautiful people. Great bar and food is good. Just such great ambiance. Not a tourist hangout--loved by locals for a reason. Great spot for lunch or drinks after work.

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Every time we go to SF we have a burger at Balboa Cafe. Juicy fresh and cooked to perfection. House wine delicious. Service great. High recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Noisy and crowded, this is an excellent neighborhood bistro. We have eaten here the last two times we visited San Francisco. They make amazing cocktails and the food was delicious. You cannot go wrong with the oysters on the half shell or the salmon and tuna tar-tar to start. Our only issue was that we had just begun our starters... More 

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Cala Tarida, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Balboa Café is a must visit. Located in the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco. The food is suburb and the wine list is fabulous. It is casual, but you feel the elegance of the environment. The waiters are top notch and neatly dressed - adding to the ambiance. I loved their shoestring French fries, neatly served in a glass.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

With daylight savings time kicking in we beat the folks who failed to change their clocks to Ba;boa Cafe and had a terrific brunch of hues rancheros and the eponymous Balburrito. Both great choice, delightfully fresh OJ and most importantly good coffee. No rush to leave when we were finished which is also nice for a popular spot.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The food's fine. It is the atmosphere, the history, the people watching that makes the Balboa Cafe memorable. The place is bustling with the old gentry of SF as well as birthday parties, friends, couples....it is so much fun. We had champagne poured by a friendly fabulous waiter whose name I can't remember. It felt like everyone knew each other.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A friend of mine who used to live in SF invited me here for a drink when we were both in town. Beautiful historic bar that even my hotel doorman said he loved. Great wines and food. Very lively but classy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We always come to Balboa Cafe when staying in the Cow Hollow District. It is consistently good. You know you can count on good service and food. Our server, Ella was absolutely wonderful. We cannot wait until we return to SF to come back.

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Additional Information about Balboa Cafe

Address: 3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
Phone Number: 415-921-3944
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Californian, Cafe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighborhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: 415-921-3944

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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