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Balboa Cafe

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Marina District
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
415-921-3944
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9:00 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: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 35
    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
Best Cioppino ever!!

Terrific, casual atmosphere outside of the bustling city. There were 4 of us out for a casual dinner. One of the guys in the group had been there before. Fun cocktails, busy on a beautiful Thursday night. Caters to all groups. There were young couples with children, young folks without children... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Cathy S
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Palatine, Illinois
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were walking around and stumbled upon this place. I am glad we did. The food was reasonably priced and very tasty. I had the eggs benedict and they were very good. The service was excellent.

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Bristol, Tennessee
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Some friends recommended Balboa's to us and I think it was our favorite meal in San Francisco. We took our two teenage daughters and they enjoyed it too. The pasta special dish that I got was the best I have ever had. Period. My husband also got a fresh pasta dish. Amazing. Very small and very loud restaurant but the... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Terrific, casual atmosphere outside of the bustling city. There were 4 of us out for a casual dinner. One of the guys in the group had been there before. Fun cocktails, busy on a beautiful Thursday night. Caters to all groups. There were young couples with children, young folks without children and grown-ups (like us.) Great wine list, delicious Italian... More 

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Lander, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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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
  • Cuisine: American, 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?

Staying in Marina District

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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