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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
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Ranked #604 of 5,039 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $31 - $40
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Californian, Café
Marina District
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
San Francisco, California
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280 reviews 280 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Mrs. Sothoth and I are spending weekends exploring different neighborhoods in our adopted city. Stopped in here on a whim for a cocktail before taking the bus back home. Pretty bar, great cocktails - and let me assure you here that they are not watering the martinis - and friendly bar staff in white coats and ties. We'll be stopping... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was a return visit for us ,having first discovered the Balboa café whist on holiday in San Fran 4 years ago. It was just as good. Very relaxing for lunch with choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Good choice of menu and wines. Just 'off the beaten track' and therefore a little quieter.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Whenever we visit our daughter and grandkids in San Fran we always go to Balboa's Cafe for lunch. They have the most awesome Calamari! (If we can get any after our 19 yr. old grandson gets to them!) Great food, staff and place to see lots of friends and even some famous ones!

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Huntington, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We looked for an place to have an after dinner drink close to our hotel. Our cab driver suggested Balboa Cafe and he knew something. We had a terrific time just ordering drinks and returned the following night for dinner at the bar. Oysters and crab cakes were delicious without being flashy. The wine list was extensive and reasonable. Kudos... More 

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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I come here a couple of times a year if friends decide to want to meet up at the Marina/Cow Hollow area. It's filled with people living in the neighborhood who've been coming here for years, there are some older and younger folks, a good mix I'd say. Don't come if you're not comfortable in that scene. It has a... More 

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Los Altos, California, United States
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175 reviews 175 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Balboa café has been good for the past 100 years. The drinks are awesome and beer/wine menu is quite good. Seats indoor and outdoor are great for people watching and connecting with friends. The service is great and bartender is first rate. A do not miss when in the Golden Triangle area in San Francisco!

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

After SOO many years, it is reassuring to have a restaurant that remains so good, fun, and you can trust you will have an excellent meal!!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We visited this restaurant after reading reviews on TA and it was on the doorstep of where we were staying. The bar and restaurant exceeded expectations I terms of appearance (this signage outside made it look slightly unappealing). The decor and atmosphere were nice. We were initially greeted very quickly and professionally and seated. Our drinks order was taken efficiently.... More 

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Noel, Missouri
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We were in Napa and going to visit Plumpjack Winery, ran out of time so I was checking out where we could buy some of their wine to try. We were spending a day in San Francisco before our flight home and after searching online came across Plumpjack holdings, as well as the winery they own resorts, retail liquor stores,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I went to Balboa Cafe with my colleagues and you can notice this is where the locals hang out. Very noisy bar and we had to wait 30min for a dinner table. The cafe does not take any reservations in advance unless it's for 6 people or more. I ordered the bruschetta for starters and then the scallops for main... More 

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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
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, Café

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