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Balboa Cafe

$$$
Neighborhood:
Marina District
American, Californian, Coffee Shop
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
415-921-3944
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Today
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: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
It hasn't changed in 25 years it is still great.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
TheKoonah
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Portland, Oregon
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122 reviews 122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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phoenix
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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342 reviews 342 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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, Californian, Coffee Shop

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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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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