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Balboa Cafe

3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
415-921-3944
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Ranked #462 of 4,949 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Californian, Café
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Sheffield
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 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
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and attentive service at this neighborhood restaurant. Though we lunched here -- great salads, omelets, and hamburgers -- would recommend for any meal, including Sunday brunch. Food has delicacy, yet more than ample. Definitely not an indifferent tourist place. Has casual comfort ambiance. If a neighborhood diner could have magically undergone cordon bleu transformation, Balboa... More

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