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Balboa Cafe

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Neighborhood:
Marina District
American, Californian, Café
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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
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 31
    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
Most recent review
The Balboa is history and fine food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Ibizan_Yankee
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Cala Tarida, Spain
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cala Tarida, Spain
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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3 restaurant reviews
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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316 reviews 316 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 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
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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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, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene
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?

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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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