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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

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38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (Sunnyside)
415-381-7321
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of Mill Valley, Balboa Cafe serves classic American...
Located in the heart of Mill Valley, Balboa Cafe serves classic American bistro fare that is featured on our casual lunch, brunch and dinner menus prepared by Executive Chef Rick Edge. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list and a terrific cocktail menu.
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  • 13
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great happy hour menu till six on week nights!

This is one of my favorite Mill Valley restaurants; friendly staff, great service and a good menu.I enjoy sitting at the bar with friends at Happy Hour. They have a great selection on their menu and I always leave satisfied.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Jeannier801
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Mill Valley, California
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Mill Valley, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is one of my favorite Mill Valley restaurants; friendly staff, great service and a good menu.I enjoy sitting at the bar with friends at Happy Hour. They have a great selection on their menu and I always leave satisfied.

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Mill Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Came here for brunch on Saturday, was half full but not because of the food. The crispy corn flake crusted french toast made with brioche was tasty, crunchy and generous. The huevos rancheros smaller in portion well made with a goat cheese stuffed red jalapeño topped with a big chunk of avocado and 2 poached eggs was a solid choice.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Limited burger selection. Only spicy pickles, no mayo. Waiter was very chatty then never came back. Took my credit card before ever bringing a bill.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food here is California fresh and very good, but the prices are somewhat high. We ordered the calamari off the appetizer menu, which was perfect for us. Dinners are about $25.

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18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We sat outside and enjoyed a long conversation before the waitress ever came to get our dinner order. The wait was a bit much. The dinners were fine. Nothing that jumped and grabbed your palate - just your wallet. Go for the happy hour drinks.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

There are lots of good restaurants in Mill Valley. I highly suggest that you go somewhere else!!! Last night's meal was problematic from the start. We had to ask five times to get olive oil for our bread. BTW: the bread was blah and boring and tasted liked cardboard. I never did get the ice that I requested for my... More 

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El Mirage, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

The food was great Cate had huevos rancheros and I had a Balboa burger. The wait for the food was a little long but their were 12 in our party and it was mothers day. Look for parking! it is meter and 2 hour limit But it was sunday and the meter maids wernt out. Great service and food though!

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

The food is fine (though they did complete blunder a dairy allergy but adding butter to the salmon even when it was specifically noted they should to) but also forgettable. Expensive and mediocre is the best way to describe it. Environment is loud and staff a bit intrusive. I'm not usually this challenging to please but Balboa Cafe is underwhelming.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We were so into our Racer 5's on tap we lost track of time and realized we need to get going to the airport, but needed something to eat too. So we ordered off the happy hour menu. Wish we hadn't...very disappointing. If I go back i will try the regular menu, the plates we saw looked decent.

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Felton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had a very nice lunch and great service. Fairly quiet even though it was almost full. Fair prices and adequate quantity.. Metered parking close by. Free parking along the street if you are lucky enough to find it. Well prepared and tasty entrees. Will return when in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
    (Sunnyside)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Mill Valley
  • Phone Number: 415-381-7321

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 to 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Located in the heart of Mill Valley, Balboa Cafe serves classic American bistro fare that is featured on our casual lunch, brunch and dinner menus prepared by Executive Chef Rick Edge. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list and a terrific cocktail menu.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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