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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 - 10:00 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
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mothers day lunch

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
JimWeeder
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El Mirage, Arizona
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132 reviews 132 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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3 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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Martinez, California, United States
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74 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Stopped in for lunch on the Friday after Christmas. The joint was fairly packed but our party of 3 was promptly seated near the bar. Our waiter was very friendly and visited at just the right frequency. The beer selection was modest but adequate. The usual domestic and import suspects, and a few locals. All three of us were quite... More 

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bloomington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My family and I visited Mill Vallley I early December and ate both lunch and dinner at Balboa. Good food for lunch...great soup... But best part was excellent and friendly server. He offered lots of good information outside of food advice. Dinner was nice. We needed a table for 8. Instead of saying "no way!" The hostess checked out the... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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67 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The food is great. The service is excellent. I prefer the waiter Mark, who is always so friendly and makes the meal that much more fun. He remembers my family when we come in and always goes out of his way to say at least a few words, even if we are not in his station. I also particularly enjoy... More 

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Corte Madera, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Food is fine, but nothing too special. Pretty people, so good for those inclined to people watch! Gets LOUD at happy hour time! Nice little outdoor seating area when weather permits. Accepts Open Table reservations. BRUNCH is a good bet here!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This French/Italian style bistro, serves classic American cuisine and you won't be disappointed. Balboa Cafe have notable wine list, the quality of the food was good and the calamari was amazing! Nice place for a "Pit Stop" if you are exploring the Marin County.

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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 - 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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