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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
415-381-7321
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Ranked #24 of 88 restaurants in Mill Valley
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Sunnyside
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.
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English first
Westbrook, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The restaurant was one of those places that made you feel good to be there. Quaint but yet upscale. Food was very good and service was friendly and attentive. If we lived in that area, it would be one of our "go-to" spots.

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Santa Rosa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went for Dinner on a weeknight. The food was good, but for the prices they charge should have been better. I just ordered an appetizer of corn, soup and a chopped salad with beets, bacon, onions and blue cheese. The salad was covered in an acidic dressing which burned my mouth, the beets were diced so fine that you... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had lunch with a large group after a visit to Muir Woods. Service was great and the food was very good. I even got to have a couple scoops of ice cream for dessert! All in all, it was a nice meal with very good service.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Love this place for an after work meet up with friends or even date night. Kid-friendly too (very accommodating). Nice atmosphere in downtown Mill Valley.

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Mill Valley, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Amazing Brunch here with the Bottomless mimosas, why go anywhere else? ;-) Great place to meet friends for drinks and bites or even dinner. Menu for dinner is a bit limited but the space doesn't ever fell TOO crowded like every where else in town! ~so that is the big bonus here. You can eat outside with your dog on... More

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california
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Dining here is a lovely experience overall. The service is exceptional and the food on par. The noise level could be improved and does affect the dining experience when the restaurant is particularly busy. I hesitate to recommend a specific dish because I've never had a bad one here. That said, if you haven't had a burger at Balboa Cafe,... More

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Balboa Cafe would do us all a favor in Marin County if they just found someone who could actually run a restaurant. I went for my final time last night. After sitting for over 20 minutes and having the server - seemingly - purposely avoid our table, and not having drinks, water, bread, we just went to Vasco for... More

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Rhode Island
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

What a nice spot in Mill Valley. September weather for this area made this a perfect place to sit and enjoy a lunch. A nice S.American wine (G-Evodia) went well with a perfect omelet and a Balboa Chopped Salad (wife). Just perfect for lingering for almost 2 hours!

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Bellevue
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Calamari was perfect, not greasy and two tasty sauces. The bass and fried veggies were wonderful. Fabulous to find a restaurant that knows how to make a large portion of interesting veggies and coupled this was a large and perfectly cooked fresh bass. Yum. The sundae was memorable and the wine generous in quantity (and decent) by the glass.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We frequently go to Balboa Cafe for lunch and brunch.The egg dishes especially the huevos rancheros are delicious.The wait staff are friendly and efficient. Adequate paid parking is nearby. Bar available.

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