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Balboa Cafe

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Fri, 9/20
8:00 PM
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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

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PRICE RANGE
$31 - $40
CUISINES
American, Cafe, Bar

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Menu

HOUSE COCKTAILS‏
9.00
Skinny Margarita
Don julio blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, blue agave syrup, & topped w/ soda.
9.00
Sazerac
Bulleit rye, herbsaint, & peychaud's bitters, served up.
9.00
Moscow Mule
Russian standard vodka, spicy ginger beer & fresh lime juice.
9.00
Velvet Gallante
Stolichnaya gala apple vodka, velvet falernum & fresh lemon juice, served up.
9.00
Herb Caen's Vitamin V
His signature martini made w/ stolichnaya vodka served in a wine glass over ice w/ a splash of soda & an orange slice.
9.00
Aviation
Plymouth gin,‏ luxardo maraschino liqueur, crème de violette & fresh lemon juice, served up.
9.00
Hemingway
Bacardi silver rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh lime & grapefruit juice, served up.
9.00
Vesper 1953
Ketel one‏ vodka, tanqueray gin, & lillet, served up.
9.00
Pimm's Cup
Pimm's no. 1 liqueur, fever tree bitter lemon, & cucumber.
9.00
Blood & Sand
Dewar's scotch, cherry heering, sweet vermouth & fresh orange juice, served up.
BEER SELECTIONS
DRAUGHT BEER‏
Anchor Steam
Fat Tire Amber Ale
Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier
Guinness Stout
Lagunitas IPA
Longboard Island Lager
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Sierra Nevada
Staropromen
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $40
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Cafe, Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

Everytime I'm in SFO I land at Balboa. Whether its for drinks or most likely Sunday brunch, I will always make the effort to drop by. I love a place that has history, great feel, nice ambiance, amazing food and top notch drinks. Service is...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank KriticL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly if you are going to f me. Please just give me a heads up. 13.86 for a well drink and I have to tip on top of that.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank OnAir813933
Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

Went here for a simple coffee sitting at the bar counter, so just giving my opinion on that.. 5 minutes stay, coffee wasn’t even good, charged me 5 dollars per single coffee. To my experience this already tells a lot about the place...

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank akadr
Reviewed June 13, 2019

Went around 1 and they were serving brunch and lunch. Menu is not extensive but very high quality for the offerings. Great drinks! I was impressed with my food but I didn't realize that the tater tots were made with horseradish, ugh. Our server noticed...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank therealycp
Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

Visited on a crowded Wedn evening and we sat down after a short wait. Excellent menu filled with classics. The dinner special that evening was a delicious chicken paillard which was very flavorful with a perfectly light breading. I recommend the artichoke app and the...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Viknd
Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

Not worth the wait. I think its overrated. Had their highly recommended burger sandwich which I found dry cooked medium well. My friends ordered Reuben and Chicken sandwich it was very ordinary nothing special for the price paid. Was a better restaurant in previous visit...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank cheers224
Reviewed February 20, 2019

I waited a while before I had myself a meal at the Balboa Cafe in San Francisco's Marina District. The owner was once former SF mayor Gavin Newsom. It is still under the umbrella Plumpjack. This is a preppy/businessman bar/restaurant in the Marina. You can...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Denise C
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

Had to ask for a menu, waited a long time for 1st course then main came before we finished. Chicken under done, fish raw in centre. Maybe ok when not busy?

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dean H G
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A SF institution and never disappoints. The classic burger on a baguette remains constant, though the menu is seasonal

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 777norac
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Dined at the Balboa cafe on Saturday night. I lived in SF in the early 80’s and this was the place to be. It still is! The vibe and menu hasn’t much and that’s a good thing. Food and service was outstanding!!

Date of visit: September 2018
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