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Balboa Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Marina District
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Alameda, California
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not distinguished by location or appearance but good food. I had chicken which was well prepared and promptly served.

Thank teddybeeear
Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were taken to this café by San Franciscan freinds and thé food was excellent. Calamari was very lightly battered, seafood spécial in à fish soup sauce was delicious, crabcakes were good, burger was average. Great meal, great Introduction to san francisco

Thank Mark N
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was amazing the food was fresh and healthy and the staff were terrific, this place is a must. I ordered fresh avocado on bread with balsamic vinegar, really light for a snack. They had all kinds of dishes from GF to vegetarian. It is a short walk to the beach about 500mtrs and loads of other shops around.... More 

Thank Nicole W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in for a beer ($6 for an IPA) and noticed that there was a decent sized dining area with well presented tables. So, decided to return for a meal. Good range of fare. Formal waiter service with our dishes promptly served. A fair bit of activity from the staff carrying provisions down a set of stairs located in the... More 

Thank Derek K
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a drink at the bar before dining. Bartender efficiently made our order in front of us, making local gin recommendations in the process. Our meal was delicious, portions were well sized, and everything was fresh. Great, attentive service

Thank Guinness L
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I enjoyed two breakfasts on two consecutive days. Both were well cooked and excellent. The Latte coffees were outstanding and the service rapid with a smile.

Thank sanmyn
Madison, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Loved the chicken paillard. The martini's are great too. The service is top notch. A little noisy in the bar, but overall a fun atmoshere

Thank MadcityJan
California, United States
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84 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Some very prominent SF residents are regulars here, although you'd never know it. It's a very casual, down to earth place. Food and service are excellent.

Thank TravelWarrior200
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Balboa is a great restaurant! We love both locations, although the Mill Valley one has quickly become our go-to as its close to our house. If you want a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere, strong cocktails and a great wine selection, and food that more than hits the spot every time, look no further. Every single thing on the menu is... More 

Thank MaryannInTheBay
Bellevue, Washington
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

this is a fun bar in the golden triangle. This can be considered a pickup bar, but I went with my husband and enjoyed watching the men and women try to meet one another.

Thank SheLuvsShoes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Cafe, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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

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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?

Staying in Marina District

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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