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Balboa Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Marina District
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
+1 415-921-3944
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A heck of a difference between day and night. Dinner at the Balboa Café was very good. My pumpkin and mushroom risotto was delicious, as was my wife’s crab cake. A side salad and Italian brown bread contributed to the delicious dinner. A few days later we went in for lunch. I left most of my meal, the Tuesday special,... More 

Thank Alfred M
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been there with my clients. And boy , the place is always crowded. But they don't disappoint in every aspect of my dining experience. The crews are friendly as well as the customers. The food is beyond belief at a reasonable. It's a great restaurant in an upscale Marina neighborhood. Two thumbs up.

Thank lianitoi
Viborg, Denmark
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161 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner and had a table in the nicer part of the restaurant. One part is more pub and the other part more restaurant. We were very Well attended. We had the Balboa burger, and it Was really good. Had some good beers and drinks. Would definitely be back if we come to SF again.

Thank Bastianmis
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

It's not our first visit to the Balboa but it's a magnet for us if we're in San Francisco. On fashionable Fillmore, the Balboa is a loud, noisy eclectic mix of fun-seeking locals who occupy every available seat and table in this busy bar. The beer is good (Pacifico is on offer - should be mandatory for all bars in... More 

Thank Ian M
San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

for over 4o years this Balboa was great, wonderful inexpensive food famous hamburgers, and people watching, Daniella Steel and Gordon Getty lunching at the long bar,Alas now under bad management ,poorly prepared food ,even the Friday fish and chips we had were tasteless and over priced, Talking to our server we discovered that there has been no Chef in the... More 

Thank 650rocket
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

The Balboa Cafe is really good. Great San Francisco atmosphere with professional waitstaff and always good food. It is a pleasure to eat here. Inside and outside. You won't be disappointed.

Thank John D
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Went for lunch here and was pleasantly surprised how much we liked it. Had the crab cakes and they were great

Thank lisabC3283QV
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

I had a very enjoyable meal at Balboa's. I ordered bbq ribs, which came with a tasty coleslaw, and French fries. The generous portions were far more than I could consume in one setting so I brought leftovers home to enjoy the next day. I chose a lovely wine, "Whispering Rose," because the name appealed to me. My dinner companion... More 

Thank Peppersmom2015
San Francisco, California, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

When we feel like having a good hamburger in SF, Balboa Cafe is where we head out to get one. They ask how you like it and it comes with thin, crispy fries, cooked onions, tomatoe and lettece on the side, served on french baguette bread. The Ceasars salad is our favorite. Crisp romaine not cut up with anchovies and... More 

Thank Vanita L
Geneva, Switzerland
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181 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

If you want a real espresso, go to the Balboa Café. It is located at Filmore St, not far from Lombard St. It's a friendly place. The staff is very friendly and cheerful. There is also a terrace outside. Very well.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
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: +1 415-921-3944

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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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