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Balboa Cafe

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Marina District
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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3451
415-921-3944
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner

It was great to be able to finally find somewhere that served dinner instead of burgers, burritos or pizza. Our dinner was delicious. I would have given a 5 but it was just so noisy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
CheckinOutTheWorld
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first time at Balboa Cafe, and it was wonderful! The menu selections were unique, but also had a familiar feeling. The food was delicious, I had the mushroom risotto and my date had the strip steak-- he said "it was the best steak he's had in a long time" (and we just moved from NYC, home of... More 

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Thank KCB1017
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to be able to finally find somewhere that served dinner instead of burgers, burritos or pizza. Our dinner was delicious. I would have given a 5 but it was just so noisy.

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Thank CheckinOutTheWorld
Brooks, Canada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Excellent food, wonderful service. Became a place we ate at numerous times. Worth the effort to find this place. Would highly recommend it to all

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Thank weendymetcalf
Ballwin, Missouri
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460 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This place has a very old feel to it, and I mean that in a positive way. I found the atmosphere charming. Service was excellent in every way, attentive and enthusiastic but not too intrusive. I had a flounder special which was quite good but not up to the level I have had in New Orleans. I forget now what... More 

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Thank John E
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This place really separated itself by keeping inexpensive-to-make items such as omelettes at $9. When they recently raised their price to $14.50 -- I'm heading to The Grove for this item. Come on guys -- for a couple of eggs??? And I would order a couple of drinks with it. You lost my business!! And we would come in a... More 

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Thank Wendy2529
San Francisco, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Classic SF Landmark that is still very delicious. A must try for food drink and atmosphere. Close enough to walk down to marina and see the bay & Golden Gate Bridge afterward.

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Thank justgo64
Tallinn, Estonia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Really weird place with its oak paneled walls and overly cool bartenders from the 50's (both look and age). Serving are small and on the gourmet side of the scale. Still interesting visit.

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Thank relkmsaiia
Bellevue, Washington
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Over the years, we have come to look forward to lunch at the Balboa Cafe as one of the highlight of our visits to SF. This year's lunch reaffirmed our memories - the food was excellent and the service was impeccable. This definitely is not a "cheap eats" restaurant, but the diner receives excellent value for the price. When in... More 

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Thank OD S
San Francisco
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Fun and lively for after-work or brunch. A better bar than restaurant. The best best is maybe a burger. Go with friends or to people watch. Many, many other better choices for food.

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Thank DLX812
Jsy
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch here after a lovely long coastal walk on a very hot day in SF. It was Memorial Day and our original choice of restaurant was busy but we managed to get a great table at the Balboa Cafe. The food was excellent - would thoroughly recommend it.

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Thank alancm

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

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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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