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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

American, Bar, Pub
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38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1927 (Sunnyside)
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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San Francisco
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165 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Balboa for years to get a quick burger after a movie. It was fine for that, but not much else... Until now. I think I read about a new chef, and I have to say it really shows. Even the green dinner salad is suddenly terrific. I had the crab risotto -- very good, but... More 

Thank rhopelain
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We have our favorite waiter "Mark" here. He has taken great care of us for many years and is a delight to have serve us. The food is consistent and the menu is not large but just enough to keep everyone's pallet happy. Drinks are good and ambience can be a little noisy especially if there is a game on... More 

Thank marbleguy
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93 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

I thought the food here was very nice, and the wine was priced right. Nothing exceptional, but a go to spot. The service was quite good.

Thank Howardniner R
Mill valley
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

My twin and I celebrated Valentine's Day at the Balboa and 1st thing I noticed as I walked in was a friendly waiter who was busy serving tables on a busy night. He was so friendly and greeted us right away, was happy to listen to us change our mind several tims and was overall very sincere which is refreshing.... More 

Thank Benderlorna
Mill Valley, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Balboa Cafe has always had good food. Now, with the new chef, the food is great. The old standbys, like the burger, have been upgraded! However, the "best" of Balboa is the staff!!!! 5 star all the way. Megan makes us feel welcome - and makes great suggestions for dinner. Andrew makes sure the wine and ice tea keep flowing... More 

1 Thank constancemhend
Sausalito, California
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Balboa Cafe is a local gem with a great bar and wine list. Traditional white table cloths throughout the booths and tables for a finer dining experience. Very knowledgable and friendly waitstaff. They know the food and are proud to serve it. Whatever you do, save room for dessert the chocolate pudding is out of this world.

1 Thank Marina O
Mill Valley, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Balboa Cafe is conveniently located in Downtown Mill Valley. The wine list is a great bargain with good wine that is not marked up. If you like a cheeseburger, this is go to item. Soups change daily. Good service. Sitting at the bar also a good option if you want to watch a sporting event on TV with the sound... More 

1 Thank Dhowlaw
mill valley, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Lunch and Dinner have wide selection of food. Group of 4 at Lunch each had something different, and each plate, salad, sandwich, soup, pasta was delicious. Lunch prices are very very reasonable. It's an old world kind of design and very attractive upscale looking and feeling. Service very professional, yet friendly.

Thank Valerie T
Scottsdale, Arizona
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A short walk from our hotel in Mill Valley (The Mill Valley Inn) great for breakfast or lunch. The service was good and friendly atmosphere.

Thank LarrySKush
Oxnard, California
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151 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We had lunch at Balboa as we were in Mill Valley with family and friends for a wedding and the food was yummy. Lots of great sandwiches, salads, egg dishes were on the lunch menu and the restaurant is quite pretty as well. Although we didn't eat dinner there, the menu looks terrific as well.

Thank Jeff N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Television, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1927
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Mill Valley
  • Phone Number: 415-381-7321
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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