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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1927
+1 415-381-7321
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good51%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“crab risotto” (3 reviews)
“burger” (12 reviews)
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American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1927
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

My husband and I thought we’d grab a cocktail and dinner on our way to our home after being away for the weekend and decided on Balboa. It was about 5:45 and perhaps because it was a lovely day, it was almost empty. The hostess...More

Thank drivemecrazy
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

The prime rib looked good on the plate but not able to cut it even with a serrated knife! Wedge salad was basically lettuce for 12 dollars. And the miso salmon sauce tasted more like teriyaki.... They were busy so service was slow but accommodating...More

Thank trekandtreat
Reviewed February 23, 2018

We always go the Balboa Café when we're in Mill Valley, but our recent meal was not quite as top notch as I expected. First, there was an exceptionally long wait for my starter, even though the restaurant was not at all crowded. Thankfully, it...More

Thank Xelaw
Reviewed December 31, 2017

We were on our holiday get away in Mill Valley and had booked Balboa Cafe for Christmas eve. We were seated promptly. The ambiance feels comfortable even though it is a large restaurant. The service was excellent and our dinners were delicious. We would definitely...More

Thank los_companeros
Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

I was done with business and was going to see my good friends from San Raphael. They suggested the Balboa Cafe in Mill Valley. I did not argue since this is their turf and they know where to eat. I arrived about 30 minutes early...More

Thank GKBrash
Reviewed August 25, 2017

The restaurant has a very nice room. There are a few tables outside if you the weather is nice. I did see a couple with their dog outside. We ordered the crab risotto and the wild location salmon. Both dishes were very good. It was...More

Thank SweetAl
Reviewed May 21, 2017

I come here frequently, sometimes sitting inside, sometimes outside. If the weather is nice, their shaded patio is a perfect spot for brunch.

Thank MarinMatt
Reviewed April 10, 2017

This Mill Valley Bistro has a fun Bar, lots of seating, great food and very handy location convenient for pre-theatre dining. Salads: Can't go wrong with Caesar Salad or a Beet & Endive Salad w/pears, bleu cheese & light vinaigrette to start. Entre's: definitely Crab...More

Thank artess1
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Great place if you want to experience what others might compare to the quintessential haughty Parisian waiter! There is such an attitude happening here, it's difficult to really enjoy a meal. It would be comical if it weren't such an expensive experience, though the hamburgers...More

Thank KathieVee
Reviewed March 27, 2017

My wife and I met here with a friend from SF and had a really spectacular meal and evening. Thanks to the staff and chef.

Thank Richard C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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: +1 415-381-7321
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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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