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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1927 (Sunnyside)
+1 415-381-7321
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Andover, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After an exhausting cross country flight and a rainy night drive, the folks at our hotel steered us gently to the Balboa Cafe for a late supper.Mill Valley appears to have a number of above average dining choices, but the Balboa Cafe was the perfect spot for us this night. Our service was prompt, friendly while still professional, and knowledgeable.... More 

Thank Farmme
Madera, California
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

A friend we were visiting took us to dinner here. It is in an area with other shops and other restaurants so at dinner time it was a bit busy area. The place itself was just great and the staff there was so friendly. The steak I had was to perfection and the whole meal was delicious. Everyone had a... More 

Thank John B
Monterey, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

A friend and I went here for New Years Eve and the staff were so incredibly happy and helpful. The food was great as well and the atmosphere was lively without being too loud.

Thank FourSistersInnsInc
Westport, Connecticut
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113 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Great lunch food although a bit pricey for what one gets. Kids menu for lunch is vey good. nice atmosphere and very good service.

Thank John M
The Bay Area
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358 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Come here often for brunch, always a good experience. Typical American brunch - omelettes, pancakes, French toast. Friendly service, keep plying you with coffee (which however could be better). A reliable place to go for a bite.

Thank cuckatoo
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Honestly, we've been here twice in five years and each time, we say never again. While never having had the rude, haughty French waiter experience in France, one can certainly get it here. And the food is mediocre at best, sorry to say.

Thank KathieVee
San Francisco
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201 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 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 

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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100 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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
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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