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Balboa Cafe - 37 Reviews - 3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 921-3944

Balboa Cafe

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3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (at at Lombard St)
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Best

I was at Balboa Cafe last night and i met the best looking bouncers in San Francisco. My friends and I were in heaven. Sebastian works the front door who screams male model. Pa...

Worst

In my opinion - The once great Balboa continues its slow descent downward. Gone are the days when the place seemed to have its own little unique charm. It is now a cookie cutter...

Best looking bouncers in sf! 7/17/2010

I was at Balboa Cafe last night and i met the best looking bouncers in San Francisco. My friends and I were in heaven. Sebastian works the front door who screams male model. Paul works the back and is the epitome of manliness. Its worth going to Balboa just to see the bouncers. more

Best looking bouncers in sf! 7/16/2010

I was at Balboa Cafe last night and i met the best looking bouncers in San Francisco. My friends and I were in heaven. Sebastian works the front door who screams male model. Paul works the back and is the epitome of manliness. Its worth going to Balboa just to see the bouncers. more

Go here! 8/22/2008

I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how SS4K is a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged teens stay healthy. They are running their ?Dine Out and Donate? campaign here (as well as approx. 70 other restaurants in SF) during October and early November. After having a fabulous dining experience, just fill out the donation form when paying the check (minimum donation $3). This is perfect for people like me, who love to eat out all the time and also like to give back to the community. Check it out for yourself on the StreetSmart4Kids website! more

Go here! 8/21/2008

I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how SS4K is a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged teens stay healthy. They are running their ?Dine Out and Donate? campaign here (as well as approx. 70 other restaurants in SF) during October and early November. After having a fabulous dining experience, just fill out the donation form when paying the check (minimum donation $3). This is perfect for people like me, who love to eat out all the time and also like to give back to the community. Check it out for yourself on the StreetSmart4Kids website! more

User review from LilaGuide.com 8/5/2007

The food and atmosphere are great, although it caters more to hipsters vs. families. When I need a dose 'something more hip than Gymboree' I'll take my daughter there for an early lunch or dinner. more

although the cougar den reputation follows this place and... 7/24/2007

although the cougar den reputation follows this place and you can never get out feeling like you've seen... more

although the cougar den reputation follows this place and... 7/24/2007

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although the cougar den reputation follows this place and you can never get out feeling like you've seen everyone you know, the food is great and i... more

Great neighborhood joint 2/24/2007

I've been to ""The Bal"" a number of times since moving to the neighborhood a few months ago and have never been disappointed by the food or the table service (host service is usually less stellar). Yes - it's a Marina scene. Yes - it's noisy and crowded at the bar. And yes - you'll probably wait awhile before finally being seated. Just make sure you camp out at the bar and order your martinis from the bartender with the dark hair. He mixes a mean one. Once you finally do sit down, ask about the pasta of the day. Every time we have ordered it, it has been fantastic. The fish and pork we've ordered have also been great. And, although ""sides"" aren't listed on the menu, we always order a side of brussel sprouts, which are very yummy (although last time, a bit overcooked). We went for brunch for the first time last week and will defintiely return - the huevos rancheros were so good and the bloody mary was nice and horseradishy. Despite the Marina scene and cougars or no cougars....We're keeping The Balboa Cafe is in our regular rotation! Pros: The food Cons: The hosts, the wait, the noise more

Great neighborhood joint 2/23/2007

I've been to "The Bal" a number of times since moving to the neighborhood a few months ago and have never been disappointed by the food or the table service (host service is usually less stellar). Yes - it's a Marina scene. Yes - it's noisy and crowded at the bar. And yes - you'll probably wait awhile before finally being seated. Just make sure you camp out at the bar and order your martinis from the bartender with the dark hair. He mixes a mean one. Once you finally do sit down, ask about the pasta of the day. Every time we have ordered it, it has been fantastic. The fish and pork we've ordered have also been great. And, although "sides" aren't listed on the menu, we always order a side of brussel sprouts, which are very yummy (although last time, a bit overcooked). We went for brunch for the first time last week and will defintiely return - the huevos rancheros were so good and the bloody mary was nice and horseradishy. Despite the Marina scene and cougars or no cougars....We're keeping The Balboa Cafe is in our regular rotation! Pros: The food Cons: The hosts, the wait, the noise more

Best brunch and Lemon Drop around! 2/13/2007

Yes, it's very Marina. Yes, there are cougars. Yes, the mayor might be there, three sheets to the wind (but hey, that's a plus, in my book!) But can we talk about the drinks?? They are stiff, and delicious. Balboa also makes an excellent brunch. The Eggs Benedict and they are some of the best I've ever had. The Bloody Marys are spicy and the bartenders make a fantastic lemon drop. If you go in the daytime, or can ignore the ridiculous pickup scene on weekend and weeknights, you'll get great food and drink and probably also have a fun conversation with their very nice bartenders. Two thumbs up. Pros: Great food and drink Cons: Crazy and cheesy pickup scene more

Best brunch and Lemon Drop around! 2/12/2007

Yes, it's very Marina. Yes, there are cougars. Yes, the mayor might be there, three sheets to the wind (but hey, that's a plus, in my book!) But can we talk about the drinks?? They are stiff, and delicious. Balboa also makes an excellent brunch. The Eggs Benedict and they are some of the best I've ever had. The Bloody Marys are spicy and the bartenders make a fantastic lemon drop. If you go in the daytime, or can ignore the ridiculous pickup scene on weekend and weeknights, you'll get great food and drink and probably also have a fun conversation with their very nice bartenders. Two thumbs up. Pros: Great food and drink Cons: Crazy and cheesy pickup scene more

Great Burger 8/4/2006

I think the burger here is very good. I love the bun and the grilled onions have really good flavor. They also have a nice brunch menu. Tried a few things and they were all good. My problem is with the service. It is SLOW and they act as if you are bothering them when you ask for anything. However, if you are in the mood for a great burger, this is the place. Pros: BURGER, wine list Cons: STAFF, snotty customers more

Great Burger 8/4/2006

I think the burger here is very good. I love the bun and the grilled onions have really good flavor. They also have a nice brunch menu. Tried a few things and they were all good. Pros: BURGER, wine list Cons: STAFF, snotty customers more

Best Burger 7/31/2006

Balboa has my favorite burger in San Francisco! I've tried a few other things that friends have ordered but none were remarkable. Definately go and get the burger! Pros: ambience, hamburger Cons: parking, crowded more

Best Burger 7/31/2006

Balboa has my favorite burger in San Francisco! I've tried a few other things that friends have ordered but none were remarkable. Definately go and get the burger! Pros: ambience, hamburger Cons: parking, crowded more

Refuge of the desperate 7/23/2006

Sadly I have a few friends who for a while kept frequenting this place, which means it's been a 1-drink stopover for me more than a few times. It's terrible, absolutely no reason to come here unless you're in your 40s, out of shape, and looking for an equally unattractive and desperate mate. The service is slow and rude, the cocktails are poor, and the space is absolutely uninspiring. I can only think of one positive thing to say about it, it's close to several good bars with fun, attractive, non-pathetic people. People who avoid the Balboa Cafe at any cost. Pros: Close to better bars Cons: It attracts lame people away from those better bars more

Refuge of the desperate 7/23/2006

Sadly I have a few friends who for a while kept frequenting this place, which means it's been a 1-drink stopover for me more than a few times. It's terrible, absolutely no reason to come here unless you're in your 40s, out of shape, and looking for an equally unattractive and desperate mate. The service is slow and rude, the cocktails are poor, and the space is absolutely uninspiring. Pros: Close to better bars Cons: It attracts lame people away from those better bars more

Regrettable 2/11/2006

We took friends from abroad for dinner. We were seated in the dining roomin front of a large TV set. We asked if it could be switched off. The waitress asked for us, the manager said no. Towards the end of the meal we asked the manager to turn off the TV or at least to switch tables, of which there were many available. Again the answer was no. At this point we weren't so amused, so we told the manager. He escalated the situation into an argument, actually telling us we were cut off from coffee and dessert. We paid the check and found the door. He proceeded to follow us out of the restaurant to continue the argument. A depressing experience. Pros: good for a drink Cons: Teutonic management more

Regrettable 2/11/2006

We took friends from abroad for dinner. We were seated in the dining roomin front of a large TV set. We asked if it could be switched off. The waitress asked for us, the manager said no. Towards the end of the meal we asked the manager to turn off the TV or at least to switch tables, of which there were many available. Again the answer was no. At this point we weren't so amused, so we told the manager. He escalated the situation into an argument, actually telling us we were cut off from coffee and dessert. We paid the check and found the door. He proceeded to follow us out of the restaurant to continue the argument. A depressing experience. Pros: good for a drink Cons: Teutonic management more

Service with a Smile, Great Food 11/28/2005

I had a wonderful dining experience at the Balboa. I felt the service was great, especially the way they handled all my special requests. I highly recomend this place to anyone that is new to the city. Try the bloody mary's. Pros: service, food Cons: can be noisy more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Attractive and well-to-do 30-somethings, served by an equally beautiful staff, crowd the front half of this Cow Hollow institution. The dining area evokes an old-fashioned...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    M-F 11:30-2, Sa-Su 9-2
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    North, Cow Hollow
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