Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
a special little placeMy wife and I enjoy the ambiance and energy of the Balboa Cafe so much we have celebrated our last 3 anniversarie there .It is a special little place that never dissapoints us.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a lovely time. GreatWe had a lovely time. Great job and the burger was fantastic5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for Lunch and Dinner!This was our second visit to Balboa Cafe where we had done lunch before. We were coming from a presentation at Tyler Florence's Shop and decided to try it for dinner because the food had been so good at lunch. I ordered the "Chicken Pilliard" which was a special on Tuesday and it was delicious! The service was first class as far as the drinks and appetizers. It did take the main courses a little longer to arrive than we expected, but they were worth the wait. Balboa cafe is a great "little gem" (like their salad is called) in Mill Valley to try...Next time we'll try their Happy Hour as that menu looked awesome!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service wereThe food and service were excellent, but the place is extremely loud which makes it not ideal for an intimate meal.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWill definitely return!This is a classic style restaurant with up to date menu selections, hand crafted condiments and delicious, fresh, local ingredients in great preparations. We enjoyed it very much and will return many times I'm sure. Not too "on the edge" and great lunch/brunch prices for the quality of cooking.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA lovely place to dine ifA lovely place to dine if you don't mind the noise.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful evening was had by all!Our waiter Mark made the food taster betterDrinks colder and our moods happier!!The food & drink really didn't need any help butHe sure added some spice to our visit!!It is noisie and hard to hear across the table.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThere was a problem with theThere was a problem with the gas line, but we were told immediately that PG&E were on their way. We were offered free drinks if we wanted to wait which was very nice. The problem was fixed and again were informed promptly - so we stayed for dinner. Waiter was very good and accommodating. The music became annoying as talking was a problem. Would have been nice if music had not been "electrified". We will go back - but not on a Wednesday night!
Again compliments to the restaurant management for handling their problem very well.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA very nice neighborhood restaurantMy wife and I are a fan of the Balboa's Monday fried chicken special. We invited two friends to join us and they cleaned their plates despite the large portions (breast and thigh). I would add that their wedge salad is a great meal in itself. We tend to go early during the week when the noise level is reasonable. When the bar fills up it can get "energetic". My only complaint is they need to bring back their fried green tomatoes which were great. Oops, one other complaint: the house chardonnay was rather bland on our last visit. A very nice neighborhood restaurant.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second visit,This was our second visit, and our waiter Mark recognized us (after 5 or 6 weeks) and cheerily did all the things that you want an excellent waiter to do. He recommended a cocktail - the Spicy Paloma- that exactly suited my mood - a salty dog with a kick. My husband and I shared the baby gem wedge salad - head & shoulders above the normal variety with iceberg lettuce, at least IMHO. The guys had the pork chop which was done to a T. The gals had the caramelized salmon, and the mushrooms were especially tasty. The salmon was well cooked as well. Our friends brought a special bottle of wine, and Mark immediately offered to decant it.
On a Saturday evening it was hopping, but the service was excellent, prompt, professional and helpful.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMReliably, consistently, good!Reliably, consistently, good! Everything I had I would order again. A favorite of many friends, too!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great brunch at BalboaWe had a great brunch at Balboa Cafe on Sunday. The hostess seated us immediately at a small table by the bar. Mark was our server and was delightful. He suggested i try the Skinny Girl martini which was wonderful. My husband ordered the short rib hash with eggs and cleaned his plate. I had the corn flake French toast with berries which was yummy. Because of the quality of the food and the wonderful service, we will definitely return soon.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeThe hostess and waitress were delightful and pleasant. Service could not have been better. The burger is excellent. Tried the pasta of the day, and it, too, was delish. We'll be back.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM