Balboa Cafe - SF

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
Established in 1913 (making it one of the oldest saloons in San Francisco), the PlumpJack Balboa Cafe continues its tradition as the "in" place to eat, drink and make merry.

The elegant bar and interior decor remain relatively untouched, retaining the magic of times gone by, while the menu offers both treasured favorites and savory new dishes. On any given day -- for lunch, brunch, cocktails, or dinner couples, singles, old-timers and newcomers can be found reveling in the joyful din of this San Francisco icon.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I reserved two months in advance, when we arrived, we had a table by the door. I had requested the window or quiet table in the back. The hostess was not happy because she had reserved her own clientele special tables, and was resistant, short tempered, frowned, it was an embarrassing to my guests and me, she unpoologetically said at the end “I’m sorry for being such a bear with you”
She was a blonde hostess, she has been there a long time, used to be a waitress, she knew me.
I will not go back

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for a friend, and it was great! Food was so tasty, server was super friendly. Really, really good...

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vipAndrewD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Pretty loud for a lunch middle of the week and the waitstaff made several food mistakes.

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RowH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Prime rib was not good, not much flavor. It is a nice, classic San Francisco , cow hollow institution.

GM
GeriM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly waitstaff, superb ambiance. Book a table soon!

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Cricket
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great bar; good cocktails and wine selection. Very accommodating to our pace and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all six our our party.

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vipple2you
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a warm welcome and friendly service.

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vipple2you
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family is always happy to celebrate at Balboa.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for brunch. Low key, solid food (nothing fancy or inventive, just good standard brunch fare), and nice ambiance. Drinks were slightly overpriced for what you get, but to be expected in this location.

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vipblaineb
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Balboa burger for first time in years. No wonder it's called the best burger in SF.

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Joe3
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding service. Special requests accommodated. Food consistently good. Hamburgers and fries always a delight at the Balboa. Server did an excellent job caring for seven diners with a variety of requests.

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jminmal
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always has been my favorite place in San francisco To have a drink and a nice meal

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vipgaryO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. Matt is an awesome server.

SF
SeniorFoodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Well known, good food & service. But don't try to have a meaningful conversation - noise level is ridiculous. Please close drapes to restrooms. Who wants to watch that activity?

JL
vipJLTC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot in SF for a quick drink/snack at a bar or a leisurely group brunch! Best of SF

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Balboa Cafe - SF does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Balboa Cafe - SF also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 921-3944.

Balboa Cafe - SF is rated 4.7 stars by 15 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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