Balboa Cafe - SF

4.6
12 reviews
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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.
What 12 People Are Saying
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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p
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a warm welcome and friendly service.

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p
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family is always happy to celebrate at Balboa.

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OT
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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b
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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j
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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O
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Matt is an awesome server.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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?

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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