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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

4.4
958 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list and a terrific cocktail menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 381-7321
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Kara Mibach: (415) 381-7321
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Catering
We offer catering services for off-site events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our experienced catering staff will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests whether in the comfort of your own home, the convenience of your office or staged in a specific venue. Services include: full service off-site catering, experienced catering staff, full service bar, event planning, rental coordination.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunnyside
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Parking details
Street parking available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 958 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent in every way. We love going back to Balboa

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We celebrated a special night here and were well taken care of!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Known for the omelets and burgers at lunch, dinner was truly special. Out of this world lobster risotto and 1/2 off wine bottles on Wednesday with purchase of an entree. Great personal service and large tasty salads.Drinks are always very good. Nice to have the S.F. based Balboa in Mill Valley!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Loud kids nearby, parents weren't doing a good job of controlling them. Unfortunate. Otherwise great experience. It was a Sunday night, maybe this is a family time?

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was good, we got a table in the corner but it was still difficult to hear until the early diners finished and left. Not the restaurant's fault. Mark was a great waiter!

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was meh but staff was fabulous. I wasn't impressed with the lunch at all and probably wouldn't come back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Celebrating a girlfriend’s birthday. The waitress offered a complimentary dessert which was lovely.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent service. The best and most professional servers town. Thank you Shellen, Adolpho, Rene, Jennifer and mark. Five star all the way.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This was the first time we dined at Balboa Café. Food was very good. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Jen is an awesome server❣️

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

My wife had the shrimp tacos (the special of the day) and I had a chef's special: Penne pasta with seared scallops. The pasta was in a cream sauce with capers, arugula, roasted garlic, and other tasty items. The three large scallops were seared just right; I think they may have been dusted in garlic powder. We split a Racer 5 IPA and all of it came to ~$42; with tip, we were well-fed for $50.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Balboa is a great and reliable restaurant! Food and service always spot on.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Hosted a birthday dinner for 11 people. Everything went smoothly. Food is delicious, staff are super friendly and nice. A great spot!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Our waiter was great, funny and friendly

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Friend was visiting from out of town, the wife said "I'm not cooking, let's go to the Balboa". Great downtown Mill Valley restaurant for good drinks, good food and good service. Wonderful evening catching up with a friend.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This is a very pleasant restaurant that we frequent occasionally. We just wish they would dim the ceiling lights. Too many tables have bright veining lights that negativity impacts the setting.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I’ve eaten pork chops all over the U.S. Balboa was one of the best I ever had . It must of been the potato mash and the berry chutney.

Spice date cake was amazing. It looked like a work of art but tasted even better. I think the quality of the food commensurate of the price is worth the 5 stars. Although BF is less generous..

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great arugula and kale salads. Perfect lunch spot.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Awesome lunch, private table for 2, we stayed over 90 minutes, great service.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wait person did not give his full attention to us until we asked for it. He seemed to want to help everyone at other tables and not us.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I love the Balboa. It has a wonderful atmosphere, great service and delicious, fresh food.
It is a restaurant that is consistent and professional in every way. I have taken many clients here for lunch and they always want to come back. We come for special occasions and dinner with friends. It is peerless and when in Mill Valley, look no further.
Sincerely,
Arden Hawley

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent service and comfortable atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

service was a trainwreck. Server see's waits till I have food in my mouth then asks how I like the food. Then server disappears after entre is served. I tracked server down while i was about to ask another wait-person for my bill for dinner.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was good not great at brunch. Huevos Rancheros heavy on black beans, bland. Egg was cooked right on beans , just right and avocado portion was generous. Omelet of the day not very creative, ham and cheese, but the cheese was cheddar. Toast was overdone sourdough chunk. Smashed spuds were flavorful and an interesting concept. Bar service slow and portions in drink when it did arrive were wrong. Waiter not attentive and we had to flag down the hostess to get our check.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Balboa cafe is extremely noisy in the dining area. There are no vegetarian options and I left with an upset stomach that lasted for 24 hours. It is not a place that I would return to.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a great date night. This was our first time to Balboa and we will be back

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Always the best.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Our stakes were undercooked and we were comped a bottle of wine. Oh well.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

they have a real issue with fruit flies - terrible

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Went for brunch, we tried burger and Crowe madame..both were wonderful. Service was attentive, great spot for weekend brunch!

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2017

It was freezing in there to the pint that at every table Simone was wearing a down jacket..that is he second time in a few weeks I️ have been there and was freeing both times..ruined the lunch:(

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Balboa Café is always a consistently great experience. Service is always really excellent, and the food presentation is polished but not pretentious. Have and will come here often without hesitation.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Always a great experience. Service is wonderful.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2017

We go to the Balboa fairly often because we love their Monday fried chicken special. And it is convenient because we live close by. But beyond the fried chicken it is just another over priced Marin restaurant with decent but not exceptional food, nice ambience, and expensive wine.

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2.0Dined on December 3, 2017

I'm a big fan of Balboa and have been going for years. My recent experience was disappointing as the service was sub par. We had to wait 10 minutes just to get water and the server was late checking in and the overall experience was frustrating. I'm hopeful it's just a one time issue versus a new normal.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Really enjoyed out meal--menu was a bit limited but everything we had was tasty and well presented.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Balboa cafe was great. Took my mom there for thanksgiving and they had tradition thanksgiving options for her and I had the filet. The bartender Alex and our server Tito were wonderful.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

I like the roomy booths and and friendly service. I had Cobb salad, which was a little dry, but the highly accommodating waiter quickly brought more dressing. My friend had a cheeseburger. I sampled his French fries, which were terrific.

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was somewhat disappointing. I had a salmon dish and my husband had a pork chop. My salmon was on a bed of green beans and both the salmon and the beans were floating in a gravy like sauce. Too rich for the dish. The beans were overcooked. My husband's dish had the same issue; pork chop on a bed of Brussel sprouts , both covered in a sauce. Enough with the sauces! Simple dishes would be more appealing , at least to our tastes.
It's a nice restaurant, but it feels as if the chef is trying too hard.

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