The food was good but we were there for almost 45 minutes before our waiter brought us water. Once we ordered, the food came out quickly.
The restaurant has an inviting décor; the service was tenuous perhaps due to unfamiliar cliental. We had steamed chicken dumplings, fried egg roll with tofu, chicken and carrots, sautéed spinach with tofu and fried rice with beef, onion and egg. The dishes were flavorful, especially when garnished with the peanut or red pepper sauce. The presentations were satisfactory. I will return.
Borobodhur has been a consistent place where great Indonesian food is served.
Go for Roti Prata, Shiomai, ikan pepes and of course beef rendang!
There was a ladder in the window when we arrived and there was lots of on and off noise throughout our meal. We ordered something that had hard boiled eggs on the side and although the dish was warm the eggs were freezing cold and still had specks of shell on them.
Lots of places to choose from in SF, this Indonesian restaurant was close to our hotel. Food was good, but nothing stands out as fine dining. Still, we enjoyed our meal.
There are not much choices for Indonesian food, we found this restaurant a few years back and were excited and then discovered that this one is the best we've had in the US, that was fantastic.
I've been to Borobudur a few times now. It's a great, hidden gem.
Vegetarian Bihun Dish: Just tasted like noodles with salt. Pretty disappointed as I have grew up eating Beehoon.
Eggplant Tofu: Slightly better flavors. This dish was supposed to be spicy but there was close to no spice in it. It was also surprisingly sweet - not what we had expected.
Service: Pretty bad. I had to get up and walk to the counter to get service multiple times: for them to take my order, give my check, bring boxes, and even to give me a plastic bag because they had forgotten about it when I asked for it. It's like we weren't even there. Not once did they come to ask how the food was or if they could get us anything. Water was not refilled.
Food is so-so. You can't go wrong with the Roti or Rendang, but otherwise everything else was meh. We got four of the set meals and so I wonder if ordering a la carte would've been better. Menu prices are on the cheaper side so I didn't leave feeling like I wasted a bunch of money.
Bottles of wine are super cheap though ($20-$30 for a bottle)!
Food was quite tasty, their chicken, honey beef, and noodle (nasi goreng) dishes are great, the roti was fantastic but the shrimp was mediocre.
Main issue is the service, once you're seated they are surprisingly helpful for an Asian restaurant and the food comes out quick- but expect to wait 15-20 minutes for them to speak with you past a door greeting in order to take your name to claim your reservation.
Overall, nice little neighborhood joint, just do NOT go there if you're in a hurry or call ahead and get take-out.
First time trying Indonesian food. Service was a little slow, but wait staff were all extremely friendly. Food was really good, though I feel they may have been holding back with some of the spice. Will order something spicy next time. Would definitely recommend.
Tasty Indonesian food at decent prices in a colorful neighborhood setting.
Service could be more attentive but it's worth the trip
Enjoyed the Rijsttafel multi-course meal! Will return so I can try more of the many interesting dishes and so I can bring my most significant other.
Next time I will ask for the hot dishes to be at least somewhat hot as Borobudur tones down spicy dishes when you look like an Indonesian food tourist.
I live in the neighborhood, and Borobudur has been an occasional convenient treat for years. The food is interesting and tasty, and I have always made allowances for the service recognizing that it is a small family restaurant. This time the service was unusually disappointing, though. My guest and I were headed for the theater a few blocks away, and arrived on time for our reservation with plenty of time before the performance. The restaurant was not crowded, but rather than taking our order right away, the servers waited until after they had taken orders from and served three large family groups, and only then paid attention to us. They didn't even offer us appetizers or drinks while we sat and waited for over half an hour, until we seriously considered leaving for the hamburger joint next door. We ended up with less than 15 minutes to gobble our food and run for the theater. I noticed that they are now operating a web-based takeout service - maybe this is overloading their available resources? Anyway, I don't think I will be back.
Loved the different flavors, great seasoning. Very pleasant environment
We love the food here! My husband is part Indonesian and says it's the closest thing to his moms cooking!
Boring poorly executed food. Some of the more interesting items are off the menu (like whole fish, tripe etc).
We came in with high expectations as restaurant recommendations via :Check Please Bay Area" usually measure up. The space is bright and clean and we were warmly greeted. We order the Rijsttafel (Dutch for Rice Table) a multi-course meal that we thought would give us a good introduction to Indonesian flavors. The lumpia were excellent, hot and fresh. The lemongrass chicken soup was very tasty, but lukewarm. It went downhill from there. The six entrees were lukewarm to cold and the rice so dry it was sort of crispy. The Gado Gado was drowning in peanut sauce, the Sate had just a bit. The chicken in the Sate reminded me of preformed chicken nuggets and the whole thing had a slightly burnt flavor. The highlights were the two braised dishes (if only they had been heated through) Ayam Panggang Bumbu Rujak (Spicy BBQ chicken) and Rendang (Sumatra Beef Stew). The Rijsttafel is pricey, definitely not worth the price. On the plus side there were several Indonesian families dining in the restaurant and the service was very friendly and attentive. If we go back we will order from the menu, which I believe the reviewer on CPBA had recommended.
The food was interesting. The "strong flavours" and "spicy" advisory is calibrated to a less hot-sauce loving person than myself. The service was friendly but eccentric. It was chilly but I could see returning to taste some of the other dishes.
Lovely rice table with plenty of food/ meat and variety of dishes. Service and ambience not fantastic, but for a substantial lunch a nice place to have some indonesian food.
The service was a little haphazard but the Indonesian dishes were delicious. The local Indonesian community must think so as well as about half those in the restaurant appeared to be Indonesian. Even if you're not sure you'd like Indonesian food, you should give it a try. The salmon dish was absolutely yummy!
The place is very run-down, which is not a good first impression.
The food was average. The Roti was good, but nothing else stood out.
What stood out was when we observed the owner sit down in one of the booths and observe a large group that appeared to be family. He watched them quietly for quite some time, and then reached over to the jar of hot sauce, took the spoon out, licked it, and then placed the spoon back in the jar. We observed him and the jar for the rest of the evening, and that jar remained in rotation with other tables. Needless to say, if that is the level of hygiene that the restaurant is run with, we will never return.
I have been here several times, and is good to break the routine specially when you want something spicy asian food.
The food was tasty, lots of creamy sauces and peanutty. Service was fine. I'd go back if I was in the area, though there are other options in the area I would try first. It bugs me when I make a reservation and then have to wait 20 minutes to get seated, but this happens often in SF.
On most visits to San Francisco, we try to make it a point to dine at Borobudor. Friendly staff, good food, location near Union Square, and they take reservations.
We tried the tasting menu, offering a wonderful selection of different dishes, so that we could get a "survey" of tastes. All were delicious, with peanut, orange, ginger, and other flavors. Indonesian is much more substantial than the Asian we're used to, and was really good! Service was fast and friendly, provided by the family.
Food was forgettable and slow service memorable. With all of the other great dining spots in SF, I won't be dining here again.
unique taste, never find it at the other restaurant
I saw a review of this establishment on Bay Area Check Please and added it to my list after they all gave it such rave reviews. My friends and I were not disappointed. We made them aware of our theater plans and they were perfectly attentive. We tried a variety of menu items and all were excellent. I don't think any food was left on the table.
I have been to Borobudor 5 times now. Every other time it was amazing. This time the food was barely fair.
Modest establishment, friendly staff, serving tasty, good sized portions of Indonesian food. Tried two dihes, one lamb, one seafood, which were nicely spiced and well cooked. For hungrier folks there is a ris tafel comprising many portions at a very reasonable price in the upper mid-twenties. This is proported to be the best Indonesian food in town, so I plan to bring an Indonesian friend of mine to see what she says. Report will follow. Stayed tuned.
Surly service. Mediocre food. Will not be going again
The food is excellent as always. However, they definitely need to work on their service. A little cheering up won't hurt.
My friend and I always look for a place to eat near the theater. Using streetview, my friend found this restaurant, it was fantastic!
I took the Yelp suggestions & tried the honey chicken- Yum!
Have eaten here many times and food has always been delicious with good quality. This time one dish, spinach with garlic, was stems of spinach with dry garlic sprinkles. There were no spinach leaves nor fresh garlic whatsoever. The other dishes were fine. Next time will ask before ordering any dish to avoid same experience.
Very pleased with the food and ambiance. Very good Indonesian food, would like more 1-person-meal options.
Having lived in Indonesia I was expecting the food to be a little more authentic. The gado gado, spring rolls, chicken and shrimp dishes as well as the black rice dessert were all excellent. I wasn't as fond of the soto ayam or the randang. Both needed more spice. The tempe was my least favorite on the ristaffle. The presentation was great and the service excellent. Value for money was very good!
We like trying different types of food, and this was our first shot at Indonesian. Like any first experience there is a potential for wonder and despair. We didn't like Indonesian food as well as we had hoped. Nothing against Borobrodur; I'm sure the food was great for those with different tastes. Service was great, despite a crowded restaurant.
I grew up eating my mom's Indonesian home cooking. I also went to Indonesia and got a taste of the local food. I love Indonesian food and therefore have expectations how it should taste like. I would recommend this restaurant for those who crave good Indonesian food. It is not quite like my mom's cooking but I think this is the best in SF.