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Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley

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 prepared by Executive Chef Rick Edge. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list and a terrific cocktail menu.
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248 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
(248 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 248 reviews
5 stars
(76)
4 stars
(108)
3 stars
(48)
2 stars
(11)
1 star
(5)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(101)
  • great for lunch(65)
  • fit for foodies(58)
  • great for brunch(54)
  • vibrant bar scene(43)
  • kid-friendly(32)
Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley Reviews List
Review 1 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice neighborhood place

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Walked to Balboa Cafe for a nice hamburger. Was happy hour so had sprkling wine too.
Partner had the short rib special, delicious.
We were full but ordered dessert since near b-days for us. But was not impressed with lemon tart.
Coffee was good, service very good.
Aside form meh dessert, very nice experience."
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/05/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2014
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Review 3 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2005
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Review 4 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/05/2016
 2004
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Review 5 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Embarrassing experience

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We took guests to Balboa and were highly embarrassed; it was not our first time at Balboa by far. While the food was acceptable to good, the service was atrocious. It took us 40 minutes to place an order and nearly 30 to get a bottle of our wine opened. The waiter was good and polite, but he was the ONLY WAITER in the restaurant on a Sunday evening with no superbowl and not pouring rain. While the restaurant was only half full at 6:30, it was still far too much for a single person to serve. What terrible management!"
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2008
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Review 6 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/26/2016
 2006
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Review 8 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food good, service not so good.

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Food was good but took way to long to get after ordering. It to 45 minutes to get our food. We even told our waitress that we had a show to attend and it didn't seem to matter. Waitress was not very attentive either."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Special Features: hot spot
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Review 9 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 10 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

They forgot our entrees - 1.3 hrs to delivery

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We arrived early last Friday evening -- 5:20 -- because we had 7:30 theater tickets. Ordered cocktails, then our entrees - 2 pork chops, one octopus appetizer as a main, and one rigatoni special with chicken, rapini, cherry tomatoes and beurre blanc. It was requested that olive oil be subbed for the butter sauce - waitress said "no problem."
Our salads were delivered in reasonable time and were quite good. Then nothing. We asked the waitress if there was a problem, and she said the pork chops took quite a long time. Then, for the next 20 minutes or so, she avoided us. Finally, at about 6:45 we asked the hostess to send the manager over. He said there was a mix-up in the order, and it was just about fixed. Within 5 minutes the pork chops appeared, and then in another few the octopus and the rigatoni. But the rigatoni ONLY had the olive oil - no tomatoes, no rapini, just the pasta tubes with oil. The manager again got it fixed, but it was now 7:00 and we had to gobble pretty fast. The manager offered to comp an extra glass of wine, and our friends took advantage of that offer.
Meanwhile of course the dining room had filled up, tables who had arrived much later than we were had been served, and one had finished and left before we even had our entrees.
We hope this was a fluke, and certainly it is not characteristic of previous visits to Balboa. But this was a disturbingly unprofessional evening."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2014
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Review 11 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Exceptional food!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We loved the special broccoli salad - not your standard fare and was perfect to share. The braised beef brisket risotto was the best ever. Would also recommend the scallops. Nice drinks. We hadn't been here is a few years - plan to return sooner next time."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2002
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Review 13 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Vastly improved over last few years. Good menu, nice people, decent prices. What else does one need?"
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2002
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Review 14 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/20/2016
 2005
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Review 15 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
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Review 16 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Review 17 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointed with the 30-minute wait for our meal.

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 18 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/22/2016
 2006
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Review 19 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
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Review 20 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2002
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2002
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Review 21 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent tomato soup and grilled cheese combo.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 22 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/22/2016
 2004
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Review 23 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 25 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/17/2016
 2004
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Review 26 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/18/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2010
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Review 27 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/17/2016
 2003
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Review 28 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2004
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2004
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2004
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Review 29 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2002
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 30 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Rainy Sunday

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Dined on 1/17/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2007
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"My friend chose the venue. When I ordered a Cappuccino to start at 11:30, I was told the machine was broken. We had brunch, (Poached eggs and chilaquiles-OK) mimosa's, beer, but I saw someone getting an espresso about an hour later. So, I asked if I could have an espresso, and the server said that would be fine as someone had gone and bought beans. The point of misrepresentation was the machine wasn't broken, they were just inefficient, or inept, and didn't order the product properly. Why lie and tell me the machine was broken?"
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2007
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Review 31 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/17/2016
 2014
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Review 32 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2006
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Review 34 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2006
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/16/2016
 2005
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Review 36 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 37 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 38 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/09/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 39 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 42 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
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Review 43 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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Review 44 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Very basic american food. No creativity. I'd say mediocre food. Which is too bad, because the actual restaurant is nicely laid out and comfortable. The servers were very nice and attentive. Would not go back."
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2007
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Review 45 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2009
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Review 46 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/21/2015
 2009
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Review 47 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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Review 48 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Place was pretty busy night after New Years

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Staff was rushed - and food came out of the kitchen pretty slow. Festive for the night after new years Chef was on the floor talking to guest perhaps a little too long. My Chicken Dish was a little over cooked but tasty. The Salmon Entree was the same overcooked but tasty, no diary for me so my fries instead of polenta were cold and the Brussel Sprouts side dish was a little bland. Nothing on the menu for non-diary types."
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 49 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Regulars

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Outstanding restaurant tucked into downtown Mill Valley, with a new chief that has taken a great menu and made it even better. One of the Plumpjack restaurants, Balboa is in this customer's opinion Mill Valley's best restaurants for ambience, food and fellowship. Service is the best of the best, with engaging staff who regularly go out of their way for customers."
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 50 for Balboa Cafe - Mill Valley
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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