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Balboa Cafe Mill Valley
American Restaurant$$
Today 4:00 – 10:00 pm
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38 Miller Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941
38 Miller AveUSCAMill Valley94941
$$American Restaurant, BarToday 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Following the same tradition and spirit of Balboa Cafe in San Francisco as the in-place to eat, drink and make merry – this classic American bistro is where both regulars and visitors will delight.
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American bistro fare, classic cocktails & outdoor seating appeal to an eclectic crowd of regulars.- Google
People talk about happy hour, pork chop, plumpjack, fried chicken and eggs benedict
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Michael Hraba
reviewed 8 months ago
I don't know what it is about this spot, but I am always having the best time when I end up there. This is an unassuming, non-pretentious dark, old school bar. They will make whatever you want, all smiles, great service. Good bar food, great kitchen, which is sometimes a tad slow. But this place is about enjoying time with friends, conversation, and not much else. Very fair prices.... nice spot.
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Lora Kolodny
reviewed a year ago
This place looks lovely. Just homey enough. Spacious. Food wise it lets you down. There was one vegetarian entree option on the brunch menu: juveos rancheros. Ok. It's a simple dish so I ordered it with a side of fries. The fries arrived in a generous little metal basket. They were covered in "seasoning," meaning near-flavorless red powder (too weak paprika?) and chopped up chives. The onion-flavor of the chives was simply overwhelming all other savory flavors that could have been there. The chopped chives also added moisture to the fries making them floppy and unappetizing. At least 1/4 of the basket full of fries were little broken pieces, like 1/4 inch each making it an awkward appetizer to share. Additionally, the "sauces" they serve with french fries were a really horrible stiff, white mayo and a too-shy portion of ketchup. The mayo tasted, somehow, metallic. Moving on... When the juevos rancheros arrived -- they included two exceedingly runny fried eggs, atop a soaking wet pile of black beans and waterlogged soft, white corn and wheat tortilla. There was a tasty deep-fried pepper filled with cheese along with the dish. My friend got a burger, well-done, that arrived extra-extra black. The burger is serevd on french bread not a roll or bun -- and that detail is not specified on the menu nor was it mentioned by the servers. It also comes with a pile of very thinly sliced sweet pickles, and a huge serving of french fries. That also was not mentioned by the server -- though it would have been nice if she guided me to a different appetizer, considering. . . What a crazy disappointment!!! Do not recommend. Gave it a "good" rating on service because the server who waited on us was nice. Sorry! I wanted to love it. Just didn't. Not even close.
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Ron Greene
reviewed 2 years ago
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Joe Pettey
reviewed in the last week
Wonderful lunch, great service, excellent Bloody Mary's.
Hugh Durdan
reviewed a year ago
We had a nice table outside on a beautiful summer evening but I guess it was too far for the waiter to bother. After waiting for 20 minutes he finally showed up and asked "oh, have you been here a while" but didn't offer an apology when we said a resounding yes. I ordered the pasta special, which was rigatoni puttanesca. The sauce was watery and pretty flavorless for what is supposed to be one of the more strongly flavored pasta sauces. My wife ordered the salmon, which was dry and overcooked. Our daughter got the burger, which was the only good thing we had (I ate half of it instead of my pasta). But with the pile of fries the small amount of ketchup they brought wasn't enough and I had to go inside to get someone's attention to bring us more. The wine selection was good, but overall the food and service were a real disappointment.
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Robert Mahoney
reviewed 3 years ago
A bit of old San Francisco in Marin County.