36 locals recommend · Estimated price 2 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
I remember it as a place where we’d all go and hang out after work in the ‘70s and ‘80s, with a great bar scene. Back in the old days, it was a great pickup place. Now it’s a little bit of that, but it’s also a fun place to see and be seen. One of the best hamburgers in San Francisco. Because it’s owned by the PlumpJack Group, you’re apt to see the Gettys or our past mayor Gavin Newsom there on a fairly regular basis. It’s sort of like their private dining room they share with the rest of San Francisco. I always run into somebody I know there, somebody old-school San Francisco.
3199 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours of Operation statusClosed · Opens Monday 11:30 AM
Serves the following meal typesBrunch, Lunch, Dinner
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Tips from locals
Balboa Cafe is a local favorite serving up the classics, including the famous Balboa Burger that sits on many lists as one of the best burgers in San Francisco.
"Locals" spot good during brunch, lunch, and week-nights. Crowded bar scene Fri/Sat nights.