Balboa Cafe The Village at Squaw Valley THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Balboa Cafe


The Village at Squaw Valley
1995 Squaw Valley Rd., Ste. 11 (Village E. Rd.)
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Cuisine: American
This mountain outpost of the San Francisco original features seasonal comfort food and an easygoing, drop-in vibe.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Balboa Cafe Restaurant Review:

Balboa Café has ditched out-of-place items (gnocchi? huh?), streamlined its menu and returned to what it does best: serving quality, seasonal, American comfort dishes. Smoked trout cakes are paired with fresh, vibrant charmoula (Moroccan marinade) made with dill. Steamed clams arrive, simply and appropriately, in white wine-garlic broth. Queso Oaxaca (a Mexican melting cheese that stays smooth when heated), roasted poblano chilies and sautéed onions and mushrooms compose a light but filling veggie quesadilla. Duck fans should try the trio of rillettes, salami and smoked breast. The California grass-fed rib-eye comes in six- and ten-ounce portions. Fava beans, baby artichokes and lemon-olive sauce actually make a stuffed chicken breast interesting. The ahi club sandwich is gone, but the signature Balboa burger (have it on a crisp baguette) remains. On weekends, a DJ sometimes spins.