Best Burgers in Cow Hollow/Marina

March 3, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Whether serving up a tasty classic burger like Balboa Cafe or putting a creative (sometimes gluttonous) spin on the standard like Umami Burger, these Cow Hollow/Marina restaurants prove their status as burger extraordinaires.

Roam Artisan Burgers
Burger · Cow Hollow · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

This "excellent" burger chainlet is dedicated to "sustainable" ingredients in its "juicy, grass-fed" beef, all-natural bison, turkey and veggie patties, all gilded with "unique toppings" and washed down with "thick, delicious" shakes; you may have to "jockey for a table" at these counter-service spots, but connoisseurs "love" customizing their orders to taste, and say the price is "worth it."
Super Duper Burgers
Burger · Marina District · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

"Big fans" of these "sustainable" , "organic" -minded Bay Area burger joints agree the "name not only describes the food but the prices" they charge for "juicy" beef and "amazing" vegetarian patties topped with "homemade pickles" , as well as "killer" spiked shakes for adults and "mini" portions for "pint-size" patrons; while the "smart retro" seating areas can get "crowded" with "noisy families" , "efficient" service ensures it's usually "easy in" , easy out.
Umami Burger Marina
Burger · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Fans say these Bay Area links of the "popular" LA burger chain "live up to the hype" , serving "innovative, juicy" patties in "amazing" flavor combinations with "housemade condiments" adding "another dimension" ; maybe "portions could be a little larger" for the price, but wine and beer compensate.
Balboa Cafe
Bar · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

From "socialites and politicos" to "frat boys and sorority gals" , everyone comes to these "reliable" , "comfortable" American hangouts to "meet friends for a drink and a burger or a steak" ; because there's "almost always a full house" of "colorful" "regulars" , table service "varies" , but you can count on "friendly barkeeps."
Stock in Trade
Sports Bar · Marina District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Renowned for its “indoor bocce ball court” , this “casual” Marina tavern follows through with "delicious" midpriced American fare, a "great" wine list and a "bottomless-mimosas” weekend brunch; there’s "lots of standing room" around its big, U-shaped bar and plenty of TVs on which to catch the game.