Borobudur is an award winning Indonesian Restaurant. The television show “Check Please” regarded Borobudur as the Best Indonesian Restaurant in the Bay Area. The restaurant was founded by a husband and wife, Soe Bin Ang and Yunita Gouw. Having more than twenty years of experience as Chef of Indonesian cuisine, they have created contemporary authentic Indonesian foods. Through creativity, they transform traditional Indonesian spices to create Indonesian foods that are perfect for our modern taste bud, but still maintain the tradition. Up to this day, they continue to mix their own Indonesian spices to maintain quality and truly deliver an award winning Indonesian cuisine.
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Indonesian, Asian, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We will gladly cater you office lunch, birthday party or wedding.
We give one hour free validation parking with min spend $ 38.00 at Ace Parking lot 644 Geary blvd. Between Jones and Leavenworth.
Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)
Borobudur Ratings and Reviews
great food and very nice people!
We saw this place on Check Please Bay Area and thought we would give it a try. Their were 4 of us us dining and we LOVED it and will be back! Our very nice waiter recommended #1, #20, #47 (+others I cant remember...) which were all delicious. #1 bread and the #?? pot roast-ish meat dish were our top faves. Our bill was $120 including tip and one beer each for 4 of us. Great place all around!
I used to live in Amsterdam - a city known for its Indonesian food. I've been craving Indonesian every since - and was very excited to learn of this restaurant. Unfortunately, the food pales in comparison. It came across as a 'watered-down' version of the real thing. No where near as vibrant in taste as I remembered. I was quite disappointed (and so was my friend, whom I raved to about Indonesian food). Sorry I don't have a glowing recommendation - I was hoping to write one. Service was attentive enough. Thank you for this!
Great Gado Gado
It's a great little place with excellent Gado Gado. An absolute bargain in this city.
spotty food quality
We went for dinner. I ordered the eggplant and tofu which I liked. My husband got the mixed plate with honey beef ...one piece and a bit tough, the size of a credit card, fresh veggies garmish, and a small piece of chicken. The honey beef got good reviews..that's why we got it. I would return but order something different. I was expecting better.
This restaurant was very convenient, and the "greeter" was warm and welcoming. Interior was fine for a casual Asian restaurant. Two diners, one meal good, the other, not so much. The whole grilled trout was fine, but a salmon dish in a sauce tasted as if it had been sitting for hours. I SHOULD have sent it back, but really couldn't be bothered. We started with veg dumplings and they were fine. Brought our own wine and there was a $10 corkage fee.
I have been a regular for Borobudur. Never been disappointed. Not this time as well. We loved every time we ordered.
Not the Same
Not the same Borobudur visited many years ago. OK Lumpia and Fish Cake; Mediocre Lamb Curry and fair soup. Nice ambiancce
good food, interesting location
Not the best food in SF but very solid vegetarian food and meat as well. Get a window seat if possible. Overall a good solid 7 out of 10.
First time at Borobudur
Great flavors and well prepared dishes. The staff were very attentive and provided very good service. Very timely in bringing out the various dishes. Will return to try other dishes.
Good Food, Slow Service
The food was good but we were there for almost 45 minutes before our waiter brought us water. Once we ordered, the food came out quickly.
Visit to Borobudur
The restaurant has an inviting décor; the service was tenuous perhaps due to unfamiliar cliental. We had steamed chicken dumplings, fried egg roll with tofu, chicken and carrots, sautéed spinach with tofu and fried rice with beef, onion and egg. The dishes were flavorful, especially when garnished with the peanut or red pepper sauce. The presentations were satisfactory. I will return.
Borobodhur has been a consistent place w ...
Borobodhur has been a consistent place where great Indonesian food is served. Go for Roti Prata, Shiomai, ikan pepes and of course beef rendang!
There was a ladder in the window when we arrived and there was lots of on and off noise throughout our meal. We ordered something that had hard boiled eggs on the side and although the dish was warm the eggs were freezing cold and still had specks of shell on them.
Lots of places to choose from in SF, this Indonesian restaurant was close to our hotel. Food was good, but nothing stands out as fine dining. Still, we enjoyed our meal.
Authentic Indonesian cuisine!
There are not much choices for Indonesian food, we found this restaurant a few years back and were excited and then discovered that this one is the best we've had in the US, that was fantastic.
I've been to Borobudur a few times now. ...
I've been to Borobudur a few times now. It's a great, hidden gem.
Vegetarian Bihun Dish: Just tasted like noodles with salt. Pretty disappointed as I have grew up eating Beehoon. Eggplant Tofu: Slightly better flavors. This dish was supposed to be spicy but there was close to no spice in it. It was also surprisingly sweet - not what we had expected. Service: Pretty bad. I had to get up and walk to the counter to get service multiple times: for them to take my order, give my check, bring boxes, and even to give me a plastic bag because they had forgotten about it when I asked for it. It's like we weren't even there. Not once did they come to ask how the food was or if they could get us anything. Water was not refilled.
Food is so-so. You can't go wrong with the Roti or Rendang, but otherwise everything else was meh. We got four of the set meals and so I wonder if ordering a la carte would've been better. Menu prices are on the cheaper side so I didn't leave feeling like I wasted a bunch of money. Bottles of wine are super cheap though ($20-$30 for a bottle)!
Good Food, Service Hit-or-Miss
Food was quite tasty, their chicken, honey beef, and noodle (nasi goreng) dishes are great, the roti was fantastic but the shrimp was mediocre. Main issue is the service, once you're seated they are surprisingly helpful for an Asian restaurant and the food comes out quick- but expect to wait 15-20 minutes for them to speak with you past a door greeting in order to take your name to claim your reservation. Overall, nice little neighborhood joint, just do NOT go there if you're in a hurry or call ahead and get take-out.
First time trying Indonesian food. Servi ...
First time trying Indonesian food. Service was a little slow, but wait staff were all extremely friendly. Food was really good, though I feel they may have been holding back with some of the spice. Will order something spicy next time. Would definitely recommend.
Tasty Indonesian food at decent prices i ...
Tasty Indonesian food at decent prices in a colorful neighborhood setting.
Service could be more attentive but it's worth the trip
Rare source of Indonesian food in the Bay Area
Enjoyed the Rijsttafel multi-course meal! Will return so I can try more of the many interesting dishes and so I can bring my most significant other. Next time I will ask for the hot dishes to be at least somewhat hot as Borobudur tones down spicy dishes when you look like an Indonesian food tourist.
Very Slow Service
I live in the neighborhood, and Borobudur has been an occasional convenient treat for years. The food is interesting and tasty, and I have always made allowances for the service recognizing that it is a small family restaurant. This time the service was unusually disappointing, though. My guest and I were headed for the theater a few blocks away, and arrived on time for our reservation with plenty of time before the performance. The restaurant was not crowded, but rather than taking our order right away, the servers waited until after they had taken orders from and served three large family groups, and only then paid attention to us. They didn't even offer us appetizers or drinks while we sat and waited for over half an hour, until we seriously considered leaving for the hamburger joint next door. We ended up with less than 15 minutes to gobble our food and run for the theater. I noticed that they are now operating a web-based takeout service - maybe this is overloading their available resources? Anyway, I don't think I will be back.
Unique Indonesian restaurant
Loved the different flavors, great seasoning. Very pleasant environment
We love the food here! My husband is part Indonesian and says it's the closest thing to his moms cooking!
Seems to cater to out of town tourists.
Boring poorly executed food. Some of the more interesting items are off the menu (like whole fish, tripe etc).
We came in with high expectations as restaurant recommendations via :Check Please Bay Area" usually measure up. The space is bright and clean and we were warmly greeted. We order the Rijsttafel (Dutch for Rice Table) a multi-course meal that we thought would give us a good introduction to Indonesian flavors. The lumpia were excellent, hot and fresh. The lemongrass chicken soup was very tasty, but lukewarm. It went downhill from there. The six entrees were lukewarm to cold and the rice so dry it was sort of crispy. The Gado Gado was drowning in peanut sauce, the Sate had just a bit. The chicken in the Sate reminded me of preformed chicken nuggets and the whole thing had a slightly burnt flavor. The highlights were the two braised dishes (if only they had been heated through) Ayam Panggang Bumbu Rujak (Spicy BBQ chicken) and Rendang (Sumatra Beef Stew). The Rijsttafel is pricey, definitely not worth the price. On the plus side there were several Indonesian families dining in the restaurant and the service was very friendly and attentive. If we go back we will order from the menu, which I believe the reviewer on CPBA had recommended.
Tasty but not outstanding
The food was interesting. The "strong flavours" and "spicy" advisory is calibrated to a less hot-sauce loving person than myself. The service was friendly but eccentric. It was chilly but I could see returning to taste some of the other dishes.
Lovely rice table with plenty of variety food.
Lovely rice table with plenty of food/ meat and variety of dishes. Service and ambience not fantastic, but for a substantial lunch a nice place to have some indonesian food.
A Real Indonesian Hangout
The service was a little haphazard but the Indonesian dishes were delicious. The local Indonesian community must think so as well as about half those in the restaurant appeared to be Indonesian. Even if you're not sure you'd like Indonesian food, you should give it a try. The salmon dish was absolutely yummy!
Licking the Spoon - and not in a good way
The place is very run-down, which is not a good first impression. The food was average. The Roti was good, but nothing else stood out. What stood out was when we observed the owner sit down in one of the booths and observe a large group that appeared to be family. He watched them quietly for quite some time, and then reached over to the jar of hot sauce, took the spoon out, licked it, and then placed the spoon back in the jar. We observed him and the jar for the rest of the evening, and that jar remained in rotation with other tables. Needless to say, if that is the level of hygiene that the restaurant is run with, we will never return.
Good for south asian food, original
I have been here several times, and is good to break the routine specially when you want something spicy asian food.
The food was tasty, lots of creamy sauces and peanutty. Service was fine. I'd go back if I was in the area, though there are other options in the area I would try first. It bugs me when I make a reservation and then have to wait 20 minutes to get seated, but this happens often in SF.
On most visits to San Francisco, we try ...
On most visits to San Francisco, we try to make it a point to dine at Borobudor. Friendly staff, good food, location near Union Square, and they take reservations.
First time trying Indonesian Food
We tried the tasting menu, offering a wonderful selection of different dishes, so that we could get a "survey" of tastes. All were delicious, with peanut, orange, ginger, and other flavors. Indonesian is much more substantial than the Asian we're used to, and was really good! Service was fast and friendly, provided by the family.
Okay food and slow service
Food was forgettable and slow service memorable. With all of the other great dining spots in SF, I won't be dining here again.
unique taste, never find it at the other restaurant
I saw a review of this establishment on Bay Area Check Please and added it to my list after they all gave it such rave reviews. My friends and I were not disappointed. We made them aware of our theater plans and they were perfectly attentive. We tried a variety of menu items and all were excellent. I don't think any food was left on the table.
I have been to Borobudor 5 times now. Every other time it was amazing. This time the food was barely fair.
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