About Borobudur

700 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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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.

Please be advised that we DO NOT accept any vouchers or discount coupons.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Jones Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 775-1512

Website:
http://www.borobudursf.com/

Catering:
We will gladly cater you office lunch, birthday party or wedding.

Parking Details:
We give one hour free validation parking with min spend $ 38.00 at Ace Parking lot 644 Geary blvd. Between Jones and Leavenworth.

Executive Chef:
Yunita Gouw

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)

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Borobudur Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.5

ambience

3.2

noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

good for groups (11)
fit for foodies (10)
neighborhood gem (8)
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great for lunch (5)
kid-friendly (4)
special occasion (2)
hot spot (1)
notable wine list (1)
romantic (1)
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food5
ambience3
service4
value5

great food and very nice people!

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service4
value2

Not thrilled.

Dined on April 16, 2016

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!

food4
ambience3
service3
value5

Great Gado Gado

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

It's a great little place with excellent Gado Gado. An absolute bargain in this city.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

spotty food quality

Dined on March 14, 2016

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.

food3
ambience2
service2
value3

Well..

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent food

Dined on February 28, 2016

I have been a regular for Borobudur. Never been disappointed. Not this time as well. We loved every time we ordered.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Not the Same

Dined on February 22, 2016

Not the same Borobudur visited many years ago. OK Lumpia and Fish Cake; Mediocre Lamb Curry and fair soup. Nice ambiancce

food3
ambience3
service3
value4

good food, interesting location

Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

First time at Borobudur

Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Good Food, Slow Service

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

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.

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience4
service3
value4

Visit to Borobudur

vip
Dined on January 13, 2016

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.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5

Borobodhur has been a consistent place w ...

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

Borobodhur has been a consistent place where great Indonesian food is served. Go for Roti Prata, Shiomai, ikan pepes and of course beef rendang!

food2
ambience1
service3

Not great.

vip
Dined on December 2, 2015

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.

food3
ambience3
service4

Good meal

vip
Dined on November 27, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Authentic Indonesian cuisine!

Dined on November 26, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

I've been to Borobudur a few times now. ...

Dined on November 23, 2015

I've been to Borobudur a few times now. It's a great, hidden gem.

food1
ambience3
service1

Meh.

vip
Dined on November 16, 2015

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.

food2
ambience3
service3

It's ok...

Dined on November 8, 2015

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)!

Tags: kid-friendly
food4
ambience4
service2

Good Food, Service Hit-or-Miss

Dined on November 5, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3

First time trying Indonesian food. Servi ...

Dined on October 25, 2015

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Tasty Indonesian food at decent prices i ...

Dined on September 18, 2015

Tasty Indonesian food at decent prices in a colorful neighborhood setting.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3

Great food

Dined on September 12, 2015

Service could be more attentive but it's worth the trip

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service3

Rare source of Indonesian food in the Bay Area

Dined on September 8, 2015

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.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience3
service2

Very Slow Service

vip
Dined on August 15, 2015

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.

food3
ambience3
service3

Unique Indonesian restaurant

vip
Dined on July 4, 2015

Loved the different flavors, great seasoning. Very pleasant environment

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5

Always good!

Dined on June 28, 2015

We love the food here! My husband is part Indonesian and says it's the closest thing to his moms cooking!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Seems to cater to out of town tourists.

Dined on June 13, 2015

Boring poorly executed food. Some of the more interesting items are off the menu (like whole fish, tripe etc).

food2
ambience3
service4

Disappointed

Dined on May 24, 2015

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.

food4
ambience2
service2

Tasty but not outstanding

vip
Dined on May 16, 2015

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.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service2

Lovely rice table with plenty of variety food.

vip
Dined on May 5, 2015

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.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

A Real Indonesian Hangout

vip
Dined on April 5, 2015

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!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service2

Licking the Spoon - and not in a good way

Dined on March 21, 2015

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.

food4
ambience4
service4

Good for south asian food, original

Dined on October 26, 2014

I have been here several times, and is good to break the routine specially when you want something spicy asian food.

food4
ambience3
service3

sokay

Dined on October 25, 2014

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.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4

On most visits to San Francisco, we try ...

Dined on September 22, 2014

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience3
service5

First time trying Indonesian Food

vip
Dined on September 16, 2014

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service2

Okay food and slow service

Dined on September 7, 2014

Food was forgettable and slow service memorable. With all of the other great dining spots in SF, I won't be dining here again.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great lunch

Dined on September 5, 2014

unique taste, never find it at the other restaurant

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Pure Indonesian

Dined on August 17, 2014

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service3

lost consistancy

Dined on August 1, 2014

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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