San Diego Burger Destination The Balboa Bar & Grill Now Under New Ownership

September 27, 2021

San Diego burger destination The Balboa Bar & Grill, which has locations in Bankers Hill and Chula Vista, is now under new ownership.

The Balboa was founded by former line cook and Bonita-native Tom Logsdon in early 2015, who was previously operating underground burger-centric Doods Food in the bar that was last located at The Balboa's Banker Hill space. The dive bar quickly became known as one of the top burger spots in America's Finest City. 

In December 2019, a second location of The Balboa opened on 3rd Avenue in San Diego's South County city of Chula Vista. Last summer amidst the coronavirus pandemic, news broke that the original location of The Balboa was permanently closing in Bankers Hill, but after expanding into the next door space, the restaurant reopened this past April. 

Both locations of The Balboa are now owned and operated by Mariana Cardenas (pictured above), who intends to keep the restaurants entirely the same with only slight modifications to menu and ambiance. Expect the same staff and a menu of burgers, sandwiches, fries, craft beer and cocktails. 

The Balboa Bar & Grill restaurants are located at 1863 5th Avenue in San Diego's Bankers Hill community and 290 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista. For more information, visit