Wilma's is a family restaurant with a strong family atmosphere. There is the Staudinger family who owns and manages the restaurant, the cooks who come from two families and are cousins and most important, the family of customers. Many customers come regularly for their "Wilma fix" ordering the same item and sitting in the same place every visit.

Breakfast is a big favorite with Wilma's customers. Featured are homemade pancakes, waffles, French toast, every kind of egg dish imaginable and the Balboa Belly Bomber (a warm French roll stuffed with egg). At lunchtime, salads and sandwiches made from home cooked roasts, turkey and chicken take center stage. All Mexican dishes come from the family recipes of the cooks including homemade guacamole, enchilada sauce, chile rellenos and salsa. You'll also find a variety of pasta dishes and fresh seafood. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and don't forget to visit our History & Tour Page. We look forward to having you as our guest.


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    Little did Maurice and Wilma Staudinger know on that day in 1975 when they went looking for carpeting for their new house that they would buy a restaurant instead of carpeting. But that's  exactly what happened! They had some restaurant experience having owned an A & W Root Beer restaurant in Lake Tahoe some years before.

    In the early days, the restaurant was open for breakfast and lunch and only served dinner during the summer season. In the winter months, the restaurant served dinner for private parties.

    Maurice Staudinger, before his untimely death in 1995, was the official greeter of the restaurant, welcoming customers and telling jokes. He established the homey feeling of the restaurant which continues today.

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Every Sunday when St. Vinnaey's Catholic Church across the street finishes services, the congregation pours out into Wilma's for Sunday breakfast. In fact, the restaurant was getting so packed on Sunday morning that people were sneaking out for the service early to make sure they'd get a table. In desperation, the Monsignor locked the doors, but when he learned the Staudingers were originally farm people from his hometown state of Colorado they all became friends.
"I think our success is due to our efforts to provide good quality food, good service and to our highly visible family talking to people and making our customers feel they belong. These are things you usually don't get when you go out," said daughter Sheri Drewry.

The family is very supportive of the local police and fire departments and their charities and are active participants in the strong neighborly atmosphere of Balboa Island.

Through the excellence of it's service, Wilma's Patio has contributed to the tourism of Balboa Island. "When we first started, a lot of people found us when they found Balboa Island, but now when people come here, they find Balboa Island," Drewry stated proudly.

In 1997 the restaurant moved down the street and merged with the Jolly Dolphin, which was the original site of the Jolly Roger Restaurant.