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Baba Yega Restaurant

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American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants

2607 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006


Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Every time I go eat here I am pleased. The food, the service and the atmosphere are all excellent! Never fails! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston!

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The most charming little place ever!

My soon to be mother in law took my fiance and I there after doing our passports and marriage license and I fell in love with the place as soon as we walked up to it!! and then the back of it totally won my heart! the food is AMAZING too! I feel like I need to take trips there just to eat there and relax. The scenery with the water and flowers and open feel is so soothing! this is my fav restraunt by far! I had the Italian Muffalata with a cold pasta and its was delicious beyond words! I totally recommened this place to anyone!!

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Charming Spot

I don't get to Montrose much, but I came across this little cafe and was pleasantly surprized. The waiter was cheerful and there when I wanted him. I had a Muffalata sandwich with a cold pasta side and it was quite good. The charm of the place is how it is two or three old cotages connected with patios, walkways and water falls. It's a throwback to a more relaxed time and very comfortable

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Great Vegetarian Sandwiches

I have been eating at Baba Yega for almost 20 years.

They have the best vegetarian reuben and club sandwiches in Houston, and the potato salad is awesome. I also love the Italian cream cake, when they have it.

I couldn't give them 5 stars, however, after trying the Sunday brunch. It was pretty expensive, especially if you don't eat sausage, bacon, or sushi. I paid $24 (at the time) for a waffle and some fruit. Not worth it.

Do allow plenty of time to eat. The waitstaff tend to take their time.

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Not what the hype said!

I finally got to go to Baba Yega last weekend for brunch. Yikes! The brunch buffet was uninspired and not worth the money. I prefer menu brunches but if you want a buffet brunch try Dharma Cafe on Houston Ave - MUCH better food!

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Sunday Brunch INCREDIBLE!

The Sunday brunch is incredible- a bit pricey, but the food is high quality so they've got to pay for that somehow. Mimosas are CHEAP! A lovely place to go in the spring, as the courtyard is gorgeous.

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Poor Quality Food

The location is this fabulous,little cozy place.{Although, the decorations inside were a bit cheap & tacky looking} The waiter was very sweet and nice. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich, fries and a lemonade. The grilled chicken was BURNT, and tasted like dirty dishwater. The fries were the frozen seasoned fries you can buy at Wal-Mart. Oh, the lemonade is simply the icing on the cake. I asked ""do you have lemonade?"" He responded back with ""let me go check and see, I don't think we do."" Well, he brought me back the lemonade and said ""Someone made some yesterday, so I found you some, and you only get 1 refill with the lemonade."" The lemonade was $3.25!!! I will NEVER go to this place again. I figure the next time I want to waste $15, I would do better to flush it down the toilet!

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Fresh, healthy food.

The service was good and they have a small patio out front that is good for nice days. The menu has a lot of variety for vegetarians and/or health conscious eaters. The guacamole and chips appetizer was a good start. The guacamole was above average, the chips and salsa were fresh too.

The rotisserie chicken was fantastic! It came with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The gumbo was very good too if you're okay with beans. It has a more authentic taste to it so start off with a cup if you're unsure. I hear most everything on the menu is good and the Sunday brunch is a must have. Definitely plan on coming back.

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Still great after all of these years!

I grew up in the area and returned for a visit recently. My sister and I went back to Baba Yega's - it's easily been 15 or 20 years! It is still my favorite restaurant in town! I had the Portabella Sandwich..Yum! But everything that I have had there has been wonderful!

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The food is fantastic, the price is right, and atmosphere is unique and fun. It has a montrose feel to it, and the service is great! I've been for sunday brunch, a business lunch, and a romantic dinner, and all have been fantastic. The value is right on, and my personal favorite is Pasta night on Tuesdays. It is worth every penny, especailly if you have some hungry boys! It is great! I have been going there for the past year and a half, and will keep going!

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Great place for parties & meetings!

Our company has been coming to Baba Yega's for years for gatherings such as Christmas parties & annual meetings. We always recieve great food & service. The buffets are always plentiful & delicious. Jane & her crew are always so welcoming & helpful. We have also purchased appetizers & bite size desserts for open houses. Those trays are always pretty, fresh, & delectable.

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Always Great!!

I have been a patron of Baba Yega for almost thirty years. Since I have moved out of the Montrose area,I don't eat there as often as i would like. However, after eating there this past weekend, I commented to a friend that the amazing thing is that the food has remained,delicious, plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. (Hats off to management and staff!) I had the Chicken Basil Pasta Salad which was great with plenty of chicken and more than I could eat. The service was, as usual, quick and cheerful. I also enjoy the Vegetarian Meatloaf for which I would like to have the recipe. Whenever I'm in the Montrose area I usually dine at Baba Yega.

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one-of-a-kind neighborhood gem

The last reviewer sounds just as ""toxic"" as the alleged fish her friend was served. I have been going to Baba Yega practically since it opened in the 70's. The staff is always friendly and fun. It's a great place to take people b/c the menu is so eclectic - awesome burgers, good, fresh vegetarian food and wonderful entrees that can compete with any restaurant in the neighborhood. The wilted spinach salad with grilled salmon is the best salad I've ever had in Houston. I also recommend the chicken caesar or the veggie club - even if you're not vegetarian - it's amazing. When other restaurants are becoming more the same as the world becomes more Corporate, Baba Yega is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood gem.

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Avoid the ""Special"" - It's probably Toxic!

We visited this establishment before and wanted to share it with our family for a celebration. The service was wonderful and the wait staff gracious. We are a food service family for over 20 years. Seafood was our specialty and the standards were very high for food safety. After beginning our meal with appetizers all was well....then the main course arrived. Within minutes of ingesting the ""Special "".....one family member was so sick that we had to leave the resataurant. It of course ruined the evening and the money lost was a mere irritant compared to the lack of professionalism shown by the management and owner. After a call back to the establishment we were told the fish was removed from the line. The owner denies that but it was said by the manager on duty. The family member is fine now ...but after having over 10 hours of severe cramping , pounding headache, and weakness in her muscles..... not even able to stand..........I cannot imagine a worse way to celebrate!! So...we had possible scromboid poisioning from a piece of fish that was bad and called a ""Special""............I will not suggest this restaurant to anyone ever again...but I will warn everyone I can to save their money and go to a Safe restaurant to eat. The owners lack of caring and blatent rudeness towards us is inexcusable and he should be ashamed and embarrassed at the entire incident.

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Bad food.

I have loved Baba yaga for a long time. However, several months ago I had three meals in a row that were horrible. I don't know what has happened to their food preparation. It used to be pretty good. My last three experinces were overcooked tune steak, fish cooked in grease that was very old, and roasted chicken that was so over cooked it was black. I really regret it, because I have always liked going there. however after three bad experiences, I don't any more. This is not just my opinion, but is the opinion of everyone I have talked to about the matter. I write with the hope they will change and be the resturant I really liked/

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Scrumptious meals - comfortable atmosphere

All 4 of us are pescetarians, and we loved the food that we ordered. The brie appetizer with fresh roasted garlic is to die for. I LOVED my club sandwich (with ""smoked turkey style gluten & fakin' bacon""), and the faux meatloaf was pretty good too. We were seated promptly, and the service was awesome!

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Healthy choices, cool environment

Since moving to Houston, this has been one of my favorite places to visit - either with friends, business, or a date. The set-up is unique, and cozy. I covert the 2 tables nearest the front fireplace in the winter, and the tables facing the back garden during the summer.

Excellent food choices, with a healthy bent. Plenty of options if you're feeling vegetarian or vegan. I understand the place has been around for at least 40 years, but was much smaller before. Well, their expansion was done excellently. Definitely a Houston institution, to which I'll keep coming back again and again.

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Great Avacado Burger

This was my first visit and definitly will not be my last. I love the ambiance of this resturant. I visited on a weeknight for dinner and sat in the back facing the garden and cois pond area very nice and intimate. Our server was a little slow to take our order. She was attentive when she was around but wasn't around much. The food was great. The food was brought to the table in a timely manner. The avacado burger is to die for I thouroughly enjoyed it. The Mojito was not up to par there was minced mint leaves throughout the drink that I kept sucking up through the straw. Overall I enjoyed the dining experience and look forward to returning.

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My Favorite Place!!!

If I could give this place 10 stars I would! I have been coming here for about 6 years now. I just thought I would put my two cents in and tell you how wonderful it is if you haven't been before. Food portions are plentiful and the brunch is to die for. Not only do you feel satisfied when you leave, you also know that you weren't fed trans fats and poor quality food. Healthy, nourishing and delicious food is what you will find here. The waiters don't hound you, they are discrete and helpful. Don't pass up the potato salad and for fun try the peanut butter ice cream cake (I think that is what it is?) If it is nice outside have lunch out back around the courtyard. Couldn't ask for much more!

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Snitty waiters

Three of my grown children and I went here on a beautiful weekday to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately, our waiter was horribly surly and seemed genuinely offended to have to serve us. When we tried to ignore his bad attitude, he seemed to become more determined to try to spoil our time together, actually slamming things on our table.

We ordered a Philly sandwich, two of the much-raved about smoked turkey and brie sandwiches, and the wilted spinach salad with grilled salmon. The brie was tiny and melted only if you consider ""not cold"" to equal ""melted"". The salmon on my salad was burned -- as in charcoal around the edges and tough all the way through. When that was sent back, it returned as almost raw; which may have been okay, since I like sushi. However, this was raw, previously frozen, mushy salmon. The spinach was wilted and overwhelmed by dressing, the two olives obviously canned - yuck! Rather than hassle the snitty Robert G. to take it back again, I just decided to focus on the pleasure of dining with my children and look forward to dessert.

Desserts were good, the coffee was unremarkable. The flan was truly heavenly, the tiramasu scrumptious, and the carrot cake above average, though cold.

Before we left, one of my sons stepped into the courtyard to smoke a cigarette -- our waiter took him an ashtray, though there was already one outside. I left my credit card on the table inside, then went to join my son. Rather than bringing the card outside for my signature, the snitty waiter returned it to the table inside. This was characteristic of the small slights visited on our table all afternoon.

I got the impression it was the family character of our group which was offensive to the waitstaff. That is a shame. We are all adults, completely capable of appreciating the beautiful courtyard, good food, and pleasant companionship. Homophilia is just as offensive as homophobia.

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General Info
A Montrose tradition since 1975, Baba Yega is a unique cafe in Houston offering a great dining experience in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
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Phone: 713-529-1756

Primary Phone: 713-529-0587

Phone: 713-529-0587

Fax Number: 713-529-1756

Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants
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Price Range
Central Houston, Neartown - Montrose, Montrose

Baba Yega Cafe

Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: No

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Vegetarian, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

Pets Allowed: Yes

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