Opened over 13 years ago, Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant is a family owned and operated business with a specialty in Russian and Eastern European cuisine. Run by owner Leo Malkov, his wife Maya and his son, Zoriy, Babushka offers traditional cooking, authentic flavors and a welcoming warm environment that embodies their passion for food. The deli also sells imported products including delicacies like smoked fish, red and black caviar, Russian butter, pickled cabbage, sauerkraut, sweet kiss cheese, beer and wine.
Open 365 days a year, including Christmas, Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant evolved from a simple deli to a go to source for imported and locally prepared Russian delicacies. Stop by for lunch, dinner or food to go. Their private indoor and outdoor dining spaces and catering are also available for special events or business occasions.
Wonderful food and service!!
The food was really great, super friendly service and we enjoyed our meal very much. The only wrinkle was a very long wait time for the food and drinks to arrive even though the place was less than half full. That been said the food was so good that the wait didn't detract from the overall experience and we will definitely go back for more. Highly recommended, just make sure you're not in a hurry:)
My husband and I are both European so we enjoyed our experience very much. The food was very good. The service was excellent. Great selection of European beer and wines. The paper on top of the tablecloth let down the elegance, but it's kind of typical of European "cafes" :) There is a deli attached, we bought some goodies there too.
The worst dining experience my wife and I have ever had, taken straight from an episode of “Kitchen Nightmares.” This was supposed to be a romantic Valentine’s dinner, which was an 8 course pre-fix menu. Seated at 7pm. Waiter didn’t acknowledge us until about 7:30. First dish came out at about 7:45, a small potato amuse bouche. A small crab cake came out at about 8:15. A Caesar’s salad arrived at 8:45. (Yes, ½ hour to get a salad!) I asked the waiter if the courses could come out faster since at the current pace it would be 11 before we finished. He looked at me like I was crazy and said he would check the kitchen. At about 9:15 the pork belly arrived. Once we finished, my wife set a timer as we noticed that, for most of the time, no one in the restaurant had any food. We passed the time watching everyone becoming more and more annoyed. At 9:45 I asked the waiter for the check, which took another 15 minutes to get. So over 3 hours, we got two glasses of wine each and four small courses. They apologized, explained that the chef had left in the middle of service (which would certainly explain the slow food but not the abysmal service. The restaurant only has about 20 tables but four waiters couldn’t seem to handle things.) They asked that we give them another chance. Absolutely not. If I could give this restaurant zero stars, I would.
Unfortunately we were not informed that there was only an expensive prix fixe dinner on the night we went to this restaurant. We had read the menu online & were looking forward to many of the house specialties. When we arrived, we had to wait for nearly an hour before we were served, & finally we left before the prix fixe meal was concluded. The food was good but not the Russian specialties for which we had yearned & we were very sorry about the evening. (The servers were so busy that it took them, on one case, 15 minutes to deliver a spoon to someone who needed one to eat his soup!)
The waiter was very courteous.Service was not quick, but paced nicely for dining/savoring the delightful food.
We loved the atmosphere, service, food and everything about the night. The manager came and spoke to us as well as the chef. We have the best waiter and did not feel rushed at all.
Awesome food. Lamb is to die for!
Food presentation is amazing.
Will definitely go back for food and Russian Lager!
This is the second time we've been here. The food is excellent, tastes very fresh and well seasoned. Best Eastern European restaurant in the Bay Area. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The restaurant has a relaxed and quiet ambience- perfect for a nice relaxing meal.
Great hidden place, nice authentic ambience and good food.