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Babushka Eastern European Restaurant & Deli

61 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Russian, European, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Dinner: Sunday & Wednesday 5:00pm - 8:30pm,
Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 210-0779
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Zoriy Malkov
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room seat 32 and our outdoor seating seats 20 -38.
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Private party contact
Zoriy Malkov or Dimitri Chaliotis: (925) 210-0779
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Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant guarantees prompt delivery and high quality of delectable foods along with well-trained and experienced personnel committed to providing you with the highest level of satisfaction and service.
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Cross street
South Main Street
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Parking details
Parking is available on street as well as our private lot which is located in front of our deli and in back of our restaurant. After 6:00pm, you may utilize any parking spot in the back.
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Public transit
The Free Shuttle #4 has a pick up / drop off one block way, north, outside of Stanford’s, on Broadway Plaza.

It's a 2 minute walk from there to our restaurant.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPlanny (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Wonderful food and service!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

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:)

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

vipZ123 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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!)

Kathycupcake (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

The waiter was very courteous.Service was not quick, but paced nicely for dining/savoring the delightful food.

Pamelasue (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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.

spineguy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Awesome food. Lamb is to die for!
Food presentation is amazing.
Will definitely go back for food and Russian Lager!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

Great hidden place, nice authentic ambience and good food.