Baba

4.6
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$30 and under
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Balkan style
‘BABA’, meaning Grandmother in Serbian, is a transformative speakeasy cocktail bar, serving top notch mixology concoctions, weekend brunch, Fun Dining and decadent desserts! BABA's name evokes a sense of comfort, nostalgia and being well fed – which we all associate when we think of our grandmothers. The only difference? This BABA is sharp, slightly mischievous, and always the life of the party – she has more energy and spirit than all of us put together.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! It was a little too dark and noisy for my parents, but the food and service made up for that to them! Highly suggest the 5 hour lamb, everything else was great as well but that was exceptional. Drinks were also a hit with our group. For 6 people, we spent around $350. Pricey, but worth it in my opinion.

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vipThalia
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Great live flamenco guitar music Thursday night!

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Kristine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We went for the brunch and the buffet food had gotten cold and when ordering items off the menu half weren't available.

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vipBLaw
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Mushrooms were definitely a favorite, shrimp was meh though, that’s the one we’d skip next time. Service was helpful. Fun vibe but pretty loud.

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sw15
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was fantastic- very involved and friendly, while making sure all is running as it should. Great food and drinks, as well.

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AnneC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great brunch! The drinks service was a little slow, they didn’t have enough menus (each table got one menu for everyone at the table), and Ambar and Baba use the same bathrooms (which for the women’s room means 2 stalls for everyone in both restaurants). BUT the food was excellent, the cocktails were delicious, and the decor was really cute. The staff was maybe a bit short-handed, but they were very friendly and solicitous.

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vipAlec
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Too expensive

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place for drinks and small plates. Relatively small area with a speakeasy vibe, and it’s right next to Ambar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service. Perfect date night vibes.

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Jodie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably Delicious! Love the homey ambiance and my favorite breakfast ever--Balkan Eggs

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a girls brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations!

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Sheila
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a bit too loud for what it was, I could barely hear the person inches away from me. Other than that it was pretty noce

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WPfood
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s an okay place, but not a place I would necessarily recommend to my friends.

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Zlat
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best brunch in Arlington hands down! The food and drinks really are amazing

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vipBandido
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

An interesting array of small dishes, influenced by Baba's relationship with Ambar, the Balkan tapas restaurant, next door. Food was tasty but servings were literally small.

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vipRonz
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Two things brings me back to Baba eveytime:
1. the great service
2. the awsome DJ on friday night

the food, atmosphere, cool crowd and great location also helps

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vipJennaG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

I went for hh and the drinks are creative and delicious. However, the food menu is extremely limited especially for vegetarians. The last time I had been the menu was far more extensive, smaller yet similar to Ambar upstairs. The staff told me they changed the menu since my last visit about a year or so ago. I 100% recommend Baba for hh drinks though and then do what we did, eat upstairs. Great ambiance, as well!

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vipJasonS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Great cocktails, meh (and overpriced) food.

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Phil
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is great and a great value. A little cramped but cosy. Wine list is a bit weak, but great place.

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Jodie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for brunch. The Balkan eggs are my favorite but everything is fantastic.

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KissMeCate
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was disappointed that although it was restaurant week and they were offering a prix fixe menu, the server did not mention it and did not give us the restaurant week menu. That did not seem right. I was with someone so it was awkward to point that out.

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IanK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is great! Went here for a birthday dinner with a few friends and had a great time. It has sort of a "fourth date vibe" so be aware (When I went there my group was the only non-couple in the room). Watch out for the chairs (they roll). If you get anything other than the mix drink cocktails you are making a mistake because they are amazing and creative (though they also have a good wine/beer selection too)!

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PRVA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

OUTSTANDING ambiance and food. We got the "unlimited/bottomless brunch" and enjoyed all the diverse selection. Appreciated that the culinary offering is not the standard American brunch fare. The Baba Team was fantastic. Only suggestion is that more attention is paid to timely mimosa refills and menu orders. More time than not, we were actively seeking attention from the staff. Other than that, it was a thoroughly enjoyable brunch experience.

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AlexisG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, as always—cozy, good food, thoughtful and attentive service staff. The brunch deal satisfied the most and least adventurous eaters among us, as well as the most and least interested in cocktails. Highly recommend.

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Hungryandhappy
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Baba is a tucked away restaurant with excellent Balkan food and unique cocktails. It’s much quieter than it’s neighbor, Ámbar, and offers a cozy setting. The brunch buffet and ala carte menu was perfect on a warm Saturday!

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SeanC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, great food! I invited a large group, first experience for them, and all were very pleased.

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RobC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Baba. Won't be my last. The food was AMAZING! Everyone in my group loved it.

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AllieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the ambiance! So relaxing and sweet

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Dtackett
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the secret passage from the sidewalk going into the restaurant. The furniture is very worn and is in need of an upgrade. The theme is cute and will work but with new furniture. This relates to comfort.

The food was great as far as flavor, however, the eggs were burnt. I don’t like mine burnt. The lunch side of brunch seems more solid than the breakfast. They have opportunities here to add some flare to the menu. My Bloody was OK... no celery, olives, etc... just juice and Vodka. Again.... add some flair...

My friends love this place so I’ll give you another try in the near future.

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vipEmilyM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Went here for our anniversary to celebrate our first date, which was also here at Baba. We loved the vibe on our first date and obviously it was a good first date since we are together this much later. This time for our anniversary, we looked forward to the same atmosphere in terms of food, drinks, music, etc. Unfortunately we left after a couple drinks (which were very creative and good) and went upstairs to Ambar to eat because the acoustic guitarist playing at Baba was terrible and loud. Not sure if this is a nightly thing now, or just a couple days a week, or just on this one occasion. We will probably try again another time, but we won’t bother sitting down if there’s live music after this experience.

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vipKathySF
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Pretty disturbing when you pay $35 per person for Restaurant week for a drink, appetizer and an entree and your portions are so small that you leave hungry.

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MaryM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The space is lovely reminds me of Paris! I don't know if the restaurant week portions were skrunk or if that is normal but they were small-we stopped at the taco and pizza place a few blocks down for take-out. The 5 hour lamb was amazing but my Bolognese had unevenly cooked pasta. I did enjoy my raspberry fizz and the sparkling wine was very nice. The staff are super friendly but if you get so busy that you can't remember what people order, you need to write it down. The guy came back 3 times to ask about something we ordered and we heard him ask 2 surrounding tables what they ordered.

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YvetteR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful surprise. Unique and delicious food. Sunday brunch is fairly reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the vibe at this downstairs restaurant! We enjoyed a lovely brunch with great service. The $.25 mimosas, bellinis, and enfused coffee we’re definitely a draw, and the overall price of $29 for a bottomless brunch can’t be beat. Our fave foods were the salmon crepes, the cheese/jelly pastries, the French toast, and the salmon Benedict. (Pescatarian, so can’t speak to the meat dishes). Oh, and the baklava & chocolate crepes for dessert. Yum.

Would definitely recommend!

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AllenW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time to visit Baba. Hard to believe, but each time just gets better. Our food was perfectly prepared and presented. As always the ambiance in the restaurant is cozy, yet lively. Happy Hour here is one af the best values in the DC area.

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Subagent
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A business acquaintance from Japan was visiting, and I wanted to find someplace where a few of us could sit and catch up, as well as enjoy a nice cocktail and a small meal. Baba is perfect for such an occasion. The small plate filet was quite savory.

I'm sure I'll be back with friends and/or family. Really a delightful, intimate and fairly hip (by my old-guy standards) bistro. Bonus points for the downstairs location, which adds to the vibe!

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vipDCVol
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening - great location and atmosphere. Dinner & Drinks were well-prepared and well-presented. Attentive service. Live music was appropriate and enjoyable. Can't wait to go back again

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Bethel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Bartender was not attentive on my visit. Focused more on carrying the conversations with other waiting staff

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JonathanD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here about 6 times so far this year. One of the best brunch spots in the area with amazing food and incredibly light and tasty mixed drinks. Everyone I've brought here loves it too. I'll definitely continue coming here for the ambiance and original feel.

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