Baba

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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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

AG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the ambiance! So relaxing and sweet

D
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

EM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

KS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

MM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

YR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

AW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DC
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was great, loved the ambiance and the food was delicious. Very friendly staff. No reception though but I think that is good

C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic and the deal with the drinks being included for $0.25 each was awesome. Interesting selection of all kind of deliciousness with some items coming hot out of the kitchen. It was fab. Only reason that this is not 5 stars is because it was not made clear that brunch service ends at 3p. You have 2 hours from the time your reservation starts to eat and drink and so we only had one hour. Our waitress spilled our drinks all over my friend and, while accidents are understandable, it took too long to get it cleaned up and it was not ideal. I'd go back in a minute, though.

EW
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have really improved over the past few years! Excellent brunch deal!

TR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites for brunch , and now we love it for a chic but casual dinner. Less noisy than Ambar upstairs, but same kitchen so food is just as good. Loved it!

GH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A solid place for decent cocktails in a lounge that maximizes its space. It was great at first but then the DJ showed up and started blasting beats and the lets kept getting progressively darker - it felt like the VIP roped-off section of a club (but with no dancefloor). The vibe got sort of strange and incongruous. Drinks were overpriced and decent -- some were hit or miss but passable and it made for an enjoyable enough time for friends to gather.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unlimited menu is great value. All food was yum

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baba is a gem. You really can't go wrong with any of the drinks or food, and the happy hour menu gives you a chance to get a little taste before being able to order more.

If you are drinking, I highly recommend the Sombrero. It's under the smoky drink menu, and it has a great balance of smoke, salt, and overall flavor.

The Croquettes are fantastic, and the chicken skewers have a ton of flavor.

Overall, you should stop here if you get the chance! My only regret is waiting this long to try this place.

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a holiday brunch. They had a buffet and/or order from the menu all the same price. The food was good and the wait staff very nice.

BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bottomless Sunday brunch buffet was excellent with creative and delicious food choices. The buffet doesn't look enormous or overwhelming, yet there were plenty of excellent choices, including 3 types of soup, desserts, etc. Plus, in addition to the buffet, for the very reasonable price tag, you could also order entrees on menu at no extra cost, and 25 cent creative cocktails!

Z
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hands down best Brunch I have been to in DC, food and atmosphere are amazing!

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, drinks and ambiance were all on point! Will definitely be visiting soon.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable time. The band "The Rhythm Makers" was terrific. I will be back next time they play. My only complaint was the cost. Nearly $100 with tip for 3 drinks and a few appetizers seems excessive.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch at baba. Food was delicious and wait staff was attentive

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the atmosphere

AW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to Baba, and like the previous visits, this one was equally great. My wife and I love the ambiance of this restaurant, and that paired with great food and service makes this a favorite destination for dining. We love the Happy Hour pricing and selections. The free parking is also a definite positive aspect of dining in Arlington. We continue to be ardent fans of Baba!

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met for dinner with our Kumovi. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. We plan on going back often.

BW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had brunch here with a few friends, and it is a complete hidden gem, right under Ambar. The chairs were SO comfortable, the aesthetic fun, and the all you can eat brunch an absolute steal. Being able to sample across the buffet and try all the different cocktails was more than worth what we paid. And THE COCKTAILS. Some of the tastiest I've had in a while, a few becoming surprising new favorites. I'll be back again!

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It breaks my heart to write this review. I used to rave about Baba, but it seems like the quality in personnel has taken a turn in the wrong direction. I ordered filet mignon and was beyond thrilled about my entree. Thankfully we had ordered calamari, which was a total blessing since my dining experience went down the drain afterwards. However, my ears were hurting due to the awful live act that was performing. Anyways, we both ordered our entrees, but it got to the point we started wandering about our food. My friends food was brought up and was gone in like 20 minutes. I inquired about my entree and the waiter assured me that the wait wouldn’t be too long. Then an hour and half basically passed and still didn’t have my food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again BABA blew me away! The drinks on my first visit were to die for, so I had to bring my friends to experience them and I was looking forward to eating there this time. The staff was amazing. The food was outstanding and the drinks to die for. Our table favorite was the Seafood Linguini – it had shrimp, mussels, cat fish in a delicious white wine sauce! We had three orders, that’s how much we loved it! We also enjoyed the Shrimps Appetizer with a ginger-lime aioli, the Barley Risotto with garden vegetables – second table favorite, Filet mignon with a parmesan puree and chimichurri (not a big fan of the chimichurri, but the rest of the plate was fabulous), Steak Tartare with kajmak, pine nuts brioche croutons, crispy capers (my second favorite) ad some Calamari Fries. The Passion fruit pisco was the table favorite and then we tried the Raspberry Fizz, which I enjoyed very much. Great live music once again, all my friends loved the atmosphere, perfect for a girls night out or even a date. Looking forward to another visit soon.

KM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent my birthday there and I would recommend to anyone! The food was delicious and the staff was great! I will definitely be back.

SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, food is yummy, ambiance is high energy. Music too loud for real conversation but fine by me.

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