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Baba

4.7
4.7
315 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, European

  • Hours of operation

    Monday-Thursday: 4pm – 12am Friday: 4pm – 2am Saturday: 9:30am – 2am Sunday: 9:30am – 12am Brunch: Saturday&Sunday: 9:30am – 3pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm – 10:30pm Friday-Saturday: 4pm – 12am Bar: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm – 12am Friday-Saturday: 4pm – 2am HH: Monday-Friday: 4pm-7pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 312-7978

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bojan Bocvarov

  • Private party facilities

    BABA restaurant provides the perfect space to host your upcoming private or corporate event. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we at BABA will host your friends, family and business partners with equal care, professionalism and only the highest level of customer service

  • Private party contact

    Marijana Skerlic : (202) 999-5320

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    2 hour free parking on a limited parking lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.

  • Entertainment

    Our DJ sets up early – so you don’t miss a beat.Thursday 8 PMFriday and Saturday 9:30 PMAll tunes. All tastes. You will not be disappointed.WEDNESDAYS: Enjoy our acoustic nights with various talented artists, every Wednesday starting at 7 PM.THURSDAYS: Ladies’ Night. BABA loves to celebrate her ladies – and she’s reserved it for them.On the menu? Acoustic Latin beats.Ladies can enjoy 1 complimentary sparkling wine or Baba's secret cocktail.FRIDAYS / SATURDAYS: NO EXCUSES.No early morning rising (for most of us) so tonight BABA accepts no excuses. On the program? House music and A-class mixology leaving us with no doubt that we’ll be seeing you next week and the week after and… you get the idea.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JD

    JonathanD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is my #1 brunch spot. I’ve NEVER had a bad time here.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 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.
  3. T

    Thalia

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    Great live flamenco guitar music Thursday night!
  4. K

    Kristine

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  5. BL

    BLaw

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 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.
  6. s

    sw15

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 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.
  7. AC

    AnneC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  8. A

    Alec

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Too expensive
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good place for drinks and small plates. Relatively small area with a speakeasy vibe, and it’s right next to Ambar.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar service. Perfect date night vibes.
  11. J

    Jodie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably Delicious! Love the homey ambiance and my favorite breakfast ever--Balkan Eggs
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a girls brunch!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded expectations!
  14. S

    Sheila

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 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
  15. WP

    WPfood

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It’s an okay place, but not a place I would necessarily recommend to my friends.
  16. Z

    Zlat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best brunch in Arlington hands down! The food and drinks really are amazing
  17. B

    Bandido

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 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.
  18. RH

    RonH

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 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
  19. JG

    JennaG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  20. 1

    112021js

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Great cocktails, meh (and overpriced) food.
  21. P

    Phil

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is great and a great value. A little cramped but cosy. Wine list is a bit weak, but great place.
  22. J

    Jodie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for brunch. The Balkan eggs are my favorite but everything is fantastic.
  23. KM

    KissMeCate

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 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.
  24. IK

    IanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 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)!
  25. PR

    PRVA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  26. AG

    AlexisG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  27. H

    Hungryandhappy

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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!
  28. AB

    AlexB

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun ambiance, great food, and nice, attentive (but not annoying) service.
  29. SC

    SeanC

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  30. RC

    RobC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  31. AM

    AllieM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved the ambiance! So relaxing and sweet
  32. D

    Dtackett

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  33. EM

    EmilyM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  34. KS

    KathySF

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    44 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.
  35. MM

    MaryM

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 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.
  36. YR

    YvetteR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful surprise. Unique and delicious food. Sunday brunch is fairly reasonable.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  38. AW

    AllenW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  39. S

    Subagent

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  40. DC

    DCVol

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 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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Baba is rated 4.7 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Monday-Thursday: 4pm – 12am Friday: 4pm – 2am Saturday: 9:30am – 2am Sunday: 9:30am – 12am Brunch: Saturday&Sunday: 9:30am – 3pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm – 10:30pm Friday-Saturday: 4pm – 12am Bar: Sunday-Thursday: 4pm – 12am Friday-Saturday: 4pm – 2am HH: Monday-Friday: 4pm-7pm

  • Cuisines

    Balkan style, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    2 hour free parking on a limited parking lot behind the restaurant on Filmore St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bojan Bocvarov

  • Entertainment

    Our DJ sets up early – so you don’t miss a beat.Thursday 8 PMFriday and Saturday 9:30 PMAll tunes. All tastes. You will not be disappointed.WEDNESDAYS: Enjoy our acoustic nights with various talented artists, every Wednesday starting at 7 PM.THURSDAYS: Ladies’ Night. BABA loves to celebrate her ladies – and she’s reserved it for them.On the menu? Acoustic Latin beats.Ladies can enjoy 1 complimentary sparkling wine or Baba's secret cocktail.FRIDAYS / SATURDAYS: NO EXCUSES.No early morning rising (for most of us) so tonight BABA accepts no excuses. On the program? House music and A-class mixology leaving us with no doubt that we’ll be seeing you next week and the week after and… you get the idea.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 312-7978

  • Private party facilities

    BABA restaurant provides the perfect space to host your upcoming private or corporate event. From small family gatherings to huge corporate events, we at BABA will host your friends, family and business partners with equal care, professionalism and only the highest level of customer service

  • Private party contact

    Marijana Skerlic : (202) 999-5320

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