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Baba

4.7
146 reviews
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$30 and under
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Balkan style
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Tapas
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‘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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Balkan style, European
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thu: 4 PM – 12 AM
Fri: 4 PM – 2 AM
Sat: 9:30 AM – 2 AM
Sun: 9:30 AM – 12 AM

Brunch:
Sat & Sun: 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Dinner:
Sun - Thu: 4 PM – 10:30 PM
Fri - Sat: 4 PM – 12 AM

Bar:
Sun - Thu: 4 PM – 12 AM
Fri - Sat: 4 PM – 2 AM

Happy Hour:
Mon - Fri: 4 PM - 7 PM
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Phone number
(703) 312-7978
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bojan Bocvarov
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
2 hour free parking
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Entertainment
Our DJ sets up early – so you don’t miss a beat.
Thursday 9 PM
Friday and Saturday 9:30 PM
All tunes. All tastes. You will not be disappointed.


WEDNESDAYS: Enjoy our acoustic nights with various talented artists, every Wednesday starting at 8 PM.

THURSDAYS: Ladies’ Night. BABA loves to celebrate her ladies – and she’s reserved it for
On the menu? Latin beats.
Ladies can enjoy 1 complementary 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.
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Special events & promotions
https://www.baba.bar/private-events/
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 146 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Great service. Our waitress and Marianna were very friendly.

Food selection was excellent.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great brunch for people who eat veganish - you can order a number of items without egg or meat! And it was relatively quiet. Meaning not obnoxiously overcrowded like other places.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very bohemian, eclectic, and enjoyable. We were a little cramped for space at our table, but it was a small price to pay for an otherwise exemplary experience.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Went on a Monday night. It was quiet (we were one of only two couples there). Great service. Good food. Great ambience. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

BaBa had a Memorial Day brunch special, so we got the brunch crew together to try this new spot. Its started out with our party of 6 changing to a party of 3, which the staff very kindly dealt with, no problems. The basement spot is very cozy and intimate, with great eclectic decor, seating and dishes. A real comfortable feel to the whole place.
The Balkan food was very good, similar to Agora just upstairs, but served buffet style, so you can moderate your intake a little..... if you have the will power. The drinks were fantastic! I started with the celery one, then the beet, then the berry, and finished with the iced tea on fire. My freinds loved the belinis and the coffee drink.
Service was fantastic right up to the end when they were taking down the buffet for the regular service, then we waited quite a while to get the bill, and pay it. This was completely offset by how delightful Mairian (sp?) was. She is a warm, funny, friendly hostess that really made us feel at home.
Overall, a great brunch. I would strongly recommend, and look forward to returning!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Amazing, hands down the best customer and ambiance I've experience with a classy speakeasy vibe! The gouda cheese and mushrooms are absolutely delish!!!


You will not be disappointed, reserve your seat (s) today!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I love the brunch at Baba! The price is great and the food is amazing. They have a great variety of food selections at the buffet and on the made-to-order menu. This was my second visit, and the only complaint I have is that my friend, who did not intend to order the buffet option and had one made-to-order omelette, was required to pay buffet price because the rest of the table decided to go with the buffet option. Our server failed to explain this requirement to us--or the buffet option/pricing at all--prior to dining.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Definitely a fun place! We went for Sunday brunch and it was a really great experience. My friend was very late and the server was extremely understanding and still let me sit, brought me a drink and didn't hassle me to start the buffet. The buffet was a little pricey at $30 but if you did the buffet, your drinks were .25 cents! Yes, you read that right. The Balkan buffet was really good and the meat bureq was the HIGHLIGHT! The slider off the made-to-order menu was also really solid. Fun "club like" atmosphere but not too much. Just be prepared for energetic music.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Another fantastic evening at Baba! I have allergies to gluten and dairy. The staff and kitchen are always very accommodating of my allergies and will incorporate different parts of other dishes so I can always enjoy a delicious gluten and dairy free meal. They have a fantastic spicy tequila drink called the Serbian Sombrero. I love the lighting and ambiance inside - all in all ... fantastic place! I'm excited for their new restaurant to open up across the street.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Horrible service. We were often brought food or drinks that were not ours and then not brought what we had actually ordered. Seemed like a very confused staff and no sense of what was happening. Food was sub-par. Much better options in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I think I might have gotten sick off the yougart in the stuffed pepper.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

One of the best/interesting places to had brunch that I've had the opportunity to visit.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went to Brunch. Very good buffet, can also order off menu and be included. Tres Leches desert was great.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

My wife, daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at baba. My wife and I had driven to Arlington from Pittsburgh during the day so the small plates and drinks were a relaxing way to start the evening. All plates and drinks were enjoyed. The mushrooms, and scallops were my favorite and the Serbian sombreros were nice after the trip. Very relaxing. Cauliflower, and croquets were another highlight. But the sliders and tartars were very good also.

We will return!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Loved the ambiance, food was delicious and we got a special which was great value. The service was super friendly and attentive. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food quality superb and creative menu concept for Sunday Brunch; kinda liked the fact that you had to order certain dishes a la carte (i.e. eggs) so that they didn't turn to crusty mush under heat lamps in the buffet. Our group loved the setting as well. Will definitely return ASAP.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great place to come, as we have for about a year now. Staff know us and make recommendations on food and drink that has never been wrong.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My boyfriend and I went for a late dinner and the service was exceptional, the food and drinks were amazing, and the music was great. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We celebrated a friend’s going away and were so impressed by the all the staff taking care of our group. The food and drinks were also delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Saw this on Yelp and didn't know it was under âmbar and what a place! This is one of the best brunches I have had

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved Baba. Nice design and cozy atmosphere. Food was great and service impeccable. Will definitely be back.
The only thing I'd recommend for improvement is the DJ. Seems like in order to match the rest of the place the DJ would have to be more experienced.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The music is way too loud. It’s obnoxious and unnecessary. We won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Made a reservation for 6....which was a wise choice. The place was hopping! Waiter was nice and explained a lot of the drink and food menu to us. He also was able to keep up with our water, which was great. The food portions are small (tapas) and are served sporadically. No problem when you order 3, but two of our party weren't really hungry so they only ordered 1....guess who's came out last. Everything we ordered was either very good or outstanding. Cauliflower, tuna, and slider really stood out. Ladies all ordered mixed drinks and were impressed. Very, very loud. We are old, so it was somewhat difficult to talk/hear. On the expensive side.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. Staff was really informative and clearly love food from their homeland. 😊Yum!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Love the handsome bartenders! And friendly hostess!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food and unique drinks. Service was great too!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Delicious food and drinks. We went during happy hour, so it was a good deal.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The restaurant itself was super cute inside, they had live music that was a nice touch. However, once we were seated it took about 30 min for anyone to even come over to us. Once we finally placed a drink order, it took another 45 min for someone to come back to take a dinner order. Then when someone finally came around, I grabbed my check, which it took them another 45 min to take our check. I would not say it was that busy that the service should have been this poor.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Amazing cocktails, as always!! Strongly recommend the Serbian Sombrero if you like tequila!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Good food. Definitely gives you the feeling of “a night out,” a little dark and loud, but still enjoyable. The food and service were both great

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

As always, the food and the staff were both top notch. Today was part of Baba's birthday celebration, so every table got a special dessert on the house.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Hidden gem in Clarendon, and probably the best bar in Arlington (don't tell anyone!). Speakeasy vibe without all the hidden nonsense.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Drinks are great, ambiance is fun, but loud, food is good, not as good as Ambar upstairs.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The tapas-like food was spaced out so we could talk and appreciate it more. The balkan wine list provided different experiences. Enjoyed, already told friends and plan on coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a birthday brunch (small group) here, food was so delicious, vibe of Baba was very cool including a DJ and comfy seating, and service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend/visit again!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Eat dinner first. Portions were smaller than most of trendy D.C. Tapas places.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We absolutely love coming to Baba. The drinks are phenomenal! The tapas are amazing and the customer service is fantastic! We have become regulars and will keep coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I love this restaurant! They are always so hospitable. Make a reservation to ensure you get a table, it gets packed :)

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Everything about our brunch at Baba was wonderful. Fun atmosphere and decor with Grandma's decor and a DJ. The buffet spread was full of unique Balkan dishes such as goulash and different spreads as well as traditional standbys for the less adventurous. Don't miss the veggie omelet, ajvar spread, and the veal sliders. Cocktails were fun as well, we particularly enjoyed both the beet and the celery libations. Our server was very attentive and fun. Will definitely be back and recommend this place to others!

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