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Baba

4.7
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Balkan style
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‘BABA’, meaning Grandmother in Serbian, is a transformative speakeasy cocktail bar, serving top notch mixology concoctions, everyday brunch, La Colombe Coffee, 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. Also, BABA never sleeps; her doors are open all hours of the day!
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.

P.S. BABA’s strict dress code states: leave your inhibitions outside.

WEDNESDAYS: LADIES’ NIGHT

BABA loves to celebrate her ladies – and she’s reserved it for Wednesdays: Ladies’ Night.
On the menu? Sexy House Beats.
Ladies can enjou 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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 129 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 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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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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I adore this place; ambient music is a tad loud to allow for free conversation (in the section with arm chairs).

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We were told it was unusually quiet, because they generally have a DJ on Sundays and it is a party. We LOVE quiet and calm, so were grateful for our luck - the DJ was unexpectedly absent. Fun decor, quietly effective servers, attentive management. The food is wholesome, homey and interesting - Eastern European. We did the Sunday brunch buffet, which allows you to order fresh from the menu, too! The salmon benedict was especially nice with a perfectly poached local egg, and my husband's slider was yummy. Their bacon was an unusual smoke, but delicious. I generally don't like mac and cheese, but theirs was tasty and creamy (I doubt that's an ethnic dish!) When they found out it was my birthday, they did the best b-day special ever - a black slate tray with Happy Birthday stenciled in powered sugar, a single candle and three each (one for each of us) lovely little dessert bites. If you value quiet, which is evidently not always the case, you might want to call ahead for the plan for the time slot you're aiming for.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

With this visit I have now bought into the tapas style and LOVE IT! Most of the things we ordered were on the recommendation of our server...Everything was amazing! We will definitely visit again if we return to town!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great ambiance, tasty small plates, intriguing cocktails and friendly service

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Baba is a truly unique experience in the heart of Clarendon, where chain retail and restaurants are becoming more prevalent. Our intro visit was excellent! The small plates were delicious and gracious servers a pleasure to interact with. We loved our Moldovan wine, too. This is a lounge/bar where a creative take on Balkan cuisine, bevs and ambiance make you feel far away. I'm still thinking the of the roast cauliflower, the seared tuna and smoked gouda tapas days later. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Amazing brunch with an amazing staff! Nobody does it better!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Baba was SO great! Went here with a group of friends and the vibe is awesome - small and cozy, great service, and they do NOT rush you out the door when you're done eating. 8 friends and I sat and enjoyed several drinks after we'd eaten our small plates and had a great time. The music was good, not too loud, and the decor is absolutely adorable. A perfect place for a date, brunch, or happy hour. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Fun place. Very different. Excellent "speak easy" drink concoctions! Not your average restaurant, very eclectic. Food was yummy. We had a great time. Service was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My ratings are low because the portions were too small to qualify as a restaurant week value sampling. The food was tasty and well-prepared with beautiful presentation but we left hungry. We don't have huge appetites either but our noticeable hunger let us to the Whole Foods deli nearby to have half of a sandwich so our stomach would be satisfied.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great ambience, great food and exceptional service!!

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

expensive for the portion size, fun drinks but we had to go out elsewhere to complete the meal

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the atmosphere, warm and intimate. Unlike so many restuarant now, you aren't crammed together so you feel like you can have a real conversation. The small plates were all tasty, I particularly liked the slider. If you decide to part in their lot make sure you know your license plate number so you can give it to them when you check in!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

This place was fantastic! There was a big party that was set up for the time I was scheduled to come in. Mariana called me to see if I would reschedule and she mentioned a glass of champagne on the house. I was flexible and thought the champagne was a joke, but when my friend and I sat down, we were greeted within minutes with a glass of champagne each. Then later Mariana came over to meet us and personally thank us for our flexibility. It was amazing to be treated so well for something so easy for us.

The food was so good too! I had the Wild Forest Mushrooms, which were scrumptious. Then I had the Seafood Olivier which was my absolute favorite item! It has scallops and calamari and the sriracha tarragon mayo had such an enjoyable kick. The last thing I had was the dry-aged rib eye, which was so tender and yummy! For the cocktail that was included in the Restaurant Week package, I had the Zastava Sidecar. If you like plum wine, you will love it! And I did.

Thanks for the great night! I don't think you can go wrong here.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Decided to try this place for the first time during restaurant week because the deal included 3 dishes plus a cocktail. The Serbian Sombrero was SO GOOD. My boyfriend is vegetarian and the menu had a great selection to accommodate him. All of the dishes that we tried were very tasty - I especially loved the salmon tartare, but I was surprisingly very full by the time it arrived at my table so I wasn't able to finish it all. I would definitely like to return!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

The ambiance is awesome! This place has the feel of an upscale speakeasy. The food was great but very small even for a “small plate.” The cocktails were well crafted and the service was 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Happy hour cocktails are a great value and tend to be really delicious mixes of surprising flavors. The bites we had were tasty, especially the Gouda appetizer and the hand-made chips.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Super comfy chairs, delicious food, excellent service.

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