Babushka Nouveau Russe

4.5
129 reviews
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Traditional dishes our Babushka made at home, made with ingredients cultivated by our local farmers and friends. Chef Zoriy incorporates his french training when making his childhood favorites, giving the food a touch of sophistication. We call it... Nouveau Russe.
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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner on March 22. The chef had made a pasta as one of the specials that evening. That was fantastic!.It would be great to have it as part of the menu.
Unfortunately, they did not have the Russian Caesar Salad or the Rack of Lamb which are so delicious.
Hope Chef Zoriy would consider bringing those dishes back on the menu.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had to wait for our waitress for at least 20 minutes initially. This was the only negative moment at this restaurant. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice. We enjoyed our experience overall. I will definitely come back.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek! The chef is a genius, the food is amazing, portions good, prices reasonable. Pastry dessert chef also stellar. We’ve had everything on the menu and keep coming back for more. We especially love piroshki, caviar, all the salads, the soups, pickled vegetables, the piroshki is the best anywhere, (especially the feta spinach and the beef) the stroganoff, vereniki (sp?) and lamb and fish specials. He combines modern deliciousness with Russian classics and French flair. His sauces are indescribable and great. Service always friendly and real. This place is a gem.

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. The chicken Kiev and the Lamb are delicious dishes. The piroshki is a must. We enjoyed the chicken and the spinach. We consider Babushka a gem in our neighborhood.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Babushka never fails. Awesome friendly staff and superior tasting & inventive cuisine. Truly a great experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

I hadn’t been in a few years, but moved back to the area

I remembered it being fun, and it was

But I forgot how good the food was

Traditional, but rally well executed menu

I genuinely recommend

(Oh, the vodka flight doesn’t hurt)

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Enjoyed the French music very much. Pleasantly surprised that there's a French twist to the traditional Russian cuisine.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and absolutely scrumptious food. Wine recombination was perfect. A very enjoyable night out !

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d
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable experience. Will return soon. Food a happy surprise. Will recommend to friends.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to go here for a long tine. Enjoyed our Valentine’s Day menu :) will come again

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

On Valentines Day they should have more than 1 set menu as there were things that we really did not want to eat on the menu. Some of us do not eat any kind of seafood. Service was not very good as they appeared to be shorthanded. There was no bartender or hostess to support the servers. We were not offered coffee or asked how we enjoyed the meal. Very high price for what we got. The lamb shank however was very good.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Valentine's Day had a prefixed menu and food was amazing. The service was delightful yet very slow and seemed to have forgotten quite a few things. They might have been understaffed. A table for two (without cocktails, water only), took two hours. They forgot about our palate cleanser from the prefixed menu. I hope the service is a bit faster next time around! I'd like to come back on another day to try the regular menu.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing prefixe menu for Valentine’s Day. 7 courses for $65.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday dinner with my family. The service is always wonderful, and the food is absolutely superb!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Staff were very pleasant, menu was interesting and food tasted delicious, ambiance was comfortably elegant. Pace of service was on the slow side, but it felt intentional and in keeping with the Russian/Europe culture

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ID
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food & service, great place for business meeting!

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very well prepared , hearty food
Wish that we had ordered 2 chocolate cakes instead of 1.
We will visit again during the spring.

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B
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Babushka has been a hidden gem in Walnut Creek for quite some time, this is the first time we’ve been back since they remodeled the main dining room. Really a nice experience, with knowledgeable, attentive service and delicious food. Very pleased, we will return.

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a few times, it is always wonderful. This time it was friend from San Francisco. They loved it!

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SH
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very good service. Our meal was tasty, although basic. The atmosphere could use some improvement.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babushka is the best restaurant in Walnut Creek!

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PD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love coming here. The food is always outstanding, the service is fabulous and we love their choices of European beers.

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ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I heard about Babushka from Open Table and I am glad I gave it a try. The food was excellent. We had the beff stroganoff it did not have the noodles like other dishes. The beef, mash potatoes and mushrooms were out of sight. We finished with the chocolate cake for dessert. Wow. Give this a shot if you are in Walnut Creek.

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S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

All of us really loved the food. Beet salad and borsht and dumplings were delicious. Honey cake was also very flavorful and moist. There are not very many Russian restaurants nearby and we made a special trip to Walnut Creek for a special occasion.
While the food was wonderful, we all agreed the ambience did not match the food. Low ceiling, somewhat gaudy light fixtures, and even the paintings on the wall did not add anything to the great experience we could be having. We will definitely return for another Russian meal and hope the decor would be cozier and more elegant. I would also add that I have had much better rye/dark bread in other restaurants before.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stunning good food: fresh, unique flavors, and presented beautifully. I will be bringing my mom for her birthday next month. Would be great for a date night too. The owners keep a deli with all sorts of delicacies next door.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal! This is our favorite restaurant! We had the piroskis beef and spinach with feta which were delicious! Followed by a delectable roasted beet salad. We had beef stroganoff and rack of lamb which were absolutely fantastic. A wonderful bottle of wine and finished with desserts of napoleon and a molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I hate to share this restaurant for obvious selfish reasons but, it deserves to be well known because it is that good! Wonderful food and service. A true gem!

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FM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, highly recommend the stroganoff and the starters.

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is nothing special, which was biggest disappointment based on reviews. Atmosphere is meh - seems like a retread of multiple restaurants with no personality (gold trimmed mirror from the '80s?). Wine selection is insipid - Eastern European crud that seems chosen for the area rather than quality (place desperately needs a wine buyer).

Overall, we were disappointed and won't be back.

One thing was very odd is the obvious entrance is locked and people sitting inside would point where to enter via narrow, unmarked hallway 15' to the left to get to a second entrance - apparently there's a small sign on the window that you don't notice until you try and turn the locked handle (it's obvious details like this that makes one shake one's head). The couple sitting in the window met us as we were walking out and told us and the greeter (owner?) that they had told 10 people the same thing while they were eating - the greeter just nodded - 100 to 1 nothing is done to address this glaringly simple problem...

There are too many decent restaurants to give business to amateurs like those running this place.

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OT
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

So nice to be able to park right in front of a restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek! Attractive dining room. Only 2 servers but service was ok. Food and wine were delicious, especially the Pinot Noir and the housemade noodles with the Beef Stroganoff.

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b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and creative. We loved the Pinot Noir from Hungary. Varvara made excellent recommendtions for entrees, wine and dessert. Goulash was great and the mushroom dumplings were also excellent.

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WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for her 90th birthday. They had an elegant table for 7 ready for us and it was beyond expectations from there. The service was excellent and friendly, and the food was fantastic. It is a Russian restaurant so we all had a shot of excellent vodka straight from the deep freeze to whet our appetites. Great little secret in Walnut Creek!

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MA
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, authentic cuisine and attentive service. Will return to dine in a heartbeat!

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional.
This restaurant is so under appreciated / not well known. Food is amazing, price is right, service is outstanding. A must go place.

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RA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Very friendly staff as well.
Made my husbands birthday extra special with some cookie and a vodka shot with the chef.
Definite recommend!

Only note would be it was a kind of bright in there so the mood was a bit lost but once the food arrived we forgot all about it. We had a wonderful time!

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MH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. We tried a couple of appertizers, three entries, dessert and a flight of vocka. Fun experience and love that we were not rushed at any point during dinner.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a company holiday dinner (10 people) and all of us were very happy with the quality of the food, quiet place, very nice staff and reasonable prices.

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G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went to Babushka for a second time and this time was even better than the last!
We started with red caviar with crepes and creme fraiche, an eggplant dip and piroshki with salad. The starters were delicious! Then my spouse had the Wild Boar which was very good and I had the Golubtsy which was perfect because we had so many staters!
I can't wait to bring my daughter here as she will love the beef stroganoff or the chicken Kiev!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem! One of my favorite places to go for comfort food and conversation. Great food and beautiful presentation.

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RE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a very quiet setting

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