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Kau Ba, Houston, TX

Kau Ba

4.4
4.4
374 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
"If I won't eat it, I won't serve it," that's the philosophy behind chef Nikki Tran's cooking style. With two successful restaurants in Vietnam, chef Nikki Tran is bringing her take on vietnamese food across the world to America's hottest food scene, Houston. Freshest ingredients, minimal white sugar, and absolutely no MSG is the catalyst behind every dish that comes out of Kau Ba Kitchen.

With a massive following of hungry diners on social media and her recognition on popular food programs such as Netflix Ugly Delicious or Somebody Feed Phil; chef Nikki Tran is bringing her palette to America with her take on Viet Cajun, VIEJUN

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (713) 497-5300
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Nikki Tran
  • Private party facilities
    Email kaubasaigonkitchen@gmail.com for private party details
  • Neighborhood
    Montrose
  • Cross street
    Missouri and Dunlavy
  • Parking details
    Parking to the left hand side of the restaurant. Marked Kau Ba Parking on gate.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 374 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

374 Reviews
  1. RachelleD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food! Wonderful service, able to accommodate the food allergies of my guest!

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  2. Guesswho

    Houston

    155 reviews

    4.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the pho with shrimp, crab, and mussels. It was outstanding. The seafood was very fresh and the broth was delicious.

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  3. Rose

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive service that is not overbearing. Awesome food. Lovely outdoor dining. Most pleasurable experience!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The flavors were great, however there were no veggies with the dishes, so we were glad to have ordered the Brussels sprouts appetizer. We all left feeling overly bloated, which is odd for us with Vietnamese food. We ordered the Shaking beef, a tofu dish, and the Brussels sprouts and shrimp for the table of 3. Great flavor, odd fullness and lack of veggies. It was quiet inside and also muggy, so little difference between the patio in terms of temperature. Perhaps they need a better door? 3-4 out of 5.

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  5. MargaretT

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood restaurant with a good dependable menu. There are not as many vegetarian meals as in would like, but the food is good and the outdoor patio is lovely with the good weather.

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  6. LauriW

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious food. Different from any Vietnamese restaurant I’ve dined at. Nice atmosphere. Good drinks too. Chef stopped by tables and was very interested in ensuring we enjoyed the meal.

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  7. MatthewJ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent menu both food and drinks! Would highly recommend the ribs!

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  8. txchic

    Houston

    127 reviews

    3.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I used to love Kau Ba, but we left disappointed this time.

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  9. GCHouston

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and value. The appetizers were delicious and very much enjoyed my ribs. Will be returning!

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  10. Grandpiper

    Houston

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was horrible. I was so looking forward to the meal. We had guests from out of town and after talking up the amazing Vietnamese food in Houston, this was embarrassing. The scallops were bland, not sure was up with salmon salad, the escargot had the consistence of a leather shoe, the vermicelli was tasteless, the banh mi bread was soggy and fell apart, and the grandma’s something was a mess. Wish we had gone to our neighborhood pho shop instead.

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Kau Ba is rated 4.4 stars by 374 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Kau Ba

2502 Dunlavy St, Ste B, Houston, TX 77006

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Missouri and Dunlavy
  • Neighborhood
    Montrose
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking to the left hand side of the restaurant. Marked Kau Ba Parking on gate.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Executive chef
    Nikki Tran
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 497-5300
  • Private party facilities
    Email kaubasaigonkitchen@gmail.com for private party details
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