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Kau Ba, Houston, TX

Kau Ba

4.5
4.5
305 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Midtown / 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

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What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Innovative

  • Houston

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Houston

    Innovative

  • Houston

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. BH

    BrianH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    V (bartender ) made us feel extremely welcomed and comfortable during our lunch. Being our first time here she led us thru the food and drink menus offering popular picks and suggestions based on palette. The drinks were superior, the food was excellent (in-house smoked meats) and the ambience quaint and enjoyable for our lunch date. Will definitely be back to try more plates and pho! Highly recommend!
  2. AH

    AudreyH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wings and pork skewers were my favorite. The lychee drink was super lovely. Ambience was really lively.
  3. j

    johnt

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Delightful Vietnamese fusion restaurant with wonderful offerings which while traditional were unique
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Waiter forgot some of our order. He disappeared and we had to ask another server for help with our meal. Food was not great, a bit greasy. Waiter suggestions actually were the most unpopular with our group.
  5. M

    Menguin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious with fantastic service. Can't wait to return.
  6. TW

    TimothyW

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cocktails are inventive and unique, they have some weird ingredients but trust them they combine wonderfully. Good is great, classic Vietnamese flavors and they’re not shy about using pickling and fermentation. Not all of the sauces were matched to the dishes but if you get multiple dishes try mixing and matching. Dip everything in everything and see what you like. The pork chops are excellent, slightly sweet and toothsome. For dessert get the Pandan mousse, we tried 2 desserts and that one really stands out. We’ll definitely be coming back.
  7. TO

    TOyama

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great New Year’s Eve lunch with friends, tried some new drinks and the brunch was delicious. Great time as always!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had watched Chef Nikki on one of the streaming shows about food in Vietnam and were so excited to choose Kau Ba as the choice to celebrate my husband’s birthday. And man it did not disappoint in all areas. The food was amazing, the decor and ambiance was on point (coming from an architect here), and the service was excellent. I highly recommend Kau Ba for individual and family-style dining experience!
  9. S

    Sharon

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service! Will keep coming back.
  10. J

    Jerry

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! We love the food. The menu is great. The staff is friendly, courteous, helpful.
  11. D

    David

    Houston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Made reservation inside was told full and put outside. Was a cold rainy night. Service was fine but didn’t want to be outside.
  12. S

    Samantha

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Delicious food. Cool cocktails. Loved it!
  13. TO

    TOyama

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never left feeling anything but utterly impressed, and satisfied. Kau Ba is the benchmark for me in Houston, and I do my best to bring others to show them how things should be done. The food, the cocktails, and my dinning experience always sets the bar high here.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I was excited for a twist on Vietnamese dishes (I’m viet) and couldn’t wait to try this place. I left extremely disappointed and still so hungry. The truffle wagyu banh cuon was just not good, there so much truffle in it and it overpowered everything, so much that each bite was nauseating. The fried soft shell crab was meh, should’ve came with a ginger fish sauce. Nothing was memorable. The crudo was fine, nothing special. Vietnamese dishes can be colorful and filled with so much herbs and vegetables…yeah nothing of that sort was going on here. Definitely overpriced for below avg food , there’s better Vietnamese restaurants down the street.
  15. M

    Marshap

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our first time to eat in this charming restaurant and it was lots of fun. The decor is wonderful and we will go back. I wouldn't order the egg rolls again but the salmon and ginger appetizer was great and so were the brussels sprouts. I ordered the veggie vermicelli bowl but substituted the pork belly for the beef and it was delicious. Plenty of food too! I don't drink but the drinks looked amazing.
  16. t

    txchic

    Houston

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting dishes, wonderful flavors. Reasonable prices at Happy hour until 6:00.
  17. s

    seratonyn

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fab night. Nicole remembers and greets us as we dine at the bar, making the experience truly personal and charming. The food is delish as well as the drinks and we have a fav bottle of wine there that’s truly a spectacular deal. One of the few restaurants on our regular rotation, we love Kau ba
  18. GR

    GeorgeR

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, exceptional cocktails, and an impressive wine selection.
  19. JL

    JustinL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Fantastic everything.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience as usual. Drinks and food are amazing!
  21. m

    marian

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This was on Allison Cook’s list of best restaurants in houston and she usually gets it right but my first time trying it was a huge disappointment. We ordered the seafood viejun was bland and the beef in the Pho was tough. The dumplings and the shaking beef were really good. The biggest disappointment was the service. Our server was a mess. She forgot to order our dumplings so they came very late. She forgot to bring our tea. We had to ask 3 times for ice for the water. The restaurant was pretty empty but she said she was very busy. Not great at all.
  22. TO

    TOyama

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming to Kau Ba, the food is always excellent and the cocktails light up an evening. The staff does the same, I always feel like I'm a part of the bar and love the energy they bring.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure! We go a few times a week, never been disappointed ♥️
  24. H

    Htown

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Great cocktails but not so great food. The crudo and chilled shrimp were both served room temperature to warm. The pork belly spring rolls were dried out. Dipping sauces lackluster. Only highlights were dumplings and lobster banh mi. We didn’t even order entrees, because the small plates were so disappointing. Won’t be retuning.
  25. MH

    MarvH

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, our server was so courteous and helpful. It was our first time and we’ll be back!
  26. T

    Tammmm

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was great as usual, service seemed a little off. The servers were not too knowledgeable on the dishes.
  27. d

    disappointed

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We found the food here to uninteresting. An order of spring rolls was mostly lettuce and flavorless. The beef in the Shaking Beef was tough and came in a sweet sauce. The fried rice was not crisp and also lacked flavor. They do have a very interesting list of French wines at reasonable prices.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Also enjoy the drinks and food here. First time getting the brisket pho and it was phenomenal. Highly recommend. And one of the best old fashioneds in town!
  29. A

    Adams

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent dumplings and beef brisket fried rice. We will return.
  30. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking is hard to find. Take a Uber. Otherwise it was great.
  31. j

    jeffm

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered some drinks and a bunch of small plates. The small plates are designed to be shared and we did. We did another round of small and one large plate. Perfect amount of food, service was great. Can’t wait to go back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Honestly, this place is a solid 2.5 / 5. The food was horrendously mediocre as was the service. The ambiance is incredible and so were the drinks! Those are the only salvageable aspects of this restaurant. The food items were all missing a spark of passion that could’ve elevated the dishes. I mean even just some salt and pepper could’ve drastically improved some of the small plates. I would skip this place unless you’re going for drinks.
  33. J

    Jcov

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Food lacked flavor. Not sure what the hype about this place is. The food came out so fast I honestly don't think they are making them fresh each time. Not very impressed to be honest. The fried rise tested like it was made by an amateur. The other dishes were pretty blend and easy to forget. Cocktails and service were excellent.
  34. SN

    SueN

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great services!
  35. DM

    DeirdreM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner outside on the patio - the cooling water fans made a wonderful difference, even on a Houston evening. Our server was attentive and kind and the the bar staff kindly blended my described recipe to make a lovely cocktail. Food was spot on - tasteful and fresh. Definite repeat location!
  36. W

    Will

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, even better service. I will be back soon!
  37. s

    steve

    Houston

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All the dishes were good. Small plates more inventive. Portion size small for small plates.
  38. ST

    SueT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Unique character, impeccable service and amazing food. The cocktails and wine list are also very impressive. We cannot wait to go back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Vietnamese Creole fusion food. We're definitely come back again. Everything was so unique and wonderfully flavored. And the wait staff was friendly funny and eligible
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Franklin is a jewel! I’m happy he’s back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kau Ba using the Order Online button. Kau Ba also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kau Ba also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 497-5300.

Kau Ba is rated 4.5 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Kau Ba

2502 Dunlavy St, Ste B, Houston, TX 77006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Missouri and Dunlavy

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:15 pm

  • 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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