Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen and Bar

4.2
21 reviews
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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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4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We went with high expectations after reading Alison Cook’s review and ordered a few of the dishes she loved and some that she did not mention. Nothing was outstanding and some barely edible. The corn cobs in a seafood medley were ice cold, most of the clams were empty shells and the shrimp were tough. The noodles in one of our guests entree were so dry that she could not eat them. The wine list hardly deserves to be called that. Will not be going back.

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P
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Interesting menu choices. Unfortunately all four of us ended up w upset stomachs

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OT
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Appetizer salad and mains all came at nearly the same time. Corn was cold and all the clams were empty. Been here two other times and everything was great. Tonight was not good and I was disappointed

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GH
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Imaginative and tasty dishes, but Sunday night they could have used one or two more waiters. The one who served us was very nice, knowledgeable, and as accommodating as possible. Space used to be a Greek restaurant, and shares a building and parking area/supply yard with a marble and granite dealer.

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d
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was very excited to try this new restaurant after reading the glowing review from Alison Cook in the Chronicle. The place has a cool and casual vibe and everyone's very friendly. We were with another couple and we all felt the food was just okay. We did enjoy the eggrolls and my friend liked her salad. The guys got Mother's Chicken (off menu but not really because they tell you about it). They liked it but were surprised to see 3 chicken legs in a bowl arrive. My noodle dish was mediocre. It's not a hard no, but I won't be rushing back here. Too many good Asian restaurants in this city!

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OT
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A pure delight of fabulous food!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Poor Service, overpriced, very average food.
There’s no less than 10 Vietnamese places within 5 miles that are better options.

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B
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We wanted to celebrate our special day with a delicious dinner and our experience here lived up to the write up that I saw in the Houston Chronicle. We’re going back!

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o
61 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Clearly very good food. Just as clearly not near enough service personnel before 7:00 PM. Servers all were excellent and pleasant but trying to handle 6 or more tables for one server is not going to get it done. again food was great, all as advertised but the wait for the order and the order of the items as served (entrees before appetizers etc.) leaves a lot to be desired. Good luck to the place but sadly you are in Houston and this type of business management will struggle for survival in this market. My pet peeve: wine was barely OK but lacking in choices. Sorry but if changes aren't made very soon this place will be just another amateurish miss in a tough market.

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B
67 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was excellent. Overall a very relaxing evening. Will definitely return and recommend.

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and ambiance were outstanding. They make you feel like a part of the family. I can’t wait to go back!

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ND
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We highly recommend Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen & Bar! The food is unlike—and in many ways superior to—any Vietnamese food we’ve had. We started with shrimp and pork dumplings and the taste was divine, as was the texture. The dumplings were wonderfully chewy and light (not the least bit heavy/doughy), though we advise caution on the accompanying red pepper sauce, which is extremely hot. My companion ordered the “Saigon Sunrise,” a very ample entree that includes a pork chop, pork and crab cake, shredded pork, fried egg, rice and kimchi. I had the much lighter “Mi Chay” entree of stir-fried egg noodles and veggies. Both were absolutely delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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EH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Thank goodness, we went early because by 7 p.m. large groups were moving in and the noise level was high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautifully presented, new tests and terrific service! Highest marks. This place needs to be patronized!

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A
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. The owner/chef came and talked to us about the food and special dishes, she was delightful.

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BB
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique twist on Vietnamese cuisine with a Cajun flare. We loved everything we tried (dumplings, seafood vietjun soup, and bananas foster dessert). Liked the bold flavors. The price point is a bit high but appropriate.

Would go back and recommend to friends.

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D
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was terrific, and the service was exeptionally friendly. The chef came to our table to make sure we were pleased with the food. The presentation was artistic. All in all, this was a great experience, and I'll definitely go back.

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RD
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was super fresh and interesting. We loved the fusion of amazing flavors and spices!!

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B
68 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went on a Sunday morning and were greeted warmly. The space was peaceful and calming. We ordered the steamed seafood dish. I forget the name. It was delicious. Loved the sauce. But will ask for it on the side next time. Peeling shrimp and attempting to crack crab legs with sticky sauce was too messy.
Service was cheerful and helpful but we had to ask for items that should have provided such as a bowl to place shells from the seafood in and extra napkins. Also I recommend that the crab legs should come out of the kitchen cracked before presentation.

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K
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had high expectations for the seafood viejun it was ok was not the same as the tv shows, expectations of whole prawns - lemonade was maybe one of the best in Houston - service was slow but very nice

I will go a second time for some pho

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L
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Resturant is a hidden secret. The Chef will customize your dinner and experience. Great food experience.

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