Houston >Food & Dining > Barnaby's Cafe
604 Fairview St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.748229 -95.388340
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
Service and Food, equally good! – This is my first time posting. I was so impressed by my recent service that I thought a posting was necessary. First of all, I live a few blocks away Barnaby's so the convienience played a huge role in why I first became a regular but now I am a loyal customer that dreads the day I have to drive in from the suburbs for my favorite buffalo burger and fresh squeezed lemonaid. The staff always has a smile on their face and the accomodating spirit starts when they let you pick your own table all the way through cutting your brownie into fourths and putting a scoop of ice cream with each!! Barnaby's is the perfect place to take houseguests, as my husband and I recently figured out. They were able to accomodate the picky palate of my mother who doesn't eat dairy and only eats hormone free meat while still pleasing my burger and french fry eating step-father. I think it may have been one of the only meals my mother hasn't sent back in about 5 years. She couldn't say enough nice things. If you knew my mother that would say it all!
Constantly humming with lively conversation, this cozy cafe is a popular Montrose neighborhood hangout. – The Scene
This snug little diner features fresh, uncomplicated, contemporary food. Although the parking can be nightmarish, the service is quick, and the price is right.
The simple grab-bag menu includes a balanced variety of salads (Chinese chicken, chopped chef salad), cool sandwiches (pesto-chicken salad with artichoke hearts) and hot sandwiches (various burger combos and more). A popular Barnaby's plate is Doctor Gale's meat loaf served with garlic mashed potatoes. Other worthy offerings include the hickory-smoked pink chicken with honey-barbecue sauce; Pacific Rim vegetable stir-fry; and first-rate smoked chicken tostadas with roasted corn salsa. Beer and wine are available, but pop the top off a root beer or sip on a fresh lemonade for a refreshing change.
Service is Spotty! Food Below average – I was sad this place seems to have lost its touch. Service last visit was not good, we were overlooked several times and the food was just "ok". Maybe the owner has too many locations to keep up the service and food quality he was known for. Hopefully he will notice and make some positive changes.
Heavenly!!! – Between you and me, any of the Barnaby's is a winner. Named after the owner's late puppy, this place has excellent salads, burgers and American fare. Great food!!!
....and Outstanding Chocolate Chip Cookies too!! – Nothing fancy, no unusual twists - just solid, delicious food. We have been for lunch and dinner - have 'ventured' through the menu and have never been disappointed. Excellent salads, sandwiches and burgers and some outstanding chicken dishes. The food is freshly prepared - ample - and delivered with a smile. All of the earlier comments regarding their dessert selections are quite true - but - the cookies are the best I think I have ever had anywhere. Don't eat them - save them for me!!
My favorite restaurant in Houston!!! – Great food I could eat everything on the menu. They have best fries in the world, good burgers, sandwhiches, salads, etc. Everything is wonderful but don't forget dessert. The pie and the Brownie a la mode is worth saving room which is not easy with the huge portions.
INEXPENSIVE BLISS – My first Barnaby's experience was at the original location on Fairview. Be prepared to fight for parking next to Bricks. Shephard is very pretentious...agree with the other reviewer...it's the crowd not the folks working there. West Gray is always busy and it's the parking olympics all over again. So, I try to stick with Fairview. Smaller restaurant but has great local art on the walls. You must try Dr. Gale's meatloaf and the lasagna beef and spinach. Very affordable food. Oh and the salads are to die for. Be careful with the grilled chicken entrees...it can be too dry at times. The key lime pie is the bomb! On Saturdays and Sundays visit Baby Barnabys at the Fairview location for scrumptious breakfast/brunch!
Same old menu, BLAH! – This is a new generation! Time for change. Same old bland menu, same old veggies always! How about some corn, or carrots? Time to check the competition out....blah blah blah....
Loving the Barnaby's! – One of my favorite places to eat in town. The original Fairview location is still funky, although service can sometimes be hit or miss with new servers. Lunch at the West Gray location can be busy, so get there early. A bit too much attitude at the Shepherd location - from the crowd, not the staff. Overall, excellent and consistent food for a great price!
Love it! – Love Barnaby's! I live within a mile of three of their locations and eat there often. Not a bad thing on the menu and breakfast is awesome!
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