Kau Ba

4.7
98 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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vipPaulA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great! Shaded outdoor seating for lunch and not busy.

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vipGierus
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Drinks are very good, nice craft cocktails. Good is a bit oily. Fried, but oil prevails and masks other flavors. Creative menu but quality of meat is so-so. Strong odor of bleach coming from kitchen interferes with enjoyment of meal.

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TOyama
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails always amaze, and C. Morris is a great bartender. Every time I go, I'm always leaving with a new favorite or something I need to try more of. The food was excellent, and it was the perfect way to end a strange week.

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vip1962foodguy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another Montross neighborhood hidden gem.
Kau Ba offers fresh and delicious Viet Cajun dishes that are very satisfying. The outdoor patio is a very fresh and comfortable setting, with ceiling fans to deal with typical Houston weather and California space heaters that can keep you comfortable during a winter dinner. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly but a little shorthanded on the night we went. We will definitely return to try other dishes on the menu.

BTW, Happy hour from 3 PM until 630 offers very reasonable appetizer pricing, two dollar beer and discounts on craft cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour!

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vipLWM3575
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was extremely attentive - food is consistently fantastic.

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SylvieD
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Vietnamese fusion food. We went twice and like everything we ate.
We love the outdoor seating!
We plan to go back with friend.

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KarenH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! I will go there again and again😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
111 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is my third time here and I favor some dishes over others. We really love the outdoor seating area, except when a landscaper is mowing a lawn across the street or when a car is revving its engine speeding down Dunlavy. Our waitress is super sweet. Food is good overall, yet pricey, but it is in Montrose. Anyway, it's a nice place to hang out and chat when the weather is pleasant.

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RobE
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service.
Nice outdoor seating
Easy reservation process
Great menu selections

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Rebecca
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOB (soft shell crabs) are the best thing on the menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Kau Ba since Covid as it offers a fantastic outdoor dining! The wait staff are excellent! Everyone goes the extra mile to take our temps and confirm to our new standards due to Covid!

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AshB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time at this restaurant was just a memorable as my first. There are plenty of pandemic precautions in place. If you’re lucky you can catch the wonderful happy hour menu. I’ve tried almost half the menu now and every dish is packed with wonderful flavors. I will definitely come back on my next trip to Houston. Highly recommend.

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vipfunflyer
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was good, but not all equal. The weakest of our choices was the chef's egg rolls, which were relatively bland compared to the rest of the meal. Nonetheless, everything was very good, with generous, though not enormous portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Our service was poor until our waitress received assistance from other staff, then it got better. We had to repeat our orders multiple times and ask for items such as more glasses for water, another set of silverware, had to ask multiple times where the green tea that we ordered was because it was just taking way too long on a chilly evening. The food was good, but we had a very awkward experience there and are hesitant to ever return.

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BarryB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, drinks and service.
The elevations of specialty foods can lose some of the traditional aspects, but I am always up for something new.
Great patio.

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vipJerry
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Great service.

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MarybethF
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend and I went for an early dinner at 5 PM and sat outside at a two top table. We were happy to find out that there was a happy hour menu that went until 6:30. They were happy to let us visit and keep ordering until we left at 7:30. Food was delicious and service just right for keeping the food coming.

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vipJerry
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is really wonderful!

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davids
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The shrimp tamarind was excellent. There were no true vegetarian options. The ones available still were prepared with fish sauce and without that, were bland

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was super cute, excellent COVID precautions, and the service and food were amazing!

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PattiC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I really wanted to LOVE this place. I think my expectations might have been too high. Vietnamese and Cajun are my favorites. Although my food was delish, the three people with me did not love their food. I had the Southern Bun Bo XAO with shrimp. Excellent. One of my friends ordered the ribs which were recommended by the waitress, and they were dry and chewy. We were excited to sit outside but the seating wasn't very comfortable. It is SUPER casual. The website makes it seem like it is a bit more upscale than it is. Service was very good. Overall, I would say I should give it another try because my food was so good. Maybe my friends just picked the wrong things.

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CiaraJ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been wanting to come here for weeks. I really loved the food selection here and the Rose she recommended was perfect with my meal. I love a good place to sit outside and vibe. Definitely a great place! Glad I stumbled across on instagram!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibe great drinks good food

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KristyH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely do like this place! I visit it every time when I’m nearby! They always serve delicious food & drinks and provide high-quality service. Highly recommend it!

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vipAlways
Houston
415 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a very good choice! Some of the food was on the bland side. Great cocktail list and plenty of wine choices.

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vipLWM3575
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Server was very friendly, food was perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, best Vietnamese I’ve had in a while. The cocktails were phenomenal

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TOyama
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked in and felt like a part of the place almost immediately. Chris was amazing as our bartender, being able to hold a conversation and make all the drinks on his tickets. The food was incredible, and I cannot wait to go down the menu. Drinks were great, and all I had to do was ask for a liquor and Chris knocked a drink out.

Thank you all for the great experience!

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vipmarcia
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food casual environment love love the bartender he is very creative

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Sandy
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Outdoor patio was great. Service was also great.
Food was bland, not at all Vietnamese or Cajun, just bland. All 3 dishes we ordered could have been the same dish, they tasted so bland...

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RonF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Kau Ba features an imaginative collection of Vietnamese food. Having worked in Vietnam for 8 years and enjoying its variety of cuisine from Hanoi to Saigon, its seafood-based delights from Da Nang and Nha Trong to the Mekong Delta, Kau Ba certainly holds it own and brings specialty Vietnamese cuisine to Houston. I highly recommend it!

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vipTruVietBabe
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dining experience. The food and drinks were delicious. The food transported me back to my Vietnamese grandmother's kitchen, but with a delicious unique twist. Every bite just makes you smile. Definitely get the FOB crabs & the Grandma's subsidy, they were light and packed full of flavor. Chris our bartender is definitely a master of his craft - each cocktail he made was well balanced and perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Will definitely be going back. Fun and big patio space! Would love to try their brunch. Great atmosphere and their place are very clean and exhibit safe social distance practices. Highly recommend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Nice, friendly service.Drinks were perfect too. Already been back twice in the last week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants in Houston. Great casual yet cool atmosphere, friendly attentive staff, and the food is delicious.

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Paulc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding servers. Very helpful. And no touch menu can be scanned for the phone. Social distancing observed. Food very good

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vipNugGary
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like Vietnamese food at all, do yourself a favor and go!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious and fresh. Service was wonderful! Highly recommend!

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LorraineS
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were fantastic, will def go back.

FAQs

Kau Ba does offer 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 4.7 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.