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Babalu Cafe

14 East 2nd Street, Jamestown, NY
(716) 708-6077 ‎
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Ranked #1 of 94 Restaurants in Jamestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Description: A quaint cafe that serves breakfast all day and lunch menu across the street from the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown.
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English first
Canandaigua, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Even though we arrived a few minutes after they had closed for the day, they came out and encouraged us to come in and have some lunch anyway. The panini's were excellent!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

As part of our taking some visiting family to see the sights in Jamestown (the home of Lucille Ball), we visited the Babalu Café for lunch and we were so glad we did. What a cute little place! Breakfast and lunch are served with breakfast available all day. The food and service were great. The prices were reasonable and the... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

we were excited to go to a place associated with the Lucy Desi Museum. I expected more from the place. The food was fine, just not what I thought it would be like. We would have gone for lunch at another place down the street if we'd known it was basically just a diner

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband and I visited Jamestown for a wedding and had 1/2 a day to kill before the occasion. We did the Lucy tour and decided to stop into the Babalu Café for a light lunch. The service was great and they had an excellent selection of breakfast and lunch fare. We both chose half a panini and a cup... More

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Buffalo, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This place is really great. It's the most clean food place I've been to. The owner is very friendly and nice. The staff is helpful, and friendly as well. We went there for lunch.They serve breakfast as well, though. Lunch choices iclude panini, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups. I ordered a cup of a French onion soup (it was great),... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The hospitality and service was great. We expected a little more from the food, based on the reviews on Trip Advisor. We didn't have breakfast food, but rather sandwiches and salads. It was good, but pretty standard diner-type food. Summer hours included closing at noon on weekdays I think, so I recommend breakfast or stopping early.

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Columbus, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to the Babalu cafe before heading to the Lucy Desi Museum. It is quaint, a tiny cafe filled with lots of character. There are I Love Lucy dolls around the bar area and other Lucy memorabilia throughout. The menu is pretty much sandwiches, but they are yummy and decent priced. My husband, brother, and I ate for around... More

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Bolton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I traveled with friends to Jamestown to visit the Lucy and Desi Museum and had heard about this Babalu Cafe, we stopped for breakfast, it was an awesome place, Lucy and Desi memorabilia giving the cafe a great atmosphere. The Service was amazing, family owned, the food was just great! lots of good home cooked meals with... More

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Good food, wonderful service and Lucy Bonbons too. Who could ask for more. The Cuban sandwich was great. Near to the museum. We were really lucky to find lunch here.

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Navarre, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We really enjoyed the quaintness of this restaurant. The food was home made and the portions were sufficient in size. The prices were not overly expensive. I had the macaroni and cheese which was really good and it was accompanied by a sloppy joe. Each costumer receives a homemade chocolate drop at the end of the meal which is a... More

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