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Cleburne Cafeteria

#170 of 6,970 Restaurants in Houston
#175 of 7,512 Places to Eat in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Greenway/ Upper Kirby
American, Californian
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3606 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005-2120
713-667-2386
Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Upscale Luby's Bring Cash or Checkbook

4/19/2015 My family of three and I decided to come here for lunch. We had not been here in years but wanted to eat where there was something for ALL of us. The line can get LONG and out the door, but we must have caught the later church crowd because the line was long but not out the door... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
bacrowe
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Houston, Texas
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178 reviews 178 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

4/19/2015 My family of three and I decided to come here for lunch. We had not been here in years but wanted to eat where there was something for ALL of us. The line can get LONG and out the door, but we must have caught the later church crowd because the line was long but not out the door... More 

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Houston, Texas
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15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Cleburne's only accepts cash as payment. That's a bit inconvenient, however, it's worth a trip. I'd describe it as an upscale version of Luby's. They have a huge variety of foods to offer. The fruits and veggies are fresh, sometimes organic, and they serve meats with no added hormones. Portions are very generous; most will take home leftovers. The crowd... More 

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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wow. Enough said. Huge portions, fantastic food.great service but look out for them rich old folks and their hover rounds, they will run over you. Worth the wait in a long line at lunch.

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Houston, Texas
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40 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I hadn't been there in 30 years and it was an experience. The place was jammed with old, rich, white folks and just a few representatives from other demographics. But, the service is very efficient, so there is no waiting in line or at the table for drink refills. What might slow you down is the overwhelming choices of delicious... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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61 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Cleburne cafeteria is the best . The cafeteria is old and simple, but the the food is so good. I was there in October-2014, I recomend and I will come back. Try the Fresh Whole roasted Turkey and dressing with giblet gravy and craberry sauce is delicious. Or chicken breast prepared teriyaki grilled . The very best quality and variety... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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72 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Wonderful traditional cafeteria that dates from 1941. Great selection of fresh, tasty comfort food with table side drink refills. Not many of these left and the size of the lunch crowd speaks volumes.

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67 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

Ok, it is probably the best cafeteria in town, but it is still a place with a steam table. Foods not cheap. Portions are very large. Chicken livers are good. Most vegetables are also good. Skip the fried chicken and the Greek spaghetti. I do not see a lot of kids here, so who is eating the blue jello?

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Pharr, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We spend a lot of time in Houston getting medical care. We have to stay in a motel. No cooking. Sometime we are there for 8 nights, sometime just 2. We found this Cafeteria last Summer and have not eaten anywhere else for our main meal of the day, except on Saturday when they are closed. They close daily between... More 

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Houston, Texas
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110 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Cozy place, soft environment, generous portions of tasty food for an affordable price. That's really describes Cleburne Cafeteria. The best thing is the fact it is beside my house. I loved it and will be back several times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This cafeteria serves very generous portions. Their food represents home cooking so well, I plan to order my holiday meals from them. Hubby and I do not eat breakfast the day after b/c we're still full! We visit often and enjoy making our choices and being able to dine immediately! Once you start patronizing there, it's hard to remember their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3606 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005-2120
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Neighborhood: Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Phone Number: 713-667-2386

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?