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Cleburne Cafeteria

#132 of 7,338 Restaurants 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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
The best

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The seafood dishes? Incredible. The salads? Great. The sides? Fresh. The desserts? Gigantic. Whenever I am back from San Diego visiting family this is always my first night's dinner meal. It is just that good.The fried shrimp in particular is the one of my favorites. The meat dishes are excellent as well. The lines can sometimes be long, but it... More 

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College Station, Texas
Top Contributor
353 reviews 353 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Cleburne Cafeteria is still going strong 70+ years later and a lot has stayed the same. Leave your credit card at home because they like good old cash and will even still accept checks. It is very similar to Luby's, and all of the food was excellent - chicken fried steak, mac and cheese, broccoli, rolls, fruit salad, you name... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Our family recently moved back to the city so we've been letting the kids choose the order of the restaurants we re-introduce ourselves. With dozens of favorites we did not expect them to choose the Cleburne, a little of a trek 25 minutes away. It is still spotless. The food, still delicious. Never that "it's been here all day taste."... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The portions are varied and large, but the prices are a bit steep. $54 for dinner for two. We had a crab casserole (bland), spinach casserole, squash casserole (both delicious), and deviled eggs for one diner. A catfish filet, green beans, potatoes and a fruit salad for the other diner - all tasty. Two glasses of iced tea and two... 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 1 - 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?