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Cleburne Cafeteria

#206 of 6,990 Restaurants in Houston
#217 of 7,538 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
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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: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family owned & operated excellent cafeteria

We eat at Cleburne's at least once a week, and the food is always fresh and tasty. Indeed, as other viewers have stated, this place is an upscale Luby's in terms of food quality and variety. The owner is always there and checks on tables and says hello to everyone. He comes up with a lot of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
Laura M
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Houston, Texas
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This us THE BEST cafeteria in the world!!! All homemade food. Very generous servings. Charming staff. I could eat here every day - many houstonians DO eat here every day. The Matriarch of the cafeteria dines at a table, where a portrait hangs above. It was hand painted by her late husband. Neat, neat family story - be sure to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Well, we live in the area and every time we passed this restaurant, it's always seem to be full of diners so we decided to give it a try. It was Saturday and the line was long. We queued for about 20 min. From distance the food look so inviting, so the kids, my spouse and I were pretty much... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My wife and I stopped by today (6/19/15) for Seafood Friday, the food was at very best 3-star, and the cashier was very rude. This is the second time in the last month or so. The last time was for chicken & dumplings, and it was good but very watered down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Fun Fresh traditional Cafteria food with large portions. Cash only. Long line at 1:45PM on a Sunday with lots of church goers but it moved right a long. Diverse crowd representing the diverse city that is Houston. Baked Chicken was good. saw roast beef , chicken-fried steak, pork chops, three kinds of fish, turkey and many other items. A bit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We eat at Cleburne's at least once a week, and the food is always fresh and tasty. Indeed, as other viewers have stated, this place is an upscale Luby's in terms of food quality and variety. The owner is always there and checks on tables and says hello to everyone. He comes up with a lot of the recipes himself... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Cleburne cafeteria is a Houston classic established in 1941. Since 1952 is is run by the Mickelis family of Greek immigrants. Relocated to the Northern part of the West University area in 1969, it is well located and accessible from all areas within the 610 loop. Cafeterias have come and gone in Houston (Luby's and others), but Cleburne has always... More 

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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Cleburne Cafeteria

Address: 3606 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005-2120
Phone Number: 713-667-2386
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Greenway/ Upper Kirby
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Californian

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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: Large groups, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?