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Cleburne Cafeteria

#137 of 7,364 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$
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
Open 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
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Good food for everybody

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2014
Rafael A
,
Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
73 helpful votes 73 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
75 reviews 75 reviews
66 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
131 reviews 131 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?