This latest location of Nuba is "inspired by the Third World roadside cafes of the 1970's". Features Nuba's signature Labanese fare, fresh squeezed juices and coffees as well as Middle Eastern baked goods, pastries and organic retail products.
I came here on Friday night and it was fairly busy considering it just opened recently. The ambiance inside is unique and self-described as "third-world roadside cafe from the 70s" which seems pretty accurate. There is a lot of rounded, faded neon going on like a washed over Clockwork Orange theme. In any case, I like it.
We ordered some appies to share including baba ghanooj. For my main, I have lamb kafta. All the food was very good and came out pretty quickly. It would have been nice to have a beer with my meal but they don't have their liquor license yet. To finish, we had some turkish coffee and our Turkish friend "read our future". Apparently, my future is bleak because it never finished other than saying "oh, this doesn't look good...".
I recommend this place when you are craving some authentic Lebanese food or even just a solid meal for a reasonable price.
This location has a nice funky/casual feel. I like the space a lot.
My group had to wait for a table and a server brought us free smoothie samples to have while we stood by the door. That was the end of the excellent service, though. Once we were seated it took our server (not the one who met us at the door) a really long time to get to us, though. The place was busy, but the server just seemed spaced out or confused- maybe he was new??
When we got our food (we ordered many dishes to share and one person had an additional plate), all the dishes were good. Not amazing, but good/decent. However, again when we wanted dessert and it took a really long time to make the request and have it brought. In the end we also got the wrong bill. I had to go to the counter and explain a couple times that the bill we got wasn't ours. The bill we got was less than we owed, so I almost just paid the bill in my hand at that point.
One more small thing, that can turn into a large thing if you sit there a long time, the chairs are really, really uncomforatable.
So three of us decided to check out this location of Nuba on a weeknight.
The place wasn't too busy and the atmosphere was relaxed - definetly more like a cafe than a restaurant.
I got the veggie falafel plate - yummy hummus, and perfect falafel balls! and my friends got lamb specials which they liked as well. Very good prices for the amount and quality of food! This location is perfect for a laid back weeknight dinner or quick bite with better parking than the downtown one. However, for a weekend night out or birthday, etc., I would go with the more upscale atmosphere downtown. Same great food though!
Service was friendly, and unpretentious. Although they did take awhile to take our orders, food came quickly. I just heard another nuba cafe opened in the re-done Waldorf hotel bar, which is exciting! The nice thing about this place is each location is unique and does not feel at all like a 'chain' restaurant.
SO, if you like good Lebanese food - check it out!!!!!
So thankful that this place opened up just a few blocks from my work... ! Very small restaurant with table service, but you can easily just order up at the counter. I love the cauliflower and their chicken tawook. They also have fresh juices and smoothies. Super busy at lunch, so call ahead if you want take out. Because it's so busy at lunch time, the wait for food is a bit long, which is why I've rated the service only mediocre... however in all fairness, the serving staff were very nice and polite... just too busy to provide the proper service.
Came here for lunch a month ago and had the falafel and the cauliflower. Food was very fresh and flavorful! I like the clean bright decor, and the cucumber water is a nice touch too! Portions are great and prices are very reasonable. Can't wait to come back and try the other menu items.