Avra Estiatorio
Avra Estiatorio

Avra Estiatorio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avrany.com/
  • Phone: 2127598550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm, Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday dinner: 5:00 pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: George Georgiadis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer live jazz every Sunday at Brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington
  • Public Transit: All trains to Grand Central Station. 4,5,6 to 51st Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Avra Estiatorio
Avra Estiatorio is a restaurant that transports you to the Greece of your imagination. The sky is vivid blue and the air is drenched with sunlight and the aroma of freshly caught fish grilling over an open fire.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Avra Estiatorio reviews from OpenTable diners
303 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (146)great for outdoor dining (133)neighborhood gem (102)good for groups (99)special occasion (93)great for lunch (73)romantic (61)hot spot (59)notable wine list (54)vibrant bar scene (30)great for brunch (26)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • number one
    beast
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    you would have difficulty finding a nyc restaurant that combines food quality and variety-meat, veggies, fish (including healthy choices), great location and atmosphere and feel; choice of inside or outside, friendly and competent staff; and all for reasonable pricing; whether small or big group, business or social; family or romantic, Avra is the choice; Stelios manages an atmosphere that requires repeat visits
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • best greek
    Suzanne
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Don't let "by the pound"scare you off. Easy to share and they will plate it for you. Food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A repeat for sure
    RFes
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was my first time dining here and it definitely will not be my last. From the decor to the food this place gets an A+. For appetizer the Lima beans are a must have and for main dish I had the halibut, perfection and all at a great price. Do not miss this place, it's worth the midtown traffic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very New York
    nyfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Avra could only be located in NYC, it has an atmosphere that is clubby while still welcoming, and the food is terrific. I have never had a bad meal here, and while it's expensive it is not out of control expensive. One of the best for a midtown seafood dinner without totally breaking the bank. It's a little loud and the tables are close, but that may be part of the charm.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A MUST!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fabulous food!! Freshest fish!! Friendly staff and fantastic atmosphere!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • marjorie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We dined outside and it was a beautiful day - service was excellent. Salads were very good - most enjoyable, we look forward to visiting again soon. I would definitely recommend to friends ( actually already have ).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection of fresh fish
    Richard45
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food is all good, but their specialty is their selection of fresh fish and they don't disappoint. The noise level is higher than I would ordinarily prefer, but worth putting up with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish lovers delight
    Riff
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great fish selection. Well prepared. Sides delicious. Service not up to par. Would definitely go back. Waiter not attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not overly impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Kitchen not flexible with changes, crab cakes and main entree seafood orzo both had to be sent back to kitchen bc not hot. Bathroom a disaster. Informed management of bathroom and it took close to 10 mins for someone to come to restroom to dispose of full trash bin, get paper off floor, dry wet area around toilet and replace hand towels. Not worth the cost.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food service and everything else was awesome! The only thing I was. It happy with were the desserts. They seemed a bit over done and dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but keep it lower!
    Simple
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Biggest drawback is noise level at night. The food and service are excellent and the ambiance is very comfortable. Just the noise level is high . I haven't been there for lunch but on a Thursday evening pre theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT
    Nannyof2
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC fresh fish great salads great cocktails yummy deserts A must for anyone in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went on a Staurday night and it was a mistake. The noise level was very high and the service was terrible. The waiter took our order, they bought us our food in which the portions were "TINY" and did not come back to ask us if we need anything or how was our meal! One of my guests actually asked the manager for more pasta that came with the lobster. At $54 a portions and pasta being soo inexpensive you should give a portion that is more than 4 forkfuls! I like the food, it is fresh and good but I will reconsider going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed from the start
    Prospect317
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived on time and spaces in the lovely front room were available, but I (female) and female friend were quickly seated in an empty windowless back room that retains heat from the nearby broiler. We were groomed and properly dressed. When we asked to be reseated, the waiter argued a little with us, (denying it was hot) rather than immediately calling the maitre'd, but finally relented. We really had to insist. Next table was ok, but nothing special--a middle table in a row of 2 tops. Food was good and new waiter somewhat attentive, but this early in the evening experience left a bad taste in the mouth. Wish we had gone to one of the other great midtown restaurants nearby. Won't go again.
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  • Freshest fish in town
    inwoodart
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have eaten here a number of times and have always loved our experience. The fish is extremely fresh, the appetizers are also a treat, and I love their walnut cake. We'll keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed environment
    Leylalovesparis
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service from our server was excellent. However the maître d and hostess made me feel rushed and even with a reservation there was a considerable wait. Very chaotic. The appetizers were disappointing but the prix fix is a good deal.. Good of you're in the nabe but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food Great Service`
    ArnoldVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant offers great food beautifully prepared and presented. The service is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent seafood
    paniman
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fresh whole fish to share among two-three guests was outstanding, though not served with any side dishes at all. Pricey but excellent food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    At Avra you will always have a good meal. The food is super fresh and the service is great ! Go there , enjoy ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    HbDude
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have had a number of good times and good meals at Avra. But especially enjoyed my last meal with my girl. The wait staff is fun and knowledgable and the food has gone from good to great. My swordfish was the best I have ever had. Fully cooked but still moist. Simply prepared perfection that showcased the fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great restaurant, service, food and atmosphere were all great. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • used to be good
    MARKVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have eaten here three times a year for 8 years. Half of our parties fish dinner were unacceptable. We received an attitude from the waiter when one of us decided she could not eat the fish. The other party was intimidated to complain. We will never return. Our friends will not either. They recently had a graduation party and had planned to have a wedding for 100 people. They will not now.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always great fresh fish! Great service! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Restaurant
    ArnoldVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Avra has it all. The food preparation and presentation is superb. Each waiter is trained to be attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food / mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food. They seem understaffed and we waited and waited for our meal. Wine was not replenished (our bottle was chilled a couple of feet from the table and we waited with empty glasses). Good for groups, if you have no time constraints and don't mind lots of noise. A good restaurant that could be great with better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very noisy
    jbdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If you're looking for a quiet place for conversation Avra is not for you. The food is terrific-sparkling fresh fish, great salads, etc.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Always great will keep coming back!! fresh fish, vegetables and wonderful appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my faves
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I eat here ALL the time. Probably every week. The food is always amazing. I love fish and bar none, Avra always has the best fish in the city. Fresh, exciting, so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    mhancock
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is a hidden gem in NYC. Awesome. Highly recommend. Food, drink, atmosphere are all top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kaps review
    KapsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Brought friends from out of town. Food was spectacular. Service was very good. Was a little expensive but you don't mind paying if the food is excellent. Recommend to anyone who likes fish prepared exactly the way you like and we were sat at our reservation time. We wet attended well by the server and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were a party of four and everyone's fish was overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive for what you get
    OttawaFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The first thing that hits you is the noise level. Then the prices on the menu. $15 for a basic tomato salad. $23 for a lukewarm grilled octopus appetizer. Should be half those prices. Main courses were very tasty. Wine list extensive and, of course, nothing under $50. So all in all, reasonably good food for a lot of $. If you have too many drachmas in your pockets, or want to spend the company's expense account, then go here. If you are looking for great Greek food at a reasonable price look somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    FishFan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The was very good, but the experience was spoiled by very slow and often inattentive service. Very long wait (at 7pm) for the sea bass we ordered to arrive at the table. We were seated in a noisy back corner room, near the steps. Difficult to have a conversation. I'll stick with Astoria restaurants in the future. Food quality was good... shared a Greek salad and sea bass, well-prepared.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Midtown change of pace
    dmkbVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Nice change of pace for midtown business lunch, away from the usual steak houses. Service is fast and organized so you can get in and out for a business lunch, when everyone descends on the restaurant at the same time. Fish is always fresh and there are nice light choices for lunch. The bread, olives, radishes and hummus that are presented as soon as you sit down are delicious. The octopus is terrific as a starter, charcoal grilled. The Loup de Mer is a favorite, serviced simply with olive oil and lemon. The oregano fries are a good accompaniment. The outside seating area is nice as well and is sheltered somewhat from the sidewalk and street traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    billie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    we went to celebrate my daughters 22 birthday. There was lovely outdoor dining area but we were seated in the back, back "wine room." There were two large groups there and it was very noisy. We couldn't have a conversation. We should not have been seated in that area. There were other areas that would have been much nicer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas for dinner!
    CJinFL
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Three of us came for an early Sunday night dinner. We had two awesome bottles of sauvignon blanc and split several plates of appetizers. The olives are wonderful, the mussels are tasty, and the octopus is to die for. We don't live in NYC, but we'd love to come back someday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYLew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is always a great place. I like to bring out of towers here because they're not going to find a restaurant like this where they live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but the service??
    LongIslandLady11797
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant came very highly recommended by our son who has taken business clients here for dinner on several occasions. We arrived at Avra on time for our 5:00 reservation. We informed our waiter that we had an event at 7:00 to attend and assumed that he would keep an eye on the time during our meal. Well, he was not as attentive as we had expected and was hard to find when we needed him. Our daughter, who was here on business from Washington, D.C., had to go look for him so that we could place our order for dessert. We only ordered 2 dishes of gelato and still had to wait for quite some time before they were brought to our table. Everyone (there were 4 of us) enjoyed their meals but we were very disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY FAVORITE SEAFOOD SPOT IN MIDTOWN
    JacktheDragon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    GREAT WINE, OLIVES, BREAD AND THE SEAFOOD IS WONDERFUL. WE HAD OCTOPUS, CALAMARI, SOFTSHELL CRABS AND THE BLUE POINT OYSTERS. ALL WERE EXCEPTIONAL, NICELY SERVED WITH ADEQUATE SAUCES AND LEMON. THE SERVICE WAS PRECISE, FRIENDLY AND YET APPROPRIATELY PROFESSIONAL
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all around
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A consistently excellent choice. Service is prompt, food is fresh and well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate