MP Taverna - Astoria
MP Taverna - Astoria

MP Taverna - Astoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (718) 777-2187
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from MP Taverna - Astoria
Michael Psilakis will bring his award-winning Greek-inspired cuisine to Astoria with the opening of MP Taverna, a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern. With locations in Long Island and Westchester, MP Taverna’s accessible menu brings Psilakis’ Greek fare into the American culinary lexicon and is another step towards the chef’s goal of putting Greek cuisine on the culinary main stage.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
MP Taverna - Astoria reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (49)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (42)vibrant bar scene (27)notable wine list (17)hot spot (17)special occasion (16)romantic (14)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Amazing as usual
    Julaki
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Every time I have come here, I always leave satisfied beyond words. This trip the food was stellar, the service attentive and my dinner guest thoroughly impressed. I will always recommend MP to anyone looking for modern Greek cuisine accompanied by interesting libations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently fresh and delicious
    GailVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    we have been here several times and each time the food is excellent, service is friendly and efficient and the overall experience always great! highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...usually great service
    CKlovesFood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is not the first time for me at MP Taverna & it still won't be the last. All the food is excellent. You will not be disappointed. Try not to get there too late because certain male servers might try to rush you out with rude subliminal hints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NinaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We wanted to go to a nearby restaurant which does not accept reservations, but the line there has always been long. We decided to try MP Taverna and we were not disappointed. We had the octopus as an appetizer and it was good. As many reviewers recommended we ordered grandma's meatballs and we all liked it. Their fish entrees were not only delicious but also fresh. Our wait staff was very pleasant. Downside: they do not give free refill for iced tea which cost $3 per glass. Don't forget to request for a table upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    NYCMomVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I dined here recently with another couple and absolutely loved it. Food could not have been more delicious, portions generous and everything very reasonably priced. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Grilled Branzino was excellent. Food in general is very good. This is not traditional Greek but I would like to see traditional Greek Village salad added to menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was here 1 yr ago. And I really had a good time .. with great delicious foods, charming service, nice atmosphere .. I was really excited to go back this time .. Then it happened .. one little thing, but ruined our entire dinner experience. Maitre d's attitude .. very poor service .. Well .. food was great as before, waiter was great. I still like this restaurant but I don't feel like go back if she is there ..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal and service
    Localeaster
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A gem--updated Greek with deep rich flavors and seasonal freshness. We wanted to order everything on the menu. Service was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Well worth the travel from our food-focused neighborhood in Brooklyn for an extraordinary meal in Queens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Upscale Greek Dining
    sduffVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    MP Taverna continues to be a great addition to the Ditmars area of Astoria. The restaurant is beautiful with a great atmosphere that manages to be upscale without feeling stuffy/pretentious. The food is solid, with a few exceptions. My biggest complaints with my most recent visit stem from the hostesses. We arrived at 8:15 for an 8:45 reservation, so I went up to the front desk to let them know we were there a bit early. The hostess rudely remarked that we were VERY early and said our table wouldn't be ready until 8:45. Then when our table was ready, the other hostess took us to a table where we couldn't even pull the chairs out to sit down it was so tightly packed! We insisted that we sit at another table. Server & bartender were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot, food, service!
    fairytalefeastsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to MP Taverna multiple times now. It's different than the other Taverna a block away, which is also a fav. MP is a bit more modern, upscale and trendy. It's great for outdoor dining. I love sitting outside. The inside is a little to busy/noisy for me but I have only ever sat downstairs. The Greek dip trio is a great appetizer there and a must have. MP Taverna has the best Octopus I've ever had. It's pricey for an appetizer but worth it! I love the Seafood Paella and the chicken kebabs. Tried the lamb risotto and it was a bit greasy. Also love their drinks - the Sandman is my fav! Overall, great place. Service was outstanding as well. It def helps to have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly Good
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We go to MP every couple of months. Always pleased. The Host really tried to accomodate our table request so when he saw us at a different table he came over. I assured him it was me- I asked for the wrong location. We had a great time and enjoed the food as always. I had Grandma's meatballs for app and lamb chops for dinner. My wife had eggplant dip for app and red snapper for entree. We each had the special baklava-i don't share. Yum!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good, fresh food
    VeggieQueenVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've dined at MP Taverna a few times and the food is always good. Traditional Greek dishes elevated by adding different flavors and taking a new spin on what otherwise would be just simple dishes. Leave room for desert, too. Service is quick and friendly. Nice ambiance. However, during busy times it can get a little crowded and loud. We had reservations every time and were seated within a few minutes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful, well prepared meal
    CoastalGuy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I would imagine many of the people who discover MP do so as they couldn't get into Kyclades. MP is not traditional Greek food, but it is an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    JkolineVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very slow service, after appetizer took half an hour for entrees to come and no staffs come by our table to pour sparkling water for us during entire dinner. Good food but not so good in services.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Local Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It's great having a Manhattan caliber restaurant like MP Taverna in Queens. This past weekend was only our 2nd time in a year but we definitely plan on being more frequent visitors! Our favorite dish has been the octopus and chick peas - just perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    TatyanaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was delicious. We got the octopus/chickpea app, the 3 spreads, grilled branzino, pasta with rabbit, and a cheeseburger. Everything was amazing and we cleaned our plates (and we are usually a picky group!). Our server Dennis was efficient and professional. We never felt we needed to waive him down. The manager/owner stopped by twice to see how we were doing, nice touch. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    ShrinkgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Came to NYC to see son who lives in Astoria and wanted to try something new. Service very good and seated right away. Loved the cocktails - very delicious. Food was good but flavors were missing something so off the mark and quite frankly a little blah. Dessert was better but still no quite on the mark. In the city for the price I would look for somewhere else for dinner but come for the bar and drinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like2eat
    like2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great time, delicious food and a very attentive wait staff. Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening. We were so delighted that we could have an upstairs table and be in a vibrant restaurant where we could still have a conversation and hear each other!!!! Thank you for a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent
    jdbros80
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is consistently well prepared and always full of flavor. Dishes like the Greek chicken and lamb sausage dumplings give MP just the right amount of spin especially in a neighborhood bent on traditional Greek food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peak Greek
    sajeadviseVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Outstanding in every way. Quality of food and service equals multiple return visits. Also, the servings are large enough to share, but you'll find yourself hoarding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Octopus Dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Octopus dish was outstanding and the grandma's meatballs were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MP Taverna
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great brunch and nice atmosphere and service. This looks like a good place for dinner too. Well worth the trip from Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch, Slow Service
    sammydayeatsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The brunch is outstanding, but the portions can be too large for one person. Consider sharing your main and splitting an app. The low service rating is due to the lack of attention we were given at our table. From the time we ordered, our single appetizer didn't come to the table for 40 minutes. Last time I was at MP, I ordered this app while at the bar and it took 10 minutes. Not sure what happened; it would have been better had our server come over to check in and let us know what was taking so long. Once the app came (the octopus), at least it was delicious. I DO recommend this place. The food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prices much higher than menu online
    NYCgoodiefoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service and ambiance was great. First thing I noticed was that the prices were much more expensive than the menu on their website. $17 for octopus while their online menu said $13. Octopus and eggplant dip was great but very small portions. I had the branzino which lacked flavor and only had a burnt grilled taste. Overall, the place isn't bad but there are much better options to spending over $120 for dinner.
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  • Small portions
    XtheBartnder
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Tasty food but very small portions. Hostesses are usually awful and never smile. Servers always awesome.. Drinks take a while.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!!
    binabeans
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My friends and I decided to order a mixture of appetizers and salads instead of mains. Everything was prepared very well. The octopus and meatballs were definitely my favorite. The octopus was cooked perfectly- extremely tender! The waiter was also very polite, attentive and honest about the meal choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great great find
    Jimmypizza
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Last minute plans to go to MP taverna with six people. What a great choice. Everything from service,food,attitude, and outdoor seating was superb.Food was a 10 out of 10. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The first time here. We enjoyed everything. Rocky the waiter was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love thi place
    Schrodinger
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We often end up coming here for special occasions. This time was my husband's birthday. Our waitress was the most attentive we've had there. The new kids menu makes things a lot easier for us too. Great beer selection, though I'm sad there was no more singlecut.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    the first couple of times i went here it was great, i mean really tasty and worth the money. then the more and more i go i get more and more disappointed. i really like the soft leather chairs upstairs. the service is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never dissapointed
    athena
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious, authentic cuisine. This place is great, their galaktoboureko creme Brule is to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DRB46
    DRB46
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Another visit and a delicious dinner. One note that they were charging us for an extra thimble full of marinara sauce for the delicious calimari? What's with that when your bill is nearly $200.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvAstoria
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our dinner was very good. Food was well prepared. Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 230 reviews are from the MP Taverna - Astoria reviews archive.
  • Yummy To Go!
    GreekFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Decided to finally dine here. We stumbled upon Happy Hour and left happy customers, especially after the pitcher of Sangria. Tried the skirt steak which was good along with a few 'Happy Hour appetizers', which were on the dietetic side but good nonetheless. Nice ambiance and friendly staff. Would go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great neighborhood addition
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always love the food and the ambience. The service on previous visits was always friendly, informed, attentive. This last visit, our waiter started out friendly, then he it became how he thought it should be rather than what the customer requested.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    SharonO
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have frequented most of the Greek/Mediterranean restaurants in Astoria and MP Taverna became our favorite on our first visit. The food was excellent and the service exemplarily.The hostess was very nice about letting us be 1/2 hour late for our Saturday night 8:00reservation. We called and told her that we were stuck in traffic: No Problem... our table was waiting for us when we arrived. Our server, Christina, was very accommodating, helpful and personable. I thought that the prices were quite reasonable for the quality. MP Taverna is just down the block from one of the "famous" Greek places where people waited an hour or more for a table. MP Taverna had better food and ambiance without the hassle. No disappointments.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night!
    DansDining11
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My fifth time here & food was as good as ever! Greek meatballs were cooked to perfection & very tasty. The filet of sole with spinach & feta was different & delicious. Great beer & wine choices. Our waiter, Adonis, was very personable, energetic & helpful. Definitely will be looking forward to returning, especially with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great service, amazing food!! Neighborhood gem and probably one of the top three restaurants in Astoria!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Lacked
    wineloverVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I went here on a Sunday night for dinner. The server was inattentive and ended up bringing us the wrong check. As we were leaving no one thanked us or even acknowledged us. Despite the service the food was pretty good. The lamb was well done and I had asked for it medium. The meatballs were quite good and the fries were just okay. The service makes me not want to go back. I might order takeout sometime.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A dining nightmare. After being seated, we waited for no less than 10 minutes for menu's. Drinks took forever. When the food finally arrived, all meals (4) were ice cold. Food was bland. If this is authentic Greek food, I will never go back. Save your money!
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