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Rafina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rafinanyc.com
  • Email: dennis@rafinanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 532-2234
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday – Thursday & Sunday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Friday & Saturday 5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The professional staff of Estiatorio Rafina has a combined 30 years of experience and dedicated service for all your event planning needs. We can create a menu that will dazzle. Whether it be a birthday party, Bachelorette/Bachelor party, anniversary or rehearsal dinner - we've got you covered!
  • Private Party Contact: Dennis Spilios (212) 532-2234
  • Entertainment: Please come for live entertainment of traditional and contemporary Greek music at 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Dennis Spilios and his band will have you dancing in the aisles.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 37th Street
  • Public Transit: Take 4, 5, 6, N, R, and 7 to Grand Central and the M42, M15, M34 bus.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Imperial Parking Garage, double access points on E 36th & E 37th Streets, between First Avenue and FDR.
A word from Rafina
We are serving refined Mediterranean cuisine with Greek influences in an elegant and comfortable setting with additional patio seating in the Murray Hill area.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I had octopus whch was really chewy. Meatball was really solty. This restaurant is always empty every time I walk pass by. I do not understand how they can stay in business."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food Was Overall Good Although You May Find Better Greek Restaurants In Astoria. The Oktapodi Could Have Been Better However The Melitzanosalata And Sausage Were Pretty Good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Rafina left my Yorkville neighborhood sometime ago, but happily has reappeared 40 blocks south. We were so pleased to see the new large restaurant where the food is even bettert. There is an extensive Greek menu and the food is delicious. The portions are large and can easily be shared but whatever one orders is fresh. We were there early but we understand the time to go is after 11:00 p.m. when the music starts and the dancing begins. Sounds like a fun night to go to with friends. Valet parking after 8:00 makes it even better."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This resturant was a true definition of mediocre. Nothing was terrible. Just on the ok boarder. Service was very slow and spotty. Don't bother."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Restaurant is located all the way east on 1st Avenue. Parking garage across the street and on weekends they have a valet. Have eaten here a few times. The owner is a very charming guy. Food is always delicious. This time we went with a small group on a Monday night including a couple of foodies and everyone was very happy their meals. Fish and seafood very fresh. Prices are moderate and a very good value. Walking distance from NYU Medical Center."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I went to Rafina for a family celebration. The place is spacious and beautiful. From start to finish, the service was great and the food absolutely delicious! The red and white sangria was a good complement to the meal too. If you're in the area, I highly recommend checking out this place."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "salty. Salad very fresh, meat very tender, veggies excellent, but way too much salt. I will go back, but will ask them to hide the salt shaker from the chef!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night around 9:15pm. Service was fast, efficient, friendly. Food was fine, lamb chops were very good. We ordered a Greek salad without feta (which my husband dislikes uncooked), and then also ordered the spinach pie as an appetizer. Spanakopita came loaded with raw feta on top --restaurant should ask first. Greek wine list could use some more current choices--come on you can do better! Restaurant was slow until 10:15pm when there were some arrivals for music. Lights were too high making the place look really empty--sending a wrong message about food quality. Make dinner reservations for post 10:15 pm as in Greece on a Friday or Saturday night when there is live Greek music, and come with friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've had dinner at Rafina serveral times & have never been disappointed. The food is consistently good, ambience is lovely & it's one of the rare places to dine where conversation is not difficult. The staff & the service they provide is wonderful!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great selection of entrees and appetizers. Appreciated the dessert wine served!!! Baklava was excellent!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We booked a reservation here at the last minute and were pleasantly surprised. It was early on a Monday evening and there were very few diners. Thus the service was excellent, prompt, courteous and efficient. The food was prepared as ordered and the portions were sufficient. The dishes we ordered were tasty and cooked as described. Good local establishment."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "All was very good, food, service, atmosphere. Fish was very fresh and well prepared and seasoned. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Peaceful atmosphere, tasty Greek food and friendly service - what's not to like? Of course it was rather empty the night we went so not tested under stress."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I love this place. Food is great and the service is pleasant. The only time the place is packed is late evenings on Fridays and Saturdays, when REAL Greek people, most likely from Astoria, get together to enjoy the REAL Greek songs by the owner/singer. All other time, the restaurant is almost empty. If you like Greek food, and want to avoid the crowd and busy services, this is the restaurant."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The atmosphere is very nice and the live music late night is a lot of fun. The establishment has a great set up when considering the bar, the music and the people who work up front there. The food lacks good greek flavour. I am greek and know good greek food and this is not it. The wine list is a huge miss. Very little to choose from and extremely pricey. We paid $65 for a bottle of wine, which was the third cheapest, and it was a screw on top. The cost does not equal value here. I guess your paying extra for the entertainment which would be the only reason to go back here."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "we a great time as usual, looking forward to the next time."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food is always excellent, as is the service, and the décor is beautiful and inviting. What I can't understand is why, each time I go, this restaurant is never crowded. In my opinion, it's one of the finest dining experiences anywhere. I've never had a meal there that wasn't wonderful!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We ordered fish and mine was the Red Snapper which ordinarily usually runs big in size. Beforehand I did ask if it'll be big and was told it's around a pound. So upon arriving I see a puny fish that perhaps a teenager can get through rather than an adult male. Anyway, in the end Melinda made up for it by giving us a glass of port and complimentary dessert which was delicious. This restaurant seems to be struggling and hopefully it'll find its stride before it's too late."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in the city. There is nothing negative I could say about it. The food, the service, the decor: all impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/11/2013