Victor's Café
Victor's Café

Victor's Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.victorscafe.com/
  • Phone: 2125867714x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday ~ Thursday 11:45am - 11:00pm
    Thursday (Cuba Lounge) 11:45am - 12:00 am
    Friday ~ Saturday 11:45am - 12:00am
    Friday ~ Saturday (Cuba Lounge) 11:45 - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please e-mail Pablo@victorscafe.com or Diana@victorscafe.com to get information.
  • Entertainment: Live music on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in our Cuba Lounge and Bar. Live music on Saturday and Sunday in the dining room during our jazzy Brunch.
    Free Wi-Fi
  • Special Events: Please e-mail Pablo@victorscafe.com or Diana@victorscafe.com to get information. We will be able to help you have your special event very special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 52nd St. between Broadway & 8th Ave
  • Public Transit: Stops E train to 7 Ave, #1 train to 50th Street, N R Q to 49th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot across the street from the restaurant, Central Parking, located at 888 8th Ave New York, NY 10019. Victor's Cafe validates for 20% off parking.
A word from Victor's Café
Since 1963, Victor’s Cafe, a family-run New York City landmark, continues to be a culinary voyage to Cuba offering an incomparable experience with its harmony of authentic cuisine, hospitality and stylish environment. Victor’s has the unique distinction of being both luxurious and casual, serene and high energy, family oriented and romantic, exotic yet familiar.

The cuisine at Victor’s includes the most delicious, authentic dishes combined with the restaurant’s exclusive creations that represent the evolution of Cuban cuisine. Signature dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”).

The restaurant itself is divided into three spacious dining rooms, accented with warm lighting, colorful Cuban art, tropical ceiling fans, and lofty sky-lit ceilings. The restaurant's Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of traditional Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Victor's Café reviews from OpenTable diners
363 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (155)fit for foodies (138)good for groups (114)neighborhood gem (111)romantic (108)great for lunch (78)hot spot (57)vibrant bar scene (49)late-night find (48)great for brunch (36)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (18)scenic view (15)great for outdoor dining (12)Show More
  • MSL
    Celebration
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everytime I'm in the city, I must have dinner at Victor's. I have tried almost everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. Food is great! Sangria is great and the service is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had always wanted to eat at this restaurant. Portions are not overly big. We had the lecon and I had the special fish. Both kinds of bland. The pork was salty. I would not go back. Didn't feel very impressed. Drinks and ambiance are very good. We went around 6 p.m. so it was not crowded.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch spot!
    brianddi
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I stopped in for lunch before the Jersey Boys show. The stuffed avacado appy was really fresh and tasty. My wife had the roast suckling pig with mashed yuma(she liked it so much she carried it all the way home to NJ. I had the house special steak and ate every morsel. red sangria was very good. Finished with a nice flan and 2 espressos.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ideal!
    Frankie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a first time visit and I was thrilled!! We were in the city to attend a Broadway show and could not have selected a better choice for dinner!! Great food, location, service, ambiance and value!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Awesome experience. Will come back again Awesome dining experience. A return visit is very much in the cards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-show meal
    Nolagirlintexas
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great location in theater district. Excellent service. Amazing food. We really enjoyed our meal at the restaurant and will return next time in the city.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dinner
    HollyP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were headed to the theater & let our server know. Crazy fast service. The food was decent; the sangria was a little sweet for our taste, but was very good. Fun ambiance & wish we had the time to do the sharing menu! We'll go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a special day
    GJRN
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took my husband and family to Victor's for Sunday brunch before seeing Jersey Boys. What a wonderful time we had. Greeted and treated with such respect and courtesy. The drink menu was fun to experiment with. A trio was playing beautiful Latin music to compliment the sophisticated new decor. The Cuban cuisine was delicioso! We ordered assorted appetizers to share. Each one surpassed the other. Entrees were timed perfectly and really highlighted the island flavors with plantains, yucca, and my favorite ropa vieja. We shared an assortment of desserts like molten lava cake with coconut ice cream, guava cobbler, & flan. I thought I died and gone to heaven! Thank you Victors Cafe !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect experience !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner was a perfect experience . All 5 of us had a blast. Delicious food, excellent service, great ambience and music. I choose the restaurant because a year ago I went to the Cuba lounge loved as well. I will sure be back soon with friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Rwr86
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful food, excellent service. Mojitos were amazing, although the white sangria was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My fiancé and I have been to Victor's twice so far. Once on Valentine's Day and recently for lunch during restaurant week. Each time the food and service were superb! Mojitos are also tasty. Ask to be seated in the patio room; fabulous ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply beautiful
    simplybeaauutiful
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The place is simply exquisite. The food was delicious and the margaritas were on point! Would definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Sharkam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I dined here pre-theatre on the recommendation of a friend. The food was awesome, service great. Will definitely go back. We chose entres per servers recommendation and everything was delicious. Sangria was the best we had. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jenniee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    amazing food! Highly recommend the slow roasted suckling pig.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My meal at Victor' Cafe was delicious. I always enjoy my time their. It i an outstanding restaurant with great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch and mojitos
    CubanGem
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went there for lunch and it was more than the usual lunch meal. Well and carefully prepared dishes. The waiter was also very nice and helpful and gave us advice on some good items to choose from the menu. The mojitos were very good and nicely presented with a sugar cane. We are definitely going back when we stop by that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lorrisloot
    LorrislootVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    As always the food and service was outstanding. Only drawback is it was very hot where we were seated a at back of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    JSLdine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was excellent as always. Service was good. The music was loud, but enjoyable. Half price sangrias is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blondie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband absolutely loved his dish. I wasn't that happy with mine. It was their signature dish and I thought it was just ok. Apps and desserts were incredible. I would definetly go back and try something different. Bartender and wait staff were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent !
    SaildocVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I lived in Miami for years and it is hard to find good Cuban food. My meal was excellent! My daughter and I enjoyed the atmosphere and service as well. They even had "skinny"mojitos on the menu! A wonderful retreat in crazy theater district!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Victor's
    NormVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've never had a less than wonderful meal at Victor's. The ambiance is lovely and charming, the service attentive, the Restaurant Week menu generous, the food traditional, authentic, delicious! The magnificent maduros are worth the visit alone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • XXXXXXXXX
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    the food was not that great just average They have a great location it for tourist food just ok For the money go some were else
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this restaurant!
    MarilynIz
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Absolutely fabulous food. Been here many times and never disappoints! The salmon was perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They have never disappointed!
    monotype
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I always make a point of stopping at Victor's when we are in New York City. The food has always been great and the atmosphere wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still one of the greats
    UWSFoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Stopped in for dinner on a Wednesday evening with three visitors to NYC. Once again, Victors delivered with great food, ambiance, and fabulous cocktails. Branzino special was light but delicately flavored with Cuban fruits and spices. Others enjoyed oxtail in a dark, rich sauce and the classic ropa vieja. The $49 tasting special (selections of appetizers, main courses, and dessert) looked interesting and I think I will try that the next time. Awesome, authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience.
    ShorelyPleased
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went after a show for anniversary dinner. Had a 10 o'clock reservation but arrived 20 minutes early and were promptly seated. Both food and service were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Victor Sanchez is an excellent, delightful, and wonderful waiter. He always makes the customers Happy. Jose Martes is an excellent top of the line general manager. He always makes sure the restaurant is properly, organized, customers are happy and the waiters do their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Scrapper1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Victor's is a very nice place to dine. I have been there twice, both for dinner after a theater matinee, and have enjoyed myself both times. The wait staff is fun and friendly. I chose the Taste of Cuba both times ,as well, so I could sample several different Cuban dishes. And those Mojitos .......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhilaUMom13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed the pre-theater lunch. Would definitely go back for another occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous spot that
    Vgsalsa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Victor's is a warm, inviting location Victor's is warm inviting restaurant and bar that serves savory delicious food! Get the Guava Crumble and share a bit of wonder!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great options for vegetarians
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Paella Vegetales and the platanos were excellent. Fresh food, great flavor. We also loved the band although couldn't really get the most out of the live music as we were seated in the back room.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Victor Sanchez is an excellent, delightful, and wonderful waiter. He always makes the customers Happy. Jose Martes is an excellent top of the line general manager. He always makes sure the restaurant is properly, organized, customers are happy and the waiters do their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chatt
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great location to eat before the theater. We enjoyed the meal but the staff was a little disorganized.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dining experience!
    Ebee
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our reservation was honored exactly at 6 pm, no waiting. The ambiance in the dining room is beautiful and romantic, lovely lighting and comfortable seating. There is another dining room that looks like a garden complete with lighting that represents daylight. Service was very attentive and the food was delicious. I ordered grilled salmon which was cooked exactly as I like it. The Cuban selections were wonderful I would definitely recommend Victor's Café to friends and look forward to returning in the near future..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    lauren
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The salmon dish with roasted pineapple salsa was delicious. Loved the plantain chips and the ham croquetas, as well. I like the mural on the main wall and the ambiance in general. Will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sylvia12VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Victor Sanchez is an excellent, delightful, and wonderful waiter. He always makes the customers Happy. Jose Martes is an excellent top of the line general manager. He always makes sure the restaurant is properly, organized, customers are happy and the waiters do their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must do on every visit to NYC
    Betty
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Every time I'm in New York I pay victors a visit, love everything on their menu and their mojitos are delish
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SLLLLLLLLLLLOW Service
    AnonymousReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We often go to Victor's Cafe when we are going to the theatres on 50th St. We had 6:15 reservations and an 8:00 curtain at Circle in the Square one block away. We told that to the waiter when we sat down. We ordered a carafe of sangria and our dinner - which was finally brought to us at 7:15! Food was good, but who had time to eat it? Each time we asked where the food was we were told the same thing - "its on its way, but you have chicken and that takes a long time to cook" (what? a chicken cutlet? If it was really going to take that long to cook the chicken, why didn't you tell me that when I ordered?). I will go back, but not when I have show tickets.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YuSh
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food is divine, their sangria is to die for, and service is fast and friendly. Discovered it through the colleague about 10 years ago, and have been going ever since.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food here is authentic and delicious, if a bit pricey. When we told the server we were on our way to a show, he made sure everything came out as quickly as possible so we wouldn't be late - very much appreciated. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic