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
323 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (151)special occasion (140)good for groups (108)romantic (105)neighborhood gem (103)great for lunch (68)hot spot (61)vibrant bar scene (45)late-night find (43)great for brunch (31)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (13)great for outdoor dining (9)Show More
  • One word- spectacular
    NeileVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had a great time at victors. I understand why it's a historic restaurant. Waitress was lovely and very helpful. We had the 50th anniversary mojito and it was better than any mojito that we have had. Dinner was exceptional. My wife and I disagreed as to who's dish was better, they were both muy Bueno. Live music was playing and we were the right distance away. Not too far, not too,close. All in all, great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little lackluster
    CeeBeeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Restaurant ambience is nice and located conveniently for theatre. It may have just been this particular evening, but service was very slow and unattentive (even though the restaurant was not nearly filled). Food was well presented, but mediocre in taste. Disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Service were Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went here for dinner before going to a Broadway show. We were running late and the fast service at Victor's really helped us out! We were able to eat dinner and enjoy a glass of wine before walking over to the theater...and we made it in plenty of time. We shared a few appetizers and they were all great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    Bunty
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The ambiance was great but the food disappointing. The assortment of hot and cold appetizers was good but not worth the price. The arroz con pollo was sad...too much rice, not enough chicken and hardly any chorizo. The camarones enchilados was much better but best of all was the platains that came when we sat. The sangria was excellent but at $42.00/pitcher, was a bit over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost the edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was a long time Victors patron, mostly their upper west side place back in the day, and I made a few visits to 52, though not for some years. My visit Tuesday night was just ok. The food was rather bland. My guest, a Cuban, was also disappointed. There are plenty of better Spanish places in midtown. I regret having to say this because I loved their food before they went tourist.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Victor's Cafe
    Mr615Love
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great food as always!!! This was my second time back for a little piece of Cuba and culture.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and drinks are awesome!
    ILuvFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great ambience and authentic food! Have been going for many years and have only been able to save room for dessert once :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol D.
    whatatreat
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I dined there on a Sunday with my sister. We are both in our 70s. We enjoyed the ambience. A trio played Cuban music in the background. There were families and couples. All appeared to be enjoying the Cuban treats. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. I highly recommend Victor's Cafe. I picked it because it is in theater district. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food had excellent taste
    GBE1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Staff cordial and helpful-Bar area could use enlargement especially on busy nights. Live music in bar a nice touch
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - never disappoints!
    LM14
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Victor's is a great combination of outstanding food and fantastic location. It is even more beautiful now, with a new additional room and overall remodling of the larger dining room. It's truly beautiful and the food is awesome. Great service, fun bar to wait in while other parties arrive. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy Fun
    KatieG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Having visited Cuba two years ago, I would not say that Victor's food is "authentically Cuban!" However, it has Cuban flair and flavors and was fresh, delicious with more than adequate portions. I booked two months in advance of our trip and the place was hopping with the before-theater crowd on a Saturday night. This was my 4th or 5th visit and definitely the best! Fun atmosphere in the small bar area with live music, excellent service. Energetically noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable quality and service
    Semifoodier
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been here a few times through the years. Service and food quality have never disappointed. Some may believe this is a place for NY tourists, bit its not. Authentic Cuban food with some twists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great suggestion!
    MyTruLuvIsFood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A coworker suggested Victor's Café, saying it was really good. We were NOT disappointed! No one in our group of 4 had ever eaten "Cuban" cuisine before. 2 had the Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera, one had the Aguacate Relleno and Churrasco al Pincho and I had the Lechon Asado...and we shared a side of platanos maduros...plus 3 Mojitos and one red Sangria...everything was delicious! We would all recommend Victor's Café and hope to have the chance to dine there again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Cuban Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Traditional and imaginative Cuban fare featuring warm staff and attractive surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victor's for Cuban
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A nice recommendation spot by NY friends. Good ambience and décor. Cozy and fun. Food was good as well as service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matinee
    Liza
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had lunch on a Wensday before seeing Jersey Boys ( across the street) we ate in the bar area, food was good, we were running late, we would of liked it better if we were not so rushed, our fault, they accommodated us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Was expecting something extra special for a special occasion . No wow factor at all to the evening , food ok but have had better Cuban food . not a vibrant restuarant . Sad to say it was a disapoinment .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • smokey
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always a pleasure, lovely staff and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tremendous Cuban Food
    RIRicardo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Victor's Café is awesome! When in NYC, you need to stop by for tremendous Cuban cuisine. You'll never be disappointed and will be satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rushed
    nydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are going to the theatre, this is a great spot as they get you in and out. If you are not going to the theatre, like us, the meal was super rushed. The waiter did not ask if we were going to see a show until we were ordering dessert. Appetizers showed up before our drinks. Then dinner shows up 10 minutes later while apps are still on the table. Food was good but presentation was not. Food did not arrive hot, but warm. Waiter never asked if we wanted a second round of drinks... so we drank water..their loss. It was a pricey meal, ok food, service was rushed. The place is beautiful, and clean. This place is not the same as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before Theatre Neil Simon
    NYDining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delightful experience! Superb food, wonderful staff, beautiful surroundings.....what more can you ask for? Best mojitos in town! An absolute "do not miss" restaurant in NYC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place in the city
    SiegKyle
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This place is my favorite in the city. The food is always wonderful, the wait staff is fantastic, and even though it's slightly expensive, you always get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Linda
    LoveNYC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been eating at Victor's for years. It always pleases, service is friendly and the food, especially good! Favorite dish - Vaca Frita
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special
    MarkM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Atmosphere was very Cuban (romantic). A great dining experience for a special occasion. Wait staff were excellent, friendly and ready to assist within a moments notice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the food etc.
    Angie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great evening spent with family. Delicious food, Mojitos and bright, vibrant ambiance. Special birthday occasion choice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Broadway find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were looking for something Different before heading to a Broadway show. Victors was vibrant, the Cuban food was fun and different. It but us us in the perfect festive mood for the evening ahead.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cuban near Times Square
    RobN
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice place on 52nd, not far from TS. Great food, well served. Reasonable price. Several of us had the Cuban Sampler - highly recommended. Great assortment of appetizer, main courses, dessert - and plenty big for a full meal. Sign over the sidewalk make is easy to find. There was a band in the bar after about 8 PM on Friday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night cup after Broadway
    mmostad
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The perfect spot to visit after seeing a show on Broadway. Good mojitos, good wine, good tapas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Cuban Restaurant
    Enjoysfood
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food was delicious and so were the drinks. The service was excellent and the dining room was very pretty. The noise level was acceptable. Everything was very enjoyable and we were out in plenty of time to walk to the play we were attending. Very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding meal
    foodfinder
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a delicious lunch before heading to the theatre. The staff was excellent as well! Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy this restaurant very much
    Lucy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Been coming here for special occasions for more than 20 years now. I especially like to introduce this place to my friends from other countries when they visit NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to dine
    Phyl1VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I've been eating at Victor's for years and am happy to introduce friends to a night out where there is an outstanding menu and great service. Also we celebrated their anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food nice decor but overpriced
    Goodfoodgoodprice
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Victors is a great place to enjoy your favorite Cuban food the Decour is fresh elegant modern the service is excellent but the prices are very high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuban Cuisine in Theater District
    Winsor25VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    What a nice surprise! We came her before the theater a couple of blocks away. Victor's Cafe is a hidden gem in the theater district. The food is amazing, the service friendly and professional. We had a relaxing meal and didn't feel rushed, but made it to the show in plenty of time. We had Adobe Chicken and the Brozino special with black beans & rice and maduro plantains. We topped it off with some delicious flan, a Cuban Coffee & Cafe con Leche. Muy bueno!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Bigorican
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As always, my experience at this restaurant was excellent. Attentive service and great food. I've been going to Victor's Café for over 20 years and they have never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mjr2nyc
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went for Saturday lunch (which was brunch) Food was pretty good but service was spotty; never got coffees ordered. Excellent jazz trio. "Garden" room is better for lunch -- light and colorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Victors
    Diningout
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great food and even better service. Perfect, romantic meal before a show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    RafNY1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It's good Cuban food (with a little Pan Hispanic mix) and good drinks. Take buyers there all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch before a show
    nyc4aday
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Another great meal at Victor's. Special occasion lunch. Second time dining here. Not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!!
    nanma
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The cousins try to meet up every few weeks to catch up on our lives. Victor's was perfect to eat, drink and talk. Service, music and food were excellent. We were not rushed and made to feel as comfortable as if we were in our home. Bravo!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate