Austin's Ale House

3.7
127 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Austin's Ale House is a bar and grill in the Kew Gardens area of Queens, New York. It has an expansive dining area with a large mahogany bar, a comfortable lounge with a fireplace and a casual dining room. An outdoor patio is available in the warmer months. The bar features multiple HD televisions along the walls, so guests can watch any popular sports games while enjoying a drink and a meal.

The menu at Austin's Ale House is full of delicious American cuisine, ranging from sliders and sandwiches to seafood and specialty salads. Popular options include the shepherd's pie, Austin's chicken sandwich and the penne a la vodka. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are offered on the lunch, dinner and patio menus. Austin's Ale House has more than 40 bottled beers and 20 craft beers on tap, as well as cocktails and wine available at the bar.

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vipISPROUD
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good although some of it not served hot enough...(soup, onion rings). We sent back to our satisfaction.
Glad it looked very busy. I always enjoy coming here.

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vipOKeydokey
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

A little disappointing this trip. Salmon special with aoili was meh. Last time I had a cajun salmon that was much much better. Maybe it was prepared broiled instead of pan fried? Dessert (gooey chocolate chip cookie) was very plain tasting and the ice cream that went along with it was also missing any taste. Buffalo Quesadilla appetizer was much better. Probably just an off night. Although I do think preparation of salmon in a pan takes away alot of taste.

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vipBobG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there. The service was excellent and friendly. Food quality was a real pleasant surprise. Much better variety and very nicely prepared and served. The raw clams and oysters were fresh and large. The shell steak was really good. The veggie burger was good if you want VG options. There are others as well as GF. I'll go back. The only challenge is parking. It's tough in Forest Hills. Uber or Lyft instead

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vipOKeydokey
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned here for the 2nd time. I wish this place was closer to my house. A 2nd time, consistently excellent food. A shared plate of chicken quesadillas couldn't have been better. My side Caesar salad was authentic and outstanding ... AND ... large enough to be a regular salad (I took half home). I ordered the blackened Salmon special. Cooked perfectly, and outstanding. REAL blackened seasoning that had a kick to it blended with a moist inside that wasn't undercooked. Just excellent.

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vipTwotutor
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there with a friend and she had the Austin burger which was great and I had the French Dip Supreme sandwich which was big and delicious, but it can be shared with 2 people.

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vipEmilyY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I reserved an outdoor table for a group of 4-5 and it was great. One of the guests had asked for a shadier area because we were with an elderly man but was told by the hostess that those tables were reserved...My sister-in-law said to her, "We reserved a table outside too" but were given a table in the middle of the floor under direct sunlight. There were other tables available as well.

It was really fine until 3/4's the way through brunch when the sun got really hot and sweat was dripping down my face and neck. Where was the ice water? I understand that Brunch time is hectic but someone should be walking around with pitcher of ice water and coffee pot for refills.

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Linee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I made a reservation for work event so we didn’t all have each other phone numbers and multiple people were told the reservation was cancelled. One coworker even got the manager involved and he confirmed it had been cancelled and therefore she left..meanwhile we were seated outside waiting for her. This was after I had already spoken the waitress about the 1st coworker who was told the reservation was cancelled before I got there. It ruined the whole night. Waitress was nice and sitting outside was nice as long as you don’t mind train. Food was ok.

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JillG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love the outdoor space here, and the food was great. So excited to live nearby!

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vipJaniceZ
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was very good but service was extremely slow. Not many diners but that did not speed the service. We finished and asked for the check and still waited 30 minutes. The place could use a cleaning as well. While I enjoyed the food I would not recommend this place. Sort of like eating in your garage.

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vipBNard
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wanted to share Joana was terrific and very customer service focus. My family was visiting from Michigan, and I wanted to show them some excellent restaurants in Queens.

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vipMichaelL
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Stopped for drinks and a bite before the Elvis Costello show at Forest Hills. Good all around.

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Pickybutpleased
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Wanted to try it out so went there for lunch on a Friday in June and we were in a room with a big party that was so
loud. I felt the food was eh and not enough choices. It’s good for bar food for those who enjoy loud kind of seedy bar restaurants

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CamilleG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I ordered the Mac and cheese waffle burger. The waffle was soaked in burger juice so I couldn’t even eat the waffle. Mac and cheese was bland and gritty. The burger meat itself was okay but so disappointing. How can you mess up a burger? The French fries and onion rings were good though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went here for Fathers Day. I liked that the more quiet dining room was separate from the noisy bar. They were not 100% full but it took almost an hour to give us 2 chicken sandwiches and 1 French dip. The server was nice but did not check in often and I had to get up and ask a manager to get me extra sauce for my sandwich. The food was generous portions and good but it definitely took too long. Also, I’m not a fan of country music and I would not have gone to a place that exclusive played that stuff. Just thought it would be normal music, that did annoy me. There is no parking lot so you have to find something on the street which is not easy in Kew Gardens. I’d try it again, but maybe on the bar side next time- faster service?

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vipEmilyY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a place to go for a nice leisurely Sunday brunch, a quick drink, a group dinner, and a great sports bar!

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vipBrian
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It has been a while since I was there last and it was just as I remembered it excellent food and service..The noise level was high because they were having a private party which was very loud...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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vipPeggy
Miami
154 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the skirt steak. My dining companions had fish which they loved. The desserts were good also

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EileenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. I have been going here for years and our family and friends also enjoy going here. Thank you John

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Wendy
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This restaurant was recommend based on their wings only. However, the food selection was great as well. I had the spicy Jamaican sauce wings and the penne alla vodka. Both dishes were delicious. Both plates were large enough for 2 people to share. I'd definitely return soon.

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vipEmilyY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad loves going to Austin's Ale House for Sunday brunch! He especially loves their Eggs Benedict! I love their lighter version, "Austin's Huevos"!!!
Thanks Austin's for recognizing loyal customers!

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MichelleL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was ok. Ambiance was great- it was Valentine’s Day and they had music for that. Loved it!

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vipPeggy
Miami
154 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the food and there are so many choices. The fish entrees are great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious but the drinks were lacking and the orange juice tasted like water with a splash of orange in it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food.

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CanNix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My coworkers and I had a wonderful time at this location. Our waiter was superb in serving us, and although all members of my party did not arrive, or on time, the staff and waiter treated us all very well, and made a drier end of the work week truly relaxing. I would recommend Austin to any and everyone .

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BarryG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been celebrating our Holiday Luncheon there for the past 10 year or so, also (Arlene) my birthday and just lunch with the bosses. I (Arlene) have taken my son and friends there for lunch. I (Arlene) make all the reservation for all occasions. Regarding The Goldstein Firm and also personal. Sometimes we just drop by, for a quick lunch and drink.
Thank you all for a lovely time.
Regards, Arlene

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vipDependable66
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Good food quality prepared to blandness. Large portions. Good beer list. Tight and cramped facility and not the cleanest place. Good staff and service though.

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vipebgfa859
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy going here because the food is very good and so is the service. It's a fun neighborhood spot and always lively.

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Jbnyc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak cooked to perfection, my boys had burgers which were also good. Good selection of beers and not too expensive

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TomL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Maybe it's because we ordered off of their special Octoberfest menu but the food was only fair as they don't do a good job with German food. Chicken schnitzel was overdone and tough. Sauerbraten was eh. Potatoe pancakes well done and red cabbage too much sugar and vinegar. The salmon was the best item there. A traditional burger may have been better and cheaper.

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vipPeggy
Miami
154 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My pistachio encrusted salmon was outstanding. I loved the veggies as I like them crunchy. The dessert was great....love tartufo

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vipAliP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super dog friendly and the staff is wonderful.

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CatTheGreat
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience2

staff was great and we had a decent meal. some prices seemed high for certain items, but everyone's food was good.

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ReneeT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall3food1service5ambience5

My husband and I have been going to the Austin Ale House for years and we have always enjoyed it immensely. We especially like the patio in the warmer months. This time, we were there for brunch with friends. I was very disappointed in the quality and presentation of the food I ordered, as well as the bread basket, in which nothing was fresh and warm. The mini muffins were cold and nearly stale. The bagel pieces were cold as well. I ordered a spinach, cheddar, and bacon omelette, and it was also very disappointing. You couldn't even see the omelette for all the globs of congealed cheese that completely covered it! The bacon was overcooked. There was almost no spinach. I had to scrape off most of the cheese and push it to the side of the plate. It was gross. The one plus was our waiter, who couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.

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vipEmilyY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Austin's Ale House is a neighborhood gem featuring your regular pub fare and excellent brunch menu. THe big plus is their outdoor seating. Sunday brunch outside can't be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fresh food, would recommend to friends.

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LaurieC
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, presentation as well. The service was amazing. Overall, a great experience all the way around.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's really amazing how restaurants come and restaurants go but this place remains consistently good after being around for decades. Their food is always pleasing, whether you want the basics or a but more gourmet., with lots of choices on the menu. Prices are very moderate. Our party was there for Sunday brunch which is a really great value and excellent, and the cool live music was a definite plus. TheI outdoor dining in the summer is my favorite. We will keep coming back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great. Place was very beautiful inside and I really enjoyed my lamb chop dinner. However, I made a reservation for 2 about 3 weeks in advance. When we went to the place I was expecting them to seat us at a table for 2 . Instead, they put us at a table for 4 when a table for 2 was open right next to us. I really wished we had the table of two since it was a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

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Austin's Ale House does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Austin's Ale House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 849-3939.

Austin's Ale House is rated 3.7 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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