Ovelia Psistaria Bar

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286 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek

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About

Greek Grill House offering traditional and modern fare.

Ovelia offers a taste of modern Greek lifestyle and philosophy via its food, cocktails, sounds and environment.

Peter Giannakas, scientist turned chef stays true to the core roots of Greek cuisine twisting fresh flavors into new classics.

The traditional fare executed by Ioannis and Evangelia Giannakas brings 55 years of experience to the kitchen"s flames.

Designed by Chris Giannakas, Ovelia's decor marries organic elements with modern innovations suggesting a dining experience that is refreshingly familiar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(718) 721-7217
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Giannakas
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Catering
Please visit our website for more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
30th Ave. and 34th Street
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Parking details
N or Q lines to 30th Ave Grand Avenue
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Entertainment
Live music for special events.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Not a great brunch selection and the prices so high for astoria $6 for tea and 19 for a piece of avacado toast with not much avacado would never go back.

TT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Easter Sunday meal. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. Marshall is an amazing server who made our experience even better!

f
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, and food was a 10.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place, enjoy the food, drinks, and atmosphere.

C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy as always. Food is fresh and delicious. Best grilled octopus ever!

AK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! Kid friendly and the menu is never the same! Always surprises me with something different and always delicious! Definitely a must go!

SU
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly am happy my friend, Angela, recommended Ovelia Psistaria Bar. Every single dish was tasty, cocktails were perfectly mixed, and staff was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to returning for sure.

NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is always outstanding. The atmosphere fun. However, on this occasion the service was worse than bad. It was non existent. Our server took our food and drink order and that was essentially the last time we saw her. No follow up. No inquiry if we needed anything further. Others had to pick up her slack to bring us a to go carton and our bill. It was very disappointing.

C
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was far better than expected. Service was efficient but not overly attentive. Nobody ever came back to ask if we needed anything further to drink or eat during or nearing the end of the Mel

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The prices have been raised significantly in 2019. It has become very expensive to eat here.

e
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place I always take guests when they come to Astoria. The entire menu is delicious, and we've tried almost all of it at this point.

MO
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to Ovelia for brunch. I got waffels with cheese ( it came with complimentary mimosa) - delicious. Good service and very European atmosphere .

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, unique flavors in a contemporary, delightful setting coupled with first class service...

CL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing, each dish has its own special spin on it.

KC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and amazing! Excellent and friendly service too!

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal and the service was great!!

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Seat were extremely close I could hear both conversations from both sides of me and shoulders almost touching. Extremely uncomfortable especially on Valentine’s Day

AE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely a very well thought out and poised ambiance. We ordered a few small plates and a Greek salad. Everything was delicious. 10/10 would recommend for a date or intimate get together.

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While there's certainly no shortage of Greek options in Astoria, Ovelia has always been one of the best options. Whether it's an entree or appetizer, dinner or brunch, or just drinks and mezzes, Ovelia never misses. The quality of the service and ambiance are right up there with the food. It's a great go-to for a date or a group.

PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going here for years and it never disappoints! Great service and amazing food! Don’t miss their baklava pancakes !!!!

SM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, fast and friendly service. I would eat there again.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My go to Greek restaurant in Astoria. Very nice ambience, friendly staff, and delicious food!

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience — I live in Astoria and take friends from out of town here. The Grilled feta cubes are always a big hit, and the inventive, delicious specials are always terrific. Really really nice staff too.

NA
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

K
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice environment and nice experience.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Super expensive—one appetizer, two drinks, two entrees and a dessert was $150 with tip, easily one of the more expensive places I’ve ever eaten out at in Astoria (Nearly on par with Christo’s). If you’re willing to spend that kind of money then this place is great for a special occasion but I would never go back as a regular every day dining experience. The three dips with pita were good to start. The lamb dip I had was good but not worth the $25 in my opinion. The octopus (market price) was incredible.

LK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Pitas are fresh. Small plates all delicious!

P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at Ovelia is always warm and welcoming. I love me some baklava pancakes every other month for brunch.

BB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been eating at Ovelia for years and years and the food and service are consistently excellent. Great food and friendly service. Great happy hour and appetizers for when you just feel like sitting at the bar and hanging out a bit. It is my top go-to restaurant in Astoria.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food. We had a great meal for Thanksgiving and we hope they keep this tradition of opening for Thanksgiving from now on. Amazing!!!

G
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delicious dinner! We had incredible service.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal on a Sunday night. House wine was on special for Happy Hour and was delicious. Dips were great, octopus the best I have had in a long time, and the salmon souvlaki was wonderful. Service was great, music was great. Time to become a regular!

RN
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening dinner. Food was so good. One negative was it was very hot in the restaurant. Oddly warm night in October. That said the food was delicious! Great small plates so we got to share!!

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food- I highly recommend the sesame honey feta cubes!

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always!

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter was not very attentive and my friends told him that we were there for my birthday and he brushed it off and only came back with the check after we had asked for it twice.

S
Little Rock
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal for brunch at Ovelia! We ordered the trio of dips with pita as an appetizer and they were all delicious. Then one of us got eggs Florentine, which were poached eggs with hollandsise over slices of spinach filled pastry—beautiful and delicious! Another had baklava pancakes (incredible pancakes stacked with honey and nuts sprinkled over!), and another had the grilled chicken sandwich on bread that has feta baked into it. Everything was outstanding in flavor snd presentation. There were many items on the menu that appealed to all of us. Would highly recommend this place for brunch, and I would be interested to try their lunch and dinner menus also.

JS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I N C R E D I B L E food. Had a wonderful table for 4 our front on a beautiful night. Great happy hour that went until 8pm (I think $5 house wine). We shared a couple of small plates. Winner of the night: Feta cubes. So incredible, melt in your mouth, sweet, salty, crispy, and creamy. Other dishes- 3 dips of (hummus, feta with peppers, and outstanding tzatziki), lamb meatballs, spanakopita, grilled shrimp, and zucchini chips. All were amazing, lamb was a bit dry though. Staff was very friendly, but we couldn’t get their attention for the last 20 minutes of our meal because it was so busy. Didn’t ruin the experience at all, highly recomend!

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