Galo Tavern 18

4.6
62 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Galo Tavern 18 is a casual, affordable neighborhood grill specializing in Portuguese barbeque and American comfort food. With deep mahogany hardwood, vaulted ceilings and black & white photos of old new york, Galo tavern 18 provides a comfortable vibe with a timeless old school feel. Come by the bar area & watch the game at one of the hi tops & enjoy a craft beer, glass of wine or a classic cocktail; come for a quick lunch; meet with co-workers or long time friends for happy hour; or kick back with a leisurely dinner. Swing by Sundays for our popular brunch. Whether you are just in the mood for a burger & a craft beer from our vast selection or dinner with friends with wine from our award winning wine list, Galo tavern 18 provides the perfect setting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Portuguese
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch and Dinner
Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(718) 347-4846
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
265th st./Union Turnpike
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 62 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! She took care of our group, will definitely go back with my coworkers

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love tavern 18 I have been going to tavern 18 for a few years now and it has become are go to place

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F
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every restaurant can have a problem now and then. The mark of a good restaurant is how it handles problems. In our case, they handled the problems efficiently, quickly and professionally.
We have always enjoyed our meals here and expect to do the same many times in the future as well.

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m
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and food and service were excellent!! Highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant, they have a great menu with good selection of Mets
The service is very good and attentive 🍾🍾

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend tavern 18, went there for a private party and the food was great and the servers were very helpful and amazing to deal with. The dinning room also was cozy and a perfect environment to have a great meal with friends.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service. The food came to our table really hot - just the way I like it and the staff were so attentive and made us feel right at home.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Parker rolls seasoned with rosemary and sea salt were great. Enjoyed the hummus platter, which was shared between 3 people. I found the entrees, at best to be mediocre. It does not seem that the dishes were prepared with the attention required. Swordfish was over cooked. The blackened sauce on it was ok. The fish was over a sweet potato and crabmeat hash, which did not complement the dish. Disappointing.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food! Server Nicole is awesome, she is always is very friendly. Food comes out in a timely matter and it’s delicious. They make a spicy mule w pineapples soaked in jalopeno juice? So good! Can’t make it there? They’re on uber eats and the food is still great when it comes to the door! Definitely recommend.

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B
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my second time eating there and it was great. I brought a party of five with two of them being Portuguese and tough to please but they enjoyed themselves and the owners made his rounds to each table. What a great place to dine at for any occasion.

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MB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an unexpected pleasure! The food was so excellent! The porterhouse for 2 was cooked to perfection! The wait staff were terrific and the environment was lovely. I highly recommend this great restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent & so was our server Nicole. Looking forward to going back

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service

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KD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered salmon medium rare came well done. Salad very skimpy. Friend’s salad with shrimp was skimpy and hardly any shrimp. Ordered capacinos and they were cold. Very unsatisfying dinner

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, food and service excellent

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BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newly refinished classy storefront, nice, attractive and cozy location on Union Turnpike, and close to where I now live. There is always parking on the street so that's never a problem. This is a great place for after-office gatherings or parties, birthdays, New Years Eve (their steak on NYE was out of this world), or out for girls night or the family or a partner. The prices are a little higher than average for a restaurant in this area but worth every single penny. On a pleasant flashback note: a few years ago, when I dined here with some very close friends, the maitre d brought out a sample of the Portuguese chicken dish for my guests and I to taste. It was absolutely delicious and since then, I've ordered it each time I eat here. That's never happened to me at a restaurant before and I think it's a brilliant idea. Why not bring samples to your customers? What is there to lose? Anyway, last week, my husband and I sat in the lovely dining room part of the restaurant on a Saturday night. He ordered the whole chicken as usual which is always moist and tasty (wanted leftovers for lunch the next day). I ordered the Center Cut Filet Mignon. BLT Salad Wedge, vegetables, potatoes main dishes...everything came out prepared exactly the way we ordered it, split on two separate plates when we mentioned we're sharing and presented perfectly. The freshly baked garlic bread is something really special and served in individual baking dishes and replenished immediately when we asked. Our waitress was absolutely awesome (you know who you are ;) and kept the beer and wine coming. She sure had my back! And by the way, I've also brought my sister and sons a few times and ate burgers in a booth by the bar which was also delicious. The bar was pretty lively too. This has been my neighborhood "go to" place since I moved to Floral Park in 2014 and I've been bringing all my friends and acquaintances as often as possible. You will not be disappointed coming to Galo Tavern 18.I never am!

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B
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time eating here since the old owners of Tavern 18 took over. We had the honor of meeting the new owner who was very friendly and willing to tell us a little about his history and vision for the New Galo 18 Tavern. We had an excellent experience from start to finish. I will highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable meal.

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tasty food. Good service. Nice ambience. Frequently use as near work. Have been satisfied coming here for 5 years.

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GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing. Highly recommend the food. It’s a wonderful neighborhood eatery.

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

ORDERED PAELLA AND BLACKENED SWORDFISH, THE SWORDFISH WAS OUTSTANDING! THE PAELLA WAS JUST OK AND I FELT TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE PLATE. SERVICE WAS GOOD, TIMELY
AND ATTENTIVE.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Tavern 18 for my friend’s bridal shower, we were 50 people, the food and drinks are amazing and the service is incredible
They have a really nice private room

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chill bar and American steakhouse that always hits home, tasting good and delivering great service in a relaxed atmosphere. The steak frites is amazing due to that great chimmichurri sauce. The flier mignon is superb. A must get is the Mac and cheese appetizer. Oh and always ask for more of the house bread!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Must try the porterhouse, excellent presentation, cooked to perfection. Efficient service!! Would definitely come back

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in today to Galo Tavern 18. To start I got a Tavern Manhattan it was delicious and just right. The steak was flavorfull,tender and cooked on point. My friend said her branzino was delicious and tasty as well. Definitely worth the trip

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sorry to say, but we probably won’t be returning. The restaurant was not full on a Saturday evening, yet drinks took quite some time to arrive. Although there was an extensive list of beers, liquors and specialty drinks online, no drinks menu was offered. Food was just okay. One person’s burger went mostly uneaten because it was very salty. The two Cobb salads were skimpy and were missing the eggs.
Just not worth a repeat visit.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing

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SM
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. One of the best burgers ever. Rarely do I see gruyere as a choice for cheese on a burger. And the pasta cooked perfectly and served as requested with lite sauce. Server was helpful and checked back on us more than once. Nice to find a dessert choice for under $5.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was awful. Got there at 3:30-didn’t leave until 7. We were celebrating a 40th birthday with a small group. Wait staff was as inattentive as could be. We were a small group of 4 and 3 children. There were only 4 tables dining at the restaurant the entire time. The table next to us finished about 20 minutes after we got there and No one cleared the table, the dirty dishes sat there the entire time we were there. The waitress Disappeared for a lengthy amount of time, numerous times to the point where we were getting up to look for someone to give us drinks because we were thirsty.
Food came out and one meal had to be returned because it tasted rancid. A few wound up very sick a few hours afterwards. Stay away from this place!

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JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Was there for hours. Also, good selection of beers.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I happen to be extremely picky and refuse to wait Tavern 18 is clean I don't wait with reservations the food is delicious and plentiful staff are like old friends rare in any establishment haven't hit one Manhattan restaurant that equals Tavern 18

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beer, food, service, everything is great

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F
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been slacking off on my reviews, but I wanted to help get the word out -- they deserve it. Well, aside from the service, which was slow, but it was Father's Day.
I ordered the Grilled New York Strip Steak, 18oz. It was terrific, juicy, tender and flavorful, with a slightly charred crust, and best of all, a wonderful wine reduction served in a separate ramekin. At $35, it's an amazing bargain, especially since, unlike at the big name steak houses, it includes 2 large sides! The mashed potatoes were excellent, as was the sautéed spinach (there was a $2 up charge for the "premium" side dish of spinach).

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third or fourth time visit in this restaurant and each time was exceptional. My dad and significant other first came here this past Father’s Day and they love the restaurant and said that they will definitely go back on their own time. The brunch on a Sunday is phenomenal and each person at the table enjoy their meal. I brought my two daughters and they were very kid friendly.

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l
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service

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DY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Good food and great service. This was a very pleasant dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty and portion sizes were big for the price, service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, the restaurant has a lay back ambience without been exaggerated. Will definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is amazing , loved my apps and my pasta , the bread was out of the world ! My new favorite spot, tray the porterhouse 42oz for two

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Place was nice staff very friendly,but the silverware wasnt clean,took forever to get our food. No one checked in on us to see if we were ok except for the gentleman going around to refill water and take our plates.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Location was very cute. We are usually Manhattan/Brooklyn people and we found it comprable. Service was great. Drinks were strong and good. Would recommend to friends in Eastern Queens/ Western LI.

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