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Kandela, Ozone Park, NY

Kandela

4.2
4.2
35 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Celebrity chef David Arias brings modern Mexican Kitchen and Agaveria to Ozone Park!!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (718) 659-0262
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    DAVID ARIAS
  • Neighborhood
    Ozone Park
  • Parking details
    FREE VALET PARKING AVAILABLE
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

35 Reviews
  1. CristinaL

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The steak was too thick , I had asked the server for the steak sauce never came and there was more fat on the steak then actual meat , the appetizer was good the chicken and nachos and guacamole and chips , the margarita was water down , my husband ,Son and I was very disappointed on the food , but the place is a nice environment food not at all great

    1 person found this helpful

  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very very small portions

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  3. Steven

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in the area. From service, to food, to ambiance. Higher quality than most of what is available in the neighborhood. We've always avoided the area due to parking limitations but there is now some additional street parking available that we've been able to grab consistently. Really hope this place lasts, a family favorite.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time here and both times it was EXTREMELY AMAZING ! Will be going back very soon !!’

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  5. Sara

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a date, make sure they check you in. Received an email from open table asking why I didn’t make it when I was there

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pros: Good service & good drinks. Great guac! There’s a discount if you pay cash. Cons: Pricey. Parking isn’t so great if you live nearby just take an Uber. Be prepared to pay a little extra if you pay with your credit/debit card. The chicken flautas appetizer needed some more flavor but were good. The steak and steak tacos tasted a bland and were very small considering the price. Yuca fries were a hit but the dipping sauce it comes with wasn’t good at all. Maybe if it came with mojo it would of been better. Overall it was an okay experience. They just opened up so hopefully they take their customers feedback and consider changing a few things to get that 5 star rating.

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  7. mikes

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    music was way to loud limited menu

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  8. DonnaV

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my third time here and I must say the food is GREAT and very fresh!

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  9. Gigi

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place, was a little too dark where I was sitting. I had a problem seeing the menu. I've been there before and will continue to go.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow. There was some confusion over who was our actual server as 2 waiters came over to take our orders. The food was presented beautifully. Only if it tasted as good as it looked. 🙁 I went with a friend for an early dinner and I was starved because I hadn't eaten all day. I ate half my appetizer and entree. It was not great at all. In addition the prices were steep, for both food and drink. Shouts to Fernando. He had to move us to accommodate a big party and gave us a free round as a thank you for being good sports about it. I'd go back for the overpriced, but great cocktails, but that's about it. The music was loud enough to vibe to, but not so loud you are yelling across the table at your friend. Bottom line, this restaurant over priced for the quality of food they serve, and slow service.

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  11. JenniferH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good and the dessert was delicious.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place has a excellent atmosphere, our waitress Krista was top notch. I highly recommend her. Our apps were great my girlfriends dinner was scallop tacos they were perfect. My only complaint was my Kandela paella was strange tasting. Other then that, everything was excellent. We will be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere, guac was really good. The carne mole enchilada’s sauce was the only negative part of this dining experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience. Staff very attentive, great food and delicious drinks. Looking forward to going back.

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  15. Jeremy

    New York City

    55 reviews

    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful place Good food and service A little pricey

    1 person found this helpful

  16. DonnaV

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time there and it was JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME! The food here is awesome. The guacamole is a MUST! The Mahi Mahi was delicious. The waitress was so nice and did not rush us. Great place!

    1 person found this helpful

  17. monicac

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the attendance that not only the server gives us but the entire staff was great. The dj was also great.

    2 people found this helpful

  18. DonTony

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    First time going there, we saved our appetite. When we arrived, we asked for one of the corner booths and was told 'they were reserved'. I hate being lied to, as we were there for almost two hours and none of the booths were filled. Here's the best part. Because I am on Keto, I can't eat potatoes. So I wanted to order the Shrimp entree and told the waiter to make it without potatoes. He tells me that it's impossible because it's already made with potatoes. So a grilled spicy shrimp dish is premade with potatoes? So either they were too lazy to cook my entree without potatoes or they make this in advance which both are unacceptable. Especially for the price they charge. The only good part of the meal was the company (g/f) I was with. No I won't be going back again.

    2 people found this helpful

  19. FernandoP

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing but for the few people that were there sunday night, the service was very slow.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. LattashaF

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Good happy hour and beautiful ambiance.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. GalFromQueens

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrates my birthday had a great time, food was great and waiter very attentive would definitely return ! They even gave us desserts on the house which was nice !

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  22. DonnaV

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time visiting and the food was fresh and DELICIOUS! The service was excellent!

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  23. EdCee

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice spot, moderately filled on a Sunday afternoon (5/6p). Food was good.. your typical Mexican/Spanish foods. Only thing this place is lacking is it’s liquor license. But definitely on the list to come back to.

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  24. BarbaraG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. The food, the service and the ambiance. The only thing that was a bit off were their potatoes, they were just way to spicy. Overall, I recommend this restuarant.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I honestly don't know what those other reviews are saying about the waiters not knowing English, that the food is too salty or whatever. Place is dope. Great ambiance. Only open for a month and they are still waiting for their liquor license so whoever said their drinks were terrible is a liar. Best part is that the staff and owners are aware and willing to hear what customers want. It's a new restaurant and they are already providing a great product. Imagine what it's going to be once the menu and everything else matures. Looking forward to coming back here in the future. Food was great, atmosphere was great and their virgin cocktails were stellar.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good , very nice place . Will definitely come back .

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  27. LesleyannM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing hospitality and great food. We had a great waitress that made my boyfriends birthday an overall success. The food was rich and just wonderful, I would strongly Recommend this place 100 times over.

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  28. RafaelG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, friendly staff . will recommend to family and friends

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  29. Awful

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m sorry to be so negative on a neighborhood place trying to make it BUT we ordered tacos they were soft shell very small Chicken was to salty Boths make you feel like your falling forward uggg No waiters or waitress speak English Again Sorry Good luck

    2 people found this helpful

  30. AshleyP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Food was delicious. This is exactly what we needed. A new trendy spot! Will definitely be back!

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  31. keciam108

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    drinks not as good as it looks, food needed more spice, guac had no salt wont be going again.

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  32. LuannM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. Service good. No chips and salsa at the table(no salsa on the menu). Its like going Italian and theres no bread on the table. Just wrong. Also all Ala cart.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. TaniaA

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and superb service. I got the mahi nahi tacos and they were super yummy. The guac con piña was delicious and the drinks were awesome. Cant wait to go back and try more food!

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  34. Er79

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The place is nice but the price are way to high and the music was to loud

    1 person found this helpful

  35. LillianC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My guest and I had a very good experience at Kandela. The food and service were excellent. For a new place everything ran smoothly. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, which made us feel comfortable. We ordered the Branzino, Carne Asada, Ceviche, Tacos, and the Chorizo Guacamole. Everything was delicious including the drinks. My only issue was portion size especially for the guacamole, something that is meant to be shared should have been larger. I could have eaten that all by myself and I am not a big eater. It's a little pricey, but I would still go back.

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Kandela offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 659-0262.

Kandela is rated 4.2 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Kandela

15003 Crossbay Blvd, Ozone Park, NY 11417

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Ozone Park
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    FREE VALET PARKING AVAILABLE
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    DAVID ARIAS
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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