Kellari Taverna

4.3
5614 reviews
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Kellari Taverna is located in the heart of New York City, three blocks from Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District. The dining room decor evokes a subterranean wine cellar designed with contemporary elegance. Kellari features the traditional Greek taverna specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops and meats, and an eclectic selection of contemporary Hellenic savory appetizers ("mezedes") created by our Executive Chef. The Kellari dessert menu includes innovative specialties such as warm sokolata with goat milk vanilla ice cream as as well as traditional favorites such as Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Kellari Taverna offers an extensive international wine list featuring a large selection of Greek wines.
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Daily 4:30PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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New York Area
418 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We arrived at Kellari for brunch -- only to be informed that there was a problem in the kitchen and most of the menu was unavailable except for salads and an omelet. (A voice message was sent 15 mins before our reservation time - obviously, we were already in transit.) I've been to Kellari many times, and was sorely disappointed with an anemic Greek salad and an omelette (with more salad, since they couldn't make fries). Server was very nice, and provided generous refills on the mimosas to make up for our disappointment. This was not the brunch outing I had in mind...

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly waiters, and the most wonderful manager I’ve ever met. John is the kindest guy and knows customer service. Will definitely be coming back!

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice setting and kind, attentive service. Overpriced $49 for a very tough, grizzly New York strip. Stick with fish - but also plan on an expensive night out! Even for NY!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They gave us a heart

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w
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and fresh. My dinner came out cold. The manager came over and immediately took care of it. This showed they really care about the customer. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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B
New York Area
782 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I'm not a fan of Greek food, but our meal at Kellari was good and we would return. We chose the two course pre-fixe: salads, lamb shank and orzo with seafood. Good bread and credible cocktails and wine by the glass added to the meal. The restaurant was busy and rightly so.

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SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It used to be a reliable place to go to in the theater district but not anymore. The salad was pedestrian and the grilled octopus cold and like rubber. The fish was good but not great. The sides just ok. Lastly, the service was off. No one around to help. Expensive and just not worth it.

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m
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice meal except for the East coast oysters. They were not good/fresh. Chicken dish and the fish was fabulous. Overall, we enjoyed our meal.

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Fayetteville
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place, amazing food, good service, highly recommended

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EZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apple martinis, Oysters, scallops, lamb chops, and cake were delicious. Staff are highly professional and made sure we were able to leave on time for our 7PM curtain time. Beautiful room with high ceilings. Virtually all tables give a nice view. Always enjoyable.

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I would recommend KT for a normal pre-theater fixed price dinner. We happened to be there on Valentine’s Day (just because we had show tickets) and the special menu (a la carte in our case) was outrageously overpriced given the food quality. Under normal circumstances, for a pre-theater meal, it is a delightful place with a reasonable deal. But the holiday menu ruined it for us.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Celebrated my birthday and received A++ service.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, but portions were small relative to the high price. Every dish was presented beautifully, but the prices were quite high. I guess this was due to the prime location of the restaurant. The ambiance is quite nice, though the noise level was high as the restaurant filled up.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprised and delighted by extra touches of dessert wine and sweets offered by the management to enhance an engagement celebration. The meal was wonderful and the service attentive and patient with our lingering. Thank you.

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p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pikilia spreads with delicious light, warm pita; Lavraki grilled with just a bit of lemon and olive oil was perfect (fresh, not too big); artichokes side was novel and perfect compliment; oysters were huge and sweet; baklava honey was special and serving size just right to finish off the meal. Service was upbeat and attentive and wine list worked beautifully. Highly recommended.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent pre-theater meal. Terrific seafood and great service.

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SM
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre- theater meal

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

We were seated right away, two other tables were seated next to us. We sat at our table for easily 15 minutes without service. The fourth and last table seated was greeted first by the waiter who left their table and did not come back for some time. We decided to abandon our table and sit at the bar. The two bartenders were wonderful and the food was great. Just disappointed that the first impression was so poor.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made us feel so welcome and special for my sister's birthday. Great experience/service, and excellent food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great biz lunch!

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S
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We four dined during Restaurant Week. It's a lovely, big room with good ambience. The shrimp skewers over mackeral mousse appetizer was very tasty. The bass entree was good as well. Chocolate dessert was yummy. Overall a good dining experience.

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, very good service. Good Greek cuisine

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LD
New England
46 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were two women friends and treated differently than the nearby tables of men and couples. Took forever to place our order. We ordered three plates to share—two came out quickly and it took three requests to get our final plate, while others were getting their food in a timely fashion. Our server was rude and grunted rather than spoke to us. While the food was yummy, it’s not enough to overcome the poor experience. I won’t be coming back.

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AM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Had the Restaurant Week special menu. Great for pre-theatre dinner as the service is quick and it’s on 44th Street.

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

Great experience they made a birthday extra special and the perfect spot for a pre-show dinner! Was there for restaurant week and it was a great deal for great food!

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed in the brunch menu. There were no authentic Greek dishes and the Greek salad should have been exceptional considering it’s a Greek restaurant and it was very mediocre.
Dissapointed!

Wait staff was very accommodating!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome and friendly professional service. Brunch was excellent value. Highly recommend

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Non attentive

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AD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. Lots of unusual dishes. Very attentive staff, especially the Maitre'd. We had theater tickets and arrived early for our reservation. We were accommodated immediately, with a smile. The portions are not large, but the food is very tasty. I had vegetarian croquettes and a meatless entree. My partner had a spinach pie appetizer with roasted potato side. We were both pleased with the taste and temperature of the food.

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KT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kellari Taverna is large with comfortable, plentiful seating, a welcoming atmosphere and reasonable acoustics. The pre-fixe pre/post theater menu offered several choices at a reasonable price. The wine list is varied and well-priced also. Based on the overall high quality of the appetizer and main course, the dessert choices were few (from the prix fixe) and the items were more average in quality. That said, for the quality, ambiance, and value, we will happily return to Kellari Taverna.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were a party of 6 and truthfully the service was not great. Our waiter had a bit of an attitude. Food was average. Overall not great.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner pre theatre.

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

We had to get to a show after dinner..but were 15 min late getting to Kellari...staff were incredibly accommodating. Food was amazing, as always.
Kellari is my favorite pre-theater dinner spot because I feel I am “out to dinner”...not in some pre-theater cattle car, like some places!

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V
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a very fine and most enjoyable pre-theater dinner at Kellari Taverna. This greek restaurant features a wonderful selection of fish expertly prepared. Service is attentive but not intrusive. An extensive array of old and new world wines to complement each course.

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JS
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a Great go to for Fresh Catch and attentive service.

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LA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is high quality and excellent tasting. Fresh seafood. Good for business or casual dining.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Good basic Greek food but pricey

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant staff, with the right amount of attention, paired with good satisfying food.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Office team lunch. Last minute res for a large party during restaurant week no less and everything came of great!

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N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had enjoyed this restaurant in the past but found it to be very expensive for the portion sizes and wine by the glass. There are other restaurants of comparable quality in the area that are not as expensive. Positives are that the service is very good, the staff is welcoming and it is close to Grand Central.

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