The Thirsty Koala

4.6
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Australian
With seasonal menus that incorporate robust, indigenous Australian ingredients like lemon myrtle, wattle seed, desert oak, and akudjura. The Thirsty Koala transports you to Oz just a few steps from the N train on Ditmars Blvd in Astoria. Try the award winning Grilled Wattle Seed and Herb Crusted Australian Lamb Lollies, the wild and sustainable seafood from our Sea to Table Program, or the delicious heirloom vegetables from our own garden in our Garden to Table Program. We are known for our gluten free foods & desserts so come in and try them. When the weather is pleasant come people watch along Ditmars Blvd and enjoy our happy hour specials in our sidewalk cafe. Inside you can unwind at our walnut bar with a rotating craft beer selection anchored by Australian Coopers Pale Ale and our Koala lager. If wine or craft cocktails are what you crave, you will be sure to enjoy our wines from Down Under and signature cocktails. Cheers! The Thirsty Koala Management Team

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Sun 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 3:00PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner!

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We were in Astoria looking for brunch and excited to try Australian food - the place sounded great and had good reviews and tons of GF options. But we walked into a (very loud) drag show performance that we didn't expect. The performer was fun, but the mic levels were so high it was uncomfortable. We still sat down as we were told the show was soon over...but it wasn't. The food was mostly mediocre fried food in large portions, and while we were excited that most things were GF we ended up having gluten reactions the next day, so not so sure how careful the kitchen cross-contamination is. It seems like the bottomless beverage brunch draws large rowdy-er crowds. Overall not what we expected, and somewhat disappointing. Service was great, however!

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FD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time checking this place out. Calamari was great and so were our cocktails. Hangar steak was cooked exactly to a true medium and seasoned just right. Their side of mashed potatoes was generously portioned. Waitress was attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back here

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TW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Being new to having Celiac disease gives me a whole fresh set of challenges when eating out. The Thirsty Koala had amazing options for this, included gf bread for the table, delicious crunchy fried chicken and even a few desserts to choose from. I loved the atmosphere, and the server, while a bit slow in terms of checking back on us, paid attention to my special needs. I will definitely be back!

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

Had a great time for a laid back birthday brunch. The food was delicious and their unlimited drinks included their specialty drinks which were amazing! I will be returning again soon!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Tried kangaroo for the first time and wasn't disappointed! However it was the service that really stood out. Knowledgeable and professional staff with excellent attentiveness to guest needs!

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My only complain is that even though I gave the waiter my credit card, he still handed the card back to my boyfriend. I had to physically remove my card from the waiter's hand as he was holding it out for my boyfriend. Standard practice should be placing it in the middle.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, unique food in Astoria, which is always a plus in this neighborhood. Highly recommend trying 'The Lot' burger.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Sesame crusted salmon and kale were superb! And what’s more, our waiter enlisted the entire restaurant to sing happy birthday to me!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food and service were great - awesome apps! They had a great selection of Australian wines and IPI beers. Cozy place a bit small but comfortable.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was our third time here and this time we weren't too happy with our meal.
Kitchen should keep up with their level of consistency when it comes to the food
Also, who serves poached eggs cooked all the way ? We definitely didn't ask for poached eggs cook well, they were supposed to be soft.
If the kitchen screws up a poached egg that's kinda like a big no no .
We like this place , we want to come back. Hopefully this review gets seen and taken into consideration.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We waited an hour for food after ordering. The food was good but not special enough to wait for that long. The place is nicely decorated and the bathrooms were very pretty. Again, did not compensate for the long wait.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Thirsty Koala. The brunch was so delicious. They have THE BEST gluten free food and dessert options and Bloody Mary's.

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff and food are great but the music from the stereo is way too loud.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for Sunday Brunch . We all enjoyed our meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is great, the food is delicious, I cannot think of anything to criticize.

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F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Very attentive staff, great cocktails, we had a great evening

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MR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun place for Aussie food lovers

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

I come here frequently with my niece’s from Texas.
They have gluten and dairy allergies and the menu caters to them and provides normalcy to their dining experience.
The fish n chips was awesome.
Chef Catherine is wonderful. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food. Service was also great.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thirsty Koala never disappoints! As per usual they are super conscientious to food allergies and today the chef even sat down to talk to me. The food is great and I am always safe eating there as a celiac.

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AZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was OK. Cocktails were good. Wine was OK. I had been there before and felt like the food was better then. The menu isn't very extensive. I thought the lamb lollies were best. I wish they would have the lamb as an entrée. I liked the mashed potatoes as well.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The drinks were good, just a bit expensive. The food we had was good, and the service was very friendly.

Not a bad place at all, just not really anything special for the money either, especially not in Astoria.

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

have been there a few times. Great meals and drinks each time. Just recently went to brunch and it's menu was the most appealing out of most restaurants near the Ditmars area. Will definitely be returning

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j
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Meal and Wine! The eggplant Parmesan is amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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S
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food with lots of vegetarian/vegan options. Upscale but not too fancy. Great service. Would definitely go back.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious, great atmosphere- but felt very bad for the waitress - not enough staff - waited almost 20 minutes for coffee and took forever to come with the check - in her defense she was very busy - an extra pair of hands would have made a huge difference

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great affordable brunch spot! Despite the great prices, the food is amazing! You also get a free coffee, juice, or soft drink with every entree which is a plus.

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GD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great birthday celebration. The staff was friendly and responsive since there were kids there from 9 month old to 7 year old, and you know how they can get. The food was good and tasty. We had a great time.

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

Food is always good and friendly service. Highly recommended =)

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A
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food has no taste.prices are way too high for tasteless food.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Thirsty Koala used to be one of our favorite places of all time. But it has changed in little ways over the years. The mountain of fried calamari is not so tall any more. The delicious bread and tapenade they always brought out initially is only occasionally mentioned and never automatically brought out. Fries no longer accompany the sandwiches, they have to be ordered separately. The sandwiches have also shrunk a little. It's just not the same fantastic place anymore. It's still pretty good, though.

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KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

I was excited to try this place, as it's always popped up at the top of my Astoria restaurant searches. The cozy/modern atmosphere and fun cocktail list were the "highs" here for me. The definite "low" was the moussaka; the ingredients listed on the menu are all things I enjoy, but there was some kind of potent spice combination that I disliked so much I couldn't take more than one bite. Luckily our server was really accommodating - I ordered the calamari (pretty good, but nothing special) to supplement my entree, and she ended up taking the moussaka off of the bill, noting when people order they either love it or hate it - so beware :) I would recommend trying the restaurant as some of the menu items are funky and fun, but not sure I'd go back.

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ES
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There are so many gluten-free options and a lot of awareness about celiac disease. They have a dedicated gluten-free fryer which is rate in NYC. Thank you!

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

Tasty and inventive dishes!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is really cute and the service was outstanding!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Great food and service. Interesting dishes with Greek and Aussie flair. I would go back.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fresh and excellent A bit noisy and hard to hear conversation

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food was excellent. Noise level was high and difficult to carry on a normal conversation.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took a long time. It was great though

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