The Thirsty Koala

4.5
190 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 Cooper's 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

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Thu 4:00 pm–1:00 am
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Brunch
Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:30 pm
Thu 4:00 pm–12:30 am
Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–12:30 am
Sun 3:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(718) 626-5430
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Katherine Fuchs
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Catering
We do catering for corporate lunches, private events
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 35th & 36th Sts
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Parking details
There is a large municipal parking available 33rd St and Ditmars Blvd 2 blocks away
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Public transit
N & W trains Go to the last stop Ditmars Blvd Astoria - Turn right at TD Bank located on the corner of 31st & Ditmars Blvd walk 3 blocks down. Restaurant is located on Ditmars between 35th & 36th St - 3 minute walk from the train station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving open from 12:00noon offering both pre fixe & regular menu all day long. Pre fixe Thanksgiving menu 2 courses choice of soup or salad & traditional turkey breast dinner, stuffing, mashed potato & organic vegetable for $26. Last reservation 7:30pm

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Mon - Wed 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Thu 3:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 7:00PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM

What 190 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
44 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
11 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
Los Angeles
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
4 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
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and inventive dishes!

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S
New York Area
6 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
9 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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OT
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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d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I celebrated my daughter's birthday at this gluten-free restaurant. We had brunch and the food was very good and the service outstanding. They even served a birthday cake which we had bought for the occasion. We had been there before and we will continue to go there in the future.

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RP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here twice and both times have not been impressed. People seem to love this place and I don’t get it. The first time I went there, there were full egg shells on my plate. Yes, egg shells! The staff were lovely and very apologetic and the chef even came out to apologize and my food was taken off of the bill. I decided to give it another shot and my husband found a hair mixed in with his food. The food itself tasted mediocre and we lost our appetites with the discovery of the hair. Won’t be giving this place any more chances.

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EA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and delicious food for every possible diet (vegan, gluten free etc...) plus the staff are super friendly. I made a mistake in my reservation AND had my baby with me and was nervous about having an issue, but it was no problem at all because the hostess was so professional and friendly and really went out of her way to accommodate us. Service is great but can be slow due to high demand and good quality food. Stuff you won’t find anywhere else. Worth the wait.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to The Thirsty Koala for birthday brunch and had a great experience! We were a group of 10, our table was ready and waiting when we arrived. The food was delicious, the Drinks were well made and the bottomless brunch option was a great deal! The service was friendly, well organized and attentive!

Gluten Free options are available for most items. The “Lot” Burger (Short Rib/Beef Blend) was awesome and the Margaritas were fantastic (all of them 😁)

Will definitely be back and recommend The Koala for brunch!

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JV
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Third time back. The menu is so welcoming. Ambiance is warm and inviting.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely dinner with good service and food. Many gluten free options which was important to us.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is excellent, but extremely slow service, they left part of our party’s food in the back for several minutes. The music is too loud to hear anyone speak.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food took a very long time to be ready. I'm talking of almost 2 hours, which to me is unacceptable. The waiter didn't charge for the appetizers to make up for the tardiness but it's not nice to wait so long for the food.

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood spot. The food options are awesome. I have to eat gluten free and there are many items on the menu that I can eat. Best GF place in the city. And your non-GF friends will find plenty of options as well.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service. A nice place to take friends for any occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They really took care of us here at a birthday celebration for a seriously gluten-intolerant person. She was pleased to have choices and everything tasted excellent but also with novel flavors. It made us all want to go to Aust

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JG
Sydney / NSW
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came here for a Friday friends get together as a friend lived nearby.

The food was moderate but service was good.

The setting is casual and I recommend booking if you have a larger group.

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RG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the food here it was my second time coming. They have changed the menu but I like that because you can always find something to choose

There food is clean and healthy and I have friends who swear by GF so we love this place. I will be back soon

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for special food requests like vegan and gluten free. The food is always fresh and delicious.

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P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed environment with fantastic Australian style burgers. Even if you don’t like burgers like myself, the quality of the meat is so worth the expense. Plus they have a great cocktail list.

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SW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Unfortunately, it took about 30 minutes to come while the restaurant was empty. The salmon was delicious, and so were the steak tacos, but skip the calamari.

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OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely fantastic! The gluten free options are plentiful and delicious! The entire Staff is friendly and professional as well as extremely helpful. We ate here on a Tuesday and it was crowded but not packed. Can’t wait to go back. A must try :)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service is slow but food is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary lunch/Dinner. The service was amazing and so was the food. This is an awesome place hands down.

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JS
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, great atmosphere, great food. Very well prepared for those who are looking for gluten free options. Highly recommend.

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

Waited over an hour and a half for our food. Did not receive anything complimentary or even a discount on our bill. The place was quiet and was not busy at all so there was no excuse for this.

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

Fantastic options if you are gluten free, practically the entire menu is safe! They even gave me gluten free bread at the table before dinner!

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