The Thirsty Koala

4.8
290 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thirsty Koala is an amazing restaurant, great food and fun times. The food names are fun and the portion sizes are more than reasonable. I will be coming back!

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ConnieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Food was good but I was a bit disappointed that the Kangaroo burger was only available on the dinner menu. Had I known this I would have made my reservation for dinner rather than brunch since this was what I was mostly interested in.

Other than that, no complaints

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Sandy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service in a lovely setting. Would definitely recommend and will be back!

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NYCinVegas
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Great quality food and a great time.

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vipmerry
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute yes for everything! What a fun place! Great food, friendly service too!
We were there for trivia night - great fun everyone - should go!!

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vipElizabethY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite brunch in NYC! The service is friendly and accommodating. The food is delicious and the coffee is fantastic. I haven't ordered anything that wasn't amazing. Bonus points for our server's extra care to accommodate my gluten sensitivity.

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Barbara
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for amazingly good food without gluten then this is the place to eat. Food was delicious, service fantastic and reasonably priced, well worth the travelling from Manhattan and will definitely be on our list of restaurants to revisit when we visit BY again!

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Charlie
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed meal and service. Staff was considerate.

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LouisS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice local place. The staff are nice and they have some vegetarian dishes.

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EmmaE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice and cozy restaurant with great food. Staff is very personable and accommodating. I totally recommend the Thirsty Koala if you want to have a good time!

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IamCat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for fresh and delicious food, this is the place to go to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thirsty Koala never disappoints. The food and service is spectacular and makes you keep coming back!

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vipPokey292
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love Thirsty Koala simply because of the excellent quality angus beef they use for their burgers. Australian beef is quite amazing if done right and it sits in a very trendy part of Astoria.

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MichaelN
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere, servers were great and food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! Would recommend in a heartbeat

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vipKristinM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken is awesome! The staff was friendly and attentive. I'll definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aussie Day celebration

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vipRobert
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice crowded place with excellent food. Service was a bit slow but they were busy and very pleasant.Only the B rating.

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vipkwcbus
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the moment we walked in until we left was divine! The host greeted us, know about our reservation, took us to a table that had a note with my name on it! The server was very nice, and so was the owner who came out to check on our experience after we finished eating. The music was nice and not distracting. The food was simply amazing! My friends and I will definitely return next time we visit New York.

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vipmarions
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and specialty cocktails were on point!! Great place!!

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ValerieM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great time!

We had brunch and stayed for a while just catching up. It was wonderful!

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Jesse
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seated quickly, reservation honored even though parking is a nightmare in the neighborhood and we ran a little late. Both food and drink menus are really enticing, hard to choose. We split one of the dinner salads and had 2 entrees and 2 drinks each. Service, food, and drink were all solid. Nothing spectacular, but wouldn't stop anyone from going.

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GabrielleR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS AMAZING. ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE. KOALA KOALA DINNER TIME

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Valjean
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this restaurant. It has so many gluten free options and the wait staff don’t make my niece feel like she is “different”. They are very attentive to her allergies.

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RSNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Appetizers and drinks are delicious. We got calamari and Aussie pies. The hanger tenderloin was ok since meat was not tender at all. They need to add another server to avoid the only one he stress handled many table at ones. Also the payment system is not clear. It is not Clear if tip was or not include si be careful e to tip twice.

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VaNes11
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here! Food is and drinks always great, our waitress was super friendly and my first timer friends enjoyed everything!

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Reem
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and always feels like home!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch place!
Great prices, great food, great atmosphere!

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mikef
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great service was friendly and excellent

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Anya
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS brunch (get the corn fritter benedict!), perfectly made drinks, and great service. Will definitely return.

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jonathana
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great owner, awesome staff, and great vibe! If you are looking for a place to go, The Thirsty Koala is the place to go.

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IrmaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Something for everyone, vegetarian, gluten free vegetarian, vegan, and meat eater. Lots of choices, helpful staff. Had to wait a short while for reserved table but staff concerned and helpful about it. A bit noisy to have a conversation but food more than made up for it.

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vipDDMDO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful woman for a date. Beautiful service from the waitress. Beautiful food. I can’t complain. Salmon was flawless. Paella was single-person perfect size and fresh. Rosé was recent and a good match. The truffle fries for starters and the roasted kale with lemon was also a flawless addition. We’ll be back. Soon. Highly recommended. Parking is a beast- but that’s not the establishment’s fault!

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vipKimberlyZ
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I grew up in Astoria, but until recently, haven't been back in years. My family and I stopped in for dinner this evening and were pleasantly surprised by The Thirsty Koala. As vegetarians, you never know what to expect, but the restaurant's veggie options were excellent! Ditmars has changed a lot over the years, but The Thirsty Koala is definitely a great addition to the neighborhood!

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Erinn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great every time. Had my birthday here with friends.

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julieb
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu has many gluten free options, and the servers were very knowledgable and accommodating about food allergies and celiac, etc. The food was excellent!! Service was super attentive at first --dropped off a bit after we finished our meal, but overall really good. We'll go back.

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VaNes11
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always excellent which explains why the place is always packed! The wait staff is always super friendly and very attentive and personable. Great and interesting cocktail list and their specials are always to die for! Brought a friend tonight to expand his culinary horizons and he’s already talking about what he’s going to try the next time we eat here. Highly recommend!

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vipAlanJ
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Great menu, home made bread for sandwiches, and VERY GLUTEN FRIENDLY.

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StefanieE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Too noisy, but delicious and fun

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal and good drinks. We had the lamb appetizer, then I had the pork belly and my counterpart had the flank steak. Both were delicious.

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The Thirsty Koala does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Thirsty Koala is rated 4.8 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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