The Thirsty Koala

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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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IR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

DD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

VN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AJ
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Too noisy, but delicious and fun

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! If you enjoy great food and a nice relaxed atmosphere this is your spot! We ran in here at nearly 10PM, roughly 15 minutes before the kitchen closed, and the food was STILL on point!!! Anyone with a gluten sensitivity...this is your paradise Everything here is delicious!! Get to The Thirsty Koala you won’t be disappointed:)

JG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server provided great service! I highly recommend!

C
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a fantastic experience! The food is fresh and flavorful; you can tell it is prepared by a staff that loves what they do and appreciate good food. The calamari was so light and not greasy! The dipping sauce was great with it. Wonderful and attentive service. Thank you to Caleb for being so helpful navigating food allergies; which by the way, is easy to do there. I drive an hour and a half to dine here and it is with the trip!

JK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty fun with eager staff and great attitude . Diverse menu, very Aussie

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's great to find a place with so many delicious, crispy gluten free options! Very friendly and accommodating staff.

K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great little place! Went for brunch. It wasn't too crowded. Food was very good, nice portions, reasonable price. Very friendly staff. A few tables are under AC vents which drip, but we got our table changed quickly. It was a very humid day, and the same happened at another restaurant at dinner, so I assume it was unusual.

JN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service as always is a little slow but the gluten free food is totally worth it. Drinks were awesome! Fried chicken is the best. Would keep on coming back here again.

WP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was very good. Food was bland and upset our stomachs.

NY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a terrific vegetarian leaning (they do have good meat however) local restaurant with a lovely ambience, good food and a lovely owner Christine.

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

Felt like waitress was trying to rush us out the door even though there was a significant amount of open tables.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super friendly place with tasty eats and great drink selection!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and one of our mutual friends went here for brunch. The waitress was very nice. There wasn’t anything that stood out that I deemed amazing but overall it was a nice meal in a cute little spot. The street that this restaurant is on was very ideal too

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday and have been here for another birthday as well.

As someone with allergies to gluten and dairy, I have to say that the staff is attentive and knowledgeable when it comes to accommodating those restrictions.

The food was delicious! Was such a treat to be able to enjoy calamari and fish & chips again. They can make almost any dessert gluten & dairy free also!

DD
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This my second time at the Thirsty Koala and we enjoyed it very much. They are extremely accommodating, helpful and friendly. Food is plentiful and delicious.
Every time we visit Astoria we will make a stop at the Thirsty Koala!

b
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First: the service was attentive and friendly.
The menu isn’t that small but they don’t have enough variety. The price-performance ratio is not good.
We love Koala therefore we’ll give them another chance.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome for celebrate special occasions. I had a nice Father’s Day brunch with my family. Recommended

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Everyone is so friendly & attentive to any requests regarding the food.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience overall. Fun to get out of the city.

KW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A gorgeous spring evening on a Friday has the sidewalks filled with folks returning from work or spilling out from their neighborhood homes anxious to start their weekend. The Thirsty Koala is the perfect place for the “decompression process”, offering fantastic cocktails and other libations, Happy Hour, phenomenal cuisine, lively atmosphere, and sidewalk access.

S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was tasty. The waiters seemed annoyed but, my wife says it could have been the Sunday rush. Afterall, it was Mother's Day.

P
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed a great Mother’s Day brunch at Thirsty Koala. The restaurant is small and busy but they honored our reservation and we had a lovely time. The food was delicious- especially the waffles. They wouldn’t make any substitutions on the omelets. The servers were pleasant and accommodating. I would recommend the restaurant for good food and casual atmosphere.

NY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a terrific local restaurant with very healthy, vegetarian oriented, delicious food. The owner Christine is a real doll. Reasonable prices as well. Wait staff is inexperienced but tries really hard and is super friendly.

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The neighborhood is super cute and the restaurant itself is comfortably hipster-looking. We made a reservation ahead of time (recommended because the place is pretty busy for weekend brunch) and were seated immediately. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent - definitely try the Halloumi Fries and the Sheepherder's breakfast. Nice touch was the free refills of hot or iced coffee - we didn't order any alcohol but it was available. The biggest surprise was the cost - there were five of us there for brunch, no one held back in ordering what sounded good, we all ate until we were stuffed, and our check came out to just over $100 for everyone. We tipped 25% because the service and food were worth it. Can't recommend this place strongly enough!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Knowledgeable staff!

I have several food allergies/intolerances and I loved how every item on the menu was labeled accordingly, including dessert. They also had a great selection of gluten free beers, in addition to an extensive draft beer list.

Get the calamari and the fish and chips! They taste just like the real thing.

Biggest takeaway, no negative reactions to the food, and I plan to return soon.

BG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Thirsty Koala. The restaurant had a great vibe and the food was delicious! We were a little confused on who our server was since different people took our drink/food orders but the service was still great!

NG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Australia and this is very authentic Australian! Such a nice atmosphere, great service and food!

AP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband has celiac's disease so dining out is always hard for us. We love Thirsty Koala, almost everything on the menu is prepared gluten free and the food is really good. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. There's also outside seating on the sidewalk and when the weather is nice the front doors are kept open. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, but specifically to anyone that has to be gluten-free.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for our stroller

JJ
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It sounded like such an excellent option for a party that had gluten free and vegan needs. The noise level was unbelievable and the restaurant wasn't even full. My ears rang for quite awhile after leaving the restaurant. Lastly the "gluten free bun" that came with a sandwich was anything but and the gluten free member of our party spent the rest of the day having painful and distressing responses to the gluten.

PB
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Die Qualität des Essens war super. Etwas gestört hat uns lediglich die Lautstärke im Lokal. Auf unserem Hinweis, es sei extrem kalt, wurde sofort eingegangen und die Temperatur im Lokal angepasst.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great food, awesome ambiance. Fantastic spot for brunch.

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