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The Thirsty Koala, Astoria, NY
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The Thirsty Koala

4.7
4.7
297 Reviews
$31 to $50
Australian
The Thirsty Koala's seasonal menus incorporate robust, and indigenous Australian ingredients that transport you to Oz just a few steps from the N train in Astoria. The friendly, relaxed dining room vibe has seaside paintings of Australian artist Jennifer Baird on display. Chef Katherine Fuchs creates menus that accommodate celiac guests and include Australian bush tucker like her award winning Wattle Seed and Herb Crusted Lamb Lollies and Marrow Bone with Australian Muntries. Our seafood, beef, pork, lamb and organic poultry are sourced from sustainable, certified humane producers like Jail Island Salmon, supporting the Bay of Fundy Salmon Recovery, Silver Fern Farms Net Zero Carbon Grass Fed Beef and Shenandoah Valley Farms. Brunch is fantastic. Try the Creme Brûlée Soufflé Pancakes or Jalapeño Fritters Benedict and don't forget Sunday Roast with Yorkshire pudding. From casual bites, organic wines, to curated beers and cocktails, vegan to carnivore, this is the place to gather.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, English

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–7:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 626-5430

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Katherine Fuchs

  • Catering

    We do catering for corporate lunches, private events

  • Private party contact

    Kristen: (718) 626-5430

  • Neighborhood

    Astoria

  • Cross street

    between 35th & 36th Sts

  • Parking details

    There is a large municipal parking available 33rd St and Ditmars Blvd 2 blocks away<br />

  • 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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 297 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. JM

    JonM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you need gluten free options it doesn’t get much better but even if u don’t, the food is great
  2. SG

    SamanG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience when visiting Thirsty Koala. The best options for those on a gluten free diet!
  3. JR

    JohnR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun atmosphere. We enjoyed the live music on Saturday night. Definitely worth a visit.
  4. L

    Luna

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Been coming to this thirsty koala and never disappoint, good drinks and good food.
  5. RR

    RnRollGirl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    everything was VERY good. super enjoyable. my only "negative" is that it's a little on the pricey side. we went for an early thanksgiving dinner. for a holiday or event, it's fine...but probably wouldn't go for a casual saturday night meal. would fully recommend overall though and more than likely will go back for another holiday or birthday meal.
  6. LT

    LTLT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Extremely slow. Waited 45+ minutes. Food is mediocre. Not worth the price and time.
  7. FM

    FranM

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful surprise. Fresh, delicious food and good service. Worth a visit or 2 or 3 or .....
  8. RC

    RyanC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 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!
  9. CM

    ConnieM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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
  10. S

    Sandy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service in a lovely setting. Would definitely recommend and will be back!
  11. NY

    NYCinVegas

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Great quality food and a great time.
  12. m

    merry

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 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!!
  13. EY

    ElizabethY

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 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.
  14. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 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!
  15. C

    Charlie

    New England

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed meal and service. Staff was considerate.
  16. LS

    LouisS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice local place. The staff are nice and they have some vegetarian dishes.
  17. EE

    EmmaE

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  18. IC

    IamCat

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're looking for fresh and delicious food, this is the place to go to.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thirsty Koala never disappoints. The food and service is spectacular and makes you keep coming back!
  20. P

    Pokey292

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 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.
  21. MN

    MichaelN

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great atmosphere, servers were great and food was really good.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service! Would recommend in a heartbeat
  23. KM

    KristinM

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried chicken is awesome! The staff was friendly and attentive. I'll definitely go back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aussie Day celebration
  25. M

    Marcus

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice crowded place with excellent food. Service was a bit slow but they were busy and very pleasant.Only the B rating.
  26. k

    kwcbus

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 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.
  27. m

    marions

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and specialty cocktails were on point!! Great place!!
  28. VM

    ValerieM

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  29. J

    Jesse

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 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.
  30. GR

    GabrielleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS AMAZING. ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE. KOALA KOALA DINNER TIME
  31. V

    Valjean

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 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.
  32. RS

    RSNYC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 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.
  33. VN

    VaNes11

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 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!
  34. R

    Reem

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place and always feels like home!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch place! Great prices, great food, great atmosphere!
  36. m

    mikef

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great service was friendly and excellent
  37. A

    Anya

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DELICIOUS brunch (get the corn fritter benedict!), perfectly made drinks, and great service. Will definitely return.
  38. j

    jonathana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 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.
  39. IR

    IrmaR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 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.
  40. DD

    DDMDO

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 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!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Thirsty Koala using the Order Online button. The Thirsty Koala also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 626-5430.

The Thirsty Koala is rated 4.7 stars by 297 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Thirsty Koala

3512 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between 35th & 36th Sts

  • Neighborhood

    Astoria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Sat 3:30 pm–7:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is a large municipal parking available 33rd St and Ditmars Blvd 2 blocks away<br />

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Katherine Fuchs

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 626-5430

  • Catering

    We do catering for corporate lunches, private events

  • Private party contact

    Kristen: (718) 626-5430

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