The Thirsty Koala

4.5
172 reviews
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$30 and under
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Australian
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  • Gluten Free Options
  • Casual
  • Healthy
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

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Sun 4:00PM - 7:00PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM
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 172 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Food took a long time. It was great though

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Service is slow but food is great.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I really loved the food and service at this restaurant We had a salad and calamari for appetizers and some great cocktails to start off with and then I had fish of the day and my friend had chicken Marsala The food was really delicious great tasting and all I can say it had clean taste to it. We finished our meal with a gluten free dessert pudding with ice cream that honestly I would never had thought was gluten free We will be back again had great experience

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Enjoy a late brunch here last weeked. Capable, warm and attentive service. Prices on par with the area. We left satiated and feeling very positive about the experience. Diverse menu. Will definitely return for dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Awesome! This place is the best. The food is always perfect and the staff is incredible.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had a fantastic time as always. The manager is so attentive and friendly, and our waitress was great.
We will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazing food and fun spot if you are exploring Astoria!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing food and service! Our server Andrew made sure everything was perfect, as I need to eat gluten free (celiac disease). The choices were amazing and everything we order was so delicious. Will definitely come back to eat here when we are in NYC. Probably one of the best meals we’ve had out in a long time!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My celiac partner got ill after eating. Not sure how efficient/safe (i.e., cross-contamination) is their kitchen for gluten-free options.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food I asked for chicken tacos and my husband for chicken massala, we waited for our food 45 minutes, and the food came cold, very disappointing. Tacos very tasteless!! I asked for coconut margarita after 20 minutes waiting for my drink they brought me a different drink which was horrible!!!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We showed up pretty late for our reservation but it was fine because they were not busy with it being late at night in a Monday. The servers were so nice and accomodating to our various allergies (gluten, dairy, and nuts collectively) and were able to get us a version of a menu item that usually is not dairy free. Fantastic place, can’t wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was pretty good but I don’t know that it was worth the price.. I had the fish tacos, $18 for okay/ barely seasoned tacos is a bit much. The biggest issue I had with this place was the wait.. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced something that bad.

I totally get that busy nights happen and sometimes there are new people working; however, this was crazy. Waiting almost an hour for bread/ appetizers, having a server that clearly didn’t know the menu (told my friend that she didn’t know how big the meals were cause it was up to the Chef / really?), also forgetting to give us menus for a long time.. That was a bit much. The owner was really nice & tried to jump in a few times to help speed things along but I wasn’t interested in a 2+ hrs meal for tacos and an app.. They need to get it together because combining the wait with the okay food, the price and overall experience is absurd.

I will say that they comp’d our drinks because of the whole affair so that was really nice/ helped alleviate some of the annoyance - & the gluten free fries were AMAZING! But the server clearly couldn’t handle all the tables and it kind of dragged out our night unnecessarily.

We had really high hopes for this place so maybe I’d come back on a slower night to give it another shot, but I’m not sure cause the first experience was just a bit much.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Making this reservation was meaningless - waited 25 minutes after our reservation time with no apologies from staff whatsoever. Left to dine elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Whether you're looking to have meat, fish or vegan options, this is the place. Fresh salads, well seasoned food and great combinations, look no further.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great service. Our friend is gluten free great to see so many options and authentic Aussie dishes. Will be back soon with other friends.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always amazing, Brunch was perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I came here on a busy Saturday night a little earlier than my reservation time and we didn't have to wait long before being seated. I loved everything about this place! Had to get the Nicole cocktail (obviously) which was fresh and tasted great when made with gin. I was beyond excited about all of the gluten free options and how the server asked about allergies/was knowledgable. They also value the ingredients they serve, which you can tell when tasting everything. I got my own GF garlic bread to start with a tomato jam which is a plus. The Halloumi fries were a generous portion for an appetizer (in a good way). The GF fried chicken served with mashed potatoes & charred kale, and the pork belly with sweet fries went beyond my expectations. The desserts, made in house, were also pretty good, alongside a shot of espresso.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food. A little wait to get seated and after that for the food. Noise level was high.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had high hopes for this place, but the first time was a let down. Food was ok, but took way too long to arrive. Over an hour is too long even for a crowded restaurant. What started as a pleasant date, having a drink before dinner, turned into a slow, painful build up of hanger. Last point to vent: I've had pork belly many, many times before in ramen, tacos, breakfast sandwiches, you name it. Not once have I suffered from such awful stomach pain. Something was off about that dish.

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