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About Telly's Taverna

This Astoria classic exudes Mediterranean charm with its lovely back garden and airy main dining room. The daily picks are served whole, grilled and, if you like, de-boned

2813 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:


Lunch & Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

Sunday: 11:00am - 12:30am

Cross Street:
28th and 29th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 728-9056

Website:
http://www.tellystaverna.com/

Entertainment:
Tellys has event nights that feature Greek live music!

Catering:
Please contact us to cater your next event.

Parking Details:
Street or private lot.

Public Transit:
Astoria - Ditmars Blvd (N, Q)

Astoria Blvd (N, Q)

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We post our events on Facebook, like us and stay connected.

Telly's Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (13)
Good for Groups (12)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Casual (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Fun (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very simply, the best Greek restaurant in New York City. As much as I love an occasional lavish dinner at one of the high end spots in Manhattan, and most of them have excellent food, Telly's is just as good, a lot more reasonably price in a charming setting with consistently friendly service.

Their Horiatiki salad is delicious, not to mentioned served in the most beautiful salad bowls around, both the large and the small. Their meze are all superb. My favorite is either their Octopus or the Gigantes, but he list goes on. Their swordfish kebab is consistently melt-in-your-mouth delicious. So much so that I went there twice last week and ordered it both times.

My favorite - hands down!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A Saturday out with my wife. Great time, great service and great food. Seating was a bit tight but that's to be expected when the place was packed. Everything was wonderful. I would go back anytime. Also, they have valet parking and that is a huge plus in that busy neighborhood.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife and I flew in from Chicago to attend the USMMA football game. Open Table led us to Telly’s.

The previous reviews helped us select Telly’s. The welcome, the service, the food: Outstanding.

We had the fried cheese (can’t spell saganoki) and greek salad. So fresh. The tomatoes and feta some of the finest. We then had red snapper (they deboned) and lamb chops. Stunning.

Telly’s treated us w/ dessert—-donuts w/honey. An amazing treat for an amazing night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The BEST place to enjoy authentic grilled fishes and authentic Greek delicacies. No hassle reservations make it the "no brainer" BEST CHOICE in Astoria. They welcome large party reservations too!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall we had a great dinner. The food was great. I loved the appetizers. The Fish wasn't all that I thought it would be. The desserts were tasty for sure. Service was average at best.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Telly’s is a good restaurant. The problem is that it could be better. Also, with so many restaurants to choose from in the area, not sure it’s worth going back.
The food is generally good- not great , service is also ok. The problem is the price. It was about $50per person for 5 people. That was for 2 salads, 3 shared appetizers, 3 shared main courses, one dessert and 2 drinks. I think that’s a lot for a local, neighborhood restaurant that is nothing more than average.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food and service...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We have been enjoying meals at Telly's for years. When our relatives come to NY we always go there for at least one meal. This time, however, the food was tasteless and the service was friendly, but sporadic. My daughter is still waiting for her drink.
The calamari was greasy and bland. The saganaki was delicious.
We ordered two whole fish. The bass was good, while the Bronzini tasted old. On our way out, we noticed that the fish in the display looked old and tired and smelled the same.
Needless to say, we were extremely disappointed and will find a new Greek restaurant in Astoria.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Telly's Taverna always never disappoint me and my friends......its the best!!! I love Telly's and I love bringing my friends and family to Astoria and Telly's for good food and just great relaxing ambience. the service is exemplary, always!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our friends meet us at Telly's during Labor Day Weekend. The bartender made me the worst Manhattan I have ever had, poured my wife a non-chilled glass of white wine and then charged me $30...In Astoria? We were seated promptly and then waited almost 10 minutes for anyone to come over. The menu offers many choices; we had 3 orders of whole fish and 1 order of Mousakka(sp). Jumbo lentils and lemon potatoes were the sides we selected to add The Mousakka was served warm, not hot? It was tasty but the whole fish which we asked to have filleted looked like a cat attacked it. Sloppy, rushed and unappetizing. Very little flavor and bad presentation. This place serves Diner-Quality food and our waitress was M.I.A. for most of our meal. You couldn't pay me to go back.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very good place!
I'll be happy coming again!
Thanks a lot!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We felt they nickeled and dimed us by charging for Tzatkizi Sauce
But the food was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very loud restaurant with very bad service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Best Greek restaurant I've ever been to here in the us. As a fellow Greek I was extremely pleased with the food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good food but too expensive.. We order two appetizes and a seafood grill for two.. Good fish and good dips, we thought the bill was a little bit lower

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Since I moved to Astoria last year, Telly's has and is my favorite Greek restaurant ;-). i love inviting friends over Astoria and eating at Telly's ........ and it never is a disappointment!! Its our go to Greek restaurant. We come here 2-3 a month 😬

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Delishious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Telly's never disappoints. The freshest sea food, exceptional staff and welcoming atmosphere makes this a true neighborhood gem.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

First time at Telly's will definitely be back. Our waitress was phenomenal and the food was awesome.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Yummy, authentic Greek food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Always friendly, always good. Regular Greek fish place, as good as most in Manhattan but far less expensive. Caters to many local Greek/American families. We go here often.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Three people: shared three apps, two entrees and a bottle of wine. All food very good to excellent as always *except* the recommended red snapper was overcooked, a real disappointment. Also, the waitress – new to us – took far too long to come to us multiple times. Good overall but we've had excellent experiences in the past; this one fell short.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Very good Greek food. We shared a whole fish had the greek salad and the lima beans in tomato sauce.
Service was good and sitting outside was a treat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Not worth a separate trip to Astoria.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Everything from the service to the food was amazing. I can't wait to come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Service is not attentive at all in this Greek Restaurant. I have to look around try to get attention.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We have enjoyed the food and service at Telly's for years. This time we were a group of 6 on a Fri night. The food was terrible! Chicken kebabs were tough and rubbery. Our friends did not like the branzino. Service was inattentive at best. Really an awful meal!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Consistently outstanding for 25 years. No better place for fish or meat. Octopus, saganaki (grilled cheese), sausage, green house salad, flounder filet, biftekia (Greek burger), swordfish and chicken kabob, and loukoumades (fried dough croquettes with Greek honey) on the house. It doesn't get any better than this in Astoria.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great atmosphere in the back garden.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Outstanding food!! 😬

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great Greek restaurant for group of people. Food is good, service is great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We love Diana and her team and even had a chance to see Nana for the first time in years.

Octopus, branzino and all shrimp dishes are great every time, and this meal was no exception.

One of our friends ordered grilled calamari- tender, sweet and delicate.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a wonderful Mothers Day Meal. Lots of good food and good service. Great value. We always end up with a take home container or two!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We celebrate Mother's Day and had a great time. Food was delicious 👌🏻

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This place is amazing. Wonderful people and service. Everytime I go there they treat me like family. Also, great food. I've been going to this place for years and I was never disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food. Awesome fish selection. Must try their octopus

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Simply the most consistent high quality food and service for YEARS.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Consistently wonderful Greek food over the many many years!
Always fun to meet friends there. Nice casual ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Always a great meal at Telly's. Drinks are plentiful and the seafood is phenomenal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (福岡・熊本・鹿児島)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Absolutely nothing positive to say other than the waitress was very friendly and pleasant. Based on the other reviews and the long reputation this seemed like a safe bet to enjoy Astoria's authentic Greek food and atmosphere. Three of us were at a cramped table as they packed people in the front while the back of the restaurant was nearly empty. We ordered basic drinks and eventually a dryish loaf of nondescript white bread came. It was dry and airy. Our order rolled out in reasonable time. For appetizers we had the mixed dips, which were three large dollops, not sure of the Greek names but they were pretty bland but adequate and came with pita bread. We shared a Greek salad that was nothing but chunks of cuke, MANY tomato wedges, about 4 graceless chunks of feta, lots of sliced onion, jalapeños, salt, pepper, and a shake of oregano straight from the store-bought jar of dried stuff. We got an order of halloumi, too; just cut & under-grilled - 5 wedges on a plate, zero character. Mains were grilled sardines, maybe 8 of them, in a row, on a plate, with half a lemon, wham. Zero presentation value or seasoning. Overcooked, dry and I could only choke down 5. Horta (dandelion greens) were drowned in oil, and bland. Companions ordered grilled jumbo shrimp, and they indeed were big, and dry and overcooked, didn't taste too fresh, big chunk of lemon. Final entree was moussaka: slab of, technically, moussaka, because it had meat and potatoes (+lemon chunk of course) but again it seems it was prepared as if seasoning was not a thing. And it was like half potato. Uninspiring, blah, didn't get finished. Tab was ~$120 (drinks: 1 beer & 2 iced teas). Blah blah about this being traditional Greek, family-style, etc. It was lousy, uninspired, not especially fresh, and sad considering it was a family meal. Could've gone somewhere that cared. We went elsewhere for coffee & dessert. Who wrote all these glowing reviews? I don't get it. What a dreadful restaurant.

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