Victor's Café

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$31 to $50
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Cuban

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Pre/post Theatre
Since 1963, Victor’s Café, a family-run New York City neighborhood gem, continues to be a culinary voyage to Cuba offering an incomparable experience with its harmony of authentic cuisine, warm hospitality and stylish environment. It has the unique distinction of being both luxurious and casual, serene and high energy, family oriented and romantic, exotic yet familiar.

The cuisine at Victor’s includes the most delicious, authentic dishes combined with the restaurant’s exclusive creations that represent the evolution of Cuban cuisine. Signature dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”).

The restaurant itself is divided into three spacious dining rooms, accented with warm lighting, colorful Cuban art, tropical ceiling fans, and lofty sky-lit ceilings. Its Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here and I love the food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! If you love seafood the snapper ceviche is excellent. We loved it so much we order a second one for appetizer.
The entrees were AMAZING. We were not disappointed with anything we ordered.

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vipDonnaD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent venue for either pre or post theater. Excellent choices of entrees and libations. Sangria always pleases!!

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MelanieK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The waitress “forgot “ to seat us even though we had reservations and stood exactly where we were told. Two other couples were seated at nice tables and the we were squeezed into a tiny place right in the door way which I don’t think was actually a seat for the restaurant. Told them it was my birthday when I made the reservations. Waiter mixed up our tickets that we identified and all has to be fixed by me calling and being on hold forever to correct the charge

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious. Service was prompt - we told them we had reservations for a show. They accommodated us with time to spare and without making us feel rushed. I would highly recommend Victor’s cafe (and already have!)

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vipcttwin
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delighted to find this place close to our Broadway show. Fish, pork & steak were all excellent along with dessert. Quiet enough for conversation & attentive staff.

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NYCouple
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was good and great recommendations, live band was good and restroom clean.

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VonetraG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and the ambience was excellent. I will return again in the near future

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PeterM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great find. Excellent food and attentive but not overbearing service. I’ll be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun environment, great service. I had a great time and the servers were very attentive and made great recommendations. The food was amazing.

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KarloN
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, easy going, beautiful interior, great food.

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

Fabulous food. Great ambiance! Fantastic Cuban appetizers. I would come back to this restaurant again and again. I love the live music. So fun!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great service. You can tell the staff is very well trained. One waiter, however, did lack a bit of common sense at the beginning, seemingly impatient, and ignored a question from a member of our table. Obviously when it was time to pay the bill (and the tip), he suddenly became extra nice.

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viphmwoman
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing! We were seated right on time. The service was excellent and the servers went out of their way to take care of us. We certainly got our money's worth. this is definitely a do over.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place within walking distance of our theater. Food was great and our waiter very very helpful in choosing our entree’s. Celiac friendly. Would definitely highly recommend!

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Jeenygirl
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose this place because I wanted Cuban food and didn’t want to eat at a chain that was also in the theater district. So glad I did. A bit pricey BUT you get the service and quality that you pay for, so I cannot complain. My cousin had salmon, and I had a dish with two kinds of ropa: grits and vaca....so delicious! If you are looking for a place that will give you giant portions of mediocre food, this is not your place. If you are looking for a place that has class from the minute you arrive and get addressed by your name, a lovely coat check lady who opens your coat to help you into it, and a waiter who reminds you to try the beans on your rice because it tastes sooo good, then this is the place. Caring, friendly staff, wonderful food with fresh ingredients, food that is obviously cooked to order and NOT reheated for you, cocktails that make you wish the glasses were bigger (but probably good that they aren’t), and a nice unpretentious vibe. And what is that amazing smell coming out of the aromatherapy dispenser downstairs in the hallway by the bathrooms??? Even the bathroom is great! Five stars!!

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LyzzG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious but for the price, the portions are extremely small.

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vipfigirl1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was fabulous as they took special care to make sure we made a 7:30 curtain across the street. The food was just ok. Nothing wrong but nothing special. The paella Mariscos rice was tasty but pasty. We were seated at a table near the waiter service bar with a view of the kitchen every time they opened the door. This was distracting. The restaurant wasn’t crowded - in my mind it should be the table seated last. I hadn’t been here in a few years and probably would go back again for convenience not for real dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were excellent. The waiter was very helpful about suggestions from the menu. We had Ceviche de Pargo and Salpicon de Mariscos to start
Both of us had Vaca Frita al Mojo Agrio with a side dish of Maduros followed by

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vipTablevibes1
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! I’ve eaten here many times. Standards are still high!

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gigi
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, we were especially impressed with our water pourer! Lol crazy reach and long beautiful pours with no spill! Food and ambiance was incredible.

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vipMomaru
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Visiting NY from Houston, TX I had to stop and had some Cuban food at Victor's Cafe, the food was as good as I remember. We meet some friends there that we haven't seen in a long time (years) so it was supposed to be an epic time! Our waiter just ruined it from the get go, My friend asked what was the fruit mojito of the day and he said passion fruit, to what we both replay we can have that fruit, please do a skinny mojito for both. He brought the Passion fruit mojito like we never said a word, even told him I am diabetic so I was going to have the skinny. But you will think that is common, he didn't hear or remember, mistake happens, etc. But what he does next was unacceptable, made us very uncomfortable and plain rude. I wanted to leave right then, because if you wait tables you need to be pleasant, you represent the restaurant and more so a group of adults 50+ that treated him nice so no reason for him to stare at us with such a hate look on his face for over 3 mins and insisting we order the passion fruit mojito!!! at the end I told him to leave it, and bring the correct one. but honestly he made us feel very uncomfortable and he didn't stop there. We requested another waiter but no such a thing happened. This waiter was slamming our food and drinks on the table!!!. I was really bother by this, needless to say it took away from a real happy occasion. Food was good as I remember, services of that waiter was -5 our of 5, hostess was great and very pretty lady, so my rating is on that waiter bc he ruined our special moment not able to recreate any time soon as we live in Houston. Honestly it sucked and they should have changed our waiter as soon as we complained. He really looked like he needed medication.

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vipChefz
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious Cuban cuisine. Hostesses can be a little scatterbrained at times. But don't let them be your takeway from the place. Food and drinks are very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always so accompanying. Some of our party were late but we were able to be seated promptly as they arrived. Thanks!

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GirlWhoLovesFoods
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The shining star at Victor's Cafe is definitely the waitstaff! They were absolutely wonderful. There were a few errors with food and drinks but they took care of it right away with smiles and the intention that we should have a great dinner. The decor is lively bright and fun, it transports you to a place far away (not dead of winter in NYC). The food is delicious, albeit a little pricey for relatively simple Latin food. Classic though. So classic and so yummy. Definitely recommend!

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vipgordonW
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to place when on NYC. Great food, fabulous service

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KKNR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very noisy and chaotic feeling.

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nelsonl
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, food was great. The ladies at the front desk are very polite and friendly. I was late for my reservation but after a while they got me a table. Will go back in a heart beat.

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vipphilipm
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with the food or the service this is one of my favorite places to eat we’re going to see a show on Broadway

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Luvgoodfood
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience are always exceptional.

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vipSockyBD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of five of us had dinner there for Valentine's Day. All five of us were delighted with Victor's and can't wait to return. We had salmon, red snapper and a vegetable melange that were delicious and plentiful. White wine sangria was the best I have ever had. The ambiance is festive with colorful murals, plants on the ceiling and ceiling fans reminiscent of Cuba. While it can be noisy in some parts of the restaurant, we were seated in the back where the noise level was more moderate. They gave us complimentary mimosas as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything!! The price is a bit much but should be expected.

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vipRHString
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Victor’s was very busy on a Valentine’s Day Friday night. However, the food and service were very good, and we never felt rushed. I always make a point to have dinner at Victor’s Cafe when I visit New York, and tonight’s visit justify’s that policy. The food is that good! I’ll be back on my next visit!

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Missy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Victor’s and it was excellent. Hubby and I came for Valentine’s Day. Service was great and food was delicious. I got Red Snapper and was surprised it was so good. The rice and beans were so flavorful. The only thing that was kinda meh was the Tres Leches dessert. I wasn’t too impressed with that. But everything else was incredible. Highly recommend.

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vipLowKeyFoodie
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Victor’s works well for groups. This would be our third time coming here after theatre and they easily managed our group of 7 with a banquette corner and chairs. We ordered two bottles of wine and some cocktails, salads and entrees. Branzino, salmon, veggie paella and shrimp dishes were all good. The rice and beans that come with the entrees were perfectly prepared. The two desserts we ordered were also on par. That said, we felt in general that the service should have been better and overall for value the restaurant only average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The appetizers were amazing but the entrees were a bit dry. Service was also on the slow side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Although had a Confirmed reservation had to wait over 15 minutes passed the reservation time to be seated!!
The place was very packed & vibrant, a bit hard to have a conversation!!
The food and service was as usual very good!!!

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Catty
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Going to victors for over 30 years. Always exceptional customer service.

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Notchiro
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food musics and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy and love Victor!s each and every time we dine there.
Best Cuban cuisine.

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Victor's Café is rated 4.6 stars by 7479 OpenTable diners.

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