Victor's Café

4.5
6957 reviews
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Cuban
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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PT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have always found the food to be consistently good. Service is outstanding and friendly. Today we attended pretheater and it was packed and very very noisy. There was live music without amplification and they literally could not be heard. Looked like pantomime!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I were recently in NYC on vacation and a big part of our trip was seeking out and dining at the “hotspots” in town. This was our first time to Victor’s (on a recommendation from my Cousin’s Husband, who happens to be Cuban himself) and we both agree that this was the best meal of our trip! The Ropa was amazing as was the Churrasco Steak w/ Chimichurri.

The service was also second to none, from the Coat Check Attendant to the Waiter staff. This was definitely be a “go-to” spot for us next time we make it out to Manhattan.

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite place. The staff, the ambiance and the food/drinks were excellent. The Cuban Quesadilla was amazing. I got the Branzino special and it was out of this world. We will definitely be back...there are so many things we want to try.

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiters me celebrating her birthday so enjoyable

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AF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not the best food, but nice ambiance. Service was good.

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MR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

If not for the service it would have been marginal. The food was good but overpriced for what you get. We have no problem paying $100+ per person as long as we feel it's worth it and while tasty, it was just ok. The avocado salad was ridiculously overpriced. I mean it was 1/2 sliced avocado, a pile of watercress, some red onion and dressing for $15. I had the Seafood cocktail with shrimp, scallops, snapper, octopus, spicy tomato lime juice (which was overcooked but good) for $17. Did I miss something in the salad - gold maybe? That being said the staff were wonderful! Friendly and didn't rush you even though it was crowded. I doubt I will return though. We see a show once a month and there are so many other wonderful restaurants in the area, we'll stick to those or keep exploring.

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JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor's had an excellent selection of tasty Cuban / Spanish food. They provided excellent service and were very accommodating with the timing of things as we had tickets to a show.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing restaurant! The ambiance was wonderful. Live music really set the atmosphere. The food was superb - and we had an actual Cuban with us who approved all the way! The service was top notch. The decor of the place was fantastic, and to top it off it has a long history.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Everything else was great but orders Churrasco, which I always order when I go there and it was bland. Very disappointing given I paid $37 each for me and one for my daughter. I could have made a better churrasco at home myself. I told the waiter and they took my daughger’s to fix but it was worse as they seem to put garlic on it. They didn’t even give me discount.

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NN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day!

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LM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!!! Service was too

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RO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great stuff! Food, service, ambiance - everything was just fabulous! Get the 1493 Cuban Sampler!

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t
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent Cuban restaurant in NYC. Very authentic. Great change of pace in NYC.

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l
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This is my second time to Victor's and I don't think I will be back. Food tends to be bland and traditional. Fried flavorless food, limited desserts, and small entrees are just not cutting it in NYC.

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SS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten there many times. It was excellent, as always

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JR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Every course was prepared and presented perfectly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took a client to lunch, and we all left happy. Well done

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SR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make it to Victor’s on every trip to New York and it never disappoints. The staff, ambiance, and food are always wonderful. The best black beans and mojitos around!

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CT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service and Ambiance were great. Paella de Mariscos con Langosta was good but overpriced for what was served. Ropa Vieja was outstanding.

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service. Amazing food. Pretty crowded, even by Manhattan standards. Very noisy. Vibrant. Not really conducive to conversation.

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TP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch before the theater. Excellent service, delicious food.

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BN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been many years since my wife and I had visited Victor's, and we were pleased that the food was as outstanding as ever. If we had one issue, it was that the portions of both the appetizers and desserts were on the small side--certainly undersized for the price charged.

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AT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great waiter long wait for food offset by great drinks. Will visit every time we are in New York. Do not miss the chocolate lava cake.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Restaurant was beautiful - very consistent style and decor. Really clean and good space between the tables. We were a party of 3 dining before a theatre show. Two of the meals were delicious. The third was salmon and significantly undercooked - raw throughout. We sent it back but it was not returned to our table until after the other diners had finished our meal. The rice and beans on the table were cold by that stage and not replaced. Do discount or apology was offered. This ruined our experience and did not have time for dessert due to this. Also 10 dollars was too much for a small side of seasonal vegetables

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o
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is an institution for a reason--excellent food and service

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EK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time although recommended but due to location we were not expecting such a lovely place great food and the service v professional

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LK
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Back again with five friends for an early dinner. Had a nice corner table so it was easy to hear each other. Started with salads and then had branzino, salmon and ropa vieja. Entrees came with rice and black beans. Dessert was churros, chocolate molten cake. Wines were great. Cocktails were great. It’s pricey but we all left happy. Live music was nice too. Will return.

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B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. First time atVictor’s but heard good things about it. Although not on the menu, had the tamales as an appetizer. They were excellent. I had the skirt steak and my wife had the roast pork. Although the skirt steak was good, my wife gave me a taste of her roast pork. I wish I had ordered that. Very juicy and flavorful. Service was excellent and our server was very accommodating and personable. Sorry, I forgot his name. The atmosphere was vibrant as many NYC restaurants at 11pm. We had dinner after a show. Would definitely return for the roast pork.

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way. Food...Service...Decor! We come back each year...again and again. Best mojitos, too!

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was quite good considering that it was Friday night, pre theater. The Virgo Ropa was delicious. Everyone said positive things about the experience and we all agreed that this is the restaurant we would pick the next time we dined in the theater district.

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e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Victor's is basically for the older midwestern tourist. The food is good but way overpriced and a terrible value in my opinion. I had a $15 quesadilla which was 4 triangles not bigger than an inch or so with a small shrimp somewhere in the middle. The Cuba libre was $14 and the glass was a bit bigger that a shot glass, and the straw was ironically 3 times the size. The back portion of the restaurant is beautiful and the service was decent but overall it was underwhelming and overpriced.

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W
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place but the portion sizes are so small for the price. This was a great place to feel chic and chat but be prepared to grab a slice of pizza afterwards.

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k
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL1 We never go to NYC without a stop at Victor's. The slow roasted pork dinner and plantains are fantastic. My husband always get the whole fish and he never is disappointed. A favorite for us.

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PT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was friendly and made our birthday dining experience smooth and fun. The food was fresh and tasty, and the music in the Lounge added to the energy of the evening.

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P
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armando did such an amazing job of delivering the best experience I have ever had at Victor’s! We were able to concentrate on the business that needed to get completed and his choices were so over the top perfect! Could not have been better!

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AV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and ambiance here. Went for a date and everything was fantastic. Very very good Cuban food.

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PK
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first dinner in NYC. Really enjoyed the experience. Would go back again.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Appetizers very small and expensive
Shrimp quesadilla is not what you would expect for $15

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very noisy but everything else is excellent.

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