Victor's Café

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$31 to $50
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Cuban

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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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FG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the restaurant was beautiful . Host was gracious

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We felt that the sangria was not very good, especially at $32 for a half carafe (2.5 glasses) it tasted mostly of orange juice. The Ropa Vieja was delicious but the Arroz con Pollo was not great.

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service. Food took longer than expected. I live in the city and eat out regularly and was surprised at the length of time between courses. Otherwise it was great! our server was excellent.

O
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful. Each part of our meal was delicious, well-prepared, and the perfect amount of food. The ambiance is great for a date night or get-together with friends. Definitely recommend, especially before or after a Broadway show, as something different and less-touristy.

t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The food and drinks good. I thought however if your gonna charge 48.00 dollars for a seafood paella the seafood should at least have a lobster tail not a langostino.

t
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. I have gone there for years and it’s always a delightful experience. Try the “viejito”, a Mojito with aged rum. Delicioso!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main course and appetizers were fresh and mouth-watering! Service was delivered with a personal touch and promptness. Highly recommend and will return again and again, as I have done so since my first visit many years ago.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Corn tamales not on menu which I used to have at old place on Columbus Ave. in the 70 ‘s!
You are one of my favorite restaurants. Music could be turned down a bit!

C
New York Area
199 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was ok but didn't love it as much as we had in the past. The server was quite annoying, always pushing/asking about drinks. Shrimp tasted like iodine, brought one wrong dish, seemed to not understand some other requests. The space is lovely. Would try again but disappointing this time.

RB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in New York City. I have never been disappointed with the food, cocktails, or service in the dozen times I’ve eaten here. Highly recommend.

KC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Hadn’t been here in years but was feeling Cuban and had recalled this place was good. The only thing that was good was the Live music. It took nearly 15 minutes to get drinks, this is where restaurants make their money! Food was barely warm and quite bland, not the way I remember Cuban food. You’re paying for location. I’d suggest trying another restaurant.

D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Overpriced and disappointing. Has become a tourist trap. Our food was overpriced and soggy and tasteless. I was born in Havana and this is NOT Cuban food. Our maduros were also soggy and overcooked as was my Arroz Con Pollo. All in all, disappointing and not worth the exorbitant prices.

DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We presented at 5 for early dinner. place was empty, service was great so was food. got really busy around 630. would go back

RM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Empanadas fantastic, Grilled branzino was fantastic and Juan Pablo is a great server.

c
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere but very noisy. Also bathrooms in basement!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was truly outstanding for a restaurant that isn’t expensive. Ceviche is a must. The traditionally pork dish was good too. It’s amazing how important service is in these reviews but that is what wins for these guys. Keep it up.

f
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater dinner right near the Winter Garden. Everything was great - delicious food, fabulous mojitos & awesome live Cuban band in the bar area.

RM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waiter Juan was great. Fish dish my wife got was very good, my Riopa was not special even though it is the house specialty. The mandarin salad and empanadas were excellent.

WF
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

food was not extraordinary. cost did not mirror food quality. portions too small even for luxury restaurant. service very good, atmosphere good as well.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a delicious meal in an interesting atmosphere with great service!

RH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, and the service was very good - considering it quite crowded and busy, being pre-theater, with an accompanying very energetic noise level. Great flan. We'd go again.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Our waiter was a little slow to get our food and beverages but it was ok.

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Our family always enjoyed going to Victors Cafe.This was our first time back after a few years. What a disappointment. The food was bland and salty. They also raised the prices considerably. So now it is an overpriced tourist trap with subpar food. There are plenty of very good restaurants in the Theater District. We won't be back.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. All Staff were attentive. Dinner was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Du semis gastro bien placé pour le nouvel an un peu cher

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RC
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This restaurant is located in Times Square, therefore, their pricing needs to reflect that aspect. However, I have had better food served to me at other Times Square restaurants (not restaurant chains), and the pricing matches the quality of food, as well as the portion of food. The restaurant is nice, decor and ambiance matches, however, pricing is a little high for the food and the service was slow. Overall on a scale of 1 to 5 I would give it a high 3. Thanks.

PF
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third trip to New York in 2019. We chose this restaurant each time because of the amazing food, excellent service and the authenticity. Way to go to all of the staff. Thank you for being so delicious! We’ve actually been sharing this restaurant treasure all over New York to others whom have not tried it.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have been to Victors several times and this was a disappointing experience. I was looking to share a great experience with my family and was somewhat disappointed in the experience. We had a reservation for 5 And were put in a crowded room at a table that comfortably sits 4. Our reservation was at 6:30 and although we were not in a hurry, waited almost 45 minutes for appetizers and had to flag down our server for the remainder of our appetizers. Our server was very pleasant, but clearly frantic and covering too many tables. And as we were relatively low maintenance, didn’t get Much attention. We had to flag down for refills. The food was good, but a little dry - not up to the usual standards. The server did apologize for the delays and told us he would promise desert would not take 45 minutes. If this was my first visit to Victors it would be my last. Given that I was excited about sharing the experience with my family I was disappointed.

i
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Coming from Miami, we were skeptical about the quality of Cuban food in NYC. However, given that Victors Cafe is a landmark in the city, and my father had fond memories of the original location, we decided to have dinner one night. Boy was that a mistake! It took over 45 min to get our appetizers and drinks and our main dishes arrived an hour and a half later, Cold! In fact, the table next to ours had to leave before getting their meal because they were late for a show next door!

Our waiter was sarcastic all night and even said out loud on our way out that “they (Victors Cafe) don’t care about complaints and reviews”.

They did, however, give us a free round of the worst Cuban coffee known to mankind, so I guess that’s something.

Long story short: it was quit literally the worst meal to date. Not worth the price. If you want real Cuban food for a great price, come to Miami.

EO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nice setting. Convenient location to theaters. All the food was yummy!

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 4:45 pm reservation for four of us was perfect for a 7 pm show of west side story at the Broadway theater a block away. Drinks, apps, entrees and desserts!

I
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stepping in to this restaurant is like stepping in to Cuba. It is not just a meal, it is an experience. Warm and inviting, good food, great service, fantastic drinks. We always have a great time. We’ve bee there for dinner and brunch, both such fun.

MG
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate here after the theater and loved it. Lovely atmosphere, service, food and cocktails. Steak with chimichurri, chicken enchiladas,, shrimp, fried plantains and flan were great!

r
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We were asked to wait 20 mins past our reservation time when we had theatre tkts, then the hostess suggested I order my appetizer while standing at the crowded hostess station so it would be ready when we sat down- which for a family with food allergies isn’t really optimal. It was a fine meal but it was rushed and irritating.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We made a last minute trip to NY for a show and most places near the theater district were fully booked. We ended up at Victor's as they had an available table and overall it turned out to be a very pleasant meal. The place was packed and noisy, but the décor and ambiance were fun and the food and drinks were very good. Service was a bit erratic (our drink order was lost for a while) but wait staff was pleasant and polite. The biggest "con" was the price which was high considering the serving size but for an already expensive night at the theater it was worth it to have a reservation close by and food that was interesting and tasty.

ER
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sent our parents for their 60th anniversary wkd. They had a wonderful time, loved the food and atmosphere. Thank you!

DA
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked as a pre - show (Broadway) dinner. Outstanding menu. Great service. Great food. Lovely ambiance. The regulars were known by name. I would love to return here. Don’t hesitate to dine here. You will not regret it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We ordered a burger for my kids. After waiting for an absurd amount of time, we were told that they made a mistake and had to re-make it. We waited longer and when the burger finally came out it was nothing more than raw meat. I had to ask for it to be taken off the bill. We will not be going back.

R
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We went there for XMas and had a very poor experience. Cold and tasteless food, very noisy and overall not pleasant.

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