Victor's Café

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6892 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

DECLARE YOUR RED-HOT FEELINGS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY! Enjoy a romantic dinner, where you can sip on delicious cocktails, savor amazing food, and experience live Cuban music. Delight yourself with our Cuban-style dinner and new flavorful creations that will win your lover’s heart.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

I have been coming here for years and never disappointed the food and drinks are always on point!!!

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

The food and service were both excellent. Enjoyed the decor and ambience.

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

Reserved a table for a late night dinner after a Broadway show, in celebration of our anniversary. Everything went according to plan, bottle of Prosecco already waiting at the table for us, and the entire staff welcoming us with a BIG Happy Anniversary. What can I say, the service was great, the food was great and our celebration was great!!!

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner and a show...

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

Great food and great service. The Snapper was excellent and the Ropa Vieja was incedible. Get the Flan for dessert

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not impressed. Very loud and cramped dining area. We had a reservation at 5:30 and did not get seated for 50 minutes. It appeared that they were over booking . The bar and lobby were so tight people were waiting outside.

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BM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! The staff was great very professional! Attentive! Knowledgeable and gave great advice! Get the Margarita ‘s and stuffed avocado! Amazing!! A true forever keeper place!

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RI
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at Victors. Food and service excellent as usual.

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C
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem in the heart of NYC! Great food and a culinary delight! You can come back many times and the experience is better each time!!

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed in the quality of the food. I always held Victor’s in high regard. But like most restaurants in the theater district....the food is not great. I ordered the roasted pork with rice and beans. I found it all to be extremely dry. The pork was chewy, dry and actually rather tasteless. The rice and beans were super dry! Unfortunately not a great meal.

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JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was perfect. Did not rush us even though the restaurant was packed and many waiting. We have been to Victors many times and the food never disappoints. We sat towards the front so the sounds of the band in the bar drifted in and really added to the atmosphere. Plantains may be the best in NYC. Tables are situated so it is easy to strike up conversations if you desire, particularly for parties of two.

Definitely make a reservation as they are always busy.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is simply wonderful. Courteous attentive servers that can accommodate special orders or food allergies.

It is a bit noisy so not great for two people dining, a romantic evening or good conversation.

Excellent crafted cocktails

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had always wanted to try Victor’s, and since it was very conveniently located for our theatre, we tried it.
Menu provides some variety and it is not overly expensive. Drinks, however, are ridiculously overpriced.
The restaurant is extremely noisy and crowded(tables too close together). Conversation is difficult and the service was nowhere near exceptional. We had to consistently look for our waiter to order or request items. He was, however, very quick to clear plates from the table even while some of us were still eating. We will not be dining here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Post New Years celebration

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HE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly staff. I prefer the front section of the dinning room, as opposed to the back where it can get a bit crowded a peak times. I would never seat at the bar in the evening if eating with anyone, as there is live music which would make any type of conversation impossible.

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l
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but only had a couple of servers so it was slow & had to rush to see the show. The pre-fix was excellent

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l
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant! Plus location is great for Mean Girls & Cher.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve in NYC! There was a live band and four course meal! Champagne toast at midnight! Great time!

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

As they hadn’t confirmed that I appeared on the date of my booking I’m now having to fight with opentable about this, so dont book via opentable.

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Very good cuban food and exceptional service.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined on NYE. Our server was great and the food delicious. Thank you

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and very speedy, but not rushed. Our waiter Armando was fantastic, friendly, attentive and helpful. Atmosphere was very festive. Drinks were great. We had the suckling pig and the seafood paella. Both were fantastic. If you are a ceviche lover, don't skip the ceviche appetizer. Definitely will visit again.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good atmosphere. Waiter was a little curt. Made a request on Open Table, but nothing was done related to that request. Was a birthday. Wanted a cake and sparklers. Didnt ask except on the Open Table reservation. It wasn’t offered, but I never asked anyone when there. Was given the wrong bill (much more), but got that corrected. Good. Expensive, but good. Would go again.

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was Excellent. My family and I went here and not one person left any food on our plates. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

No bread for starters in a Cuban restaurant, waiter said the only bread we could have was purchasing a hamburger. The food is excellent however the quantity for being a Cuban restaurant is not accurate. For example all of the main courses brought a handful of rice along with meat. The atmosphere for a Cuban restaurant is intended to have a live band playing while enjoying your comida “food” there was a live band however it was stationed in the front of the restaurant where the bar was located in a separate room. Ruining the entire environment, I thought while leaving I would have rather ate my food at the bar instead of listening to the American Rock Music along with the rest of the dinners.

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VF
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, fun atmosphere but shockingly poor service for my party of 4 women. All of us are businesswomen who frequently dine out & we all had the distinct impression that we were being ignored because we were a party of all women. Very disappointing

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I took the opportunity that we came to the city to see a play and visited Victors Cafe. Despite the fact we were 2 hours early they accommodated our request for an earlier reservation. The service was very good and food was delicious and worth visiting.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mojitos ever. Great service by Juan and team. Great food and music, perfect night out in NYC !

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p
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. Always good service and food. Love that that take care of you when they know you are going to a show Will be back again

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K
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loe the food, seems authentic and is delicious! Lovely place.. but does get crowded..our five-some kind of got jammed into a space for four...Other than that terrific!

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I found Victor's more than 40 years ago when it was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. For a while there were two when the West 52ed Street location opened and then a number of years ago the 71st Street original was closed.

Throughout this long love affair with Cuban food, drink and hospitality I have never had a bad meal! Some years ago, my wife and our extended families have gone to Victors between Christmas and New Year's. Some times with as many as 20 and this year a low of 6.

Wonderful service, a lively restaurant vibe and great sangria. The ropa viega is always a winner, the fish fresh and the roast pork a real treat. For appetizers try the "1492" platter, a little of everything and all very good.

The only thing missing is "bifsteak emanazado" a dish that disappeared from the menu about 5 years ago and needs to be resurrected. Please o please!!

Wonderful place for a celebration with family and friends or after the theater.

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O
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding although pricey. I highly reccomend eating here. The appetizer assortment platter was especially excellent.

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JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre quick lunch on Wednesday after Christmas the staff was understanding and accommodated our time sensitive request. Perfect access to the theatre district.

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b
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Don’t make reservations at 9:45 they’ll make you sit at the bar and rush you out. I don’t understand why they have 9:45 option available on Open Table if they won’t seat you at a table. The food is good. Service and hospitality was the worst I’ve experienced.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Rather an unattractive menu. Their Chef Special is a simple stew with some rice and beans, a disappointment.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Victors!

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ER
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Christmas Day. Excellent Latin restaurant. Varied menu, good atmosphere and live music.

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MB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place.Excellent food and service,great atmosphere and location .

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Xmas eve! Ambience was really good and so is the food :) thanks to Victor’s Cafe team for their friendliness :)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Christmas Eve....Fabulous experience... thank you to all the wonderful staff !

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