Victory Garden Cafe

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$30 and under
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Since 1968 the Sakalis Family right from the start offered The Greek Community a taste of Greece by offering authentic Greek pastries in their bakery section representing various parts of Greece. George Sakalis and Antigoni Sakalis come from families of top chefs/bakers specializing in traditional baking and authentic Greek/Mediterranean Cuisine. It's no wonder their talents have created Astoria's hidden gem.

The Sakalis Family recently opened the Café-Restaurant, Victory Garden Café, which offers an even larger selection of Greek specialties. The newly renovated space provides an ambiance that will leave you breathless! All menu items are made on premises and include a wide range of seafood & meat dishes.

Amazing European decor with available indoor and outdoor spaces conveniently located in the heart of Astoria. Make your next reservation in our outdoor/indoor majestic area and enjoy our large selection of Greek-Mediterranean dishes. Space also available for events.
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OnjaM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Lovely place very romantic quiet definitely couple vibes here

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great waiter and we will be going back

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ErikaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time.... can’t do any ya bout COVID-19 but we did what we could. Keep in mind we can survive this 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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ShaunelleO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end, the experience was nothing short of excellent. The reservation process for our large group was seamless. When I had to add additional guests at the last minute, the restaurant was very accommodating. They had our area ready when we arrived and helped us get comfortable. Drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all superb. Paris and the other waitstaff were friendly and professional. We all plan to visit again in the near future.

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ChynaC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I actually dine there for brunch so I can look @ the space for my wedding ceremony. Sadly there was a private party so I was not able to see the garden nor was I able to speak to the manager. The waiter mentioned she was too busy. That alone allowed me to change my mind; didn’t feel the hospitality.

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vipMattieU
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had brunch on Sat. May 11, 2019 was disappointed. I asked for two over easy eggs (which were over cooked and I had to send back to kitchen to get redone. Order came with french fries (where were not crispy) 3 sausages and two slices of toast. I will not return for brunch. But, will the try this place for dinner at least one time. Server Paris was very attentive and friendly. He aimed to please. Thank you.

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Princesa29
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And the service and the food was grear

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner here. The menu options were excellent and the food was very good, particularly the desserts. Moreover the service was great and it was very thought to have management come by and check on us.

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GeorgeM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting. Staff very attentive to the customers. Nice variety on full menu as well as price fix brunch. I go there often with friends and family. It's a family run local business that I will continue to support. Highly recommend

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vipjwhnyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a group of 11 for early brunch on a Tuesday morning. Everything was ready when we arrived and the staff was lovely. Sat in the back garden which was chilly at first, but warmed up quickly after the heaters were turned on. Excellent brunch fare including omeletes and french toast. Will go back and try a dinner. Parking is also very easy in this part of Astoria.

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BertaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for a Thanksgiving meal. About 30 minutes from a JFK, which for me was perfect as I had a flight to catch in the late evening.
Friendly and enthusiastic servers, and a lovely patio-garden atmosphere made for a warm winter night when temperatures outside were in the low 20s.

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AndiV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time there on Thanksgiving, made it a real special occasion we will repeat. Ambiance and service were fantastic. Food was very good, with just a few complaints. Only one out of five in our group had the turkey, which was excellent and moist. However we'd read about spinach and feta stuffing which it didn't come with; instead it came with a kind of wild rice which was nice but the person who ordered was expecting stuffing. We would have like some lettuce in our Greek salad. The shrimp scampi was unexceptional, but Greek dishes fantastic. Stuffed mushrooms were amazing!

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breakingbread
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, as always. The waiters there always want to please, and always go above and beyond. They gave us one of their appetizers on the house just because we asked about it! I have always had a good dining experience there so far. Every dish I have tried has been delicious and well made. I had the grilled octopus for the first time and it was so tender and well seasoned! It was delectable! I would recommend Victory Garden Cafe to anyone for any occasion!

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!! Although it was a busy Sunday for mothers day they helped accommodate 18ppl!!!

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RachelG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. Came for their Mother’s Day brunch which included an appetizer, salad, main course, & dessert. The food was delicious. The courses were spaced out and the staff didn’t rush us at all. The place is family owned and you can tell by the level of care and interest everyone takes. They also have a bakery attached to the restaurant. I look forward to going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. I will definitely be back

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Steve112
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've only gone here once in the past year, but we love this place. Incredible food, personable service, a great covered garden area in the back, and delicious dessert from their adjacent bakery. A perfect place for lunch or dinner!

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Brittany
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and affordable brunch! Though this is my second time there for brunch and I haven't gotten the granita that's supposed to be included either time. =(

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Brittany
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Victory Garden Cafe and it was fantastic. There was a private party in the back, so I sat under the awning out front. I appreciated that they still had outdoor seating available despite the private party.

The brunch special is perfect and so affordable. I got the Mediterranean toast, which had the best sausage I've ever had on it. Delicious. I didn't get the granita that was supposed to some with brunch though, unfortunately.

The service was great and the waiters were very friendly. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and the ambiance was just right. Although we had occasional showers outside, you still had the outdoor garden vibe without being directly impacted by the rain.
The wait staff was very polite and helpful . The appetizers were excellent; the mousaka and the stuffed shrimp were delicious.
We were able to bring home pastries and the best spinach pie ever from the adjoining shop.

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James
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the back garden for a business dinner meeting & everybody was impressed. Food was great & the garden decor is truly one of a kind, especially for Astoria. We ordered the Greek salad & a bunch of appetizers like octopus which was delicious!!! Overall great place!

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Obsessed
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I came here with my family for my graduation dinner and it was horrible. We show up to the restaurant and they have nothing prepared. We then all sit down and have horrible service from a man who knew nothing about the menu- he didn't know what their house white wine was or what came on the house salad... We then waited for our food to brought out one by one, so by the time the last person got their food the first persons plate was already cold. The food was good but was taken over by the poor service and poor experience.
Overall I would not go back and I would not recommend that anyone come here, especially if you're coming for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Desert was the high point

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NicholasTecce
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow. Drinks were inconsistent in taste.

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ToddG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat out on the back patio area. Feels like being outside, but was actually enclosed. Perfect for a cool, crisp evening. Food was terrific. Service was a bit slow, with the different courses coming out very spread apart. But, we weren't in a hurry, so it worked out fine. Authentic Greek/Mediterranean. Fantastic desserts from their next-door bakery. Casual environment.

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Ginag
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience in a beautiful garden space. It was nice to enjoy a garden setting in the winter. My date and I chose the Prix fixe Valentine's Day menu which included appetizers, salads and a great entree selection. I ordered the shrimp scampi and my date ordered them sirloin steak. For appetizers we had the Greek dip variety with pita and the crispy calamari. We enjoyed all the dishes and we plan to be back very soon. Thank you Victory for a great Valetines day!

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James
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some friends came out of town & we wanted to try a new restaurant in Queens. We saw online that this place has a back garden section & I must say it was amazing. The garden section was beyond my expectation. Check out their pics & you'll know what I'm talking about. We ordered the meat platter, Greek salad & a couple glasses of wine. The meat was delicious & the salad was very fresh. I'm glad we found this place. Overall an excellent experience!!!

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Ginag
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience and atmosphere. We celebrated my friends birthday at The Victory Garden Cafe indoor garden and was impressed with the quality of the food and service. We picked the brunch menu (the Tsoureki French Toast &Chicken Sandwich) and added some appetizers (the crispy calamari and Mediterranean meat balls (keftedes). Everything was very fresh &a tasty and the quantities were extremely large. Their whole menu is made with organic ingredients. I will definitely be back here for dinner. The waiter was extremely helpful with explaining the menu and very attentive. Great place for events too.

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vipResa
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We sat in the back, which is a very cute outdoor area. There was only one other table occupied and it was quiet and romantic. The grilled octopus is the best I've ever had. Overall, the food was very good.

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Steve112
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a great reputation for bakery treats, we had also heard good things about the food too. Good is an understatement. This was, by far, the best Greek-inspired dining experience we've ever had. Truly tasteful fare, great ambiance, and attentive but not overbearing service. In a word: outstanding

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James
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place! We loved the garden area. I had the steak with lemon potatoes & it was delicious!!!
This is definitely our new "go-to-spot".

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was cooked to perfection, the galaktobouriko is very delicious 👍.. the waiters were very friendly and the atmosphere was so romantic. I would definitely recommended 👍👍😊

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prepare your stomach. Greeks eat huge!! :)

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vipYonkersGal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a warm welcome on a quiet Monday evening. The portions were immense and the food waa delicious. Our server was charming and helpful, and even added a little extra surprise treat onto our appetizer. Save room for the desserts from the bakery part of the establishment, especially the baklava.

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vipajbateson
Jacksonville
58 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Brunch here was average. The food was fine but nothing special. The drinks were expensive for brunch. Our server was quite pleasant and helpful but many of the things on the menu they didn't actually have. We were never rushed so we could stay as long as we wanted but we just felt that the bill was high for the quality of food we received. The back garden looked beautiful for outdoor dining but there weren't any tables back there at the time that we dined. No problem about that, I totally understand! I just mean that you should try to sit back there if you eat here.

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Rodfoodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! The moment you enter the outdoor garden you feel like you have traveled to Europe! As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the manager and waitress. The menu is extensive- we chose the brunch and ordered the Chicken Sandwich and the Mediterranean Omelette. All the ingredients were extremely fresh. The Chicken was cooked to perfection and very juicy- the asiago cheese was a great touch. The Mediterranean Omelette was also very good. The brunch was accompanied with delicious Mimosas. I definitely will be back one day to try the dinner menu. I can see this place to be great for a private event..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mother's Day Brunch was impressive. We were able to sit in the Garden Area in the back, which was very tranquil. The food was delicious. And best of all...they offered unlimited drinks of Mimosa, Orange Juice, House Wine, Love Potion (white wine, OJ, Mint), and tea/coffee. During our meal, my wife and I had 3 rounds of Love Potion and finished the brunch with some coffee, with everything being included. We will come here again.

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vipBBesq
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Having read some positive reviews (though there are quite a few negative ones out there as well), we really had hopes for a lovely Mother's Day brunch. It started really nice out in the lovely garden, but all went downhill from there. No bread or muffins were served, and every bit of the food was mediocre at best. Even the coffee was horrid, and the "skim milk" was a brownish condensed liquid. Ants ran all over the table and into our food (I know it's outdoors, but there are ways to control ants). It ruined our Mother's Day. :( Wouldn't return even if they paid me.

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vipibsbzb
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Perhaps we did not choose the right food, but the pork souvlaki was very dry and hard to chew and the fried eggplants and zucckini released a whole poodle of oil.
The deserts were very tasty.

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Ginag
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting Victory Garden Café. The outdoor garden dining area is stunning! It really is a hidden gem. We tried some appetizers: the crispy calamari and the loukaniko (a greek sausage). Both were cooked to perfection! For entrees we ordered the seafood combo and the sirloin steak. Everything was extremely fresh and well seasoned. I also loved their selection of Greek Wines. Will back back soon to try more of their menu.

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Victory Garden Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 274-2087.

Victory Garden Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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