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Opa! Tony's Souvlaki

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2844 31ST St (at between Newton and 30th Avenues.)
Astoria, NY 11102
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(718) 728-3638
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Restaurants , Diners , Greek Restaurants

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Food & Dining , European Restaurants

Reviews

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Best

We went to Opa because we were looking for a good Greek Restaurant in New York... we read some good reviews online and decided to try it... Well, this was a GREAT discovery. ...

Worst

Enjoyable funky interrior--especially the bumpy, white, plaster ceiling. The food--though mostly deep-fried--is simple and satisfying. Dieters stick to salads or indulge in vegeta...


Fantastic Greek Food- Great Value 10/22/2011

We went to Opa because we were looking for a good Greek Restaurant in New York... we read some good reviews online and decided to try it... Well, this was a GREAT discovery. First of all the food is great, fantastic.. the best Greek food I have eaten since... since I went to Greece! Second, the atmosphere is fun, the service was perfect, even more than perfect, the owner made us feel completely at home. Third, the price was totally reasonable... All in all the kind of place you want to go to, recommend to your family/ friends. We are for sure coming back any time we are down to NYC, and we are contemplating organizing events there. It is really that good, and that fun, do not be fouled by appearences! more

Watch your step! 1/13/2011

The food is great...I ordered the roast chicken with lemon potatoes the first time and most recently the lamb kebobs. The dining area in the back is festive and comfortable...but watch your step ! There is one step down that comes by surprise. The light was off and i fell! more

Great for parties as well as intimate dinner 4/14/2010

My husband and I have been going to Opa! for years and love it. It looks like a hole in the wall from the outside and even as you're walking in, but soon you come to a delightful indoor garden. Despite the tacky decorations, it is warm, cozy, friendly and relaxing. The Greek home style cooking is wonderful, with some dishes prepared by Patty, the owner, herself. We have used Opa! for family dinners whenever kids were among us and for family parties (they have an adjacent party room). Everyone has had a great time at the parties we did there and loved the food. Patty and staff always do everything they can to accommodate us. Waitresses are sometimes a bit slow, but this gives us more time to relax and enjoy. And there's a lot of food. Pros: Wonderful, warm atmosphere, good food, reasonable prices more

Great food! 1/22/2010

I just love this place. From the outside it looks like nothing special and walking in it looks even worse but go through to the back room (where everyone is seated) and you end up in a great atmoshpere. Pros: great food, great atmosphere Cons: service is sometimes a little slow more

Great place for Greek food! 9/4/2009

They also have outdoor seating in the back! I like it - staff is pretty nice, food is great - like a homecooked meal! I would deffinitely recommend this to everyone! more

Great food, great service, great price 10/29/2008

My friend and I went to Opa! for dinner the other night and had a wonderful experience. Both the food and service were very good, and the bill was quite reasonable. I was a little nervous when we first walked in, but once we were ushered into the back room, found the atmosphere to be quite charming. I will definitely be returning to Opa! in the future. more

Home style Greek food 3/31/2008

We had very very nice meal there the other day, we had usual Greek dish, saganaki, cheese that starts with letter ?K? (they set it on fire at the table?), meat ball, etc etc. I felt it was home style meal experience. Waitress was very nice gal, owners were nice. Ambience is not the best, but that kind add good flavor to our experience in good way. It?s not one of those flashy Mediterranean restaurants opened up in the area, but we love it. Pricing was not too bad. Pros: Home style Greek food more

Down Home - Greek Style 8/2/2007

I've been eating at Opa! Opa! since it opened. I love the home-made food and the home-made atmosphere. To the folks who object to non-smiley faces, I must reply that I have never been treated with such cool indifference or fake friendlines as I have been in, what some consider, more upscale restaurants. Stamatis is o.k. except that it is often very very busy and very very noisy and I don't find the food particularly worth the money, the noise or the crowd. A feature that has not been mentioned is that Opa! has tables outside --- and no, the garden is not landscaped in the Columbus Avenue sense, but it's comfortable and enjoyable on a cool evening. As to slow table service, if I am in a hurry, I get take-out or go to Burger King up the street. Opa! is the kind of place you can sit and enjoy and no one rushes you!!!! The hostess who is so warm and welcoming is the owner. And, for those of you who ""tolerate"" older waiters/waitresses and are critical of the younger not so-experienced waiters/waitresses I suggest that you might take the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the break from the assembly line. Oh, and remember that you too can be out of sorts, even on the job. We've all been there. Be kind. Be understanding. For heaven sakes, Enjoy!!! Pros: Delicious Greek Home Cookin' , Ambience is home-style, unrushed and relaxed. more

Felt Like a Home Cooked Meal in a Small Town 4/5/2007

We were there for lunch this week and, after having read all the reviews, it was about what we expected. This is not supposed to be a fine dining experince- it is a small mom + pop operation in the best sort of way. The food was inexpensive, delicious and had a home-cooked feel. I don't eat much Greek food, so I couldn't comment on its authenticity, but there were several patrons that were Greek-speaking and we enjoyed our food. The woman who sat us (maybe one of the owners?) was very welcoming. Our server was definitely no waitressing dynamo, but she was helpful with the menu and friendly enough. The atmopshere also felt very homemade with all sorts of odd-ball, tacky touches. We sat in the sunroom in back- which is fun in an aesthetically-challenged way and a good alternative to a cafe when it's too cold outside. Pros: Good, Inexpensive Food Cons: Mediocre Atmosphere and Service more

amazing gyros!! poor service!! get takeout!! 3/26/2007

i'd been to opa! once for a late lunch a few weeks ago with some friends. the place was almost empty and the service was totally subpar although the food was super amazing and really cheap. the waitress was also pretty old and slow so the poor service didn't really bother me (by poor service i mean getting our drinks, apps, and entrees at the same time and having to get up and find her to get more soda and taziki). last week i went there for dinner and there were a handful of other couples and a young waitress and the service was even worse than the lasttime i had been there. the food was still amazing though. next time i'll get takeout. more

Amazing service and great food! 9/5/2006

I love this place. Perdika, the owner, is an amazing woman and is one of the most charming hosts I've ever encountered. the waitstaff IS friendly (perhaps the naysayers should check their own behaviour), as are the chefs who prepare the food in an open kitchen. My parents and I had the cold mixed appetizer, lamb souvlaki (on a stick), potatoes, greek salad, and Perdika brought us a complimentary appetizer of fried zucchini. Very nice and tasty and such a great value. This is why we remain loyal customers. Pros: nice, brightly lit, comfortable dining area Cons: I wish there was one in my neighborhood! more

Worth your Money 8/2/2006

First off, Opa does not try to be anything that it's not. If you want a lot of good food, go to Opa. If you don't care about the wait staff as long as they bring you your drinks and dinner, then go to Opa. If you want to only pay $10-$15 for a huge meal, then go to Opa. I think the food is delicious, and you get what you pay for. The platters are where you get your $ worth, so stick to them. But if you just get a gyro, for about $5, that will more than fill you up. It's not glamerous, and yes there are many more nicer Greek places to eat, but you will pay more. Opa is worth every penny. more

Go to Stamatis instead 7/28/2006

I went into Opa last week even after reading some of the negative reviews. A friend told me the food was very good. I got about five feet into the place when I realized that I might have made a mistake. My friend and I had been standing by the door for about 15 seconds, waiting to be seated, when a heavyset, older man (working behind the counter)very sarcastically asked me if we were going to stand there all day or sit down. Just then, a woman (looking very embarrased) came to us and proceeded to find us a table. She was very nice. I had a dual reason for coming as I had also been looking for a place to bring a group of friends for a small dinner gathering later in the month. I asked her if they had an area to accommodate a group of about twenty. She brought us to a back section that was very charming with lots of large plants and a glass ceiling. It had been very sunny that afternoon and I must admit that the room looked very bright and inviting. We proceeded to order our meals and the food was pretty good. The wait staff left a lot to be desired. They were not very friendly or attentive (it was early afternoon so the place wasn't very busy). As we were walking out after we had paid the bill, I stopped by the counter to ask the heavyset man if there was a business card I could take with me. I explained that I was thinking of bringing a group of friends there at another time. He then proceeded to lecture me on how his was a ""family restaurant"" and not one for ""noisy parties"". I was a little taken aback by his response and presumption. I am a 40 year old professional. On that day, I was wearing business casual attire. I tried to explain that he must have misunderstood me, but the ""I don't give a damn"" expression he had on his face, told me that I was wasting my time. Never again will I return there. For a great Greek restaurant, with delicious food, Stamatis is where I will be taking my business. Cons: Very busy area with little parking more

never again 3/26/2003

I was disappointed with the overall service and food when you order takeout in person. First off, I was given a dirty look when I was looking at the menu and had gotten a nasty ""yes"" reply instead of ""what would you like""? The pastisio platter especially because you get a good amount of salad that's dry as the sahara desert, three wedges of bland potatoes, and a thin slice of microwaved pastisio that was awful for $9.25 but when they ask if you want bread they add .75. Gimmee a freakin break! That's $10.00 for $1.00 worth of ingredients. Cons: expensive, over rated, unfriendly more

I LOVE IT! 2/6/2003

I don't know why people are making such negative reviews about this place. I live in the neighborhood and it is by far my favorite place to go. The food is awesome. I highly recommend the spanikopita (the best in Astoria in my book) and the bifteki (ground beef kabab). Also the ambience is REALLY cool. The first couple times I went there I just thought it was a takeout place until I discovered the ""hideaway"" restaurant in back. They also have a really nice courtyard which is a perfect place to eat in the summertime. For some strange reason you don't hear the N train which runs about 50 feet away from the place. I've never had a problem with their service, though I know how one bad apple can totally ruin a person's impression. Pros: food, ambience more

Reliable Standby 1/22/2003

My girlfriend and I go here atleast once every two weeks. The food is great! The lemon potatoes, spinach pie and souvlaki are outstanding. service is hit and miss. Sometimes it takes forever to get another beer or refill on water but oh well. The hostess is always gracious and the prices can't be beat! Pros: prompt seating, great food, great prices Cons: hit and miss service more

Disasterous Anniversary 9/5/2002

Me and my boyfriend went to Opa! Opa! for our anniversary last october and were very dissapointed in the quality of the food. We had heard good things about the restaurant and my boyfriend has been there in the past and thought it to be good but we were disappointed this time around. The chicken was horrible but I will say that the lemon potatoes were great. Pros: Inexpensive, Not crowded more

Rude Waiters 6/6/2002

Enjoyable funky interrior--especially the bumpy, white, plaster ceiling. The food--though mostly deep-fried--is simple and satisfying. Dieters stick to salads or indulge in vegetarian platters. Creamy appetizers--taramasalata, eggplant salad, and Greek yogurt (with cuccumber, dill, and garlic) taste excellent when on warm pitas. HOWEVER, I stopped going to Opa! because the waiters need SEVERE ATTITUE ADJUSTMENTS. The waiters ALWAYS look angry and even ignore their high-tipping regulars. I ate at Opa! several times and put up with the waiters' bad manners, knowing that their job isn't easy. Finally, I got sick of the bad service, obnoxious smirks, and snotty back talk. As of march 2002, I now walk the extra distance and pay more for meals to avoid feeling like dirt for asking for a place setting. Pros: Older Hostess is Nice, Tasty appetizers, Charming interior Cons: Waiters are mean, Untrained waiters, Waiters are rude more
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    Daily 11:00am- 1:00am
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    Astoria

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