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Telly's Taverna

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(24 Reviews)

2813 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

(718) 728-9056

Today: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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We serve delicious Authentic Greek food and are known for our grilled meats and whole fresh fish along with other fresh seafood. Our authentic Greek cuisine is prepared using recipes directly from our family cookbooks. We make everything to order and use the freshest produce, fish, and meats available. In fact, you can even see how fresh our seafood is as we have it on display.We serve favorites such as saganaki, taramosalta, skordalia, and whole fish including snapper, sea bass, and spearings. We also grill lamb chops, rib-eye steaks, chicken souvlaki, spiced burgers, octopus, salmon, and swordfish. Enjoy our full bar, stocked with wine, beer, and premium liquors. Telly's Taverna is devoted to make your experience exceptional!

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Astoria, Northwestern Queens, Ditmars

Telly's Taverna, Inc

Seafood Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Greek Restaurants, Caterers, Steak Houses, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Greek, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental

Price Range : Below Average


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Inconsistency Greek style

I was shockingly pleased the first time I came across this Astoria Greek standby but upon my second return I found the poor service and incosistent food to be a deterrent. I will give it a third shot though to see which way the tie- breaker goes...



Provided by Citysearch - 
wish we had fish like this in westchester!

i have trraveled several times an hour plus just for the experience of great food, polite help and the energy of a local establishment. the fish is second to none, just like the great fish we had in Israel. side dishes, salad all great. it ain't fancy and the help are real people with lots to do. everytime i have been there it's been packed and eventhough it's a chore sometimes to get the helps attention, you gotta' love the energy. if you need one to one service and total attention, ecause you're special, don't go...but if you're real and are out to be with people and have a great timein no real rush, this is the place! enjoy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Had a most lovely experience, and have recommended to friends since.

Went for the first time this June with two friends who have been raving about Telly's. We sat in the lovely garden in the back that has a winding grape vine and grape leaves for a ceiling. Next to us was a large party of a Greek family laughing and enjoying their food. I did hear the trains initially, but after a few minutes the infectious laughter and atmosphere made me forget I was even in New York.
We ordered a carafe of the ""green"" or young wine, a perfect refreshing drink for summer.
Now the food, we ordered sardines, and lots of appetizers like bean salad, greek salad, beet salad, humus, and greens. The food was incredibly fresh and delicious...and those sardines...MMmm mmm.
Like mentioned in the other posts we were given a dessert on the house, a lightly sweetened fried dough that was delicious.
Our server was very sweet and nice, and so was the owner who greeted us when we arrived and when we left. It was definately a great experience, and one that I will repeat again, even though it means I will make the trek from Manhattan to Queens.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Can Get Crowded, But Food is Worth the Wait. And Easy on the Wallet

Been to Telly's a couple of times and always satisfied with the place. Dont go in expecting anything fancy, since taverna is in the name, tight, family style seating is what you get. Everything is always fresh and it is definetely a place if you like/love seafood, but all their chops are top notch also.

Most recently went with a bunch of friends after the Greek Independence Day parade, so you could imagine it was packed(being in Astoria and all). Had the grilled swordfish which was eyes rolling into the back of the head good. We also did heavy appetizers which I would recommend. Fried calamari, grilled octopus, greek style fried potatoes, cheeses, Spreads(tsatsiki, taramasalata etc) and salads were great. Go here with an appetite. And go crazy when you order. We all walked away stuffed and with the overkill of our order only came to 35 per person with tip. I'll be going back soon.



excelent greek !!

Telly's was recomended by a family Greek friend. The salad was out of this world the octopus tender and grilled, the fish was fresh and the lamb chops were amazing. Telly's made me feel like I went to Greece. I recomend it to all my friends.



Provided by Citysearch - 
BAD Service, extremely rude waitresses!

Horrible experience before even looking at the menu!! Usually my bf and I go out for dinner on the weekend, but we really felt like seafood, so we thought of returning to Telly's one Monday night at around 9:30pm. My boyfriend and I walked in on a chilly night and were seated at the front of the restaurant where the facade doors were open. Bf walked to the waitress to ask if we could move further in and pointed to a table for four. As he turned around to walk back to me, the waitress was fixing up a two-top right in the same vicinity as the four-top. We moved to the four-top and I told my bf that I think they miscommunicated and that the waitress probably wants us to sit at the two-top. He said, it's ok, we're already sitting and the restaurant is pretty empty, it shouldn't be a problem.

The waitress came over and literally dropped the menus on our table. Bf wanted to leave but I insisted we stay. As I was sitting facing the waitresses, I see the waitress looking over at us, talking to another waitress who also looked over at our table. They both made nasty faces. I told my bf that maybe we should have moved to the other table. But we had already settled and I realized it was ridiculous since the restaurant was only 1/4 full if that and it was a Monday night past peak time.

The other waitress walked over and instead of taking our order, she asked us, ""Did someone tell you to sit here?"" That was it, we walked out after that and vowed never to return. It is a shame because the owner whom we met during our last visit was very nice. This is totally unacceptable. If you want good Greek seafood AND excellent service I would highly recommend Taverna Kyclades......................NOT Telly's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
2nd best seafood in queens

Have enjoyed eating at Telly's a few times. Exquisitely prepared fish, particularly their red snapper... although their wait staff cannot handle their weekend volume. Show up early!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Greek without being a hole in the wall

I live across the street from this place and it always looks packed, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, so I figured the crowd has to be there for a reason.

Let me first off start by saying that I don't eat seafood. If it comes out of a body of water I won't eat no matter what it is. Having said that their seafood selection is very large and judging what everyone else was eating it is very popular. The tzaziki and greek salad are excellent. I had the lamb chops which were excellent too. The house red for $4 a glass is a bargain.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Greek

I've been to all the local Greek restaurants and even compared to manhattan.. Telly's is the best yet! They have an amazing Green salad , tender Grilled octopus, Fresh whole fish, and very tasty lamb chops.The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was like we were part of the family. Dessert is onthe house and Ive been there twice a month since the first time and now i'm addicted .. Telly's is like being in Greece for a couple of hours!! They have valet on the weekends so dont worry about parking!



Provided by Citysearch - 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Telly's is a great restaurant/Greek Taverna. The Fish is fresh and perfectly grilled (or fried). The prices are unbeatable and the portions are huge! The Green Salad is a must if you love feta cheese. We always share appetizers and a fish. A liter of wine is $15 and the desert is on the house, have a ""Frape"" Greek iced coffee with your ""loukoumades"" fried honey dough. I would definatley recomend Telly's and I personaly think that They are the leaders of Greek food in Astoria and even Greece. The food at Telly's was better at Telly's than in Greece.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just like greece!

We had the most excellent night. The food was marvalous, I recomend the octopus its delicious, and the chillian seabas made to the perfection. The service was outstanding. Over all the night was wonderrful.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Telly's Taverna is and always has been an Astoria favorite. The grilled octupus, green salad and the spicey feta dip are better than I've had anywhere else...(even Greece). I go to Telly's often and the fish is always so fresh!! On the weekend there might be alot of noise but the Garden in the summer will make you think your in Greece! Amazing place to eat. The service is always very good. They also give you loukoumades on the house after every meal... except for Saturdays unfortunately.. I would highly recomend Tellys... I love this place.



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Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best place for Israelis

Who makes up tTelly's Taverna clientele? The answer is in the variety of languages floating in the air. Besides Greek and English, the voices talking and laughing in the busy, light filled space are speaking Hebrew, Spanish, Italian. Nana the owner has learned enough Hebrew to discuss her menu in Hebrew with her Israeli clientele. She has traveled to Israel with clients who are also friends, and seen first hand the similarities and differences between the cuisines. After all, fresh fish, vegetables and fruits in season, olive oil, lemon and oregano are ingredients readily available on the Mediterranean. Excellent food superbly prepared is excellent food after all. And besides, Nana is there to greet you!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Must go to this place

If you want to have fresh grill fish served just with virgin olive oil and lemon Telly's Taverna is the place for you. My wife and i leave in the city on the upper west side and we enjoy going to Telly's every week. There was a period that things weren't the same but Nana always knows how to fix things especially the food. I must say that the orders are much bigger than they used to be and the prices are the same and in some cases i would say lower than before. We highly reccomend it to everyone and it's just 20 minutes from manhattan and it has 20 times lower prices than manhattan



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place

I went back to telly's because i heard that they changed the Chef and the food was again, after a very very small break, was excellent again. So i went with my friends on a saturday night which is the crash test for Telly's for those who know the place. I enjoyed everything from the huge salad that they offer for 4 persons, but easily 6 can enjoy it, to my grill octopus, the fried calamari, and finally my grilled fish, that wasn't dry at all. Therefore for those that were dissapointed by Telly's for a while suggest that you go back...And of course Nana will be waiting at the door for you



Provided by Citysearch - 
Absolutely Greek!!!

I was told about this place in Astoria that serves fresh grilled fish and because i live in Manhattan i had no clue how to get there. I called and from the telephone i could tell how friendly the place would be, they gave me great direction, and i was there in 25 minutes. I was impressed by the size of the order, because for those who eat out in Manhattan, you know what i am talking about. A small salad is a large salad and a large salad is falily size salad. Telly's has the best octopus ever and the fish was so good on the grill.At the end i was expecting my bill and suddenly this plate full with little honeyballs landed on my table. ""Loukoumades"" and IT WAS ON THE overall tellys is the place to go only 20-25 minutes from the city.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great fish? I don't think so!

We chose this place based on the recommendations on this website and on Zagat. We had to try the grilled fish since Zagat raved about it. The experience was disappointing. The fish was bland and dry due to over grilling. The service was unacceptable. We waited almost 2 hours for our food. Our waiter, though he was charming,was too busy to truly take care of us properly and the food was over priced. Although the chicken and octupus were good, Telly's is not a place I would return to or recommend to anyone.



Provided by Citysearch - 
wow!!! now that was Greek!

I hadnt been to this resteraunt in a couple of years ( since the renovation) because then, seating was limited and the wait was long. This evening was better than a night in Greece!! Telly's food was amazing, The resteraunt is 3 times the size, the outdoor seating was great. The service was very good and all together a great experience!
Since Tellys many have tried to compete with thier fish but after tonight it is my opinion that they are still far behind!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Telly's was great

We were so satisfied!!!!! The food was very good.
The fish case was full of VERY fresh fish, grilled to order. Our waitress was extremely warm and friendly. They recenly expanded their Dining room and the atmosphere was great. I would highly recomend Telly's Taverna. Try the ""kafterie"" if you like something a little spicy. They do also have meat dishes that are great. Have fun!

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