The Thirsty Koala

The Thirsty Koala

Australian Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
  • Joy V.
    "Try the amazing lamb lollies & kangaroo burger + the Triple T."(10 Tips)
    Patrick H.
    "Get the kangaroo burger with the lot."(9 Tips)
    "Also, the Triple T (Tim tam tiramisu) for dessert is outrageous."(6 Tips)
    Brandon A.
    "They were excellent with the Thai Basil Yogurt Dip."(2 Tips)
95 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • triple t
  • tacos
  • basil yogurt dip
  • kangaroo
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  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoSeptember 29, 2015
    Everything. Just get everything. Lamb lollies, kangaroo burgers, octopus tacos, burrata, caramel, yadayadayada, and come during happy hour! Service is warm/attentive, food is fresh and mostly non-GMO!
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.March 31, 2013
    Grilled veggies are small but great. Aussie burger is tasty & juicy. Fish & chips have tender fish & wonderful sauces to go with it. The star would be the triple T tiramisu. Get it, so good!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GuevaraJanuary 14, 2013
    I went for their entree, the Lamb Lollies. It was extremely flavorful and cooked well! The side salad and sweet potatoes was a great addition. Also, this restaurant is gluten-free friendly!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BombassaroFebruary 3, 2013
    We took a bite, then before I knew it we almost finished both our appetizers. Highly recommend the fish and chips with basil yogurt dip and strawberry, spinach and goat cheese salad!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 7, 2013
    "Australian flair". Australian-sourced lamb lollies are served over caramelized pumpkin, & the fish for the fish & chips is ginger-beer-battered. Cocktails - "Hooly Dooly caipirinha" and the "Gabba" Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaOctober 24
    The Tripe T, a Tim Tam tiramisu, satisfies a sweet tooth. The caramel can wreak havoc on your teeth. There is outdoor seating perfect for people watching.
  • Henry M.
    Henry MartinezOctober 4, 2014
    Gluten free calamari is perfect every time. Kangaroo burger with the lot is phenomenal. Australian beer is delicious! Staff is incredibly courteous and attentive. Lady and I will certainly come back.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeOctober 24, 2015
    Great experience - wait staff are super attentive and accommodating, and the chef personally came out to ask how things were. Food was great and big portions - beware how big the calamari app is
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The G'Day burger is something else. Especially when that something else is kangaroo meat! Yes, explore the tasty exotic goodness not even Poo Bear can even protect and always get the Fontina on top!
  • Sharon P.
    I'm vegetarian so I had the eggplant parmesan on their recommendation but it was the best eggplant parm I've had. They almost made it lasagna style. They make their cheeses and breads inhouse!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Kangaroo meat is very lean with only 2% fat and it's rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The kangaroo meat at Thirsty Koala it's free range and sourced from Queensland, Australia. Read more
  • Vladimir W.
    Vladimir WeinsteinMay 20, 2013
    Had a great dinner @TheThirstyKoala - Delicious and affordable 12oz grass-fed steak - Really friendly staff/owners - Super close to Astoria-Ditmars train stop. Getting the Kangaroo special next time!
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoMay 25, 2015
    Everybody raves about the kangaroo meat but I had a seafood special that was out of this world. Portions are large but save room for dessert! The tiramisu is one of a kind.
  • Alyssa L.
    Alyssa LimAugust 6, 2013
    The best service with a friendly and down to earth staff. Had the scallops and beef burger with the lot--both amazing. Gonna try the triple t dessert next time!
  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas GalatisAugust 7, 2013
    If you get anything with kangaroo be sure to smother it in their goat cheese. The combination is to die for. And the Mexicans cola is the best cola I've ever had.
  • Linda
    LindaJune 16, 2013
    Great customer service! We had three waiters/waitresses, the chef, and the owner stop by the table. Definitely recommend the lamb lollies, roo burgers, and kakadu crostini.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LippkeFebruary 22, 2014
    The steak tacos are delicious. The 50s music playing in the background is also quote enjoyable! Great first experience at the Thirsty Koala!
  • Brandon A.
    Brandon AndrusAugust 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Recommend the Kangaroo Loin. And for those who are GF they can make the Fish and Chips GF. They were excellent with the Thai Basil Yogurt Dip.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MonahanJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch comes with a mimosa! And reasonably priced. Also try the kangaroo with their goat cheese (made in house), so tender and better for you!
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MartinettiAugust 4, 2013
    If it is your first time and unsure what to order, stay with appetizers. I recommend the scallops wrapped with bacon, and the lamb mini chops.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MakulowichJune 2, 2013
    Delicious food and great variety of not-your-average fare. Friendly service, but very very slow. Been twice and enjoyed, but waited near an hour for food both times.
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lamb lollies. They come with some unearthly roasted caramel used squash. Also, the Triple T (Tim tam tiramisu) for dessert is outrageous.
  • Julien A.
    Julien AleksandresJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    LOVE their food and their staff. The lady who owns it is fabulous and always has the perfect advise what to order if in doubt.
  • Kathleen V.
    Everything is awesome! Service and all was really good. Dates dessert 😍😍 definitely get.
  • Amina F.
    Amina FMarch 30, 2013
    Eat it all!! It's all good & fresh! Then have the Triple T for dessert (tiramisu) :D
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They make these Australian coconut caramel bites. I don't know what they are called but they are insane. This is what I would use to conquer a nation....
  • Karen G.
    Karen GanJanuary 30, 2013
    The food is so worth the wait! The olive spread is so delicious. All their food is made to order so everything is fresh!
  • Nathaniel E.
    Fantastic customer service and the boomerang tacos are all incredible. I've never been disappointed with this new neighborhood star!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinOctober 25
    Really really solid food, house made bread, great selection from eggplant parm to steak sandwiches, definitely try this place
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.April 23, 2013
    Fish & chips is tasty. The fish is flakey & buttery. The signature burger is very filling, but also very delicious.
  • The Mexican .
    The Mexican 👧March 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The salmon is the best I've had in Astoria, such amazing flavor. They don't skimp you on the portion either.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJanuary 20, 2016
    Service was superb! Share the Calamari. Kangaroo Burger has a lot going on. Everyone enjoyed the Lamb Lollies.
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BallardApril 20, 2013
    The kangaroo ROCKS! Loved it. Had it medium rare in a burger with goat cheese, fried eggs and beets.
  • Daisy P.
    Daisy PeraltaMarch 17, 2013
    BYOB!!!! Lamb lollies... Amazing!! Medium Roo sliders.. Yes, roo.. KangaROO sliders... pretty good!!! Thumbs up for The Thirsty Koala!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The scallops wrapped in pancetta are what love tastes like. I could eat these until my heart explodes.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartNovember 9, 2015
    Very helpful and knowledgable wait staff. Make sure to try one of their cocktails.
  • Megan
    MeganApril 6, 2013
    The things that you've never tried will be better than things you typically eat. Step out of your comfort zone, try the kangaroo.
  • linda s.
    linda stewarJanuary 20, 2013
    Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberry add the Skirt Steak you will thank me :)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 24, 2013
    The decadent but delicious Triple T—tiramisu made with the Australian favorite chocolate Tim Tam cookie—is not to be missed. Read more
  • Leigh W.
    Leigh WishneyMarch 2, 2013
    Spinach, strawberry, and goat cheese salad. Do it. Their soups are incredible too.
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea JaresJune 3, 2014
    The staff here is extremely kind and helpful. Ask them for good dinner suggestions!
  • natalie w.
    natalie woodFebruary 1, 2013
    Spinach barries cheese and grilled shrimp ;) , you will love it.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the kangaroo burger with the lot. You won't be sorry.
  • Eddie A.
    Eddie AlvarezAugust 17, 2013
    Excellent service. The Bacon wrapped scallops and crab cakes are amazing
  • Derek L.
    Derek LFebruary 22, 2014
    Kangaroo Burger is great, comes with a sweet chili sauce which is good.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperDecember 21, 2016
    Eh, kangaroo burger fell apart quickly and seemed it would have been better in stew or filet... service and appetizers were great though!!!
  • Paul G.
    Paul GirardinMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lamb lollies and roasted pumpkin - every friend who hates lamb ate them!
  • Georgianna T.
    Georgianna TekiAugust 4, 2015
    The seafood it's remarkable there.. the tacos are also really good...
  • Romeo P.
    Romeo PunzalanApril 7, 2016
    Service was Good. But the Kitchen is slow, took over 30mins for our food (Filet Mignon & Fish-&-Chips) to come out. Being there were only 2 other Tables (4 Diners max) in the restaurant.
  • Courtney M.
    Specials and the fritters were amazing....good beer choice
  • Reagan H.
    Reagan HerrJuly 4, 2013
    The crab cake is by & far the best I have ever eaten.
  • Joy V.
    Joy VictorianoDecember 10, 2013
    Try the amazing lamb lollies & kangaroo burger + the Triple T.
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TMarch 17, 2013
    Decided to give this place a second chance... Unfortunately, the batter on my fish was GUMMY, and I was all around disappointed again. If you do end up here, you're pretty safe with the crostis plate.
  • Douglas B.
    Douglas BaileyDecember 31, 2012
    Great food! Aussie Burger with the lot if you need a hangover cure.
  • Daisy P.
    Daisy PeraltaMarch 17, 2013
    Whoa!! Triple T - dessert!! A MOST!!! I died and went to heaven!!
  • Helena S.
    Helena SDecember 22, 2012
    Order a flat white coffee if you need a pick me up, you won't regret it.
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChrabiehOctober 7, 2014
    I came for lunch, ordered a steak on ciabatta bread, and fries, the food is less than average, fries are are so soggy and burned! This is my first and last!
  • Andre R.
    Andre RibeiroJune 2, 2013
    The Kangaroo fillet with vegetables is just delicious!
  • Cecilia L.
    Cecilia LeonNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    OMG I'm in love with this restaurant! Everything is delicious.
  • Johana T.
    Johana TalbotJanuary 29, 2015
    Really loved this place... Get a burger with the fried egg
  • Kenneth R.
    Kenneth RoccaApril 21, 2013
    When you come here make sure to get the kangaroo it's amazing
  • KSeps
    KSepsJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You know now to get the kangaroo, but I implore you to throw the homemade goat cheese on top of it.
  • Afiya C.
    Afiya ClarkeJuly 19, 2015
    Great for Delivery! Fish Tacos and Strawberry Mango smoothie
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DempseyJuly 6, 2013
    Quite disappointed. Warm beer, with half full glasses. Waited so long for our entrees that our waiter asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu (before our entrees arrived). Won't be coming back.
  • Enrique O.
    Enrique OlivieriAugust 8, 2013
    The Thirsty Koala, Australian Cuisine in Queens – Brunchonian visit..
  • Vered A.
    Vered AbelesApril 2, 2013
    Get the pavlova!! It's really good!!
  • Agnes M.
    Agnes MargittaiJanuary 7, 2013
    Salmon is awesome
  • Hyphen S.
    Hyphen SageJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Aaaah the sausages are so good!
  • Victor F.
    Victor FerrariMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa ChanJanuary 20, 2013
    this place is not consistent. Some people got extra bacon. My dish was much smaller compared to others without the extra bacon. Wth. Also not worth the wait
  • Sriram R.
    Sriram RamanJuly 20, 2014
    Give the koalas at the door a hug on your way in
  • James D.
    James Di MeglioApril 20, 2013
    The kangaroo burgers are delicious!!
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SandersOctober 17, 2015
    Vegan tacos are delicious!
  • Theresa C.
    Theresa CallahanOctober 25, 2014
    Friendly staff, good food
  • hitgirl
    hitgirlJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Be adventurous & try some kangaroo steak!
  • Dana P.
    Dana PadillaDecember 26, 2014
    Kangaroo sliders. Give them a try.
  • Asia J.
    Asia JanusApril 20, 2013
    Kakadu Crostini is AMAZING.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DJuly 19, 2013
    Great service and excellent food
  • Cristina M.
    Cristina MuleApril 25, 2013
    Get this, Mexicane Cola
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LebronMarch 14, 2015
    You're allowed to prepare the food, you know...
  • James G.
    James GreenAugust 22, 2014
    Try the kangaroo steak.
  • KSeps
    KSepsJuly 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The tacos are serious.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FloresOctober 4, 2013
    The pictures are better then the taste.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeOctober 24, 2015
    Kangaroo loin is only on every other weekend :(
  • Izalette
    IzaletteJuly 24, 2014
    Lamb lollies. 'Nuff said
  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo BravoApril 25, 2014
    Kangaroo is delicious!!
  • Victor F.
    Victor FerrariSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the meatballs!!!
  • Hyphen S.
    Hyphen SageNovember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dingo dreams 💕💕
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongMarch 25, 2015
    AUSTRALIA: Kangaroo burger
  • Gina K.
    Gina KruzicJanuary 6, 2013
    Takes too long. Food isn't worth the wait.
  • Victor F.
    Victor FerrariAugust 15, 2014
    Steak Tacos
  • John K.
    John KoutsoudisFebruary 7, 2013
    Looks like a nice place to go
  • Enrique O.
    Enrique OlivieriAugust 8, 2013
    Check out my reviews @
  • Andy L.
    Andy LuOctober 18, 2014
    Kangaroo nommmm hbd Eddie
  • Brother B.
    Brother BradMarch 17, 2013
    don't go here...just, don't :D
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