The Thirsty Koala

The Thirsty Koala

Australian Restaurant · Astoria
35-12 Ditmars Blvd (36th Street), Astoria, NY 11105, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 3:30 PM–11:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.1/10

Based on 207 votes

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    Joy V.
    "Try the amazing lamb lollies & kangaroo burger + the Triple T."(10 Tips)
    Christina C.
    "The star would be the triple T tiramisu."(6 Tips)
    Linda
    "... roo burgers, and kakadu crostini."(2 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "... fish and chips with basil yogurt dip and strawberry, spinach and goat cheese..."(2 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • seafood
  • triple t
  • tacos
  • kakadu crostini
  • kangaroo
  • steak
  • scallops
  • vegetarian food
  • crab cakes
  • gluten-free food
  • sliders
  • happy hour
  • BYOB
  • tiramisu
  • delivery
  • calamari
  • cocktails
  • great value
  • fried eggs
  • Jess N.

    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!

    Jess Naldo · September 29, 2015
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  • Christina C.

    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!

    Christina C. · March 31, 2013
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  • 7th.List

    "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

    7th.List · January 7, 2013
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  • Alex G.

    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!

    Alex Guevara · January 14, 2013
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  • Jessica B.

    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!

    Jessica Bombassaro · February 3, 2013
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  • Henry M.

    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.

    Henry Martinez · October 4, 2014
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  • Dustin L.

    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

    Dustin Lee · October 24, 2015
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  • amNewYork

    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

    amNewYork · August 4, 2014
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  • Tony X.

    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!

    Tony Xerray · March 26, 2013
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  • Tinashe D.

    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.

    Tinashe Dhliwayo · May 25, 2015
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  • Vladimir W.

    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!

    Vladimir Weinstein · May 20, 2013
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  • Romeo P.

    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.

    Romeo Punzalan · April 7
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  • Linda

    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.

    Linda · June 16, 2013
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  • Alyssa L.

    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!

    Alyssa Lim · August 6, 2013
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  • Jen M.

    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.

    Jen Makulowich · June 2, 2013
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  • Nicholas G.

    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.

    Nicholas Galatis · August 7, 2013
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  • Shannon D.

    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.

    Shannon Dempsey · July 6, 2013
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  • Michaela T.

    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.

    Michaela T · March 17, 2013
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  • Patrick H.

    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....

    Patrick Healy · July 27, 2013
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  • Jessica L.

    The steak tacos are delicious. The 50s music playing in the background is also quote enjoyable! Great first experience at the Thirsty Koala!

    Jessica Lippke · February 22, 2014
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  • Brandon A.

    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.

    Brandon Andrus · August 8, 2013
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  • Pamela M.

    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.

    Pamela Martinetti · August 4, 2013
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  • Nicole M.

    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!

    Nicole Monahan · July 21, 2013
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  • Jimmy C.

    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!

    Jimmy Chrabieh · October 7, 2014
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  • Jessica

    Get the lamb lollies. They come with some unearthly roasted caramel used squash. Also, the Triple T (Tim tam tiramisu) for dessert is outrageous.

    Jessica · March 8, 2013
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  • Julien A.

    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.

    Julien Aleksandres · July 30, 2013
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  • Nathaniel E.

    Fantastic customer service and the boomerang tacos are all incredible. I've never been disappointed with this new neighborhood star!

    Nathaniel Eggleston · June 2, 2013
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  • Lisa C.

    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

    Lisa Chan · January 20, 2013
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  • Karen G.

    The food is so worth the wait! The olive spread is so delicious. All their food is made to order so everything is fresh!

    Karen Gan · January 30, 2013
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  • Amina F.

    Eat it all!! It's all good & fresh! Then have the Triple T for dessert (tiramisu) :D

    Amina F · March 30, 2013
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  • The Mexican .

    The salmon is the best I've had in Astoria, such amazing flavor. They don't skimp you on the portion either.

    The Mexican 👧 · March 29, 2014
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  • Janene O.

    The dish I like best so far is Earth Chili!! It's vegan and I'm not but I could eat it every day!!

    Janene Otten · April 10, 2013
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  • Patrick H.

    The scallops wrapped in pancetta are what love tastes like. I could eat these until my heart explodes.

    Patrick Healy · March 24, 2015
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  • Brooke B.

    The kangaroo ROCKS! Loved it. Had it medium rare in a burger with goat cheese, fried eggs and beets.

    Brooke Ballard · April 20, 2013
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  • Christina C.

    Fish & chips is tasty. The fish is flakey & buttery. The signature burger is very filling, but also very delicious.

    Christina C. · April 23, 2013
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  • Daisy P.

    BYOB!!!! Lamb lollies... Amazing!! Medium Roo sliders.. Yes, roo.. KangaROO sliders... pretty good!!! Thumbs up for The Thirsty Koala!

    Daisy Peralta · March 17, 2013
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  • Ailie C.

    Service was superb! Share the Calamari. Kangaroo Burger has a lot going on. Everyone enjoyed the Lamb Lollies.

    Ailie Chang · January 20
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  • Marissa S.

    Very helpful and knowledgable wait staff. Make sure to try one of their cocktails.

    Marissa Stuart · November 9, 2015
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  • linda s.

    Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberry add the Skirt Steak you will thank me :)

    linda stewar · January 20, 2013
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  • Andrea J.

    The staff here is extremely kind and helpful. Ask them for good dinner suggestions!

    Andrea Jares · June 3, 2014
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  • Leigh W.

    Spinach, strawberry, and goat cheese salad. Do it. Their soups are incredible too.

    Leigh Wishney · March 2, 2013
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  • Megan

    The things that you've never tried will be better than things you typically eat. Step out of your comfort zone, try the kangaroo.

    Megan · April 6, 2013
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  • natalie w.

    Spinach barries cheese and grilled shrimp ;) , you will love it.

    natalie wood · February 1, 2013
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  • Georgianna T.

    The seafood it's remarkable there.. the tacos are also really good...

    Georgianna Teki · August 4, 2015
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  • The Wall Street Journal

    The decadent but delicious Triple T—tiramisu made with the Australian favorite chocolate Tim Tam cookie—is not to be missed. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · January 24, 2013
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  • Derek L.

    Kangaroo Burger is great, comes with a sweet chili sauce which is good.

    Derek L · February 22, 2014
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  • Patrick H.

    Get the kangaroo burger with the lot. You won't be sorry.

    Patrick Healy · July 27, 2013
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  • Paul G.

    Lamb lollies and roasted pumpkin - every friend who hates lamb ate them!

    Paul Girardin · March 24, 2013
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  • Eddie A.

    Excellent service. The Bacon wrapped scallops and crab cakes are amazing

    Eddie Alvarez · August 17, 2013
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  • Helena S.

    Order a flat white coffee if you need a pick me up, you won't regret it.

    Helena S · December 22, 2012
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  • Joy V.

    Try the amazing lamb lollies & kangaroo burger + the Triple T.

    Joy Victoriano · December 10, 2013
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  • Reagan H.

    The crab cake is by & far the best I have ever eaten.

    Reagan Herr · July 4, 2013
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  • KSeps

    You know now to get the kangaroo, but I implore you to throw the homemade goat cheese on top of it.

    KSeps · July 2, 2013
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  • Daisy P.

    Whoa!! Triple T - dessert!! A MOST!!! I died and went to heaven!!

    Daisy Peralta · March 17, 2013
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  • Kenneth R.

    When you come here make sure to get the kangaroo it's amazing

    Kenneth Rocca · April 21, 2013
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  • Andre R.

    The Kangaroo fillet with vegetables is just delicious!

    Andre Ribeiro · June 2, 2013
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  • Douglas B.

    Great food! Aussie Burger with the lot if you need a hangover cure.

    Douglas Bailey · December 31, 2012
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  • Johana T.

    Really loved this place... Get a burger with the fried egg

    Johana Talbot · January 29, 2015
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  • Enrique O.

    The Thirsty Koala, Australian Cuisine in Queens – Brunchonian visit.. http://brunchonian.com/?p=182

    Enrique Olivieri · August 8, 2013
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  • Cecilia L.

    OMG I'm in love with this restaurant! Everything is delicious.

    Cecilia Leon · November 23, 2013
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  • Afiya C.

    Great for Delivery! Fish Tacos and Strawberry Mango smoothie

    Afiya Clarke · July 19, 2015
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  • Gina K.

    Takes too long. Food isn't worth the wait.

    Gina Kruzic · January 6, 2013
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  • Vered A.

    Get the pavlova!! It's really good!!

    Vered Abeles · April 2, 2013
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  • James D.

    The kangaroo burgers are delicious!!

    James Di Meglio · April 20, 2013
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  • Sriram R.

    Give the koalas at the door a hug on your way in

    Sriram Raman · July 20, 2014
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  • Hyphen S.

    Aaaah the sausages are so good!

    Hyphen Sage · January 5, 2015
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  • Christopher L.

    You're allowed to prepare the food, you know...

    Christopher Lebron · March 14, 2015
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  • Jonathan F.

    The pictures are better then the taste.

    Jonathan Flores · October 4, 2013
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  • Dana P.

    Kangaroo sliders. Give them a try.

    Dana Padilla · December 26, 2014
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  • Dustin L.

    Kangaroo loin is only on every other weekend :(

    Dustin Lee · October 24, 2015
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  • Agnes M.

    Salmon is awesome

    Agnes Margittai · January 7, 2013
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  • Theresa C.

    Friendly staff, good food

    Theresa Callahan · October 25, 2014
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  • James G.

    Try the kangaroo steak.

    James Green · August 22, 2014
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  • Valerie S.

    Vegan tacos are delicious!

    Valerie Sanders · October 17, 2015
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  • hitgirl

    Be adventurous & try some kangaroo steak!

    hitgirl · January 12, 2015
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  • KSeps

    The tacos are serious.

    KSeps · July 2, 2014
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  • Victor F.

    BEST TACOS

    Victor Ferrari · March 13, 2014
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  • Cristina M.

    Get this, Mexicane Cola

    Cristina Mule · April 25, 2013
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  • Jon D.

    Great service and excellent food

    Jon D · July 19, 2013
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  • Brother B.

    don't go here...just, don't :D

    Brother Brad · March 17, 2013
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  • Izalette

    Lamb lollies. 'Nuff said

    Izalette · July 24, 2014
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  • Ricardo B.

    Kangaroo is delicious!!

    Ricardo Bravo · April 25, 2014
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  • Asia J.

    Kakadu Crostini is AMAZING.

    Asia Janus · April 20, 2013
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  • John K.

    Looks like a nice place to go

    John Koutsoudis · February 7, 2013
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  • Enrique O.

    Check out my reviews @ http://brunchonian.com/?p=182

    Enrique Olivieri · August 8, 2013
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  • Victor F.

    Try the meatballs!!!

    Victor Ferrari · September 15, 2013
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  • Victor F.

    Steak Tacos

    Victor Ferrari · August 15, 2014
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  • Hyphen S.

    Dingo dreams 💕💕

    Hyphen Sage · November 21, 2014
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  • Claire J S.

    AUSTRALIA: Kangaroo burger

    Claire J Song · March 25, 2015
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  • Andy L.

    Kangaroo nommmm hbd Eddie

    Andy Lu · October 18, 2014
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