Victor's Cafe

Victor's Cafe

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tue
4:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thu
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sat
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
This property has identified as Women-owned, Hispanic/Latinx-owned
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About
Since 1963, Victor’s, a family-run New York City landmark, continues to be a culinary voyage to Cuba offering an incomparable experience with its harmony of authentic cuisine, hospitality and stylish environment. Victor’s has the unique distinction of being both luxurious and casual, serene and high energy, family oriented and romantic, exotic yet familiar. The cuisine at Victor’s includes the most delicious, authentic dishes combined with the restaurant’s exclusive creations that represent the evolution of Cuban cuisine. Signature dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”). The restaurant itself is divided into three spacious dining rooms, accented with warm lighting, colorful Cuban art, tropical ceiling fans, and lofty sky-lit ceilings. The restaurant's Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of traditional Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.
PRICE RANGE
$30.00 – $65.00
CUISINES
Cuban
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,684 reviews
Excellent
973
Very good
467
Average
141
Poor
55
Terrible
48
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

NevskyNY
New York City145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
Very pleasant atmosphere. Good food and pleasant service. We were here for Thanksgiving and the Cuban twist on the traditional meal was very good. Wish they put more potatoes on the plate. The amount was really very small. Still, I was very full at the end of the mean. Also, there was no bread or rolls, not that I needed more carbs. Long wait to be seated, even with a reservation. The manager came by later to apologize, which was very nice. She also comped the coffee to make up for the wait, which I am glad she did as I found out that they charge for refills (and I really do not like when restaurants charge for refills, especially when spending upwards of $100 for dinner).
Written November 26, 2021
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crnd
Clarksville115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
Everything about our visit to Victor's was incredible. The ambiance was incredible. Great vibe, great decor, full without being crowded, exactly a place you'd want to have dinner. The service was incredible. Always there with a refill on the water, pouring the sangria, answering all questions about the menu, always there just a half second before you even knew you wanted them to be there without being intrusive. Food came out promptly. The whole staff is top notch. I can literally think of no better service experience in years. The food was incredible. Authentic Cuban, with just the right amount of upscale Manhattan flair. So good. The prices were extremely reasonable, especially by Manhattan standards, especially considering how good everything is. Victor's will be our new "go to" place when visiting Manhattan. I'd give it six stars if I could. It's that good.
Written September 21, 2021
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Sergey B
234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 family
We’ve chosen Victor’s for our pre-show dinner and what a great choice it turned out to be. We have booked in advance (easy and fast using their website) and were among the first guests that evening. The place started filling up really fast and we realized advanced booking was the right thing to do. Since we wanted to try various Cuban dishes but were not in for a big meal we went for an assortment of appetizers, ceviche and vegetable paella. The appetizers’ platter features several items from their appetizers menu including shrimp quesadilla, chicken empanadas, ham croquettes etc. Everything in that assortment tasted great. Red snapper ceviche served with mango, red onions and avocado was also delightfully crisp & tasty. Vegetable paella with mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and asparagus, toppled with manchego cheese was very reach and full of flavor. All these paired well with Cuban versions of mixed drinks. It was an excellent start to our night out. The service was fast, courteous and attentive. We definitely would be back to taste other items from their menu.
Written March 10, 2020
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Suger123456
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
Saturday evening in New York. Don't come to this place. This "place" came highly recommended and so we chose to bring our family, who was visiting the United States of America from the Dominican Republic, for the first time, as a start to a lovely evening in Times Square, New York, the city that never sleeps. Well, first they greeted us with our table being dirty so that was pleasant. Then, I had to keep getting SOMEONE'S (any one's) attention so that we may be properly serviced as we were repeatedly kept waiting or forgotten which made our dinner DRAG ON. The little amount and taste of the food and their ambiance and the service doesn't not merit to charge for the little amount of service in all aspects, including tiny bathrooms where your knees hit the wall, so that was quite comfortable. If you are going to charge and put up a front, at least do a better job. Highly do not recommend this place. We left embarrassed, having to apologize to our family member and reassure, that America is better than this representation of what it has to offer its patrons.
Written July 19, 2022
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Kathryn G
Providence417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
First off, what's not to like about a restaurant that has red, white, and champagne Sangria (which was what we chose)? We started the meal sharing the Havana Guac. I had the Camarones Enchilados (shrimp in spicy Creole sauce) which was pleasantly spicy - not too much, but just enough to let you know that there was a little kick to it. My husband had the Lechon Asado (roast pig) and it was exactly as described on the menu. I had the flan for dessert and my husband had the warm guava cobbler. If you are not a fan of sweet desserts, don't get the cobbler. It was good, but too sweet for me (my husband enjoyed it however). The service was attentive without being annoying as everyone seemed to keep an eye on every table and glasses got refilled, silverware replaced, etc, without having to wait for the server assigned to the table.
Written July 28, 2021
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KCMLive
Washington DC401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
The service and atmosphere at Victors's was great! We were killing time before a show (the restaurant is right next to the Neil Simon theater where MJ is playing) and we walked in without a reservation. We were seated in the bar area and received EXCELLENT service. If you like Cuban cuisine, I am sure you will love the food, decor and attentive service.
Written August 5, 2022
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Rutman
Rapid City384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 solo
This is a pleasant evening out or for a pre-theater meal. I had a basket of plantains and salsa, their ceviche (the best I have ever had) , and the Lechon Asado, which is a delicious traditional Cuban dish of roast pig marinated 24 hours, slowly roasted overnight in Cuban style mojo, and garlic mojo yucca. The service was friendly, efficient, and helpful. I enjoyed the live band, however, the noise level was a bit high for a quiet conversation.
Written March 6, 2020
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ElmCityBaller41
Wolcott153 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
We had a reservation for Saturday Night. My wife saw the reviews and it seemed very hit or miss but always willing to try something new. We showed up on time and was immediately seated. Our waiter was definitely not the friendliest. Asked us if we would like Flat or Sparkling. I said tap, he brought flat and at this point i knew this was just going to be going down hill. For sake of my wife i didn't say anything. 10 min goes by and he comes by and asks if we want something to drink and my wife gets a Spiced Havana, the drink comes and it has a half coated rim of cinnamon like the drink splashed and washed half of it off. She enjoyed the drink but noticed the rim as well. We got a appetizer of empanadas and they came out cold but what was worse is the sauce served with them was cold. They tasted Ok but very small for what they cost. For our mains i had the skirt steak and my wife got the ropa-vieja. Both dishes were supposed to come out with beans and rice. What was weird was that we were both given rice and was told to share black beans. The food was good , not great but solid good. The waiter never followed up with how our food was but did ask If i wanted another bottle of water. I declined, upon our receipt of our bill we had been charged 12 dollars for the bottle of water. Please see the picture of the food and drink i uploaded. This place was nothing to write home about, i think our waiter soured our evening and just started out on a bad note.
Written April 14, 2024
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Maria G
Calabasas8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
I’ve been enjoying Victor’s Cafe for the last 20+ years UNTIL tonight! The food was old and ‘ranciosa’, each dish comes accompanied by a side of white rice and black beans except tonight when the waiter put down the side of rice for each in my party at the table but only one small serving of black beans and quickly said this is to share and ran away. The water was never refilled. The ice for the water was given to us in a metal bucket as a side of ice for the table??? I have never seen such a thing not even in the cheapest of restaurants. During the meal the waiter never came to ask how everything was but at the end when he came to clean up he did ask and this is when I expressed my disappointment. He said he would call the manager and I said OK. Kevin, the manager, came to the table and asked what was wrong so I shared with him my disappointment and meal experience tonight. He said I’m sorry and asked if I wanted rice and beans? I said why would I want rice and beans now after this experience? He said ok and left the table and told the waiter behind me to clean up and bring the check. We were not asked if we wanted dessert or how they could make up for this disaster of a meal or anything else? Kevin, the manager tonight, clearly does NOT understand the definition of customer service and how to treat customers. The waiter was always in a rush and has zero experience. I will not be returning to Victors again, oh and by the way the restaurant was half empty which means this restaurant has been declining and proven to me tonight! The table next to us also had some sort of similar experience and conversation with their waiter hmm. Victor’s Cafe NEEDS NEW MANAGEMENT.
Written November 5, 2023
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TravelgirlsTennessee
Central Florida111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We came for lunch during Restaurant Week and loved it. We had not heard of Victor's Cafe before going through the listings and decided to try it. Good decision. We each got the salad and rope vieja and were very happy with our choices. The salad had tiny chunks of manchego,lardons, Marconi almond and a champagne vinaigrette which was outstanding. The Ropa Vieja was amazing. Just the right amount of sauce, seasoning, and perfectly tender and moist. Our server, Lucas was very good and attentive as were all of the people there. We will go back on our next visit and try dinner. We will come back next time for dinner.
Written February 2, 2020
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Alb49
Ashburn35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
Victors Cafe is located at 256 W. 53d St in the heart of the theater district. Victors hits all the right notes: excellent Cuban food, prompt and courteous staff, and lovely ambiance. We first order a half pitcher of white sangria. For an appetizer we ordered the guacamole and banana chips. Just delicious. I had the seafood paella, with a generous portion of squid, shrimp, mussels, and clams over saffron. My dinner date had the dopa views, pulled beef with onions and spices. Both were excellent. The wait staff was very attentive and helped with our menu selections. Definitely a great place to eat before your show.
Written April 27, 2022
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AndoverDan
Andover372 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
Small portions of just OK food. We ordered an appetizer of croquettes at the recommendation of our waiter and received three gum drop sized pieces. Weak mojitos in glasses full of ice and not much else. Disappointing.
Written December 28, 2023
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AML50
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
In the theater district, next to Neil Simon Theater, very convenient. Delicious food, great wait staff and good music too. They know how to get you in and out for dinner before a show without making you feel rushed. The Cuban flavors were fabulous. Staff very helpful and thoughtful. Family owned and operated. Highly recommend!!
Written November 13, 2022
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Nelson L
New York City30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Very busy place to go for dinner but the ladies at the entrance know what they doing. They very respectful and very friendly. I was late for my reservation but after a while they got us a table....thank you for that. Food is delicious...drinks just right....will have no problem going there again and again. Thank you Victor’s Cafe.
Written February 16, 2020
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Tibby
Birmingham378 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 couples
We decided to go here for our dinner based on the reviews and it looks like a nice restaurant. We reserved a table online and we were seated promptly at a nice table. Our issue was with the service. Our server just was not friendly and accommodating at all, no smiles to make you feel comfortable and enjoy the dining experience. He then demanded extra tip money. I know you need to tip but to demand extra , I did not like that. Especially when your bill is already $180. But maybe demanding extra tips is the norm over there. The food was okay , didn't really stimulate my taste buds much and we were disappointed if that's what cuban food is like. It's really did spoil our whole experience. I think you're paying alot of money because of its location- definitely not for the food or service.
Written June 17, 2024
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