Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right New York State icon-chevron-right New York icon-chevron-right Taverna Kyclades

Taverna Kyclades

Restaurants, Greek Astoria
5 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Taverna Kyclades
Photograph: Dominic Perri

Time Out says

The Greek banter rising from the back patio ought to tip you off: This sunny spot is one of the more authentic tavernas among Astoria’s Hellenic roster. Crisp calamari, flash-fried sardines and succulent grilled scallops are as fresh and deftly cooked as those you’d find at a seaside spot. Dessert, cinnamon-dusted galaktoboureko (custard), is on the house, a gracious touch that makes this odyssey all the more worthwhile.



Address: 33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Cross street: between 33rd and 35th Sts
Transport: Subway: N to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10:30pm
Do you own this business?

Users say (11)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening
1 of 1 found helpful

I moved to the states 6months ago and this restaurant rivals great taverns in Greece. You have to try the spinach pie , the whole grilled fish and the calamari.

I've been wanting to eat here since I moved to Astoria 3 years ago and I finally had the chance to recently. As expected, the wait was long but they take your phone number down so you have the ability to leave while you wait. They bring you fresh bread and olive oil as soon as you sit down. We got the lemon potatoes, fried calamari, and the Kyclades Specialty (stuffed clams, stuffed shrimp, lobster tail, fillet of sole, and scallops). I know the potatoes are said to be popular but it wasn't my favorite; it was a bit dull tasting in my opinion. Everything else was fantastic. The calamari and all the other seafood we got tasted fresh and flavorful. I had to look around for my waiter a few times to get his attention but everyone was friendly and the food came out fairly quickly. They also brought out a complimentary dessert of Greek yogurt and blueberries!

the food is fresh, and the service is quick. if you can get a table it's a great place to eat. we have always enjoyed coming here for some great seafood

Very authentic Greek food. This place is a must if you're visiting Astoria.

One of my favorite restaurants. There is a reason why it is always busy. Prices are reasonable and the food is great.

If you’re ever in Queens…..

…or want an excuse to go there (last stop on the N train, Ditmars Blvd), this place is hands down the best Greek food that Queens has to offer.  On a regular Saturday night be prepared to wait 2+ hours for a table as people come far and wide for Taverna Kyclades.

Upon seating they bring a plate of sliced lemons and warm bread with herbs and olive oil to go along with whatever feast you’re about to order.  And feast is right; served family style, each entrée comes with a generous side which easily feeds two people.  Grilled swordfish kabobs with rice pilaf, guilt-inducing baby shark and garlicky, roasted beets are made all the better with a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Considering the volume at Taverna, they must go through orchards.  In classic Greek style, a complimentary dessert is included (some type of flan) but if you can, request the yogurt with sour cherries.

The service is fast and no nonsense.  It has to be, there is a perpetual long line of people waiting for a table!


There’s a very good reason there is usually a long line outside this place besides the no reservations rule…the food is amazing. In Astoria you have many Greek restaurants to choose from, but Taverna Kyclades truly is worth waiting to get in to. Don’t miss the spinach pie, lima beans in tomato sauce, and utterly delicious tzatziki dip to start with. The Greek salad is loaded with juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and huge blocks of salty feta cheese. If you love seafood, you have come to the right place. They have fantastic options such as sea bass, Mediterranean dorata, and swordfish kebabs.

If you are in the Astoria area and want delicious Greek food Taverna Kyclades is where you go. Start off with some house red wine and yummy olive oil bread. It was so fresh and good but that was just the beggining of this great meal.   If you want fresh seafood order the grilled Bronzino (you can thank me later) with the lemon potatoes. OMG it gives me LIFE. The fish is so flaky and the broth that is plated on is just indescribable, definitely a must eat. Get the fried sardines and the peasant salad to balance the meal. So Yummy!!! Remember to bring cash for the tip. 

A couple of years ago we moved out of Astoria and I wish I could have taken this place with me.  The fish is some of the freshest in the city.