The Thirsty Koala

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 33 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Fryer + 10 more
100% of 27 votes say it's Celiac friendly

35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11105 Directions

(718) 626-5430
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    October 07, 2017

    Fabulous meal!! Almost everything on the menu was GF, each dish more delish than the last. We had meatballs, fried calamari, fish tacos, fried fish (cod) & chips, a ribeye steak, caramelized pumpkin, and total WOW desserts including a sticky date pudding that was just out of this world. Knowledgeable staff, high-quality & sustainably sourced meats/fish. An Australian gem in Astoria!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 26, 2017

    The restaurant is mostly GF, the bun I had with my burger was the best GF bun I've had anywhere. We also had fried calamari which was delicious and not greasy at all. The deserts are delicious. If you go for brunch, you get a complimentary drink with your meal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 27, 2017

    This place is wonderful! The chef has gluten sensitivity and will make ANYTHING on the menu GF. They are very careful about everything! Amazing food!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 24, 2017

    What a find!!! Knowledgeable staff and great chef. My dinner was great as was dessert.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 23, 2017

    Phenomenal food! Plenty of gf celiac safe options including the specials of the day! We had the grilled octopus, the fried calamari, the pasta of the day and the egg plant Parmesan! All super tasty!! The only downside is they were sorely understaffed for a Saturday night.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 22, 2017

    Come here! Great GF OPTIONS and everyone is knowledgeable about celiac. The Eggplant parmesan is delicious.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 23, 2017

    This place does a fantastic job of accommodating for any and all food allergies and are more than willing to work with you to customize your meal! I would strongly recommend this location to anyone looking for quality allergy friendly food!!

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    5 rating
    May 20, 2017

    This place is amazing. Went for brunch. the corn fitters Benedict is phenomenal. menu is labelled gf.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 11, 2017

    Wonderful food and service - safe for Celiacs!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 19, 2017

    small restaurant. delicious food with Australian flare. serves great drinks. lovely atmosphere. lots of wonderful gluten free options, including atheists and desserts. Things you can't normally find -- fried calamari and fish and chips. I look forward to eating here when I am in New York.

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    4 rating
    January 15, 2017

    Pros: great options, everything tasted great. Friendly atmosphere and a good place to bring veg, carnivore, gf & not gf. No reaction! We had the following and recommend them all: Sticky pudding!! Jalapeño corn fritters Vegan tacos Eggplant parmigiana Mousaka Melbourne (Greek) Salad Mashed potatoes Cons: our waitress was not that knowledgeable and they mistakenly served mousaka with regular bread. However, the chef came running out and noticed immediately after dish was placed on the table and it was fixed right away.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 11, 2016

    Delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Got the beef burger with the lot and the fried calamari. everything was delicious and they give you huge portions.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 13, 2016

    We went to this restaurant the other day and absolutely loved it. Wait was a bit long but that's what happens when you ask for a table of 5 for dinner on the weekend. Food was delicious and the staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. Dedicated fryer and some of the best gluten free buns I have ever had. I tried the Fried Calamari, corn jalapeño fritters, and ate the Ned Kelly steak sandwich. Every bite was delicious. At the end of our meal the chef stopped by to introduce herself and ask how everything was. She told us that she is gluten intolerant and stressed how much they care about being careful with gluten free food. I highly recommend eating here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 23, 2016

    Absolutely awesome experience. The fried calamari is the best I've had. When we ordered the calamari, I commented that I was Celiac and made sure it was REALLY gluten free. The waitress then asked if I had a dairy allergy because there is dairy in the calamari (I'm not dairy intolerant so I'm not sure if it can be made dairy free as it wasn't applicable to me). Impressed that they knew those are often hand in hand. Friendly staff. Good happy hour. Excellent for Celiacs and they do it right here.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 31, 2016

    So many diverse options marked on the menu, and the staff is very knowledgable about celiac. Highly recommend!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 04, 2016

    Our experience was SO wonderful. I felt like I wasn't restricted by GF at all because they had so many options. We went for an app, drink and dessert. Fried calamari for an app, pear cider for a drink, and the sticky date pudding cake for dessert! Everything was so delicious and my non GF hubby loved it. I would highly recommend trying the Thirsty Koala because they have so much more than the typical GF restaurant. PLUS their service was exceptional!!! Waitresses were so friendly and conversational, AND one of the owners came to talk with us! She was genuinely interested in getting to know us. We will be back for sure!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 05, 2016

    Must-visit spot for celiacs, the food is amazing and staff is very knowledgeable about cross contamination

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 08, 2016

    I'm a sensitive Celiac that went for Mother's Day with my non-celiac family. They offer almost every dish gluten free and most can be modified for dairy free as well. We shared apps like calamari and Thea's meatballs that are made gluten free and nobody noticed the difference. The sliders are AMAZING! I highly recommend and will be back.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    May 01, 2016

    Amazing GF menu, separate fryers, delicious freshly made gf calamari and fries, I'm smitten and will be returning soon!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 15, 2016

    Yep this place gets it. I've eaten here at least 10 times over the past couple of years and have never gotten sick, and I'm as sensitive (Celiac) as they come. The fried calamari is RIDICULOUS good!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 04, 2016

    Great service. They are very knowledgeable about gluten n said they can make anything in the menu gf.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    March 05, 2016

    Delicious GF options. Chef will come out and speak to you about any dietary concerns. Lovely people. A gem.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 03, 2015

    So. Good. As a vegetarian with celiac, I think this might be my new favorite restaurant. The menu was extensive and nearly everything could be made gluten free if it wasn't already. I was a little worried about cross contamination but they're very knowledgable and clearly make an effort to keep their customers safe and happy. The food was delicious (my gluten-able friends also loved it, so that's saying something too!) and they even brought out gluten free bread for the table before our food arrived. When was the last time I ate the bread on the table at a restaurant?! Thirsty Koala, I'll be back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 11, 2015

    If you enjoy creative culinary experiences, this is place is a must! Amazing food, attentive owner (executive chef), extremely knowledge about gluten and cross contamination. Make a reservation though because it's always busy.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 23, 2015

    Many GF options to choose from as the chef is gluten intolerant. Delicious food with Australian roots. Fits perfectly into Astoria dining scene! Never picked a GF menu choice I didn't LOVE! Try the triple blonde GF beer, too (my fave). Knowledgable staff and chef make me feel safe eating here, even though I'm a celiac sensitive to cross-contamination on a microscopic level. Have safely and happily eaten at The Thirsty Koala many times & probably will many more!

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    Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    July 26, 2015

    The food is great and safe, but they have the WORST delivery service. It took almost 2 hours to get our food recently. We had to continuously call to ask where it was. If you want to order from here, call way in advance before you are even hungry.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    September 01, 2014

    I highly recommend this restaurant just for the food and service but especially for those with gluten free restrictions. Great, knowledgable staff, awesome food, dedicated gf fryer, corn tortillas etc.

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    5 rating
    August 28, 2014

    This place is amazing! The staff was very friendly. Their menu is clearly labeled gluten free and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.

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    5 rating
    July 07, 2014

    the tacos are amazing.. sometimes as a special they have gluten free calamari and it is delicious

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    5 rating
    July 05, 2014

    Amazing food. Lots of gf options.

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    5 rating
    May 02, 2014

    You will never feel like you're missing out on good food by being GF here. Everything on the menu is clearly spelled out for allergen concerns. Several vegetarian and vegan options as well. And the GF options are absolutely delicious. Definitely the place to be for Happy Hour, too! I will be returning often.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Allergen List
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Cider
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dessert
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Soup
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
Monday
5 pm - 11 pm
Tuesday
5 pm - 11 pm
Wednesday
5 pm - 11 pm
Thursday
5 pm - 11 pm
Friday
5 pm - 12 am
Saturday
11 am - 12 am
Sunday
11 am - 11 pm
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