Queens >Food & Dining > Locale Restaurant & Bar
33-02 34th Ave, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110640.758767 -73.925575
Very underwhelming – I have lived in Astoria for five years and always wanted to try this place. I really like the look of the restaurant, but the menu never impressed me very much. My boyfriend and I took the plunge and had lunch there last weekend. I ordered the beet salad, he had the tuna club. The club looked like tuna straight out of the can with nothing added and wedged between toasted pieces of wonder bread. It was tasteless. My beet salad was better than the club, but still there were so many missed opportunities to make it more interesting (maybe adding goat cheese and/or nuts). It wasn't overpriced, but there are so many other amazing Astoria restaurants that are doing exciting things with their menu. We won't be back.
Pretty neighborhood spot - but food is bad – I have been to this restaurant 3 or 4 times. Everytime I go I think that it will get better, but it never does. The salads are palatable and the drinks are fine but that is all I would suggest. I have had salmon, steak, chicken and pasta in the past and the flavors never melded well. Everything was cooked to the right level of doneness but the sauces and flavoring is always off.
Excellent Food & Service – I was just there last night with a friend and I had an amazing time.
Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive.
Food was very carefully cooked.
Wine was good.
Vibe is cozy and elegant.
I am a manhattahn diner and it was my first time dining in Astoria but I was pleasantly surprised.
best for drinks – i have always loved the decor and the drinks. the bartender makes truly perfect drinks. she concocted a pumpkin puree martin with a graham cracker rim. i'm not a froo froo drinker but my beau and i had two each! i must say however, our dinners were unmemorable. the food here has always been. but i'll return for the overall comfort and welcoming staff.
Best neighborhood spot – I took my parents to locale for their anniversary and we had the best night ever!! The food was incredible, the drinks were amazing and everyone was soooo nice!!! I took my sister there the next day for brunch and it's our new favorite spot! i highly recommend it!
The Right Vibe – It is very relieving to have this place in this neighborhood. I brought a few friends one night and we had a really nice time. We had a bunch of different cocktails from their list. The pear martini and the mojitos were particularly delicious. The food there is consistantly good. I totally recommend the faggotini pasta...it's to die for. Overall the place has a really nice feel. The music is always appropriate for the atmosphere and the staff is friendly and approachable. I have brought tons of friends as well as my parents and all have had no complaints. I hope Locale stays around for a long time, this neighborhood needs them!
Great food - nice atmosphere – My boyfriend and I are new to Astoria (from Florida) and wanted to go out after a long first week at his new job. I read so many great reviews on this place and found their website to be detailed adn inviting as well. The food was AMAZING! The bread they give you at the beginning was amazing. They have a nice wine list and our entrees we so delicious! We each had a chicken dish with fresh veggies and excellent melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes. The entrees were reasonably priced and large enough to fill you up without being ridiculously large. We were both too full to have dessert, but I'd like to try one next time. I'd also like to sample the pasta dishes.
The atmosphere was lovely and we were seated right away outside on a nice early evening. We didn't feel rushed at all and the service was good too. Towards the end of the meal, a stray cat was wondering around and looking for food. It even went into the restaurant through the front door! The staff did a great job of gently shoeing it out (which as a cat lover I appreciated.) I can't guarentee that something like that would happen again, but it was endearing! Definately recommend for a great Italian dining experience.
EXCELLENT DRINKS AND FOOD!!! – I went to dinner with a few friends and everything was excellent. The bartenders made great drinks while we waited for our table, the staff was very friendly and attentive. The food is delicous...listen to the specials!
BEST PLACE EVER! – This resturant is incredible. Honestly I've read aimray's comment about this place and think she's a complete idiot who has absolutely no taste in great food. I was born in Florence, Italy and this place has truly reminded me how amazing Italian food is. If this place was on Park Ave, the menu would probably be MUCH more expensive, but thank God it's not. I heard that they use organic and expensive ingredients. Also them opening at 5pm is a great thing because in Europe that's usually the time that we open up our cafes. I've been here with my friends and they're VERY picky. They absolutely LOVE this place! We go almost every Saturday. We've tried almost every single place in Manhattan & Queens. This is the best place for a good healthy dinner!
Excellent Service / Friendly Staff / Good Food – Went last night (6/20) to celebrate my birthday. Left a message in the morning to make a reservation for 10 people and they called back promptly that afternoon to confirm -they reserved a great table near the window.
The service was great, the food was very tasty. The owner gave us an excellent bottle of champagne - that beats a cupcake with a candle in it!
The restaurant is very near the subway, and is worth coming out to if you want to get a taste of Astoria.
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