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21-02 30th Ave., Queens, NY
at 21st St.
Food is memorable & delicious; service needs improvment
By dundermifflinthisispam on 2/3/2012
I feel the same way with most folks here. The food is amazing and memorable and it's what keeps me going back but I've NEVER really had a great experience with the service at Vesta. They are often times curt and unapologetic about wait times, which is fine and somewhat expected at most hot spots in the city but not quaint neighborhood joints in Astoria such as Vesta. There was one particular incident that my friend and I found quite tacky. Upon giving cash to pay the bill, the waitress took our cash and did not bother to give us back the 75 cent change but only gave back the bill portion. Why she chose to just pocket our money without asking is beyond us, esp when it's not 2 pennies, but rather 75 cents. Tip is something a customer increases or decreases based on how great they feel in the short time at the restaurant and those last few mins when the waitress decided to just keep our money without asking really made us feel poorly treated. Regardless of the fact that we would've given the change back in tip anyway, we felt it was in very poor judgement of the service staff. If the service were better, I'd be here every night. I live around the block.
Excellent. All the time.
By akymbo on 6/3/2011
I fell in love with this place immediately. It's so unfortunate when I hear about someone having a bad experience as I've had nothing but wonderful times! The atmosphere is perfect -- a small, intimate venue with a great music selection and locally-made art and furniture. One busier nights, sure, the service might not be perfect, but it's never been enough of a bother to say anything. The owners are such great guys -- childhood best friends -- and they've hired a female chef -- which always makes me happy. While I love everything I've had there -- and the menu changes with the seasons -- be sure to try the Baby Jesus Cake (anytime), brussel sprouts (winter), the garlic soup (if they bring it back), the hangover pizza (brunch), and the L'italiano (brunch). ONLY downside? Reservations are definitely needed on the weekends, which, at the end of the day, actually makes me happy as it means the owners have to be doing well!
One of my favorites...
By TarekTaha on 3/8/2011
Everything is amazingly fresh and reasonably priced. If you live in Astoria, it's a must. If not, there's no better reason to take a trip out.
Good food, terrible service
By krodster on 7/29/2010
I have a mixed opinion of this place. Our food (when it eventually came) was quite tasty, except for a piece of melted plastic on our pizza (which they replaced free of charge, very slowly). They had a nice wine selection. But our meal ended up taking almost 3 hours, which is beyond unacceptable. I would love to go back but I don't feel like I have that kind of time to spend on a meal. It was tasy though.
Incredible dining in Astoria
By slbeny on 6/3/2010
I've been going to Vesta for the last two years and have been lucky enough to experience all it has to offer - from brunch and dinner to the excellent wine choices and that famous Baby Jesus Cake. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different wine selections and the food is delicious. I've never had a bad meal! Even after leaving Astoria, I still make Vesta a destination for dinner as often as I can and always bring along friends.
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