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Novak's Hungarian Restaurant

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208 2nd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321
+1 541-967-9488
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun 07:30 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 20:00
Fri 08:00 - 21:30
Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Does it get any better than traditional home cooked fare? Quaint location with a homey feel. The entire experience is like going to your Nana's house for dinner. It can be a bit of a diet wrecker, but how do you say no to giant sticky buns, eclairs the size of mini footballs and chocolate cheese cake big enough for... More 

Thank 7courselife
Management response:

Thank you for stopping in to share a meal with us. It's nice to hear you were able to try our buffet and get a sampling of so many of our delights. Hopefully, we'll see you back again sometime. Take care, Karen, Owner More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food but seating was very crowded, especially for a buffet. The staff was knowledgeable and courteous but seem a bit flustered trying to seat people in cramped setting.

Thank Karen H
Management response:

We apologize if our busier times left you feeling a bit less than comfortable, Karen. The time around Valentine's day can always increase the usual amount of folks we serve. I hope that you'll stop in for a more regular and wonderful experience with us in the future. Sincerely, Karen, Owner More 

Tangent, Oregon
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Family and friends have gone to Novak's for years... always great food and the desserts are to die for!!!

Thank Cheryl W
Management response:

We love seeing you and your family come through, Cheryl. Thanks for taking a moment to leave us a little feedback. We'll see you next time, Karen, Owner More 

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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heading home from Portland on a Saturday and remembered stopping at this small but great restaurant in Albany 10 years ago. We exited the "5" and headed toward city center hoping to find the lunch spot. I'm not a fan of buffets but the place almost felt like a home cooked meal. Their mustard is first rate. I'm 3rd generation... More 

Thank J_Trottmann
Management response:

We're so glad you found us again! Thanks for stopping in and trying our buffet. It's nice to know you found it to be something that connected with your German roots. We appreciate your comments. Take care until next time, Karen, Owner More 

Albany, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

chicken paprika is outstanding, and desserts to die for.Service friendly and prompt. We will go again.

Thank Cheryl541974
Management response:

It's so lovely to hear this, Cheryl. Looking forward to your next visit! Karen, Owner More 

Albany, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been a fan of this place since moving here in 2002. They started small then moved to a cafeteria style venue and back again to a smaller place. I can say food has always been good and the family atmosphere the same . Since they moved into a smaller venue it has made the atmosphere a lot more like... More 

Thank ThomJ917
Management response:

It's nice to know our move has been a positive one for you, too, Thom. Thank you for taking some time to share a bit about your times dining with us. It means so much to our family. Take care, Karen, Owner More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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293 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Novaks is the real deal Hungarian restaurant. The apple strudel is great and most everything we had delicious. Family run and a true gem for the community. Dinner was so good we returned for breakfast.

Thank kjtripper
Management response:

We were so happy to have you stop in and dine with us! Thank you for your kind words and for sharing them with others. Take care, Karen, Owner More 

Dallas, Oregon, United States
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here because Tripadvisor said best restaurant in Albany and we wanted to try something different. Older style décor inside but that is ok. Waitress was very nice but because a few people came in at the same time service was slow and she looked rushed. My two children and I got the buffet which was the way to... More 

Thank Vicki G
Management response:

We're sorry if you and your family came by during one of our rushes, Vicki. Our staff always do their best to give every guest equal attention, and it's unfortunate that this didn't seem to be your experience. The traditional way of preparing the breaded cuts of meat involve tenderizing them and making them a flatter presence, so I am... More 

Spokane, Washington
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641 reviews
436 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has fantastic chicken paprika. Reminds me of the chicken paprika my grandmother use to make for me. Great service too.

Thank fool4travelin
Management response:

So happy to have you join us for a meal. It is always the greatest compliment to hear we remind you of old family favorite dishes. Thank you, Karen, Owner More 

Albany, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 37th anniversary there in early January. We decided to go with the smorgasbord because it offered many of our favorites and we were not disappointed. The staff was attentive, the food hot and tasty, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. It's one of our favorite places.

Thank pastorsteve54
Management response:

Thank you for making us a part of your special celebration, Pastor Steve. It's nice to know that we could help enhance an already memorable day for you both. Excellent choice on the smorgasbord, by the way. You and your wife are always welcome here, and I look forward to seeing you both back again soon. Happy Anniversary! Sincerely, Karen,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 208 2nd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 541-967-9488
At Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, we have been proud to provide an authentic Hungarian dining experience to the Albany area. We use the freshest ingredients and the richest flavors to bring you a truly unique dining experience. Our founders, Joseph and Matilda Novak immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1957. They are proud to of brought traditional Hungarian recipes with them. Our signature dishes are bound to leave you wanting more. Try our cabbage rolls, chicken paprika, or kolbasz sausages! Take advantage of our lunch buffet from Monday through Saturday, or our dinner buffet from Monday through Thursday. We are also an artisan bakery and would love to make a special pastry or dessert for you. Are you looking to cater your next event? Novak's Hungarian Restaurant is the perfect choice for small and large catering events. Drop-in today and have a meal with us. At Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, you're family.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?