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Novak's Hungarian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, European
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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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Albany, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Crater Lake, Oregon
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard of this place before and always wanted to try it. A traffic backup on I-5 provided the opportunity and it was a fortunate turn of events. The restaurant is located in downtown Albany with ample street parking nearby. The building is quaint warm, and cozy. Staff is friendly and helpful. I usually don't rave about "home cooking"...if... More 

Thank CascadesRanger
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband I have been eating at Novak's almost weekly since we moved to Albany, in June. The food is authentic and reminds me of the food family members made back in NY. The wait staff is friendly and professional. Thanks for a great dining experience.

Thank catherinevb1
Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Having been to Hungary on many occasions this is for real home cooking The buffet is a steal of a bargain with a great selection.

Thank Kyivguy
Portland, OR
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We've enjoyed a couple of meals at Novak's and love the decor and feel of their newest location. The food is some of the best ethnic food we've tasted. My non-adventurous husband absolutely loves this place! We enjoyed the Besci Szelet and the Chicken Paprikas. I think the best compliment we could offer Novak's is the fact that we bought... More 

Thank BNL-Loroo
Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Having never eaten Hungarian food, we gave the small buffet a try. Super sweet waitress walked us through the choices and even gave us a free Hungarian fry bread as a welcome. We definitely left there full and wanting to make a return to sample the amazing desserts they have.

Thank poweryak
Albany, Oregon
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Novaks is great Hungarian food. If you go mid week they have a buffet where you can try several dishes like rolled cabbage. Service is always good

1 Thank Cellerini
Albany, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I tried the Beef Porkolt. Tasted of an authentic Beef Burgundy that I make at home. The meat was tender and tasty and then it was served over a bed of spaetzle which reminded me of miniature dumplings. The serving was very generous and filling. Authentic hungarian food with great service, too. We even got a free Langos, or fried... More 

1 Thank Kathy C
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

My fiance and I had dinner with some friends at Novak's last night. It was fantastic, excellent service, comfy atmosphere and delicious food! I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu, it was panko crusted with a delicious ham and cheese filling. The flavor was fantastic and it was hot (temperature), which I love! The mashed potatoes were creamy and the gravy... More 

1 Thank Amie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

My father-in-law was born in Hungary and he often made dishes like goulash and chicken paprikas. I have never found a good restaurant that was true to the original recipes and ingredients. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and the experience authentic. It is a must visit when in Albany.

1 Thank VimyBoy

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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
Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, European
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?