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Novak's Hungarian Restaurant

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208 2nd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321
+1 541-967-9488
07:30 - 21:30
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All hours
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Olympia, Washington
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delightful restaurant that features authentic Hungarian dishes prepared in the traditional manner by family members of the original owners. I wanted to taste several items, so I ordered a Shepherd's Platter, which I heartily recommend. It contained Chicken Paprikas, Papa's Kolbasz sausage, Szekely Toltott Kaposzta (cabbage roll - the best I have ever tasted), and Beef Porkolt (beef burgundy) plus... More 

1 Thank Irene854
Lititz, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I highly recommend Novaks! This is my favorite restaurant in town. The Novaks and their staff are very friendly and make you feel right at home in their beautiful, charming restaurant in downtown Albany. The Langos is a must try item. I also love their pearl noodles and red cabbage. You will definitely want to save room for dessert. The... More 

1 Thank SVucovich
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We enjoyed their buffet and had a memorable experience. The staff is welcoming and friendly. The food was fantastic and save room for the chocolate box dessert. Wrth going out of your way for this great restaurant.

Thank Cathy M

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?