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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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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 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 13 February 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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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295 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

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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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

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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670 reviews
456 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 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 

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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
Management response:

I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed so much about your time dining with us. I hope you do come back and sample one of our eclairs. I know it will be worth your time. Thank you for stopping in to share a meal with us. Take care, Karen, Owner More 

Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

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
Management response:

Thank you for coming out and dining with us, Catherine. I'm so glad that we can have you and your husband over for a meal every so often. I hope that we continue to see you both stop in to discover more dishes that remind you of your time back in NY. Take care until next time, Karen, Owner More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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55 reviews
43 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
Management response:

Thanks so much, Kyivguy. So glad you enjoyed everything when you stopped in. I look forward to seeing you next time. Take care until then, Karen, Owner 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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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?