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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 08:00 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 08:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fabulous lunch at Novaks. The lunch buffet had a lot of variety making this a great place to try several Hungarian dishes in one meal. The food was good but the variety took the experience up a notch. As did the great service and fun decor. If you're hungry in Albany, this is a great visit.

Thank MisterMikeSeattle
Woodburn, Oregon
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been in to Novak's Hungarian Restaurant for about a year, and were craving some of their unique fresh-made comfort food. The food didn't disappoint, other than the fact that they've removed the house-made honey mustard dressing from the menu, with the only explanation from the young waitress that "it's no longer offered". We placed our order and noticed... More 

Thank Retiree97071
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Novaks. Yes we have removed the Honey mustard dressing from our list as very few were ordering it and we were constanntly throwing it out. We make everything from scratch and as such our dressings don't have a long shelf life. We have had a number of our long time employees retire and are in the... More 

Albany, OR
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited Novak's restaurant on numerous occasions, and we have never been disappointed. Its new location in downtown Albany is wonderful, and we especially enjoy the European dishes like Chicken Paprikas. There is (if you are in a hurry) an excellent buffet option as well. The service is friendly, the prices are reasonable, and you will enjoy an excellent... More 

Thank plwester
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for spending your time with us! We look forward to serving you again! More 

Springfield, OR
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family took me on a surprise birthday dinner to Novak's. They didn't tell me where we were going as we drove through the countryside from Corvallis to Albany. Novak's is a quaint, charming little restaurant. Love the exposed brick walls. Food was outstanding. Our son had the Chicken Cordon Blue, our daughter had the Chicken Spaetzel, and my husband... More 

Thank Springfield_ORJhowe
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this review

Birthday surprises are so fun! Thank you for spending your speical day with us! See you again soon. More 

Corvallis, Oregon
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a unique Hungarian hash and eggs breakfast. Novak's is a neat place and I will definitely return with my wife for lunch and/or dinner. Coffee and service were also very good.

Thank Jim B
White Rock, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We eat here every year on our way home from Palm Springs. We plan our trip around arriving in Albany so we can eat dinner at this restaurant with home cooked, authentic hungarian food, YUM. We also stay at motel 6, which is clean and quiet.

Thank Myra M
Wasilla, Alaska
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had breakfast at Novak's & enjoyed it very much. The old building that it's located it in in downtown Albany gives Novak's lots of old-fashioned charm & atmosphere & the Hungarian decorations are delightful. It's obvious that the family that owns the restaurant puts a lot of love & attention into the food & service. I had the hash... More 

Thank 0923AKFrequentFlyer
Provo, Utah
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch at Novak's and it was for the most part ok. We were in Hungary the last summer and the food there seemed more highly spiced than what we had at Novak's. Maybe this is a concession to American tastes but it was disappointing.

Thank William L
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this review

William , Were you made aware of the spicy paprika blend on the table? The shaker with the red spice in it is for folks who would like to add spice to their food. Just like in different parst of the United States different regions of Hungary have different flavor profiles. We try to keep the food seasoned but not... More 

Salem, Oregon
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59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can see all the photos and yes the fair is Jimmie and authentic Hungarian. First time at downtown location. Better atmosphere. Now the important stuff. Lunch buffet is their best deal all for $12.99. Their selections of food will fill you quickly. Desert was transported home for later after the usual after lunch siesta. They cater and have found... More 

Thank Junior J
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We meet our oldest daughter here at least twice a month for breakfast. We always order some of their Beignets so delish, their creamy rice cereal, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and the homemade bread for toast is the nest love the food. For dinner I love the Chicken Paprikas and my husband loves the chicken cordon bleu, also the cucumber... More 

Thank Dee P

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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
USD 8 - USD 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
07:30 - 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?