Maia Acquaviva, managing partner and executive Chef of Oda House, moved to the United States from the country Georgia in 2007 as a trained plastic surgeon who re-discovered her culinary calling in New York City.
The Great Silk Road passes through Georgia and has played a highly significant role in the country’s culture and history.
As it served as the roadways of cultural exchange, Georgian cuisine has absorbed the best culinary traditions of the many peoples of Asia, the Black Sea coast and Europe.
Georgia is a land where wine has been made for at least 8,000 years. The Georgian tradition of making wine in Kvevri has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
We love the Georgian food, wine and cozy atmosphere of Oda House!
Very unique menu and was executed perfectly.
Love, love, love Oda House. Food exactly like my mom and family makes it and then some. It is a bit pricey, but so far nobody has complained when I took them there. Definitely an experience for a group of people because you can then share food and try a bit here and there. The noise level goes up after 8 pm. It is recommended to go earlier in the evening if you are bothered by very noisy surroundings.
Tina Turner said it Oda House “Simply the Best”! Fabulous evening at Oda, stayed til the put up the chairs, talking, eating and laughing. And then out of the blue Georgian music comes on and NATO the manager busted out traditional Georgian dance. Was a blast!
We love Georgian food and we’re happy to find Oda House when visiting NYC. Service was excellent - friendly, helpful, attentive, efficient. The food was quite good, authentic and included a number of our Georgian favorites. Nice place but the noise level was horrible and honestly spoiled our meal. Much of the noise was attributable to a large group who were there when we arrived and were still shouting when we left. It is doubtful that we will return.
This restaurant would have had great potential if they just used a LOT less salt so one can actually taste the flavors in the food.
Georgian food is famous for its use of herbs and spices and that is what we expected. Unfortunately, the only thing we tasted is burning in our mouth from so much salt, especially after the lamb stew.
We hope the chef will develop the confidence to rely on other flavors, not just salt, and cut her salt use by about 75 percent.
The adjaruli is both a visual and taste treat. The chankhi, lamb in a clay pot, has wonderful seasoning, but the lamb is quite tough. The wine is excellent but overpriced.
Sveta was in from Moscow again, and said we had to go back! Nato the manager greeted us like long lost family. Completely new wine list and the same delicious food we had last time, and of course we save room for desert!
Loud. Surly waiter. Good bread.
Lovely little place in East village. Servers were friendly and the food was great. I havent had much experience with Georgian food but I found myself trying out lots of things on the menu and not being disappointed. Great spot for a date.
Too loud... should try to install some isolation under the tables and in the dinning area
The food was cold (even soup KHARCHO.) Overall didn't taste as authentical Georgian food.
Must try the Khachpuli - it's the best. The dumplings too. Waitstaff was super friendly and helpful, considering I had no familiarity with the cuisine.
My friend Svetlana was visiting from Moscow. The food is fabulous! Our waitress NATO was helpful, and attentive. Georgian wine is fabulous. Place was packed and for good reason.make sure you save room for desert and Turkish coffee is a must!
I love this place. It’s delicious and the service is fantastic. Thanks!
Food was great
Oda House is always phenomenal. Very filling and it’s good to plan to walk a fair amount after you eat. Shememochema!!
This is simply one of the most delicious and unique cuisines in NYC. Georgian food is jus beautiful. Service is friendly and quick and the ambience is wonderfully cozy and unpretentious. Highly recommended!
Excellent as always!!! High quality Georgian cuisine food, cozy ambience, attentive service! Highly recommend!
Wonderful authentic Georgian food that is hard to find in New York, in a very friendly atmosphere.
Food was amazing !!!!! This is a great place for a date, family feast or hang out with friends.
Lovely experience...wanted to visit after seeing the Tom Papa segment on Baked. Was not disappointed 😊 just delicious.
Love the food, the service, and the space. Great food and a great place to bring friends for a new culinary experience.
Georgian food was truly great and authentic!
I love Georgian food. The dishes are a little pricey, but given that the ingredients are quite expensive (walnuts, tart cherries, etc.), I think you get great value for what you pay. So far, I've liked everything I've tried at Oda House.
Fascinating Georgian food. Be sure to try at least one of the breads, which are specialties. Wine list is entirely Georgian wines, not my favorite but interesting and something definitely worth tasting.
If you are a foodie and like Georgian food, then this is the place for you. Many of m friends with Georgian background whom I brought here liked the food a lot. My entire family goes for Adjaruli first... Everything else is good on the menu. Authentic wine from Georgia (for the wine snobs: the Georgian wine is aged in clay pots, do not expect the oak properties).
Couple of things to mention: the rumor goes that the owner has Georgian background, was MD - neural surgent, but always had a passion for cooking. The latest most exciting rumor - they will be opening another location on upper East side.
Oda House is a go-to favorite any time I’m downtown. It’s the best Georgian food I’ve enjoyed in the United States, and keeps me returning and recommending your restaurant to others. As always, my meal is never complete without adjaruli or megruli plus kinkhali. Your wait staff are lovely and knowledgeable, and they always make me feel welcome. Thank you!
Very good Georgian food, even better than what I’ve eaten in Tbilisi
Visiting NYC - great Georgian restaurant!
This is our forth time eating here. We have loved it every time
The food is either an absolute hit (khachapuri with egg, lula kabob, chicken liver appetizer) or an absolute miss (chicken dish - “Cornish hen”). But definitely worth a visit.
The place is very tight and noisy. If you are looking for a romantic spot or a place to hang out and talk with friends - this is not it. Also the reservation time slots are tight. You get an hour and 45 min.
Oda house is great spot for a big group looking to experience authentic Georgian cuisine. The downside of Oda is that they aren't very organized and during the dinner rush 630-930 they are always struggling to provide attentive service to customers, and, most importantly, to SPACING OUT COURSES. Either everything comes out all at once, or you have nothing on the table for 30+ minutes.
Authentic Georgian food using excellent quality ingredients, many of which appear to be organic, which I really appreciate. The selection of house-made, traditional dishes was so large that I had difficulty choosing. We had the excellent Borscht with an Imeruli (type of Khachapouli). The latter was quite good but we would have preferred it with the smoked cheese that was unavailable that day. Then I had the delicious Chakapouli and I really appreciate the organic lamb. This dish was perfection! It was difficult to select a desert because of the wonderful offerings. The Napoleon was the best I have had since my childhood and easily enough for two or even four persons, but the Shok-Manje was also delicious. Looking forward to trying more of Oda House's very interesting selections in a future visit!
Third time there. Want to try everything on the menu! Salmon dumplings !! Cornish hen, the bread, the lamb dishes all amazing!! Even the string bean side was amazing yet different from American string beans. Run don’t walk and always make a reservation!! Very popular.
We love coming back again and again to Oda House. Our favorite things are:
Satsivi -- Organic, grass-fed chicken cooked in walnut sauce & Georgian spices (served cold)with ghomi (Georgian grits) and Sulguni cheese on the side (served hot)
Megruli -- Homemade imeruli bread & sulguni cheese melted inside yougurt dough, baked with extra cheese on top.
Great! Service was exceptional!
This was our first time having Georgian food and I can't imagine a better introduction. Friendly, welcoming staff. Imeruli, khankali, lula kebab and lamb/eggplant entree were superb. Also enjoyed the Georgian wines although, as I'd been warned, they were out of the least expensive options. Lots of hard surfaces, so probably can get loud, but early in the evening it was quiet. Old-world cafe-style ambience. Great place to go with a group so you can share and try lots of items.
One of the best restaurants in New York City. It is rare to find authentic Georgian food in the United States, but Oda House breaks this idea. The adjaruli khachapuri was, as always, incredibly delicious and very filling. The same can be said for the khinkali which are among the best I have ever had. But even beyond the classics was the delicious shkmeruli I had for my main course, it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Oda House also has an incredible selection of delicious Georgian wines which are very hard to find anywhere outside of Georgia. Going to this restaurants needs to be a mandatory if you are in Manhattan and love great food and Georgian wine.