Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oysterbarny.com/
  • Phone: 2124906650
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Sandy Ingber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Can accommodate parties of up to 1000.
  • Private Party Contact: OBManager@oysterbarny.com 2124906650

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vanderbilt and Lexington
  • Public Transit: Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
A word from Grand Central Oyster Bar
A New York landmark with Guastivino tiled vaulted ceilings. There are two dining rooms open for reservations and walk-ins. The oyster bar, lounge, bar, and counter seating are open to first-come first-serve customers. There are 450 seats for you to choose from and we offer 25-30 varieties of the freshest oysters and seafood.
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Grand Central Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
380 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (122)fit for foodies (116)good for groups (98)neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (72)hot spot (45)notable wine list (35)kid-friendly (32)vibrant bar scene (30)late-night find (24)great for brunch (20)romantic (19)scenic view (18)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Grand architecture, best oysters
    JkrosenbergVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This winning combination brings the magnificent building and the best oysters in town bring me here every time I visit New York. The Saloon room is quiter, but does not have the visual appeal of the main area. Always a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Seafood Variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Maybe the best variety of fresh seafood in New York. Very reasonable prices especially given the excellent quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN AMERICAN CLASSIC
    Doncon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The famous Oyster Bar is a New York City landmark, a great place to amaze out of town visitors in the incredible setting of Grand Central Station, that just happens to offer an extraordinary variety of seafood. A visit just for the oysters and oyster stew is worth it in a setting like no other anywhere else in the nation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oyster heaven!
    SushiLover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is the NYC Capital of fantastic oyster offerings, and their other menu selections are great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New York Landmark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Enjoyed our meal at the Oyster Bar, but did not feel it was as good as years past. Prices are high and noise lebel extremely loud. Our waiters were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never been treated so rudely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have frequented the Grand Central Oyster Bar and have always brought guests visiting NYC here as its a convenient location and their oysters are great. However after making reservations and requesting special accommodations for a stroller, upon arrival they had not done so. The restaurant was NOT busty and there were plenty of tables, however the host felt it necessary to loudly and arrogantly teach me a lesson about traveling with a stroller. He even pointed at my face and my sleeping 6 month old. He left my party of 5 to sit and wait while we watched all the open tables as he laughed to the waitresses about having us wait so they could make room for the "limo." As a long time customer of this iconic place I will never again return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Absolutely do not deserve the reputation it has. Three of our five fish dishes were undercooked, a shame for a restaurant specializing in the products of the sea. Moreover, all the trimmings were the same and did not reflect the exorbitant price on the final grade. Finally, the servers are stressful, tear dishes just completed and monitor the payment while the room is almost empty ... pathetic. I do not recommend it, which is sad because we had high expectations of this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • oysters, oysters oysters
    eatress
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great selection, beautifully opened, freshest ever. Squeeze of lemon all that is needed. Followed by fried oysters, crisp coating, melting inside. Long Island white wine. Feast of local pleasures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not a culinaristic oxymoron
    Saamari
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A superb restaurant at central station sounds like culinaristic oxymoron -- it is not. It is great food, in great place! Great fresh fish! Even teenagers love it . However the architecture makes the place very noicy so not maybe a great place for deep discussions...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    RM009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Good appetizers, but overall food experience at Oyster Bar was average
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not too bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Most of the food was ok, but I was not happy with the 'bucket of steamers' for which we paid 21.95. It was far from a bucket, it was a small bowl with about a dozen tiny steamers, not even a pound. The steamers were ok, but to pay 21.95 for a small bowl was highway robbery. We also had the fried oyster appetizer, and the oysters did not taste fresh, not too bad but they were bland. I do not think they were shucked fresh and fried up. I love the atmosphere and the raw oysters were great, but I was disappointed in the other aspects. Service at the raw bar was average at best, the guys brought wrong beers, and wasnt familiar with the names we were ordering. Other than that, he barely said a word to us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still crazy after all these years!
    BritinNY
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    It has been, and still remains, a favorite of mine. The menu is vast and varied and I have yet to have a bad meal there. The fact that it is in Grand Central is great when I have visitors in, and even better when locals discover such a gem in a station! The ambiance is noisy, but no musak (thank The Lord). The fact that it us effectively a big cellar amplifies the conversation, but I like that. You are effectively guaranteed high volume privacy from your neighbors' tables - kind of hiding in plain sight! This will remain a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Back to an Old Haunt
    Lolly7474
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I use to come here as a child, with my parents when we occasionally took the train into New York. We always had the oyster stew with the creamy base and the plump soft oysters. As an older adult living in NY in the late sixties and early seventies, a group of friends and myself would stop by for the oyster bar's wonderful oysters. The restaurant is a classic, being around since the 30's, 40's. It has always been mentioned as an icon, hosting artists of all kinds of yesterday and today. It doesn't look the same, as I remember it years ago, but it does have a great resemblance to that "special" place that I visited so many times. The architecture has never changed except I think the tile has been redone. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    Helen
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this place! Definitely gonna go there soon. The east end (Long Island) oyster ang clams are my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Reliable
    magicmike
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I've eaten here many times, and it is consistently good. The oysters are fresh and more varieties than you imagine existed. The clam chowder was good. Not the best I've ever had, but good. Saw the cook making stews that looked terrific. Had the lobster roll and found it very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters to die for!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The most perfect waiter who knew what to suggest and delivered it. It is busy, atmospheric and just fantastic whatever you choose to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JessVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not impressed with the food or service. My fish was overcooked and underseasoned. The server barely came to our table and never asked how our food was.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed with service
    Greatseafoodbadservice
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I booked this reservation because I frequented this place often, and wanted to celebrate a friend's new job promotion. I made the reservation through open table for nine p.m. I did not know that they closed at 9:30 pm. I was right on time for my reservation and we checked in. Right away we were rushed and we were served by two waiters who also seemed in a hurry. What was weird is that when we did try to order drinks to start it too twenty minutes to get a glass of wine! That we had to ask for several times. Then we were told we have to hurry and order because the kitchen closes right now. How about you tell us that when we arrived 15 minutes early and waited for our table? They should of suggested we look at the menu while we wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Usually look forward to our dinners at The Oyster, and usually they are memorable, but this time the food was tasteless, dried and lukewarm and just a disappointment. There were three in our party and all agreed that the next time in the City, we will forego this restaurant and look elsewhere for good seafood!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Historic Architectural Gem
    MandJDiners
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed another great seafood dining experience at this unique historic gem. From the extensive oyster selection and even sea urchin, to the reasonably priced glasses of wine at under $10 and fine Belgian ales, to the main courses of the freshest fin and shellfish, it was most enjoyable - and the service top-notch as well. Planning our next pre-theatre visit sooner than later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Bar, NYC
    MFOGeneva
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We go to the Oyster Bar every year when we come to NYC. The seafood is always fresh and there's variety of choices. I recommend the Weak Fish. Prices are NYC appropriate. Unfortunately, this visit was not the experience to which we've grown accustomed. Our server, DR, was polite but not exactly attentive. I had to work get her attention. One our orders was not properly cooked and needed to go back. After a few minutes I had to chase her down and have her come over to the table. A salad never arrived and that had to be corrected. The Fume Blanc I order was specified on the menu as a 2011, but arrived as a 2013 with no explanation or notification. So, the overall experience could have been better and I know it can be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downhill
    knowmystuff
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This used to be the best place to eat, but our last visit this October was disappointing. What used to be hot sour-dough bread has been reduced to bread sticks and limp rolls. The service is where the biggest drop occurred. The waiter was useless as far as recommending anything, his English was limited, and he basically was cold and indifferent; just looked for reasons to walk away from the table. On top of that most places include 18 percent tip. I wanted to give him only 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • underground eating
    trainhome1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was good but not great. Service was good. But the place was a little too noisey. Not a plush or snazzy place but clean. Much hustle and bustle after all you are at the train station.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't Fully Meet Expectations
    historydaveratestheplates
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our reservation was for 5PM so I thought the staff would be ready to go. Our server might have been but he was much more interested in others. Getting things we asked for took longer than it should have. The restaurant was by no means crowded. While the service was poorer than expected we can say that the food-for the most part- was good. Our salad was crisp and the dressing was tasty. The calimari was ok but could have been better. Neither the marinara dipping sauce nor the cocktail sauce we finally got was anywhere near the best we've ever had. On the plus side the clam chowder was the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go!
    KKD766
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant is a wonderful blend of history, vibrancy and great food. The menu is broad, the service is stellar and the atmosphere is completely unique. My only complaint is that I had no room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    el camarero tiene demasiada prisa por cerrar si llegas en el turno de las nueve y te tiran los platos en la mesa, no te hacen lobster por que tarda y te dan a cambio un perrito de langosta que ya tienen preparada de antes, no te cambian lo cubiertos de plato en plato, lo cierto es que nunca antes me había pasado pero no volveré
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a seafood restaurant
    am2lie
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A best restaurant if you are near to Grand Central
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GrandCentral Oyster Bar:not to miss
    Gonca
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The sea food(oysters, clams and shrimp) were fresh and very tasty. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The noise level was a bit high, but it was only a minor detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Last Meal
    SouthernTaste
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    With all the hype, we waited until our last night in the City to try Oyster Bar. There were six in our party, and we were all disappointed in something with the restaurant. We made reservations and got right in, but were sat in the Saloon, right next to a bunch at the bar that were loud and annoying. No one was thrilled with the food. The fish and chowder were decent, but mostly bland. Our waiter was excellent. He definitely took care of our table. We are Southern, and this is a different kind of seafood place than we are used to. I'm sad to say we won't be back or suggesting it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing Oysters and Key Lime Pie!
    PickyNYCFoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food is always great ....oysters and key lime pie are superior!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOR SEA FOOD FREAKS
    SergioCostaRica
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is a place where time stands still and you suddenly find yourself dining in a busy but friendly environment of 30's 20's years with the characteristic aroma of sea food. They offer an extensive menu of oysters on the half shell from different provenances and wine. We visited my daughter and I and our dinner consisted of an assortment plate of oysters on the half shell of 8 units each, a delicious clam chowder each and shared a plate of scallops with garlic. All this accompanied by a sparkling white wine. Our bill was 200. Expensive but a classic New York that no one should be deprived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Afitz
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After revisiting the Oyster Bar recently we were so disappointed. The food was bland, the service was terrible and the place was grotty. Will never return when we visit NYC again and will never recommend. So sad. Has it changed hands? It used to be beautiful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • staying with the oysters
    adriana
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    a bit ragtag, and noisy. i think the crowds are commuters, with no where else to go! the manager took our cocktail order, but the waiter was flummoxed and curt. we choose wellfleet oysters...perfect. our main course was blue fish..tasteless and over cooked. i should have returned it but my partner was divine and we had lots to say. the potato was cooked properly. ha! i have NO desire to come back expect to sit at the counter of a bygone era, and have a bowl of chowder.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TCDiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great place for unique seafood, particularly if you are on a schedule. Very noisy and service is quick, so it is not the place for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must have to eat here!
    Dinning07
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    If you are either a tourist or a new yorker, who especially takes mass transit through grand central station. You must at least visit this wonderful location and try something. Even if it's happy hour at the saloon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    first, the special that we ordered was sold out at 8:30 p.m Already. Then when the waiter asked for our new order, what we received was not what we had ordered. That said, the food was delicious
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Took my wife who is the seafood fan out of the two of us. Even for me it was a great place and I stuck with the safer options (Calamari) which were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    pablazo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love the oysters, is the best place to enjoy them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • always perfect
    elladc
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Oyster Bar: what would a visit to NYC be without a stop at the OBar? Fabulous food and service, and all that history. The place has been there since 1913, I think. Here's to its continued survival! My top all time favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    Rc66
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant is great for oysters and other seafood dishes. Caviar on toast was delicious, but the toast was white bread. What? The gazpacho with lobster was great broth with tough lobster. The noise level was particularly bad when I was there since there was an oyster chucking function. I'd recommend this restaurant with the above reservations,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic