Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn

Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oysterbarbrooklyn.com/
  • Phone: (347) 294-0596
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch/Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm, 3:00-5:00

    Lunch: Tuesday-Friday: 11:30pm-5:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jamal Bland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Two televisions at the bar show local sporting events nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carroll St
  • Public Transit: Nearest Transit Station:
    Union St. (D, N, R)
    9 St. (D, N, R)
    Atlantic Ave. @ Barclay"s Center (B,D,Q,R,2,3,4,5)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn specializes in oysters and the freshest seafood. On any given day you find a minimum of 16 varieties of oysters. Our menu changes daily, depending on what the freshest market catches are. We make one of the best NE Clam Chowders and created the "Pan Roast." Lobster rolls, crab cakes and fresh fish entrees, as well as Po Boys and fish sandwiches are just a few items you will find daily.


We also have a seafood market, where you can purchase fresh lobsters, oysters, clams and fish, as well as prepared shrimp and old school classics, such as clams oreganta and seafood salad. In addition, we carry our own smoked salmon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (8)special occasion (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)fit for foodies (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • seafood stars
    TabbVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Always tasty food especially the lobster roll. Service is accommodating and warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very relaxing atmosphere, great selection of oysters. Quiet evening when we were there, but lovely background music for good dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for Family brunch
    alex
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing oysters, great food and very quiet and family friendly atmosphere. One of the only places that is not a zoo for brunch and has really good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    TabbVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent lobster roll, biscuits, accommodating service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The restaurant is nicely setup with plenty of space between tables making for a quite comfortable dinner. The menu choices were excellent and the food was nicely prepared and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not like its "parent"
    bluglas
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A little disappointed in the quality and service. Waiter seemed to be new, not completely up on all details of the food on the menu. Brought out soup and my main dish at the same time, but did order a new main dish when I indicated the food was no longer hot enough. Oysters at the bar, during happy hour, were just OK. Should have waited to order what I really wanted once I sat at table for dinner. Pleasant, spacious seating. Large group came in as we were leaving and they were quite loud, so glad we went early.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must to avoid
    Eyeshaw
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Forgettable food, absurdly slow (and empty at the time) and overpriced.
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  • Good for large groups
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Plenty of space. Nice bar. Solid food. Servers are pleasant. Overall service could be better.
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  • Go to Littleneck instead
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place is a disaster. Chose GCOBB because I needed a place in Brooklyn that took reservations. A really simple meal (oysters, 2 soups and a salad and 4 mains) took over 2 hours. I normally wouldn't comment on the pace of the meal, but the place was absolutely dead--on a Saturday night--and had a cadre of servers, bussers, food runners. Wine took 25 minutes to arrive. Our server hummed audibly throughout the meal and was reluctant to recite the blackboard specials we saw posted on the way in, mentioning they were printed on the menu--but the two didn't match. Oysters were fine, fried seafood was mealy and dry (way too much cornmeal). Soups and salads were merely ok. This is not going to cut it at the price point in this neighborhood.
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  • Majorly Disappointed!
    FionaB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    After years of being a devotee of the original GCOB we thought ...let's give this neighborhood version a try....well, other than the oysters which were quite fresh and met our expectations, the food was disgraceful!!!! My husband started with the oyster stew, essentially a tepid bowl of milk(?) with four oysters fighting for their life! He had the grilled sardines over greens next and really, if one can ruin a fresh sardine, this chef was an expert! I had the tuna tartare, a pile of bits and pieces of tuna with no flavor, binder or resemblance to tartare whatsoever! The chef needs a refresher course in cooking!!!!!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 30 reviews are from the Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn reviews archive.
  • Food so-so
    Pesquisador
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The decor in this new place is nice and the service pretty good but the food was just so-so.
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  • Hungry Keith ate here
    HungryKeith
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food quality is not good. Small portions, cold risotto served with hot scallops and the desserts are awful. I would not recommend this place
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  • Overall Satisfied
    Goodeats
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Really really great place. Took my fiancé here for birthday dinner to get away from our little one for a few hours and we truely hand an enjoyable dinner. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a comfortable, spacious restaurant where you can talk and are not rushed. The food is very good and there is something for everyone. My guests really enjoyed the meal and are planning to return. Swordfish is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better With Each Visit
    Dora
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We visit this restaurant regularly and the food is consistently good. I especially look forward to their delicious weekly specials, it never gets boring. The wine on tap is quite good and the service has greatly improved over time. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves seafood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laid back and luscious
    Beth
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Conveniently located, the tables are well-spaced and the ceiling high. No sitting on strangers laps here. Even the designated bar area is spacious and airy. The service is excellent, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. The oysters were divine, and the assortment is mind-boggling. Seeing an order of the lobster roll drove me nearly wild, though I wasn't able to partake. Can hardly wait for another special occasion to call for another Park Slope splurge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good if you like really bland food
    danidoodoo
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I am a huge seafood fan, but I've never had such bland under seasoned fish before, which was served on a bed of completely undercooked rice. My friends had scallops that were totally undercooked. They barely had a sear on them, and the hubby was served the saddest crawfish boil ive ever seen. I wouldnt recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • Great food in a cold environment
    KatherineVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The Oyster Bar is a large, cavernous space furnished with 70s style high-end molded plastic chairs and tables, which give it an austere, generic feel. We sat at the bar on a rainy Friday night, in front of a huge flat-screen TV. (Why such a large TV?) If you can get past the somewhat weird feel of the place, the seafood is terrific, very fresh, the same high quality as the original Grand Central Oyster Bar. Don't order the cherry stone clams, though, which are way too big to be eaten raw. Fried oysters, crab cakes, raw oysters, etc. were delicious. We sent the undercooked fries back to be crisped up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bklyn gets the oysters it deserves
    Stevemac
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Excellent shellfish and good-quality entrees. Very friendly and efficient staff. Decor is a bit austere. It would be better suited to a seaside restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Better Each Time
    Dora
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We've been here many times & we will continue to return. The food and service are consistently better each time. The specials are interesting and delicious & they have a great selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here. The room is spacious, the food delicious without being gussied up, and the wait staff was very helpful and friendly. I am already planning a return visit to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    emvito
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    While I'm a big fan of the original Oyster Bar, it is nice not to have to go to Manhattan and fight tourists for a table. I was there with my husband on a rainy Tuesday so business was slow that night, but we'd certainly go back with a group. We were taken care of very well, and our waiter was very knowledgeable when it came to oysters. He picked out an amazing selection of 12 for us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite Comfortable
    MrWest
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful as expected. Service had some minor timing wrinkleswhich I expect will be ironed out in time as the staff works up a rhythm. Not quite as crowded or noisy as expected on an early Saturday evening, and I was happy about that.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service problems
    Weekender
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    One member of our party ordered lobster and had to ask 3 times before any drawn butter was brought to the table. No bread was EVER brought to the table, nor was any ever offered. For my glass of wine, I eventually left the table and walked to the bar and asked for the glass of wine I had ordered. The bartender poured it right away but I believe it would never have arrived had I not taken this action. The food was fine but the service was so poor that I am very unlikely to return.
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  • Just getting their sea legs....
    Denise
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    .... But the food is prepared beautifully, reasonably priced, seafood is extremely fresh. I think the counter/kitchen seating area is even more fun than the very roomy dining room. The manager is a must meet! Don't miss this place for a perfectly prepared meal in a relaxed welcoming environment! Definitely check out the oyster list!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was "Fine"
    JenInBklyn
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were expecting something a little more energetic and fabulous considering the legacy of the restaurant. It was totally "fine" ...nothing fabulous or exciting but not at all terrible. Crab cakes were a bit dry. Salmon was a bit buttery. Again totally fine but not fab. There needs to be more attention paid to the ambiance - there are big walls that need art or something. Had to ask for lemon for my water three times. No big deal but the place wasn't crowded at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special evening
    DcJc
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Our second visit to NY and this fab restaurant. Hit the spot again. Fab food, great atmosphere and brill service. Would recommend to all seeking a top place to visit esp those who like seafood. We will def go back on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably pleasant
    TeaMoney
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Quiet, nearly empty at 7:30 on a Sunday night. Could easily accommodate our large group. Server was a bit spacy at first, but eventually became appropriately attentive. Food seemed solid, for what it was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food
    Shireen
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The oysters were fantastic. they have grilled oysters with chipotle butter that was divine. the other food is just about ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good seafood
    TabbVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Lobster roll etc all very good. Good happy hour as well
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not like big brother @Grand Central
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Don't expect the food and service like it's big brother at Grand Central Stn. A smaller menu and very different environment. The service was horrible (had read that before going but still hoped for GCS clone) and the staff knew it...apologized the whole meal. Food didn't arrive, had to ask repeatedly for requested items and food was cold in some cases. Busboy seemed to be the only person on top of things. I will return to Big Brother but won't go to Brooklyn resto anytime soon. Big disappointment.
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  • Luv the Brooklyn Oyster Bar
    Cfoodluvr
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My wife and I went at 5:30 on a Friday with another couple before a concert. When we arrived the place was maybe 1/4 full and when we left at 7, the bar and barroom were completely full and the main dining room was 3/4 full. The maître d was pleasant and our server was very helpful and attentive. The menu was relatively simple with specials highlighted and a nice wine list. The seafood was all very fresh and prepared perfectly. My only complaint was that the pastry in the blackberry Napoleon, which is supposed to be light and flakey, was hard and tasted kind of carmelized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too expensive for what you get!
    mareen
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for V-day. Our reservation was for 9:00, and we finally got our table at 9:45. We wanted to try the lobster, but they were out by the time we were seated. We did the $35 raw bar mixer, the Salmon appetizer, and split the Clam Linguini. We decided we were not a fan of raw oysters, but it you like them, they were pretty fancy! Despite splitting the entree, we were both pretty satisfied- and we even took half of the salmon home with us. For under $100, it was a nice splurge. The only thing we didn't like was the weird plastic swivel dining table and chairs. Not a very romantic setup. But we were satisfied over all, it was great for a V-day dinner for a couple of seafood lovers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant over whelmed by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Restaurant over whelmed by valentines day crowd and food and service suffered. Would consider returning on less busy day for oyster happy hour but don't think I will return for dinner.
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  • Epic fail on Valentine's Day
    figushki
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    An hour wait for appetizer oysters, another hour for dinner. Rice was cold, lobster was rubbery, and the bus boy carried away our half-full bottle without pouring it out. Another 30-minute wait for dessert and check. I was tempted to walk out and get a sandwich across the street. I should have. I ended up missing half the show I was going to.
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  • Food is quite good. On Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food is quite good. On Valentine's day the kitchen was pretty slow. Our fish came out lukewarm although the risotto was hot. The oysters were excellent as were the biscuits. the dessert was also well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • The service was abysmal. After
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was abysmal. After taking our order and pouring the wine our waitress, even though she passed our table many times, completely forgot about us. We waited about a half hour for our oysters to be served. I had to ask about bread and when the very giood biscuits were brought to the table there was no butter with them (3 biscuits for 2 people. The fried oysters were the smallest oysters I have ever seen and were overcooked and tepid. The cole slaw was bland and the tartar sauce the same. We will never return. They didn't charge us for one dish but that didn't make up for the disappointment in a restaurant that was supposed to be a Brooklyn clone of the Grand Central Oyster House in Manhattan of which we are very fond.
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  • A nice piece of fish
    JW12
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Although the menu was more limited than the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal, we tried a broad selection of dishes, and each was tasty. Nice selection of oysters, very fresh. Our server was attentive and friendly, even volunteering an extra basket of biscuits (delicious, by the way) when the rest of our party arrived. Our only caveat was that the decor is all hard-surfaced and rather plain, making the place quite noisy - not the best for conversation among a table of friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun birthday party
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Attentive staff and good food. Branzino was outstanding, lobster roll a little cold. Cheese cake great, tiramisu and chocolate mousse ok. Oysters amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing. Won't go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Very disappointing. Food only fair. Menu very limited. Wait staff nice but unprofessional. The restaurant tries to be picnic-like, not a wonderful place to eat and socialize.
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