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
376 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (125)fit for foodies (106)good for groups (92)special occasion (86)neighborhood gem (76)hot spot (40)notable wine list (34)kid-friendly (32)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (21)great for brunch (21)scenic view (18)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (9)Show More
  • 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
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Iconic Eating Place
    Sheikh
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great place for a quick meal. Oysters were wonderful but the New England Chowder lacked seafood. Tasty though. Not a place for a lingering meal. Service was cheerful and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Oysters in NYC
    CNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Fresh seafood, oyster selection is spectacular! Fun New York attitude and diverse crowd at Grand Central terminal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Raw Only
    Barry
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Just had a mixed experience. Service was good, but one dish was just okay and the other not acceptable. I ordered the Mixed Seafood Platter -- oysters, clams, and shrimp. It was just okay. My wife had the grilled scallops. Those were not acceptable. First, they were served cold, indicating a problem with the kitchen's timing or delivery service. Given how good our service was otherwise, I suspect the kitchen's organization. They were taken back to the kitchen to be heated and came back, over cooked and dry......for $100 for the meal, this was not a pleasant experience. Beware.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The oysters were great, the soup was as though it was out of a can, the salad was limp and looked like it had been sitting all day, the lobster appetiser was a non event, would not recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great NYC restaurant
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I live in CA and occasionally visit NYC. I always make it a point to eat here. I love the food and atmosphere. The salmon is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad quality food
    badfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    we visited the restaurant recently for dinner. i ordered monk fish. it was overcooked and the vegetables bad. my wife had the oyster stew and it was all cream soap. the sound was bad and you have to shout to be heard. service was bad as they are busy. the food is a rip off and not fresh. this is not a place to go to.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 最高
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    一人で予約のうえ晩メシのつもりで。隣の席にも一人の現地人男性がムシャムシャと生牡蠣とエビを食べてましたとおり、一人でも全然OK。メニューは、生牡蠣については全く分からず。牡蠣の種類というか相性らしいのですが、基本的にわかるはずもないので、ウェイターのレコメンドに任せるしかありません。でも、でもでも一つ一つとてもおいしかった。ほかには名物のクラムチャウダーも注文。ホワイトクリームとトマトの2種類があり、前者を選択し、これまたGOOD。場所の雰囲気は博物館のような石造りの趣のある造りで、最近改装された東京駅がなんだったのかと思わせような荘厳なもの。そこで生牡蠣を食しつつ白ワインとブルックリンラガーで酔っぱらうという大変贅沢な経験をさせてもらいました。なお、当日は平日の午後5時半から行きましたが、予約なしでは入れませんでした。
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oysters oysters oysters
    jenynyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been eating here for years, and without a doubt, the best selection of the freshest sweetest oysters anywhere in NYC. Best key lime pie. Great chowders and smoked fish, but I'm a little wary of the cooked entrees. The fish is always fresh, but I have been disappointed by several dinners, lacking in imagination and just not as tasty as the oysters. Stick with the raw bar or or other shellfish, or the pan roast/stew, and you will never be disappointed. The other night the oysters were the best ever, and the fried shrimp I had and the scallops my friend had were cooked to perfection. Great wine list. The place is a little loud but an architectural beauty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Icon
    JimmcgeeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you go here just stick with the oysters as the rest of the menu is average at best. Great place to stop in if you are checking out Grand Central.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters at the Oyster Bar
    Remycat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After walking past the Oyster Bar on my work for the past 30 years I finally had dinner there last Saturday. While I wouldn't say it's an excellent restaurant, it's not bad and it is convenient. My main reason for dining there was the oysters. I ordered a dozen (six east coast/six west coast) and they were delecious. For my main course I had fried Ipswich clams with fries, and again, they were very good. The only down side to the Oyster Bar is that service can be a little slow, and the noise level is very loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bill
    Bill
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Outstanding choice of fresh seafood. Beautifully prepared. Very personable and capable waiter. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the oysters
    barryo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We dined here midweek while on vacation. Overall we had fun, and the atmosphere was intriguing, but for the money, I would skip the fried foods and just do oysters. They were, by far, the best part. Service was excellent though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I always like this place. Good form, great for biz lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Go
    Disappointed12
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was ordinary to say the least, restaurant large and unimpressive. We were really disappointed with it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oy.....
    kwall
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    ....i just love this place....the remodel looks fabulous.....yummy oysters....cold beer....great people....super seafood....the place is simply magical.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor
    Doku
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Service is poor,and,old staff is bad manner.maybe don't come back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good seafood & ambiance; but noisy
    RestaurantsRus
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was good; ambiance is welcoming; but service rushed, and not a great choice for a couples dinner as tables for 2 placed very tight together, and noise level quite high.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand Central Oyster Bar
    foodforyou
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I'd read a lot about the Oyster Bar and knew it was a 'must' for our recent trip to New York. It didn't disappoint in any aspect. The service was exceptional, our waiter guided us through all the options available from both the menu and wine lists. The fresh platter was superb and the price very reasonable. This place is a one-off that you definitely need to try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not reserve a table.
    Researcher
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It was a mistake reserving a table. I was the first one at the restaurant, but I was seated at a half booth with an uncomfortable cushion in a very noisy area. the prices at the bar would have been three times cheaper. My total bill for lunch for two, including tip, but with no dessert, was $83. I am 62, and I never paid this much for lunch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    descafeinada
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great dinning experience. Love the place and the food was amazing. Go for the New England clam shower!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood in NYC
    lovetotravel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wanted to see Grand Central Station and thought we would try this restaurant. It's very loud and big. The food was excellent. Service was so so. You are seated very close together. We really were not impressed and wouldn't go back. Very expensive.
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  • Excellent Oysters
    1234
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Oyster Bar is one of my favorite places--and the only place to eat oysters--in NYC. Have eaten here hundreds of times; but, had not been here since the recent closing. Can't tell what changed-which is good. Sit at the soup counter, don't waste your time with the restaurant. Giga cup oysters were wonderful and briney. Cold shellfish platter was a yummy assortment. Whole bronzino was flavorful, but was disappointed that no filet service was given or offered at the table. Try the Grand Central Oyster-tini.
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  • Very poor food AND very expensive
    Citydiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I try it every 5 years or so, and it never gets any better. This time we started with gazpacho. The soup itself was actually quite good; however, when it was served soup had slopped up over the rims of both bowls. My grilled porgy was tasteless,band it was served with cold vegetables which should have been hot. It would be somewhat overpriced even for decent food.
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  • Pricey food/ horrifying service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I get it, the place is a tourist trap and the servers probably get shafted by all of the Europeans who don't understand tipping, but for the price, the service should have been emaculate. We waited about 25 minutes before our server even greeted us and about 45 minutes before we even got the check and didn't see him once except to clear plates. I observed that our server had 5 tables with a total of 12 guests. 3 of the 5 tables were waiting for their check. I'm not sure if he had tables in another section. The food was ok. It was basically pub grub. We got a couple appetizers, 5 dozen oysters, and a few drinks.If you're there to see the gustsvino tiles and vaults get a drink and sit at the bar.
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  • new york treasure
    eatress
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Oysters galore. Only the start of many brilliant meals. Delectable mains and sides. Exceptional wine list if pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A problem
    OldNewYorker
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    When we made our reservation on OpenTable we requested quiet seating for a hearing impaired member of our party. When we arrived on time we were told the room that is considered the quietest was full, meaning our request was not honored. I love the Oyster Bar but anyone who has been there knows how loud the main room can get. Why ask in the reservation process what special requests we have if they are not honored?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but very slow service
    Kuarisima
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were at a party of six and it took more than a half an hour only to bring us our drinks. The manager came later to apologize which was nice. Rockefeller oyster were fantastic but the soft shell crab was gluey. The restaurant is very nice and the place it's located is " special"
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Major disapointment
    Foodiephil
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My wife had the New England Clam Chowder and I had the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The service was quick but both soups arrived warm and my dish was more minestrone than chowder, with very little clams present. I would have complained to the waiter, but he was having an argument with a colleague and showed no interest in us. I ordered the Halibut fillet but when it came, I was again disappointed. The fish was a generous portion, but it was completely bland, no flavour. The steamed vegetables, were wilted and mushy, the asparagus was ok, but there were only 2 potatoes, well actually one cut in half! My wife had ordered the Lemon sole but had the same disappointment with her meal. We paid over $120, but it was not worth even half of that!
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  • Great food and great service
    TheRealStumps
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had been recommended this restaurant by friends and it didn't disappoint. Had booked on line before we travelled and this worked very well. Took some finding but once we asked we were directed to it, buried in the heart of this iconic building. We had a good table with a magnificent view and our waiter Steve could not have been better. He took time with us over our order and adjusted the menu to suit what we wanted to eat. When the food arrived it was excellent and just the right amount. Got the opportunity to have shark which was cooked perfectly. The beer that Steve recommended was excellent and they provided a free glass of Prosecco for our daughter's 21st birthday. You even get to keep the menus!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh.
    AlbinoBlondeGuy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place needs a revamp and soon. It's stuck in the 80s, crowded, cramped, noisy. Food was ok, but for the price, there are SO many other, better choices. Service was ok, they were clearly busy, so I think the waiter was relieved that we were taking our time so he could focus on other tables. The oysters with the anchovy butter were the hit of the night, those were delicious. The raw oysters were ok, but they drain the liquid off which is a big NO-NO, how else are you to discern the quality of what you're eating? Just be prepared to eat alongside alot of tourists and loud people. This place is loud, loud, loud!
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  • 60th birthday celebrations
    oystervirgins
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We travelled to NY to celebrate my partner's 60th birthday, The Grand Central Oyster Bar was our first meal. It was great. The waiting staff were very attentive and helped us out choosing which oysters to have as we were oyster virgins but wanted to give it a go! We enjoyed the food and the experience immensely and have already recommended it to friends and colleagues back in the UK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GUASTAVINO: OYSTERBAR PATRON SAINT
    Fabianredux
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Ever since the renowned vaulted ceilings of the landmark Oyster Bar were renovated, happy crowds of tourists, commuters and fish lovers commingle under their protective curves in the innards of Grand Central Station - red checkered table cloths, bustling noise, waiters trekking across long distances with succulent plates of seafood. Can't get more New York than this! The choice of freshly caught fish is amazing, it is prepared immaculately, the veggies are an afterthought. Lobsters await their fate in a large tank, and if you can't make it to Maine, you can choose your crustacean right here... The spirit of the astonishing Spanish architect Guastavino, creator of this unique space, lingers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Rennyangel
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food good (fried oysters superb), as always, but service iffy. Drinks were late (forgotten, I think) and then not the correct order. Four times the waiter came for the check when we had just finally received our drinks--which was at the end of the meal. I love the Oyster Bar and have eaten there many times. This last was not the most memorable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Robert
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great seafood, especially the selection of raw oysters, hence the name "Oyster Bar". Service very good, A bit noisy but then we were there a peak lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • An extensive seafood menu
    LJGVVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went with a guest for lunch who was curious about this famous restaurant. The food was very good and the service was attentive. I ordered sea bream which came as a large whole fish. A waiter from another section came over and offered to debone it. He did an excellent job. My friend had a less adventurous fish and chips. My only complaint is that the restaurant is quite pricey. One soup, entree and drink for each of us came to a total of over $100.
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  • High expectations low return
    Nzuklove13
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I read the menu and expected the seafood world on a plate but what I got was too much bread, a dismal looking crab "cocktail salad" and over cooked under flavoured main fish dish. It was a beautiful building but it needed a lot of sprucing up to make it worthwhile raving about. Disappointing.
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