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Louie's Oyster Bar
Louie's Oyster Bar

Louie's Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.louiesoysterbarandgrille.com
  • Phone: (516) 883-4242
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you're having an intimate dinner, a private function, business event, gala celebration,
    fundraiser or holiday party, Louie's is the perfect setting for you and your guests!
    You are cordially invited for a private tour. Please contact our banquet manager at 516.883.4242.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot located across the street from the restaurant. There is also additional free parking located next to the restaurant at the Town of North Hempstead Town Dock.
A word from Louie's Oyster Bar
Reservations are only accepted for indoor tables. Outdoor tables are seated on a first come first serve basis.

One of Long Island's oldest and most colorful restaurants. From its start in 1905, Louis Zwerlein's "Kare Killer" was a most unusual place. One had to get there by boat since it was built on a floating barge anchored out in the bay. One of its side attractions was that it afforded a fine view of the approaching boats from shore. On occasion, a husband sighting his wife on a course for the barge would dive headlong off the far side and strike out for Great Neck.
When prohibition killed the Kare Killer in 1916, the business moved to a spot adjacent to the Town Dock, renting boats, selling chowder and other seafood. Another move in the early thirties placed the restaurant in its present location still on the Main Street waterfront. In 1954, it was expanded into an adjoining building that had originally been a blacksmith shop.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant environment was quite noisy, but the view of water seemed to calm it down. The seafood was very good, and service was excellent. We requested an outdoor table and because it was a muggy day it was hot as the sun was hitting the deck-only improvement for restaurant would be to have outdoor fans."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were seated immediately when we arrived at our reservation time and waited for the rest of our party. After 30 minutes of waiting for our friends, we got a call from them telling us that they were waiting for us for 20 minutes at another table in another room. We had checked in with the desk when we arrived and they sat us separately. The food was ok but the noise level was so high, we could hardly hear each other. We have been to Louie's several times but this time we were very disappointed. It will be a while until we go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Didn't have to wait for a patio table as it was 1:30pm -- I had the marinated seafood salad that came with a hefty amount of seafood and not overly soaked with dressing very tasty with the crusty bread . Mom has the grilled shrimp salad which had 12 grilled med size shrimp on it. The patio was busy but not noisy. The day we visited it was in the 80's so it was comfortable to sit out any warmer and we would have sat inside. Also -- no flying bugs...."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Been before but may be last time. Waited hour twenty minutes for outside table. Was going to be hour for our reservation anyway. Enjoyed that time prob better than meal. Had few drinks out and enjoyed sunset and convo with wife, night away from kids. Waiter-very dry. Cold. Uninterested. Had seafood salad app. Lots of onion though not mentioned on menu. Each had lobster rolls which had a pathetic amount of meat Waiter didn't write down orders. AlwYs bad sign. We have paper and pens for a reason. He of course forgot her side dish order. Never got it. Too many other places to eat by water on LI. Not worth it here."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everyone had a great time and enjoyed all the food. The cold seafood appetizer is a must have!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "enjoyed there great appys we had clams and calamari they were fried to perfection and clams juice was great for dipping their wonderful baked italian bread my stuffed shrimp could have been a little hotter but what can i say stuffed sole was great the fishermans platter was fried to perfection the rack of ribs fell apart and had a great rub flavor on them the corn on the cob was a little over cooked and someone did not clean the silk off too good was full so we didnot have dessert but went outside to the deck a had cocktails there and watched the beautiful sunset over the water would reccomend this restaurant to anyone who loves sea food great cocktails and scenery by the way we had my daughters bridal shower and it was amazing enjoyed it!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I booked our reservation 2 weeks in advance through open table and called the restaurant to request an outdoor table. I was told outdoor seating is not guaranteed and I understand that. We checked in on time and were told there was an hour wait for an outdoor table so we sat inside by the window overlooking the patio. From our table we could see at least 6 empty tables directly outside the window. I asked the hostess if there was any way we could move and was told that there was an "extensive list" of people who had been paged via cell phone that their tables were ready. The table for 4 directly outside remained available the entire time. It was a special occasion for us, but I did not enjoy the dinner I was so looking forward to."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were seated in a very noisy room in which there were many screaming children as well as children running thru out the dinning room. Our waiter was unable to understand us. Our food came out cold and 2 of the main dishes were prepared incorrectly. In my opinion Louie's is over priced and not worth going back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My folks were in from Texas so I took them to Louie ' for the view. We had a great time sitting on the patio. My dad and my husband both got combo plates and both said the fish was bland, but the scallops and stuff class were excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "service was good. waiter was very attentive. food left a lot to be desired. we ordered the large cold and hot towers. baked clams were covered in bread crumbs, artichoke was canned, calamari was nothing to rave about, the marinara sauce that came long with it was good. the special peach feta salad, i did not try, but my friends said it was very tasty. the mozzarella heirloom salad was also very good. lobster tacos were ok, just some lobster meat (not fresh lobster) in a crunchy taco, lobster macaroni and cheese was watery, atlantic swordfish was swimming in oil, the halibut was floating in a broth as if it were a soup. just overall very disappointing especially since 6 of us spent $600. very pricey for quality of food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "They don't tell you when you make a reservation that you can't reserve outdoor seating. We were told when we got there it would be an hour wait it was much longer than that with empty tables outside. Place is not well maintained and bar tenders were really rude."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What better way to spend a sultry summer evening than by dining outside on Louie's patio. the food is always dependable...and the soft-shell crabs special was three large, plum lightly-battered crabs."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very good service. Servers were very attentive and polite. Above average food. Descent price."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The bar was crowded but the bartender did his best to deliver the wine bottle. Bread was great Scallops were a lttle bit fishy. Thanks for a great waitress."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Louie's is perfect for indoor but especially outdoor dining. You are right on the water and the food is spectacular. Our waiter was fun and attentive. I would recommend Louie's 100%."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food and service are always great and consistent. We have yet to have a bad experience. And the view is great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is prepared so nicely. All ingredients are fresh and perfectly seasoned. The bartenders know how to serve the perfect martini and the wine selection is impressive. The servers are friendly, professional and engaging. The only draw back seems to be the occasional fellow dinners who don't show respect for other people."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "lets start out by saying at least the manager took most of the food off the bill BUT the it was awful!ordered 5 spiced tuna w soba noodles. tuna came out with nothing on it- not even salted "inedible and overdone". My friend ordered salmon which was also bland and unremarkable. Kids dishes were..... ok.... just ok.... cheesecake was frozen in center and beyond bland.... better cheesecake from costco.... Maybe they are known for the shellfish but as a restaurant open for so long u should have nailed your menu...... They should get a new chef and/or recipes... Won't go back nor recommend to anyone. Came for the view and thats all it had....... better fish at a diner!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I've dined here several times, but I was not impressed with my entree this past visit. It was linguini with shrimp from the specials menu. It looked wonderful on then plate, but had little flavor, the linguini was overdone and mushy, and the shrimp was also overdone and rubbery."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were there on a Saturday night for a 7:45 reservation. We wanted to be outdoors, specifically asked for it when reservation was made, only to be told they don't guarantee outside seating. Inside was VERY loud, obnoxiously so! People were yelling in order to hear each other. It was ridiculous! We sat for quite a while before getting water or bread. The food was okay. My daughter ordered pan seared chicken, which came with mashed potatoes. I was suprised they didn't put a green vegetable on the plate. I've never been served with just potatoes. Not sure we will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went on Saturday night. Everything was bought to table wrong! Waiter never came back to check! Everything then was not only wrong but then freezing. Manager apologized, said dinner was on him and offered us coffee and dessert on him. No body ever came over to take our order for coffee and dessert! We got up, thanked the manager for his offer, explained that no one ever came over to take a dessert order. He said his name was John and if we came back to remind him dessert was on him! We left $20 on the table and left! We went to the ice cream parlor down the street! That was amazing..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "For dining on the water this place is hard to beat. Had a great time and all was great. Expect a fair wait for an outdoor table if a busy night. Wide variety of menu and prices - and all was really excellent! First time customer, 90 minute drive from Westchester and highly recommended. We will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a beautiful location and the food is often quite good. Unfortunately, the staff have continued to be poorer with every visit. This time the staff failed to even fill our water without multiple requests and seemed upset when we asked for something. The two waitresses were standing in a group 12 feet from our table gossiping but never noticed when a glass was empty without prompting and that includes when walking over to the table to ask how everything is (all glasses were empty at the time). There were other disappointments related to the service but it was all along the same lines. Very disappointed overall. I would not recommend this to a friend at this point and that is a loss."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The spicy lobster tacos were one of the specials and they were so good! I can't stop thinking about them! All our food was great and we had an app, salad, main course and dessert! All of which were sooooooo good! It was a little pricey, but worth every penny! Not somewhere you would go for a quick lunch, much better enjoyed over a couple of hours! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I always love to eat at Louie's! The food, the service, the view - always a delight."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Made a reservation for a weeknight and asked for a table out on the deck. Was told a note was made that was my preference. When we arrived they said its a first come first serve for the outside deck and there would be a 30 minute wait. What's the point of reserving a table if you have to wait?"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Not advertised on their website is the Monday & Tuesday Clam Bake. Its a Must Go if you love Lobster... Enough Said!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. Food and service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Been to Louie's many times. Can't be disappointed...or so I thought. we arrived at 4:30 for a 4:45 reservation and were seated promptly. It took the waitress or her assistant almost 20 minutes to come for a drink order. They knew we were there, bread, water, menus were placed. Will we go back? Yes. Will we seek out the servers. NO! More attention needs to be paid by desk and waiters and waitresses. 2 stars was generous. It was not that busy."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "After making a reservation nearly a week im advance via opentable, we were informed upon arrival that they never received the reservation. In addition to the poor service and lack of experience, the entire restaurant was overwhelmed in every area. I will never go back for dinner ever agaib."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I thought it was great, there were just a few minor problems. I wanted to go for my one year anniversary, so I made a reservation online for a Saturday night at 7. In the "special instructions" box I asked for the table to be outside, as I wanted to have a nice view. I got there the next week at 6:55 to find all reservations are made inside, they do not take any outside reservations. That's fine, although I would've liked to be notified. I would've appreciated a message back letting me know they couldn't reserve my outside table. Because of this, I ended up waiting a little over an hour to get a seat. It was fine, we got drinks and an app at the bar. The food was good, and the water was beautiful. Very busy, but still nice. I would go back"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "And that just about says it all. There is nothing better in Port Washington, and isn't that a pity. The summertime views of the harbor at sunset are just breathtaking. And well worth your visit. Just don't expect the food to match. The oysters were so-so, the salad was good though oily, the chicken wings were awful - more of a bbq than buffalo flavor and oddly shaped: quail? rock cornish game hen? mutants? I would stick with ultra basics on the menu and keep your expectations low. Better yet, toast to the sunset and have dinner elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I go to Louie's often (about once a month) and like it very much. The food is very good (not great) and reasonably priced. There are not many restaurants in the area that offer good food and a great outdoor experience, and Louie's does. Service was good and accomodating."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "must have been an off day for the wait staff...horribly slow and food order was incorrect when received. overall no big deal eating here just came for the sun and the water view. whomever was sunning them selves and I think they worked there was an absolute turn off to my guest. he had his shirt open shoes off and just lounging looked gross doing it. luck we didn't gag on our food. no need to come back sorry.."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food is fair and ordinary with high price tag. Best sunset dining in June."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a nice time at Louie's Oyster Bar & Grill. Food was good and so were the drinks. We did feel a little rushed because the waitress kept coming over to us to see if we had decided on our food. We ordered the crab cakes for appetizer and it came out within seconds. The inside restaurant was a bit noisy but we enjoyed our time there. Views were beautiful. Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As soon as we sat down, someone came over to take our order for dinner. If you put your fork down for a second someone ran over to take your plate!! As soon as we finished dinner, someone came over to take dessert and coffee order. We had to tell them to back off and wait a few minutes. Not very pleasant experience. Felt very rushed and not able to enjoy our night out!! The food was fantastic though!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fresh, flavorful seafood prepared simply without overdoing the sauces, flavor additives; you can taste the wonderful fish/shellfish at its best. Lobster taco appetizer is fun and delicious!! As are the shrimp poorboy, lobster roll and FRESH corn on the cob (worthy side dish for the sandwiches)."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Lobsters were great! Service was excellent . More food then you can even eat for a good price with lobster bake deal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Louie's oyster Bar was just what I expected. Good food and view. Calamari and steamers were excellent. In fact everything I ate at Louise's was delicious. We were four people and everyone loved their food. My Mojito was just right. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. I wish I could give rave report to Open Table but unfortunately I an not. I placed the reservation and received a confirmation number and time. The restaurant stated they did not have my reservation. Luckily the wait was only 30min., but could have been worse. I'm not certain whether I will use Open Table in the future or not."
    Dined on 6/8/2014