Louie's Oyster Bar
Louie's Oyster Bar

Louie's Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.louiesoysterbarandgrille.com/
  • Phone: 5168834242x
  • 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: Seafood, American
  • 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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Louie's Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (152)great for outdoor dining (151)good for groups (67)special occasion (59)great for lunch (57)neighborhood gem (54)vibrant bar scene (51)romantic (43)kid-friendly (37)fit for foodies (37)hot spot (31)great for brunch (20)notable wine list (16)late-night find (11)Show More
  • A great all around experience
    Phil
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went here for a nice family dinner. Everything was great. The food, the atmosphere, the view by the water. Even our waiter, a nice young man named Nick, he was extremely courteous and friendly, as well as very knowledgeable of the menu items, including the wine list. We definitely plan on eating here again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUNSET GOOD FOOD
    scbobgynVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    WONDERFUL SUNSET .FANTASTIC COMBINATION AMBIANCE AND GREAT FOOD.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point of reservations?
    Samie18
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Waiter and food was amazing but front desk girl tried to put me by the bar after I told her I had reservations. They had to go look to see if anything was available.. What's the point of making reservations. People usually make reservation for special occasions. Plus I make sure I wrote that in the note and I called in advance to confirm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love Louie's!
    SandiVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I've never had a bad meal or a bad experience at Louie's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    funtimes
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was great! They even had a gluten free menu to accomodate my husbands diet. The server was very sweet also. She was great with my kids
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a view
    cfoodjunkie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Louie's is an awesome seafood restaurant. They have a great selection of seafood favorites.. This is my 2nd time there, and everything I had thus far was amazing. The wait staff is also very well service oriented in making sure you are satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Julie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went here for a Sunday afternoon lunch and it was terrific. The food was great (especially the oysters!) and the staff was very friendly and professional. Plus a beautiful view of the bay, this was the perfect way for my husband and I to end our day in Port Washington. Highly recommended :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food & View
    daspork
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Made reservations for a Friday evening and got there a bit early but we were seated with no wait. The outdoor deck has an excellent view and is quite large. The food was excellent and our wait staff was friendly and attentive. It was hopping but the noise level wasn't bad (being outdoors probably helps). The decor is well done - about the only minor comment is the tables have you facing east or west so bring sunglasses if the sun is still up or you'll be squinting. Once it starts to set though the view is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good seafood
    LindaBVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    You can always count on a great lunch or dinner at Louie's. Whether you are interested in a full meal, or just want an over-the-top sandwich! The lobster roll, fried fish filet sandwich and shrimp poor boys are ALL winners. My husband ordered the cod dinner and suspected it had been caught right then and there when he ordered it. YES, it was that fresh and tasty! I love the fried shrimp dinner, sooo many shrimp, so little time!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer dining
    Argoldste
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good fish - portions not huge- service good! Good specials - fun place- active bar
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DIanne
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Haven't been there in a number of years and was disappointed by the quality and presentation. I felt the menu and selections were overpriced. While the sunset was beautiful, the service was unprofessional and annoying. Too pricey for what they offer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Lonely
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Truly a nice find for surf and turf. Everything was great, although out waitress "Society" was busy with a large table and was unatteentive to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it's cracked up to be
    Gimia
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Saw the reviews and was looking to stay on long island. It was ok, but wont be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The private room & the view were lovely. Food presented nicely, tasted good, but service was slow. They did not clear away dishes soon enough, and had to wait a while for the entre and dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KuklaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    While our table was in the corner (perfect) the table of 4 next to us was extremely loud! My husband and I had to yell at each other in order to be heard. We were sooo happy when they left. Food was excellent! The food and service made up for the noise.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • louiesgirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    great service...waiter answered all questions patiently and fully....food was delicious...six very different tastes (including one pescatarien - fish eater) all thrilled with their meals...after the storm, got to walk outside which I'm sure would be a great place to eat. we ate leisurely, with no feeling of rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs An Update
    LIRocks
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    While the food was good the menu really needs to be updated as they have been serving the same things forever, and I come here once-two times a week. The restaurant itself needs to be updated or cleaned as there is a musty and stale odor to the place which is unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Meal
    Walt
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've eaten at Louie's many times and have really enjoyed the food and the view there. We went there with another couple and unfortunately the main courses were very sub par. My wife's mixed grilled seafood platter was terribly overcooked. The shrimp were inedible. My stuffed shrimp meal was tasteless. I am unable to recommend this restaurant to my friends anymore given the poor food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    MGdiners
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had an early dinner with friends. Service was excellent. Setting was beautiful. Will return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • westcodiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A great place to watch the Sunset over the bay on a warm summer night on the deck. Service staff were attentive. Food was just OK. My wife had fried Oysters that had pieces of oyster with lots of coating. Tasty, but very little oyster inside. I had broiled Cod. The fish was fresh and cooked just right, but it was over salted on top and took away from the excellence of the fish. I had asked for just plain broiled fish! We are not from the area, but had read good reviews. Not a place to go out of your way for the food. As an aside you can watch the Sunset from an adjacent Park on the Bay!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waterside scene
    kents
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food good, drinks are too, and fairly priced. The bay side deck is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wed. birthday lunch was good..
    Wilamina
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service was very nice but SLOW...took a long time for our meal to be served. Waiter was lovely tho. Need better driving instructions as far as time on each road. I ordered mussels - very delicious! The seafood salad needed MUCH MORE FLAVORING... in fact we sent it back, (seafood tasted watered down) and ordered a crabcake sandwich which was very good!l Fruit platter was delicious. Serving personnel were all very kind and helpful. Setting beautiful !!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Livents
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I guess people come here because it's the only decent restaurant in the neighborhood with nice design? The food was fine not amazing. There was a strange smell inside, so we decided to sit outside. We waited probably 20 minutes before someone came to our table. We asked the busser for lemons. It never came. I think if the service was better, it would have made the experience more pleasant. NOTE TO OWNERS: your waiters need fine dine training ASAP. They did not refill water. Bread came only w/ butter, did not ask if we wanted olive oil. My brother's mac & cheese from the kids menu is NOT the traditional mac & cheese. It was shell pasta mixed w/ a little alfredo sauce and white cheese? Everyone needs to work a little harder. Too relaxed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Lovelouiesseafoo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service by Colleen. Food was excellent! Had the sangria previously was a lil disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not on Menu, But Chef Made Dish!
    Valbrook
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ordered soft shell crabs, they were not on the menu but they made them anyway! Delicious! Wait staff is very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ugg!
    ZsaZsa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    SOO loud,had to moved outside. A concearn since pending rain. We are not old crothety people,however, in the "room of echos", there were two very large tables of diners. They were having fun, yuking it up. HOWEVER... Waiter, Kevin, really nice, accomodating, and gracious. He set another table outside, which was quite nice. Dinner, not so great. Clams oreganata...eh! Baked clams...eh! Oysters, good. Asked for mignonette and was accommededed. Steamers, lousey, only because the butter was clarified. Never, never clarify the butter when serving steamers or lobster! Should always be DRAWN, frothy, and salty! Fried shrimp was well liked. Linguine with clam sauce...eh. Took home leftovers, thought I'd revamp and make worthy...ended up discarding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great restaurant
    SuzEn
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a beautiful location right on the water. We were treated so well here. Felt like we were on vacation. The appetizers were amazing. Wine recommendation was also spot on. Our entrees were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunset
    Cutekat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always the view is why Louies packs them in. The host staff always looks confused and incompetent, the wait staff is hit or miss...however the decent fresh shellfish and the view make up for the stressed out "get them in get them out" service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was very poor. Took long time for food to arrive. Waiter had poor command of English language and as a result, one of the entree orders was wrong as was a drink order. Could not understand specials. More than once another server came over to bring us a dish which was not our table's. A restaurant which has been around as long as Louie's should have better service. Food was adequate, but nothing special. View was spectacular. If we were to return, it would be to bar for a drink and appetizer only.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    MLFD5
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was excellent and Raymond our server provided impeccable service the entire time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, ok food
    swingkid25
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    You cannot beat the view at Louie's especially at sunset. However, they need to work on some of the wait staff that was slow and inattentive. The food was ok. There was nothing jumbo about the jumbo stuffed shrimp. It was also dry. The lobster mac n cheese needs to have a little more lobster otherwise it should be renamed to mac n cheese with lobster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The servers read the notes I put with my reservation and did a wonderful job carrying out te birthday surprise I requested.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view with good food
    Mike55
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding location and great service, food was ok order surf & turf med rare came out med well And lobster overcooked otherwise a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great lobster special on Mon & Tues nights. Can get very busy so reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was very loud, felt like we were in a school cafeteria..... Food was ok, a bit pricey for what you got.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Loud
    diningout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Although we had reservations for the patio we were told it would be a 2 hour wait for outdoor seating. It was so loud and noisy indoors, you could not hear yourself talk - our table had to shout at one another. It was a very busy Saturday and the service/wait for our food was unreasonably long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't beat the atmosphere
    Natasha
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Atmosphere is amazing, good seafood menu. Left happy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • judib
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I brought my daughter there for a birthday lunch. Perfect weather, perfect outdoor dining. Had the lobster rolls which were tasty but, I think, just a bit overpriced at $22 and $23 for literally 1 scoop of lobster sitting on top of what was basically a hot dog bun. I wouldn't order that again. Everything else was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jk1002
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    the food was very disappointing as well as the service. Our table stayed dirty and full dirty dishes for way too long. Don't order the lobster roll, it is just bread and lettuce, had a hard time finding the lobster! But the view is amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View, Good but not Great
    OmNomMomVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been coming here for years - and over time food has had its ups and downs. Pros: Takes reservations (for inside tables only) Many types of fish preparations, fish is very fresh. Beautiful view Good wine and beer list Cons: Food is overall - OK, but not great. Considering prices should be great. Dining room was almost empty when we arrived, and smelled like mildew/cleaning product. 2nd time this has occurred. When we arrived restaurant had lost our reservation - odd considering I had called about 30 minutes prior to say we'd be a little late. Dining rooms get VERY noisy. Parking lot hard to negotiate (up a very steep hill)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic