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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
  • Email: louiesgm@optonline.net
  • 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
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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been going to Louie's for 38 yrs. Unfortunately, the other night, I was very disappointed with the food & am not sure I will go back again. My husband got one of the specials Coquille St. Jacques, which is scallops with mushrooms & shallots in a Gruyère cheese sauce. All he could taste was the mushrooms & the cream sauce was very thick & not creamy. Their signature Coleslaw was not up to standard & their New England Clam Chowder was even more rich than usual. However, the biggest disappointment was the steamed lobster, one of their signature entrées, was overcooked & extremely tough. Also, they use top shelf liquors in mixed drinks when they are not needed, i.e. Grey Goose Vodka in a Screwdriver, & then charge you for it. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Cioppino with shrimp & scallops the size of a dime ! Very disappointing."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Have been here 3 times (1x for brunch & 2x for lunch) and each time food, service and experience was great! Tried the lobster roll on last visit and it was outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Sorry, but part of my broiled fish platter was overcooked and hard, part of it very undercooked. Bread was burnt. My date was picking at his Mahi Mahi, too. Location is nice, but u have to have good food. Disappointed. Leave it at that."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Boaters looking for a destination usually find places with greasy hamburgers and fries. Louie's has good food, a little pricey, but all fish is pricey, a good destination if you are a boater. Also a good choice if you are going by land. Their raw seafood is excellent. The dock master "Mike" is very accommodating and the docks are in great shape. The water is a little shallow at low tide but doable for most vessels. The servers are friendly and upbeat. There's an assortment of seating available including out door dining. Just keep in mind if it is low tide it gets a little buggy and maybe a funny smell but the view makes up for it."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great food =A bit on the expensive side but you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good food, service, general atmosphere. $ star for ambiance because I liked the Louie's of fifty years ago more."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Always a great place to go for seafood."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Looking like an upscale restaurant from the outside and being in a vibrant and wealthy area of Long Island like Port Washington you would assume that a restaurant would have to have quality food to survive. Well now we know why this place could be on it's way out and why there were available seats anytime on a Sat night! The calamari was inedible, like they had dropped the salt shaker on it. The clams casino couldn't have been more bland, no taste whatsoever and not very fresh, semi stinky clams. we waited 20 min for the server to come over after we were sitting there with empty plates. Our Salmon was awful tasting like burnt steak. We sent it all back and went to a different restaurant and some edible food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went during the week and the restaurant was empty. The food was delicious. Would highly recommend the mussels as an appetizer. If available as a special, the linguine pescatore will satisfy your seafood craving."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Food was excellent and atmosphere was romantic. Great view of the bay on a clear night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A restaurant with potential, but needs a few tweaks. the quality of the food was just ok for the price..the sand in the mussels put a damper on the meal, Prices for the appetizers a bit overpraised,"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "fresh food, high quality food. very attentive waiters."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We go to Louie's on a regular basis ...the food, drink and service never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tuna and rice pilaf were overlooked and dried out. We're they left over from lunchtime? We were there for an early dinner and it seemed like nothing was just made."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable meal last Saturday night. The fish was fresh and the service was excellent. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is the go-to place when you have visitors from out of town. Beautiful waterfront and good seafood if but a bit pricey. Lots of parking across the street. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner a Louie's. There were 6 adults in our party and everyone enjoyed their meal immensely. The service was great too!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place suprises me how consistent everything is. Great seafood , excellent raw bar and great drinks. Staff always on their game"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My daughter was home from college and requested a seafood dinner night out. The reservation was made and off to Louie's we went. We were greeted and seated promptly. We placed a drink orders. My wife ordered a glass of sangria, it was sent back. The bar tender commented and said it wasn't his best work. An order of steamers arrived and after eating a couple they were also sent back loaded with sand, one was definitely bad. The entrees were good nothing over the top. staff and greeters were very courteous and professional. Louie's is not inexpensive and is highly rated on the web, for those reasons I expected much better food quality. The reviews are wrong, Louie's is not number 1. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I've been coming to Louie's for the past 21 years, dating back to the former owners. The setting is wonderful - right on the water. The food is consistently good but has gotten too overpriced for what it is. $25 for lobster mac and cheese which was 95% mac? Best to go for clambake dinners on Mon or Tues or drinks."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Louie's fit the bill in terms of what I was looking for. The food was very good as was the service. I did call saying we would be late and they screwed up and moved us up 15 minutes rather than the requested 30 minutes. When we arrived at 6:30 we were td they had already marked us as a 'no show' they did have a table for us but it was in a room that was full of families and very noisy. I can't help but wonder whether if they got the reservation right we would have been seated in a space more condusive to a party of 2 rather than a family of 8. But again the food and service were good and I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "No premium vodkas, like Ketel One or Belvedere? That was a disappointment. But the food was very good. We enjoyed the striped bass with clams over escarole. But at 7:30, they had already run out of the red snapper, the fish of the day. Poor planning. We were first waited on by one waiter who we didn't see the rest of the meal. Even Despite the negatives, we enjoyed the overall dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "4 of us ate at Louie's on a Saturday evening. One in the party is a very, very picky eater. The wait staff was extremely patient in explaining the food and the side dishes, customizing them to his wishes. All the food we ordered, soup, salad, appetizers, dinners, sides, dessert and coffee were absolutely delicious. The timing of the food delivery couldn't have been better. We were not rushed nor did we have to wait too long between courses. All added requests were taken care of promptly. Our only regret was that it was too cold to make use of the covered outside area to enjoy the spectacular view of the harbor. This restaurant is cozy and well kept. A very enjoyable evening out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed two fish entrees, the salmon and sea bass. Both were fresh and well prepared with sufficient accompaniments. We had wonderful seats by the window in a relaxed setting. Will definitely go back to sample appetizers and other entrees."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food - great service. Food was presented well. Both, the lobster and the sirloin burger were cooked as requested. Creamed spinach was excellent. Corn sweet and tasty. French fries need to be more crispy - but we're still good. Sides and appetizers are a bit pricey but worth it. Drinks were excellent and the bartender was terrific. He made an excellent Bloody Mary and French Martini. The table service fast and friendly. Thank you. Great restaurant. We live in Port Wash. And we love Louie's."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner at Louie's. The staff couldn't be more friendly, helpful. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We've been going to Louie's for our anniversary for a few years now and have always enjoyed the good food and impeccable service. Nice to know that they've been around since 1905 and are still around."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I took my grandmother here for her 85th birthday. The view was breathtaking, the food was fantastic and the experience was just outstanding. I can't wait to go back next summer! SIT OUTSIDE!"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Good fish restaurant on the water.. Lovely for watching the sunset over the bay. Tasty lobster bisque and fresh fish."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Very impressed, the 1 1/2 lobster was perfectly prepared, and my rib eye steak was a s good as any steak house. Server was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. Great place to spend my birthday!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I go to Louies several times a year food is always very good, with wonderful service, excellent ambience and great scenic views overlooking the water. This Valentine's Day took my wife for a romantic evening dinner, everything was wonderful from the food to the service. I recommend the restaurant for any special dinning or any dining option for that matter."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Lo mejor de este restaurante es su localizacion, con una hermosa vista panoramica de la bahia. En verano es muy agradable sentarse en las mesas de afuera y disfrutar de la escena. Y particularmente no soy un fanatico de la comida de mar en Long Island (soy de la costa caribe colombiana que tiene muchisima mejor comida de mar), pero aqui hay platos aceptables y sopas muy buenas. En general lo recomiendo como uno de mis restaurantes favoritos en Long Island."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Was ok but used to be better-now less choices on menu etc"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Last night they weren't their usual. Everything was great but the food. The food was BLAND! It sodn't have the flavor it usually does! But the restaurant is beautiful and the service is fantastic! I'll write it off to a bad night! I hope!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We've been eating at Louie's for many. many years and until nrecently, the food did not live up to its spectacular location on the water. Now, we're happy to say, it does. The food that we had was fine and the service was attentive. One sour not: There was a noisy table near us and the restaurant does not absorb sound very well. However, we enjoyed the overall experience."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. The restaurant was scenic and relaxed. The service and food were very good."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Louie's Oyster Bar is one of our favorite seafood restaurants. The food is always good. It is perfect for seafood lovers and there are great choices for those who wish to eat something other than fish. It is a great place to get together with friends. My favorites are the lobster dinner or a fisherman's platter. Our friends loved the lobster bisque. The restaurant always has great specials. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. It is a great place to celebrate special occasions with friends."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "have heard of louies but never tried. always went 35 miles out to lombardis on the bay. me and the wife ordered lobster and lobster taco special, cooked to perfection. waiter was a tob employee making extra bucks and he was fabulous with service and straight forward on recommendations."
    Dined on 12/28/2013