We went for my daughter's birthday to satisfy an oyster craving and were NOT disappointed. Food was
Fresh, delicious and service was excellent. All in a very lively and very
Busy atmosphere. Would definitely return.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Hour Makes you Happy!
LOVE this Happy Hour! Can't beat $1 oysters and it is super kid-friendly. The wait staff is excellent and always friendly.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had made a special request for a special table that would be quiet and somewhat private as my wife was unwell.
The manager was most obliging and we enjoyed a wonderful brunch. Also must say the wait service was outstanding.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Fun Meal
I and a friend went again on a Sunday evening, partaking in both the Happy Hour and Lobsterpalooza. We started with a dozen oysters (6 east coast [$1 apiece] and 6 west coast [$1.75 apiece].) The oysters were pristinely fresh and delicious, and they went well with the bottle of white Bordeaux (also discounted). We both enjoyed the lobster dinners, served with corn, cole slaw and potatoes. Complementary chocolate pudding follows. Nice touch. Also had good interaction with people at a neighboring table. Diners are happy here, which makes the atmosphere convivial. Food, for me, always comes before price or promotions, and Mermaid Inn delivers where it counts. Will be back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service, great food and drink
I've been a fan of the East Village Mermaid Inn, but never ventured to the UWS location. This was a perfect meal from beginning to end. The waiters was friendly and the food was fresh and TASTY! RECOMMENDED!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mermaid Inn is In!
I've been to The Mermaid Inn Uptown on several occasions now and have had great experiences each time. The waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, service is great, and the ambiance is energetic. I usually have the lobster sandwich and it's fantastic: meaty, a little spicy, and yummy. They have great wines too. And the place is always packed. Small bar though. The Mermaid Inn is definitely worth a visit, or two, or three. .
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The oysters, as everyone has said, are phenomenal. We also split the calamari salad appetizer (grilled calamari, mixed mushrooms, frisee, and feta) and the scallop special (with tomatoes and sweet potato puree). The calamari appetizer was an unexpected delight! And the scallops were perfectly cooked, although just a touch on the salty side. Overall, a great dining experience and I will be sure to come again!
It looks like their happy hour specials are also pretty fantastic - $1 oysters!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A long time neighborhood favorite, Mermaid Inn, uptown, is easily the best seafood spot on the UWS.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Guy is awesome
Our server, Guy, was great. The food was as always beautifully served and perfectly cooked.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great oysters, great cocktails,
Great oysters, great cocktails, great service. The chocolate pudding at the end may be the best thing ever.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Winner
I'm a huge fan of the Mermaid. Food is great, service is always incredible and I never leave disappointed. Inside seating is VERY LOUD in the front room, and less-so in the back. Snag a table outside if you can get it!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
great happy hour
was pleasantly surprised to learn how necessary a 6pm reservation is at Mermaid Inn. restaurant was packed due to the 5-7pm happy hour.
Service was excellent, very attentive and fast.
Food was very good. we ordered lots of #1 oysters and all the happy hour seafood as well as a few other appetizers. It was NOT the most amazing quality seafood, but very good and I would go backto try the entrees or for happy hour priced appz..
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anything you order on their menu is fabulous. Although the Menu is , limited. Which probably gives them the opportunity to concentrate on making each dish perfect. The staff is lovely and efficient.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lobster rolls
Great lobster rolls. Service was great. The rooms have a nice vibe. The front room is more fun, the back room is a little quiet. Def specify which room you want when reserving otherwise you will be stuck in the back room in a corner the way I was. But the good was so good I got over the table pretty quickly.
Try the mini clam bake too.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mermaid with Legs
All I can say is that my friend and I had an absolute blast of a time. The food, decor, crowd, and above all service were outstanding. One of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this restaurant. The staff is friendly and the food is excellent. We both had the Sunday lobster special, very sweet and tasty.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice menu and nice prices.
We love the $1 oysters (early dining) and their menu. Not too many options and not too few---just right. A another nice touch is the mini chocolate pudding that every one gets as their dessert ( gratis). We will keep going back.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try to sit outside
Mermaid inn has great seafood but the indoor restaurant is very noisy. So, if you want to hear your dinner companions and have a great meal, sit outside.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the happy hour time
We love the happy hour time with oysters and martinis! So much fun. The place has a great vibe.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happiest of hours, indeed
Finally got to The Mermaid Inn on the UWS on a Friday evening. Drinks were good, food was excellent, $1 oysters can't be beat. But my favorite part of the evening was when I arrived; I had a reservation for 2, and my friend had texted to say she was running late. While I understand the policy, I hate it when restaurants make me wait for my whole party to arrive-- Mermaid Inn didn't do that. I was seated right away and ordered a much-wanted post-work drink and some oysters while I waited, and I was treated very well by the excellent staff. That's the kind of service that keeps me coming back and earns many recommendations to friends.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of 4 were pleasantly
Our group of 4 were pleasantly surprised when we recently dined here on a wknd night. The oysters and grilled fish were outstanding and happy hour on the wknd was a nice perk. Service was attentive and the noise in the back room was tolerable. I would have loved to see more salad entree options on the menu. Going to try the downtown mermaid in a few wks.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best fish on the UWS
The most consistently great fish on the UWS. Whenever I wind up in this neighborhood I always try to eat at the Mermaid Inn.
I've had their trout as well as their catfish and never been disappointed. My only complaint, and it's one I'd level at fully half of New York's restaurants, is that the noise level makes it hard to enjoy a meal at times. The food, though, is so consistently good that I keep coming back.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste of New England on the UWS
Pleasant host staff accommodated our early arrival. Despite not generally drawn to "happy hours," we found the cocktails and oyster/clam HO selection to be great...fish tacos were superb. Attentive waitstaff serving a well presented meal. would certainly dine there again.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
good meal, nice place
Would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a nice fish restaurant. The front part of the restaurant is a bit noisy but the back room (where I was seated) was quiet and cozy. Food good. Service good. Overall, nothing to complain about. If there is anyone who does not like fish, likely not a good choice.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stick with the pre 7:00 PM specials- little neck clams, oysters. Mini fish tacos. For mains, the lobster salad sandwich is just what I remember from my New England childhood but on much better bread.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highest quality seafood & oysters
This place is great, it has the highest quality seafood & oysters, large potions with greens included, but the sides like brussel sprouts and mac and cheese are so good you will want to order them too. The wine by the bottle list is varied with several affordable options. Great place for a foodie date.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went Sun nite for lobsterpalooza
Went Sun nite for lobsterpalooza - lobsters cooked perfectly. Started w/ oysters - Fire River from N.B. were superb.
If you enjoy lobster, reasonably priced, this is the place!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food, good atmosphere.
good food, good atmosphere. a nice place to enjoy an easy, tasty, laid back dinner. drinks were delicious, too.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Raw Bar
Always on the look out for great sea food and oysters and The Mermaid does not disappoint. The best raw oysters I've had in ages, so fresh you can taste the sea!! Happy Hour is a great deal. Be prepared, though, the noise level is on the high side from so many patrons you can barely hear your other guests. But it's worth it. The fish is prepared exquisitely and the service is great. My new favorite local hangout!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food enjoyable, service passable
Overall, a confident, laid back place that allows its diners to enjoy themselves without letting standards drop on food. The service staff were a bit slow and forgetful, though perhaps that was because it was happy hour. The spaghetti with seafood was great, the trout not bad, and our friend enjoyed his catfish dinner too. The drinks were OK, though beer selection is a bit small.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great UWS neighborhood spot
Really enjoyed our brunch. We are new to neighborhood and will be back soon!
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
Excellent food, did not feel rushed by staff even though restaurant filling up and line forming
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always one of our favorite
Always one of our favorite restaurants in the upper west side. Although the menu is somewhat limited, the food and experience is consistently great. The specials the night we went were creative and tasty.
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went here for the first
I went here for the first time and really enjoyed it. The skate dish was delicious. I'd like to try the Mermaid Oyster Bar in the village.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't believe we hadn't been here
It was my birthday, and I wanted a whole lobster in a great NY spot but not those new, famous but rustic places in Red Hook. Specifically, I wanted to sit on a chair not a bench, in a place with nice service and a full bar, and not be rushed or fleeced. My daughter suggested Mermaid Inn.
My husband laughed at some other reviews that mentioned it was a place to take one's parents from out of town. Well, we are from uptown, but it was perfect for us and our grown children too. I feel like we discovered a new place that will join our widening rotation of reliable, welcoming neighborhood restaurants. I expect I'll try them for a nice lunch with a friend before too long.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood spot with
Great neighborhood spot with warm, comfy ambience, knowledgeable and friendly servers and an inspired menu,
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, the service and the ambiance all exceeded my expectations for this neighborhood destination.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy Hour Oysters
Met a friend for early dining and happily enjoyed oysters (happy hour pricing) a nice French table wine and a delicious iceberg wedge. Management and wait staff was friendly and warm. They love to create a fun atmosphere, and a little cup of pudding rounded off a great evening. Such a wonderful vibe and quality meal, I would not hesitate to return.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always consistently good
They have a niche and they do it well, with care, with professionalism, with friendly service. Oysters this time of year are wonderful.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best happy hour in town!
You can't go wrong with this UWS establishment's happy hour. The food is very good, the service even better. When we first arrived right at 5pm, only a handful of diners were present, but by 5:30, the place was packed! I visit NYC a couple of times a year and always make sure to make a stop here!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service but
Great food and service but very noisy and crowded. If you like that scene you'll love it . Backroom a bit more quiet but not by much.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Happy Hour
Love that they have happy hour 7 days a week! The shrimp slider is amazing! Wish it were a tiny bit bigger but their food is always outstanding!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place for seafood -
great place for seafood - especially when you are there for their Happy Hour.
They have 2 or 3 more venues in New York city, which likely are as good.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place!
It's really a lovely place, with great seafood, great drinks, and a reasonably priced wine list. All the staff is very nice and seems like there are regular neighborhood diners. We hope to go back regularly, especially the Happy Hour and the special nights.
The tables are a little small, but makes it all seem a bit more festive and friendly, especially in the back.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you love oysters.....
The Mermaid Inn has the freshest oysters and clams and the best sea food for a neighborhood place that's fun, relaxed with great ambience, great service and excellent food. If you come for Happy Hour, the oysters are a buck a piece! :) Love this place, so fun! Best to make dinner reservations as it's always crowded!!!!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
An oasis in an empty sea
Good food, reliable service and a small menu, but worth the night out.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a fabulous restaurant with an neat menu. Wonderful appetizers that hit the spot.
Service fantastic and the chocolate mousse yummy!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely dinner, as
We had a lovely dinner, as always. However, we are semi-regular customers and as much as we always enjoy coming here, we were disappointed that even though we mentioned on our reservation that it was our 33rd wedding anniversary and mentioned this to our waitress, as well, that nothing was done as an acknowledgement of our celebration. Even a toast from the manager would have been nice -- something to let us know that you were aware that we were celebrating with you. We have not been here for other specific celebrations, but being close to Thanksgiving, we thought it would be a perfect, low key way to commemorate our anniversary. It was, but still would have been nice to let us know that we were welcome for this celebration.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mermaid Mary, fish tacos and Old Bay fries. This mermaid is always happy at the Mermaid Inn.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time dining at here and it was a fabulous experience. Our waiter was excellent! The food was overall delicious. A bit heavy handed with the salt in the entrees but otherwise very flavorful. We will definitely return.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM