The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themermaidnyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-674-5870x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cressotti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Mermaid Inn’s completely private dining rooms are perfect to celebrate any special location. We welcome parties of all sizes, for any occasion, in The Mermaid Inn’s and The Mermaid Oyster Bar’s private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Conrad 8884866855
  • Special Events: We regularly hold cocktail and hors d'oeuvres parties as well as private sit-down dinners in the back room or entire restaurant for any occassion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and 6th Streets
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Astor Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Lot at 3rd Ave. & Bowery
A word from The Mermaid Inn
New York’s favorite fish house serves up classic seafood specialties in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Danny Abrams’ flagship Mermaid Inn, dubbed an inexpensive version of Le Bernardin by New York Magazine -- features a cozy, secluded garden in back, sidewalk café in the front and a dining room that’s always buzzing. The cuisine and the décor are sure to bring back your favorite memories of New England. Belly up to the bar and wash down some ice cold oysters with expertly crafted cocktails, or drop by between 5:30 – 7:00pm for Happy Hour & a Half - dollar oysters, drink specials, and a snack menu in the entire restaurant. And if you love wine, The Mermaid’s well selected wine list means you’ll find some gems and some splurges that won’t break the bank.
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The Mermaid Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (69)neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (52)romantic (40)special occasion (25)good for groups (19)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great service, food, and drinks!
    MasaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Just a fun happy hour+ drinks and food. The Dark n' Stormy was authentic too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super fresh and delicious seafood
    Sushiaddict
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything we ate was Super fresh and beautifully seasoned cooked to perfection. Nice variety of oysters. Love the grilled octopus and linguini and clams. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Crab Boil
    PiaPilVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Overall disappointing crab boil. The crabs were already too soft (overcooked?). Will go back, but not for the crabs.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Date
    Knight
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great first date! Myself and my date reconnected after ten years we're both from Maryland so I was trying to find a nice seafood spot in the East Village and The Mermaid Inn not only fit the bill price wise due to "The Happiest Happy Hour" offerings but the food was amazing, served quickly, the server was attentive, and the ambiance was superb. My only issue would be that the drinks were pretty weak. It's happy hour and I'm on a date get me at least tipsy! Bartender's don't need to be shy during happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    AngieDeeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great little spot on the LES. Food is solid, not expensive. Great for a double date or with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Friday night dinner
    TryItOnce
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Perfect for 2 friends & 1 mature <10. We appreciated their strong happy hour drinks, plump $1 oysters, fab shrimp avocado sliders, perfectly breaded calamari & crispy (& cute!) mini fish tacos. Glad we ordered this all at the beginning, since the waiter was missing for ~15 minutes, even after we asked a bus person's help to find her. She came by at 7:01p when HH had just ended. No more sliders for us, but decent Jonah crab cake (yes, singular...there's only one per order) & grilled octopus that was cooked too soft for our taste. We 3 sat & chatted for 2 hours sans interruption, which for a busy NY restaurant, we greatly appreciated. Lovely time overall. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very fun place, really great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. If you enjoy seafood you should check this place out, very fresh and extremely tasty. If you have someone with you who isn't into seafood they have great salads and their steak will have you licking the plate after you're done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Here's to good friends
    mermaidfan58
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always enjoy coming with friends whatever the season. The happy hour oysters are very good. Fish tacos are hidden gems. Missed the crab boil this year; schedule mixup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Other locations are better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have had great meals at the Upper West Side and Macdougal Street locations, but this was disappointing. So incredibly loud, and the food was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall awesome.
    Zhenyoohoo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good service, nice people, easy menu to work with, and just a good experience. I made the reservation, showed up 20 mins early, and they gave me a table, no problems. If you like oysters, clams, or chilled seafood in general, this place is perfect. Easy menu to work with. They don't have a million options, but the options they provide are fantastic. Ordered the small seafood platter, half dozen oysters, half dozen clams, a tuna dish, and added shrimp cocktails. Perfect amount for my girlfriend and I for an appetizer. My girlfriend had the lobster sandwich, it was fantastic and I ordered the snapper which was delicious. Fantastic place, I recommend this place to all seafood lovers. Oh, and they give a free dessert! =D
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Original Mermaid
    heightsrunnerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I am a fan of all locations of the Mermaid Inn but this is the original that started it all and it's as wonderful as the day it opened. The Mermaid Inn personifies hospitality - from the host desk, to the waitstaff to the management customers are treated right start to finish. The food is fresh and innovative and comforting all at the same time. Happy hour - dollar oysters and drink specials - yes please - one of the best deals in town. I keep coming back - the best endoresment of all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday HH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great for Monday HH. $1 oysters and $3 fish tacos. Solid drinks too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Selection of Oysters
    PseudoFoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The happy hour special was ok. $7.00 for cocktail drinks is moderate as there are places that still offer $5.00 happy hour drinks with a bigger list. The $1.00 happy hour oyster was nothing to rave about as it was only 1 oyster choice. The calamari was also part of happy hour, but the price was moderate at best. It was $7.00 for a small basket of calamari. The normal oyster selection was also tiny as they only offer 7 oysters to try from; 5 east cost and 2 west coast. The staff seemed not to know their oysters and had a hard time differentiating them from one another. The best part of the night was the service itself and the free dessert that was available after dinner. Who could resist chocolate pudding?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy/Romantic/Fun Spot
    Macca
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Dinner at the Mermaid Inn was fantastic - wonderful cocktails to start the night followed by amazing raw bar food. This then is complimented by exceptional starter and main dishes. We will be definitely coming back here to work through the menu, trying all their delicious dishes. In addition to the food, the ambience is romantic and whimsical, but not so much its only reserved for lovers. It made the perfect ladies night out, while I would feel equally comfortably taking the out of town parents. I can't come back soon enough. It may be a bit loud sometimes and service can be overwhelmed as it is a popular joint, but we paced the evening slowly so it worked out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mermaid Inn outdid itself
    tomnor
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We'd been coming here for a long time. Over the last 2 years, we've come less often, mainly because the menu changed and it wasn't very appealing. But our latest visit was great, new menu, everything was delicious. We'll be revisiting this restaurant on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Food and Great Service
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and accommodating the service at the Mermaid Inn was. The hostess seated us early so that we could have a table outside even though our party was not complete. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and made great recommendations. Menu highlights include: delicious cocktails, lobster knuckles prepared escargot style, oysters, and the red snapper - this is a must try - delicious fresh flavors with a hint of chili. To sum it up, great food and atmosphere without the pretentious attitude that it could have because it's just that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    CityGalVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Consistently a splendid dining experience. Fish is the freshest, service friendly. Try the tuna crudo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food, ambiance, and friendly service. Lots f fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • audrey
    audrey
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food and service was great - however noise level was extremely loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • stuygirl22VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    much too noisy. Made it very hard to have a conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great happy hour oysters
    LindsayS
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Really enjoyed the happy hour oysters and grilled calamari salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing fresh seafood for NYC
    Mbeirne
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Perfect date spot in east village for the freshest seafood in manhattan. Great selection and happy hour deals. Will be going back again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happiest of Happy Hours
    NYEatsVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Went with friends for their happy hour ($1 oysters & clams). The staff was nice and friendly. Oysters/clams were fresh & drinks were nice and cold :) We ordered other items of the snack menu but I wasn't really impressed (lobster knuckles, shrimp corn dogs and a side of mac and cheese). I will definitely go back for more oysters though...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbeatable happy hour
    t182288VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The Mermaid Inn has an amazing happy hour, but you can tell that the staff is "over it". I would recommend the shrimp corn dogs and if you order any glass of wine it is a healthy pour. The oysters are perfect as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ADEKS
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great all-day Monday happy hour. Less noisy in back patio!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood specialty
    DK1362
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We enjoyed a happy hour menu, including oysters, fish and drinks at attractive prices. The restaurant has a rear garden which is very comfortable and enjoyable. We shall return for happy hour in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Load Noise
    mary
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food delicious. Music too load. Hard to have decent conversation without yelling. Wait staff was efficient, but not friendly. Maybe due to constant exposure to load music. Atmosphere - eat and run.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John77
    John77
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very good food. Fresh sea food.Nice ambiance.Will be back,this time for the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food In a Rush
    czucc
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Though the food was very good, my guest and I felt rushed througout dinner. The wait staff twice asked us if we were done with our food when we were clearly still eating. Dinner would have been much more enjoyable if we didn't feel as if they wanted us out so quickly. this establishment has a very good reputation, so I was both suprised and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best lobster rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My husband, father- and mother-in-law had 6:30PM reservations on a Friday evening. I arrived about 15 minutes late, but they seated the rest of the party right when they got there. That was nice, since some restaurants require the entire party to be there first. The restaurant packed for their happy hour specials (5-7PM EST), which offers $6/$7 drink specials, $1 raw oyster and clams, and a nice selection of reduced priced appetizers, so the noise level was a bit higher during this time. But as the evening wore on, the noise level started to lower. They have the BEST lobster rolls in the city, hands down! It's $28 but worth every penny. They serve a generous portion on a nicely toasted brioche hot dog bun and old bay seasoned fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it and will go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    we loved everything off the happy hour and regular menu we sampled except the calamari which were rock hard (maybe reused the oil too many times) and needs improvement excellent fresh sea food otherwise and bonus kids menu made things really easy service was exceptional Can't beleive we've lived here for 8 years and only discovered MI now!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 89 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 770 reviews are from the The Mermaid Inn reviews archive.
  • Oldie but Goody
    LauraRVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Reliably good food and festive atmosphere in a neighborhood full of meh and sub-meh restaurants...no wonder it is still around. The garden is great if you can get in, but even indoors feels like a little New England vacay, with high-quality seafood and a varied menu. If you don't feel like a slab o' fish, make a meal of appetizers and you'll be more than satisfied. Recommend: fish tacos, shrimp sliders, and oysters, oysters, oysters.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • skiinyfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was great. Got a free side for checking in on foursquare. Complimentary pudding desert was a nice add. The service was too rushed for a saturday night.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday Dinner
    ms10019
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We came for lobsterpalooza and weren't disappointed - it was great! The cast-iron shrimp, octopus and pan-seared chicken were also delicious. But the best part was definitely the waitstaff and service. Our friends bags were taken to a back room for storage and brought out after dinner, check-in was friendly and prompt, and everyone on the way out said goodbye. And, I didn't even mention the complimentary chocolate mousse for dessert - a nice touch at the end of the meal. Thanks Mermaid Inn - we will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun little seafood place
    debb
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Very cute restaurant with pretty garden. Good seafood - great happy hour. A bit noisy, but fun.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour Oysters
    Oystergal
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I've been to Mermaid Inn a couple of times for happy hour oysters. It was great every single time! Large, delicious and fresh oysters. The last time I went however, oysters were almost nonexistent - the smallest! They shouldn't serve oysters that size.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fabulous Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The Mermaid Inn lives up to it's stellar reputation. I chose this restaurant as a belated birthday dinner for my husband and myself. We brought our 14 year old son, and a dear 'foodie' friend. Our reservation was at 6:15 and we were warmly greeted by the two hosts so refreshing in a city where often the "help" act as if you do not exist or that they're doing you a favor. We were brought to our wonderful table near the back garden. Laura was our waitress a real gem! I had six fresh delicious oysters (for $6!) to start off with because there is an amazing Happy Hour menu, and everything we ordered was OUTSTANDING!!! This restaurant is my new favorite...I have told everyone about our amazing dining experience. Kudos to the Mermaid Inn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We loved everything at The Mermaid Inn. The waitress advised us to order drinks and entrees from the Happy Hour menu (we had managed to overlook it somehow). The food and service were excellent and I can not wait to return on my next trip to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucketlist New York
    BucketlistNewYorkVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Take advantage of the happy hour, it's awesome! Honestly, this is the spot to go for oysters and seafood in general. I've been three times now, and have always had a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for quality seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Spicy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wedge salad was served in a hot bowl, not a chilled one. My fish special was Pollock in a curry sauce with veg. I love curry and spicy but this was so over powering you couldn't even taste the fish. Very good service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.