The Mermaid Oyster Bar
The Mermaid Oyster Bar

The Mermaid Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themermaidnyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-260-0100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Conrad 212-242-8222x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker & Houston
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a lot on West 3rd between Bleecker St and Sixth Ave.
A word from The Mermaid Oyster Bar
Upon entering Mermaid Oyster Bar, diners feel as though they have escaped the city on a beach vacation. Offering delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere, patrons can enjoy a relaxing and leisurely dining experience away from the hustle & bustle of busy New York City streets. Bringing a bite of the beach to the West Village, this casual neighborhood spot combines a laid-back fish shack mentality with a menu that reads like an oyster bar’s greatest hits: an extensive raw bar; clam shack favorites like steamers, mussels and fried oysters; and a variety of simply prepared whole fish and fish sandwiches. The cocktails and beers on tap and the rollicking classic rock-country playlist evoke the nostalgia of summer on every visit.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
The Mermaid Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (52)hot spot (28)romantic (26)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (15)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nice Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    feels small, secret, warm with great food....and just noisy enough. love the ambience, wouldn't change a thing except the menus are hard to read in dim light....beef up the type.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    Peteeatsthings
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been to the one in upper west side and both are fantastic. The oysters are clean tasting and the cocktails are a little on the weak-side but enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid as always
    nyetVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    standards are tasty, love their fries as always. but SO much louder than the east village location. service generally competent but a bit slow, eg, with taking orders, bringing crackers/bread.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Citygirltraveler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The dressing on the seared tuna salad was the best I have ever tasted and the soft whell crab sliders were yummy. Oysters were great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster bar
    LovemynYC
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It took about 10-15 min to get waited on. Once the order wa taken our food came out fairly soon. Food was excellent
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Monday All Night Happy Hour
    ltapp
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A great spot for a Monday night happy hour. The food is delish, I go pretty much every Monday without fail because their happy hour food menu is the best: oysters, shrimp sliders, calamari... I could go on and on. The main room is definitely a better seating choice and have better servers for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here on a Saturday around 5 30 pm to grab some food before a movie at the IFC. The place was busy but I was welcome with a warm greeting and my table was ready. The sever we had was very knowledgable but seems a bit busy, looked like e was handle the whole Back section himself. We never felt unattended, in fact the food timing was just right and the we ha a great recommendation for the wine. Cite little pot de creme chocolate pudding was given as a compliment to end the meal. Cool vibe, good service, great food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Daily Happy Hour!
    JamesWhiteNYC
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Check out the daily happy hour menu with $1 oysters. It's fantastic! Avoid the wait and book your reservation a week in advance or you may have a long wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming....in every way!
    Em270
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Mermaid Oyster Bar came highly recommended and truly lived up to its charm! The space is well designed with soft mood lighting and table candles making for a welcome aura. The bar delights with unique cocktails. The food... delicious for our warm summer night! We ordered a platter of oysters (Kusshi, Beausoleil and Montauk - perfect trio), lobster and corn fritters w/ maple truffle honey (tasty) and the yellowfin tuna tartar tacos (lively on the palate). I must add a very special thank you to the waitstaff for their friendliness and professionalism. This is why we return for vacations to NYC. My sister and I look forward to our next trip to the Village, enjoying the charms of this darling gem on 79 MacDougal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood!
    Stylin80
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have been wanting to come for here for over 9 months now and I finally visitied on Friday night, I was not disappointed. We sat out the back so the noise was quite low and we could have a decent conversation. Food: Fish Taco's, Kale Caeser Salad, Tuna Crudo were all very good and the quality outstanding. Service: Attentive and not intrusive. We took our time as we were talking a fair bit and were not rushed at all. Price: Perfect. Highly recommend and will definitely be back here. It's good for a fiend catch up or a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing crab boil!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We've been there at least 5 times , but this was the first time at the Tuesday night crab boil……we will be there every Tuesday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sunday Gem
    Cskap
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Sunday evening Lobsterpalooza is great! A real bargain especially in the Village. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Happy Hour!
    MLOSF
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great Happy Hour specials. $1 Oysters were fantastic as were the drink specials, which led us to exploring the menu beyond the Happy Hour specials and enjoy several of the other oyster offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Barrios334
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I've always loved the Mermaid Inn's East Village restaurant, and it's good to see them continuing their form at the McDougal St location. The food is terrific, we ate tapas-style with lots of small dishes, all of which were great. The lobster and corn fritters were amazing, as were the fish tacos, and of course the oysters were first rate. Service was also excellent and very friendly. I'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreekGodVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great for happy hour - especially the drinks and $1 oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lobster special! Cute place!
    CKNYC
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Made reservations and walked over with a friend - it's a perfect, cool, little neighborhood joint with a great casual vibe. Small booths and hi-2-tops, small patio seating in the front. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful, bartender adorable. The oysters were small but fabulous, and the special was a Lobster dinner - amazing! 1.25 lb lobster with corn on cob, cole slaw and potatoes for $26. It was delicious - the only drawback is they only cut the tail open and don't give you anything to clean your hands with... That said, I'd come back in a heartbeat! It's a perfect spot and I hope it doesn't get too crowded over the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the "almost famous" lobster roll
    healthyourselfVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I love ice cold fresh oysters and a tasty lobster roll with a glass of creamy chardonnay...nice dinner for a hot summer night !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh but limited
    Lovely
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We ordered the grilled octopus, jonah crab cakes, kale caesar salad, fish tacos, yellow fin tuna, hush puppies and fried green tomatoes. Hush puppies and fried green tomatoes a disappointment-very bland. Hush puppies had lumps of ?? scallop or butter chunks and had very little taste. Other dishes were excellent; Jonah crab cake had large chinks of crab, little filling which is rare to find.. Chocolate pudding is only dessert.There are other simple options to offer. e.g. gelato easy to accomplish with so many gelato establishments in the area.Ambience is very loud as mentioned by many others-very difficult to have a conversation without shouting. No air conditioning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Drwall
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I were in the area looking for a fish restaurant for a romantic dinner. The Mermaid is small and bustling; the food was excellent, the service was friendly and the noise level wasn't so terrible that you couldn't have a conversation. Everything was delicious and the chocolate pudding at the end was a nice touch. The oysters, lobster roll and fish/shrimp/chicken tacos were all great. Make a reservation, this place is busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always My Go-To Oyster Bar...
    shwen
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My favorite location for oysters and great (sea)food overall. When someone says they want oysters, this is where I always default to, especially with the great happy hour menu (and prices), as well as the great beer on tap. And this location in particular has a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mermaids & Lobster Rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I finally made it in to this fabulous eatery. I shared the Mermaid Tacos and Lobster Roll with my friend and it was delicious. Already booked to go back in 2 weeks and try other things on the menu!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ripbro523
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Always my go-to for a special occasion, one of those places out-of-towners love you to take them to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smithscreek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. Trendy spot with a killer happ hour. Our waitress, Astonia, was helpful and directed us thru the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feedmewell
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Our meal was excellent, perhaps the best lobster roll I have had to date. The oysters were also a delightful experience. Our server was friendly and professional making helpful recommendations which enhanced our dining experience. The decor was light and airy making a small restaurant seem cosy. We look forward to dining at the Mermaid again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crustation lover
    Paddington
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Everything is so delicious and well prepared! Love the little necks and oysters, calamari, greenbeans, sliders, Fish tacos, lobster roll, lobster corn dogs, hush puppies, Scottish salmon, fried oysters... Their oils is fresh and they fry at high temps so light and not greasy..makes all the difference in the world btwn excellent and ehhfried food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great happy hour
    eileen
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I come here ofr the dollar oysters and the oyster shooters. Their osyter and appetizer happy hour is one of the best in the city for fast friendly service. Good any day of the week, but fridays get a bit crowded. Make sure you make a reservation or you will be waiting awhile
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We were 4 pple for happy hour fare. Everything was fresh and tasty. Clams an oysters with beer and wine. We threw in a few tapas and we were set. I'll be back
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lil date spot...
    nycfinds
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Love love love! Oysters, shrimp avocado sliders, lobster corn fritters, and for main course fish tacos. Yum yum yum! You will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Meal, as always
    Nats
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I've been to all the Mermaid locations and they each offer the same excellent delicious food, calming atmosphere and great drinks. I brought a friend who is a chef from out of town, knowing she'd love to eat lots of thoughtfully prepared seafood. We had a marvelous time and I was not surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    0111HCJS
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The oysters and lobster roll were especially delicious. Amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the happiest of happy hours
    nomnomVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Finally came to this location. I've been to the uws and east village locations and I couldn't have been happier with this mermaid inn oyster bar. Our server, Jackson, was very attentive and polite. The food was amazing as expected. Even though oyster season is coming to an end, I'm looking forward to coming here again for the other options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    goodeats23
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great dinner - fun vibe! Highly recommend for fish/seafood meal - good portions, excellent flavor, terrific service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 462 reviews are from the The Mermaid Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • Disappointing Experience
    UWS63VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A friend and I had a very dissatisfying dinner at Mermaid Inn. The service was extremely slow, the server was somewhat apathetic to our requests and seemed like she was doing us a favor. I ordered a green salad which was laden with a pungent horseradish dressing, which I sent back, which I wouldn't have ordered if I knew was served with this dressing. My half of chilled lobster was good, although I had to ask for appropriate utensils to eat it.. The chocolate pudding they served for dessert was a nice treat after a disappointing experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you love oysters... ;-)
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I have wanted to go, since first I travelled to NYC, but only this time I succeeded, and it was just better than man wildest imagination. Wonderful, cheap oysters during happy hour, along with some other great food, of which I tried and can recommend the shrimp-avocado sliders. GO, if you have the same addiction to oysters like me and my mother.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, happy hour, long wait.
    Ozziesmom
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We made a reservation for 6:30 with the intent of taking advantage Of the last half hour is happy hour. Unfortunately, we waited thirty minutes to be sat despite having a reservation and were rushed through ordering happy hour drinks and oysters and as a result, could not take advantage of a second round of happy hour drinks. The food was delicious and our waiter was very nice if a little stressed. It seemed that he was the only server in the dining room. I will definitely be back but hopefully they can make good on their reservations, because isn't that the point of taking them?
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    ktms
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The Happy Hour specials were great. We enjoyed 1 dollar oysters and 6 dollar glasses of wine! What a deal!! Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We have been going to the restaurant on Tuesdays for the lobster roll special, so didn't even need to look at the menu before we ordered. We were extremely disappointed that it was no longer a special, but we didn't find out about the change until the food was on its way and we tried to order the beer with the special. Also, the hostess and our waiter didn't even seem to know about the change, so you should make sure the staff is instructed on changes that affect the customers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Playlist extraordinaire
    Budgie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I knew as soon as I walked in and they were playing "Birthday" by the Sugarcubes that I was going to love the place. The Jam, the Smiths, Oasis. It was like the soundtrack of my life. Oh. And the food was great too. Lobster ceviche was just perfect, dressed with tangy carrots and celery and roasted maize for a little crunch. Took my wife for an evening out without the kids. And she loved it (all 12 oysters!) Definitely somewhere to go back to
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood!
    Rsl212
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Had an excellent meal, perfect for hanging out with friends. 2 caveats: One of my friends is gluten-sensitive, and there weren't many options on the menu for him; another friend doesn't do well with spicy food, and for a seafood place it is surprising how many of the mains, sides and apps are spicy. I loved it, but good to be aware of if either of those is a consideration. Can't wait to go back for the "happy hour" with discount oysters!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing seafood in the Village
    Anna
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    MUST haves: Shrimp corn dogs, Fried oyster and cole slaw sliders - AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.