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
108 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)fit for foodies (49)romantic (35)vibrant bar scene (32)hot spot (28)special occasion (21)good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (7)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Small and very good
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was unfamiliar with this place but booked it due to the good reviews on OT and the area I was going to be in. Very crowded and pretty loud on a Saturday night (the restaurant is a wide hallway of tables and a small room) but there was a table ready for us at our reservation time (thank you!) and the service was great. The fact that Happy Hour is every day made for a great deal on a few drinks and oysters and the food was all very well prepared and tasty. Love the lack of a dessert menu and little cups of pudding - just enough to finish off the meal and acknowledges the fact that there are a lot of other places nearby for sweets. Would definitely recommend - great seafood in a casual atmosphere and good fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Night with Great Food
    KKatVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This place provided the perfect setting for an intimate birthday dinner. Romantic ambiance and a great friendly vibe. Started with Oyster Shooters which were delicious. Next a mix of raw bar oysters and clams were so fresh. Recommend sharing the famous lobster roll and the salmon dish! Definitely going back and definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mermaid Oyster Bar Village gem
    jasonVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our reservation was honored immediately although the restaurant was super crowded. Our server was friendly and fast, oysters fresh and delicious as were the tuna tartare tacos and lobster roll. Nice wines by the glass, good choices for the fish and oysters. Many visits to this branch of the small chain, good every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great place for a drink and appetizers right after work or for a light supper. Everything is fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • andi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We took advantage of the Happy Hour. The food was very good, but the service was too good. Everything was brought out almost at once, five minutes after we ordered. You got the feeling that they wanted you out as quickly as possible. Not a relaxing meal at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fran our waitress was rude
    ShandaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fran our waitress made our dining experience unpleasant. She was rude and unprofessional.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was so noisy that I couldn't hear my dining partner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dollar oysters are a must
    NYCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My favorite place to come for happy hour- dollar oysters, good inexpensive cocktails and free chocolate mousse! What's not to like?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mermaid is fun.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Mermaid has really good food and is a fun place to eat it. The pasta with clam sauce is a little pricey, but worth every penny: it's among the best I've eaten. People seem to enjoy themselves so much that it can be kind of noisy, but the din in the back room is manageable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant, fun and delicious
    MVP88VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Have been getting lots of recommendations for this place for a while so finally visited when my cousins came to town. What a gem! It is small and intimate, great for catching up with people over delicious food and wine. Get the tuna tacos - simply amazing. Our server was lovely - attentive without being overbearing, allowing us to request "just two more minutes" before ordering about 10 times. The lobster roll was huge and delicious, the linguine was drowned in sauce but that is the way I love my pasta so suited me perfectly, the mussels were huge and flavorsome. Reasonably priced and complementary chocolate mousse dessert. Will be back time and time again for seafood done well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic oysters and lobster
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is the second time we've visited the restaurant. Like the previous time, great atmosphere, friendly service and amazing food. It was Sunday and they had the Lobsterpalooza for $26. Two of us had them and we were not disappointed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and friendly
    FoodTraveler
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved the calamari. All our food was great and the staff was very accommodating. Good range of seafood and great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happiest of Happy Hours
    nomnomVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Mermaid inn advertises their happy hour as the Happiest of Happy Hours and they're absolutely correct. The waitress we had, Dillan, was amazing. She was attentive and very sweet overall. I always have this place in mind when planning to take someone out for oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour Steals
    EasyTraveller123
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Mermaid Inn's happy hours are a steal--raw oysters at $1. Excellent tomato and watermelon salad. Service was pleasant, helpful and quick. This is where to eat when going to Film Forum.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing!
    RaeF
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best food and service in town. Always the freshest, most responsibly sourced seafood, with a fabulous atmosphere and the best service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood
    Stage5Eater
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was great, oysters were outstanding. Also got the Old Bay fries because we saw another table fighting over them...yum! I definitely want to check out their happy hour, although it looked packed. Dinner at 7:30 was low key. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only place 4 lobster roll & bloody
    KyleMcD34VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The $1 oysters at happy hour were awesome! The lobster roll and bloody mary were even better! A must visit in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing time
    Ilovewine2VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My boyfriend surprised me for an happy hour there yesterday with 4others friends...we had such a great time..our waiter was wonderful..we probably had 100oysters on top of all the other things we ordered..im really happy as a big fan of oysters i really had a blast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need 2 come back w/diffnt server
    ILoveToEat2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Ive been waiting to come to Lobsterpalooza all summer long and finally made it with a close friend visiting from out of town. The lobster was good but our server was terrible. He was snarky from the get go, we immediately ordered our Lobster to start and he acted so annoyed having to take our order and gave us a terrible annoyed attitude the whole time. We were excited to try the lobster (which we stated as a starter) and planned to order more food and try a few entrees, but he never followed up with us to take our order until we were completely finished with the meal. Also when he dropped off our food we had no crackers or proper flatware to dig and we had to flag him down to tell him.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    friedoyster
    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.
  • Oyster Paradise!
    MC173VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Superb oysters! Great drinks! Helpful staff! Great selections (lobster)! Went there the first time with friends and we are all planning to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always love the good ole mermaid inn, although the east village has got to be my favorite location with the outdoor seating and more room. They are all very similar with service, vibes & food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 484 reviews are from the The Mermaid Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish Tacos and much more YUM
    urbicoastalVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    a reliable go to place in NYU area. So good that the happy hour timeframe gets mobbed (great pricing on libation and oysters at that time). Fish tacos are not "cheap" but they are yummy unique. As are the daily specials and other offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • 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
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    • 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.