Grand Central Oyster Bar

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5675 reviews
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Seafood
A New York landmark with Guastivino tiled vaulted ceilings. There are two dining rooms open for reservations and walk-ins. The oyster bar, lounge, bar, and counter seating are open to first-come first-serve customers. There are 450 seats for you to choose from and we offer 25-30 varieties of the freshest oysters and seafood.

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The Infatuation
7.7

Grand Central Oyster Bar is a legendary, Classic NYC Establishment located inside Grand Central Station. There ain’t another place like this in the world, and unless you commute from Westchester everyday, it can be easily forgotten. Don’t let that happen.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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EB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

When visiting the city I always like to put in an appearance at the Oyster Bar. The food is excellent even if the restaurant is a bit touristy. The wait staff is a bit snooty, but that's almost part of the ambience.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to eat here the food is always amazing as well as the service. It’s a must if you’re visiting NYC!!

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IC
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

High energy old school stalwart in Grand Central. Nice place for quick bite to eat prior to train travel. Compared to other seafood options in NYC has slipped a bit but still OK.

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ET
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this NYC classic and will be back! The service and food never disappoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Grumpy wait staff, unfriendly hostess, atmosphere & service not worth half the price. Will not return or recommend. Server assistants were the only positive feature

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

If you're a sea food lover, than yes. However, if you're not their select for non-seafood eater is very limited. I got the roasted chicken meal, and it was very dry. Didn't care for it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Felt more like a tourist trap. Ice bucket for wine brought only when bottle was literally almost complete despite a request for one much earlier. The minute we had concluded our dinner we were offered dessert or coffee but declined. The check/cheque was immediately placed on the table without my requesting it which infuriated me and make the guests feel like they need to get out ASAP! Food was average. All in all I will not be returning.

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Z
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy and fun. Good food. Can be extremely noisy at prime time

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CP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Going bad from year to year... sorry because in the past it was an institution in NYC. Not suggested.

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BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The Lemon Sole was dry. The plate was so hot yet the food on it was not. I would not be returning. Very disappointed.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and ambiance were good.

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a restaurant as old as this, over time you're bound to have a middling experience. And I have, in the past. But this time, everything went great. They did raise prices considerably, so if it's just for the oysters, go to Tracks in Penn Station. But if you want to put on the Ritz while gulping down ostreidae, the Grand Central Oyster Bar is still a good choice.

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JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We booked a meal here based on the history of the Oyster Bar and the generally good reviews from recent patrons. It's an odd place for sure...with the waiters in paper hats and the decor that hasn't changed in decades. But, the white wine was nicely chilled and the oysters were fresh. Our server Fernando was friendly and attentive. My husband had the bouillabaisse and it was flavourful with great shell presentation. The daily special trout was good. Cheesecake was outstanding. It's a pricey meal but an experience.

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ED
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Grand Central Oyster Bar is Old New York, with its Guastavino Ceiling and classic location. More important, the seafood is absolutely fresh and well prepared, setting a standard that is seldom matched these days. Generous portions, too.

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d
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good value for dollars - generous portions, varied menu, good options

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OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose was my server and made
Sure my dining experience was perfect. He is really professional

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C
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best seafood restaurants in NewYork

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic venue, tasty oysters, good service. What's not to like.

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c
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in NYC! Exec Chef Sandy Ingber does an amazing job turning fish and seafood into scrumptious works of art!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Glad to have done it, but better for lunch than tor dinner. Not one bit romantic and we were rushed. The servers were nice but the service way too fast.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our reservation was made with no problem and was seated right when we arrived. The food was fantastic. The service however was slow. We had to wait close to 45 minutes (after flagging down our server) to finally place our dinner order and order a second round of drinks. Our appetizers and starters did come first and timely. Once our dinner order was placed, it didn't take long to arrive on our table and everything was great! Overall everything was great and I would come back again.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Eat in the saloon, noisy and crowded- just like NYC!!

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TE
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and very varied selection of seafood. Oysters so fresh!!

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JD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

rubbery clams, dry sole, inattentive wait staff, but the manhattan was well prepared

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M
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having been here 15+ years ago I was looking forward to taking my husband for the 1st time. Atmosphere was just as I remembered it with a noisy buzz about it. Services was good till the end when we where offered dessert menu after we had dessert then got the bill twice (2 servers not knowing what the other had done) food good and I would recommend.

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j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The history and architecture are worth a visit. Stick with the raw seafood, especially the oysters, and the chilled cocktail fare. Grab a nice white wine from the fairly priced wine list and you’ll be just fine. The saloon might be a better bet should I return.

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SJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New York classic. Overall solid experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The oysters bar is an institution of and seemed the perfect spot to take friends from out or town who hadn’t been to Grand Central Station before. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment.

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WH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for shad roe. It was only available with a shad filet. Shad roe was over cooked. Also went for the belon oysters. They are always the very best. My wife had a combination pan roast. The taste is haunting. I have been a lunch patron at the Oyster Bar since the mid sixties, which is before it went broke and was resurrected by Restaurant Associates. It is a great restaurant in a memorable space. It was an off night for the shade roe. I have had better, there and at home. Service was excellent. Our waiter was terrific. It is generally the best fish restaurant in New York..

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B
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good although had to send back for re-heating since shrimp and rice were lukewarm and string beans cold but the waiter came back with hot food very quickly. Lovely iconic venue to share a meal but was much more pleasurable after most of the lunch crowd lunch left and the sound level diminished. Will definitely be back.

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m
New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off hours is quieter

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NK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

$30 for a lobster roll was a lot. I was expecting something amazing when it was that price but got a pretty regular roll with some sweet potatoes chips and coleslaw. I’d recommend for a friend but would advise to stick to the specials

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server, Jose who made our dining experience excellent

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad place

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RC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

Vastly overpriced, average food at best, good service, just a lost glory trying to painfully recover. Not worth the money.

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FW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

This restaurant had terrible service. In my reservation I requested a booth and when I arrived the attendant stated there weren’t any available when clearly there were a ton of booths open. Also, the waiter had an attitude as if he didn’t want to service us. I’m not sure if it was because we were black or what, but his attitude dimished our experience. The raw oysters we ordered were good, but not so good to deserve the treatment that we received. There are million restaurants in NYC. Don’t go to this one!

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SP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Energetic - our table was in the corner against the wall and we could hear the conversation from an interior table. Food was very good. Can't go wrong with oysters.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was below par. They brought our oyster appetizer with our entree. We asked to share a dish and they didn’t split it up for us. They don’t have a kids menu so our kid had to order a $35 steak..ridiculous expensive for a ten year old. Took forever to bring check. I always sit at the oyster bar which is great will never sit down or even go here again. Very disappointing

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n
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

There are people who bring you your food and people who take it away and neither can offer help in case of problems. We ordered the New England clam chowder and asked that it be very hot. It came warm in a chilly dish and it took 20 minutes to get the waiter who took it away and never brought another.

Oysters were ... fine.

Lobster cocktail delivered with a batch of mayo and no lobster fork to work the claw.

Squid salad fully deconstructed and nothing to write home about. Service is inattentive and intermittent.

So many good places to get raw bar and seafood, not sure why you’d go here unless you were traveling through the station.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food overall was excellent with the exception of the clams casino were a wee bit over cooked and therefore tough. The Saloon is absolutely the best spot to eat and be able to talk quietly.

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