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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
6654 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We are a New York landmark with Guastavino tiled vaulted ceilings located on the lower level of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal.

Our dining hours are from 11:30 AM to our last seating at 9:30 PM Monday through Friday. We are eager to serve you again!



Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 490-6650

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kamran Naseem

  • Private party facilities

    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout

  • Private party contact

    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Vanderbilt and Lexington

  • Parking details

    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Main Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    The Main Dining Room is the grandest space in the Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Pass beyond the maitre d’s podium and you are under a sea of Guastavino’s graceful vaults. To your right is a deep alcove; to your left, two smaller alcoves lead to a grand arched window—pair to the one in the oyster bar. Move toward the far wall, and you under a half vault, with an intimate, square alcove to the left. The floors are of square terra cotta tiles, divided by bands of light and dark travertine. Our Main Dining room is set apart from the other dining areas which can comfortably seat up to 250 - 300 guests for a cocktail reception, depending on the setup, perfect for hosting a private or semi-private event for a variety of special occasions.
  • Saloon Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    At the far end of the Oyster bar, under a sign in the distinctive typeface designed by Hans Küng and through a pair of swinging half doors, is the Saloon. You’ll find the same brown leather chairs and tables covered with red-and-white checked tablecloths, but the feeling in the Saloon is quite different from all the other spaces in the restaurant. We offer private and semi-private accommodations in the Saloon Dining area. We can accommodate up to 80 (100 with bar seating) or up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception

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What 6,654 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mon endroit préféré quand je passe sur NY cuisine choix service calme du lieu tout est top
  2. DJ

    DJMF

    Hawaii

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Manhattan clam chowder was good but clams were a little gritty. Oysters were excellent! Stone crab was good. Clam linguine was ok. Clams were a little gritty. Service was good.
  3. M

    Mikehotel

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This iconic restaurant deep in the bowels of Grand Central Terminal, is beginning to show some wear - especially in the Saloon where we were seated. Main courses - a whole steamed lobster and fried scallops were excellent. I can't describe the service, except to say that is was perfunctory, at best.
  4. JW

    JohnW

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very disappointing. Waited over an hour for food. Then 2 of us were told that Dover sole was no longer available. 2 had tuna but had to send back as not cooked as requested. Supposed to be a Greek salad but no dressing. When we asked for the missing tsatsiki we were given a herb mayo. We all ate at different times. Asked for sparkling water but was not provided. Still managed to bill us for it though. I would suggest you avoid this place at all costs. 250 dollars wasted for 4 of us. Waiter said he would tell the chef about our complaints!
  5. FO

    FlavieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mythic environment, great service and delicious seafood!
  6. DD

    DininginDallas

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    One entree was cooked perfectly, another was over cooked. It was ok, but didn’t meet my expectations for the price and lackluster service.
  7. PB

    PamB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Appetizers were a bust. Wait staff was scarce so it made good service impossible. Veggies were a huge hit and saved the actual meal. Portions were small, but what food was on the plate was prepared well. Overall, I’m glad I ate dinner here once, but would not come back again.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It took about 20 minutes to get waited on. Our appetizers came nearly 30 minutes. People who ordered after us got their food before us. Finally the main entree. I got linguine with white clams sauce. The whole dish was under seasoned. The pasta overcooked and the sauce had too much butter that all you tasted and felt when you ate the pasta was the butter. There was no brine taste of the clams in the dish
  9. R

    Reviewer

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as always!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was great to visit the Oyster Bar. We had already decided to go for the lobster and we enjoyed to be invited to the tank and pick the one. The lobster was delicious and we enjoyed the side dishes as well as the wine. My husband’s Visa card was declined due to the the fact it needed a pin. The waiter just told it was declined and asked for another card. This isn’t the best service.
  11. NB

    NikiB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought it was amazing 🤩 the lobsters 🦞 were so 😎 and the food was very tasty.I will definitely be coming back someday
  12. B

    Blackdogsdad

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Eating in the Saloon was great. The experience was not to be missed. The food was excellent with a very comprehensive ranger of native oysters and other sea food. The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable, especially regarding those oysters, complemented by a bottle of Chablis…a dining experience not to be missed. My only slight criticism would be that a table for two could be larger, away from the wall, therefor more comfortable. I would certainly visit again should I visit New York from England in the future.
  13. D

    Dancingspirit9

    Tucson

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If there is a better seafood restaurant, it is not on this planet! They source the very best and perfectly prepare it. Bravo!
  14. CP

    CarlosP

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un excelente servicio e inmejorable menú. Recomiendo hacer reservación antes de las 20:00 para encontrar variedad de platos disponible, la cocina cierra a las 21:15hrs. Yo cometí el error de reservar el último horario disponible en opentable, y si no hubiera sido que llegué temprano, no hubiera cenado nada! Muy mal por OpenTable que permite reservar a las 21:15hrs. Tendremos que repetir para alcanzar un crabcake ;)
  15. BG

    BertrandG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Nice expérience, delicious fishs, Very Nice place
  16. AJ

    AlisonJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Good food. Great atmosphere. Wonderful setting.
  17. TS

    TedS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The location (Grand Central) is outstanding, and I always reserve a table in the Saloon, decorated with maritime memorabilia. The staff has a tough job when the Saloon is full, and one needs to relax a bit and not expect immediate responses. Our credit card bills got reversed so the calculations had to be redone, no problem in the end. This was the fourth dinner since the restaurant reopened, and I will be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its was a lovely evening. Our waiter Evelyn was wonderful. A great place to celebrate.
  19. A

    Advisory

    New York Area

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great location and service. Always prefer Saloon searing. This time around, Fried calamari and “chips” (of fish and chips) not up to usual standard. Still a keeper. Will continue to coming back.
  20. RR

    RodR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad you are back! One of my favorite restuarant's in NYC.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Such a good restaurant - staff were everywhere and helpful. The place was packed which added to the atmosphere. Food was delicious - BIG portions and a great setting under Grand Central
  22. SF

    StephenF

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    It feels like a restaurant coasting on its reputation and location. While the food remains solid (not exceptional), the last two times we have gone (mostly for convenience), the service has been slow and inaccurate and the attitude exuded is that they don't really give a damn about their customers. Going to start going to Sea Fire Grill, Isla & Co and others close by.
  23. RM

    ReyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The best part of the night with the oysters. However, my main entrée lacked seasoning. Our waiter was nice, but seems miserable.
  24. JH

    JulieH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    While the service was good, the food was not. The Manhattan clam chowder had a pasty mouth feel like uncooked roux or too much cornstarch. It was bland and boring and not bountiful … maybe 5 pieces of clam and two of potato. The oysters were yummy, but the oyster liqueur had been spilled from half of them, and the so-called mignonette sauce contained neither shallots nor seasoning. The supposedly house made key lime pie was also gluey and bland. And, topping the pie with fake, industrial, hard ‘whipped cream’ piping was as audacious as it was astonishing in this day and age. All in all, the food was a cynical show of contempt and disrespect to the restaurant’s patrons.
  25. JT

    JeffreyT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything -- food, service and atmosphere was delightful. Would recommend to anyone.
  26. A

    urbandinerinAtlanta

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Been to the Oyster Bar many times over the past 20 years. This time, our soup was cold and the bowl was served in a sloppy manner— based on the prices, we expect (and have, in the past, enjoyed) better quality — we do not think we will return next time.
  27. DC

    DonaldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oyster bar is fantastic. Fresh fish was delicious
  28. V

    Verbier

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Place to have oysters. Cocktails not too special. Disappointing place
  29. PG

    PhilippeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large choice in the menu, good quality, nice place for a dinner
  30. PS

    PeterS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Always reliable and beloved by out-of-town guests as iconic NYC. Pan roasts are sui generis.
  31. S

    Suzie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    No flavor in the linguine Souse in Pan Fry tasted like powder and not fresh. I was not able to eat my meal due to this. However, the oysters were nice.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great History and great food!
  33. BB

    BusyBea

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The scallops were chewy and tough; the steamed potatoes were cold. The mixed vegetables were fine. The service was minimal since the server was complaining about being overwhelmed with too many people to serve.
  34. SB

    SaulmaB

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The service was horrible .. have to keep flagging down the waiter for a drink refill. They were not attentive at all
  35. JM

    JaneM

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal, with good and really helpful service. Food and drinks were excellent quality. Really could not fault it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    183 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    183 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    If you enjoy fresh seafood, this is the premier NYC place to enjoy oysters! There were more than twenty types available when we enjoyed lunch there last week. Service is usually prompt and most of the servers can speak authoritatively about the various offerings. Highly recommended!
  37. W

    Whoeatsbetterthanme

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Been here many times throughout the years. The hot food was not hot, nothing cooked was cooked very well, the raw oysters, and the lump crabmeat cocktail, were not chilled, cold, Bloody Mary was lackluster. Couldn’t hear or understand the server. Still tipped 20%, because we’re industry folks, but it was not a place I will venture back to, anytime soon! Won’t be considered an iconic restaurant for much longer, if this is the best they can do!
  38. j

    jill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints!!! The service is always so good and the food is incredible. And it’s just a cool place to meet up.
  39. o

    olivierf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rare and steeped in history. A must to reconnect to a quickly disappearing NY.
  40. JS

    JeffreyS

    Portland

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    It just wasn’t that good….. Food was just average at best

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Grand Central Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 490-6650.

Grand Central Oyster Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 6654 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 120 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vanderbilt and Lexington

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kamran Naseem

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 490-6650

  • Private party facilities

    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout

  • Private party contact

    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650

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