Grand Central Oyster Bar
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
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.
Love to eat here the food is always amazing as well as the service. It’s a must if you’re visiting NYC!!
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.
Love this NYC classic and will be back! The service and food never disappoint!
Grumpy wait staff, unfriendly hostess, atmosphere & service not worth half the price. Will not return or recommend. Server assistants were the only positive feature
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.
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.
Busy and fun. Good food. Can be extremely noisy at prime time
Going bad from year to year... sorry because in the past it was an institution in NYC. Not suggested.
The Lemon Sole was dry. The plate was so hot yet the food on it was not. I would not be returning. Very disappointed.
Food, service and ambiance were good.
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.
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.
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.
Very good value for dollars - generous portions, varied menu, good options
Jose was my server and made
Sure my dining experience was perfect. He is really professional
Still one of the best seafood restaurants in NewYork
Historic venue, tasty oysters, good service. What's not to like.
Best restaurant in NYC! Exec Chef Sandy Ingber does an amazing job turning fish and seafood into scrumptious works of art!
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.
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.
Eat in the saloon, noisy and crowded- just like NYC!!
Delicious and very varied selection of seafood. Oysters so fresh!!
rubbery clams, dry sole, inattentive wait staff, but the manhattan was well prepared
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.
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.
New York classic. Overall solid experience.
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.
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..
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.
Off hours is quieter
$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
Excellent server, Jose who made our dining experience excellent
Very bad place
Vastly overpriced, average food at best, good service, just a lost glory trying to painfully recover. Not worth the money.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.