Grand Central Oyster Bar

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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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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

One of the worst experiences ever. Both of our fish dishes were dry and overcooked. Clam Chowder lukewarm. Had to send wifes dish back to correct mistake on sides and by the time it came back mine was almost cold. Noise level was very high and it was freezing cold . Too bad as we were looking forward to this NYC "icon"

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BM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Iconic eatery under Grand Central station.
We sat at the Bar in the Salloon during happy hour. Had a Gin Martini each, fish tacos, fried oysters and buffalo calamari. I’d strongly recommend this place.

However, the main menu looks a bit expensive by my standards so checkout the Menus on their website.

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

Very good food. Horrible and rude maitre d. Place was empty and I asked to sit at a table for four. He explained all were booked. When we left two hours later, all were still
empty except for one occupied by a kid and his girlfriend.
I asked maitre d why he hadn’t given us a bigger table. Policy, he replied. I asked why the kid was given one. He said that’s the owner’s kid. Sufficiently rude to make we wonder why we’d come. Owner should teach his front office the basics of hospitality.

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

The fish is fabulous. An excellent wine list. The service is exceptional.

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

The food is excellent. I’ve been going there for decades. It never disappoints I you want a fun vibrant place with great seafood this is it. If you want a quiet intimate place this isn’t for you.

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NS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We've enjoyed the Oyster Bar in the past, but this visit was disgraceful. The first thing they told us was that it would take 20 minutes to get anything from the raw bar. We now know that's the cue to leave and go elsewhere. We opted to go straight to entrees, and we each ordered a daily special -- the soft shell crabs for me, the linguini in white clam sauce for my husband. It took the better part of half-hour to get the meal. The soft shell crabs were OK, nothing special. The linguini was the real disgrace. There were a few clams in shells on top, along with some rock shrimp and partially melted cheese. But there was no clam sauce. None. The linguini tasted like it had just come out of the hot water and been plopped into the plate. The waiter handled it very well -- he took the dish back, took it off the bill, and when my husband said he'd eat later, the waiter said, "you have to eat. I'll give you clam chowder, no charge," which was very nice. But it still didn't make up for the earlier wait for the food. And it occurred to us that if they had just poured some of the New England clam chowder over the linguini, that would have solved the problem. Sadly, we're going to hestitate before going again.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A New York Classic! Always worthwhile to make a stop.

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WH
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite places in the city. Huge assortment of Oysters and Fresh fish. They also have all the traditional Seafood Dishes, something for everyone. The atmosphere is unique as is the architecture.

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LH
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The food is good but you really go for the beautiful venue and all the history.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service oscillated between rushed and negligent. Food had been sitting under hot light for very long.

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RP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

So you can go, but don't order anything beyond the oysters, which were as good a selection and fresh as they've always been. But a rubbery overcooked and too long in the fridge half lobster for the lobster app was a waste of energy getting it out of the shell. The Dover sole at $40 came bones in, nothing resembling Meuniere sauce, only a dribble of melted butter. The parsley potatoes we ordered were water-logged unpeeled little reds in some kind of grease, not a green dot of parsley to be found. the "herb butter" that came with my friends scallops bore no resemblance to butter - maybe herbed olive oil? - but not even clarified butter. Inedible. Green beans on the side right out of an overboiled school lunch, limp and tasteless. Seems they've turned the non-oyster menu into overpriced Red-lobster quality seafood for tourists. Or is there a separate room for locals that serves high quality simple seafood? That's the only thing that could get me to come back. Oh, and the oysters.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd Anniversary. First date dinner in 2017 was at the Oyster Bar after meeting in Grand Central Station

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They made it special for us even though it is such a touristy place

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FG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall it was good as usual but for the first time we had to wait a long time and my fish wasn't well cooked.

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A
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy eating there!

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TF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal as usual. Busy on a Friday but we still were able to have great conversation around a big round at ble for six. Oyster selection out of this world. Go with the specials and be prepared to be wowed

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our bad experience started from the moment we walked into the restaurant. The hostess walked us to our table that was in a dingy corner, next to air vents. When we asked for an alternative table, she told it was the only one she could give us where an extra chair could be added. She did manage to find us a second table, but she made sure that we knew she was not happy about it. The bad lunch experience continued when our lunch arrived. My friend had ordered a $32 lobster salad but asked if she could get romaine lettuce instead of mescaline; the few measly leaves of romaine on the plate were brown around the edges. When she mentioned this to the waiter, he actually told her that is what the lettuce is supposed to look like. He finally agreed to replace it. On our way out, I decided I would lodge a complaint with the manager only to find out that the hostess was one of the managers. I had not been to the Oyster Bar in years and will never return.

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D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A seafood go to! Everything your heart desires. A New York experience.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Not a nice experience.. food was tasteless, we got the lobster roll and lobster salad.. my friend was sick just a few hours after eating the salad. Not saying that the problem was the food but..
Service was good with one of the waiter, he was helpful so thanks for that. Another waiter brought our plates. I had my napkin still folded on the table and apparently I was not quick enough so he decided to take the napkin and throw it to my knees before I even got a chance to take it. I mean.. don't do that ! rude. + it was really expensive. I don't mind paying more when there is quality but clearly this place doesn't have it.

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CG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed with the Oyster stew. I remember it being so good. The consistency was similar to lobster bisque with whole oysters. It tasted good but I was expecting thick and chunky. I guess I selected wrong item. I’ll return again.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We stopped in for an early lunch during the week. Understandably the vibe was more rushed and faced paced with mostly business people. I'm sure it would be better for a tourist to visit during dinner. I ordered the special and the fish was fresh but not much flavor. I enjoyed the clam chowder and ice cream. Very unique dining room.

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MV
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Avevo avuto ottime indicazioni sul locale, con un'ambientazione sicuramente originale, ma sono rimasto soddisfatto a metà: servizio poco professionale da parte di cameriere che masticava la gomma americana in continuazione, shellfish troppo freddo per essere apprezzato, nonostante la freschezza ottima. Calamari fritti decisamente modesti, dolci discreti.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply sublime it’s my 5th visit to the big apple and have been to the oyster bar 6 times with different friends we love it what a venue thank you steve green

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a birthday celebration in NYC. I put that on the Open Table reservation. They never mentioned it! Disappointed.

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B
London
34 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Bloody Mary’s - great!
Oysters - great!
Cajun fried popcorn shrimp - should be renamed “popcorn shrimp” - there is not a hint of Cajun spice in the shrimp!
Pan roasted clams - clams were over cooked and the sauce they were in lacked seasoning.

Other than the oysters, the food was distinctly average.

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WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great oysters, great entrees, compatible neighbors and a relatively quiet location in a big room.

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oyster selection and huge menu . Good to have a reservation . Servers were knowledgeable and friendly . Love the architecture of the vaulted ceilings.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty good but definitely overpriced. My husband and I asked for a dozen oysters and the waiter said he’d mix up the types and obviously put in the most expensive ones from the list. Service was so slow and it took forever to get the server’s attention. Also; the hostess would not seat us even though there were plenty of tables open so we had to “wait at the bar” until something “opened up”.

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C
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food slow service

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g
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

outstanding food and excellent service in the middle of Grand Central

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Seafood doesn't seem fresh. I didn't find the place very clean. Service was great and the look of the restaurant is great.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always while in NYC visit Oyster Bar and enjoy the ambiente, servicie and Food. This time was different because, what was told, had problems with manpower and the service was very slow. They request our pardon

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

ホタテがすごく美味しかったです!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

品川の支店?よりコスパは良い感じでした。

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GC
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great experience. Highly recommend a visit .

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Dirty martini was all olive brine and no Tito’s

Meals were awful.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Must go oyster bar - I try and go every time I’m in town and tonight was no exception. Lovely!

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CJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Oyster Bar is a New York mainstay. It's very old school and always offers a solid meal. The services always excellent and the food is always very good. This last visit, the boullabaisse was pretty good, not great and the kale side was overcooked. But the fish is always fresh, cooked perfectly and fabulously delicious. I will most certainly be returning. Always order the creamed spinach side. Yum.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I first heard of GCOB's oyster pan roast through a PBS program. The first time I tried to eat there, I walked in circles through the station, not finding it. The second time, the restaurant was closed for vacation. This time, with 3 and 1/2 hours between trains, I decided the Oyster Bar was my NYC activity for that brief visit. I walked from Penn to GC, observing NY on a weekday along the way with Bryant Park as the high point.

I loved the interior of GCOB. I could not stop looking up at the tile covered barrel arches.

I'm a small woman and I know how much I eat. The waiter insisted that the oyster pan roast would not be enough food and that I should order something to absorb the liquid. He recommended French fries. I feel no need to include fries with any meal, so I chose the spinach to provide for better nutrition. I ended up with double the amount of food for any meal.

Spooning the spinach into the oyster sauce was a treat as the flavors complemented each other. I would not have enjoyed the fries, had I ordered them.

I chose the blueberry clafoutis with Italian meringue for dessert. The meringue was a visual and flavor treat but the clafoutis less so. Overly firm and cold, it and the waiter's insistence I order more food are the reasons I gave the Grand Central Oyster Bar just four stars.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

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