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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3.7
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3.9
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31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Oysters, only thing the enter the dragon martini had little or no triple sec was very strong, overall a great place to go in NYC

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The best thing about this restaurant is the location and the oysters are also very good. The service is terrible. Our waiter placed two glasses of wine down on our table that we didn’t order and he left them there for a good five minutes before realizing they went to another table. He then returned to our table, retrieved them, and gave them to a couple two tables down from us. Yikes. I had ordered a glass of wine myself and literally was about to take a sip of the glass he had set down (thinking maybe he assumed I wanted a second glass,) and he takes it away. Very weird!

OT
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see old classics never die! Amazing fresh fish and shellfish. Great selection of oysters. Place is a time capsule! Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal seafood in a beautiful, classic atmosphere!

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Good vibes and good food. The waiter was very nice and helpful.

AG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good lively place, super building and large range on menu.
Prompt service

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love bringing friends from out of town to this NYC institution as it always makes for great memories. I love the old school waiters and the menu has such a varied selection that there’s something for everyone. I hope it never changes because there’s so few places left that still encapsulate “authentic New York” like this!

PR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our initial order at 5:30 was forgotten twice and finally received at 6:30 w/remainder of order. Food was unremarkable, overly rich and pricey. Have been going for years (primarily with out oft owners) but it has steadily declined.

ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was absolutely terrible; the food was mediocre at best; and the noise level was very loud

LE
Charleston
104 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great oysters, wonderful seared tuna, generous win pours. We had a musician with us and requested quick delivery on his food which worked out great, however our food took about 30 minutes to be delivered. It was fine since we arrived at 5:30 before an 8 pm show, but longer than it should have taken.

TF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect apart from
The food took over an hour to arrive

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Oysters!! Good Lobster sandwich
You have to be very patient, service is extremely slow
Overall great experience

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Very disappointing. I learned later that the rude service is purposeful and part of the NYC experience..No thank you! They did not have our reservation and I had to show it to them as confirmed on my phone to get a table even though the place was half empty. We ordered a dozen raw oysters as an appetizer but they came out after our entrees. Fried calamari was undercooked and soggy.. Lobster stew was pieces of lobster in a very watered down cream sauce .. drinks were incorrect and meh..Not worth it.

RC
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Grand Central Oyster Bar, although not the show-stopping act of its glorious past, remains an experience worth the trip. This much loved eatery with a storied history is part of the Grand Central Terminal (please don't call it a station) complex that includes shopping, dining, a grocery market...not to mention access to the few remaining trains that operate to and from its platforms. The food is well prepared but very predictable and reasonably priced (by New York Standards.) A new addition that occupies nearly half the floor space is a sushi bar that is very popular with locals. GCOB will not be the most memorable food you've ever had, but it is a great place to remember the grand times of travel by rail in the city that never sleeps.

GM
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Too poor service for such a reknown place and good food

JA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have come here many times because we live in the neighborhood. Today we went for Valentine’s Day and they were just not enthusiastic to work there and the staff looked overworked so you feel like you’re bothering them if you need anything - it took 20 minutes for a waiter to come to us and dinner lasted 90 mins which is too long.
The New England Clam chowder was very very watery and a strange taste. My cocktail was great but I finished it halfway through dinner and had to ask the waiter for another drink and it came towards the end of my dinner.

For value - I would say it’s disappointing.

f
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Awful !
The service was atrocious
The place is old and falling apart
We sat next to card board panels held on by grey tape
The food was at best mediocre
What a disappointing experience
NEVER AGAIN

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

How the mighty have fallen. Food was horrible, we had fried clams, they were cold. The fries tasted of old oil. The shrimp were tough and the breading was cold and oily. The waiter forgot our oysters, we waited 20 minutes. The iced tea was the high point of the evening. Bleh.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

overcooked scallops, lobster, and shrimp. dry risotto

J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I would recommend this place but with reservations - both literal and figurative.

The real problem on Valentine’s Day is that the normally fabulous lobster roll was Just paltry and majorly spiced with tarragon which is my least favorite spice and frankly doesn’t go at all with lobster. Plus with the $32 price tag. I’m sorry I was just disappointed with my meal.

Our waiter was also half-interested and basically look bored with us throughout our entire meal. When I asked him to tell me the specials on oysters, he just said ‘you get them by the piece.’ He didn’t tell me about the six oyster special which I found later on my own. And btw, the oyster special was not at all enhanced by the champagne topping. Just give me the raw.

My partner got the mixed fried clams and oysters which was superior to my overpriced and over spiced lobster roll. Major disappointment. Sorry.

For kind of a smallish meal with two beers, it came to like $140 which is a lot.

There are other lobster roll places than here which are both much tastier and cheaper.

Well, you asked my opinion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little bit pricy, excellent food

H
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Aside from being overcharged for one item, it was great being back at the Oyster Bar again. The oysters were so wonderful they made up for the gluey Manhattan clam chowder. My companion thought the New England chowder was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The reviews are true in that service can be slow as it is a rather large restaurant (especially for NYC). Waiters seemed hurried and the food is decent.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good food, but poor service. Will not return. Waited over 20 minutes for a drink order. Perhaps they were understaffed on a Monday night, but I can’t overlook poor service.

Value did not match the price paid for the meal.

If you choose to go, just get oysters and a beer and sit at either the counter or in the saloon.

OT
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very goid meal

a
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I made reservation at 5.30 pm for two for early quick dinner and went there on time.
The place was empty but we were placed in the way back next to another occupied table when there were plenty tables open.
When I complained, the manager James gave me a terrible attitude about all the other empty tables were reserved.
When I mentioned that I didnt know that one could reserve a specific table, he started ignoring me and moved away.
The waiter initially had an attitude as well but as we kept ordering more food after bottle of wine, he became little bit more friendly,
Bill came to about $350 for early quick dinner.
Not complaining about the bill but the attitude of the workers who don't know the concept of hospitality or keeping customers happy for return visits.
Maybe they are too complacent since they are used to visits by tourists.

JP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the Oyster Bar and we really enjoyed it! The oysters were a little slow coming out but worth the wait. Our dinners were excellent. We are looking forward to going back the next time we are in the City.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Absolute waste of time and money. Left after drinks and appetizers which took over an hour with the waiter never asking to take our dinner order. One drink missed, never arrived, but was on the bill, which we had to almost beg for. Total tourist trap, food fair at best. Worst of all, manager could care less. Avoid and try Cafe Centro at the 45th Street entrance to Grand Central. Night and day difference. The good number of rave reviews for Oyster Bar are not to be believed...

m
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Probably the worst service I have had in years. The food is at best average and overpriced. Other than the location and room this is a place to pass on.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Third time I’ve been here and never disappointed.

AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh. The options so vast. The preparations are rather simple which is my preference. It lets the true taste and freshness of the food shine. If you don't eat seafood there are only two non seafood choices so you may need to go elsewhere. If you do eat seafood you will never want to go anywhere else again.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I ordered the wrong thing. I ordered the Boulabaise (?) which was disappointing. The broth lacked flavor, the lobster was soggy, the mussels were okay, the Cohog clam was tough, no shrimp, no scallops, the bite size pieces of fish could not be identified.
Better luck next time.

DD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So fun to see it again after 15 years. Still great. Amazing architecture. Fabulous good. Still dreaming of the fried oysters. So sweet & velvety!

B
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If it’s Oysters you like and you in NYC, get here. They have an amazing selection, great venue under the amazing Grand Central. The staff were great our waiter esp. we really enjoy

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family trip

E
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Iconic restaurant. Oysters are of course fantastic and the food was delicious. Nice to be eating in such an historic place. Server was most anxious to please. Of course I will be returning.

FC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food is great, service slow. Very understaffed. Noise leves at lunchtime are horrible!

LB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

the bartender was very nice while I was waiting for my table. When my friend arrived and we were seated the waiter came quickly and took our drinks order and our food order. My Stone crab claws and side salad arrive well before my friends lobster roll, even though I could see the waiter working on the computer with one hand while holding her plate with lobster roll in the other hand for a couple of minutes. I did not get a cracker or a small fork to eat my crab with. Also I did not receive any salad dressing. When I asked the waiter for these things I receive them one at a time over a period of about seven minutes.All in all a very mediocre experience.

BE
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want the freshest seafood in Manhattan, this is the place to go. A historic setting in the Frand Central Terminal. It is noisy; but, worth ignoring the noise to enjoy the best oysters, other shellfish, in-house smoked fish, fresh fish, etc. Attentive service. Excellent wine list, by the bottle or glass.

M
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food is always pretty good here but the experience/value is pretty steep-salad and lobster roll-no drinks or sides-coffee $75.expense accounts only need apply

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