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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed. Cold food (soup and french fries). Asked waiter for bread, but he never brought it.
Entrees undistinguished. Out of most deserts when we ordered. Avoid.

s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional good quality

JJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered bouillabaisse to share for an appetizer and then a large raw seafood platter, and six cherrystones with side of creamed spinach for two of us for dinner. Couple glasses of wine. Everything came at the same time on a very small table. Bouillabaisse wasn't split, no nut crackers for the lobster, creamed spinach was cold. Sent the spinach back, when it came back plate was hot but spinach was luke warm. Yes, just nuked. Raw seafood was mostly good, cherrystones great, bouillabaisse good. Nice room but dusty chandelier over us. Took a while to get the waiters attention on cold spinach and lack of crackers and then to get bill.

TH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service good food a bit pricey but its in Grand Central station

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was mediocre, particularly given the prices.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

None of the things I requested thru opentable were taken it to consideration... service was horrible.

PS
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation and got right in. The initial service was excellent- but after we ordered the service fell off significantly. We didn’t seem to see the same server twice. We had to flag someone down for additional drinks.

Food was just ok. Not hot when delivered. Tasted good.

There was a disgusting flood in the men’s room during our meal that no one seemed concerned with. Brown water all over the floor so most of the bathroom was unusable.

Overall it felt like there was poor management on that shift.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is nice and service is good. The waiter served us patiently with some.recommendations for my choices. Food is good.

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our sons for a Birthday celebration.
We had a ball. Food and service were excellent.
Making it a tradition.

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wait staff started resetting table before we even got up to leave...inattentive waiters

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place to relax and enjoy excellent oysters. Very friendly and helpfull staff.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lackluster food not worth the price. If the mediocre sole mueniere was $25 instead of $45, I’d have left satisfied...

KB
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had dinner here after a matinee show on an early Wednesday evening and it was a good time to be there. Not too crowded, although, we had made reservations. Excellent food and service. We tried several fresh oysters and they were delicious. Both entrees and desserts were great too. Our server was very helpful in making recommendations on wine and food. The only draw back is everything happened really fast. We would have preferred the courses be paced out more as we weren't in a rush to go anywhere else. Otherwise, we would definitely go back.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Fue buena la comida. Muy mala la atención. Muy por abajo de nuestras expectativas. Le quedó el nombre.

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OT
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true N.Y. institution . Dozens of tourists whispering into the corners of the entrance to hear the sound travel diagonally across the arch. The same charming feature makes the dinning room very loud. Less charming, but the fish remains the freshest, best prepared and often different in NY.

p
London
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered three pieces each for five kinds but they didn’t take out order. Instead they offered two pieces each for six kinds. Other than that we enjoyed the dinner.

FC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

No more of one type of the choosen oysters, no more bouillabaisse and no apologizes !

JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The decor/history/location is awesome, but the whole place was full of tourists in t-shirts staring at their phones while they eat french fries. We thought it would be an old-world, classy affair. It ended up being an overpriced cafeteria.

JD
London
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We dined at a quiet time. and enjoyed s perfect table. Our wait staff got all our orders in
and explained the specials. I enjoy the value of the seafood and we eat oysters every time
we dine. There is no other space so well located that gives me comfort with seafood.

PB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Had to wait 45min for 12 oysters - ordered a Maine Fresh lobster: not well cooked, almost raw in some parts and plenty of water inside - just a small plate a side to eat on. Not well organized service.

r
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Terribly overpriced---I was also over billed. -just received notice this morning. Anyway as a long time customer, I think I'm not going back.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Classic restraint in New York. Great soup and decorations. Waiter had no hospitality, it hesitate me for leaving chips, busperson was polite and wished he served me. I’m not sure it is because I was alone and ordered less. Since it was great food, I am disappointed.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have recommended this establishment for many years. But not anymore. It is much overpriced and thé food not tasteful.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food and ambience were lovely. One of the waiters, however, was extremely rude - he came over, counted the tip we’d provided, then scoffed and rejected it. Never experienced such shocking rudeness. A real shame as the place itself and the rest of the staff were lovely. Hope the coat lady enjoyed the tip we gave her instead :) x

AR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Iconic, incredible venue

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n
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The venue is great , but the quality of the food and service was unfortunately very average. Not great value for money.

EL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very disappointed in my dinner the other night. I have been to Oyster Bar many times. It was extremely hot and loud. Food was fair and they wouldn't seat me until my friend got there. I guess I might come back for a drink but not sure I'd come back for dinner again.

CJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The oysters were great. The main course and desert were mediocre at best. Way overpriced. Trading on its name.

CG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The dining experience at this New York institution was a complete let down. We had a reservation and the host could not have been less welcoming letting us stand at his station for what seemed like 5 minutes before acknowledging our existence. Once seated our server took our drink orders and offered us bread. The bread never made it to the table. When it came tIme to place our order for dinner, the server came back about 10 minutes later. My husband wanted the roasted oysters and was told they were out (at 7:30 on a Saturday night??) so he then ordered clams casino and I ordered fried clams as well as our entrees halibut and grilled shrimp. The clams casino came out cold. After the appetizers were cleared away our server returned to ask how our dinner was and did we want dessert or coffee?? The server was so inattentive that he didn’t know that our entrees had yet to be served to us. When they arrived my shrimp were barely warm. Came time for dessert and coffee and we ordered a dessert ala mode. It arrived without. When I mentioned it the server, he did bring it to us for no charge.

For what we paid for the meal the experience should
have been stellar. It was far from it. We would have had a better experience had we stayed in Westchester. Not worth the trip or the money.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

アメリカは十数年間毎年行っていて事情はそれなりにわかっているつもりですが、店頭受付の方を含め、スタッフの接客態度は今までにない最低なレベルでした。
声をかけても明らかに目を合わせず無視している態度、、人手不足が原因なのでしょうが。
6,7回は声をかけてやっとテーブルに来てくれた時は笑顔で接客してくれました。

名物のニューイングランドクラムチャウダーのお味はいたって普通で、魚貝の香りも薄く正直言いまして自分で家で作るものの方が美味しいと思いました。
その他人気メニューのロックフェラーも期待倒れ、、。

お味はともかくとして、接客姿勢で旦那と私は気分悪くして店を出ました。

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NY
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

A friend from Europe wanted to go to this iconic restaurant. The service was abominable, the food was mediocre at best. This is clearly now just a tourist trap and they don't care if no one returns since there are always new tourists. I was terribly disappointed and embarrassed to have brought a friend there from another country. She was appalled and couldn't understand why it was so busy. I couldn't agree more. Would NEVER go there again!

KA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service. Yummy fresh food. Can’t go wrong with this historic establishment.

CJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a great meal

BB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding shrimp pan roast and a beautiful selection of fresh oysters. Perfect!

DT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oyster Bar is a New York institution that has survived the test of time. While it looks expensive, the quality of the seafood is outstanding and the food is perfectly prepared.

K
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Iconic restaurant and sensational oysters!
I do recommend a visit!

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A
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great oysters, probably the best in NYC. Way too noisy to hold a conversation.

V
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. A special treat. Attentive service and terrific food. A celebration!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

For a restaurant with “oyster” in its name, the quality of oysters were completely unacceptable. So bad my guest and I spit them out and couldn’t finish the 18 that we ordered. In addition, the server seldom visited our table; with our meals being delivered and finished with empty drinks. We will not be returning. Shame. I so looked forward to coming here.

JA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Temperature was too hot, server said the building not the restaurant controlled it. Server had to practically be tackled to take our order and give us our bill. The place desperately needs a refresh, but the food and selection are very good. A New York institution.

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