Grand Central Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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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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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Salmon was raw! Server never checked in until the check was requested!

EF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, clean, nice to go with friends

e
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love the food, love the interior and the fact that it’s unchanged. The service is nice. The noise level is very high. It’s difficult to have a conversation.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

As always, food was great. And as usual, service was "meh." Non-attentive, cattle-call feeling to the service. After taking our order, we never saw our waiter again until he came around (as we were almost finished with entrees) asking if we wanted to buy more booze. Getting plates cleared, water refilled, etc., wasn't any better. I don't know why we keep going back.

SC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

After hearing great things about the Oyster Bar, my wife and I were deeply disappointed. The host was less than welcoming and the server was not inviting at all, it seemed as though he couldn’t be bothered. The space is dingy and in disrepair. All of this could be slightly overlooked if the food was fantastic, but it was not. We will not be returning.

MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was nothing like we expected. The food was very poor quality. Our soup arrived cold, salmon was not cooked through and when I mentioned this to the waiter, he stated it was meant to be this way. NO IT WAS NOT!!
My husband ordered calamari with Italian sauce expecting large pieces of calamari and a lovely sauce. What he received was tiny pieces of cheap fried calamari with tartare sauce from a cheap bottle. It could have been
so much better from chefs who cared about the food they served.
It also felt like we were in a big food hall, not an iconic NY restaurant. So much room for improvement at the prices that are charged.
Will not be advising anyone to dine here.

CH
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great restaurant to go to especially if you are coming into the city at Grand Central and doing anything in midtown.

f
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant in an iconic place Grand Central Station. The ambiance is elegant, food was delicious, lively crowd, the best of the NYC experience. Not to be missed for the seafood lover!!!!!

LC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about this before we left and it didnt disappoint. Great venue, good value and the clam chowder was amazing. Recommend a visit.

IT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The restaurant has a feel of a diner

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Es mas la fama que otra cosa. La comida es buena sin ser espectacular. Bastante caro y el servicio bastante regular

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OT
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very crowded & noisy, even in the saloon tonight. But the fried whole belly clams were delicious, the perfect amount of crunch in the breading, followed by the juicy center of the clam. The lobster pan roast was also mouth wateringly tasty. a large tureen filled with lobster stock and huge chunks of delicate, tender lobster meat. Add a pack of oyster crackers and it’s like heaven in a bowl.

TB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is prompt, friendly, efficient, and unpretentious. Great place to dine.

t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good atmosphere and convenient. Service is good and food as well.

LS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved sitting in the saloon forever! Excellent waitstaff, delicious oysters, great wine pairings (by sharing award winners at top of menu). Will return on every trip to NY. Always.

SD
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Authentic NYC experience!

MG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The only reason I would recommend the Oyster Bar is for OYSTERS! and eating them at the BAR. The tables are crowded and it felt like a cafeteria...I ordered sea bass and it was dry, tastelss with overcooked vegetable. We got one roll that was chewy and not warm along with lavasch crackers from a box. Can't tell you how disappointing that dinner was. Thank goodness I odered half a dozen oysters to start. the only thing i could finish...terrible food.

PS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re only in NYC once per year and love to meet at The Oyster Bar. Late lunchtime is quieter.

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters we have ever had, wonderful seafood and dining experience.

EF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I had good memories of the restaurant going back 20 years.
It was a major disappointment.
The service was very slow and surly.
The food was indifferent at best.
All 5 of us rated it very badly

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional good quality

JJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was mediocre, particularly given the prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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

PS
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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 on November 7, 2019
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 on November 7, 2019
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.

PR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food in a iconic location, great thanks to Ty at the bar very friendly.

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.

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