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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.3
4.3
6446 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

We are a New York landmark with Guastavino tiled vaulted ceilings located on the lower level of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal.

Our dining hours are from 11:30 AM to our last seating at 9:30 PM Monday through Friday. We are eager to serve you again!



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Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 490-6650

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kamran Naseem

  • Private party facilities

    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout

  • Private party contact

    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Vanderbilt and Lexington

  • Parking details

    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Main Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    The Main Dining Room is the grandest space in the Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Pass beyond the maitre d’s podium and you are under a sea of Guastavino’s graceful vaults. To your right is a deep alcove; to your left, two smaller alcoves lead to a grand arched window—pair to the one in the oyster bar. Move toward the far wall, and you under a half vault, with an intimate, square alcove to the left. The floors are of square terra cotta tiles, divided by bands of light and dark travertine. Our Main Dining room is set apart from the other dining areas which can comfortably seat up to 250 - 300 guests for a cocktail reception, depending on the setup, perfect for hosting a private or semi-private event for a variety of special occasions.
  • Saloon Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    At the far end of the Oyster bar, under a sign in the distinctive typeface designed by Hans Küng and through a pair of swinging half doors, is the Saloon. You’ll find the same brown leather chairs and tables covered with red-and-white checked tablecloths, but the feeling in the Saloon is quite different from all the other spaces in the restaurant. We offer private and semi-private accommodations in the Saloon Dining area. We can accommodate up to 80 (100 with bar seating) or up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception

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What 6,446 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and food was fantastic!!

  2. R

    Romantic

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Doesn't stand out enough for me. Fried oysters were just okay. Maybe a house sauce instead of tartar sauce may have helped.

  3. G

    Granny

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Come for the oysters! Great variety and taste. Bland lobster roll and scallops. The rest was meh…waiter was inattentive, brought the wrong dish, argued with me that I had said something else, and another wonderful waiter took care of us. I’ve been coming here for 50 years and will not consider table service again.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappointed. So glad it’s back open

  5. NC

    NikkiC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food. Waiters knowledgeable and helpful. Historic setting. Best oysters anywhere.

  6. JD

    JeanD

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was showing it to a first time non-New-Yorker visitor so the iconic decor and the excellent menu was the perfect combo!! Great oysters, great fish and fantastic NE Clam Chowder!! Satisfied!!

  7. HE

    HENRYM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had supper with a good friend in the Saloon, by request. Excellent food! We were very pleased with the recommendations of raw oyster selections. First dozen were so wonderful, we ordered a second dozen. Highly recommend the crab cakes and the coleslaw is so good. Service was very good.

  8. J

    Jimbo

    New York Area

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best seafood in NYC. Fresh ! Setting is old school.

  9. n

    nyracballer

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we orders was amazing! Staff was super attentive. Always a great choice.

  10. DS

    DavidS

    Manitoba

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent seafood of many types and wonderful oysters whether raw or cooked. This is an historic New York institution that survives the test of time because of how wonderful it is. We were there at 11:30 for an early lunch, so it was not busy at all and we received excellent, friendly, personalized service. Will we go back? Definitely!!!!

  11. GP

    GreatPlace

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Outstanding service! Busboy and waiters worked well together. Drinks were great Apps were hot and delicious oyster pan roast is incredible 3 pound lobster was insane love it!!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I was shocked by how poor the food quality was, the service, the ambiance based on everything I’d read. Would definitely never return and not recommend

  13. TB

    TeeBee

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    A classic restaurant that I haven't visited in a decade, and it still holds up. Selection and quality of the oysters were great, and well shucked. All the fish was well prepared. Only suggestion would be to pare down the menu to make it more concise and easier to read.

  14. A

    Anonymous

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    My only issue regarding service is that we ordered a bottle of white wine that arrived in an ice bucket but was served at room temperature. My guests commented that the wine was finally cold as we finished our meal. Too good a restaurant to charge for white wine served warm.

  15. CJ

    ChadJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    Waited 43 minutes for our check. Never got offered a second round of drinks, never offered dessert. Those are both things we planned on. It was kinda busy, not that busy, and there were workers in other sections standing around. I don't think I would go back.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect date spot. Classic NY experience

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Was very nice, not what we expected, was very quiet and food was average

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What can I possibly write that others haven't said time and again? There's a reason the Grand Central Oyster Bar is a New York City institution. No one review, not even mine, will change that.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    our oyster bar lunch experience with lobster stew prepared almost in front of us was fantastic for celebrating my beautiful girlfriend’s 65th birthday

  21. MM

    MatiasM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    In the end, my assessment is low, since although the food and service is good, it would be necessary to notify the kitchen of the closing time, since they made us have dinner in a hurry and even pay while we ate, without the possibility of ordering anything else. Intolerable.

  22. E

    Ellen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    We lump crab meat appetizers and fish for main course. Both were dry and not fresh. Maybe stick with the oysters.

  23. GW

    GarW

    New England

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The seafood is not bad (living near Gloucester might be spoiling my opinion here)…but it’s really the great service and unbeatable atmosphere of grand central station that sets this place apart!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2

    Oysters were good, the rest was average. Very loud in saloon.

  25. RG

    RickyG

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a must for all visitors to New York. Superb setting with vaulted ceiling under the magnificent Grand Central station. What could be better - great architecture and great food. Stimulation for the mind and body.

  26. RW

    RoslynW

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Brilliant meal although my husband very disappointed that crab cakes were sold out. Recommend for a meal

  27. DM

    DMJSilverado

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Historical place, friendly service, excellent and authentic seafood!

  28. B

    Benjamin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Rather overpriced for average seafood. Service was fine if not a little curt

  29. DG

    DianaG

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food is pricey but it was good and we all enjoyed it. It can be a little loud in there. Received our food quickly after ordering. We would visit again.

  30. BG

    BeachyGal

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Fish was fresh but stew was a sloppy mess. Toast is nothing white bread. I had hoped for better. Ambiance was cafeteriaish. Meh.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful!

  32. DB

    DomB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The place to eat seafood in NY. Oysters, clams and lobster with a perfect Italian wine was just perfect.

  33. JM

    JimM

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Very happy with our service and meals. I was pleasantly surprised.

  34. SR

    SandraR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Seafood was extremely fresh and delicious. Price point on point for NYC. Had to ask for bread. Wait Staff just ok. Busboys hardworking. Hostess was cold and threw our menus on the table. Overall glad we went.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Business lunch went well!

  36. JS

    JenniferS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    An iconic venue with excellent oysters (pricey!) and delicious fish (also pricey - but very good). A great NY experience with must-see architecture, unique ambience.

  37. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A trip into the past! Great, friendly service. Oysters are a must.

  38. NY

    NYTravelGal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The raw oysters and poached salmon salad could not have been better. The bartender at the main bar when you walk in was wonderful per usual. Our waiter in the Saloon who selected the perfect oysters and delivered very timely service was equally great. This is what keeps us coming back and we can’t wait until next time!

  39. m

    melj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Wonderful as always overall, but this is the first time dining yearly at OB in 22 years--- that I felt I could not afford a full entree and I had only an appetizer for lunch. I was hosting the graduation celebration meal and I discreetly did not have my of the oysters ordered for the table because I couldn't afford to order more. Was fun but I feel a little safe about the prices. Thanks, Mel

  40. CL

    ChampL

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Not what it used to be. Very expensive for very average.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Grand Central Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 490-6650.

Grand Central Oyster Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 6446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal 89 E. 42nd St. New York, NY 10017

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vanderbilt and Lexington

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kamran Naseem

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 490-6650

  • Private party facilities

    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout

  • Private party contact

    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650

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