good food good service - maybe pushing too much expensive dishes = lobster
Terrible service, very long wait on everything from drinks to food. The fish was overcooked and had clearly been under a heat lamp for a long time. The fried clams were greasy and overcooked. The waiter was neglectful and very slow.
Iconic NY restaurant. Great food. Great location. Go the original Oyster Bar. Everyone had a great meal. Got in an out before curtain.
Great atmosphere. At heart of NYC with historic sense of city. Oyster sampler was great with oyster selection from most US oyster states. Also, great fish selection like Monkfish and Wolffish. The only downside was cost. But to be expected for place and location.
I took my son and sat at the counter looking forward to a “classic” nyc experience, since he loves oysters. The service was gruff and distracted. The po boy had 2-3x the amount of mayo necessary and the oysters were over fried. The chowder was decent, nothing really special. The waiter didn’t bother to point out which oysters were which (we got 24) and acted like we didn’t exist when we had a minor water spill. Depressing and expensive for what it is. I know it will continue to appeal to visitors and it is a cool space but don’t expect to be treated well or eat particularly well.
Good food. Tuna was particularly good
Tasteless shrimp and over-cooked halibut were really disappointing. Oysters were great otherwise it would have been waste of time.
Whenever I am in New York, eating here is on my “must do” list. I always get the fried oyster appetizer. It is the BEST!
I have eaten here on a number occasions. Food was always good except for this last visit. This time the meal was rather lack-luster with most of the fish dishes being dry and served next to tired vegetables. Service was good and the waiter was helpful. Hopefully this was just a bad night. For the money, I do expect a bit more.
Food was excellent
This is a special place, full of NYC history, but unfortunately the food is just mediocre and overpriced. Probably good for a drink and some oysters but don't bother with a full meal. You'll pay too much for a very basic and just so-so meal.
Waiter was not welcoming at all and gruff despite our being very nice to him. Water and wine frequently empty. We felt very rushed as our reservation was for 8:30 and our waiter informed us they closed at 9:30. We had hoped to have a leisurely night of oysters and champagne, but no such luck.
Food was fresh and wait staff was too rushed but knowledgeable and receptive.
I can't remember ever having a dinner as bad as the one that I had monday night at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Even though they supposedly print the menu everyday - very little of what was on the menu was available and what they did have really wasn't very good.
I was so excited to go here but it just felt like a slight upgrade from Red Lobster. Very overpriced and when I looked up why they had a Grade Pending, it was due to live mice and cockroaches.
Unique wait staff, in a league with the old Ratnors and Katz's - New York originals
In my family, it’s a must when in NYC. Perfect to round upba day after a show.
Our wait staff was above and beyond
The service was horrible... we had several different waiters and it took FOREVER to get drinks/appetizers or bread. Waited 20 minutes before being waited on and had to stop the hostess to ask who our waiter was. The waiter than proceeded to suck up to us by stopping at our table and telling us stories - did not feel authentic. He also upcharged us, major. My mom asked for a bloody mary with an extra shot. He then charged us for TWO bloody mary's though she only had one ($14 for 1... so $26 total!!!!). The waiter then told us they were out of lobster rolls... what?!? Very sad because the food and aesthetic is great... fix your service, please!
The restaurant did not meet our expectation in that it does not offer an upscale dining experience to match the prices. This is unfortunate given that it is a landmark and that the food itself was well prepared. The experience was more like a eating in a large, noisy, dining hall with very little in the way of ambiance.
We have enjoyed this spot many, many times and have never encountered the ridiculously slow service before that we experienced on our latest visit. Our primary waiter was inattentive and not at all forthcoming about what options were available and how they differ from each other. Very disappointing after some of the servers we have had previously. Still, it's a delightful place to visit, the oysters are first rate and it really is an institution so don't miss it!
Went there for oyster but found it just so so on everything. Very slow and not attentive waiter.
Clam chowder and calamari were great. Shrimp were over cooked. Great place to meet friends.
The setting is nice, but the food has no flavor, we didn’t lika any of the dishes.
Better go to Cipriani’s in the main concourse with a better view.
Excellent as usual! It’s all great and the service is wonderful. A NY institution.
But for the French fries , the meal was excellent . Cherry stone clams , trout , fried shrimp were all top shelf . I’d rather have fresh cut fries . But the historical decor makes it a memorable meal .
Not a nice experience at all. I had a reservation for 6.30 pm on Wednesday. Their happy hour was supposed to be open until 7 pm (according to their website). When I arrived they barely found a table for me. The restaurant was packed and made actually not very comfortable environment, because hundreds of people were talking and high ceiling made the sound resonating. Anyways I waited for about 20 min until got any attention from a server. I asked for a happy hour menu (it was 6.52 pm by then), which I wasn't given at the first step. The server refused to give me a happy hour menu, was extremely rude and was laughing of how cheap I was requesting a happy hour menu. Well... after that I left of course.
Great course for oysters.
best variety of oysters in the city. great pan roasts and stews. rest of menu uninspired
Nos encanta el lugar y su oferta de comida
Incredible choice of meals, maybe too much choice. Difficult to choose.
Still the best oyster selection in town. Great pan roast
Great hidden secret of Grand Central Station - fantastic vaulted ceilings and ambience underneath the main concourse - had drinks and lite bites with great service and recommendations for local NY beers.
Very mediocre food and very overpriced.
The best part about it I s the old school location with so much history. Also could really use a few more option on the menu for folks that don’t eat seafood. Like a burger!
Lunch here on our last day in New York was hugely disappointing - food was bland, lukewarm and uninspired, service perfunctory. With so many great dining options in NY, the poor standard of offerings explained why the place was more than half-empty. Clearly the locals have cottoned on to the fact that location is now the only reason to visit. Do yourself a favour and head upstairs to The Campbell instead.
The Pan Roast offerings never disappoint. The creamy texture, the slight zing of chili and the freshest morsels of seafood make it a one-of-a-kind dish that you cannot find anywhere else. My husband and I have been returning for more than forty years to Grand Central Station's Oyster Bar for this dish and we have no plans to discontinue our visits!
My family used to go to the Oyster Bar every Christmas day, so it is a tradition. I was meeting an old friend who came in on a train, had lunch, and then went home. Perfect convenient spot, food good - if a bit pricey - and a lot of fun.
Great food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
Deliciosa la comida. Servicio regular. Meseros apresurados y poco amables.
We were excited to try the Oyster Bar, but ended up disappointed. The service was really poor--the wrong dishes were sent to our table, the waiter was largely unavailable, and the food was just mediocre. The only exception to the food were the oysters, which were excellent. The bus boys did step in to help a great deal, but the waiter was simply inattentive. It was not busy when we were there. A really mediocre experience with a high NYC price tag.