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Grand Central Oyster Bar

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4883 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 490-6650
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sandy Ingber
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vanderbilt and Lexington
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Parking details
There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
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Public transit
Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4883 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.5
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

good food good service - maybe pushing too much expensive dishes = lobster

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Iconic NY restaurant. Great food. Great location. Go the original Oyster Bar. Everyone had a great meal. Got in an out before curtain.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food. Tuna was particularly good

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Tasteless shrimp and over-cooked halibut were really disappointing. Oysters were great otherwise it would have been waste of time.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was fresh and wait staff was too rushed but knowledgeable and receptive.

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Unique wait staff, in a league with the old Ratnors and Katz's - New York originals

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

In my family, it’s a must when in NYC. Perfect to round upba day after a show.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our wait staff was above and beyond

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went there for oyster but found it just so so on everything. Very slow and not attentive waiter.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Clam chowder and calamari were great. Shrimp were over cooked. Great place to meet friends.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent as usual! It’s all great and the service is wonderful. A NY institution.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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 .

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great course for oysters.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

best variety of oysters in the city. great pan roasts and stews. rest of menu uninspired

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Nos encanta el lugar y su oferta de comida

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Fantastic atmosphere.
Incredible choice of meals, maybe too much choice. Difficult to choose.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Still the best oyster selection in town. Great pan roast

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Deliciosa la comida. Servicio regular. Meseros apresurados y poco amables.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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.

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