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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
6518 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!



Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

Popular dishes

What 6,518 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NP

    NicolaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Atmosphere is special service is appreciable and continuous food served quite quickly Food quality is very good but not notable need more “fresh and healthy” dish options for my taste less fried Anyway it worths coming
  2. DC

    DianeC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Soft shell crabs for the first time, they were great.
  3. AC

    AndyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Appetisers and drinks were good but the swordfish was quite bad. No complaints about service but definitely the fish was off.
  4. C

    Connie

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    wide selection of oysters; great staff service
  5. SS

    SSss

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our lunch. Very nice ambience. Great seafood options!
  6. PH

    PaulH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Second time at this wonderful restaurant, and it sadly did not live up to expectations. Oysters are always on point as well as the cocktails, but the main course came cold and was lacking flavor. Sadly, will not return for anything but drinks and oysters. So sad.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful fish and great desserts
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Símbolo de NY! Merece la pena sin duda Maravillosas las ostras
  9. RS

    RichardS

    Hawaii

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Good was good, service was poor. Arrived at 5 pm. My grandson and I ordered soup and my wife ordered Cole slaw as a side dish. There were not many people in the restaurant. The soups were served at 5:25. Nothing for my wife. Main course served at 5:45, which is when she got her side dish. They enjoyed everything. I did not. I ordered grilled swordfish with steamed buttered potatoes and a lemon wedge. I got grilled swordfish covered with soy sauce and green onions and rice. At 6:00 our waiter came to ask if everything was okay. I said, Not for me, and pointed to the plate. He said he could get me some potatoes and that they were always making mistakes in the kitchen. Since I had already scraped off as much of the sauce as I could and eaten the delicious fresh swordfish, all that was left on the plate was the ball of white rice. I said, No, not now. It’s too late. We got the check and left.
  10. HV

    HectorV

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Oysters were fantastic however my main course which was a Pacific Halibut dish was a a bit overcooked therefore dry. Server offered to replace it but I was too hungry and didn’t want to wait, Otherwise I would have requested another one.
  11. JD

    JoyeD

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A nice quiet dining place in the busy station. The food we selected was simple yet tasty. The waiters were very helpful and friendly
  12. a

    albert

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great historic place, good oysters, great service and good wines. Bonus is the outstanding Central Station location.
  13. EK

    EricaK

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Spectacular New York City room. Always surprising that of course the oysters were great but everything else we ordered was, too. Best selection of oysters I've ever seen, too. Just too loud, but we grin and bear it when we visit.
  14. J

    Jeoromell

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Badly disappointed. Oysters werent cut and wasnt cleaned properly. There were a lot of small pieces of shell in the oysters. I would have thought this place would be better when its referred to as one of the best places to have oysters
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely perfect service and lunch quality. Thank you Rudy and team. We will be back soon.
  16. LF

    LoveFood

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come for the history. Stay for the superb seafood. Well worth it!
  17. HM

    HugoM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As always good is great. Everything is delicious.
  18. AH

    AndrewH

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful service. The food except for the oysters was not safe for human consumption. The lobster was not fresh and tasted sour. They messed up the entire order. The oysters while good were more than twice the price of their competitors.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The place was ok. I had been before but ate at the bar, this time I was seated in the main dining room. The Bloody Mary’s were decent but not particularly spicy. The Blue Point oysters were delicious. The shrimp cocktail was underwhelming. Not sure where they get their shrimp from but it might be time to upgrade. They didn’t taste particularly fresh and for $24, I was disappointed. The lobster meat for my lobster roll was great but the bun was not fresh and a little stale. All in all for a $200 meal, it was incredibly disappointing. It took forever to get the check and I would probably not go back in the future.
  20. S

    Smoke

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food quality all outstanding. We definitely be back.
  21. PF

    PatricioF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Comida normal. Bonito lugar de estación de trenes.
  22. S

    Shahriar

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The Oysters were good. Other items are below average, nothing better (I think worse) than a fast food restaurant. The waiter needs training. yes, he was kind of rude
  23. SQ

    SusieQ

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Staff was very friendly and did not rush us to leave which was greatly appreciated. I had the octopus special. It was a little chewy and not as tender as I would have liked but the tzatziki was delicious.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    mittelmäßig , lieblos …
  25. B

    Brad

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Prices are high, ambience is horrible so we hoped the fresh seafood would redeem our evening. Appetizers were good, especially the oysters Rockefeller. The halibut entree was good, but bland. The sole was entirely overcooked, just broiled dry. The waiter recommended broiled instead of sautéed, a mistake. And he NEVER CAME BACK TO CHECK ON OUR MEALS. Very poor service for a $200 meal. Cannot recommend the Oyster Bar. Stay away!
  26. d

    daves

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We prefer the Saloon side. It's all great! Robert at the bar is fast and excellent. Perfect drinks and always a smile.
  27. KH

    KevinH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food but highly priced. You pay for the location. Its worth it but be prepared to spend
  28. S

    Snoopoo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cool dining space within Grand Central Station. Vast menu, reasonably priced. Excellent attentive service and good table, busy but not too noisy.
  29. JH

    JoHo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is proof positive that there is a God and They Love Their creation.
  30. GM

    GemmaM

    London

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I've been coming here for years, but since Covid the quality of the food has really declined - had to send my Clam chowder back after one bite - was the worst I've ever tasted and I used to live it here! They also took the popcorn shrimp off the menu which seems odd as I know it was a really popular dish. Such a shame - used to be such a great place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The seafood was just okay- lacked seasoning. Oysters Rockerfeller was just okay…Much better in the southern states.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Lobster was not fresh and tasted old
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Always enjoy sitting at the independence bar, great ambiance although music selection was a little odd. Burger and pintxos we're tasty but pear and arugula salad was rather bland, could've used a more acidic dressing. But we came for the ambiance and history and that's exactly what we got. Will be back, hopefully next year.
  34. RR

    RRRR

    Mexico City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Bad service, food only ok, looks really outdated
  35. DI

    DIDIERP

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The oysters were ordinary. As main course, I ordered the fettuccine with scampis. The pasta was overcooked, without accommodation and no taste. So I asked for cheese. This one was moldy. They changed my dish. It was worse: there was cooking water on the plate. So I refused to eat. Fortunately, I was not charged for the main course (and I was even offered dessert). My partner ordered the Portuguese octopus which she did not finish.
  36. a

    argentinian

    Miami

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Algunas opciones recomendables (ostras rocky, clam chowder) y otras no tanto (pulpo braseado); ídem servicio (moza muy atenta, colega apurado por echarnos); sensaciones contradictorias
  37. f

    foodiegirl

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great meal at this iconic spot. Delicious and freshly made.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I don’t know what happened to this spot, but it’s a disaster. I remember coming here years ago and it was great, but those days are long gone. The only thing worse than the food is the service. At least it’s overpriced, though. Don’t go here. Please.
  39. ER

    ElinaR

    Brighton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Probably the worst seafood we had ever had. Tasteless, defrosted and of course incredibly expensive because NYC.
  40. F

    Foodnut

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Although this is a classic NYC restaurant, and the food is good, the portions (and thus the prices) are just too large. If we return, we would plan to split a main course.

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

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 4.2 stars by 6518 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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