Grand Central Oyster Bar is a legendary, Classic NYC Establishment located inside Grand Central Station. There ain’t another place like this in the world, and unless you commute from Westchester everyday, it can be easily forgotten. Don’t let that happen.
Staff was arrogant. Server was terrible. 20 minutes to come to table the first time. Order wrong and he never came back after it was brought. Had to get the bill from another server. Shouldn't even pay for such a poor experience.
Seated promptly with reservation, but waited 15-20 minutes before waiter approached me. Service thereafter was adequate, although it would have been nice if the waiter had refreshed the wine since it was sitting in a bucket of ice water with a towel. Oysters were fun and delicious as always and swordfish steak was satisfying. Overall good though I’d have tipped higher for better service.
Clam chowder was excellent - fish and chips average
Like Wimbledon, Churchill Downs, Fenway Park,temples for their fans, GCOB is a destination, a place to visit and revisit for all Oyster lovers. First went in the late 70s and it still is the best. We walked 20 blocks, around the St Patrick’s Day parade to get there! Worth every step.
Great oysters and a great beer selection in an awesome enviornment. Also had dinner, which was nice seafood - but I think your best value would be sitting up at the bar with a few rounds of drinks and a few rounds of oysters!
Not impressed! Family of 4 and $250 later! 2 apps, 1 salad, 1 today’s special and 2 fried oyster order platters, 2 sodas and water and no desert! Food was ok but service at 5:15 was very slow and dining area wasn’t crowded.
We were late for our reservation due to incredibly terrible traffic. I called,and the young woman who answered the phone assured me she would hold our table. As we were celebrating two seventh birthdays with two out of town friends, we knew the Oyster bar was a must in our weekend outing. As we had theater tickets for 2:00, out waiter, Ivan, was phenomenal. Delicious food, attentive service and out in plenty of time to go back across town for our show.
When we visit NYC we always make a stop at the Oyster Bar for lunch or dinner and every time it was a fabulous experience. This time we had dinner with wonderful oysters followed by a great rake and a crab cocktail, all with a eonderful wine. Service was quick and professional.
Great experience. Nice location and professional service. Good food.
Historic, Outstanding Restaurant and Saloon. Friendly waitstaff, , fast service. Large menu featuring great seafood options. Will return multiple times to sample my favorites. My husbands fried shrimp was huge and delicious. My Oysters Rockefeller and Bay Scallops were superb. Extensive wine list.
Love this place! Nothing like it. Best oysters in the U.S. Really!
Better than Old Ebbet in DC, really.
OYSTER ROCKFELLER,SHELLFISH PLATTER,NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDERが凄く美味しいのでおすすめです！
Very noisy, busy waiters because of the large number of tables. Food is ok but not excellent and really expensive for what it is. The place is original but too pricy. If you are used to nice fresh seafood, you´ll be disappointed. It doesn’t live up to its reputation.
Always fresh and well prepared. Great spot for a quick meal - pre theater without the Theater district hassle.
The Oyster Bar can be counted on to have a wide selection of very fresh and good seafood and can be very convenient for anyone who is coming into, or can easily get to (whether by train or subway), midtown, particularly on the Eastside. The downside is that, like almost all other decent seafood restaurants in Manhattan, it's pretty pricey.
We went to the Oyster Bar to celebrate my wife's birthday. We loved the ice cold, fresh dozen oysters we shared as an appetizer. We each picked a seafood special that we liked. the desserts were amazing also. We had a great time.
Pan fried sole with greens and canelloni beans were tasty and fine...the plain rice accompaniment was not very original, my friends said. I had the mahi mahi, simply broiled, tender and juicy. The grilled mixed squash varieties were delicious with the mild fish.
Dessert of a rhubard and apple strudel was a huge portion and just tart enough...not overly sweet. Not a flaky strudel dough but not too heavy either. The only very bad part of the lunch experience was the ambiance....So very noisy that it was really difficult to have a 2, 3 or 4 people conversation. Bare tile floors are for the Oyster Bar look but the noise cannot be dampened at all, some barriers between sections might help.
Service and food not good, especially for the price.
Great location but this is not a place I’d recommend at all.
Great revive super food
Great, attentive service. Good food, although feels pricey given size of portions. But wonderful environment -- retro and contemporary -- all in the same space. Would definitely return for the good food and buoyant atmosphere.
Very nice restaurant- food was ok but not something I would say I would go back for(fried oysters- more breading than oysters)
Best lobster I ever ate. Great service and good beer.
Un clásico de clásicos.
Simplemente delicioso, langosta riquísima, los ostiones en su punto, todo cuidado con detalle y el servicio extraordinario.
Noisy and unfriendly space, cramped space, very expensive food... but the oysters are fantastic so once in a lifetime like an enjoyment... why not.
In our many years of dining here, this was the best waiter and food. Kudos to all
Service was very good. Appetizers, fresh oysters and clams casino we very good. Whole Branzino was delicious but TINY. The bouillabaisse was average for it being a restaurant specialty.
Great place to get a nice lunch or dinner, hidden in the iconic Grand Central Terminal. We took family there visiting from out of town, and this was a highlight of their trip. Food was good, the atmosphere was authentic NYC, yet also a little eclectic with a touch of throwback 70s decor. Prices are in-line with what you'd expect in New York.
This traditional New York restaurant continues to deliver wonderful oysters and fish dinners, with dishes ranging from simple and traditional preparations, e.g., broiled fish, to more elaborate dishes. The Guastavino tiles that lines the roof and location in Grand Central Station emphasize the fact that your are eating at place with strong to links to the past. Equally important, I think that almost all of the enthusiastic diners there would join me in saying that we are counting to returning often.
Great spot. Wait staff was exceptional. I should gotten oysters. Great wine.
The Gustavino ceilings are magnificent and the historical restaurant is a treat to experience. The service is perfunctory. The food is very good. The location is perfect.
The Oyster Bar is my favorite place in the NYC area for fried clams. They had a non-traditional "dinner special" with wasabi aioli dip for the fried clams instead of the usual tartar sauce. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the different taste was, considering I had gone there for the "standard" that I always get.
Enormous menu and generous portions. Somewhat noisy but it is possible to hear your companions.
Fantastic venue and setting. The food was OK albeit I think I expected more than what was delivered. However, it was somewhere I’ve always wanted to go so perhaps my expectations were unrealistic. Worth a visit if you’re in NY but perhaps more for the setting than the food!
The wait staff must have thought haughtiness made the experience more elegant. It did not. The host/hostess and waiter were all rude and brusque. Another waiter who brought food was friendly. The food was fabulous tho. Oysters from five different places, all yummy. And NE clam chowder also delish.
I had a great lobster roll full of excellent lobster, and just a touch of mayo to moisten it. Cole slaw was very fresh and sweet potato chips tasted homemade and not even a hint of grease!
My husband had the brook trout but was underwhelmed by it. He loved the hearty clam chowder.
Service was pleasant and efficient. This is not a restaurant that’s romantic-just tasty food for commuters who want a reliable fish dinner.
Very fresh, high-quality seafood. We were impressed with the huge selection of fresh seafood, especially oysters.
The oysters were delicious. We paid $20+ for a jumbo shrimp cocktail - the shrimp were huge but still felt overpriced (not shocking given being in Manhattan). Would’ve loved to sit in the large, open, oval-shaped bar room but we were seated in the saloon. Maybe we were underdressed. Overall a yummy meal and fun to check it off the bucket list.
Never had a bad experience. Food is always great and eclectic crowd. Always visit when in NYC and used to lunch there regularly when I worked in Manhattan.
One of the most selective oyster bar I have been to. Excellent choice. Very well guided in our choices by the friendly serving staff.
The clam chowder was barely warm but delicious