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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.1
4.1
6838 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

7:30 PM


Booked 62 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 6,838 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was very nice. And lecker.
  2. CM

    CMichelle

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We waited a really long time to get served but then the food came fast. The nice Asian gentleman who refilled our water and bussed our table was great! He was very attentive. The waiter seemed too busy and frowned a lot.
  3. W

    Wena

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Oysters amazing, staff well informed and helpful. Main courses really isn’t their thing. Come here for what they do well and you won’t be disappointed
  4. B

    Brian

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The dining room is grand and the ambience is really special. The locaton is magical but the stew was not very good. Fish was rubbery and couldn't be eaten. Will try again.
  5. M

    Miky21

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food is not the best for the price. There are better oyster bars in the city.
  6. RO

    RyanO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sketchy place. We waited 25 minutes for a server to come to our table. Ended up leaving and getting a table at the Campbell.
  7. a

    annettes

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Glad the saloon is open and busy!!! So nice to be back!!
  8. RS

    RayS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding - appetizers, oysters, entree, dessert - all were delicious. Waiter offered to provide suggestions but let me select my own oysters. Service was not rushed, very attentive. Had a great time. Will try the Saloon next time.
  9. PE

    PETERMEX

    San Antonio

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Is a NY Classic inside Grand Central terminal. I like to seat at the common tables. The service is quick and is fun to watch. When I’m in NY I always visit the Oyster Bar
  10. MP

    MarkP

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good but not inspiring. We were in the Saloon section and it was quite loud. The ambiance and decor ( other than the noise level) were nice.
  11. NB

    NicoleB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I dined with a dear friend (our first time in nearly a year since seeing one another) and we were treated to such a wonderfully attentive experience by our server, Evelyn. From wine selection to assistance with an allergy, Evelyn, attended to our every need with ease and assurance. This is all aside from the historic ambiance of the Grand Central architecture. I highly recommend for a seafoodie date!
  12. J

    Jaime

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s an institution for a reason, but they’re not resting on their laurels. Very helpful when out party grew from six to ten, service absolutely on point and food was terrific.
  13. KW

    KatieW

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved the rustic old school decor. Service was good. Food and value was incredible.
  14. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great seafood selection perfectly prepared. Service was slow.
  15. AP

    AndriyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good restaurant if you want to eat oysters, you can find a lot of options of oysters.
  16. DM

    DMill

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service
  17. NG

    NGrNYC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Five stars for the raw shellfish and four for the food. DExcellent service.
  18. M

    Mike160

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I am reviewing a business lunch in The Saloon - chosen because it is quiet and you can have a normal conversation. Totally different experience than the better known dining room with the tile and vaulted ceilings, although the food is the same.
  19. m

    magsamillion

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had fresh sea bream (daily special) It was delicious and perfectly cooked. Great atmosphere in the venue, as a visitor from the UK it was a great experience. Our server was friendly and attentive. Thank you.
  20. AD

    ADL2013

    Charleston

    202 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for an amazing selecton of great oysters and seafood, this is the place! I was so impressed with the oyster choices! I tried 10 different oysters and loved them all.
  21. NY

    jcwNYC2023

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Amazing location and such a cool restaurant. We could’ve used a little more attention to drink refills but overall it was a great experience and delicious.
  22. RD

    RobertD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oyster Bar is an institution and the Saloon is always a pleasure.
  23. NB

    NathanB

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We came to celebrate my husband’s birthday after having such an outstanding experience last year. Our reservation was at 4:00, which was not a busy time at all. We were seated quickly and given water after 5 or 10 minutes. The water was refilled before our server came to the table. While ordering, we mentioned the fact that we were celebrating a birthday, as we did when making a reservation. Our server appeared to have quite a lot of tables, which may explain the slow service. However this experience was nothing like what we had a year ago. At that time, we could hardly wait to come back. Now, we probably won’t come back.
  24. M

    Margo

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Wish we had just ordered oysters in the bar. They were delicious. The salad looked like it had been pulled from a train car many days prior. Also sent back the mussels—many didn’t open and the rest were overcooked and revolting. Historic interior, but the rest is a disappointment.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Venue was fine, lobster roll was disappointing
  26. B

    Bertie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prices are high but that is to be expected for a landmark venue in Grand Central Terminal. But the portions and quality of food live up to the prices. Hefty lobster roll, delicious oysters, and beautiful space!
  27. MM

    MichaelM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best oysters ever. Prepared just perfectly with juice and whole oyster, not butchered like many places do to an oyster. Such a great selection too. Other seafood is even better. A solid wine list too with some good wines at good prices. Wish I was back in NYC so I could go back. On my list as a must return when back in New York.
  28. t

    teekappa

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    great variety of fish, shells, crustaceans. none of the fancy fine cuisine trappings. just serve good seafood and in decent quantity.
  29. KT

    KeijiT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food, better hospitality, spent precious time
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing place. Great food and service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Best clam chowder and fried calamari we ever had!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ottimo come sempre!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classic. Sit in the bar.
  34. JK

    JordanK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Beautiful ceiling and tile, that is the wow factor. Great selection on the menu that changes daily based on what is caught that day. Table decor feels cheap and out of place, given the fact that the architecture is beautiful. They use plaid tablecloths that look like your at a picnic. Service was speedy and professional. Did not wait overly long at any point during Service.
  35. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and very attentive service. Wonderful ambiance in a timeless setting. A true New York City gem!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Sehr tolle Atmosphäre. Die Austern waren sehr frisch und toll angerichtet. Ein Besuch lohnt sich.
  37. EM

    ElizabethM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So amazing. I will go back every time I am in the city. Quintessential NYC vibes.
  38. J

    Johan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Was here for my 30th birthday and was really looking forward to this dinner. We asked the waiter what he’d recommend, and he just couldn’t care less. Once the food arrived,( a scampi pasta) it was tasteless and cold.
  39. CB

    CB123

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was amazing and made sure my mother’s 93rd birthday was memorable!!! Excellent service, incredible food and a night to remember!
  40. SK

    StephenK

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Terrible service and the place was dirty; we never even stayed for our dinner since it was taking so long. A shadow of its former self…..such a shame.

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 4.1 stars by 6838 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 62 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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