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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
7551 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!




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 156 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Juan Lopez
  • 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

What 7,551 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
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

7,551 Reviews
  1. EamonQuinn

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just lovely. They serve a very good Martini, great fish, very friendly and attentive staff, terrific buzz. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  2. PaulT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Ambiente too loud. Not comftable. The food, was poor, excl. the oysters.

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  3. AlasdairW

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were given a table at the side wall which was ok. Initially the waiter was slow to take our order but at least his colleague was attentive in keeping us topped up with water. Both the appetisers and Entrees were nice and cooked as we requested. The downside though of this ‘classic’ style restaurant is that the acoustics mean the noise level is quite frankly deafening! I appreciate that isn’t entirely the fault of the restaurant itself, its primarily due to the majority of its customers talking loudly incessantly including the 2 ladies at the next table from us who hardly paused for breath throughout their entire meal!! Unfortunately due to the noise level we cancelled another booking but if you are prepared to put up with the high level of noise then you should go once as it is a unique setting and the food is good too.

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  4. raereport

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Expensive meal---lobster roll was spicy and mustard-y or horseradish-y...as a Maine person, this was a disappointment. The roll wasn't fresh either. My friend's sole was overcooked and the amt of butter given to the table was skimpy. And this was not a cheap lunch!

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  5. LisaS

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Have been here several times and have loved it but will never go back after last night. 730 reservation and they weren’t very full. Seated in a far back corner and waiter clearly didn’t want to be there. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and a bottle of wine. Our waiter never returned to ask us if we wanted entrees. At one point he told us he had to get home to his wife and kid and brought us the check. We sat and waited for another server. Never happened. Huge huge disappointment especially when I had brought a guest who had never been. Talked to manager on the way out but honestly what could he do at that point.

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  6. Natalie

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall, it was good. We had some shells in our oysters and they weren’t fully detached which is very surprising for an oyster bar that’s been around for as long as this one has. We came around 4:45 which was a VERY quiet time so they weren’t slammed. We also got oysters Rockefeller which was good but again, 2 of them had shells which is disappointing. The New England clam chowder was amazing and so was the bouillabaisse. The decor was a little underwhelming - our table had a plastic gingham tablecloth. Definitely pricey - but a cool experience.

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  7. SoCaldiner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the location. Our server was inattentive and unfriendly.

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  8. BeachEsq

    New York City

    297 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    297 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious including smoked trout appetizer, a baked oyster appetizer, a fish dish and an oyster pan roast. The service was very poor. Waited a very long time for someone to take a drink order and then one of the drinks was brought out wrong and it took over 10 minutes to have it replaced correctly. Waited a very long time for the appetizers. When the main course was brought out, both the fish dish and the oyster pan roast were cold, apparently having sat somewhere before being brought to our table. I would have given this a five-star rating right through except for the terrible service.

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  9. BLee

    New York City

    84 reviews

    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    awesome food. fish and chips, clam chowder, calamari were good. oyster platter was just ok. not as fresh as expected. the service amazing though. one of a kind spot to check out if you havent been to it. :)

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  10. jbrandee

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was everything I hoped it would be and more. The staff was super welcoming. The freshest oysters I have ever tasted. And I cannot wait to come back!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood was not fresh. Very overpriced and portions were very small for the menu items we ordered. Service also felt rushed even though restaurant was not half full. Would not go back or recommend.

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  12. DonnaS

    London

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was recommended for a trip to New York to celebrate four 50th birthdays. When we walked in we were wowed by the atmosphere and decor - we were excited for a great evening. We were welcomed with the promise of birthday treats. When we sat down we were served after about 5 mins. The first disappointment was that the fizz we wanted was not available. We ordered a different one with a selection of oysters to start. We asked questions about the food to be told that no mahi-mahi was available. We settled on two different dishes from the specials, on recommendation from the waiter. 5 minutes later the waiter came back to inform us that the special 2 people had ordered was not available. They chose tuna special which was VERY expensive, so we had high hopes of success. Nearly 40 mins after ordering I queried where our oysters were. If the waiter had been attentive, he would’ve known we didn’t have them. He then informed us that there was a back log and our food was on its way. We saw it brought out, and it sat next to the till while our waiter sorted something out. The main courses arrived but still no sign of the oysters. The waiter said we’d get these later. I said that I hoped we would be compensated for this, maybe with a free bottle of wine. He agreed to this. On tasting the main courses, the two white fish dishes were nice, but not overly hot. One tuna dish was ok and the other one was cold! This dish was sent back. It returned piping hot - even the avocado!! Both the tuna dishes that cost $56 each were underwhelming. The oysters then arrived and were the highlight of our meal. At the end we asked for the bill - no sign of the promised birthday treats! We told the waiter to keep the change which was about $9 - we are usually generous tippers. He had the audacity to tell us that service wasn’t included. We explained that there was no way we would tip more as our experience was so poor. The bill was still extortionate and we left disappointed.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall good but definitely not worth the (high) price paid

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  14. Gmdavila4713

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was really great! Oysters were amazing. The other dishes were just ok.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, bustling environment, beautiful ambience and delicious cocktails. Very clean bathrooms as well!

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  16. Marmadukescarlett

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic oyster and fish restaurant. The food was delicious

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  17. lftheater

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been coming here for decades. Our oysters and fish were great, as always. Service was professional and excellent. The atmosphere is pure Oyster Bar, a bit noisy and raucous but that’s what it is!

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  18. PRPJR

    New York City

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I like the Fried Oysters, wife likes 6 Bluepoint Oysters, IPA beer, and crab meat appetizer. We both look forward to Key Lime pie and I recommend no matter what you get, order the pie.

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  19. JennyfromMaine

    Washington DC

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved it the first time I was here in 1987 and loved it yesterday. Yum!!!! Florida Carb Claws….😍

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  20. Marc

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love the Oyster Bar and have been going there for decades. The food remains excellent … but there are a couple of places they could improve: 1) the bread for the lobster roll is wrong - it needs to be moister and top-split, not a dry hot dog bun … for almost $40 it should be perfect. No argument on the portion of lobster - that’s generous and delicious. Just the bun. And 2) $8 for five or six onion rings is not a good value. Honestly, onions are about the cheapest item in the inventory, so would a nice heaping pile of onion rings be so hard to pull off. The scrawny portion was embarrassing. Odd, since most portions here are great. Overall - still a memorable retro experience from NYC’s history hitting on almost all cylinders. Nice to see them recovering from Covid. Just a couple of years ago it was nearly empty. Let’s support this kind of legendary restaurant (while offering constructive criticism when warranted)!

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  21. RobR

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Can't tell you how dissappointed we were with the entire expereince. Visited a no of years ago and it was good. Service, welcome way way off, can't see how they will survive. Waited for a drink, waited to order, waited for wine to be opened, waited for all parts of meal to arrive. Maitre D couldn't crack a smile, miserable ....

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  22. MarkC

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience in NYC - food and service was excellent in a stunning setting. A highly recommended experience. The menu is extensive but high on quality.

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  23. RobS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Yes it’s iconic. Yes it’s a must do Manhattan thing. But the food was good, but nothing particularly special. It’s not inexpensive, so you are paying for the landmark.

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  24. KazuhitoI

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow and took forever to receive chowder and oysters. Gave up for the rest of the dinner and left.

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  25. LoriR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don't ever miss the opportunity to have a meal at this iconic restaurant!

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  26. Enriqua

    New York City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ristorante storico, in cui sono passate molte generazioni di clienti, viaggiatori e non. Vari ambienti: molto amati i banconi, ma apprezzabile anche l’atmosfera del grande salone. Buona scelta di prodotti del mare, crudi e cotti. Questa volta abbiamo apprezzato le ostriche e le calpestante fritte, mentre un po’ deludente è stata la zuppa di vongole. Buona anche la scelta di birre. Prezzi medi (per il centro della città).

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  27. EvoFernandez

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love coming here. Cannot go wrong ordering fish specials of the day and any of their oysters. Good prompt service. Wonderful ambience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great lobster roll and crab cakes! Staff is efficient and can get you in and out in record time for a business lunch.

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  29. EmilD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was rude. Rushed us to order and pay within 30 minutes. Zero hospitality provided.

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  30. txranger72

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You have to go somewhere trustworthy if you want to eat 3 dozen oysters from all over the country, well done Grand Central Oyster Bar, it was a treat.

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  31. JamesP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FANNY BAY was the best. I asked the server to put together a dozen oysters and he picked pairs of six types, each delicious. And the martinis were on point.

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  32. Gaetano

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and seafood in a historic venue

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was poor and the serve was worse Many working just standing and talking with each other . Our waiter never was around Would not recommend or eat here again It’s a shame as the place was cool

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  34. FAF1952

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place to eat. Clam chowder was yummy and oysters fresh. Nice.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Overwhelming menu. Our waiter was very helpful with helping us navigate the menu.

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  36. adriana

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought my Italian friends visiting and I wanted them to have an iconic American experience and they did.!!! thank you.

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  37. JordanM

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Hostess and management were great but the bartender and waiter service weren’t great

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  38. MichaelG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great seafood and great service. The room is noisy with restaurant only half full when we were there, but this did not diminish the quality of our experience. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the selections to help guide you through all the different oysters and catch of the day. Highly recommend!

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  39. Trey

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’ve never been, YOU HAVE TO GO!! This place is a legendary NYC Spot. The venue is so cool and the food is great!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not ehat I expected. Server could have been a lot more personable.

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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 7551 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


Booked 156 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Juan Lopez
  • 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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