Permanently Closed - John Dory Oyster Bar

4.3
238 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. *Closed*
The John Dory Oyster Bar, a casual, seafood-focused restaurant by chef April Bloomfield at Ace Hotel New York.
With its floor to ceiling windows, copper high top tables & counter seating, outdoor patio, great music and upbeat staff, The John Dory is a popular place for after-work happy hour, brunch & romantic dinners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 792-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, John Dory Oyster Bar can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 842-4380
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway at 29th St.
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Public transit
The R train to 29th st. N,Q,R,B,D to 34th St. Herald Square
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

The John Dory Oyster Bar is a solid NoMad hang for beers and bivalves.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JG
El Paso
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at the restaurant for our table of six reservation and the hostess was not expecting us. They seated us at a four top with two added barstools on the ends of the table. Then, they set the table and handed us menus. ALL of the oyster selections were sold out - marked with a red "sold out" stamp. We asked what was going on and were told that the restaurant was closing its doors the following day - for good.
Question: shouldn't someone have informed us ahead of time about this? Yes. In my opinion, we should have definitely been notified. It was a Friday night in NYC and we were a party of six. Our options for another restaurant were extremely limited (to places that not many want to spend their Friday nights). So, we had a very disappointing meal at a restaurant that could seat us.
The music at John Dory was unbelievably loud, as well.
I feel that John Dory and OpenTable should be responsible to let patrons know that the restaurant they pick will be closing the following day. There is absolutely no way we would have gone there had we known that.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Terrible. Too dark. Too loud. Too limited of a menu.

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BP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a less than perfect oyster. So sad that JD is closing.

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VK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPOTS IN NYC!

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but portion sizes were very small for the money and the value was not there. Service was good and the atmosphere was nice but I left hungry after spending $120 on dinner for 2 and a couple beers.

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KT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Raw oyster is very fresh, it tastes good! The lobster roll is soooo good! Lobster is so fresh and delicious, bread smells so good. But the service is so-so. Maybe because there are too many people. We waited for a little long time to be served. It's noisy there.

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h
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing experience as the wait staff seemed uninterested in helping us. They looked understaffed but there was no apology for inattentiveness. And the food was so-so at high prices.

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B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Third time dining her and the service is simply atrocious. Even told the manager last time and he noted, "Well. That is your opinion." It could be so wonderful if they simply had staff that checked in on you at some point during the meal, greeted you any time before 10 minutes after you're seated or that you didn't have to trip just to get their attention.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation for 2 - was seated at a community table and then asked if we could move to accommodate a larger party. Would have preferred to have had a 2 top as originally requested. Food was nice, just wish the service was more organized.

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FV
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Hostess was great and accommodating. Servers were terrible. Had to call them over to take my order and I was sitting right next to their register! They seemed impatient to explain the oysters and point out which were which when they arrived so I’m not even sure what I was eating. This is supposed to be an oyster bar. Otherwise the place is ok. Not worth waiting in a line but fine for a quick drink and some oysters.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had been here several times before, and loved it. This time was no exception, except that, when we called ahead to say we were running a bit late, they didn't have a record of our reservation, despite our having confirmed it more than once (including through Open Table).

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

So this is my fav restaurant in NYC. I brought my mother- who was visiting- for dinner and it was kinda loud for her and she didn't like the table we were sat at and blah blah blah. And the amazing staff went above and beyond to take care of us and made the night fantastic. Mama was happy and smiling and saying how great the food was (which is was) by the time we left. They are a little pricy and the food is so good and the place is so trendy that I didn't expect it to also have the kindest staff and best hospitality I've seen in all of the city. Thank you!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Had a bad oyster experience

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clam chowder was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life. Crispy buttered toast to dip. Yum yum yum.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very loud- there are no sound absorbing surfaces which makes it very noisy where a large table can not talk to itself. Great raw bar, portions small, cocktails good.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible and food was undercooked. This place is way better suited for drinks and oysters, not a meal.

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SC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome clam (in the shell) soup. Much better than average lobster roll.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was fine. Pretty quiet and reasonable service

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The music was so loud that you could not hear the people from the table. Not enough space between the table ended up waiters dropping drinks on clients. The food is extremely expensive for the quality.

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

It was totally empty. For a 2pm on a weekday it felt weird.

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a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and so was service! Try the lobster and burrata dish as well as their oysters and that fritter small plate. Last but not least, the Parker rolls are not to be missed...thank me later :)

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, love lobsterroll

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top lobster rol and very good oysters! Nice people, a sparkling fresh glass of rosé... what do you need more!

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N
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Last time I ate here it was sensational. This time I took friends, the menu was very short, poor selection of fish. Staff were friendly and after our main course was cleared away we were told the chef had a whole branzino that we could have had!
A bit sad I don’t think I would bother to go back, shame really as it was one of my favourites in New York

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love John Dory! The food is fantastic and its a welcoming place where you can go by yourself and sit at the window or with a group.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I was excited to try April Bloomfield’s restaurant but was underwhelmed. Overall just an OK experience. Food was very good, but service was inattentive and it was too loud to carry on a conversation. Check it off the list, but probably won’t be back.

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SV
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was fine, ambiance as well but the service was sub par. We were treated well at first then the original waitress disappeared and all went downhill from there. Management invisible.

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AT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Yum yum soo good. We were there on a Friday night and it was very busy so service was only ok but everything we ate was excellent! Yellow Fin was astounding. Happy hour oysters for $2 each, lobster and burrata, baked clams. Very very very very pricey but so good. Recommend for a snack and drink.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The plateau of shellfish and amazing oysters.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

FRESH SEAFOOD, SERVED TRADITIONALLY OR EXPERIMENTALLY WITH ATTENTIVE, FRIENDLY SERVICE. GREAT DECOR.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came on thanksgiving at 6pm thought they would have happy hour which they didn't. Very limited menu. Oysters were good but very expensive at 4$ a piece. Overall a bit disappointing.

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Oysters were the best I've had.

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F
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our evening was not the best because of our waitress. While trying to be helpful, she was difficult to understand. Brought the wrong food for one of my guests and forgot my wine order.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious seafood, great kedgeree and haddock fritters. Service very good. Went for brunch.

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The seafood is simply the best. The oysters and the lobster were fresh, tasteful and perfect.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food - most tastiest I have had in New York over the weekend ! I could still taste the dishes the next morning

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RK
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great clam chowder. Thinner broth than usual but perfect. Big hunks of clam and bacon. Great lobster roll and great service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Expensive!

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T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great; the host was very accommodating; the service was great until
the bill came. We were there during Happy Hour when the Prosecco was listed at $6 a glass. We were charged the regular price of $13 a glass. A difference of $28 on our bill!

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