John Dory Oyster Bar

4.3
229 reviews
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Seafood
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.

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.
What 229 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.0
ambience
3.5
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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 9, 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 8, 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
3 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 20, 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
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 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 10, 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 5, 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
84 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
17 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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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our time here. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful and the ambience was nice and cozy. Will definitely be going back whenever I am in NY.

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s
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter Nick was one of the worse I've ever seen in NYC. His attitude was so nasty. Busboy Carlos great. Fiona, the manager apologized but the experience was so bad that one doesn't want to go back. And besides $60 for their "lobster boil" for two is so overpriced.

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SA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Overall not a good experience, other than the oysters being good. The waiter was bizarre and seemed distracted/disinterested in serving us. He gave us approximately one second to decide on what we were ordering and then walked away when we didn't reply fast enough. When I asked if the tuna was prepared cold, he simply said yes. I later found out it was a salad, which would have been a helpful detail. He brought the Parker rolls out without butter and then we waited about 20 min for it (he seemed annoyed that I was asking for it). Lastly, we asked the waiter to take our picture and he said "don't mind me, I'm drunk." The food was mediocre, the service was worse. I will not be returning here.

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

The lobster tastes good, although it's a little salty for me. The oyster is great with lemon.

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CH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Good food but the poor service changed the whole feel to it. From the sommelier to the wait staff... Just very poor customer service. I wouldn't go back just for that reason alone. Disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktail is awesome

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very cold inside. The food wasn't so giod and very expensive.

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t
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great for oyster selection and more upscale food, but a bit pricey for what you get. Be nice to have a few free things thrown in - even a refill cup of coffee was charged. Talk about nickle and dime you.

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R
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The location is convenient. We were seated right away and Nick, our server was really good.
It's different sitting in tall chairs and it was fun. The food was fresh and flavorful! Great!

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