Oyster

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Fresh Seafood & Hand Cut Steaks along with Italian Classics in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. Oyster is the restaurant that began the revitalization of Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Our skilled culinary team along with our Romantic setting, and out of this world service makes for a memorable evening. The blending of bold rococo architectural design & the flavors make an upscale yet affordable experience. Portions are generous & meant to be shared "family style". With the mostly white space, candle-lit atmosphere, open kitchen & striking exotic mahogany floors the restaurant brims with a hip eclectic crowd of celebrities, families & business leaders. Certainly, Oyster is a place to see & be seen for the elegant as well as the casual diners.
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CS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The "filet mignon" meatballs were inedible. Hard, dry and tasteless. Raw oysters were beautifully presented, but in fact were chewy and didn't taste fresh. The wine list included multiple wines by the glass, but the waitress said only one was currently available. Fortunately, it was the wine that I wanted. I'm sure my expectations were too high for the place, but the prices should match the quality, and they do not. It's overpriced for the mediocre quality.

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent--great meal--good location --theater across street-- very clean & neat-- good service

JA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food at Oyster was exceptional, prices were a bit high but expected at a fine dining establishment. Only negative was the service had 6pm reservations and was seated immediately. There was only one other table being served when our party of 3 arrived. We did not receive our entrees until 7:40 would not have been a problem but stated several times we had a show at 8pm. If you are not in a hurry or have plans afterwards Oyster is a must.

CH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent dining experience. Michael made my Mom’s Birthday party a memorable experience.
Food was amazing, ambiance was perfect!

SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was out of this world - the filet with wasabi was just incredible. Our server was very friendly and took great care of our table. This is one of the best restaurants I've found so far in Wilkes Barre. Just great!

BH
Ottawa
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had steak (two different versions) and both were very good. Salad to start (Caesar and a wedge salad) were also good. Service was solid with very friendly staff.

TE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Even though they were short on staff on the day we dined, bartenders did double-duty as waiters and the service was better than most we have had in years, on par with Morton's. Food was great too.

MB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Eat anywhere else, literally anywhere!! We never received our food (we waited 2 hours), and "Michael" is the rudest human being alive.

DL
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My husband and brother had the specialities. Both were horrible, The cheese on my husbands steak tasted as if it was spoiled. The flavor was on everything, you couldn't even scrape it off. The chef / and or manager was rude. there was only one waitress that knew what she was doing. and we never got our side dishes. the couple seated near us never got their dinners and were just told to leave because they were making a show. the chef chased them out to ay for their drinks and caught up with them in the bar. A shouting match occurred as we were walking thru...so no. I would never recommend Oyster based on food and service.

n
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The only nice thing is that it was very quiet. The food was fair at best. I opted for one of the specials a veal dish and the veal was quite poor quality. My wifes lobster bisque, while it did have large chunks of lobster as advertised, was so salty that she couldnt even finish it. They were training a new server as well and the trainer obviously left her to her own devices far too often. They didnt even bring a pen with the check after paying with a credit card and I had to go scavenge one from the hotel desk. While not from Wilkes Barre and was in town for an event, if I ever am back, I will not visit again. The ambiance is a little dated and creepy too. Definitely not worth the price.

s
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A group of us usually stop prior to the show at Kirby. Good food as usual. Highly recommended

LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem! The food was excellent and at a reasonable price. Will definitely go back.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

On this night,very very disappointing! On the e-mail invitation it stated chocolate desiccate menu,including chocolate covered bacon etc.. When I asked waitress , no none, not on this Valentines day weekend. Have eatin there in past, everything went as planned. left the place confused!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the top ten meals of my life. On par with nicer restaurants across the country. Highly recommend!

JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

Went here for a nice dinner for V-day. Worst most over priced food I’ve had in a long time! Ordered lobster bisque, so salty I couldn’t eat it; fried calamari which was ok...hard to mess that up. A salad which was ok. And the main course was the worst. Lobster was over cooked, filet was so burnt on the outside and raw on the inside(not sure how they managed that). Their ‘mixed veggies’ consisted of soggy eggplant, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. The scallops were acceptable. They also had mashed potatoes which they squished the steak into therefore soaked up the blood from the steak. Which was just wrong

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was phenomenal- environment beautiful

PP
Poconos
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good; not great. The lobster in my wife's bisque was chewy and her crispy scallops were not crispy. My filet mignon was great and the side options were wonderful.

We were seated near some families with loud children on Valentine's Day evening.

The attempts at ambience were appreciated, but the place itself was very 1970's posh.

BS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was only OK and the kitchen was very slow to get only OK food out to the table. Bar and service team did try to over come the kitchen challenge but stayed away from guests more than stay close during the wait

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great the service was spectacular definitely recommend this place

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very friendly and attentive staff. Food was okay. Drinks were fantastic.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The food isnt what it used to be. It is a beautiful place, romantic atmosphere but the food was not that great. I had chicken marsala that was not very tasty and cane out luke warm. My husband had the meatball pasta dinner. It was ok but not enough sauce on the pasta and the one meatball wasnt cooked throughout. Disappointed since it used to be much better....

TS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

service was poor on New Year's Eve. 1 hour after seating we were served our appetizers and the place was maybe 405 seated.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was pleasant. Was not busy when we were there. was able to take our time

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Oyster. Food is always excellent as well has the service (Michael is the BEST). We are usually there 2 to 3 hours. Hands down the greatest. The steaks and atmosphere beats Ruth Chris hands down! Thanks again Michael for making the night amazing!

T
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I’ll start with the good...
1. The hostess, the 2 waitresses, and the bartender were perfect.. great personalities and very nice.
2. The atmosphere was very nice.
3. The cocktails were incredible !!!! So many choices and the presentation was spectacular.

Ok now our opinion of what we didn’t like.
1. They were out of lobster and sea bass.
It was an early Saturday evening 6:30 and there was a venue at the concert hall near the restaurant. You would think they would have had that option.
2. I ordered the filet with cheese and not sure if the cheese was supposed to be melted but it wasn’t. The steak itself was ok but the entree was on their “what we’re famous for” section. Everyone has different tastes but I didn’t like it. Again the cheese wasn’t melted, the mashed potatoes tasted like instant potatoes, and the sauce was very amateurish.
3. My fiancé ordered the stuffed haddock. It was supposed to be stuffed with crab but from what we tasted and saw it was mostly breading.

To sum it up all of the workers that waited on us were great and the service was perfect but the food was below average.

A
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food good, but service was poor, even though we had a reservation. There was a show at Kirby that night, but should have planned service accordingly.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Meh. Just meh.

MC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I only ate there once, so take this as you want, but when I walked in I felt like the place was going to be good. When I was seated and started looking at the menu, I felt this place would become a new frequent dinner option when in town on business.

Anyway, I ordered the lobster soup and steak au poivre. The bread seemed stale but the lobster soup was ok, not great but ok.

I ordered my steak rare to medium rare, filet, and it came out medium well (was hard to tell when I first cut into it, which they did ask me to do to check the temperature). The outside was somewhat burnt and had way too much salt, to the point I almost didn't eat it. The cut of filet was not good, had a lot of fat. I'm a bit of a steak snob, and don't order it too much when I go out to eat because I get great meat from a store near my house and can cook it to my liking.

In closing, the ambiance was there and the menu looks like it's a great place, but the steak was not good. And for the price, of all the entrees not just this one, I wouldn't go back.

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, they were short on staff or I would have given 5 stars for the overall review. Excellent food!!!

HB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

friendly staff, great food and service! Our server was excellent and Knowledgeable about the food.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant needs some updating. Our server, Michael, was wonderful. He was funny and delightful. He did tell us an update was in the making. Food was deliciously. Drinks were good.

WE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there the place was awesome.Romantic candle dinner before going to concert Beth Hart Kenny Wayne Sheppard awesome concert . Staff at oyster was great Michael great server . Food was fabulous go chef you got it down .Will be back some day soon .

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could be best restaurant in Wilkes-Barre....great food....reasonable...awesome cosmos...excellent service

FM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

A date and I went here this past Saturday night at 7:30, and we were the only diners there. The host was over the top energetic to the detriment. The romantic dining music was drowned out by an extremely loud rock band playing next door. The crab cocktail app was served in a martini glass with the cocktail sauce buried underneath the crab; nice for presentation, terrible for actually eating. The food itself was palatable, but very underwhelming for a fine dining restaurant. The $75 bill wasn't worth it and I do not recommended this establishment for any event.

TN
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a wonderful dinning experience at Oysters. Great menu selections.

NB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was by far the worst dining experience...ever. We weren't asked for a drink order. We had to flag down our waitress to have any service at all. We were going to a show at the Kirby Theatre. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks and we left before we had anything to eat. There were 3 tables seated and the kitchen was in the weeds. We (and the others) had to leave before we were served any food...45 minutes after ordering. We actually ran around the corner to The Franklin, who served us some quick appetizers so we could eat before the show. Great place! There is no rating on this scale to convey how awful this restaurant is. Beyond disappointing...steer clear!

ME
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Out of Towners. Food not so great, barely warm enough to eat. Flat ginger ale. Weird decor. I would go back if somebody paid me and threatened my kid.

VL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but I'm not sure is worth the high prices. The clams Rockefeller were good, but I think they minced the clams because I didn't taste them. Only one kind of Sauvignon blanc, the house brand- Woodbridge- not the best wine for the menu. The steak was perfectly cooked medium-rare and the chocolate dessert is a must. While it has a fancy decor with a Chuhuly chandelier, some of the decor needs updating. All in all, it was good and I would go back.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for my son's college graduation.It wasn't crowded so that worried me at first but the food and service was excellent.The staff made it a fun night.When we are in the area again we will return.