Blue Seafood Bar

4.6
338 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fine Mediterranean fish/ seafood & tapas, craft beers, cocktails and boutique Pan-Mediterranean wines in a beautiful intimate setting. Our focus is on the fresh, wild and organically cultivated fish & seafood. The menu encompasses a selection of small plates, crudo, quality cured meats (like Jamon Iberico "Pata Negra") and extends to Brick-oven pizza, artisanal cheeses and an oyster bar consisting of both east and west coast oysters.
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Sun 8:45PM - 9:45PM
Mon - Wed 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:45PM
Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:45PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 9:30PM - 11:45PM
Sat 9:30PM - 11:45PM

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FH
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Extensive raw bar and tapas selections on the menu. Convenient to the theater district, but not touristy or overpriced. Service was excellent (attentive but not rushed).

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l
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second time there in 3 weeks and again we were very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. It's small but comfortable all the same, and the noise level is manageable. Three of us had a pasta special with seafood -- light tomato sauce -- which was fresh and delicious and my husband said his soft shells were excellent. It is pricey but at least value for cost is there. We look forward to returning.

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FG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, attentive service without being officious. Happy hour at the bar was also a great bargain, super oysters at a buck a piece, highly recommended.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute little place! We went for the oysters but ended up having the appetizer special—salted soft shell crab. It was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place and vibe. Service was excellent. Friendly, attentive and knew her regulars. Food was fantastic. Great selection of oysters. Ordered their special. 1 dozen, 2 of each kind. West and East cost. Great value for the quality. Great late night place. Felt right at home.

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

Ceasar salad was not as expected. Only salad with a couple slices of shrimps. Also on The menu iT was not clear The crab was a pasta with just a bit of crab.. very unfortunate The restaurant is very Nice decorated!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Nice options at raw bar. Drinks and raw bar pricier than some other places of same quality. Bruschetta dish is amazing! Some entrees on the smaller side for the price but good quality.

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HP
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and presentation. Friendly staff. Crowded but worth it!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was not good at all. No attention to our table. It was not a great Brunch experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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HE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and delicious food. Interesting cocktail menu. We all loved it!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend (the birthday girl) and I was so happy with everything. I reserved this place on a whim after looking at the menu and I am so happy I did. The waiter was so nice and we had excellent service. We had two rounds of the oyster tasting menu and I could have had four more - they were that good. We both ordered the special pan seared halibut with lemon caper sauce and grilled vegetables. I don't know what they did to make plan grilled veggies taste so good, but they were delish and the fish was perfect. I am definitely returning for dinner again and I already recommended it to others. The waiter brought my friend a panna cotta for her birthday and we ended it off with some good coffee. It made both our evening! Thank you.

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OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder atmosphere and food!!!!!

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l
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this charming, small seafood/Mediterranean in the West 50s. We loved it. Great food, excellent and friendly service and lovely atmosphere. The menu is a mix of tapas, Spanish meats and cheeses and main dishes. I had one of the best grilled swordfish dishes I've ever had. It is small but we didn't feel cramped and the noise level was not too bad, although as it got later and a younger crowd came in, it did get louder. There's a good prix fixe ending at 7. It isn't inexpensive, especially for the various tapas, but certainly no more so than other places in the neighborhood. Definitely a keeper on my list.

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S
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? The oysters were off the charts. The octopus was insane. The coffee panacotta was to die for. The service was excellent with Sylvia giving us great choices from the menu. Want good food? You won’t be disappointed. Thank you, Blue Oyster! You outdid yourself!

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FW
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on girls weekend to NYC. I highly, highly recommend this restaurant. The service was perfect... friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious! In our group we had the duck, the grilled seafood, the tuna, and the seafood pasta and everyone loved their meal. They even had wine specials on top rated wines! You just can't go wrong with this choice!

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DD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this restaurant based on other Open Table reviewers. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. It was cozy and the waiter was so patient. He took his time explaining the menu and the wine. They were also great with my friend who is allergic to nuts. We cannot wait to go back.

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

Small space, big flavor... Everything was so good. Ordered pre theatre tasting menu and an entree, shared and there was plenty. Service was thoughtful and excellent. The Spanish octopus was the highlight. Amazing!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place - perfect balance of great menu options, great vibe and value. Vegetable ratatouille is one of my favorites.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience ... bit pricey, but worth the money!

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r
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner with 6 of us on a NYC show weekend. The seating was a bit tight but nice atmosphere. Good pre-fixe menu and nice specials. Service was very good and all six of us enjoyed our meals which included the clams/linguine with garlic halibut special and lobster. Portions were decent size and we all thought delicious and very good value. Will likely return in future.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moving around the block and wanted to try since it was close and so pretty Celebrated my Birthday with friends and my daughter sat at the bar for an hour which we ALL loved and than had a DELICIOUS dinner... The desserts were Out of This World!! It will be my new Hang out !

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The oysters were excellent. Margherita pizza was excellent. Fritto misto was skimpy.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a charming place. Limited menu but a lot of specials. The food is excellent and the service very kind and effective. A place where I'll definitely go again.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

chef’s 5 course tasting menu was awesome! from the crudo to the octopus to the cheese ❤️ seafood platter was great and the dessert!!!! will be back!

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F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful pre-Theatre dinner-oysters, sparkling wine and great desserts! We will br back!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting and a wonderful experience. Delicious food. We loved it and the atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, nice variety in the menu and reasonably priced.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small nyc restaurant. Limited menu but the specials were awesome. Great tapas selection. Priced in line for nyc.
Everybody loved their apps and entrees an cheesecake dessert with hibiscus sauce....outrageous!! Try this place.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. We tried the variety of Oysters, the charcuterie board, Mr. Krabs and the seafood platter for two. Everything was very delicious. The seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked.

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NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked this restaurant. The seafood tower was so yummy and I had great wine. The servers were really knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommend!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were super friendly and accommodating. We were a party of 10 ladies and they went over and above with service. Everyone loved their food.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The seafood was incredibly fresh. One of the best restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. Only complaint is that the tables are very small.

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OT
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Nice space with very good service . however the entrées lacked any imagination whatsoever and were bland. It seemed more like a fast food restaurant at fine dining prices.

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J
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay, although pretty forgettable. Service was friendly albeit kind of slow even tho they weren’t busy. Dishes were bespoke and kind of interesting although the presentation fell a bit short.

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T
New England
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best octopus I ever had. Tapas selection exceptional. Interesting wine list & great service!

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NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for brunch with good food and decent portion sizes. Bottomless drinks at brunch was nice

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MZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here - loved it. It’s small therefore I can see how this place can get packed rather quickly. It was fantastic- from the service to the wine and food. Absolutely would recommend. Loved it and plan to go back again.

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DV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice dinner. We sampled a few Tapas and they were all great.
Really nice atmosphere as well.

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NR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You would never know what a Gem this place is from the outside. As soon as you enter, it's like you've been transported to a fancy little place you'd find in a small neighborhood in Italy or France. The options on the menu are great. I wanted to try everything but settled on the prefix menu since it was our first time. The cheese platers were perfect! My wife and I chose 2 different prefix options. Not one dissappointment! Everything was carefully selected and complimented the next. The wine list has something for everyone without breaking the bank. This was for my wifes birthday and we both loved it. Customer service top notch. We will be back!

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