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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
6563 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!



Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

    Kamran Naseem

  • 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

Experiences

  • Main Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    The Main Dining Room is the grandest space in the Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Pass beyond the maitre d’s podium and you are under a sea of Guastavino’s graceful vaults. To your right is a deep alcove; to your left, two smaller alcoves lead to a grand arched window—pair to the one in the oyster bar. Move toward the far wall, and you under a half vault, with an intimate, square alcove to the left. The floors are of square terra cotta tiles, divided by bands of light and dark travertine. Our Main Dining room is set apart from the other dining areas which can comfortably seat up to 250 - 300 guests for a cocktail reception, depending on the setup, perfect for hosting a private or semi-private event for a variety of special occasions.
  • Saloon Dining Room Seating

    Multiple dates available
    At the far end of the Oyster bar, under a sign in the distinctive typeface designed by Hans Küng and through a pair of swinging half doors, is the Saloon. You’ll find the same brown leather chairs and tables covered with red-and-white checked tablecloths, but the feeling in the Saloon is quite different from all the other spaces in the restaurant. We offer private and semi-private accommodations in the Saloon Dining area. We can accommodate up to 80 (100 with bar seating) or up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception

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What 6,563 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
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MA

    MaryAnneL1113

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent! Can’t wait to Hobbs k again!!
  2. u

    ursulad

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Unfortunately, I ordered a stew of clams that was not edible. The raw oysters were outstanding as always but the meal otherwise was very loveless. I have had much better there.
  3. EK

    ElenaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Hosts were phenomenal especially Serita. I changed my reservation twice because of traffic and she was so accommodating and polite, very professional! Servers Vito and Fernando were awesome! My wife loved The New England Clam Chowder and Smoked Trout! I loved the Jumbo Grilled Shrimp in a Scampi sauce served with a very flavorful Coconut Rice and assorted vegetables, very tasty! Ambience was quiet and pleasant and my wife and myself will definitely come back. Wonderful experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. LH

    LeeH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters I've ever eaten and lovely atmosphere. I'll definitely be back.
  5. S

    Shandy

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always wanted to eat here. Its a fantastic place to see, the food is good, butthe prices are far higher than other seafood restaurants. The service was good, although once you stood up they 'dived' fir the tip receipt! Additionally tge toilets were not very clean, I noticed the baby changing facilities were quite dirty, and the tiles/floors could definitely do with a deep clean so this let the restaurant down significantly
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Our waiter was very good. We had to ask for bread. The plate of raw oyster did not come with small forks we had to ask for it. Seems the busboy is not doing his job.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excelente 👍🏼
  8. KD

    KinD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Crab cocktail nothing but a lump of crab, a paper cup of ketchup and a clumsily cut lemon. Not even a twist of salt, not even a little parsley. Awful presentation and flavor. Manhattan clam chowder had no clams. Sent it back, new bowl also had no clams. Tasted like half a can of tomato soup with a few tiny cubes of potatoes. For$17. Horrible, horrible value. We asked for bread. It never came. Don't eat here. Felt ripped off.
  9. ET

    EdwardT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My usual fried oyster plate - great comfort food. Great selection of draft beers. Efficient wait staff. I miss the cotton check tablecloths but at least the new napkins in the main dining room - definitely reserve there - are real cotton. Inflation has struck here as elsewhere but this is still the finest quick meal in NYC. If you have more time, consult with the waiter on varieties of oysters for a plate of 6 or 12. I especially recommend oyster panroast, Arctic char, Dover sole, and Halibut.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It was great
  11. TG

    TGlov

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Overall the food was lackluster and lacked flavor. Seems there is good hype about this place but the food doesn’t match the fanfare. Service was very good though.
  12. JM

    JulieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great ambiance and gorgeous food. The Mahi Mahi from the today's special was beautifully cooked, well presented and was absolutely delicious.
  13. MR

    MarioR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Not perfect, but a "must eat" restaurant in any visit to NYC! Great food in a magnificently tiled restaurant located in one of the most beautiful train stations in the world!
  14. DC

    DcrysC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are amazing! I would highly recommend
  15. VP

    VicP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food is very good. Prices are up. Noise is terrible.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Quite loud but good food
  17. TS

    TraceyS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the restaurant ambience, what an incredible place! Loved the food! Service ok, but could have been a little better, everyone seemed to arrive at the same time.
  18. KL

    KatrienL

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was extremely disappointing. Cold, dry and tasteless.
  19. RB

    RobbinBobbin

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not inexpensive. Food preparation was not good at all. Worst fried clams and scallops. Heavy greasy packed breading - no crunch. While the scallops were sweet and the clams had bellies - food was not what I expected. Oysters on the half shell not properly shucked. Will not be returning. Very disappointed.
  20. JM

    JoseManuelPelaezAlvarez1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sitio espectacular en una ubicación peculiar( sótano de central station)..pero sin duda alguna la variedad de ostras, marsicoy pescado asi como su sabor y frescura son espectaculares. Servicio y trato magnífico en lo que a mi experiencia se refiere. Una visita obligada si pasas por New York
  21. DA

    DouglasA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious ,defenetly going back again to try more food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    too busy, tourist treatment
  23. F

    Foodie254

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, generous drinks, straight to the point with no fuss. Great spot!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food.
  25. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    It is an amazing venue and has a brilliant atmosphere. The food wasn't great (the first and chips were first rate but the rest was pretty poor), but it is worth coming here for the experience.
  26. EC

    ElenaC

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Drinks need improvement. Ordered the Bloody Mary that tasted sloppy
  27. D

    Doug

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If You Haven't Been, You Have To! My parents used to tryst there when they were among the original Manhattan Mad Men & Women in the '50s. And I've carried on their tradition every since. The Oyster Bar has four distinct personalities in which you can dine: The Shucking Bar, the dark paneled Sea Bar, the Luncheonette, and the Main Dining Room---which I'd recommend for your first visit. It's loud and it's beautiful, but it's quintessential Oyster Bar! And when you're there, save some time to wander the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. It's unmatched.
  28. JM

    JMAC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my 3 kids here on our first night out in NYC. It was so good we all wanted to go back again! Great ambiance, amazing food, great service - what a great location.
  29. SS

    SidneyS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here on a date night with my husband and it was really lovely. The staff and the ambiance was lovely and the shell fish platter was great.
  30. GA

    GraceA

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Wanted to love this place but not so much. Ordered a dozen East Coast oysters had the waiter pick out for us, all we're great except 2 which we're island creek that we normally love but they were sour and foul smelling. The waiter did get us 2 more and they were great! Ordered a grey goose Cosmo and that was not good. Ordered the special fresh blackened mahi and was very unflavorful luckily it came with a pineapple salsa cause that was the only flavor. My husband got the swordfish which was overdone and zero flavor not good at all. We expect more for a $200+ dinner.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    I ate there & they said I was a no show .
  32. A

    Advisory

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great location. Solid broad and recurring seafood menu.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Very good restaurant.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had an amazing tuna steak and brilliant oysters. Lovely ambience and great waiter Rudy. Quite expensive but amazing.
  36. FB

    FionaB

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great visit Gustavino tiled celings a MUST. Quick dinner before The Summit
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    i am back from a summit in France and this was a family reunion. It was ok but we could have made a better choice.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The service could have been better if they told us who our waiter was. It took them more than 10 minutes before they approached us to give water and take our orders for appetizers. The oysters and lobsters were very good but the black cod was under cooked and tasted fishy. Shrimp scampi was ok but noodles could have been softer.
  39. PB

    PatrickB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I liked sitting at the bar. Specifically asked for it. Tiny but good cocktail selection. Delicious food. Good wines.
  40. SR

    SamR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The oysters were amazing, had the shrimp, corn and watermelon dish and finished my plate…Def would go again…👍

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 6563 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 71 times today
Experiences are available.
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

  • 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

    Kamran Naseem

  • 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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