The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.7
2877 reviews
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Seafood
The East Village's favorite fish shack is now an Upper West Side favorite as well, thanks to a second location at 570 Amsterdam Ave. near 88th St.

Swim on over for Mermaid Inn favorites like the lobster roll with Old Bay fries, seared skate wing, Mermaid fish tacos and the Happiest of Happy Hours.

he uptown location also features an expanded raw bar, brunch and the same casual and cozy "shore feel" as the downtown spot.

Danny Abrams, who has owned and operated some of the city's most beloved restaurants (including The Red Cat and The Harrison), is the principle owner, and Michael Cressotti is their corporate executive chef.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time at this restaurant. Service excellent. Very noisy.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was non existent!!!! The food is wonderful and the restaurant is adorable-but it lacks hospitality in spades!!!! The maitre needs to be more approachable

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great services, cozy, delicious food.
Really delicious oysters

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is consistently satisfying and very creative. Service is as professional and available as the most expensive restaurants in the city!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love mermaid inn! Will be back

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Happy hour at The Mermaid Inn offers great value on delicious food ($1.25 oysters, $1 clams, yummy fish taco for $3.50) and drink (I recommend the hot & dirty vodka and the Aperol spritz), with efficient, courteous service. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, be prepared to be packed into the cavernous space, resulting in roaring, reverberating acoustics that make it hard to hear and necessary to shout. Still, it's an enjoyable experience.

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PG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and service was great. They are also very kid friendly. Brought my 10 month old baby and they gave her a coloring book and crayons.

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KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is great. Just very loud.

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NY
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant on UWS. Food value spot on with many options. Space is nicely designed yet welcoming and casual. Lobster roll on par with Maine! Not to be believed Happy Hour 5-6 with great variety including $1.50 oysters among the best I’ve ever had and $8 cocktails.
Always an excellent experience

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IW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

like always it was a great night. I love how MI shares happy hour with great prices with their customers.

thanks again for having us:)

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PF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

First time here. The codfish was good, but the New England Clam Chowder used too much flour to thicken the soup, so it wasn't as creamy as it should have been; it was more pasty. Compare with the same soup at Luke's Lobster, also on Amsterdam Avenue. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

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LG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Mermaid Inn is always a favorite. The service is attentive and food is consistently delicious. The noise inside can get a bit much at times.

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J
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Happy Hour is quite excellent. Never just Blue Point oysters and some nice sides as well. Do get reservations if you want be "happy."

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AL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The BLT salad with lobster was a perfect summer brunch selection.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Jeremy is perfect at what she does.

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the vibe and the seafood. The happy hour menu is always a favorite. $1.25 oysters is the must have. But the appetizers are great and cravable. I have traveled up and down the east coast, eating at seafood restaurants and shacks, but I always wind up comparing them all to the Mermaid Inn.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, great service and tasty oysters. Wonderful happy hour.

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PE
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have visited Mermaid Inn several times and always enjoy the wide selection of food. The last few times we ate there we noticed that serving portions were smaller, including french fries and chocolate pudding.
Service was a little slow, but it was happy hour.

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S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great daily happy hour with $1.25 oysters and drink specials for 2 hours!

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PM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good value because it was happy hour. However, some food was prepared ahead of time and served cold.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Mermaid Inn's happy hour! Always wonderful. The value isn't quite what it seems on the surface (from looking at the menu online). For example, a cup of soup is truly about 4 bites of soup in a micro-sized cup. The tacos are hors d'oeuvre-sized but priced at $3 each (which, in my experience, is the price of a full-sized taco. The oysters are a great value!

Keep in mind that if you make a 5pm reservation you won't be seated until about 5:10pm. The restaurant OPENS at 5pm and a line starts down the street around 4:30/4:40pm. The waiters, though pleasant, are always a little stressed and rushed because all their tables are being filled at once rather than staggered. The service is incredibly quick, but it's best to not be a very needy customer if you arrive at the beginning of the happy hour.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The noise level was unbearable and we were presented with the bill before we finished eating.

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PW
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! One of my favorite spots in New York.

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JS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food terrific service - love happy hour

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I’m a frequent patron. The NOISE level is outrageous. Thankfully it’s not the blasting of lousy music which makes the restaurant do loud. It just must be that we all seem o have the need to talk too loudly. Perhaps you can begin with your staff and encourage them to (1)talk softer and (2)make minimal noise when they are cleaning and setting up a table. Please try. It will make for more pleasant dining big and a more pleasant work environment

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, mom, and I enjoyed Sunday brunch at the Mermaid Inn Uptown. The menu had so many great options - including those for vegetarians like myself -- and our food was prepared deliciously. Service was professional and accommodating and the atmosphere was upbeat, but not too noisy. We will definitely return.

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F
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my go to restaurants on the upper west side. Food always good - you have to like seafood. Service excellent. Not a place to go for a quiet dinner as noise level is up there. But if you want some clams and oysters followed by a superb lobster roll or other fish - it's great.

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Charming restaurant with great food, a happy hour and fabulous brunch,

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time we’ve ever been to brunch at the Mermaid Inn and it didn’t disappoint. AMAZING oysters and service and food

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always good. Our service this time was excellent. Noise level is a little high- hard to hear your dining mates in the back room. Solid neighborhood restaurant!

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant had a great vibe and the happy hour seafood and drinks were impeccable. The waiter was okay and when you get your check you got a fortune fish and a chocolate pudding. Will definitely be returning.

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N
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent oysters and food. Good service and nice selections of wine. Highly recommend

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m
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The Swordfish special was overcooked and had very little taste.

The linguine & class sauce was awful and probably the worse dish of it's kind I have ever had.

The pasta was overcooked, the sauce had zero flavor except for the butter. The clams were so tiny with very little meat. If this is how the dish is served, I would strongly recommend taking it off the menu. I ran one of the most famous seafood restaurants in the world (Joe's Pier 52) which was located at 52nd street in NYC, so take my word for it, I know what I'm talking about. Overall, it was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I ever had for a restaurant which came highly recommended.

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MD
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Treated my son to a dinner there recently as I like to introduce him to restaurants in his neighborhood that are interesting and affordable. I was surprised by how large the restaurant is - an inviting sidewalk presence plus a series of rooms in what looks like it might have been a converted townhouse. Food was great - we particularly liked the Lobster Knuckles - Escargot style! Service was also great and I thought it was a great value for the quality of the food and the environment.

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S
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food as always delicious. Our waitress was aloof and just ok. Service was overall poor on this visit.

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f
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mermaid Inn always delivers. It's a lively after work place or an early dinner place. The food and service are always consistently good!

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AS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food n service. Menu selection is a little small, but the food is great.

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my Birthday Dinner.
It was excellent.

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow; our entrees took quite a while. There were only 4 crackers in a small pail on the table, not that much for 4 people to nibble on while waiting. A bit pricey for the size portions too. A bit disappointing.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing I would ask is after the reservation is confirmed in a note from open table that the restaurant not then contact me again the day of the reservation.

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