The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.6
2609 reviews
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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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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weather was getting bad but the Inn was cozy and warm.
All was delish but we especially love those brussel sprouts with candied pecans.

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L
Birmingham
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love The Mermaid Inn. Great neighborhood restaurant with good food at affordable prices.
But, I was disappointed with the service in this last visit. Food was good, but slow in coming out of the kitchen. The coffee poured from a stainless thermos was not hot. when mentioned, waiter did not offer to get hot coffee. This visit does not change my overall review, but i hope they fix the coffee temp.

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

It was decent - “ok” I would say . Not too special or refined but I liked my salad and my drink ; my garlic knots I thought would have been tastier - unless I’m just desiring the actual escargot ; my husband found his salad kind of blah and lacking ; ambiance was casual and a little loud ; I think the table next to us was enjoying their oysters quite a bit tho . I would come back tho to try other dishes .

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CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour food and drinks!

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JL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Food, Great ambience. Very friendly and helpful staff! We were there on a Friday evening. I highly recommended making reservations. When we arrived our table was ready and waiting right on time. A great dining experience!

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YS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and venue and great happy hour deals!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant temperature was cold, would be nice to have had it warmer - in January. Food is always delicious but very expensive.

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KD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me ambience means a lot - The Mermaid gets high marks there. Lobster knuckles are to die for and I want to eat more of them! Plate presentation is gorgeous and the staff is super friendly and efficient. Oh, and the complimentary chocolate at the end along with the cute fish fortune makes you smile...big!

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TJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it Was lively and vibrant. I brought visitors from London, who thouroghly enjoyed. The food was terrific, our waiter, just a great guy. He was friendly, fun, engaging and very helpful/knowledgeable. He represented you well. I enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe, and look forward to a return visit. ( oh, and your front desk welcoming crew- delightful as well )

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C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is the first time that the service wasn’t that great. Everything was running behind, I had a simple request for my meal that wasn’t processed. I guess it was just an off night.

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HH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at The Mermaid Inn! This was our second visit during Happy Hour, and we very much enjoyed our meals both times. The oysters and clams are delicious, and at $1.25 and $1 each (respectively) during HH the price can't be beat! We tried almost everything on the HH menu, as well as the Tuna Crudo and Yellowtail Ceviche (neither of which were terrible, but weren't particularly flavorful either). The stand outs were the mini lobster roll, fried oysters, and salmon tartar - all of which I would order again in a heartbeat. The clam chowder was delish (you can taste the bacon/speck in it), and the service was friendly, prompt, and helpful (thank you!).

We will return!

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the most enjoyable meals complete with attentive service and unusual sauces accompanying the seafood dishes. in every respect a delightful experience.
Barbara Waxenberg

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Always enjoy dinning here.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was fantastic, but restaurant was very, very loud. The noise level really took away from the fabulous food and made the meal less satisfying. Even though food was great, would not recommend for dinner. Maybe lunch?

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience. The new happy hour menu was great and our server was fantastic.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in NY and the best restaurant on the UWS!

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a
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a fun restaurant especially in summer. The chocolate pudding dessert is great and the fish (like a mood ring) gift fun.

The happy hour drinks disappointing in my opinion, the regular drinks not great either. But the lobster on sunday is a draw.

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IR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pricey for the size and quantity of the entrees. Place gets hectic on the weekends.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Hour oysters and clams were fantastic! Service was prompt and friendly.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent! Wonderful vibe and service! I've eaten in all three of their places and they are all top notch!

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AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great dining experience from start to finish. Attentive wait staff that wasn’t overwhelming and the food was was phenomenal and oysters so fresh it was hard not ordering a second dozen. Highly recommended

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n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to girlfriend get-together hangout. Never disappoints. Unbeatable Happy Hour with great drink specials and tasty bar bites. The grilled shrimp sliders with avocado are a must. Knowledgable servers. Casual, fun atmosphere.

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oyster happy hour. Loved the novelty ending to meal with fortune teller miracle fish.

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AL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Mermaid Inn is our favorite Upper West Side restaurant for fish. It would be great if they offered a few more varieties. A very nice touch is the free dessert at the end of dinner.

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

New Year's eve: Food and noise (music) not as expected. Fix price menu limits the selection- food was too convoluted- The regular menu is much much better. Music too loud and poor selection. Did not fit the Mermaid Inn quality. I was dissapointed

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for an early New Years Eve dinner, before the special menu seating started. We just wanted the regular dinner and some oysters, happy hour snacks and drinks, so we got there while it was still happy hour. Mermaid is one of our favorite places and on NYE the atmosphere was festive. They decorated with silver and black balloons. The food and drinks were great as usual, and we had a very nice time. Also, the service was friendly and professional as it always is. We were not rushed out because it was New Years.

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b
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing New Years Eve dinner. Probably shouldn't have gone on NYE. Food wasn't that good. Some of it seemed to have been sitting around for awhile before it was served.

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CK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing service, delicious food and a great ambiance! I love this restaurant and am never disappointed when we go to dinner here. One of my fav Nyc spots

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KB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a family looking for fresh seafood and service that doesn't disappoint. We had a dozen oysters and really enjoyed them. I had the wedge salad and it was fresh and tasty. Hubby had the fish tacos and was very pleased. I wish the wine menu wasn't quite so expensive but it was delicious!

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time that I visit this restaurant and it never disappoints. Great atmosphere, food is delicious and the service is very friendly and they always make you feel welcome. Neighborhood gem if you are looking for a casual evening out with friends and enjoy a great selection of fish and seafood.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy Hour values are terrific- food and drink!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The seafood is fresh and well-prepared. The atmosphere is lively and comfortable, although not a place for intimate conversation.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our new favs!! We will defitiely be back when we are in town. I will also be telling my friends!!

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MU
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the UWS hot spots...good food, great happy hour seafood choices, and good service. Can't resist the happy hour appetizer of New England clam chowder....a tiny rich cup to start. I often have salmon or cod, and it's all delicious. Plus, there's no dessert menu..you are served a complimentary chocolate pudding and a fish fortune...so great.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks, great service, will keep coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were both amazing. And with the amazing ambiance and cozy seating this is a great place to come for either a full meal or even just happy hour.

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SJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood, raw bar and cooked dishes in comfortable attractive sea-themed rooms. Outstanding Happy Hour choices including beautiful oysters, very tasty fish tacos, and a compelling cocktail and wine selection. Food is consistently delicious, service is gracious and accommodating. Out of town friends enjoy returning when back to visit.

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DE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good service

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. Even better service! We'll be back for sure

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for the holidays

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