The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.7
2685 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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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Party of 6. One persons food arrived cold. Steak ordered was tough Noise level was very high.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. The restaurant should have a little more light so you can see read the menu and see what you’re eating.

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

From the time we stepped into the Mermaid and we saw the servers lined up one could tell immediately that this was not your average joint. Our Server was Arleen, not only did she know every item , she presented them to perfection. We loved the Oysters and the littleneck as well as the Lobster roll
We’ all be back in no time!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mermaid Inn is one of our favs. We had the lobster roll and it was great. Best happy hour in NYC!

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal or bad service at Mermaid Inn. I highly recommend it for any occasion.

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K
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour at the Mermaid Inn can’t be beat! Everyone is there for the same thing! Platers of raw clams and oyster! Plus delicious lobster special on Sundays. You can taste so many of their entrees for a small price and tasting portion.

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LR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Been here before for dinner/happy hour and it’s great. Maybe brunch isn’t the vibe here or it was just off the day we went but our server was horrible and rude. Food was fine, nothing I’d go back for and there was no ambiance whatsoever. Overall a very disappointing experience.

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

Great place. Great food and service. Second time there. I will be back.

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. The wait staff and front of house staff were very good at what they do.

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BG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, except the level of noise and music. It is deafening in there, but we love the food and the service, so we keep coming back.

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RF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food !!! They have great happy hour but also a great regular dinner menu. Great service !! Overall a great experience

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Mermaid charm never quits. From packing in the outstandingly fresh Happy Hour oysters and the HH small plates and on through the appetizers and main dishes Mermaid has so many wonderful, tasty choices. Loved the roast beets which converted a non-beet eater at our table.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only happy hour that the old and young line up at 5pm to get into on the upper westside!!!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and warm vibe. Getting a bit too popular and wait times are growing so best to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Still worth the wait though!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new neighborhood find

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - an excellent time, an excellent meal. Our home away from home.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

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IM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always have a good experience here. The food is always excellent and the service friendly and professional. The atmosphere has a lively and energetic vibe, always adds fun to the dining experience

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Overbooked, crowded, noisy. Server too forward in asking if diner was finished. Busboys caught clothing of diner repeatedly because tables too close and don't allow good circulation. Dining room both overstaffed and understaffed -- servers and busboys scurrying but no one taking in the big picture and flow, no solicitousness to guests. Neighboring table too close and diner there enormously loud continuous voice never paused for breath (and boring). My guest and I could not hear one another. Could only converse with my guest by both of us leaning far over our food until our heads were nearly touching. V. unpleasant. If Mermaid did home delivery, I would never go to this restaurant. Since they don't, I'll be back for the food (with a sigh).

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood, alcohol and wine list and service. But don't get there for dinner before 5:00

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

We’re always greeted by friendly staff. The servers are great and the food is tasty! There are some good additions to the red wine list - much appreciated!

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MA
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiters in a rush for order, otherwise great.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and I really appreciated that they saw my comment about having a birthday so they brought out a dessert with a candle. The prices are a little steep.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Excellent cocktails. Attentive fantastic service. A favorite for sure.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and usually go on off hours but was meeting a friend at 8p in a Friday night’. We were seated promptly, the service was attentive and the food was delicious. My friend is on a restricted diet but was able to find several choices on the menu. I had never ordered the beets before but they were outrageous and will definitely order the next time I visit

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b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is friendly and approachable. The food was great. Its a bit expensive, but very worth it for a special occasion.

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BM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Service was very good. Fun, lively atmosphere. I felt very rushed. Dinner was extremely fast.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great as usual, Mermaid Inn is one of our go-to UWS spots. This last experience was a bit frustrating though as we had to ask the waitress repeatedly for things like water. We also asked for additional crackers for our crab dip (6 was certainly not sufficient) and asked 4x before giving up on it. So, great food and overall experience as always, but hope not to have the same waitress next time.

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CK
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have dined there several times and it is always a pleasant experience. Food is good and service is very attentive. I was a bit annoyed this time as we had a 745 reservation but arrived at 803 and were told our table had been given away. They did accommodate us after a 15 minute wait but it was a bit disappointing. Food and service were fine once we got our table.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

meeting old friends

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KS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night. The food was amazing and the service was top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience and food there! Definitely will go again!

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F
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect all the time

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. The host at the front was very polite and very accommodating. Great experience and will love to come back again

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EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is good though expensive for what it is, service is very good but booths are tight, and noise level is very high, making conversation challenging.

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F
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great food - amazing octopus special and the crab cake is done perfectly. Companions loved the sunday lobster special
reasonable prices;
a bit noisy.
neighborhood gem

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress was giving us strange looks

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