The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.7
2918 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 2918 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience. It was my friends 60th birthday. It was supposed to be a special evening. But it was not because of my experience .
They set us down at a very undesirable cramped table in the corner. Acoustics were terrible in the restaurant . Took a long time for the waiter to come over and take our drink order .
Then I felt this dripping on my head. It was from the AC unit above. They were not apologetic whatsoever. Then they sat us outside. Waiter did not come over for a half hour. So it took literally 45 minutes to get a glass of wine . Server was very unfriendly. Service was terrible/ slow. I had to ask for a candle on our table like the other tables .
Food was just OK. My ahi tuna was a small portion and overpriced .

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

Great place for a solid cocktail and fresh perfectly prepared seafood. The happy hour food menu is a deal, too!

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

Nothing beats their happy hour! You aren't limited to the bar and they even take reservations.

FL
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. The happy hour price and selection of food and drinks were wonderful. The fish tacos are amazing! The service was wonderful and attentive even though we were made dinner out of happy hour. If you love butter and lobster, the buttered lobster roll is for you. We would recommend to others, as it was recommended to us. My dinner partner and I have been talking about the experience for three days.

LT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first problematic experience here. I wanted the lobster bake without mussels. The last time I had it, the mussels were spoiled. Toxic, actually. So I asked to not have it with the mussels. They could not accomodate this request. Which seemed odd. Just don't put mussels on the plate? So, we had a drink, some oysters and left for another restaurant in the 'hood with a more welcoming environment. I eat here no less than twice a month so this was an anomaly. Usually great service and food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Mermaid is great. The service , food was excellent. It was worth the wait to sit outside as one of our group had hearing issues. Thank you to Mermaid’s staff for making that happen. Even the other guests were charming as a couple confessed to staying late just to eavesdrop on a fun conversation we were having. All was good!

LS
Chicago
176 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sparkling wine from New York State was recommended by our server and he was spot on. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a dozen oysters to start - all very different and fresh. The lobster knuckles (like escargot) were garlicky and great with the bread. A nice wedge salad plus entrees of pasta with clams and hanger steak were all finished before a brief cloudburst. The canopy gave us good shelter to enjoy the chocolate mousse - yum. We are already planning a return visit.

B
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic happy hour experience. Chef’s choice oysters were outstanding. Favourite was the shrimp and avocado slider and the lobster roll (literally lobster, brioche and all the butter). Attentive and patient service. Super lively crowd.

m
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were so disappointed with this restaurant. The only negative reviews we saw were for noise levels — and, admittedly, it was a tad too loud. Perhaps one too many tables. The server had to lean over to speak to the table next to us — his body right in my face as a result.

The oysters (east and west coast variety) were all subpar: tasteless and chewey. We had grey goose martinis that were all vermouth. His linguini and clam entree was far more linguini than clams, and nothing special. My tuna was bland, though the peanut sauce and cauliflower fried rice were tasty.

They rushed us through dinner. We were very
unimpressed and won’t be returning.

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food at this restaurant. The service is also great. Only issue I have is that it is soooo noisy there!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service are consistently good

JS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My hubby and I celebrated my 38th birthday dinner. We sat at the bar. He ordered off the happy hour menu - raw oysters, fried oysters, calamari, and shrimp sandwich. I tried the calamari, we both agreed it was a bit too fried! He enjoyed his rum cocktails as well.
I had the lobster roll entree. I have been waiting 9 months for it (as I am pregnant and saved my seafood intake at the very end of this journey)! The lobster was amazing and the old bay fries, were yummy. The homemade complimentary chocolate mousse is so decadent. Overall, it was a lovely evening and a great birthday dinner!!

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

Great food just not enough!

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

LS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I have been going to the Mermaid Inn for date nights for the past few months and we cannot get enough. We both love oysters, so we show up during happy hour, get around 2 dozen oysters to share as starters and couldn’t be happier. We also usually get the lobster knuckles, lobster served escargot style, and their butteriness with the herbs and bread crumbs on top are heavenly. We have tried a few other starters here, and they are all amazing. The service here is impeccable - we have had the same waiter a couple times now (John) and he not only remembered us months after we came, but has always been incredibly sweet and prompt. The complimentary chocolate mousse at the end is my favorite, it’s delicious, served in tiny mugs, and comes with an adorable fortune fish. Thank you Mermaid Inn! We’ll be back soon

ML
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We went during Happy Hour and had some very tasty small plates - oysters, fish tacos, calamari, mini-lobster rolls, all good, though the sauce with the calamari was pretty dull. Could have used some spicy aioli.
However, the food hardly matters, because the noise level was simply deafening, as loud as a subway going by, and it was impossible to hear or be heard across the table, even shouting. Service is laconic, but everything came eventually. Just too exhausting trying to scream and eat at the same time. Too bad.

w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we were disappointed at not being able to sit outside to accommodate a hearing issue, we were shown a table in a reasonably quiet place and then comped an extra appetizer. That was a nice move. Always good service and always good food. Thank you.

CR
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place for dinner in UWS - Pleasantly surprised at how well prepared food was. Delicious salad with prawns and melon and both our seafood entrèes were delicious.

OT
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cheap oysters at happy hour can't be beat! Lobster roll and fish taco were wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

everything was fine and waiter was wonderful and helpful, but just a wee bit aggressive in trying to get us served and turned.
Need to relax a bit.

CD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Server made several rounds in his area but skipped my table 2+ times when we were seeking him out.

Value (portions) are meh for the price.

Complimentary chocolate mousse is amazing and should continue.

WT
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lots of service lapses. Missing silverware, forgotten drink orders, etc. all these actors are pleasant and nice to look at but it’s a restaurant. avocado in tuna tartare starter was unripe.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always , always. Love this place . One of the best lobster rolls in the city

T
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. Great service. Great food. Cute decor. Noise level is an issue and you’re right on top of the table next to you. Minor compared to the experience overall. Coming back for sure.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food (fish tacos, clam chowder, lobster bake special), as always, was very good. Great place to get a seafood meal!

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

It's the best place on the upper west side and the happy hour is such a good idea.

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

Staff was very friendly and accommodating for our larger (8 person) party. Visited on a Sunday evening and it was absolutely packed- standing room only at the bar and wait for tables even with a reservation. We waited for about 20 minutes but it was well worth it as everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Our server was great and gave us all complimentary pudding for a birthday celebration.

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

Love this place especially for bunch. The atmosphere is lively, the food delicious and the service is very good.

g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful restaurant! Fabulous food and a wonderful vibe. You can't help but have a good time here.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food and service excellent! noise level manageable as they sat us towards the back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening at The Mermaid Inn! Food was delicious (all three of us had the special-scallops) and drinks were tasty! To top it off, everyone got a pudding cup at the end which was a nice sweet touch on top of an amazing dinner.

S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit. Service is always excellent and I am convinced they have the best oysters in town! Even with minor hiccups that can happen, the team always goes out of their way to always make it right. Been coming here for years and will continue to do so. Management is strong, quality of food is strong and it shows!

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

The mermaid inn is the perfect place for a summer night out. We love the Calamari salad! Highly recommend for a date night or dinner with friends. The service is quick and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining at The Mermaid Inn. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. And it's usually noisy, but that's part of its charm.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love! Have to visit every time we’re in nyc!

d
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The Mermaid Inn was recommend by our host so we were really looking forward to it, but were really disappointed. First, we were seated at the back of the restaurant near the exit door and the waitperson station ( which was noisy). The food did not stand out. It came out so fast after we ordered it that it must have been prepared ahead of time. The cost did not meet the value of the food sorry to say. Not memorable at all.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

MR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Happy Hour menu was fantastic! We tried (and enjoyed) the raw oysters, the fish tacos, and the grilled shrimp and avocado sliders. We added an order of the old bay fries as well. All the food was prepared beautifully and served quickly. Great atmosphere!

1
2
3
73

Tweets by The Mermaid Inn Uptown