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The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.7
2281 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.

On Sundays, join The Mermaid for Lobsterpalooza: $28 for a pound & a quarter lobster, red bliss potatoes & grilled corn on the cob. The 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 799-7400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Cressotti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
88th Street
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Parking details
There is free street parking available after 7pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Parking Garages are also available in the neighborhood. Garsch Garage-212.724.6927 (24hrs)
181 West 87th (Columbus/Amsterdam)
Quik Park
207 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)
Central Kenny Garage- (24hrs)
214 West 88th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)
Icon- 212.874.9899 (24hrs)
205-209 West 89th (Amsterdam/Bdwy)
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Public transit
We are located near the 1 train at 86th Street & Broadway, near the B,C,E trains at 86th & CPW, and near the M104, M11, & M7 bus lines.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2281 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The service here is amazing and the Happy Hour specials are a real bargain and very tasty!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We love to go there for their Skate fish. It’s noisy! So go when they open and during the week.maybe ask for table in the back

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful new York day to sit outside. Seafood tower was fresh and amazing. Challah French toast was to die for. Meriam was a great waitress. Really great last meal in NYC.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely loved meeting friends at The Mermaid Inn in UWS. The apps were delicious - one of the group ordered the cocktail, pink flamingo. Need to go back and order that!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Always love the oysters. The skate and clams with linguini were good to. Was hard to hear the conversation because of loud, energetic dining room, but we made out OK. I come here often and will be back again.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

After numerous visits, I can say the experience is consistantly pleasant. I love the look and feel of the space. The layout can make for awkward traffic patterns, but once seated, it's a lively room to have an lively dinner. The welcome at the door always seems warm and welcoming.
When we come for dinner, our servers have always made every attempt to accommodate the particular needs of the friends I bring. When it comes to the food, I love the Oysters and Lobster knuckles. The cocktails always arrive in the particular way we order them.
The one area in which I would love to see improvement, is in the maintenance of the table as we dine. Our water is always full, which I really appreciate. However, there often remains the previous, now empty cocktails or used plates and silverware on the table. Just keeping the table fresh throughout the meal would seem on par with a restaurant at this price point. My guests have commented on how it feels odd to have a server walk past our table when we have these items cluttering our table. Overall, I love The Mermaid Inn UWS. Be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Love love love mermaid inn! Delicious food, good vibes, good service! Definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Never disappoints

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Michael, our waiter was attentive and made the dining experience a real pleasure. Food and atmosphere were great

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The Mermaid Inn exceed our expectations but the noise was quite loud. Overall would recommend

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food, ambiance, and service were all fantastic! I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I've been going to mermaid inn since they were in their old space. The food is always amazing and so is the staff!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

One of my favorite Oyster Happy Hours. Always great food and attentive, friendly service

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Spot on every time, good food, better service

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Would someone please do something about the acoustics here? Everything that is great about this place is somewhat ruined when you can't have a conversation because the noise drowns out everything anyone says. Love the food and decor, will come back when it's less crowded and the noise-amplifying panels are removed from the ceiling.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great happy hour oysters and clams
Relatively quiet table

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Tasty Oysters and clams. Went after Happy Hour and was disappointed that they did not have fried oysters for after Happy Hour appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have never had a bad meal at Mermaid Inn!! Their salmon is one of the best main dishes I've ever had. And their happy hour everyday is great!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always enjoy this place - and not just for the classic lobster roll it offers. This time I tried the skate, which was delicious. The staff is very excellent - intelligent and attentive without being overbearing. The basic menu is simple by design; there is a raw bar and some classics (in addition to the lobster roll, the fish tacos are excellent) and no time is wasted with desert other than the complementary chocolate pudding. The whole restaurant is well thought out, including the bathroom with its communal hand washing area and private toilets. My only complaint is that it can be hard to get a table, so book in advance!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was quite good and fresh. A great place to meet friends and sit in a bright place. Very busy and service was good in spite of the crush of people for Saturday brunch. We weren't rushed to leave either which is excellent customer service. Every time I have been to Mermaid Inn, I have enjoyed myself! Will be back...Oh, great oyster selection, too!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service and food. Loved the baked eggs and the Bloody Mary.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had an absolutely fantastic time at The Mermaid Inn and we will definitely return.

They accommodated a change in our party size on the day of our reservation, which we very much appreciated. We went during Happy Hour, which included a number of specials that we were pleasantly surprised to find. We tried almost all of them, and every dish we had was delicious, including the clam chowder, fried calamari, mini fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, shrimp and avocado sliders and, of course, a round of clams and oysters, which were shucked well. I had the linguini with clams for my main, and it was great!

The service was fantastic - they checked up on us enough to get a couple of new orders after our first round of appetizers, and even had a candle in my pudding for dessert to celebrate my birthday. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great with kids and food excellent

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Always so lovely to dine at the Mermaid Inn. Lovely staff and delicious food. Fabulous Happy Hour at tables as well as at the bar.

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We showed up for the reservation. It was about 5:30 on a weekday and the place was fairly empty. A woman showed us to a table near a large window which would be too cold for either of us to sit near. The table was also minuscule. We asked for a larger table (there were several available). She said she would check. Walked away, then came back and told us all those tables were reserved for larger parties. I told her we were leaving and then she said she would check with the hostess. What had she done previously? I just told her we were leaving and we left. I will not pay those prices to eat with my plate almost in my lap. I would expect that from a less expensive restaurant, but not at these prices.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Love this place and the lobster roll is amazing, a bit pricy though.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

A really fun find with fabulous food and libations! Happy Hour a plus!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My sister had never been to the Upper West Side restaurant, so for her birthday, I decided to treat her for the outstanding Happy Hour. We were promptly seated at our reservation time.
Very friendly front of the house staff. Our waiter, sorry that I don’t remember his name, was outstanding. Also kudos to the very attentive bus boys and runners. Our water glasses were always being filled. Dirty dishes and silverware were quickly replaced.
We ate our way thru the Happy Hour menu...oysters, clams, lobster knuckles, fish tacos, fried calamari, clam sliders, shrimp/avocado sliders...everything was delivered hot and very tasty.
Love the complimentary small cup of chocolate mousse for dessert. My sister’s arrived with a candle for her birthday.

We both had a great time. Thank you Mermaid Inn.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Great quality of food at very reasonable prices. Service was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always a great reliable meal! The lobster roll can't be beat, and the ambiance is very vibrant and fun. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Love both locations - linguine with clam sauce is the best ever. Plan to go back as often as possible.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our server was the perfect combination of helpful and attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious as always. We had a delightful time.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A truly enjoyable evening. Oysters and seafood were excellent! Drinks inventive!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We sat at the bar near the entrance. Nice that there was no draft due to the seasonal “wind screen” enclosure around the entrance. Bartender was knowledgeable about the oysters and attentive in spite of a busy bar at the start of our Saturday lunch/brunch time visit. Love the decor—great old photos. The tuna served as part of my tuna Niçoise salad was perfectly prepared. My husband loved his oyster selection and the seafood board (smoked salmon plus.) We are visiting from Boston area and really appreciate it when seafood is prepared with care.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. The service and food always great. Lively atmosphere,
It's my "go to".

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great first time dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious lobster roll - packed house at brunch! Fun, good - enjoyed

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It’s been awhile since being back, but glad to see the food was still amazing and tasty! Will def. head back!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I have been going to this restaurant for years. I moved out of the neighborhood but come back when I can. This time I was with a friend who had never been here. She loved the food.

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