The Mermaid Inn Uptown

4.8
3622 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Dear valued guests,

• Tables are reserved for 1 1/2 hours
• Our menu is available to view through the QR code and single use menus are available upon request.
• Silverware has been pre-rolled for your protection.
• Please take advantage of our contactless payment system.
• Please know how much we value and appreciate you!

Join us for Happy Hour every day from 4:30pm-6:30pm!

-The Mermaid Inn team

Support The Mermaid Inn Uptown during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3622 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMAGS
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor seating. Fish is fresh and delicious. Skip the fried calamari...not good. Stick with oysters and clams.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday! Great waitstaff. Was able to make a last minute reservation. The ambiance was great. The food was great. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy this neighborhood staple has ridden things out and is bustling. I’ve had consistently good experiences here for years because they’re well managed and they care. Service is always terrific from the waitstaff to bussing and bar and the food has always been consistent. Hadn’t been in a year and a half and it was great to be back!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good casual food, relaxed atmosphere
Happy hour is a bargain

RC
vipRobertC
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A prices were higher than expected. Linguine with clams was only okay and in my opinion, overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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lauriew
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot for happy hour on upper west side

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vipmarks
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a broken record. Everything was perfect - food, service, atmosphere. The mermaid is our home away from home. we love it.

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Musica
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood place, great seafood! We ate inside for the first time in 16 months (since before the COVID lockdown), and felt very comfortable. But it's very very noisy (as was the tented outdoor area on Amsterdam Avenue last weekend) so we got a bit exhausted having to shout across a small table! I wish it weren't so loud, but the food is worth it!

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samsydco
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, the food is very good. I did feel a bit rushed by the 1.5 hour time limit, but I guess this is a COVID requirement. Other than that, the staff were very accommodating, and I enjoyed my meal.

NK
NicoleK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for hh oysters, wine, food. Everything was great!

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vipAwad
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food consistent. Staff friendly and professional. Memorable meal as always!

MT
MikeT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great seafood in a cute, nautical themed space. They have outdoor dining and tables and a bar inside. The oysters and other raw seafood are wonderful. The lobster roll and fish tacos are great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! Always delicious and those old bay fries are 10 out of 10!

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viplhy04001
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despicable service. Absolutely atrocious waste of $400+. Burger King level of service, cheap entree vibes, and did I mention terrible service? I planned this night as a special date with my significant other, checking the menu in preparation for the night. Ordered the grand seafood tower, which was subpar, along with the rosé champagne (which the waitress insisted didn’t exist until I kindly showed her the menu). Waitress cut us off multiple times when asking questions about the menu and was extremely dismissive. She was the height of unprofessional and tried her very best to perform at her lowest level, succeeding at at least that task. She clearly had something going on in her personal life that she was bringing to the table. The entrees were dressed up in a cheap chain restaurant way, heavy sauces and sprinklings of random crumbs that was reminiscent of a worse PF Chang’s. Will never dine here again and highly advise any discerning diner to avoid at all costs. Deserves no stars.

AE
vipAlexEatsStuff
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the best time at The Mermaid Inn. We've been coming for years at this point and it never disappoints. Last night was my wife's birthday and we had a ball. Truly. From the second we arrived to the moment we left, everyone was so kind, thoughtful, attentive, and just straight-up cool.

Easily the best raw bar in the city. And there's no beating the lobster knuckles. It's almost unfair how good those things are. Seriously.

Thank you, again, for having us and for your hospitality.

We'll be back very soon. I would come back tonight if I could.

All the best to you and yours.

-Alex Brightman

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have awesome happy hour specials! $1.25 oysters, mini lobster rolls, fish tacos, the works! It’s so good 🥰

KT
KenT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants with a top-notch outdoor space. We go here to satisfy our craving for raw oysters. Pair that with a dark beer and their French fries, and it’s a great happy hour late afternoon treat. We usually stop by about once every 10 days, depending on the weather. Now that late spring is here, we’ll probably up that to once a week.

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vipmarks
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always. A lovely night, great food.

Mark & Cathy

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vipMkay
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always we had delicious food and excellent service. My only quibble is that I almost got hit by a bicyclist as I exited the structure that is in the street. To reach the sidewalk one has to cross the bike lane and the bikes really whizz by. A more prominent warning sign in front of the exit would be great but that’s a minor caveat to an otherwise really nice meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server!!

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vipColleen
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The oysters are King and delicious every time! I had my birthday this weekend and went 3 times to have oysters! I also recommend the Shrimp Avocado Slider and the Wedge Salad. Mermaid Inn is packed at Happy Hour so making a reservation is a must!

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DavidL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love it at the Mermaid Inn! It was our first brunch experience- definitely more to come!

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Musica
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Mermaid Inn is an excellent neighborhood restaurant for me, the food is always great. I booked a table for two and checked off "Inside", but we were actually seated in the section built out into Amsterdam Avenue since the COVID situation. That would have been fine but it was really cold and windy last night and I'd been looking forward to eating without a coat on for once! Also, it was extremely noisy (from loud conversation more than from the traffic!). But as always, the food was delicious and the service was fine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, but after a year of not visiting one of our favorite spots it’s was so nice to have such lovely service. ❤️

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner in outdoor structure during nasty weather was just fine. Somehow they keep it warm and airy anyhow!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I decided to do our favorite happy hour date before I head out of town for work for three months and it was just as perfect as every other experience. It was raining and cold but the outdoor seating was fine and we bundled up and we ordered our couple dozen oysters and margaritas and were just fine. (If it’s chilly the delicious clam chowder warms you right up btw) thank you for the lovely date night and I will be back right when I get back to town. Xo

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was lovely and food delicious.

SB
SusanneB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Even though it was happy hour and the prices were lower, the value prop was non-existent. The drinks were meh and the food even more so. I have never seen such an uninspired lobster roll. And the crab cake was tasteless. How do you do that? Not coming back any time soon.

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Shelly
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful birthday celebration!

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Michele
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

VERY NOISY where we were sitting in the make-shift hut in the street.

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vipGbelle
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place to meet friends and family!

JA
JAZ675
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Happy Hour. Great location and lots of outdoor seating.

J
June
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would like to Thank Claire(sp?)for switching our seat assignment. Our server then baca me Paul. As always we were content.

JS
JulietteS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! We went for happy hour and got oysters, clams, calamari and aperol spritz from the happy hour menu. All wonderful. Plus we added the kale salad (delicious) and the side of broccoli rabe from the main menu. The broccoli rabe was probably the best I've ever had. Slight char, generous garlic & perfectly prepared. Ate outside. Great service and perfect experience.

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ErikaA
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Noisy outdoor space, oysters are very fresh but very small, no bread is included, ketchup is included -- shocking for a French! Grand platter is only grand by name, not very impressive. Too expensive for what it is.

DK
vipDarkKnightWKC
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we arrived on time, 20 minutes, which the hostess acknowledged and when it the Manger brought our table a rotund of champagne, which was a classy touch and good form! The appetizers were fresh and the main course, which we all ordered fish, was equally fresh and well presented. Server was polite and our only concern was him being hit by cyclists going past the outside seating where we were. The drinks were tasty and sadly, we did not order dessert, but, next time!

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vipdinetime
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! Very lively nice! Delicious oysters and other dishes. Wait staff was exceptionally good.

CM
ConnieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday. The food and the cocktails were excellent!!

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David
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mermaid Inn is always my go-to spot for a fun happy hour or delicious brunch. The Pink Flamingo can’t be beat, and their fish tacos are heavenly. The service is limited to 90 minutes but luckily their service is pretty quick. Definitely a staple in the upper west side if you’re looking for a delicious bite.

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The Mermaid Inn Uptown is rated 4.8 stars by 3622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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