The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
1327 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Seafood
Upon entering Mermaid Oyster Bar, diners feel as though they have escaped the city on a beach vacation. Offering delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere, patrons can enjoy a relaxing and leisurely dining experience away from the hustle & bustle of busy New York City streets. Bringing a bite of the beach to the West Village, this casual neighborhood spot combines a laid-back fish shack mentality with a menu that reads like an oyster bar’s greatest hits: an extensive raw bar; clam shack favorites like steamers, mussels and fried oysters; and a variety of simply prepared whole fish and fish sandwiches. The cocktails and beers on tap and the rollicking classic rock-country playlist evoke the nostalgia of summer on every visit.
What 1327 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a great date night, loved everything about it. Even though it was pretty busy service was excellent and would highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So wonderful in every way! Wonderful food and the people are SO nice! Will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
k
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always 😍
Love the Mermaid Oyster Bar team who always makes us feel welcomed and valued as customers ❤️❤️

Report
Helpful
l
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for happy hour oysters and wine! Everything is so fresh and flavorful and everyone that works here is so lovely.

Report
Helpful
D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this spot! Great food, excellent service, and a wonderful happy hour!

Report
Helpful
MD
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What an adorable restaurant with outstanding service and delicious food. Probably the best oysters I have had in a long time -clean and fresh. The clam chowder was out standing. My husband had a fish dish which was superb. I had the Mermaid Salad with shrimp, it was just so so; needed more flavor and the shrimp (3) did not provide much. The chocolate pudding treat at the end was sublime. Will definitely go back!

Report
Helpful
RP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was great. Lobster fritters, oysters and scallops were all fantastic. Service was great and presentation well done. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
CK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The happy hour drinks and raw clams are an exceptionally great deal. The greeter and waitress really know us as regulars and are very efficient, yet warmly welcoming. Our "go-to" place going on 4 years, it is a neighborhood gem!

Report
Helpful
A
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great happy hour spot. Dinners are expensive and noise level is very very high. Outside is great.

Report
Helpful
l
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fresh and flavorful fish!

Report
Helpful
T
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and atmosphere! I absolutely love The Village —my favorite place in the city

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Always good food and service and drinks. Very kid friendly as well - we go with now our 3 and 7 year olds in the past few years who happen to be oyster lovers !

Report
Helpful
g
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour, great cocktails, great service. Space is tight...and it “feels” tight but all in all the food was really enjoyable.

Report
Helpful
BM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late and asked that our reservation be pushed back - they did it with no problems. Our original table was very noisy - we asked if there was something quieter - voila, a table in the back room. The sampling of oysters were clean and delicious. Baked red snapper special was perfect. Scallops also perfect and the sauces and other accompianments couldn't have been better. Lobster roll outstanding. Service very attentive but not overbearing. We'll be back

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good drinks fun vibe!

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The service was great, the drinks were amazing! The oysters fresh and delicious! The salmon tartare is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Wish they sold that in like a jar or something. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Favorite neighborhood spot! Consistently delicious seafood, nice servers and hosts, cute ambiance, and a nice happy hour. It does get busy with waits around happy hour. Favorites are the seared calamari, lobster knuckles escargot, and the striped bass. Only minor drawback is that it's always pretty hot at the tables near the kitchen, but that would never stop me from coming back. Love this place.

Report
Helpful
5
Edmonton
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant with a great happy hour! We had the calamari and the fried oysters from the happy hour menu and shared the lobster knuckles and a few other small plates. My husband is not a raw oyster man but what I saw they looked wonderful! The restaurant was quaint and the service excellent. We will return and send lots of family and friends to this spot!

Report
Helpful
b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Sat basically in the bathroom

Report
Helpful
s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

土曜日の16:30から家族4人、ハッピーアワーで楽しみました。
とても流行っていて活気がありお店の方の接客もにこやかでした、
生牡蠣はあっさりしていて一人20個ぐらい食べてしまいました。
ほかの料理も飲み物もたっぷり頂いて、
お会計は一人あたり50ドル程度でした。
また再訪したいと思います。

Report
Helpful
JK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was pleasant the crab cakes were amazing. Oysters on point! The striped bass was perfect. I wouldn’t order lobster knuckle escargot again. The flavor was good the lobster was over cooked. The onion rings were done so well. The house Sauvignon Blanc was refreshing with a grapefruit taste. I Reserved the table on OpenTable and wasn’t excited about the actual table I was given. I wish I was at a bigger table because the chair was a stool and Was uncomfortable to sit on. the waitress was Friendly.

Report
Helpful
J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mermaid Oyster Bar never disappoints. Fantastic selection of fresh oysters served properly chilled and shucked. The octopus is amazingly tender, the lobster roll has the right amount of mayo to meat, the fish tacos are great and the service is impeccable The chocolate pudding is always a lovely finish. Been here many times. Always great.

Report
Helpful
AN
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date or even a dinner before hitting up one of many legendary comedy clubs on the same street.

Report
Helpful
GC
Atlanta
79 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a happy hour and we went beyond the oysters and clams, basically bought dinner plates and shared. Excellent, fresh, real seafood, no gimmicks, and great value for NYC. Try the octopus and any of the fish specials of the day. Will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice oyster!! and other foods!!
I recommend this restaurant!!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's very cost-effective!

Report
Helpful
RR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best oysters for the price. Unbeatable.

Report
Helpful
AW
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great, I enjoyed the ambiance a lot. Not too loud, but energetic enough to keep the evening going. Awesome value!!

Report
Helpful
k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great place to meet friends or colleagues for a casual evening.
Happy hour menu accommodates most palates for a bit of seafood.

Report
Helpful
YA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, the Mermaid Oyster Bar is the perfect setting for a friend/family reunion. The food is always outstanding and the seafood always tastes fresh. The Clam Chowder is a hit and the Lobster Roll is delicious as well, those were my two options. Excellent atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
JG
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Mermaid Oyster Bar was lovely. Oysters were from an interesting range of east /west coast locations. Our meals were great, but servers a little too ambitious. We felt rushed the second our appetizer was finished and our entree immediately appeared. Located in full of energy Village. We will come back and try happy hour

Report
Helpful
ZL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was loud but not due to music just some loud patrons. Great time though!

Report
Helpful
MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. The service was awesome. Relaxed dining. Overall awesome experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and friendly service. Generous portions. Went for happy hour ended up being a regular.

Report
Helpful
KR
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. Number of starters between the two of us - I also wanted to try a raw oyster and this was accommodated by the chef. Food was superb and I felt the portion sizes weee great. Nice cocktail but would have liked to see a better variety on offer. Service was outstanding, attentive but not overbearing and good attention to detail. Comfortable and nice vibe. Nice acknowledgment of our anniversary too. Sad there wasn’t anything other than drip coffee at the end. Espresso would have been welcome.

Report
Helpful
CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great old standard. It's popular for a reason, especially weekend happy hours. Delicious West Coast oysters (chef's choice) for $1.25 each? How can you beat that? Plus the crab dip and mini lobster rolls are on point. Definitely check it out, but get there right at 4 for weekend happy hour, or you'll be waiting.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food and most of all, amazing oysters!!!

Report
Helpful
n
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner prior to a show. Luckily we were there for happy hour. We ordered many oysters (fantastic) and other apps (the lobster roll was the best ever!). The service was wonderful. We will be back!

Report
Helpful
f
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during happy hour and took full advantage of great drinks, wonderful oysters on the half shell and also fried, fish tacos, clams on the half shell.. you name it! Had a great time. Service was perfect both in terms of timing and tone. We will definitely go again’

Report
Helpful
J
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love oysters and clams and the happy hour special for both is superb. Added in with great drink choices and it is a home run. Our server Michaela was wonderful, she even warned us that happy hour was ending in 5 min in case we wanted more !

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
34

Tweets by The Mermaid Oyster Bar

null