The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.7
1280 reviews
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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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. Great happy hour, excellent food, and excellent service.

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

Came here for a happy hour with my gf, and we both loved it! Great ambience and specials.

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TC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Definately go for Happy Hour. The Oysters and Shrimp sliders were amazing. Always busy so make sure to make a reservation.

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

Portion size way too small for the price. Not worth the time or money at all!

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour seven days a week with tons of choices for both appetizers and drinks. Lots of cocktails, beer and wine choices. Everything was delicious and service was outstanding. Loved the restaurant. Very quaint

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I went here 2 years ago , it used to be one of my fav restaurants, but this time I came back , a bit disappointed. The food was not as expected

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The oysters and salmon tartar tacos were very good, but the red snapper entrée was just ok.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour dinner experience, really enjoyed it. Nice ambience, great service, excellent food and value for money.

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Mermaid Inn always delicious and consistent.

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CL
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Simple but stylish. Good food in a charming atmosphere, with friendly staff and a menu that will meet the needs of fish lovers and others

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London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always the best clans and oysters for cheapest price in NYC (during their happy hours).

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ME
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quaint restaurant. Service and good were both good. Best part of the experience was the free mini pudding dessert and fish fortune.

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SC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time eating at The Mermaid Oyster Bar. The service and food were fantastic! Their happy hour food and drink specials make it well worth it. A member of my party has some serious allergies and the wait staff and kitchen staff were more than appropriate in dealing with her allergies.
I would certainly return next time I am in NYC

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Amazing oysters. Excellent service, and good happy hour prices/coctails/oysters. Will go again.

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DF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most surprising, incredible restaurants my wife and I have stumbled on after 25 years living in the Village. The chef and the menu are ASTOUNDING: there's nothing like this place, combining Raw Bar classics with Peruvian Ceviches and other amazing new raw fish combos. I recommend this beyond "recommendation:" all raw bar/ceviche-lovers MUST find an evening to go to this amazing restaurant.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful grand platter, hush puppies and lobster fritters. I always enjoy coming here.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was excellent and we had a fabulous evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

megusta mucho siempre boy

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TR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, the freshest raw bar in NYC. Go for happy hour, it’s a great deal.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was turned off when out of nowhere the waitress gave us our check. Wife and I had just finished dinner and were talking about ordering another 12 oysters to share since we were both still a little hungry. Before I had a chance to order the waitress showed up with our check. At no time did we suggest that we were in a hurry or indicate we were ready to go. I took this gesture as being asked to leave. Very odd experience.

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

We went during Happy Hour. We were so full from the oysters and appetizer specials that we were to full to order meals. The complimentary chocolate pudding cleansed the palate perfectly.
We are committed to not only come back, but order meals ta boot

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! The seafood is consistently fresh and delicious. Happy Hour allows customers to sample a variety of fresh dishes, some from the main entree section. I’ve introduced many foodies to this place since I first discovered it and it’s always been a hit! The only slight downside is that the noise level can get very energetic during Happy Hour so you need to speak louder to be heard by your dining companions.

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JT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is not special. The servers could have been nicer.

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VF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite close-to-home restaurants.
Always delicious and consistent with great service!!

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I usually go to the one on UWS: same menu, smaller place, good atmosphere, busy at 6, instead of 5...Cameron, our server, was amazing! Friendly and attentive: same with rest of the staff. Will go to this location again!!

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Salmon overpriced, did not expect it in the broth with mushrooms

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Will be back and recommend to everyone.

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Michaela was our server and her service was excellent. However, we did not like the bottle of wine we ordered and the manager told us that he could not change it even though ee were going to order their most expensive red. The wine list is very limited. So it was not the best start to the evening. We fish tacos were good so was the salmon we ordered except the portions are extremely small and we ended up ordering french fires and lobster fritters. The fries were tasteless, and the fritters were overdone and almost burned. Overall not sure if we can recommend this place.

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m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a delightful surprise! We do not usually choose a seafood restuarant when out for dinner in the city since we live near the shore. But we do love oysters and the menu was appealing to both of us. First, we loved that the "happy hour" applied to tables and not just the bar. We started with a dozen of the chef special oysters which did not disappoint. We followed it with the lobster knuckles which were bits of sweet lobster in butter served in an escargot dish. Delish! I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly. My husband had the fire roasted bass. It was very good, but the lemon was a bit too over-powering. Forgot to mention that the wine selection is varied and the cocktails are fun. It seems they do not serve coffee or dessert, or at least we were not offered any. They do serve a complimentary chocolate pudding which was good, but it made us want more!

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M
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiting staff, food was exceptional and drinks were great!

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was phenomenal. My date and I really enjoyed the place. Cameron was an excellent server. So was the server before him! She was excellent. We enjoyed the cute fish fortune treat at the end which was adorable. Such a nice touch to the end of the experience. We definitely will be back!

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MH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m from New England so I’m very picky about seafood but this is the best place for seafood that I’ve found since moving here. This is my favorite go to restaurant in NYC. Never disappoints. Perfect for a weekend dinner, date night, or special occasion!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent.. service and food.. Surprised there was happy hour on a Sunday! Will definitely be returning!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a date

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good spot. Thank you

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oysters were really fresh.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and amazing service. One of my favorite places in the city!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mermaid inn - period. It is a restaurant on demand but everyone - from the management to the staff - is very friendly and extremely accommodating when we show up with our 2 and 6 year old oyster fans :) highly recommend!!

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CK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mermaid is consistently a wonderful local eatery. The service is friendly and very good, food fantastic.
Special note: the ‘mini’ New England Clam Chowder, was excellent.

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MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! Our waitress was amazing and thoughtfull

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