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The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
1062 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 260-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, 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
Bleecker & Houston
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Parking details
There is a lot on West 3rd between Bleecker St and Sixth Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1062 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Excellent food and service...only downside was the venue was cramped and crowded.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Monday night ritual...Oyster Happy Hour all night long. The best thing to look forward to!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Bartender was very accommodating, happy hour specials were awesome!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best place for oysters. Our family tradition when we come to visit our daughter in NYU.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great happy hour for raw bar

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Oysters are some of the best I've had in NYC. Also had the grilled hanger steak which was amazing. Happy hour has great deals and $1 oysters. Fun atmosphere and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The oysters, lobster roll, clam
Chowder were all delicious. Like the happy hour. Our hostess was wonderful. Gave us list of places to go in the Village for live music. The server was okay. A little condescending.
It's pretty dark and noisy but we loved the food!!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent service, very well managed, and the food never disappoints. Whatever cooked dishes you order will be delicious. Oysters and clams are always impeccably fresh and well-shucked. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent as advertised. Tuna and oysters dishes were tops

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and service. Waitress was very attentive during HH.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Delightful and accommodating staff. Delicious food. Brought teens for a sophisticated birthday dinner. Just lovely.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is such an adorable spot for a casual date! My boyfriend and I loved the cheap drinks and oysters on the Happy Hour menu, and the decor is very cute. It feels like you've escaped to Montauk for a meal :)

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

From the greeting at the door to the nice little cup of complimentary chocolate pudding accompanied by the fun future predictor; I thoroughly enjoyed my Friday evening meal here.

I’ve been enjoying the Mermaid Inn for close to 10 years and really hope to continue to do so for a very long time.

Impressive consistency of amazing, inventive delicious food is key and these people have nailed it!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The best food and service I have had!!! Our server Cameron was amazing/ and the seafood was to die for💓💓💓

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We went during happy hour and it was unbearably noisy. i will not return although the food was acceptable.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great lobster roll!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food and service were fabulous but the place was so loud that we screamed at each other all night. I'll come back during the week versus a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful meal, great service in a beachy-laid back atmosphere. The 5 of us enjoyed our meal including a dozen oysters on happy hour special, generously filled lobster rolls, hot hush puppies and crunchy fish tacos. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Easy going beach atmosphere. Would definitely come back & reservations a must.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lovely meal from start to finish! It was a packed house but we weren’t jostled too terribly much (personal pet peeve). Highly recommend doing an assortment of smaller dishes with some oysters thrown in. Will def be going back!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great place to eat

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Amazing happy hour

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This is the second visit for my boyfriend and I. Its our new favorite date place. Happy hour has some amazing oysters at $1.25!!! the Shrimp Sliders and the fish tacos are to die for.
The bartender, although he is very busy, is very attentive and the staff are friendly and accommodating.
Can't wait for the warmer weather to go back and sit with the windows open and enjoy the MERMAID OYSTER BAR!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great oysters! Cheap, too!...during happy hour.

Music was kind of loud, though.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Really fun place with an excellent seafood menu, very friendly service and good value for the quality. My only critique is that I wish they offered a better sparkling wine by the glass.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Connected with a buddy in town for a meeting and had great experience...highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

As always, the oysters were fresh and delicious. the restaurant is cozy and service is very good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a lot of fun. Oysters from hurricane island in Maine were a special surprise for us. Service was excellent. I had told them it was my husband’s birthday and they brought out little cups of mousse for us all with a candle for Will.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic happy hour every time. Always good and interesting oysters, not the usual suspects that other places offer. Good happy hour drinks and delicious additional menu options for happy hour. Also, the lobster knuckles (served escargot style) are an absolute delight!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Service was very good. Food was delicious. We arrived early but they had no problems to find us seats. Will definitely recommend and will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent place, delicious food!
It was my third Time there, but definetely not the last one!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, delicious cocktails, exceptional service

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Fun, cozy place. Great service and oysters!!!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was great but I can’t believe they serve Tilapia. It’s just not a quality fish. And it’s so expensive here! That said the lobster roll was delicious as were the mussels.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Fabulous place. Great happy hour oysters and wine. Great, friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, seafood selection excellent, service meh.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We go back year after year in February for the fresh oysters at a special price!!!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Mermaid is our go to oyster bar, especially if we can get there during happy hours. Can’t beat $1 oysters and a decent wine selection. They always accommodate my oyster poboy request even though it’s no longer on the menu. First try on the fish and chips was a disappointment, usually go for the fish tacos which are excellent. Nice people, good service. Go

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

First group to dine and they opened the doors at 5pm. The waitress and the staff were very helpful and did not lurk.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A cozy, hip, reliable oyster bar with exceptional small plates, solid oysters, and delightful drinks.

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