The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
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1430 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us to ring in the New Year with our daily menu! Our last seating will be 11pm. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1430 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour!

M
New England
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was good - not great. A bit too loud. Very difficult to talk. Waitress was just okay. The lobster rolls were good as was the salmon and the scallops. It seems a good place for millennials.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite place in Greenwich Village to easily have a great time. It’s always fun eating at the mermaid oyster bar. We had the yellowfin tuna crudo, lobster knuckles “escargot” style, strip bass, and fries. For drinks, a spicy margarita and beer. The waitress and servers were very friendly and welcoming. The crowd is boisterous. The food is delicious. The strip bass excellent!

AR
Cincinnati
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mermaid was a real treat. A very cozy spot tucked in the Village. The oysters were tremendous. The crab cake was the best I can remember. The oyster shooter was a great way to start the evening. The service was outstanding. The decor is just what you'd want for an East Coast Oyster Bar. I'll be back.

KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place!! Great happy hour, the oysters are tasty and SO CHEAP and the clams are fat and buttery. The salmon tartar is to die for, as I’m sure much more of their food is that we’ll have to try!! This will for sure be my new go-to spot for raw bar and light fare.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is terrific and service is friendly, but man did I feel rushed! I get that they want to turn tables over quickly, but I barely put down my fork, and the next course arrived. On a Friday evening, a dinner of oysters, a shared starter, main courses, and complimentary dessert should take more than 35 minutes! Slow it down.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Will definitely be back!

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mermaid Oyster bar is always my go-to spot for happy hour! With reasonable cocktails and $1.25 oysters, the prices can’t be beat. But the affordable price doesn’t compromise the quality. The oysters are always fresh and delicious, the calamari is plentiful and the mini lobster rolls are divine.

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite spot for us. The food is outstanding, the service always attentive, and the atmosphere/vibe perfect.

U
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always great, wish ya'll were open for lunch as well. Our server Caitlyn has waited on me before and she is an absolute doll, attentive polite and joyful!

T
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good fish tacos made better by the happy hour value of oysters and New England clam chowder as appetizers.

TP
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and outstanding service. Enjoyed the ambience and decor.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food has always been outstanding here. This visit it was ok. The shrimp corn dogs were sorely missed.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, ambiance and service.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! We were seated just as Happy Hour was ending, but were able to take advantage of "last call". The oysters were fresh and delicious. Mini lobster rolls and fish tacos were also excellent. Our server was attentive and made great entrée recommendations. Can't wait to go back!!

PL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice place for a date, especially during happy hour.

LA
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place but medium quality food

MN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Service is always great and the food is amazing too.

NG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant and service

MF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently enjoyable food and service.

JB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Monday evening and enjoyed pretty much everything on the Happy Hour menu. The salmon tartare, the fried oysters and the fish tacos are delicious!!!
The service is spot on, attentive and friendly.
I highly recommend this little gem :)))

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience!!! The Happy Hour oysters for $1.25 were meaty and delicious!! Will definitely go back!

M
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mermaid Oyster Bar is hands down best happy hour in the city.

SH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife went there with her friends and they were greeted by a super friendly maitre’d. He was very accommodating and prompt. Oysters were good as expected as the name of the restaurant has oyster in it. Her friends were little disappointed because they didn’t have lobster. Overall they had a good time and enjoyed the meal.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Oyster, lobster roll, and drink HH deals were great, but the regular food was subpar. The scallops and greens were so salty, and the fritters were inedible. Lobster Mac and cheese was good, but we were over the meal. Service was nice, and the waiter gave us free chocolate at the end (not sure if that’s common). I thought maybe because we didn’t finish our food.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to the Mermaid Oyster Bar on several occasions, and every time has been a delight. The wait staff is always a delight, serving drinks and food with a smile and a great sense of humor. As for the food, we have yet to hit a clinker. Everything is fresh and very well prepared.

LE
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated my boyfriends birthday here. Food was great, amazing vibes, ordered a ton of food and cocktails and it came out to less than 100 bucks. Thanks for the great night!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for happy hour!

NF
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and food! The Lobster Roll is amazing!

SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Happy hour menu is a bargain and includes raw bar items. The food is plentiful and and entrees very nicely seasoned with creative ingredients. All in all great food for very reasonable prices, admittedly a bit noisy at times.

DL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious!
Service was top notch!
Oyster Happy hour is delish!

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this happy hour. Atmosphere is great and the seafood is always fresh!

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cameron (our server) was AMAZING!!!!!!!! Happy and very cheerful.

AJ
London
61 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time the happy hour oyster was so good!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Mermaid?!

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

A mechanical, get the fish in, get your money out operation. Totally pro, but utterly soulless. It’s a chain and, while upscale, the customer is clearly a commodity as much as the food and drink. Columns in an office spreadsheet.

e
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The happy hour deal is amazing. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he's somewhat of a food snob and we both loved everything. Will be coming back!

e
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always consistent. Friendly, warm space, and very good food. Great for a casual meal with good wine. Not exactly a great deal for what you get; prices are a little high for the quality and amount of food and wine, but a frequent go-to for me.

FD
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for happy hour. Crushed a couple dozen oysters and some happy hour cocktails. Will be back next time in the city

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