The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always great. Can’t beat the delicious happy hour oysters.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Love the cocktails and the oysters could not have been more delicious!

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

hope they have some happy hour dinner menus! but their happy hour oyster was good!

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic! Only issue we had was that one of our dishes came out very late. Otherwise, this place is definitely one of my favorites.

NM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great little (not so) secret.. happy hour, great service too. Not too crowded, not too noisy. Lovely.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Nice staff, great menu. Friendly service and good food

C
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Atmosphere was beautiful and service was great. Had so much fun that I went back twice during happy hour xx

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious oysters, but had to wait a bit for a table with a reservation.

SS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A treat every time!

ZS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!

i
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very cozy ambience. Lobster knuckles and oysters were delicious. Service was fantastic. We would go back!

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Friendly and very efficient service by entire staff. The noise level was literally 90 to 95db at points during the meal (I checked on my app a few times). I’d go back for sure just not during a busy peak time when it is so loud.

MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Oysters were tasty as always. Usually I’ve found service to be excellent. On Friday, our server seemed a bit off her game that evening, but those things happen.

SM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love visiting the Mermaid. Great neighborhood & great food!

JM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time at this establishment. I was very impressed with the quality of the food and drinks, as well as the outstanding service and friendliness of the staff.

Absolutely going back again.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good, including the happy hour oysters. Best fish and chips I’ve had in a while and the fish tacos are excellent. Good people, good service. Can get a little pricey if you get into bottles of wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Buono il grand platter di crudi, con diverse varietà di ostriche. Atmosfera tranquilla, servizio un po' veloce.

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CK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great restaurant — neighborhood fem

h
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Be sure to request a table in the back room unless you like noise and extreme crowding. Service was efficient, courteous and helpful. Tables are very close together but the back room was tolerable, at least after departure of particularly noisy neighbors.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Went for the NYE prefix.. super reasonably priced compared to others out there but honestly felt a bit rushed the whole night.

EW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there new year's Eve and a shame that they didn't mention that only a menu was served upon reservation. Food is good and nice service.

JE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food selection. Oysters were great!

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious oysters, lobster rolls and cocktails. Staff super friendly and accommodating 😍

DR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Oysters should still be alive when served and they were not. This raises a red flag in terms of how fresh they are. Other than that everything was delicious.

Thank you!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love meeting at mermaid!

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to Mermaid for years and I keep coming back because it’s just an amazing restaurant. Their happy hour offerings are very well priced, the ambience is perfect, and the staff (especially the manager, Joel and one of the servers, Cameron) is simply fantastic. Only complaint is that it’s so booked all of the time — but that’s to be expected!

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. The service was very spotty. Left us for along time waiting at table. Ordered bottle of wine and glasses stayed empty for quite some time.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour!

M
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
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 on December 2, 2019
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
3 reviews
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.

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