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The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
1784 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Valued guests,
In accordance with state guidelines, we are requiring proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for indoor dining for all guests over age 12. You may show your vaccination card, a photo of the card or your Excelsior pass. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see soon.
-The Mermaid Oyster Bar team

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 58 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 260-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Cressotti

  • Neighborhood

    Greenwich Village

  • Cross street

    Bleecker & Houston

  • Parking details

    There is a lot on West 3rd between Bleecker St and Sixth Ave.

  • Public transit

    West 4th Street

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,784 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. CD

    CharlieD

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our evening surpassed every expectation we had. Was a special occasion and the team at Mermaid made it simply epic. The food and service were stellar. So glad we booked that table!
  2. g

    greatmeal

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and drinks.
  3. NY

    NYCFAN

    New York Area

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food and service never disappoint. We love Mermaid Inn!
  4. h

    hkwnyc

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Great seafood. The service is terrible. The waitress (first of two) kept interrupting our conversation after we had ordered wine and appetizers.... asking us if we wanted to order dinner. This happened several times. Then, while dining, various busboys kept coming over trying to take our plates even though we weren't finished. It felt like a constant battle just to have a conversation. While we loved the food, I would not return. I'll wait for the Mermaid Inn on the UpperWestside to return. That one was well run.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great village vibe. Busy and vibrant. Cool decor. Delish oysters, lots of kinds. Food interesting and delicious. Highly recommend.
  6. V

    Vanessa

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food came out super fast, was delicious and beautifully displayed. The service was top notch, never wanted for anything. The decor is super cute and welcoming. Enjoyed our dining experience here, and would definitely return.
  7. KA

    KatharineA

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Great happy hour, lively and fun!
  8. p

    pamela

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    happy hour date! $1.50 oysters, $10 cocktails, happy hour appetizers
  9. TH

    TomH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a party with the Mermaid!
  10. LH

    LeeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m a local who just discovered this little gem. The outdoor sheds have overhead heaters which I like! Best local deal for oysters at $1.50. The tiny clam chowder is exceptional and you will end up wanting a full size one. I like that the whole dinner menu is available during happy hour, since I never can predict how much I can eat. The fried calamari was cut so thin it was more crispy breading than calamari. I found some of the dishes a bit too salty. I hope they can correct as it’s a great place with good service, mostly. Plan to return and explore more of the menu.
  11. LS

    LawrenceS

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good oysters - fresh and a nice selection. Excellent mains. Friendly and efficient service. Decent value for money. First time for me and my family, but we will be back!
  12. DP

    DebbiP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot for seafood and if you insist, a steak too. Drinks are fun and service perfect
  13. KM

    KMUDJN

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Music too loud for conversation. Service variable. Odd not to serve bread and butter with oysters as a default. Missing the charm of the second Avenue location.
  14. c

    cookie

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keep up the good work!
  15. G

    Gothamfoodie1

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an incredible experience from beginning to end. We were very welcomed by the person overseeing reservations. Our server was extremely pleasant as was all the help in the restaurant. The happy hour was so much fun then we ordered a steak to share at the table. Cooked to perfection! The drinks were very good and the complimentary chocolate pudding really closed the meal. I haven’t had this much fun at a restaurant in a long time. I highly recommend everything about this restaurant.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was really attentive. We wanted to sit inside and they were very accommodating. Great happy hour specials. Always a great time!
  17. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the most attentive service here for a great happy hour. The entire staff is always at the top of their game and make everything just right. Salmon tartare is just the best.
  18. RR

    RicR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    For the colder months they need to do hang a curtain or something to enclose the outdoor seating. Dont limit reservations to only outdoor seating unless your heating capabilities are top notch! The oysters were great. The raw clams were pretty extreme. I like funky stuff, but they were a bit beyond me. The lobster escargot style was bomb but they snagged the plate before we could dip the bread in the leftover butter, we were too cold to react fast enough to tell them not to. Lol. Tldr; foods good, but outdoor seating is not really ready for fall/winter weather.
  19. U

    Unexpectedfoodie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at Mermaid. Great food, great staff great ambience.
  20. MT

    MikeT

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Mermaid, all locations included, always delivers. Their Oyster Happy Hour is not to be missed.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great oysters, shucked poorly. Cocktail list is dynamite. Wish they put half as much care into their wine list. There seems to be almost no cooperation between the kitchen and the bar.
  22. NY

    NYERR

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We went to this location as the UWS had closed. We thought the food would be comparable but this was not as good, specifically the calamari salad, The shrimp slider and the Aperol spritz. Our server had to deal with an issue in the restaurant so we missed last call on happy hour by 2 minutes. We will give it another try since we love the UWS location. We ended up getting pizza after.
  23. e

    expat8068

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Outstanding super fresh seafood and attentive service make for a very successful evening. Try their happy hour specials but stay for so much more. Try the calamari salad which always outstanding or try the lobster knuckles which are new and unique. Whatever it is on the menu try them all and you won't be disappointed.
  24. PD

    PatrickD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Happy hour specials are amazing. $1.25 oysters were great.
  25. RL

    RLll

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Arrived on time but were asked to wait for ~10 mins to finally get the table. The oysters were good though.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty food, great service
  27. D

    Disappointed

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Would never return. Our server never attended to the table. I had to flag another service member to order. That service member gave extreme attitude. The meal than came in reverse - entries first than parts of starters. Entire meal was incomplete. Round of drinks took over 10 minutes to arrive. Whole thing was a disaster. Told the manager at the end of the meal to get: I cannot do anything since you have left the table.
  28. t

    tamaraf

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Waited for our table for half an hour for an 8pm reservation. The food was pretty average---not what Mermaid was serving pre-pandemic. Many of the same dishes were available but the fish tacos (which were some of the best in the city) are no longer...neither batter nor slaw crunchy, flavor was fine. The linguini with clams had no body at all - it was fine but nothing I'd ever order again. Mermaid now feels like a place mostly non-city folk will frequent. We'll skip it from hereon.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing! Great food for happy hour!
  30. RI

    RobI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. The happy hour is awesome and the oysters fantastic. Everything we ate was great. Solid, professional service, nice room (a bit loud for small it is). We ended up sitting outside which was great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great value for oyster happy hour! I could take shots of those New England clam chowder shooters on the happy hour menu as well 🤤
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Oysters, with great company. Service was exceptional, very fast and attentive.
  33. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable Happy Hour here. A Hot & Dirty and some salmon tartare or oysters, plus a great spot for people-watching inside the restaurant and around the neighborhood.
  34. JB

    JohnnyB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute phenomenal experience from start to finish. The staff is amazing.
  35. RH

    ReganH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour never disappoints.
  36. a

    aura

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is my partner’s birthday week and she wanted to have clams at Mermaid, her favorite place. 2 dozen clams and 2 dozen oysters and 2 drinks later we were smiling ear to ear. Love this place and always the freshest clams and oysters. Now the 2 gentlemen in front are special, they remember regulars, are professional and polite ( also good looking), and keep it all moving. See you soon. Aura
  37. KW

    KatherineW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great space, but portions are getting smaller and more expensive
  38. T

    Tori

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    freshest and cleanest oysters around - great chowder and tacos - and free old school chocolate pudding at the end!
  39. JF

    JoshF

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Love the UWS location, the food wasn’t as good here. My linguine with clams came out swimming in broth with no flavor.
  40. J

    Jerry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I always enjoy the excellent service at the Mermaid Inn and the food is always fresh and good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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The Mermaid Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1784 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
Google Map for The Mermaid Oyster Bar

89 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bleecker & Houston

  • Neighborhood

    Greenwich Village

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a lot on West 3rd between Bleecker St and Sixth Ave.

  • Public transit

    West 4th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Cressotti

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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