The Mermaid Oyster Bar

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1418 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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TP
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 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.

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
2 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AJ
London
60 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
38 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

PB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The food and drink were terrific, as was the service. Highly recommend!

AK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great value and atmosphere especially Monday all-night happy hour!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best Oyster Happy Hours in the city!

L
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is especially cool on Monday when they have happy hour all night long.

Service is awesome, food is amazing!

J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can’t go wrong at Mermaid. Been there many times and food is always fresh, well prepared and delicious. Staff is friendly and attentive. Menu has interesting and inventive seafood dishes. Not the biggest menu but everything is good.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster and corn fritters... can not stress this enough!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

EW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night...Wonderful service, Beautiful food. perfect table (based on my request), and they kept my reservation and table even when I went to the wrong location!...a Ten/10. With Gratitude, GR

L
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my always go to place for fresh seafood with great service

J
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Joel (name?) the matre d took great care of us. Oysters were terrific. Terrific wait staff.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot- the happy hour is definitely an amazing deal! We planned on getting entrees but were so full from the happy hour noshes we didn't need to. The complimentary mini dessert was a great touch as well- we'll definitely be back!

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Loved all the happy hour choices.

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