The Mermaid Oyster Bar

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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for happy hour!

SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AJ
London
60 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Mermaid?!

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best Oyster Happy Hours in the city!

L
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

EW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my always go to place for fresh seafood with great service

J
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The oysters were fishy and did not taste fresh. My salmon also tasted fishy. Food was very mediocre

NP
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was ok. Lobster roll tastier than fish in fish and chips.

Low marks for server only stopping by table to take order, then bring check, even though she had to walk back and forth past table to get to other tables.

Remember better food and service from prior visits.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Loved the happy hour deals

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early for our reservation but were sat within 5 minutes. Best seat in the house in our perspective: the high top table in the open doorway to the outside. Excellent. The server arrived promptly, took our drink and appetizer order and then forgot about us for a good while. She eventually returned to our table so we placed the entire rest of our order at once. From then on the service was pretty good. The food was good and flavorful. The chocolate pudding was nice finish to the meal however the most entertaining part is the fish fortune.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a stellar experience

G
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy hour. Great food and great deal on oysters and more

YA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always. The Maryland Crab Cake was delicious and fresh and the Lobster Roll is definitely one of the best. The bread is amazing and they put a lot of lobster meat in it. The atmosphere was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Oyster happy hour is the best and the oysters weren’t bad either. Also liked the scallops. Very nicely done on a great pea sauce.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great place for happy hour on a Monday! One of my favorite places for fantastic oysters as well 👍🧜‍♀️

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seafood tower is good. Wish you could swap items - clams were quite salty. Nice staff!

T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was, as always, great. Fresh, delicious and served well.

SA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very noisy until happy hours was over and then quit pleasant.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service...just everything! I will definitely go again.

DG
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mermaid Oyster Bar’s happy hour, which runs all night on Mondays, is outstanding value for raw seafood (oysters and clams), and they also offer a good range of cocktails and other seafood choices in the happy hour specials. Lively vibe with friendly service.

h
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the best oyster happy hour deals in town. Terrific service, great food. Acoustics terrible but that seems to be what they’re aiming for. A fun spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lovely place ever!!!
❤️ without any more words!!!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, highly recommend the lobster roll. Great happy hour spot as well.

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