The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
1313 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good drinks fun vibe!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The service was great, the drinks were amazing! The oysters fresh and delicious! The salmon tartare is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Wish they sold that in like a jar or something. Highly recommend.

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EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Favorite neighborhood spot! Consistently delicious seafood, nice servers and hosts, cute ambiance, and a nice happy hour. It does get busy with waits around happy hour. Favorites are the seared calamari, lobster knuckles escargot, and the striped bass. Only minor drawback is that it's always pretty hot at the tables near the kitchen, but that would never stop me from coming back. Love this place.

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Edmonton
54 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant with a great happy hour! We had the calamari and the fried oysters from the happy hour menu and shared the lobster knuckles and a few other small plates. My husband is not a raw oyster man but what I saw they looked wonderful! The restaurant was quaint and the service excellent. We will return and send lots of family and friends to this spot!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Sat basically in the bathroom

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

土曜日の16:30から家族4人、ハッピーアワーで楽しみました。
とても流行っていて活気がありお店の方の接客もにこやかでした、
生牡蠣はあっさりしていて一人20個ぐらい食べてしまいました。
ほかの料理も飲み物もたっぷり頂いて、
お会計は一人あたり50ドル程度でした。
また再訪したいと思います。

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was pleasant the crab cakes were amazing. Oysters on point! The striped bass was perfect. I wouldn’t order lobster knuckle escargot again. The flavor was good the lobster was over cooked. The onion rings were done so well. The house Sauvignon Blanc was refreshing with a grapefruit taste. I Reserved the table on OpenTable and wasn’t excited about the actual table I was given. I wish I was at a bigger table because the chair was a stool and Was uncomfortable to sit on. the waitress was Friendly.

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J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mermaid Oyster Bar never disappoints. Fantastic selection of fresh oysters served properly chilled and shucked. The octopus is amazingly tender, the lobster roll has the right amount of mayo to meat, the fish tacos are great and the service is impeccable The chocolate pudding is always a lovely finish. Been here many times. Always great.

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AN
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date or even a dinner before hitting up one of many legendary comedy clubs on the same street.

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GC
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a happy hour and we went beyond the oysters and clams, basically bought dinner plates and shared. Excellent, fresh, real seafood, no gimmicks, and great value for NYC. Try the octopus and any of the fish specials of the day. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice oyster!! and other foods!!
I recommend this restaurant!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's very cost-effective!

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RR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best oysters for the price. Unbeatable.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great, I enjoyed the ambiance a lot. Not too loud, but energetic enough to keep the evening going. Awesome value!!

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great place to meet friends or colleagues for a casual evening.
Happy hour menu accommodates most palates for a bit of seafood.

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DA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, the Mermaid Oyster Bar is the perfect setting for a friend/family reunion. The food is always outstanding and the seafood always tastes fresh. The Clam Chowder is a hit and the Lobster Roll is delicious as well, those were my two options. Excellent atmosphere.

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JG
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Mermaid Oyster Bar was lovely. Oysters were from an interesting range of east /west coast locations. Our meals were great, but servers a little too ambitious. We felt rushed the second our appetizer was finished and our entree immediately appeared. Located in full of energy Village. We will come back and try happy hour

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ZL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was loud but not due to music just some loud patrons. Great time though!

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. The service was awesome. Relaxed dining. Overall awesome experience.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and friendly service. Generous portions. Went for happy hour ended up being a regular.

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. Number of starters between the two of us - I also wanted to try a raw oyster and this was accommodated by the chef. Food was superb and I felt the portion sizes weee great. Nice cocktail but would have liked to see a better variety on offer. Service was outstanding, attentive but not overbearing and good attention to detail. Comfortable and nice vibe. Nice acknowledgment of our anniversary too. Sad there wasn’t anything other than drip coffee at the end. Espresso would have been welcome.

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great old standard. It's popular for a reason, especially weekend happy hours. Delicious West Coast oysters (chef's choice) for $1.25 each? How can you beat that? Plus the crab dip and mini lobster rolls are on point. Definitely check it out, but get there right at 4 for weekend happy hour, or you'll be waiting.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food and most of all, amazing oysters!!!

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n
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner prior to a show. Luckily we were there for happy hour. We ordered many oysters (fantastic) and other apps (the lobster roll was the best ever!). The service was wonderful. We will be back!

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f
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during happy hour and took full advantage of great drinks, wonderful oysters on the half shell and also fried, fish tacos, clams on the half shell.. you name it! Had a great time. Service was perfect both in terms of timing and tone. We will definitely go again’

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J
Caribbean
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love oysters and clams and the happy hour special for both is superb. Added in with great drink choices and it is a home run. Our server Michaela was wonderful, she even warned us that happy hour was ending in 5 min in case we wanted more !

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RN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Happy hour is the best deal going - plenty of low price snacks including discounted oysters on the half shell.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice place it is!

It's an optimized place to eat alone, and the servers are so friendly. I used Happy hour to visit, and it tasted so good and I always recommended it to my friends in New York.

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d
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cheery atmosphere, knowledgeable and efficient staff. Food was generally good. Crab dip was only so-so. Glad to have been seated in a quieter place.

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g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish and seafood is so fresh and tasty. Would 100% come back. Oyster happy hour is amazing!

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VF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.. it’s one of my favorite neighborhood spots..

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. Great happy hour, excellent food, and excellent service.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a happy hour with my gf, and we both loved it! Great ambience and specials.

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SX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very overpriced for what it

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TC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Definately go for Happy Hour. The Oysters and Shrimp sliders were amazing. Always busy so make sure to make a reservation.

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Portion size way too small for the price. Not worth the time or money at all!

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour seven days a week with tons of choices for both appetizers and drinks. Lots of cocktails, beer and wine choices. Everything was delicious and service was outstanding. Loved the restaurant. Very quaint

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TC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I went here 2 years ago , it used to be one of my fav restaurants, but this time I came back , a bit disappointed. The food was not as expected

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The oysters and salmon tartar tacos were very good, but the red snapper entrée was just ok.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour dinner experience, really enjoyed it. Nice ambience, great service, excellent food and value for money.

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