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About The Mermaid Oyster Bar

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.

79 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bleecker & Houston

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 260-0100

Website:
http://www.themermaidnyc.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Michael Cressotti

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

The Mermaid Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

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4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
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Tapas (7)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Happy hour and food is perfect as always. My go to for all things oyster in the city. Thanks Mermaid!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Spicy, Fun, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Very noisy.

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·Dined 4 days ago

What a wonderful and filling happy hour menu!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite Happy Hour spots . Always love the Oysters and whatever dish we pair with them

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Tapas, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Have been coming here for years!
Will be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for happy hour. Great food, drink and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great lobster happy hour on Sunday. First time I’m trying it and not disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The restaurant was really great, a big oyster selection, good drinks. My husband and I shared a dozen of East and West coast oysters, all of which were on point, tuna tartare tacos, which are a must, and lobster claws escargot style, which was also very good. We also had one lobster roll each, which was absolutely divine! The service was great, everyone was very attentive to us. Really highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a birthday celebration here recently. Started with Happy Hour and went into dinner. The raw oyster and clams are the freshest I’ve ever tasted, huge and cleaned well with no grit.
The ambiance was warm and welcoming and the service excellent and attentive. Waitress brought out complimentary pudding with candle for my friend’s birthday and the rest of the party. Appreciate that the waitress read my comment that this was a birthday celebration on the Open table reservation.
I definitely will be back and recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family for a relaxing and lovely evening dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always fabulous. Got there early and took advantage of their amazing happy hour!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Love it. I visited the one on second avenue and wanted to try this one. Great food at affordable prices. Excellent service .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was our 3rd visit in less than two weeks to the McDougal location. The food was consistently good. Happy hour oysters and littleneck clams were excellent. Will definitely go back again!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE was excellent

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We go to Mermaid all the time. The first time we ever went was in on an October day hours before my husband proposed to me, so bear it mind this place has some sentimentality to it. Even the high top tables are actually pretty comfortable. I've ALWAYS felt like the staff were super nice, and that they're all really really efficient there. The food is always banging, and we LOVE happy hour so much that we skipped their very alluring pre-fixe on NYE. The oysters are always really fresh, and the portions are great. I think they have an outside, which we've yet to experience. NOTE: this place is SO different to the Mermaid Inn in the east village. I know it's the same "chain", but the staff there were just not friendly, and the food didn't cut it for us. If you're going this winter, you HAVE to get the mini clam chowder on the happy hour menu. Cheers, Mermaid West Village for always making our day and our stomachs happy and full. <3

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food and Service were excellent !

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Happy hour makes everything so worth it. Oysters and clams were fresh and the cocktail I got was moderately strong. Lobster roll was okay.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Love the mermaid! Looks like a beach restaurant, nestled right in the Village. Happy hour deals cannot be beat - oysters, fish tacos, clam chowder. The meal is topped off with an adorable little pot de creme. Make a reservation or line up before 5 PM - it draws a crowd.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Hush puppies and lobster knuckles were the standout dishes. The complimentary chocolate pudding was delicious.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I found the service to be prompt and friendly, despite it being quite busy. The food was excellent and reasonably priced (we went for happy hour). The atmosphere felt cozy and relaxed; it would work for many different occasions, from a date night to a family outing. I would definitely go back and would recomend it to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We love this place. The raw oysters are absolutely delicious. We always try to get to The Mermaid for happy hour oysters whenever we are in NYC. It’s generally the first reservation we make!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dinner was amazing as usual!! Happy Hour is always the best and soo yummy!!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fabulous staff who were attentive and upbeat! The manager was also memorable seating us and ensuring our satisfaction with our experience every step of the way!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Mermaid oyster bar was perfect. I was drawn to the Oyster bar because of their Oyster/Drinks Happy Hour and I was not disappointed! The Chef's Choice oysters were great. When we requested the check, we received a complimentary chocolate mousse. So cute and yummy! Will be returning!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Our visit for my sister's birthday celebration was awesome! The restaurant was super accommodating when we added 1 to our party and the food was fast, tasty, and amazing as usual!
Thank you again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My friends and I just loved this place! The Happy Hour that runs for several hours has the best bar food menu and great drink and wine prices! Service was lovely and spot on! Can't wait to go back and try some other menu items.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A wonderful opportunity to eat $1 oysters (before 7), try new fish dishes, and enjoy the ambiance of the Village.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good happy hour as usual

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a memorable evening. The 5-7 h formula is an ideal occasion to taste fresh oysters. The fish of the day as a main course would be my recommendation

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Accueil sympathique et invitant. Personnels attentionnés. Les huîtres!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server Michaela was absolutely incredible!!!! Definitely will come back again!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Went for Happy Hour drinks and oysters. Great relaxed atmosphere.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing everything was tasty and affordable drinks were amazing

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Organic, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Afternoon Tea
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

$1 oysters in NYC - and really good!!! Happy hour only. And really nice staff.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It took about 40 minutes for my friend to find a parking spot while I sat at the table alone. The people inside were very polite about it even offering some advice on where she could try. They did not ask me to give my table up and continued to serve me with the best service even though I knew we were definitely becoming a nuisance. Beyond that this is the third time I’ve been here and every single time is has been equally packed.. not once has it ever taken long to order or receive anything. It doesn’t seem like there is an overload of waiters/waitresses either, the ones who are there are just that good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

My sister had dined at The Mermaid Oyster Bar before. Although she didn’t experience very good service, she enjoyed the Happy Hour enough to invite me to try it out too. Sadly, we came away sorely disappointed.

The food was quite good—the oysters, clams, and Mermaid Fish Tacos were stand-outs. The calamari was also tasty, and all the seafood tasted very fresh. However, the tacos were over-priced (3 tacos for $25!). We also ordered hush puppies that were over cooked and paired with an unpalatable rémoulade . As native Southerners, we were appalled at how poorly the hush puppies were executed. Lastly, drinks were unmemorable and watered down with too much ice.

Yet, the worst part of this establishment was the service, or rather the lack thereof. The people bussing the tables and refilling the water were attentive and kind, as were the hostesses. However, the server we had was awful.

My sister waited a long time before even being greeted or asked if she wanted to order a drink. Unlike countless establishments across the city in which servers kindly remind patrons when Happy Hour is ending and offer to take last orders, our waitress never checked in if we wanted to order anything else. When we wanted to order additional items off of the regular menu, we spent over 15 minutes looking for our waitress until I had to flag down a different server just to find her.

Our waitress was flippant and negligent. After being burned twice by this restaurant, we are reluctant to return.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

A bit too tourists for a Native New Yorker, small portions for big plate prices. Quality of fish was greasy and tasteless.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always great attentive service from everyone! Oysters are always fresh, and delicious. Cocktails are well balanced and creative. Small plates and the chowder cups are consistent and well seasoned. And again, the service overall is outstanding. This is why this is our go to for oysters, snacks and drinks every time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was excellent. The oysters were great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

My husband and I love to come for the happy hour goodies--best $1 oysters in town, and amazing small plates, including fish tacos in crispy shells, my favorites--and stay for dinner. I took members of my family there for my birthday a couple nights ago, and they were as impressed as I always am by the seafood and the attentive and friendly staff.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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