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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in 2018 at The Mermaid Oyster Bar!
Featuring: Our amazing a la carte menu and Happy Hour from 4 to 7:00. From 7 pm onward we will be featuring our fantastic $45 per person 4 course dinner menu only. Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight!
We require a credit card to hold all reservations.

The Mermaid Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (25)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Casual (15)
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Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Tapas (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
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Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great for a catch-up. Consistently good food and the happy hour prices are incredible.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Happy Hour is the best thing since sliced bread! Drinks were great. Oysters are outstanding!

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

great food and service! Came here with some food restrictions and was still able to eat delicious food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

NOISIER than a Motörhead concert.
The food was good but hard to fully enjoy while you’re SCREAMING to your dinner companions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Nice enough evening with ok food, but the backroom lacks atmosphere and the staff were not particularly attentive. Ok for a casual quick bite, but they could do so much more with the place.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

A pleasure as always! I love each Mermaid location on any day of the week but you can usually catch me in the East Ville on a Monday for one of the best Happy Hour specials this side of the Mississippi.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I included on my open table reservation that it would be my friend's birthday. I usually tell the waiter/waitress ahead of time when we're about to be seated, so they know to put a candle with dessert and make it celebratory. I loved that I didn't have to say a thing and the service was very attentive and quick. I loved the fortune fish in the end with dessert too, great touch! Only complaint I have is the beer - please improve your selection. I ordered grey lady, And I friend ordered a different type off the small craft selection. We both agreed that it was extremely watered down, weak tasting beer that made the meal slightly less enjoiyable. Other than that, we had 2 dozen happy hour oysters, fried calamari, fried oysters, shrimp corn dogs, the chatted octopus, gouda mac and cheese, and the shishito peppers. The food was delicious, the oysters were fresh (tad small), and we had a great experience. I would definitely recommend mermaid oyster bar to friends and family!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Cozy, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We loved it. Only suggestion is to turn up the lighting a little bit. Needed to use phone flashlight
to read the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Really loved food, but too pricey for the value.
I recommend when u have a date, go here! I loved complimentary chocolate pudding and fortune telling thing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always a great place for oysters and happy hour deals. Been coming here for years! Love love love this place in all neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Love this place. Always a hit.

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

Delicious food - love the happy hour selection. Super tasty ad fun. Also love the little touches like a cold, refreshing pud at the end and a 'lucky fish'.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The every day happy hour from open til 7pm is what this place is great for! But, a reservation is needed no matter what day. Yes, that's a reservation for happy hour. It's gets crowded- so crowded that even the bar seating has a waiting list of their own. The $1 oysters are great! And, the $3 mini fish tacos and $3.50 mini tuna tartare tacos are my favorites. The $8 cocktails during happy hour are also delicious; I recommend the pear pressure!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was my daughters' first time in NY. They are an avid fan of oysters. Researched the restaurant through Yelp. The oysters were fresh and service was quick. The ceviche was also very tasty, so as the calamari. Serving size was enough for 3-4 people. We came for happy hour and glad we made reservations as the lines were long by 5 pm.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Their oyster happy hour everyday is a great value!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Can't wait to go back . The Monday Happy Hour is one of the best things going....

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent fresh food, creatively prepared. Knowledgeable server who was very attentive. We had a great meal. Not inexpensive, but fairly priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I was Introduced to this place about 2 years back and since then I became a fan. Love everything about it and I have yet to have a bad experience coming here

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very accommodating. They prepared our dinner according to my dietary needs. The service was excellent. The seafood is fresh and good! And they give you complimentary chocolate pudding for dessert! They could use better A/C but all in all it was very good and we will return sooner than later!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding service, fresh seafood. Loved the lobster corn fritters.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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