The Mermaid Oyster Bar

4.8
1370 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
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 3 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! We order the large platter for three and it was delicious.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too noisy and too expensive for the atmosphere. No privacy at all

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love happy hour and seafood go here the best deal in NYC on Oysters and Clams.
Make a reservation they book up quickly.

o
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with a lovely waitress.

HN
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was easily one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had in a very long time. I would say it was perfection since there isn't one aspect of it that I can find any fault with. Came here with an out of town guest and between the ambience, cuisine and service it was a home run. I've visited the Mermaid Inn on the UWS which I enjoyed but this Mermaid Oyster Bar has left an impression that makes me want to return again and again. The food was beautifully prepared and presented... everything incredibly fresh and our server was extremely knowledgeable and warm. Looking forward to the next time. A winner!

ZL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the food - happy hour is a great deal. One caution - its very loud! If you are looking to have a conversation you may end up waiting to have it after you eat.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Very consistent service and food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was ambivalent.

P
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The AC was not working and the service was poor.
I really like this place. Would you consider giving me a 50 dollars gift card to come back. Thank you so much. My number is(646) 533-5208.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

I’ve been going here for years and can’t deny that I will always have a soft spot for this place. Their happy hour deals are not bad at all. Food is tasty and I’d say worth the money.

I won’t recommend it for a date, tbh. Unfortunately, it’s quite loud in here, the space is on the small side. Pretty small that you won’t even know where to place yourself while waiting for your table. It gets packed pretty easily.

CM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best calamari we’ve ever had! Monday’s Happy Hour there is perfection in menu and cocktails! Wonderful staff ~ we went once, came back two weeks later with a bunch of friends, and can’t wait to return!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was good!

NS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here regularly for over 3 years. This is my favorite happy hour / dinner spot in NYC for a value meal. Great oysters and one of my favorite lobster rolls in the city.

JF
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, consistent oysters. Drinks are also good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here, always great service. Clean restaurant with a super cool nautical vibe. Happy hour food and drink are some of the best in the city. Smaller portions but it’s all so great!

j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too crowded here during HH. Even when we have a reservation, they try to move our seats around so that they can maximize their seating space, which is understandable, but not enjoyable as a customer. Also, the servers and staff are always coming to take away dishes and clearing the table when we're not even ready to leave. Feels like the staff are rushing customer to hurry up and eat and drink and get out of there so that they can turn the table around for the next customers. It's not the same vibrant cool relax mermaid oysters inn like before.

U
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go there all the time, my favorite Oyster joint in NYC

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here last year based on Open Table recommendation and loved it. We went again this year and again loved it! The oysters were so tasty!

JF
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Main course was a little slow to come, but it was worth the wait. Impeccably prepared food, excellent oyster choice. Dessert is whatever single thing they have that night. Thankfully it was very tasty.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and staff.

D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour in the city. Oysters are always fresh. Lobster rolls are amazing. Servers and management are friendly and Busser’s are very attentive without being intrusive. Our go to spot when in town!

SE
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really delicious meal trying out the oysters, lobster roll, and scallops. All were fantastic. We also had the lobster corn fritters and they were the bomb. Great service to round out a fun dinner in a cute place. Happy hour menu looked good, too!

M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noisy, but the food is wonderful--Love happy hour!! good value

CC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed everything! The tuna crisp and the strobes bass were both delicious. Great happy hour deal as well! Rly fun time

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed the whole experience. It was a birthday dinner, and it felt celebratory while maintaining a casual vibe.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The oyster special of the day wasn’t as good as usual but overall a fantastic experience with great staff and superb menu. (And a great value)

TI
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing, the service is top notch and the setting is like stepping into an oasis. Definitely one of our new favorites.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Rawbar food was great. Cooked food (salmon [oreder medium rare] and scallops) were good but overdone, which shouldn't happen at a seafood place with few cooked items on the menu!

MG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience. Food, service, atmosphere all top-notch. Well worth the trip.

LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for oyster happy hour in the city! And the food is always so good.

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