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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
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Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Tapas (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

As always, the oysters were fresh and delicious. the restaurant is cozy and service is very good.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a lot of fun. Oysters from hurricane island in Maine were a special surprise for us. Service was excellent. I had told them it was my husband’s birthday and they brought out little cups of mousse for us all with a candle for Will.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic happy hour every time. Always good and interesting oysters, not the usual suspects that other places offer. Good happy hour drinks and delicious additional menu options for happy hour. Also, the lobster knuckles (served escargot style) are an absolute delight!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was very good. Food was delicious. We arrived early but they had no problems to find us seats. Will definitely recommend and will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent place, delicious food!
It was my third Time there, but definetely not the last one!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, delicious cocktails, exceptional service

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fun, cozy place. Great service and oysters!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was great but I can’t believe they serve Tilapia. It’s just not a quality fish. And it’s so expensive here! That said the lobster roll was delicious as were the mussels.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Fabulous place. Great happy hour oysters and wine. Great, friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, seafood selection excellent, service meh.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We go back year after year in February for the fresh oysters at a special price!!!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Mermaid is our go to oyster bar, especially if we can get there during happy hours. Can’t beat $1 oysters and a decent wine selection. They always accommodate my oyster poboy request even though it’s no longer on the menu. First try on the fish and chips was a disappointment, usually go for the fish tacos which are excellent. Nice people, good service. Go

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

First group to dine and they opened the doors at 5pm. The waitress and the staff were very helpful and did not lurk.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A cozy, hip, reliable oyster bar with exceptional small plates, solid oysters, and delightful drinks.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great place and great food.
The only thing was that we had to wait 30 minutes for the reservation that we booked through Open Table. But we had a few glasses of wine while we stood in the bar so it wasn’t too bad. I’d go back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic fresh seafood! Great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Aperol spritz was wonderful, made me excited for summer! Loved the shareable plated, one of the best happy hours in town.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was good and service was wonderful!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and service. Very noisy.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 19, 2018

What a wonderful and filling happy hour menu!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 13, 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 December 31, 2017

NYE was excellent

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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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