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The Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel

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517 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Originally known as “The Men’s Bar,” the Legendary Oak Room has been restored to its original grandeur. A German Renaissance tour de force, the oak-paneled room looks the same today as it did when The Plaza opened in 1907. Re-opened in Fall 2008, The Oak Room once again provides the quintessential New York experience. Enjoy New American cuisine while dining in The Oak Room or The Oak Bar. Our more formal menu is served in The Oak Room, surrounded by original tile flooring and the famous Oak walls; a lighter, more casual menu is served in our Oak Bar, overlooking Central Park. Reservations are taken up to six weeks in advance.

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  • 4.0Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience

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  1. G

    Great

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2011

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Great food but our waiter was not the best. Also, the Oak Room says that it has a policy about appropriate dress. My family and I were properly dressed for a Sunday brunch but we saw people come in with shorts, sneakers, etc.; they looked like they were going to a ballgame. It definitely cheapened the place.

  2. G

    Great

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food was excellent! We went for lunch on a Saturday and the meal started with a basket of breads (popovers, pretzel bread, etc.); very tasty. I had the steak and eggs; the eggs were perfect and the steak sublime. My husband had the lobster scrambled eggs and my daughter had the waffles. Both dishes were very good. The cocktails were pricey ($19) but good. My daughter's cranberry juice was $8. My biggest complaint was that I had 2 $100 certificates to use toward the meal. I informed them of this when I made the reservation and when we sat down and the certificates had no restrictions. I was told when we got the check that I could only use 1!! If I had known this, we would not have ordered the extra drinks. Very irritating.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service. Amazing plating, delightful brunch selection!

  4. JF

    JeanFG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2011

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    That was the second time that my wife and I went to the Oak Room for Brunch. And as for the first time, the brunch buffet was not available. So, we resorted to ordering "a la carte". Everything was nice and tasty, although with a consistent addition of pepper. I won't complain as I do like peppers, but not my wife. Also, the french toast - which from my childhood were slices of brioches wet with eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar and toasted - were way too thick and too fat. We both had hearth burns for a few hours after the brunch. The environment is fine. Some pieces of furnitures are crying after a new layer of paint, but we're far from the crumbling aspects I've seen from times to times.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Very good food, pleasantly surprised.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2011

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    We went for brunch on Easter - the service was bordering on arrogant, from the host to the waiters. We seemed to be a bother, even though when we arrived, there was only one other table occupied. The food was overpriced, and actually not good - french toast cubes I had came with nothing else (no fruit, etc), and my wife's lobster/scrambled eggs were inedible. Two people, $100 later, we didn't feel too good about the experience at all.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Went here for a business lunch. Waitress was excellent, attending to any ask we had immediately. Food was good, but the decor of the old world style Oak Bar was very nice..

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    The food was delicious, the service was decent, the atmosphere was brilliant and classy, and the view was nice as well. The lunchtime menus didn't have very many choices or much variety, but I was still able to find something I liked. We were seated right near a window at a two person "hybrid" table (one chair, one seat part of a larger group bench); as previously stated, the view was great, but the seat on the bench offered zero back support (the same way a stool doesn't), and as such, was a tad uncomfortable. Also, the table was in very close proximity to the table of the couple who was seated next to us. Overall, a lovely dining experience. I would return again and recommend to friends who are looking for an upscale and unique place.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2011

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    The food was very good, but highly overpriced for the ambiance and service offered. The restaurant opened 5min later and tables were not ready. Food (side bread) was not ready on arrival. Nice to see for one time, but I won't go there again.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    It is always a wonderful time, Food is fantastic and the room is spacious. We enjoy playing the GAME at the Plaza Hotels Oak Room on SUNDAYS.

  11. k

    kqshea

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    WOW!!!! Like sitting and having lunch in a history book. What a great experience! Classy from start to finish - a great way to spend a birthday!

  12. M

    Maya

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2011

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    It's a beautiful landmark, but does not have the class service you expect for a place like to Oak Room. Food was mediocre, specially mine which was ice cold. Did not even think about sending it back and waiting another hour to get it back.

  13. r

    restoweekvictim

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Great decor.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Went here for restaurant week winter 2011 - great choice! Some restaurants give you noticeably cheaper choices for restaurant week, but the Oak Room really took the opportunity to show new customers what their are capable of. Although I cannot afford this place on a regular basis, next time the parents are in town and want to go some place "nice", I will suggest the Oak Room.

  15. RS

    RobS

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2011

    overall1food2service1ambience5

    The Oak Room proved to be significantly worse than a lot of local options. While the decor was beautiful, the food was average, and the service was horrendous. Our waiter may have said 3 words to us all night. When my wife was served grilled salmon, we were curious why it did not match the menu description "bagel-crusted salmon." My wife did not want to create a fuss, but she was curious whether it was served properly. She waited for our waiter to check up on our meal. Simply put, he never came. In fact, by the time he did visit, the dishes were already cleared and he was asking us if we wanted coffee. When told of the lack of a bagel-crust, the waiter told us there must have been a mistake and that was it... no apology, very disappointed

  16. D

    Datenight

    New York Area

    166 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    What a lovely evening. Went for restaurant week. Appetizers, entrees and dessert were wonderful. Large choice. will definitly go back.

  17. l

    loveroffood

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2011

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    The atmosphere is what is really remarkable at the Oak Room. I was expecting a bit better food then what I had eaten however, I still enjoyed it and it would not deter me from going back. Service was absolutely outstanding and it was overall a great night. Bar is also fun to sit at as well before/after your meal however - single people beware, it is filled with couples!

  18. b

    beeone

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    yum! a must try!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    Terrible service. Very in attentive but I guess they don't care during restuarant week... But the food was great. Chef did an amazing job

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Beautiful restaurant, good food and professional service from the wait staff. The only thing that was annoying was the host who wouldn't allow me to make a quick phone call to my sister to check if she was on her way because her mobile was an international mobile. Pretty ridiculous. Otherwise a lovely evening.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Great food. Service incredibly slow.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    THE EMPLOYEE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE FRIENDLY. WE WERE AN HOUR LATE DUE TO TRAFFIC . EVEN THOUGHT LUNCH WAS OVER, THEY WERE ABLE TO SEAT US IN THE BAR AREA. THE SERVICE AND FOOD WAS FABULOUS . THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY WERE SUPURB ALWAYS WAS ON MY FAVORITES LIST AND WILL CERTAINLY REMAIN THERE.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    unlike other restaurants, there was only a RW menu available - the RW menu was varied and interesting. Wait staff insisted on a dessert choice up front, could have been politer and more accomodating I felt. We dined in the Oak Bar with a view of Central Park. I would go back to dine in the beautiful Oak Room. I will probably take guests for a drink or a bite in the Oak Bar with its interesting decor and view of Central Park. The Oak Bar seemed less formal than the Palm Court. I saw a walk-in in jeans (not scruffy) graciously accomodated (most guests were dressed quite smartly).

  24. R

    Richard

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The Oak Room was historically beautiful. Carved wood moldings throughout..I would recommend a visit there to see how restaurants were built in that time with so much attention to detail and style.

  25. MG

    MaryG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The restaurant week menu was an excellent value and the restaurant was lovely. The only downside was a very loud live band in the bar which created too much noise in the dining room.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    As I am a vegetarian, my food rating is based off of a vegetarian pasta dish I had. While the dish was quite good for what it was, it can be difficult for pasta to completely 'wow' you. That said, I had the key lime cheesecake for dessert and it was absolutely phenomenal. Our server was exceptionally kind and attentive (which is sometimes difficult to find in upscale restaurants) and the atmosphere was lovely for a business lunch or a celebratory dinner. The noise level was quite low during the lunch hour, but I imagine is higher when the restaurant is packed for dinner. I would definitely recommend The Oak Room!

  27. A

    Andie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Went for Restaurant Week and I ordered the salmon. I've never been asked how I wanted fish cooked so I was a little taken back. I said medium and what was delivered to me was very rare. I expect fish to be flakey. It had a great flavor but was not cooked to my preference.

  28. n

    nanabyte

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was lovely, truly a pleasure. Only complaint was a gum chewing bus boy, dragging some plastic bins (garbage?) through the dining area.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect place to go for Restaurant Week, such good food for only $24.07.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2011

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    My soup was cold, and it was lobster and corn, so I don't think it was suppose to be cold! The waiter look mean and scary, never really smiled. He kept spilling water all over the table as he filled our water glasses. Took forever to bring us bread, and then we were still eating our first course when they came with the second. I ask for my meat medium but it was more rare then med. The desserts were great!! It was fun to be in the plaza. I Think I'll try one more time to eat there hoping they were having an off day but with those prices they shouldn't Be!!

  31. NS

    NSJM13

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    This is not for tourists only! As New Yorkers, we'd sort of avoided dining at the Plaza but decided to try the Restaurant Week prix fixe lunch. Probably not their usual menu, but excellent--especially the appetizers: we chose the tempura calamari and the lobster/ corn/ mushroom bisque.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The historic room and the luxurious ambience made for a memorable eventing. The food was well prepared and presented in an appetizing manner. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an evening to remember.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Warm welcome, outstanding food with appropriate service, a great experience! Very romantic in a legendary place!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My husband and I dined here for dinner during restaurant week. The plaza is gorgeous and the oak room is also a beautiful room. Everything we ate was delicious. The bagel crusted salmon was amazing! so was the lobster bisque...i just wish there was more of it! $5 for a soda was a bit much, but that didnt bother me too much when all three courses were so great!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2011

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    I was deceived by OpenTable about Restaurant Week here. I made a specific Restaurant Week reservation on the website, but sat down at the Oak Room to find that there was no Restaurant Week menu.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Surprisingly good food in light of earlier criticisms; the new chef did a nice job. Desserts were inventive and fun. No pushing or upselling of wine or water like some high-end restaurants in NYC where it can sometimes feel like buying a used car. Gorgeous dining room. Very unpretentious but elegant experience. I can't wait to go back.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Did not like the Branzini,. It tasted like smoked whitefish.

  38. SJ

    SoJo

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very elegant. Very delicious. All good. Only negative is ridiculously small portion on the key lime cheese cake. Everything else -- top quality ingredients, nice sized portions, good service, lovely ambiance.

  39. SW

    ShaW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Although orders were for standard fare, both presentation and flavor exceeded the norm. Service was attentive but not hovering. Note that we prefer a late lunch and only visit at that time. Despite consistently full tables and relatively young diners, the absence of noise was notable. On our last two visits, we actually enjoyed unsolicited and very pleasant interaction with adjacent diners. In our experience, that only happens when everyone is content.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2011

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The hanger steak, which the waiter recommended, was awful. I could not chew it, and did not end up eating it. The appetizers and desserts were great. I recommend their key lime cheesecake. The atmosphere is classic, I mean it is the plaza hotel.

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