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Mermaid Inn Uptown

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$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
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570 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-2817 (88th Street)
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 14:30
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Unquestionably one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. The $1 oyster happy hour from 5:00-7:00 every day is a huge draw-- make reservations as far in advance as you can. In addition to the fresh oysters--the choice of which varies by market availability, and the $1 oysters are the manager's choice--I highly recommend the fried oyster sliders, and the... More 

Thank Lisa S
New York
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upper West Side seafood restaurant. The appetizers were very good with a varied selection. The lobster roll was delicious although a little pricey. The fish was well prepared.

Thank David E
New York City, New York
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a Thursday night, the place was quite busy with a relatively young crowd. Seafood was better than average, but not outstanding. Service was OK with a couple that arrived ten minutes after us getting served before us. Probably will reteurn, but not high on our list.

1 Thank StlmanChuck
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12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing screams Happy Hour like $1 Oysters on the half shell with a delicious Prosecco & Mermaid Inn has got it going on. The Oysters and the cozy atmosphere alone is worth the visit.

Thank Cristina C
Redding, Connecticut
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I love a hip and modern setting for a restaurant, in NYC this was refreshing. It was really cozy, but still bustling and busy. The food was excellent. Wanted to bring a friend to a seafood place and he loved it. I'm allergic and had the steak and it was excellent. Great cocktails too. If you are a dessert... More 

1 Thank Hilary N
Sydney, Australia
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read about this restaurant on a flight whilst the woman in front of me was goggling it. It was really nice and the cocktails were great and the food was good. It was a bit noisy and there was a BABY in there that does my head in a little but i am just strange. It also needs... More 

Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The noise level was so high that we could not hear the waitress when she described the specials. We were not given any bread, just four or five crackers for four people. The fish was really salty and the mahi mahi on mussels was rather dry.

2 Thank Kilese
Greenville, South Carolina
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived in NYC for New Years Eve no plan in mind for this evening . Danny had heard of The Mermaid Inn for seafood (we have enjoyed Grand Central Oyster Bar but we're staying uptown so...) We read reviews called for reservation luckily got one. Happy Hour oysters delicious I don't want to admit how many we ate Ok... More 

2 Thank mary s
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn Uptown, responded to this review

Hi Mary, We hope you've had a great start to 2017 -- thanks for joining us on New Year's Eve! We're so happy to hear that you had a wonderful meal and appreciate that you took time to write such a lovely detailed review. More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

One dollar oysters from 5-7 and lower priced drinks are the reason to visit this big seafood venue. Entrees are competent but unexciting. Service is efficient, noise level is moderately high, and tables are close together. The mini menu of happy hour items includes tiny servings of chowder and a shrimp slider. The wait staff is attuned to getting your... More 

1 Thank BJaneH
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn Uptown, responded to this review

Hi Jane, Thank you for dining with us! We're always striving to be the best restaurant possible and appreciate your feedback. More 

Bronx, New York
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I'm an avid oystaer lover and proud of it! Come 10 or 15 min before happy hour, enjoy a very well made drink and see the masses flock in for the specials on the oysters! Wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable of their menu! What a relief. You just can't wrong with this combination! Fresh, delicious variety of oysters at... More 

Thank justblu
Mermaid I, Social Media Manager at Mermaid Inn Uptown, responded to this review

Hi justblu, We're happy to hear there was "nothing fishy" about your meal with us! Thank you for stopping by and for writing such a wonderful, detailed review. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-2817
    (88th Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are located on the 1,B,C and E lines at 86th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 12127997400
The Mermaid Inn is a spot-on rendition of a casual New England fish shack, complete with style, warm hospitality and classic seafood fare.

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