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Grand Central Oyster Bar

4.1
4.1
7507 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We are a New York landmark with Guastavino tiled vaulted ceilings located on the lower level of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal.

Our dining hours are from 11:30 AM to our last seating at 9:30 PM Monday through Friday. We are eager to serve you again!




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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 97 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 490-6650
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Juan Lopez
  • Private party facilities
    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout
  • Private party contact
    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650
  • Area
    Midtown East
  • Cross Street
    Vanderbilt and Lexington
  • Parking Details
    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
  • Public Transit
    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

7,507 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyster Bar never disappoints. Plenty on the menu to order from staff as attentive without being overbearing. We had a lovely time.

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  2. ceregmal

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Of all my times there, it was the least memorable. By far seating at the counter is the best place to be. I will never bother reserving table again.

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  3. BobH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    way over priced for lunch, food is average at best

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  4. NatalieR

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really too expensive in regard to the quality if the food, waited 45 minutes to be served, it's too long

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  5. akc72st

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Friday night at 8: Everything we ordered was sold out but there was no advance warning (in menu or from waiter). What we eventually settled on was sub-par. Service was also poor; we sympathize with our very harried waiter but leaving us waiting for even an appetizer for over 30 minutes is unacceptable. This was an overall very disappointing meal and evening.

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  6. EricC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The scallops grilled were perfect, the best scallops I’ve ever eaten!! The martinis are great and so was the oysters in the half shell!

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  7. Willie

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fish was great. Oysters better. Expensive but worth the splurge.

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  8. bxg5

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have always wanted to eat there, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful room, charming waiter, and delicious food.

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  9. Panda

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It never disappoints. The best experience in Grand Central area.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice experience and good food. Service was on point.

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  11. CharlesW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The Clam Chowder tasted like it came out of a Campbell Soup can, with no clams . The Wellfleet Oysters were minisual, waiter service left a lot to be desired!

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  12. BrianL

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe is amazing. Food was similar to cafeteria level. Oysters were fine. Soups were a big miss. Wine was grocery store level :(. Service was fine.

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  13. jennifer

    Austin

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excited to come back the Hrand Central Oyster Bar

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  14. HCBJR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An icon in NYC . Always worth the effort. Great service and super seafood in a beautiful niche within the architectural marvel which is Grand Central. I advise starting with an oyster shooter!

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  15. MichaelP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food. Fried oysters and lemon sole were some of the best we’ve had. Prices were high, but not unexpected for a famous Manhattan restaurant. Good to see that the Oyster Bar isn’t just living off their famous name. They’re still serving great food.

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  16. lerffc

    New York City

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very loud and tables are really small. Person next to us had a dog out of its carrier. (Not a service dog). So disgusting. Food was amazing and delicious. We had a nice time but the ambiance was nothing to write home about!

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  17. CatherineS

    New York City

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I am very much aware that places such as GC Oyster Bar is TOURIST CENTRAL and as a NY transplant who has been living in NYC for 13 years, I have always been fond of seeing this city through the eyes of a tourist. With that said, I never had high expectations when it came to certain tourist traps. This is one of those places! It was Valentine’s Day Eve and after spending a few hours at Summit One Vanderbilt, my boyfriend and I were ready for dinner. We had a reservation to this place so the older gentleman host gave us a very sour face when we told him we were late. He asked for the name under the reservation while he took his sweet time looking for a table for us because he said he had deleted our rezzy. No big deal - it was our fault we were late so whatevs. When the lady cohost showed us where our table was, I immediately noticed they put us in a very high traffic area where our seats will get bumped by passing servers and other patrons. Then the highlight of our night comes when the waiter who took our order was very impatient and rude to my bf when he tried to communicate with him in Spanish. I would rather not say what he told us but wow were we blown away by his racist remark. He told us he is Argentinian. Anyways, moral of the story here for all New Yorkers and tourists alike is that don’t be late to your reservation because you will be treated like trash in this restaurant. Maybe an off night or maybe we were just unlucky. The food was okay but I wouldn’t go back here because the staff here seemed tired of what they’re doing and were very rude. We really felt we were not welcome. Sob sob. We are moving on!

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  18. MMMCCC

    New York City

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Why so expensive? A piece of fish with veggies almost 40 dollars? Really?

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  19. EdwardH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Rushed service. Get you in and get you out as fast as they can. Less than 90mins for 3 courses. Food was poor, maybe we made the wrong choices but seemed to be a lot of flavours too dishes that didn't actually go together. We chose from the specials on menu.

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  20. Peechee

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Conveniently located in the heart of Grand Central. Wide selection of delicious oysters. Good service in a cozy ambiance.

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  21. MichaelR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Oysters Rockefeller were very rich and very good, but I prefer New Orleans style. These were creamed spinach and a cheesy bechamel. No absinthe or other greens.

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  22. Dana

    New York City

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    my salad was clearly taken out of a refridgerator and i only ate 4 of my 6 cllams they were borderline. My colleague said clam chowder was tasteless. This is NY icon clearly you can do better and should - the menu needs an upgrade as well.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was really good! There was no waiting and the food arrived fast

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  24. Goodeatsalway

    New York City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been eating here for over 60 years and it’s still my favorite midtown spot. Just keeps getting better.

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  25. KenS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was excellent. Attentive. Oysters were delicious. Broiled scallops came in a soup eventhough we didn’t order the soup. Couldn’t get bread to go with the soup. Scallops were just ok. Key lime pie was just ok. Overall I’d give 2 1/2 stars but service and oysters selection bump it up to three stars. Suggestion… just go for the oysters w beer or a bottle or champagne and you might give them four stars.

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  26. CRSNJ

    New York City

    175 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of my favorite seafood places in the city. This time I started with the FL stone crab appetizer. A little pricey at $39 for 3 crab claws but the season isn’t very long. Delicious and served with a tangy mustard sauce. For a main course, I had the lobster pan fry, also a favorite of mine. 1/2 of a lobster served over a piece of bread and lobster bisque . Very filling, tasty and a real bargain at $29! Can’t wait to return.

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  27. MichaelF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Took friends there for dinner

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A classic, as good as it was when my grandfather was going there in the 1940s.

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  29. MauricioI

    New York City

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing seafood, large variety of oysters and good service. A bit proxy in my opinion, but great quality though.

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  30. TETSUYA

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bouillabaisse was excellent, but it was a little pity that the bread were dry.

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  31. Gordon

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu has so much wonderful choice, New England clam chowder was superb and the clams casino with bacon were the best clams we’ve ever had. Wonderful service and a real nice vibe too, thank you

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  32. AndrewM

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great afternoon. Fortunately for us it wasn’t very busy (not so fortunate for their long term sustainability) so we were able to sit at the bar for our meal. We let our server choose our oysters for us and we had a good variety to try. By coincidence we had the same server we had 8 years ago at the bar. Carlos knows his oysters because has been there 33 years!

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  33. LindsayB

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Busy vibes. Pretty expensive for what it is.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fernando excellent. Great history in grand central terminal. Scallops lobster roll and Prosecco wonderful lunch after tour.

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  35. Sadie

    New York City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I'd never been to this iconic venue - what a disappointment. Lovely ambience, but we ordered a quick lunch of NE clam chowder, which was glutinous potato soup out of a can at best, and popcorn shrimp, which was also processed garbage out of a freezer bag. Disgraceful quality, never again.

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  36. julianc

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service, the food was very good, it came fast and well presented !

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  37. KristiZ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am a total fan of Grand Central's Oyster Bar! I have been going there for years and it never disappoints. I love going there for lunch and then hopping back on a train to my home in Westchester. The old world feel delights me. The waiters are charming. The food is delicious. It will cost a bit more, but honestly it's worth it! Warning to the gluten free folks: bring your own bread! Warning to the dairy-free folks: fo'getaboutit!

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  38. GaryT

    New York City

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So convenient. On a super cold evening, I came in by MetroNorth to meet my son who took the subway from a few steps from his door to a few stops to GCT. He had the Mahi Mahi special which he reported to like a lot and I had the lobster bisque followed by the Black Cod (sablefish) special (with a sweet chile sauce, broccoli, rice, ginger), whcih was excellent. The service was as good as it gets, much better than in the past. Would rather hace not been seated facing the wall from an ambience perspective, but it may have been worth it for the quiet.

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  39. JillD

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was a single person but I did not feel uncomfortable at all. From the moment I entered the establishment the atmosphere was welcoming and warm, with wonderful service. My only concern was the menu, ahahah so much choice I did not know what the select but when my food arrived it was faultless. Thank you

    1 person found this helpful

  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Amazing atmosphere and the service was excellent.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Grand Central Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 490-6650.

Grand Central Oyster Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 7507 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 97 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Vanderbilt and Lexington
  • Area
    Midtown East
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There are various parking lots in the neighborhood.
  • Public Transit
    Metro North; 4,5,6,7; Times Square Shuttle
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Juan Lopez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 490-6650
  • Private party facilities
    Can accommodate parties of up to 600 for a buyout
  • Private party contact
    info@oysterbarny.com: (212) 490-6650
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