The Mermaid Inn East Village

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1688 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
New York’s favorite fish house serves up classic seafood specialties in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Restaurateur Danny Abrams’ flagship Mermaid Inn — dubbed an inexpensive version of Le Bernardin by New York Magazine — features a cozy, secluded garden in back, sidewalk café in the front and a dining room that’s always buzzing. The cuisine and décor are sure to bring back your favorite memories of New England.

Special Offers

Happy hour at the Mermaid Inn

$1.25 OYSTERS, DRINK SPECIALS AND HAPPY HOUR FOOD MENU available anywhere in the restaurant regular menu also available

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 January 2019

Ends: 13 January 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 17:00-18:45

Happy hour at the Mermaid Inn

Start early on the weekend! 4PM-6:45PM DRINK SPECIALS AND HAPPY HOUR MENU available anywhere in the restaurant regular menu also available

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 January 2019

Ends: 13 January 2118

Availability: Sun 16:00-18:45
Sat 16:00-18:45

ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR MONDAYS

ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR DRINK DEALS AND SPECIAL MENU
available anywhere in the restaurant
regular menu also available

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 11 January 2019

Ends: 12 January 2118

Availability: Mon 17:00-22:00

What 1688 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible, quick service by Jamie. Great seafood! Could have done without the loud sorority girls sitting nearby.

KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good food pleasant staff no complaints

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I'm used to the one on the upper west side- although I haven't been there in a long time I liked the old menu better when it was more fishy- like steamers and lobsters etc- the menu now was pretty good just not what I was in the mood for- however the garden in the back was charming and quieter for conversations

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT waitress (she was so relaxed, no rush, very attentive), delicious food. Overall wonderful experience.

CA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal at the Mermaid. Food is great and service was friendly.
It's a bit noisy and table are bit too close together is you're aiming for a quiet dinner.

LF
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My friend and have been dining at the Mermaid (all three location) for 5 years. we like lower east side the best. Everything is usually spot on and this time the friend oysters where especially tasty (we love that sauce) The only thing that fell a little short oddly enough was the raw oysters. Something wasn't quit right about them. One was inedible and they had a little grit that we are not used to, otherwise great as usual. Don't worry, we will be back.

LG
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

reliably excellent food. always excellent service. one of my favorite places

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mermaid Inn never fails!

VE
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. Everything was perfect

BB
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly at 6:30 on a busy Saturday. The food, wine and staff were excellent. While busy, front maitre d'hôtel woman expertly handled the rush Of patrons.
The back area is an excellent oasis from the rigors of New York.
Kudos to the kitchen, wait staff and the management for developing an excellent restaurant.

MC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can never go wrong here at the mermaid Inn… Food is always exceptional and the drinks are pretty damn good too!

TE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food, great service and a nice atmosphere. This is a go-to for us. Great quality food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, I loved how I put in the app it was my anniversary and

JC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to here for our anniversary on a Saturday night and were treated with outstanding kindness and consideration, even though we arrived at 6:30pm to take advantage of the happy hour before having the rest of our meal. Our server was incredibly kind and let us take our time while checking on us the exact appropriate amount of times. They even threw in an extra appetizer and dessert in celebration of our big day. We loved sitting on the back patio though the day was quite hot. They run a very tight ship, and you can just tell their happy hour operation and the management is just on a higher level than the price point calls for. Exactly what I'm always looking for as a New Yorker. Haven't been this impressed by a place in a long while!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the oysters on happy hour and the lobster roll. Tacos were flavorful. Calamari was also yummy. Nice ambiance and polite servers.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great meal! Great service and delicious food. We ordered the special scallops and they were wonderful.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Oyster isn't that fresh

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a date and sat outside in the front area. The Monday night specials they offer are amazing value. Service was great as well. Will definitely be coming back.

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The better location of the 3 Mermaid Inns. I love the ambiance and space of this place. Definitely worth checking out!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place. Food over cooked and unremarkable.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was very good - portions could be larger w more veggies etc.

Definitely sit in back room or patio. The front room unbearably noisy and crowded on a Sunday night. We loved our back room table next to window at 7 pm.

My issue was the service. Our waiter must have been new. And we waited to just get water filled, order cocktails, to receive cocktails, to give good order. And the back room was only 1/2 filled for much of our time there. Not sure issue - we asked for stuff from bus boys because our waiter was so MIA most of time.

If I’m constantly looking for a waiter - sorry but it’s a bad experience despite the pretty atmosphere and good food. Get better help Mermaid Inn.

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were great! Only complaint were the savage mosquitos in the back yard. I got bit all over my legs. Not fun, but not the restaurants fault. I’ll definitely revisit, but dine inside next time.

k
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First time at Mermaid Inn. Had a great time. Food was excellent as was the service. Only downside was tables be
Very close to one another and it was a little warm. Otherwise best fish dish I’ve had in a long time

FC
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The drinks, the food, happy hour, everything passed expectations and we are so happy we came!

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

I love this place. Good Ambiance, Great food and the waiter and waitresses are great.
I have been to the Mermaid Inn uptown and it used to be sweet and cute and now it is not my preference because they expanded the place. The place is loud and not very comfortable.
I have also been to Oyster Bar near Washington Square park which is super and so cozy.

So.. I booked this on accident thinking it was the Oyster Bag, however I was glad to discover that it may not be as intimate as the Oyster bar, however it is just as wonderful in it's own way.
Thanks for a good night. xxx

AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Our server was very helpful and attentive.

LD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AlwAys on point w service. We usually have Sam as our server. She’s amazing

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the garden patio and happy hour specials! Always a good time at Mermaid inn for food and drinks!!

OT
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their happy hour was great, food was delicious and great spritz.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The oysters lacked freshness...

RF
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour menu is so fun. I'll certainly be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, fresh oysters and other seafood dishes. Good size portions and knowledgeable staff.

KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best seafood, amazing staff. Happy hour specials are top notch!

AB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything fabulous

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Waitress was very thoughtful and attentive. A little pricey but the food is wonderful.

JP
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had such a wonderful time. The food and drinks were amazing and filled with flavors. Highly recommend and will be back soon!

RS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

loved the setting, food and service. had not been here in a while and so happy we went back

EV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been going here since the restaurant opened. The service is always good, the food is terrific and it is moderately priced. My biggest complaint is that the front room is very loud and nearly impossible to have a conversation. Request to sit in the back room or outside if you are looking for a conversation-friendly spot.

SK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to the Greenwich Village Mermaid and now the East Village one and this one would be my favorite. Nicely decorated room and if it hadn't been pouring out, we would have loved to sit outside. There is the same problem in both locations, however, the sound level is horrendous. You can talk to the person next to you, but not the one across the table. It is called BACKGROUND music for a reason.

PB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Was looking forward to the oysters - ordered 6 were excellent problem between courses was far too short a time meal felt a little rushed ambience food and drinks were excellent - just slow things down a little

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