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The Island Mermaid

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780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island, NY 11770
(631) 583-8088
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Large portions but average taste

The large patio with good dock views is nice, but the food was so-so. Portions were large, and some dishes were hit and miss. The mussel appetizer special was good (large portion but the mussels themselves were very small, with good curry sauce). However, the steak was tough, overcooked and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2014
NYPanda888
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The large patio with good dock views is nice, but the food was so-so. Portions were large, and some dishes were hit and miss. The mussel appetizer special was good (large portion but the mussels themselves were very small, with good curry sauce). However, the steak was tough, overcooked and under seasoned. The portion was large but just couldn't bring... More 

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Long Island, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

While it's one of the few restaurants on Fire Island that is on the water (kind of odd, I thought) I think there may be some better choices if you're looking for good food. I ordered the filet mignon and had to send it back twice because it was way too rare for me. I never send food back. After... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

We've been coming to the Mermaid for years (actually since it opened) and we've never been disappointed. It's a beautiful spot right on the bay, the food is great, the drinks are perfect, and the view is to die for. It's an ideal setting for a leisurely lunch or dinner at sunset. The servers are always pleasant. Scott, the owner... More 

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New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had dinner here during our weekend at Ocean Beach. From appetizer to dessert, everything was prepared perfectly, delicious and had a nice presentation and the service was extremely attentive and friendly. They serve dinner out on the patio on the water which is beautiful overlooking the bay and if rain is coming, they move you inside, but they only... More 

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new york
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had reservations made months before and when we arrived they said they were running late. A group of 18 ladies stood around for over an hour as everyone else that arrived got seated. They have a special menu for bachelorette parties. Do not do it. After finally being seated, with no apologies whatsoever, we placed our orders. Several young... More 

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Huntington, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This review is not based upon the food bc we never actually had a chance to eat there, it's more based upon the experience. We went there this past weekend for lunch. We were seated and ordered drinks. About 10-15 minutes later the waitress finally came back and we were informed that they didn't have a lot of sea food... More 

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new york
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

We actually ate here both nights we were on fire island. For is fantastic and the wait staff of great. The second night we ate there was during a rain storm which is a negative because the outside deck does not have any covering so you must eat inside which can get a bit loud. Luckily we were a party... More 

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Melville, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Been going to the Mermiad for years. Why? because they allow dogs. They are the only restaurant in Ocean Beach that lets us bring our dog. The view is great. The service is very poor, especially the management. They are always busy so I assume they don't care. The food is always hit or miss. Be prepared to wait for... More 

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've always looked forward to a dinner at the Island Mermaid. Having not been there for dinner in a few years, I awaited Saturday night's dinner excitedly. We were seated on time - that's about the most positive thing I can say. The service was slow. The bread was stale. The appetizers (hot) were luke warm as was one of... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

disappointing service, too much bar scene for hook up instead of for food, snobby hostess ...........................................................................................

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island, NY 11770
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Long Island  >  Fire Island  >  Ocean Beach
  • Phone Number: (631) 583-8088

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?