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Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille

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395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050 (Prospect Ave)
(516) 883-4242
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: One of Long Island's oldest and most colorful restaurants. From its start...
One of Long Island's oldest and most colorful restaurants. From its start in 1905, Louis Zwerlein's "Kare Killer" was a most unusual place. One had to get there by boat since it was built on a floating barge anchored out in the bay. One of its side attractions was that it afforded a fine view of the approaching boats from shore. On occasion, a husband sighting his wife on a course for the barge would dive headlong off the far side and strike out for Great Neck. When prohibition killed the Kare Killer in 1916, the business moved to a spot adjacent to the Town Dock, renting boats, selling chowder and other seafood. Another move in the early thirties placed the restaurant in its present location still on the Main Street waterfront. In 1954, it was expanded into an adjoining building that had originally been a blacksmith shop.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great location with stunning views, but wait is too long, food is OK & service is declining

Since we live 10 minutes away and this place had been a long time favorite of ours, we had continued coming back despite recent disappointments. Mostly because we had hoped there would be some improvement, but our experience has only kept worsening…I don’t know where the owners are, or if they even... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
icorona
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Since we live 10 minutes away and this place had been a long time favorite of ours, we had continued coming back despite recent disappointments. Mostly because we had hoped there would be some improvement, but our experience has only kept worsening…I don’t know where the owners are, or if they even care, but having owned our own restaurant for... More 

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New York City, New York
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662 reviews 662 reviews
403 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was a return down memory lane to a place that I have gone to some 45 years ago. The restaurant located next to Manhasset Bay has a great location, their own parking lot as well and most of all great food. THey also have some very strong Sour Tomato Bloody Mary's containing some sweet pepper . After a small... More 

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Port Washington, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I live close by so Louie's so it's an easy go-to place for a drink or meal overlooking Manhasset Bay and has amazing sunsets all summer long. Unfortunately the food is hit or miss... I'd say on average the food is good or very good, but 30% of the time it's only ok. Like the food, the service is also... More 

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Fresh Meadows, New York, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I keep coming back because of location to work. Food is not top notch seafood you would expect for a 'seafood restaurant'. Staff is boy d to fail if they are not trained.

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Port Washington, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Living in Port Washington, we know how busy Louie's is from springtime through fall.....great outdoor space with a terrific view! We choose to go to Louie's during the wintertime, especially for Sunday brunch.......relaxing to enjoy a midday meal while looking out at Manhasset Bay. Brunch menu includes a choice of a Bellini, Bloody Mary or Mimosa! The wait staff is... More 

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Denison, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had striped bass cooked to perfection. You rarely see striped bass on a menu. We were there in winter so couldn't eat outside, but I can imagine the outside seating would be great in summer. The atmosphere inside was great, the service good and they have a good selection of craft beers and wine. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I used to live in Port Washington, New York and my parents favorite restaurant was Louie's Oyster Bar and Grill. So, 10 years later, me and the wife naturally decided that this would be a great place for our anniversary, even though there were rumors that Louies was going downhill. The rumors were right and I couldn't have been more... More 

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Dix Hiils, NY
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162 reviews 162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I eat at Louie's fairly regularly. It sits right on the bay and outdoor seating is available when the weather allows. Sitting outside is great, but the décor within the spacious restaurant is very nice as well. The menu is dominated by seafood selections and the food is dependably good, though it's a little pricey (particularly for lunch when I... More 

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Although we were here for a baby shower food and service were not typical "group" fare. Obviously the location is a big draw but we were there when it was 35 degrees outside so we had to be content with the view through the huge windows. The food was excellent and very generous and the service very attentive. I had... More 

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New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Happy hours and summer nights, this is the place to be. Come by boat or car as they have their own dock and dock master. Plenty of outdoor seating on the water. Food presentation is great, but nothing special for the high price tag. Your really paying for the view. Service is great, make reservations via opentable to earn points.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050
    (Prospect Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Port Washington
  • Phone Number: (516) 883-4242

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

One of Long Island's oldest and most colorful restaurants. From its start in 1905, Louis Zwerlein's "Kare Killer" was a most unusual place. One had to get there by boat since it was built on a floating barge anchored out in the bay. One of its side attractions was that it afforded a fine view of the approaching boats from shore. On occasion, a husband sighting his wife on a course for the barge would dive headlong off the far side and strike out for Great Neck. When prohibition killed the Kare Killer in 1916, the business moved to a spot adjacent to the Town Dock, renting boats, selling chowder and other seafood. Another move in the early thirties placed the restaurant in its present location still on the Main Street waterfront. In 1954, it was expanded into an adjoining building that had originally been a blacksmith shop.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?