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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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American, Bar, Seafood
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

Chose to give the Island Mermaid another chance after a disappointing 2021 experience. Still disappointed, but not in the food this time. Pros: Better menu, increased selection, tasty dishes Cons: Friendly, but poor service A much improved menu over last summer with more options in...each category - Starters, Soups & Salads, Entrees, etc. Prices are what you'd expect on a touristy island. We sat later in the evening when the dining crowd was low, but the bar/club side was getting busier. We ordered the Tuna Tataki for the table to start. My friend decided on the Gourmet Burger, rare. I selected the Kale salad with added chicken. We specifically stated the salad was my entree and that we wanted the Tuna app as soon as possible. The burger was cooked perfectly. It came with salad and mashed potatoes. A good sized and tasty meal. My salad was also bountiful. The only complaint is that it was overdressed. My fault. I should know by now to request dressing on the side. The only real complaints are with the service. Our waitress, while friendly, wasn't focused on us at all. She was inattentive; seemingly distracted by her two male friends dining at a nearby table. Examples of the service issues include: - it took approximately 10 minutes for my friend to receive his drink order. - no one came by to refill my water glass. It was empty for 20 minutes. - the kale salad and burger were dropped off by another server. - no one came by to check on the food to see how it was (if cooked correctly, etc ) or if we needed anything (another drink, etc ) until 10 minutes after we'd been served. That's way too long. - that 10 minute check in was by our waitress. At that time I informed her that we were never served the Tuna Tataki starter. She had no clue. She asked if we wanted it now. We said No. Just an overall disappointing lack of service. Better food, presuming it gets served.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022 via mobile

Love this place! Stopping by for lunch and The mussels and Cesar salad were amazing. They were dog friendly which is always a plus. Can’t end a night in ocean beach without stopping by for a night cap!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022 via mobile

Racist staff, horrible experience, do not recommend this place. Horrible service and very poor quality staff. Located in central Fire Island.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Hailey G, General Manager at The Island Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2022

Were so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience at The Island Mermaid. We work tirelessly to ensure every guest no matter creed, color, sexual orientation etc.. have a memorable time. Hopefully you will give us another chance in the future.

Reviewed May 26, 2022

Horrible. Old chewy calamari. Smelly and bad flounder filet sandwich. Plus it’s expensive . They want 36 for a lobster roll. So not worth it, there are plenty of other places to eat.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Hailey G, General Manager at The Island Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2022

We do apologize you had a less than stellar experience at the Island Mermaid. We strive for consistency and perfection every time. We look forward to having you back and righting this wrong. As far as the lobster roll goes; you'll find that our pricing...More

Reviewed August 29, 2021

I was there on the same night as another reviewer and had a similar experience of horrible service. Definitely do not go to the Island Mermaid if it might rain; we sat under a tiny table umbrella with our backs getting rained on (including my...young daughter who had just gotten over a cold) while they screwed up two orders, took forever to bring takeout containers (but not the check I had asked for) and then finally the check. They are clearly understaffed, perhaps because it’s hard to find people to work food service right now. But when I had told the hostess as it started to rain that we wanted to just switch to takeout, she still convinced me to stay. Did she really think a good dining experience lay ahead for us? The food is mediocre there too. We enjoyed Taco Beach, Maguire’s, and The Albatross - check those out instead.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 27, 2021

Staff is horrible ! Asked for leftovers to be packed up . Waited 20 min when confronted they asked us to leave without food . Would never go back owner is nasty

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

THE most sandy clams on the half shell i have ever encountered, and 2 were spoiled. Glad I caught the smell before eating or that would’ve been a trip to the hospital. The lobster rolls were hard as a rock and they would not give...me new bread. We ordered dessert and they gave us peanut butter cake (after informing them of an allergy). The owner did NOTHING… not even an apology … Never experienced such a horrible restaurant. Our bill came out to over $600 and they did not care one bit how horrible everything was for us. Never coming back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021 via mobile

Had the most fabulous dinner mussels and clams so fresh the tossed salad was big enough for two scallops for a main delicious desserts were great a not miss is the key lime tart drinks service and Virw all top notch we will be back

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

The best calamari ever! The service was impeccable! The owner personally visited with us at our table. Can’t wait to go back!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

80’s music is my jam, Mermaid never disappoints. Grab a tequila on the rocks from Joe at the bar and watch the sunset from the outside bar

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021

Hand's down one of my favorite restaurants, mainly due to Scott and his fabulous staff. The bartenders and wait staff always do their best to make the guest feel welcome and at home, no matter how busy they are., and it's the best place to...watch the sunset on Fire Island. Try the Kale Caesar, Steamed Shellfish Pot, Organic Skirt Steak and the Steelhead Salmon.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hailey G, Owner at The Island Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2021

Thanks for your kind words! We really do try to give it our all, especially after how excited we are to be back in full swing after last summer. Hope to see you again soon

Reviewed June 22, 2021

Love the Mermaid! Great food and always something going on-live bands, great music and Bitchy Bingo! perfect place to watch the sunset. One of our favorite places in Ocean Beach.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

8 people for dinner and the food is absolutely horrible..cold soups and the one that came out warm tasted of pure salt. Entrees came out either cold or way over cooked and no real taste..Kitchen is just as clueless and incompetent as the owner who...wanders around the restaurant and has absolutely no clue as to ALL the problems going on.I would NEVER RECOMMEND this restaurant to anyoneMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Hailey G, Owner at The Island Mermaid, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2021

While I appreciate your missive, as DPM once said "you are entitled to your own opinion NOT your own facts. You forgot to tell the readers that the problem began right away, after I offered to pan heat your soups. At that point, without any...More

Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

The island mermaid is the best restaurant in ocean beach. The bay view can’t be beat. You dine along the bay. Their menu has fresh seafood, steaks and appetizers.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 12, 2020

Went there on a Weds eve for dinner- very heavy on seafood-so if your friends arent seafood lovers(line mine isnt) its tough to find many choices on the menu.Food was good- service good also nice view of bay

Date of visit: August 2020
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Yes, The Island Mermaid offers takeout services.

The Island Mermaid is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4