We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The BEST calamari, hands down ... cocktails, sunset, max-relax.”
Review of The Island Mermaid

The Island Mermaid
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Ocean Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We've been dining @ the Island Mermaid since the early 90's. The menu has evolved over the years to include many delicious seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes. The presentation is always top notch. The ambiance is perfect; a beachy vibe, views of the bay, pretty cocktails. Plenty of options on the kids menu. There are a lot of reviews here, so I'll cut to the chase: ORDER the CALAMARI. It is not to be missed. Even people who have never liked or tasted calamari enjoy this stuff. It is very lightly breaded, über tender (never chewy), perfectly seasoned with a mild kick, and the tomato dipping sauce is lovely. We've sampled calamari all over the world and have found none that compare. Really. We may keep trying, but there is little hope for the others. ; ) Scott (owner) is always on hand to ensure his guests are happy and enjoying themselves. Make a reservation for dinner and watch the sun set over the Great South Bay. Mermaid=Summer.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank MamaOrange
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (192)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

111 - 115 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 11 August 2014

We made reservations the night ahead and were able to get a 8:45 table time. Were given a beautiful table on the dock overlooking the water. Prices, food and service were great. the only con was by 8:45 they were out of all the specials for the evening - oh well! still will most definitely return next time on the island. Important to make reservations a day or so ahead of time.

Thank Heather C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We dined at Mermaid Island on Thursday, August 7,2014 during a day trip to Ocean Beach. There are many restaurants to choose from,but Mermaids Island had the best water views,with tables outside overlooking the water.The staff was most accommodating about our request to be as close to the water as possible. Our server was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. She definitely was one of the best servers we have had at ANY restaurant! We had the Clambake Special which was very reasonably priced at $26.00 for a great seafood assortment,potatoes & vegetable. We will definitely return to this restaurant when we go back to Fire Island!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Sheila S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Really awesome view sitting on the dock watching the sun go down. The food was great! The only thing that I thought was very strange was that they brought me a neat bourbon drink in a wine glass. Quickly fixed (as it just doesn't feel right to drink a nice scotch or bourbon out of a wine glass). Service, food and especially the view was perfect!

Thank RidinWaves
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Great view of the sea
Right on the water.
The owner was nice.
Service was good.
Foods were delicious.
It was pricey.
But you know it is island :)
Everything is pricey.

1  Thank oionmocu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Island Mermaid also viewed

 
Ocean Beach, Fire Island
 
Ocean Beach, Fire Island
 

Been to The Island Mermaid? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing