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Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille

) #8 of 74 Restaurants in Port Washington ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Seafood
395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3111
+1 516-883-4242
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good33%
  • Average24%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (27 reviews)
“lobster roll” (20 reviews)
“steamers” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3111
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1 - 10 of 308 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though there were plenty of open tables inside, we were kept waiting for 20 minutes even though we had a reservation, One of the hostesses told me that she could not be expected to remember everybody who comes in, even though we were the...More

Thank rangrilli
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wouldn't waste my money ever again. After reading the post of reviews we decided to give Louie's last chance. And this was his last chance. The fried calamari was anything but crispy. It was soggy and greasy. I ordered the cold lobster roll. If...More

Thank Har826
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live in the area so we like to dine here every summer. This time we made a reservation on open table and requested "outdoor seating", only to arrive and find out that outdoor tables cannot be reserved. Which is Fine, but when the hostess...More

Thank Caitlyn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly we won't be coming back - we spent quite a bit of money here on food and drinks, and on our way out decided to walk outside to the deck to enjoy the view, when one of the staff literally kicked us out stating...More

1  Thank Maria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husbands family has been going to Louie's for 40 years . We've been through different owners , chefs etc. We haven't been there for about a year. It's always a fun time . The menu is very limited. The wait staff was friendly ....More

Thank jeannepalmenteri
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, but foodwassub- par...had the sole, which came wrapped in a heated bag, some veggies and a side of grain salad...cost $27.50 and it had an odd salty taste, was not a good fish and veggies were not tasty....For, the high prices, you would...More

Thank Rharha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in by boat. They won't give you docking instructions until you are in front of the dock so expect to wait a bit on a busy day. Great outside dining. Good drinks. Outstanding calamari. Gets hot on a warm day. With drinks and...More

Thank Donald S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Louie's because so many have praised them. Unfortunately, it did not live up to our expectations. The service from beginning to end seemed somewhat slow. The young lady that seated us did not seem friendly and welcoming. The waitress came by intermittently and...More

1  Thank creativetraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food poor and service not much better. You have to pay for bread and butter. Portions small!!! Salad okay and soup fine, but a small portion. Steamers small. Steak well cooked, but not flavorful. Fries excellent. Service slow and inattentive. View magnificent, but no sun...More

Thank robertcm683
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First things first, being unfamiliar with the neighborhood it would have been nice to know that there was free parking across the street. I didn't see it until I had made a few loops around the block and fed the parking meter - I don't...More

Thank Jet_Lag_Tom
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Questions & Answers
8 March 2017|
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Response from VIvian666 | Reviewed this property |
I agree. Call them. They have a few areas where you could have the shower. There is a room upstairs that is just lovely overlooking the water.
28 April 2016|
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Response from marty O | Reviewed this property |
I believe for the indoor portion of the restaurant .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 395 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050-3111
    (Prospect Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Long Island  >  Port Washington
  • Phone Number: +1 516-883-4242
  • E-mail
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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