My boyfriend and I decided to try Mermaid Inn for the first time last night after hearing all the hype about this place. We arrived at 6:45 and expected to wait and the friendly hostess told us 45 minutes but we really only waited 30. We sat at a table in the back, which is a charming room. The entire place is charming and makes me feel like I am in a quaint, Cape Cod fish dive. However, the prices at Mermaid Inn are anything but.
Anyway, we went with mussles for an appetizer. They were very good and just the right size. It was in a buttery sauce which complimented them very well. They also give you a big bowl of them for only $7, so both of us were quite pleased. I ordered the grilled tuna with eggplant in a tomato stew. I ordered the tuna medium and I received it raw in the middle, and the tuna was quite cold. The tomato stew did not work either. It was dumped on the fish and it was simply too much. The taste was too bold and too salty for the tuna. The tuna was good but certainly nothing special. I was left feeling disappointed with my average meal. The eggplant and green beans were also good but as I said just did not go well with the fish. The tuna was also a small piece and rather dry. My boyfriend got the atlantic codfish over sauteed zucchini. I tasted his codfish which was excellent, soft and tender. The light sauce worked very well with the codfish and he was very happy with his meal. The dish was small so I definitely recommend ordering sides and appetizers if you like to eat like we do. The best part of the entire meal was the homeade pudding at the end. It's a perfect little treat to end a meal.
Overall, Mermaid Inn had a cute, charming feel with excellent service but average food. Don't believe the hype from the area magazines and Zagats.