Finally made it to Mermaid after hearing so many good reports of the place from friends.
Started with a very good, spicy bloody mary at the bar / husband had the mint & honey cocktail. Also very tasty.
For dinner, we started with a half dozen of their west coast oyster option---I don't recall which variety he said. I had my heart set on Belon but they didn't have any in that night and I wasn't familiar with either of the night's selections. Anyway very good, medium size, not briny, nice sauce to dip in. We also had the lightly fried oysters which were superb! (I'd been told as much)
For an entree (the only weakness I saw at this place was the brief entree list--we contemplated making a meal of the appetizer list which I found more enticing) I had the halibut crusted with bacon and herbs. Very nicely cooked fish. Could have used more horseradish in the dish I felt but the crust was very tasty. Husband had the lobster sandwich (mainly out of curiousity) and it was simple but nice.
Complimentary chocolate mousse in demitasse cup was a nice touch at the end.
Had a bottle of white Chateauneuf de Pape which paired well (first I've ever tried a white Chateauneuf).
I liked the rustic dining room (particularly as we were looking for semi-casual). Very friendly staff (albeit there were was a dining room accident next to me when the waiter nearly dropped a wine glass on the gentleman at the table next to us---think it ended up half on his back, half on the floor).
Definitely plan to return.