Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak

4.4
632 reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic Pub and Oyster Bar with a Focus on Wine, Craft Beer and Fresh Seafood and Oysters. Please note, patio seats are not reservable but will we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was extremely slow but good

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Savanna
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my boyfriend for sweetest day, it was his first time there and he loved it! I’ve been several times and the food and drinks are always great, as well as the service! Great place for a date night

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food5Service4Ambience3

I always come here and last night 10-12-2021 I came to the restaurant and they didn’t have my reservation and I asked for the patio. The host (a male host) was not friendly at all and giving me this attitude just cause I ask if me and my friend is can sit at the patio. So disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

I got the New England lobster roll sandwich and I was not satisfied. There was hardly any lobster in it and I ate it all in just a few bites. I basically paid $17 for bread and fries. I was super excited to try their lobster roll because I’ve heard/read great things but was ultimately disappointed in it. Service was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fabulous

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AprilW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fabulous! Super attentive and the food/drinks were amazing as always.

The oysters here are top notch!

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TheirryD
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service. Relaxed and comfortable outdoor table. We will be back

JR
JimR
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great price

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Jenniferd
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The service was great, but the main entree was not the best.

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LaurieM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience1

The food is ok, not great and not great for the price. Also, while we were eating an employee started to scrub the freezer door (I think freezer door, a door silver steel door by bar) He had a bucket and a brush and was scrubbing the door just feet from our table. That was icky.

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vipkathryns
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

2 salads were just ok. The greens we a bit tough.. more traditional lettuce in the mix would be nice

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In our group we had calamari , lobster tails dinner, clam chowder, steak and lobster, burger, and various cocktails. It was delicious and our server was very friendly and professional and didn’t rush us, which I appreciate.

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MarissaC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Our server Josh was excellent, the food not so much. My boyfriend and I started with the dynamite shrimp and it was pretty good but could have used some more sauce. Most of the shrimp didn’t have anything on them at all except the breading. Our entree was when things really went down hill. We planned on splitting the lobster and seafood paella then ordering another entree to share after we finished that. The paella wasn’t paella at all, think of minute rice soaked in an excessive amount of butter. The bottom of our plates was literally a pool of butter, I had to hold my fork over the plate for a minute to let the butter drain off the rice before taking a bite. All of the seafood was extremely over cooked and rubbery (I had to use a knife to cut the lobster tail and even then it was still hard to get through). We ended up getting our check and going to finish our dinner at another restaurant nearby. Over all way over priced for the quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Disappointing quality seafood considering the price

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Samantha
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brandon was great! Food was amazing. Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience2

My mother and i ordered the same margarita drink but came out different one was gross and the other was good. When asked we were told that 2 different bartenders made the drink and one drink was missing an ingredient thats why the drinks looked/tasted different. The soup was good but not hot. I expected this place to have decent serving sizes, they were so tiny. We ordered oysters, soup, and an entree, but still left hungry. I can point out something wrong with every dish. My husband’s jambalaya was so skimpy you can see the bottom of the dish!! My paella lacked salt and barley any rice. So was my mothers. My fathers pasta was not cooked all the way it was chewy. Once we left the restaurant my husband got sick. Overall do not recommend! There are better seafood restaurants out there.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I was disappointed. I've been here many times and I always loved it. The overall food quality and service was subpare. The best part were the oysters. They were delicious.
My husband and I both ordered the lobster tails, and switched out the red skin potatoes for mashed potatoes. The potatoes were barely lukewarm. They must have been sitting for a while.
The lobster bisque soup was also barely lukewarm. Now making you wonder how fresh the food is there.
Our waiter, while not bad, was really slow. I saw the others moving about very quickly. And he just seemed like he was annoyed to be there. Sure, it's work. But it's not a pleasant experience when you're waiter is in a mood.

I also spoke with someone mentioning there was no toilet paper in the women's bathroom. I waited a bit, and nothing was done. There were 2 employees standing around doing nothing during this time frame. So I used extra napkins that were on our table.
I will give it one more try. But otherwise, this isnt worth it spending $200 for a nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had specifically requested the table in the window, and to our dismay it was occupied upon our arrival. We opted to sit at the bar instead. So glad we did! Ryan the bartender was fantastic! We’ve been going to Tom’s for over 20 years and miss Frank. Ryan the is an excellent replacement- you won’t be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great meal. When we checked in, we were told there was a special dessert since it was a birthday. That never happened. I felt uncomfortable asking. The food was great. Our service was great. A nice dining experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a fantastic experience. My boyfriend and I ate at the bar. The bartender’s customer service was outstanding. He made recommendations that were the best! He interacted with everyone. It was an awesome experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Over priced but good quality

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Romeogirl
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good selection of food items. Our server John was great! We had a nice table by the front window which was great for both people watching and conversing with friends.

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vipRhody
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Took a chance on Tom's Oyster Bar, not good at all. Food was average at best. Royal Oak is a young bar scene so if you are looking for quality food and value go some where else. Place was out of several beers, several items on menu, bar service was so slow and place was not even busy. Burger, beer, fries maybe. Quality meal forget it.

Server was new but put forth great effort.

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vipOtuka
Detroit
62 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The calamari appetizer was nice but didn’t seem ample - there were 3 of us so we each had 2 strips. The kale salad was okay. The wagyu steaks that came with the surf and turf (ordered 2) came well done ( sliced hard when the server asked us to check) instead of medium well. But they did replace both. The replacements were smaller.

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vipKshamaJ
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Love their oyster shot… the food was good. Service was slow due to the current situation. The waiter was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming here

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deliciousdiner
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is so fresh and delicious. Loved the outside seating. Overall great experience.

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vipFahmi
Detroit
70 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Patio is really nice and food is pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great drinks!! Food amd service was exceptional!! Will visit again

CG
ColleenG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A small but local venue with excellent seafood and great service.

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SamL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

I was very excited to try Toms, but the overall experience was disappointing. The peel and eat shrimp was mediocre at best, and the cocktails were below average. I was very excited to drop $26 on the app sampler, but they were out of the crab cakes, and everything else on it was average at best. I would be somewhat satisfied if this was at a chain restaurant or a random place in a subprime location, but for main st in royal oak it was pretty disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful options! Great drink list

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vipKarenG
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, excellent service..a little noisy outside, but to be expected!

KC
KathyC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

AlwAys a good time! Sat outside after a rain storm! Fun! Food was good, our server was attentive and friendly! Still miss the voodoo shrimp from years ago! Bring it back, please!

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Greg
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable

HL
HarryL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The meal was very good, and the restaurant was a little cold that day.

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taimoora
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The waiter was drunk and out of it so that was a very weird and uncomfortable encounter . The waiter ended up getting told to go home and we got a new waiter. Table was extremely wobbly and there wasn’t much seating available. Food was okay . Needs much more flavor and appetizers should be fresh and hot . Please offer vegan Mayo for the lobsteroll!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The oysters were wxw

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LJ313
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Can’t complain about the service during the unemployment debacle. But you CAN complain about the food and dirty wine glasses they served me.

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Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 541-1186.

Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak is rated 4.4 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.