Academy Ocean Grille
Academy Ocean Grille

Academy Ocean Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.academyoceangrille.com/
  • Phone: 5082401585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Tapas: Daily from 11:30am - Close at Junior's Bar
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Continental, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Todd Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do not offer off-site catering, but have prepared appetizers and cold plates for guests to pick up.
  • Private Party Facilities: With an intimate dining room that can accommodate up to 55 people and a dining bar, as well as an open air patio, we welcome private parties looking for a relaxing location to host their events.
  • Private Party Contact: Erica Goldberg Cummings 8886081360
  • Special Events: Throughout the year we offer special Holiday Menus (Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve) as well has special dinners like our semi-annual Beer Dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 28
  • Public Transit: There is limited Public Transportation in our area.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample private parking available at the restaurant. Additional parking is available on the street out in front of the restaurant.
A word from Academy Ocean Grille
Located right off Route 28 in Orleans, the Grille offers a menu of eclectic global dishes with a touch of Cape Cod. The dining room offers a casual elegance; Junior's Bar is perfect for a light bite or a cocktail before dinner. Additional seating is available seasonally on the breezy patio. Eclectic definitely describes the menu where Salmon Gravlax with Potato Pancakes, Raspberry & Brie Springrolls and Pork Potstickers are among the many appetizers offered. Customer favorites include grilled Monkfish & Lobster Provencal, Veal Saltimbocca and Frutta de Mare. Lazy Sundays are perfect for lingering over Eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's or sip a mimosa while enjoying our Kahlua Stuffed French Toast. Lunch features an array of sandwiches and salads along with heartier items for diners looking for more of a midday meal. Don't forget the special Tapas and Flatbread Pizza menu available exclusively at Junior's Bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Academy Ocean Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (16)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (7)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent Choice for Dinner
    LawyerBabe
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My ultra-particular uncle was visiting for a few days. Unfamiliar with the area, he wanted to treat us for dinner, but asked me to locate a place meeting his requirements: very good food and drink, casual charm, attentive service, no fidgeting children, minimal background noise, and a moderate price. I made reservations hoping that the Academy met most of his demands. To my delight, my uncle was pleased. Our waitress graciously responded to my uncle's interrogations about the menu and the wine and beer list. He was able to taste a beer before making a commitment. The food was creative, well prepared, and delicious. The noise level was low enough so that my semi-deaf uncle could engage in conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BrewsterRed
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service left a lot to be desired and tarnished the experienced. We were not told about the wine bottle specials when trying to choose our bottles and when two entrees were dropped on the ground by the waitress she was frustrated did not apologize or comp anything (even a dessert). Would give it another try and hope for better sevice!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The ambience is pleasant, the service quite good, the pork tenderloin scrumptious. Owner supervised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table Find
    NewFan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time using OpenTable and happened to be on the cape. We were very pleased with this find. Great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice atmosphere. Food disappoints
    capevisitor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice small space and friendly wait staff but the food was very greasy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific first time experience
    Centervillians
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This small operation has both a dinner and a lighter fare menu. Neither is overly extensive, but both are varied. We thoroughly enjoyed a filet mignon and a Cajun chicken and shrimp dish. The baked chocolate pudding was sinfully good, and the sticky toffee pudding was amazing! Well worth our trip from the Hyannis area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lacked pizazz
    Livinmaeatinri
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Filet was tender but sauce lacked flavor. Our waitress didn't tell us the specials, we knew because we heard others being told. Food came quick. Sat 15 minutes ahead of reservation time which was nice because the bar was too tiny to sit. Customer base is older (>60) so don't expect to linger before or after your visit.
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  • looking for direction
    cheerios
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the menu is all over the place--from tapas to Italian. Seems to cater to an older crowd. the food is not great but consistently good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not a fair sample
    surpriseme
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Picked this spot because I had not been here before; I've had brunch all over the mid-Cape and, during the summer at least, everyone's Eggs Benedict are prettymuch the same. Food was average, though I'd skip the Graavlax next time - a few very small bits of salmon on top of small potato pancakes. NOT the graavlax one would expect! Craft beer in bottles and the usual Bud Family on tap. Outdoor tables overlook a busy intersection. Service was OUTSTANDING, however. I would give the place another try, for a meal that was not Brunch. Menu has some attractive food pairings - but Brunch was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you want more than seafood...
    Tracey
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was staying in the nearby town of Eastham where there are many very good and long lines at seafood restaurants. This restaurant is more of a destination place especially after a long drive and you want to unwind in a quiet atmosphere with entree selections such as roast prime rib or pork tenderloin. The appetizer of fried calamari with banana peppers is light, crunchy and delightful. I had the pork tenderloin which was served in a light brandy sauce; not just for fall dining. The restaurant offers a very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at reasonable price
    Drivelman
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great menu, excellent food, and friendly service. Will return with guests frequently for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Was pleasantly surprized by the gracious interior. Had changed since last I was inside the restaurant -- year's ago -- as I usually eat outside. Crab cake the freshest and best I have had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    Lizzy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had the beef tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection. The mash potatoes and veggies were wonderful as well. service was good, although I asked for a glass of water more than once and did not receive it until the end of my meal after prompting the waitress yet again. Our waitress was very pleasant! We ordered the chocolate pate for dessert the portion was so incredibly small but delicious!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    eatery
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    went with family. loved the food. nice atmosphere. service was attentive but not overbearing. highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday70
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Academy Ocean Grill is one of our very favorite places to eat. The staff is great and the food is always consistent with great specials and new items on the menu. Allways are pleased with our meals and will return many times this summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great to have reservations
    robertoVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We spent the week in the Orleans area and we had some great meals,but what makes this restaurant special is that they take reservations.The crowds at every stop were very challenging.Nice to have a quiet and relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal
    jazzyjozVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a great meal at the Academy Ocean Grille! Everyone in our party of four enjoyed their meals. Our server recommended the prime rib and two in our party had it and it was delicious. The seafood appetizers were also a big hit. We will definitely return next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wonderful dinner for 39th Anniversary! All our meals were delicious, staff efficient, friendly
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good entree selections
    John
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We enjoyed our two entrees and started with small caesar salads that did come with the anchovies, which we liked. The monkfish and scallops entree had very good large scallops, while the broiled fresh cod with orange saffron beurre blanc was also good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I ordered the halibut special and although the presentation was nice, it was very undercooked - raw and cold inside. I sent it back and fortunately it was promptly returned, properly cooked. Our waitress apologized and said we would not be charged for it, but later returned to say that the owner was making her charge us for it because I ate it. She offer a free dessert instead. Although the owner was well aware of the situation and passed by our table several times, he never stopped to apologize or ask if everything was okay. I asked our waitress to send him to our table, but she asked that we not speak to him because she feared she would be fired if we did. I will not be back.
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  • Very nice
    menuboy3
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Fresh, good quality fish and seafood, nicely prepared. Menu has a lot of variety, interesting appetizers. Wines by the glass were good and reasonably priced. Definitely worth going to if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No country for old vegetarians
    CapeGarlicVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I'm always searching for a restaurant where my wife, an omnivore, and I, a vegetarian, can have a great meal together. There are a few on the Cape but Academy Ocean Grill is not one of them. My wife had the monkfish and scallops which was to be served with rice pilaf. The dish was served with a heavy sauce covering everything including the rice. Her response: meh! When I told our server that I was a vegetarian, she offered an uninspired "steamed vegetables with potato". I ordered the vegetable samosas and a house salad. I've had better samosas out of a frozen Trader Joes package. We decided to have desert at home.
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  • Happy to be back
    Susan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    As usual, our meal was delicious. My husband had the Oysters and was very pleased with the taste and presentation. The cashew crusted halibut was cooked to perfection and the vanilla bean sauce was a perfect combination. Loved the mashed sweet potato and green beans although they were a little under done for me. We passed on desserts this time, but enjoyed a nice Australian Semillion wine. It is so nice to have a local restaurant where they make you feel at home. We had a new server, but our usual came by to check in! We love the decor changes although suttle they seem just right. It seemed to make the space quieter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I HAVE EATEN HERE TWICE NOW AND THE FOOD HAS BEEN VERY GOOD BOTH TIMES. I HAVE ALSO EATEN AT THE SAME TABLE TWICE AND ITS BEEN TO CLOSE TO THE FRONT DOOR, NEXT TIME IT MUST BE TOWARDS THE BACK.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small place with great food
    davescatVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We went for the seafood, but my husband really enjoyed his calves liver.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cape Cod Cooker
    CapeCodCooker
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Good service, excellent food, imaginatively prepared and presented, very friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices considering the location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We took advanatge of Restaurant Week. Too cold to sit outside and our reserved table was against a wall so we had privacy but everyone had to squeeze past on the other 3 sides. Husband's swordfish was very good. My sole was very buttery, too much. I scraped off egg coating to remove some butter. Veggies were good but also swimming in butter. The warm chocolate pudding was a diappointment. I guess I thought it would be a bread pudding or something with character but it was unremarkable. It's not easy to put together a $25 dinner on Cape Cod so I think I would go again to Academy Grill again but at a different time.
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  • downunderer
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    food average to poor avoid the veal at all cost awful nothing worth discussing
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  • Wonderful evening
    lpcapecod
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food and service were great and it was a busy day (Mother's Day) Never rushed and a warm welcome. Definitely a place to recommend an revisit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Justme
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Very pretty dining room, good food, good service, good wines at half-way decent prices. Would take family and friends here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Orleans Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The Academy Ocean Grille is a lovely place to have dinner or a special lunch. The food is uniformly great, and even in Orleans where sea food is king, the fish dishes are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, and clearly a local favorite
    brian6uVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    While we were among the first to arrive the night we ate there, it is clearly a beloved local haunt for some of the couples in Orleans. All are known on a first name basis, and the waitstaff treats them like family. Nice, easy and relaxing place for dinner in Orleans. In season, it is always nice to know a place or two that will serve a good, predicable meal...
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 135 reviews are from the Academy Ocean Grille reviews archive.
  • Exciting new find
    mjmrmVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We have seen the name for years but never had occasion to visit before. Now we are happy we did. The food was excellent. We had veal saltimbocca and sauteed sole. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Easy location/centrally located and near highways too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner--A Gem in Orleans
    JarjeanneVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We hadn't been here is a few years. It was wonderful. The food was really lovely--carefully prepared, not too heavy (sauces, fats, etc.) and tasty. Service was the best. It's the first time a request for more water has been met with a carafe so that we could self-serve. Thoughtful and attentive. We'll visit frequently now.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the AOG!!
    Brian
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Always a great meal! One of my favorite spots on the Lower Cape.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't let the outside fool you
    Ahab
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    This place may not look like much from the outside, but it has a great kitchen. We were looking for a place for Thanksgiving and Open Table recommended the Grille, and we're glad they did. Although we did not get there until 45 minutes before the last reservation, the Turkey was very tasty and moist. The real test is the stuffing and their's was very good, and not the Stove Top that many places try to pawn off as the real thing. Portions were large and reasonably priced, particularly for Cape Cod. We are from New Orleans, and we have a small catering company, so we're not quick to hand out kudos, but this place deserves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch all around
    TAJO
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We went to Academy Ocean Grill on a Sunday night after a concert and were treated to a top notch set of entrees. I had the swordfish, which was excellent, my wife had broiled cod, which she thought was very good, and the others in our party had veal saltimbocca, which they described as one of the best they ever had. They also have a good selection of wine. The atmosphere is casual but leaning a little upscale (w/o ever being pretentious).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Very good meal along with
    Jimm
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Very good meal along with great attentive service.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    The food and service at the Academy Ocean Grill is consistently exceptional. On the most recent visit, I had the swordfish, which was perfectly prepared. Any meal that I have here is always finished off with Sticky Toffiee Pudding. Don't miss this one when you are visiting, or live on, Cape Cod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy but limited Fall menu
    Reenie
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Have been here in summer months when the menu is much more extensive...missed the samosas, the potstickers and the spring rolls which I think we're on the menu then. Also, the number of entrees was limited (late October 2013) as compared to summertime. Veal, filet Mignon and swordfish were all yummy ...delish..... The paint shades are very Zen like so it is a relaxing atmosphere.... Lights could be just a little dimmer. All in all a great restaurant and we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.