Ocean Grill - Madison
Ocean Grill - Madison
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Ocean Grill - Madison

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceangrillmadison.com/
  • Phone: 6082852582
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Arturo Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Both on and off-site catering available. Call 608.285.2582 for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Caitlin Suemnicht 6082570158x248
  • Special Events: Please contact Thomas Ray, General Manager, 608.285.2582

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Doty Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking validated for Block 89 parking ramp; ramp located around the corner on Doty Street.
A word from Ocean Grill - Madison
The festive, inviting atmosphere of Ocean Grill combines the best of urban chic & casual comfort. Locally sourced and purchased market fresh items used in weekly and daily Chef's specials, as well as happy hour specials and meal discounts make the Ocean Grill a fantastic place to have a drink and some appetizers with some friends or a great spot to come for that special dinner. Take advantage of the beautiful weather of spring, summer & fall, & ask to be seated on our patio, which boasts views of the Capitol & the Monona Terrace.
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Ocean Grill - Madison reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Quiet, refined, casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    This is a place where you can have excellent food and actually have a conversation without shouting. Our waitperson was helpful, knew when to appear and disappear, knew how to advise about menu items, and was in one succinct word: perfect. Another plus is the free parking option. It requires walking around a corner, but it's in an enclosed area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was wonderful. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    It was wonderful. The food was delicious, & presentation exceptional. Service was excellent. It was awesome to see 4 police horses go strolling by. I will be bringing my boss & her husband there in June.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food. I like fish/seafood
    Voyager
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    Excellent food. I like fish/seafood and especially like restaurants where it is obvious that the menu is limited, but chosen and prepared with care (no previously prepared and microwaved food!). The service was attentive but leisurely and nothing arrived before we were ready for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We chose this restaurant because
    RicheyVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    We chose this restaurant because of the ratings on OpenTable. The location and parking are convenient and the decor is updated and friendly. The tables are very close together and have opposite sides facing each other, so it was a little annoying to have people staring at you while you eat and talk from both sides. We chose to go the small plates route, in lieu of a main course. The portions on small plates are very generous (some of them are enough for two people to share as a meal!) We selected the Crab Cakes, Cod and Seafood Enchilada. The crab cakes and cod were fantastic. I think the Cod was probably in the top three for best I ever had. The Seafood enchilada was horrible. It had hardly any seafood and was overly creme-filled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved everything except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    I loved everything except for my meal. I found the steamed crab legs to be a little cold and wished that it would have been warmer but my husband liked it that way. My server was very friendly and I always love the service when I go in.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time. excellent cocktails.
    rjreno
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    first time. excellent cocktails. best Hendricks martini I've had. oysters were fresh and delicious. soup and salad were bursting with flavor. We had a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I brought out of town guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    I brought out of town guests and they loved the menu's variety. I had the pan-seared walleye and found it dry and thought it was over-cooked. The others in my party had great meals: the trout, soup and salads were selected. The pinot grigio was wonderful. Michael
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a night out with friends,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Just a night out with friends, or a special occasion, the cozy atmosphere and "not a run of the mill" menu is perfect for both. The food, drinks and service were all great. Be sure to save room for dessert! We will definitly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were visitors to Madison
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    We were visitors to Madison and came here for dinner before a show at the Overture Center. The fish was fresh and well prepared. We had the tuna tartar as an appetizer, my main was prisciutto-wrapped tuna and my husband's was the perch. I was delighted that they had a gluten-free menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service and the foods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    The service and the foods are great! But portion of food is too small.. We had 6 people and we almost ordered everything on the menu and it was expensive!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our FAVORITE restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    We have dined at Ocean Grill before and we keep on coming back, because the food and the service is amazing as always! My friend and I shared a bunch of small plates for dinner this time. And, they happily accommodated my friend's allergies. We started with the seafood chowder, which is my favorite, and the asian slaw, which was very flavorful. Then we had the seafood enchiladas (rich, creamy and filling, a must have!), carrot shrimp skewers (unique and delicious sauce), beer battered cod (best fish fry in town) and crab cake (plenty of crab and less filler). Everything was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    This was our first time to Ocean Grill and we loved it! We would definitely recommend it. The drinks, food and service were superb! We started with fresh shucked oysters, which were excellent. They had 4 different types of oysters to choose from and mix and match! For dinner, I had the pan seared trout and my husband had the tiger prawns. Both were absolutely delicious. The waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved Ocean Grill!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    We loved Ocean Grill! We had dinner there on a Monday night and had nothing but great things to say. We arrived a little early and had drinks at the bar, which I recommend (Great Happy Hour!). The bartender and host were also very conversational. We then sat for dinner and each had the house salad for a first course. We both really enjoyed the blueberry vinaigrette and the chevre cheese was amazing. For entrees I had the seared day boat scallops and my guest ate the grilled prawns, both were cooked perfectly. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I came to Ocean Grill on Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    I came to Ocean Grill on Monday February, 27th with my girlfriend for my birthday. It was my first time dinning there and I was extremely pleased. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and non-intrusive. She recommended the carrot shrimp skewers to start and I couldn't get over how good it was and the pesto sauce was amazing!!!! For entrees I had the Prosciutto Wrapped Tuna and my girlfriend had the seared Scallops. Both dishes were out of this world!!! I would most definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Used to be good-- pretty bad now
    MMM3
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    This restaurant used to be good a few years ago-- it is pretty bad now. The tuna tartare was completely flavorless and was either old and/or inappropriately stored as half of it had turned a mushy grey. The walleye was droopy and bland-- and the "mushroom ragout" was a huge unseasoned pile of cold, slimy mushrooms that just tasted musty. The scallops weren't as bad as the walleye, but they did not seem fresh and were very overcooked. Overall, it seemed like no one cared how the food tasted or looked, as the preparations ranged from weak to bad, and the presentation looked like a cafeteria worker just slapped it on a plate and sent it out. I will not recommend or return to Ocean Grill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our last visit to Ocean Grill!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    What has happened to this restaurant? We were not greeted by any host/hostess upon arrival. We had to search out a person to seat us. The menu sounded appealing but was a huge disaster. The food was inedible. The service was poor ( we were always looking for waitstaff to refill water glasses). With a party of 6, we will never return. Sad truth is the restaurant was not busy for a Saturday night. Now we know why.
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  • A nice restaurant - the food
    Yoop5
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    A nice restaurant - the food was well above average but not special and prices are high.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Food was very good. Service was good. But, it took a long time to get each thing we ordered and it didn't look like it was the servers fault.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambiance, Hit or Miss Dishes
    IoneTaylorVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    Ocean Grill has a nice ambiance and good service, but the food flavors were a little off on some of the dishes. The skewered shrimp were difficult to remove from the skewer. The broth in the seafood hot pot had an odd flavor. And the grape sorbet came with flavors of apple, cinnamon and pineapple, which wasn't bad, but wasn't what we were hoping to taste. The raw oysters were good, and the trout dish was well prepared and delicious.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines day disaster!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    My boyfriend took me here for Valentines day, and we will never be back. The crab legs were dry and the server did not bring butter out with them. We wanted to ask her but she barely came around. There was also a couple in the corner basically groping each other, and it was terrible to be near! I could see the servers pointing and talking about the bit no one said or did anything. Needless to say, I will NEVER be back
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  • I have been to Ocean Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    I have been to Ocean Grill before with a large group and it was wonderful, but my most recent trip was with my boyfriend for Valentines Day and it was absolutely delightful. The service was amazing and the food was fast and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was excellent.
    JamesBVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Everything was excellent. It's a little pricy but that was expected. I was surprised they were not serving much seafood (no crablegs, lobster, etc) but the scallops and salmon we had were wonderful. Service was very attentive and knowledgable. It's not a really large place so it may be tough to bring large groups when they're busy. It's better suited for 2-4 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and wine were pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The food and wine were pretty decent and for the location, ok on price. Had the mussels as an appetizer (not much broth), a way too big market salad and the day-boat scallops for the entree. My Fiance had the Seafood Chowder which he loved and the jumbo prawns for his entree. The prawns were a little dry and didn't have any consistent flavor, just pops of spice here or there. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good but a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The food was good but a little inconsistent. We had an oyster appetizer which was creamy and delicious except for one slightly off oyster. My grilled prawns with sirachi sauce were tasty but a bit overcooked. Chuck's Norwegian salmon was delicious. Our server was great! Attentive and professional. We will try again because overall the food was very good, and we love fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad to see that their menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Sad to see that their menu has drastically diminished in the Entree section. Ocean Grill is the name, but not much Ocean going on in the Entrees. Where's the lobster, crab and other white fish, such as halibut or swordfish, etc.?
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit ocean grill on Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Hit ocean grill on Friday night @ 6:30pm, and it was surprisingly uncrowded. We had small plates for our dinner, and all of them were very well prepared. The seafood enchiladas were excellent, crab cakes were very meaty, cod was cooked perfectly, and calamari was tender, crispy, and delicious. It wasn't blow-your-socks-off-at-a-5-star-restaurant good, but it was all excellent. And the seafood was all very fresh. Dress code was casual. Looked like a good place for drinks, too. Definitely will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Although we had heard largely negative reviews of Ocean Grill, we decided to try it for ourselves. We left extremely disappointed and will likely never return. I would not recommend this restaurant for dinner. I have heard good things about their appetizers/small plates.
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  • This would be one of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    This would be one of the best Resturant Week lunches I ever had. (I had the Salmon)
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    We enjoyed a most delicious lunch during Restaurant Week. The salmon was fresh and perfectly cooked. The portions were just the right size to come away full and service was fantastic. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for January Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    We went for January Restaurant Week & were very pleased. Excellent waiter, very fresh salad, & excellent fish. The chocolate torte was really decadent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ocean Grill always has fantasitc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    Ocean Grill always has fantasitc food and a great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great. Had the prawns
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    Food was great. Had the prawns which were done to perfection. The polenta was done to perfection. Service was quick. Tuna with prosciuto was not overcooked and melted in the mouth. Good job. Went there before a concert at 8. Started dinner at 6 which was enough time to walk to the overture center.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice place on New Years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Very nice place on New Years Eve. Service was great.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always great at
    suzny13
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    The food is always great at Ocean Grill. They consistently prepare excellent seafood and the small plates are creative and tasty.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was cold sitting by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    I was cold sitting by the window! being right up against the glass is a detriment. If there had been only two of us we could have chosen the outer most chairs but we were four so I wore my coat on my shoulders throughout the meal. The bread was delicious, light but crusty. I ordered two small plates and thought they would be similar in size. The crab cake was excellent! The 'beet' salad was much larger than I anticipated. I would return but request seating away from the window.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    We loved the cozy and inviting atmosphere. Service was timely, friendly and perfect from the moment we walked in the door. Cucumber water was refreshing. Small plates were a great idea to order as appetizers or to order a couple different ones as the main course. The items on the raw bar were both unique and delicious, especially the salmon stack and oysters. The scallops, trout, seafood hot pot and sirloin entrees were all perfectly plated and tasted amazing. We will definitely be going back for more!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was very intimate for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/5/2011
    It was very intimate for the occasion we were celebrating. I really enjoy the water with the cucumber! :) Very refreshing! I would have liked to see the waitress more, as I kinda felt a little unattended. However she still was very pleasnat. I would definately go back and would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was good. I ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    The food was good. I ordered Scallops and they were excellent. My wife had the hot pot, and it was a little spicy, but I liked it so we switched.
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    fit for foodies
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  • We were there for our anniversary,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    We were there for our anniversary, food was excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was overpriced and not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Food was overpriced and not very good. For being a seafood restaurant I expected excellent quality seafood and this was subpar. Should have known it was not going to be very good when there were only 3 other groups in the restaurant.
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