Ocean Grill New York
Ocean Grill New York

Ocean Grill New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oceangrill.com/
  • Phone: 2125792300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Full service off-site catering can be accommodate. Contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or events@brguest.com for information.
  • Special Events: Docked across the street from the Museum of Natural History, and steps from Central Park, Ocean Grill is the perfect venue for birthday celebrations, showers, graduations, wedding receptions and other special occasions.

    To inquire large groups, semi-private dining or restaurant buyouts please contact our special events team at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

    Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th Street
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 79th Street and A, B, C, & D trains to 81st Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Several public lots in the area, plus street parking depending on time and day.
A word from Ocean Grill New York
Located directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill has been a staple for Upper West Side seafood lovers for years. Sample daily selections from the Raw and Sushi bars, paired with a featured wine and other fresh seafood. Feeling creative? Ocean Grill allows you to create your own meal with our daily list of Simply Grilled Fish served with your choice of sauce and seasonal side dish. Relax in the candle-lit lounge or refined dining area that resembles a luxury liner, complete with oversized mirrors and round porthole windows looking into the kitchen. The adjacent photo room is lined with retro black and white seaside snapshots and is a perfect spot for romance or celebration and as always kids are welcome.
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Ocean Grill New York reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (126)great for outdoor dining (78)special occasion (74)fit for foodies (73)great for brunch (52)good for groups (49)great for lunch (48)romantic (40)kid-friendly (28)notable wine list (19)late-night find (11)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (8)Show More
  • We have been fans since 1998 but
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The new menu is much smaller. The wine list is shorter. It looks like an accountant is now in charge. The people are still very nice though. The food is not bad, just very limited. We are hoping they will change back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner!
    Jobean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was fresh and delicious and the servers were great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Great Service
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a lovely birthday celebration this was very much appreciated as we wanted to be able to enjoy the food and have a conversation. Our waiter, Julian, was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold Pan-Seared Salmon, Anyone?
    MICKEYMICHAELS
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Second visit this season after an earlier disastrous lunch experience; two-for-lunch; no improvement. Outside table service very slow; our entrees--pan seared salmon--arrived cold!!!! I had even cautioned the (one) waiter that we wanted the entrees served piping hot, right off the grill. STILL, both our entrees came less than lukewarm, indeed cold. Waiter darted off, MIA. I had to summon the mgr. We waited for freshly made entrees. 2nd try: OK. The dessert did not come as I had ordered mine; the gelato and sorbet combo was tasteless and tiny. The chocolate tart disappointing, with a teensy ice cream scoop. Has this place lost its chef? Under new management??! What? Once always crowded, it was easy to grab an o/s table on a nice summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The staff was very accomodating and remembered our special occation. We don't live in town but this is our third year in a row with Ocean Grill as our destination for a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bland dinner
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dinner at Ocean Grill was pretty predictable. The menu was fairly uninspired and then my husband asked to have his salmon cooked all the way through but that didn't happen so I actually finished my meal way before he even got started. Kind of disappointing. The wait staff did not seem to be on the ball.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    SeafoodLvr88
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Made a res here for the last night of restaurant week. They sat a group of 5 at a tiny round table with barely enough room for our plates. We had to ask for bread after being seated for over 30 minutes; the basket they brought had 4 pieces (for 5), so had to request more. Two of us ordered from the rest week menu. I had the gazpacho app & salmon entree; my friend had the tuna roll app & pea ravioli entree & we both got the chocolate tart dessert. Dessert was good, but the rest of our meals were disappointing. The rest of the group ordered from the regular menu & were also disappointed;portions were small for the $ and nothing was great. Service was unattentive; had to ask for wine refills twice.Nice location, but wouldn't eat here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    Ralphlili4182
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was a windy rainy night when my fiancee and I arrived to this restaurant. Its Restaurant Week, we were seated by a host and was served our food. Great Restaurant and service. The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Vitodny
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Waited for cream and sugar for tea for 5 minutes. They served 3 of 4 entrees together, we waited over 5 minutes before the 4th entree was served.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have been to Ocean Grill many times and this time came for brunch with aunt/cousins....4 women including me. I appreciated that we could talk without screaming to be heard, and I really appreciated that we stayed for a long time without the waiter presenting us with the check or trying to move us along in any way. The brunch rush had died down, so we weren't taking a spot from anyone waiting, but that doesn't stop some places from scooting you out the door. We were left alone with no pressure and it was perfect for our mini reunion. Thanks. Food for brunch was fine, not outstanding, but good. I think I've enjoyed the food at dinner even more. Nice, comfortable decor. A step above most of the neighborhood brunches. All enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sammyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great brunch in a great setting in location convenient to terrific sights
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night out
    Jessluvs2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brought my sisters here before they head off to college in the fall. The food is delicious! We cleaned off all our plates and had dessert as well. The waitress was very nice and patient especially with my very indecisive little sister. It was a beautiful night and we were able to enjoy sitting outside. My cocktail was a little weak but it was very refreshing nonetheless. I will definitely be coming back with some friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BaciVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had an absolutely wonderful time. The staff was fabulous and very attentive to my guests who are disabled. They are often maginalized and made to feel unwelcome. The staff went out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable. Thank you very much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Digging for Scottish Salmon
    Hot2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the Restaurant Week Scottish Salmon entrée, atop German Potato salad -- and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and flavors of the dish. The dessert -- a yogurt cake, was splendidly presented as well. Outdoor seating in pleasant sunny weather was a bonus to our experience. Recommended. Just make sure you give the waitperson the correct credit card so as to avoid any embarrassment unless you like washing dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superior all around!
    joniarcher999
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Welcoming, beautiful restaurant. Exceptional quality food and selection. Skilled wait staff. What else can I say? It's my favorite place for any special occasion, or to make an every day special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food. Nice atmosphere. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    deej
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The restaurant was practically empty. No noise problem here, but for the wrong reasons. The food was average at best, the dessert disappointing. All in all a ho-hum experience--except for the service. Our waitress had a real attitude and not a good one.
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  • Service,Selection, and Savory
    BertVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It's not the first time that I had the privilege of eating at this wonderful seafood establishment. The waitstaff are extremely accommodating and attentive. The meal is served in a timely manner-not rushed and not too slow. I could order either from the special pre-fixed menu or the ala carte menu that features a sushi selection, specially prepared seafood dishes or just plain grilled fresh fish. If you like fish, like attention to detail, and like good service, then Ocean Grill is just perfect for an evening out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Toomad
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great evening at Ocean Grill. Simply prepared, very fresh seafood. Good vine selection.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a great experience!
    LoLo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    From the food to the wine, and the service, our girls' night out experience was amazing. We were all first-time diners and came for the Restaurant Week menu, but we would all gladly return anytime of the year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was good and service was great ... But the tables were too close together and the noise level too high to want to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent sushi
    swivyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Fresh fish, the sushi is wonderful. Attentive and friendly service. Pleasantly quiet at lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Fav
    MarisaB
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I did a restaurant week pick to Ocean Grill and it was the best decision. The seafood options were on point along with the wine selection. I would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a very pleasant dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The fish was really excellent. Other things, like bread, salad, beverages were all good. The service was prompt without getting in the way. Another good thing is the space between tables is sufficient to allow a semi-private conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skate was spoiled
    Greg98
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Raw tower was excellent, gf's skate a special for restaurant week was not edible, it tasted of ammonia which is a sure sign of old fish. Up side is they did not charge us for her "meal"
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ensure They Understand GF Prep
    GlutenFreeDiners
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was well prepared with fresh ingredients. The kale caesar salad was flavorful and not overly dressed- I personally would have preferred more anchovy. The California and Spider rolls were pleasant; however, my wife who requires a gluten-free accommodation, did not get rice with her raw bar sampling nor did she get feta cheese with her watermelon and cucumber salad. She did request the feta again and it was provided without a problem. Although the food was good and well prepared, it would seem that the staff should be better trained on special diets related to medical conditions. I would imagine requests for such accommodations are not uncommon on the Upper West Side of NYC. Service was otherwise friendly and responsive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice and steady for meeting friends
    LFPAVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Except for the size of the check $150 for 2 persons with one glass of wine and a shared desert, it was a pleasant experience....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood.
    robcurtross
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The seafood tower for two was perfectly adequate with a small starter salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for lunch
    jdnycVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had lunch there during restaurant week. RW menu was rather succinct, but adequate and we had no issue making our picks. There were no misses in the food. Salmon was fresh and perfectly cooked, the grilled shrimp plump, plentiful, and nicely charred with no trace of dryness, and both desserts (choice of 2...) quite tasty. Service was both attentive and laid back, and we lingered a bit over coffee to finish off a leisurely lunch on a hot summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sea food
    cocotte
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very good sea shells tower to share. Excellent ceviche. Good wine. Good atmosphere. Nice place were your dad is taking you for your birthday
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good but,
    mark
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Staff is great, always a warm and friendly atmosphere. The food is good but has become a little too "cookie cutter" (to use a food related term). Kitchen needs a little excitement boost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medium medium
    Louise
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Really excellent service, very Ho-hum food. My ravioli were good, but drowned in a thick, sugary sauce. The best thing we ate were the French fries! My friend ordered salmon well done--it came slimy and undercooked. The waitress was great about it. Offered to make a new piece of fish. After a very long wait, the plate came back with the old piece of fish, now over cooked. Probably they just stuck it back into a microwave! For a place specialized in fish, you would expect much better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The staff and manager were kind and accommodating, but I was disappointed in my food. The chicken in the grilled chicken salad wasn't cooked well enough and there was a visible piece of fat on the chicken, which I didn't like. Also they need more than 1 waiter for the outside tables. This was Sunday brunch and it was full.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    considerate service, food delicious, not too loud to prevent conversation
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUB-PAR
    FIFI
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is on my regular brunch short-list but this experience was sub-par. The waitstaff are always stellar but our waiter was barely audible to the point that when he approached the table no-one realized he had spoken and rather than repeating the question he just stood there staring at us, which was awkward. He mentioned he usually works night-shift and it showed. I ordered Eggs Benedict- the ham was stone cold and the fries were lukewarm. We sent it back and the replacement was much better. The waiter didn't apologize and seemed generally irritated. He gave us the wrong bill and when we go the right one they comped us some drinks and gave us a discount, which I appreciate but overall this was not my best experience at Ocean Grill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    NYCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great atmosphere, food and service. If you love seafood and sushi, you'll love this place. Highly recommend the spring roll, yellowtail sushi roll and ravioli appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    As usual the food was simply delicious! And we could actually converse with our friends without shouting... A rarity at a lot ofNYC restaurants! But I must say the service was not up to the usual standards. Our waiter had too many tables to serve. Maybe they're cutting back on staff? And the fellow who served appetizers which in our case was sushi either couldn't find chopsticks and soy sauce or was too hassled to bring them in a timely manner so we all sat there staring at our beautiful plates with our tongues hanging out! When he finally did bring them he kind of threw them at us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointuing
    BobF
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have eaten here many times before. The food was good but the menu changes were disappointing. Other then in sushi, they removed tuna from the menu. They removed my favorite, Sesame Crusted Tuna, and they also removed tuna from the Simply Grilled menu. Since the only fish I eat is tuna and swordfish (which they don't offer), I ended up eating veal which was good but not why I would go to a seafood restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very attractive place for lunch. Good food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • On the Avenue
    JohnnC
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Columbus Avenue has become a foodie magnet near the Museum of Natural History. In that sense my wife, her business partner and I had a wonderful dinner. It is someplace we will go again. We ate indoors, though there is al fresco dining. Staff was friendly and knowledgable. Portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate