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Oceana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 759-5941
  • Hours of Operation: Power Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30-10 am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-3 pm.

    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm. Pre-theater dining please allow 90 minutes.

    Cafe menu and Raw bar always available.

    Sunday's closed for Summer, Re-open Sunday 10/5/2014.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Ben Pollinger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Extensive off-site catering menu available, please view our website.
    Please contact Lauren Sytsma at 212-759-5941 or LSytsma@oceanarestaurant.com.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner 9/20/14 with All-Star Chef Line-up. Oceana Exec Chef Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Colleen Grapes, Dan Kluger from abc kitchen, Gunnar Karl Gislason from Dill Restaurant in Iceland & Esteban Villalpando from Lofoten Restaurant in Oslo, Norway, all here for one special night together! Rodney Strong Vineyards celebrating 25th Anniversary with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation! This is a must dinner folks!
    Go to celebritycheftour.com to purchase tickets, or call us direct!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops;
    B,D,D,V: 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center;
    N,R,W: 49th Street
    1: 50th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Oceana
Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Co-Owner Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992.

Oceana's a la carte menu, coupled with its convenient Midtown location, make it a perfect spot for a quick business lunch or pre-theater dinner. From the spectacular marble bar to the fresh lobsters and whole fish cooked to order, as well as a significant selection of prime meats, Executive Chef Ben Pollinger delivers a fresh, innovative and approachable menu.
Oceana has a 70 seat Cafe with a 18 seat marble bar. Great for lunch, after work cocktails & snacks, pre-theater dinner and post-theater desserts. An award winning international wine list with some 1000 selections. Spring and Summer bring a 75 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chef's table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80.
Please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending Theater.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Quality and taste of food was very mediocre. Ordered Crab cakes in meal portion and they were stringy bits of crab pressed together and deep fried in tator tot shape, side dishes of mushrooms and succotash lacked any flavor. Overall presentation of meal and service was nice."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Pre theater was perfect! Dinner - excellent service. Will return!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "At lunch with two co-workers on a day when the dining room was only half- to three-quarters-full, I was surprised at how slow and inept the service was. Too much time passed between visits by our waiter, the interval between ordering drinks and receiving them was interminable, the meal took forever and was served lukewarm (but blame for that can be shared by the waitstaff and kitchen staff). Our lunch, only one course and coffee, took almost 90 minutes. Our waiter was indifferent and unapologetic. I have had nearly a dozen lunches here, usually for business, and the service has always been fine, even when the place is busy, so I'm not sure what went wrong. It may have been a one-time glitch, so I'll go back at least one more time."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Noise level too high for serious conversation. Had the lobster sandwich, and though tasty, I laughed when it was placed in front of me because it was quite tiny - and not much lobster "between the bun". That said, nice cool atmosphere on a hot and humid day."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We enjoy dining at Oceana when we are in the city for a show. Location, setting, staff, menu variety... are all fabulous! We usually love our meal, but this time it was just okay, with the exception of the gnocci side dish, which was melt in your mouth heavenly and the crab cakes appetizer, which were really scoops of seasoned crab meat, rolled in a crust and pan fried... they were fantastic. The entrees surprisingly were just ok. My husband had the shrimp and black bean pancake dish.. he said it lacked seasoning and that the shrimp were a little tough. I had the halibut which I typically love.. The sauce was a curry watermelon and it saved the dish, as the halibut was overcooked and dry, so the sauce was needed to moisten the fish."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Another fine dining experience- food is excellent; service professional and responsive and ambiance is comfortable."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "It was a very nice experience. Beautiful restaurant with great food.the service was excellent also. Prices were fair. Great meal overall."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Love the food and atmosphere. Somehow extra drinks ended up in my bill, but this was result very quickly."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "For a party with a reservation the hostess put us at a table with no ambience in the corner of the front bar section next to the kitchen and bar. We were all disappointed to have one of the worst tables in the restaurant even though there were empty tables in the main dining area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, service was attentive. Definitely worth a return visit!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Service was excellent and the food was also excellent. We would certainly recommend this dining restaurant as a MUST GO. The waiter John was highly knowledgeable and pleasant, but look out for parking if driving in. Not friendly prices and ask a lot of questions concerning the parking in that area!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Delicious food; friendly, efficient service; lively but not loud; convenient location. Moderate price for NY."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nice reasonable theatre menu. Great service. Great food. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Ah, Oceana. I miss the days in the old place, when the food was fab, before you got big and cavernous. So corporate, so cold, so expensive, yet the promising menu entices you to give it ONE MORE TRY. So I did. I took a relative to Oceana (we both work in the area) for a belated birthday lunch. In the restaurant's slight defense, he had the prix fixe and pronounced the salad topped with grilled salmon to be nothing exciting, but fine. I ordered the salmon burger, without the bun, but with all the accompaniments, which turned out to be pedestrian tomato, lettuce and onion. Laughably, it was so small it was served on a dessert plate so it didn't get lost on a "grown-up" plate. It looked sad, dry, and so unappealing. Farewell, Oceana."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We meet our girls there for dinner last week and had a wonderful time! Our waitress (M) & manager (R) in the bar were very personable & made great drink & oyster suggestions. Dining room was elegant & made our family dinner feel really special. Waiter (L) made sure we tried a verity of the Chef Specialties- Halibut and Lobster were outstanding! Thanks Oceana- we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Perfect for pre theater. Dinner is relaxed but the timing is just right to make it to the show on time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I went to Oceana for the first time to celebrate my bf 49th birthday. Being a fan of the restaurants in their Livanos Restaurant Group, I had high expectations and was looking forward to visiting Oceana. They did not disappoint. The restaurant is decorated very nicely and is quite spacious. The tables are well situated so you do not feel like you are crowded in or on top of each other. The food was FANTASTIC. We ordered a seasonal dinner special, (the Boneless Spanish Mackerel) which was outstanding! The wait staff were all very attentive and friendly. The speciality drinks from the bar were also excellent. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. I look forward to returning to Oceana soon."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "New York has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to fine dining. Oceana is as good as it gets if you are looking for seafood. I took my wife to New York for her birthday and we wanted a great restaurant within walking distance of our hotel, The Warwick. We both chose the halibut dish and added several vegetable sides. I can't remember a better halibut entree'. The wine list is impressive, the service impeccable and there is a warm, friendly vibe that makes you want to stay around. This is a beautiful restaurant and we appreciated the generous spacing of the tables and booths, which is rare in most Manhattan restaurants. The next time we are in town, it will be right back to Oceana for a reprise!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My boss was in town and I remembered how much he enjoyed his last visit to Oceana. He was delighted I selected Oceana for our lunch. Absolutely fantastic!!! Another wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Selected theatre menu which was good. Portions were sufficient and service timely so that we were able to make 8pm play with nice cushion. Olive seasoning for Mahi Mahi was delicious."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Went for a business lunch. Had not been there in awhile but remembered this great shrimp salad. It's gone and the one that replaced it was mediocre. Rubbery shrimp and a few pieces of mango in soggy dressing. Supposed to have spiced cashews. I think there was one."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Held a business lunch. Food and service was great. Did not like the table they gave us - maybe because I booked through OpenTable v. direct?"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It's not cheap, but worth every penny. Fabulous presentation, especially if you enjoy shellfish. The tower presentation is fun! Excellent wine list with some cheaper gems to be found with friendly sommelier help! Somewhat noisy Could use artwork or some softening on the walls!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was excellent, gracious and professional waitperson and very timely dinner as we were going to the theatre:)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Good food, well prepared, fair price. I would go back again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Overall great experience but when it started to rain on our table the staff didn't help us with the situation. I pushed the table back more under the umbrella, luckily the other table was very nice and understanding about the shift. The staff showed no concern or even acknowledged that we were getting wet sitting at the table. Everything else was great food drinks perfect timing before the show."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great for a business lunch. Service was very good and food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved my mahi-mahi. Seared scallop crudo appetizer was delicious. Chocolate mousse was divine. At first, we were ignored after being seated. Took us a long time to get our bread."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "First visit and dining experience in NY. From the fabulous waitress to the personable sommelier and the great food, by far our best dining while in NY. Everyone made us feel at home and very welcome. Great appetizer suggestions and the General Tsao,s lobster was fantastic. The sommelier was fluent in wine and beer which was a pleasant surprise. He suggested a stout which we later had at a another location and it was great. All in all a fantastic experience. We wanted to go back but didn't have time."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Our first visit for 43rd anniversary. Requested quiet table(we still converse!); the efficient manager seated us in a perfect spot! Before my H could order champagne, two flutes appeared with the waiter's compliments. Soft shell crabs were luscious; H's halibut delicious in a fruit-based sauce. Two different managers unobtrusively walked past us to insure that we were cared for and pleased. The wait service was superb. I drink ALOT of water &usually need to request refills, but an attentive server kept my glass filled. The Renaissance cab superb; my husband's choice was confirmed by the well-versed wine consultant. Sophisticated decor; friendly hostess; competent, snappy service; great management; look forward to returning SOON!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Our first dinner, which was probably a year ago, was wonderful. The restaurant is still lovely. The service was very good. But, with a few exceptions, the food was mediocre and I was embarrassed to have brought my guests here. The seafood charcuterie plate and the branzino for two were excellent. The halibut was overcooked, lukewarm and tasteless. The ivory salmon was also overcooked and tasteless. The bluefish was tasty but the portion was miniscule. The lobster dish was just OK. The carrot apple salad, which was fairly expensive, was boring and unexceptional. I would not go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our server was great but the food was slow, and not that great. Fish was dry and bare bones. Ok if you are on a diet haha! Won't go back. There are much better seafood places in the city."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant based on Zagat's review. The food was very good. I would have rated it better, however the lump crabcake appetizer was bland. The rest of the food and service was great. When making reservation's I emailed them a message requesting a window seat and noted it was my anniversary. The front desk congratulated my wife and I and as did the waitstaff. They also brought out a round of free drinks and a complementary small dessert plate. We were very pleased and will be going back to Oceana."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a delicious 4 course meal with wine pairings! Great service too!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner and the service was excellent. Loved my Talley wine. Chocolate mousse was delicious-a nice end to a superb meal. We had out of town guests would were so pleased with the dinning experience at Oceania."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I recently dined here and the food I must say was terrific, however, our waiter left a lot to be desired. He never took the time to introduce himself, go over the menu/specials or offer any suggestions or expertise on the menu/offerings of the night. This was not the service one would expect from a high class restaurant. However, the "busers" were terrific, paying attention to when you were done your meal selection without being intrusive, folding your napkin when you left your seat and even assisting my wife back into her chair when she returned from the restroom. I recommend the food very highly but really encourage the restaurant to take a look at their service and trying to upgrade and heighten the overall experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "THe food was good but not worth 350 USD for two to eat lobster (no appetizer or alcohol). The lobster was not as good as some I have had in holes in the wall in Boston. Will not go back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The room is quite lovely; unfortunately noise level on Wednesday night made it almost impossible to have a 3-way conversation (despite sitting as far away from the bar as possible) Food was well prepared-ranged from creative and delicious to good but not spectacular. Particular favorites: beet amuse bouche, salmon crudo, coated halibut, beet ravioli, chocolate soufflé and Greek yogurt dessert. Staff were attentive with one glitch in a long delay initially to get a glass of sherry (they had remembered but brought it as the meal was being served rather than right away)."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service was impeccable and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we knew we would love it there. The food was great and the menu was perfect. The martinis were outstanding. Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 6/18/2014