Oceana
Oceana

Oceana

  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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: 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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Oceana reviews from OpenTable diners
331 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (175)special occasion (164)notable wine list (115)good for groups (112)romantic (85)great for lunch (71)vibrant bar scene (68)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (47)late-night find (21)great for outdoor dining (20)great for brunch (15)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • A true gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Our trip to Oceana was an incredible dining experience. Attentive staff, detail oriented service, great food all made for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    DIsappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Wasn't in the mood for the usual noisy hectic pre theater spots and our friends prefer fish. The space is very comfortable and easy to talk but the food was rather ordinary. We all chose the pre theater menu which included a salad and simple grilled fish. The mahi mahi was basically tasteless and the side sauce was ordinary. The more interesting items are on the regular menu. Disappointing for the price and the reputation
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Decadent!
    Lub2GrubVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Extra special B-Day dinner for my husband, thanks to Oceana! Greeted by smiles and beauty at the door by a warm team of host/ess who didn't rush us to our seats, for we wanted to relax 1st with their amazing cocktails. Dinning area was elegant & staff was remarkably hospitable! We had a selection of their super fresh oysters and colossal shrimp, followed by their To-die-for Housemade Truffle Gnocci (Totally worth the splurge!) Main course was lobster and grilled dorade that we accompanied with delicious brussels spouts and creamed spinach. Sommelier was extremely helpful in paring our wines & after dinner drinks. Cannot say enough about the desserts, but hocolate soufflé was well worth the 10min wait, not to mention the unique cheesecake- topped with a surprise Bday candle & message. Can't thank you Oceana for the fabulous time!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we miss those oldies but goodies
    bigmom
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    every since they moved it hasn't been the same -too loud, not the same level of service and quality of food. we miss the old days :) tried twice and won't return. best of luck to them!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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  • New York At Its Best
    Ulysses4VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This is an elegant, enthusiastic and exceptional Manhattan restaurant. The service is sincere and professional. The great variety of fish, shellfish and libations will make most demanding customers happy. It is expensive but worth it. My only caution is that the noise levels can get quite high-difficult to converse with people sitting across from you. Would we come back? Certainly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Oceana deserves its reputation as one of the top restaurants in NY. The menu is outstanding, with enough variety to please everyone, and every single dish is beautiful and perfectly prepared. The main dining room is very pleasant and the bar is a great place for a drink after work. My only criticism: I don't like the bread they serve at the tables -- it is oddly sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional business lunch venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have taken clients to Oceana on numerous occasions and have always found the food and service excellent. Their hosts are consistently gracious. The atmosphere is calm and sophisticated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, rushed service
    nprrVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We arrived on time for our 10 pm res. We were given our menus with the theater menu attached, but the host said that they just stopped serving it but then said he'll let me order off it anyway. Our waiter comes to get the order and grabs the theater menu saying it's not available. I just order off the regular menu (on the website, it's a pre and POST theater menu). My friend wanted to order her appetizer and think a bit more on her entree. The waiter says kitchen is closing, she needs to decide now. Why accept 10pm reservations if your kitchen closes at 10:15? After our entrees were cleared, we were presented with the check. Our waiter then came over and apologized and offered dessert menus. Overall we felt rushed. Food was good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great foid and wine
    IgorG
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I come to Oceaba for the dinner with partners It was a little bit noisy but ok. Great choise of oysters, scallops was really good too. Wine list is good. I can recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Seafood
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great food, Great Service! My second trip this year to New York and I had to go back. I wasnt dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had a wonderful evening after the Radio City matinee. Service was excellent and ambiance spacious and classy. Don't hesitate!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater disappointment
    CapePrincessVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am a regular at Oceana, usually for business lunch or dinner, and I always have a good experience. I visited on Saturday night with friends from out of town to have dinner before our 8:00 show. The dining room was very busy and noisier than usual. The food was good and well -presented, as usual, but the service was slipshod. Our waiter seemed distracted and uninterested in us. He couldn't help us with recommendations on the menu, didn't check back with us to see if we needed refills on drinks, and forgot to bring our after dinner coffee. I'll go back but this was a disappointment.
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  • pretheater menu fit for foodies
    djwess
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Lovely ambience, attentive service, delicious food, walking distance to the theater. Next time will plan to make the dinner itself the occasion so can truly take advantage of full menu offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theater winner
    outoftowner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We chose the restaurant for its proximity to the theater. We will go back again for the excellent service and excellent food. The fixed price pre-theater menu was perfect. The decor is soothing - a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle outside.
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  • Geo's NYC visit
    Geo1
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was wonderful. My ahi tuna was medium rare as requested, a perfect presentation. The crab cake appetizer was perfect and had no filler. My wife had monkfish with a fried calamari appetizer. Both were excellent (I had to help her so I know). One of the dessert options was a chocolate soufflé with cinnamon ice cream. It really was wonderful and was ready within 15 minutes or so. The wine and beer choices were good. The staff was very attentive yet unobtrusive. I am sure that Oceana will be our first choice for some time to come. The restaurant is elegant and casual at the same time. If you are going to the theater at 8PM, just let them know and they will get you our on time (unless perhaps you order a second dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    HHL4VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a phenomenal time. My kids and I were welcomed warmly, despite the fact the restaurant is probably less "kid friendly" and more of a great power lunch business spot. Waiter was attentive, patient, and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious! The fish and chips were not your ordinary soggy cod or over fried deal. The fish was huge, tasty, and meaty and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed every bite. We absolutely loved the seafood tower. Everything so fresh, it smelled like the sea. Loved the tartars and the shrimp was gigantic! My son had the light lunch three course and loved his salmon sashimi, mackerel, and parfait. We will definitely be back next time with my husband!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    rjmineo89
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food was incredible and the service by Aaron impeccable. Celebrated our 25th Anniversary in high style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply outstanding!
    Indi
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I decided on Oceana for my husband’s birthday. My friend recommended this place. Dinner was wonderful. We are anxiously looking forward to returning. We had the Oysters, Boneless Spanish Mackerel, Sicilian Style Eggplant, Grilled Marinated Escarole, Chocolate Layer Trifecta and the Chocolate Souffle. Food was absolutely exceptional! Excellent service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    simple is best. the special entries are so so such as the sea food paella which was offered this week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for foodies
    FoodieFabulousVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food and service was fabulous. Great recommendations from our server that did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • post marathon dinner
    kimisrunning22
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I chose the restaurant for a few reasons. After eating pasta dinners there days before, and I never even like eating pasta, I craved seafood. I only go tonseafood places as I do not eat meat. There were other restaurants I almost chose which I had been to(Avra and the one across the street from it) but wanted a new restaurant as we often visit NY and stay at the London. I read super reviews and I have to say it was one of the best dinners I have had. The service was perfect as well. The dessert was great and we all really enjoyed it. I plan on eating there again next time I'm in NYC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visiting from Oz
    Liane
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Enjoyed all aspects of our experience. Service was exceptional. We own a restaurant and were impressed by the overall quality and consistency. Great value a terrific night had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spike
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Based on my experience you can always depend on Oceana for good fresh fish and seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bergenbabe
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A birthday celebration selection that proved to be a winning choice. With a 6:45 pm reservation service seemed rushed at first but turned down a notch when they realized we had no theatre deadline. Food was good although monkfish a bit dry, crab cakes were not special. Surprised vegetable dishes very good and innovative. Nice experience, fairly sedate and business like atmosphere, not young, fun or noisy. Stick with basic grilled fish along with separate sauces and choose ala carte vegetables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Halibut
    CAP10301
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been to Oceana several times & each time we really enjoy the fresh, well prepared meals. The steamed halibut was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Exceptional Dining Experience
    Sparky
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Oceana was an ideal restaurant for our pre-theatre dinner with my family. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    TravelingLady
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Outstanding! Service was great, food fantastic. Several bachelorette parties were loud and disturbing, but other than that, it was a great experience.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special occasion
    gkdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I took my parents here to celebrate their anniversary and we all loved it. Great food, great service, very nice atmosphere. The best part was when I made the reservation via opentable I requested something special - a nicer table or good server, or something to make the night special for my parents. At the end of the meal they gave us a complimentary glass of dessert wine AND a little plate of desserts with a lot candle and Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. My parents were touched and I was very impressed with their attention to detail. This restaurant is not inexpensive but it's definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Sully38VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Lovely wine service ,fish exquisitely prepped and presented, elegant but not stuffy atmosphere.
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  • Great time
    Everest
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had 4 dozen of Oysters with my guests, it was so delicious. Wine list was amazing, Somulie gave me a good suggestion to choose. We had great time here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service in any restaurant
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Totally uninvolved wait staff, had to ask for a menu, "managers" walking by oblivious to lack of service. Watched parties walk in and walk out when they were done. 3 hours + for a meal -
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had a wonderful time at a great restaurant with impeccable service from every staff member.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Dlkdance94VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The pre-theatre price fix was a fabulous experience. Many pre-theatre dinners in NYC presented by other restaurants have been adequate & offer small portions. Food delicious & portions sizes more than adequate. We had the blackened swordfish which was absolutely fabulous & the grilled calamari. Grilled calamari had a nice kick to it and was very tender. Sides of potatoes very good and cauliflower also nice. Woo-hoo for the desserts. Tasty sorbet for my husband & I had a fruit tart. Delicious. Can't say enough about the service - simply excellent! Best find around Times Square in a long time. Don't know why we didn't find it sooner considering the amount of time we spend in the city. Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatsout2VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The fish is fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Ogre
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was pre-cooked and served cold (not what you expect from eg grilled shrimp...). Generally not impressed. Probably a reason why it was on of few places you could get a table at short notice..
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  • eatoutweightoomuch
    Eatoutweightoomuch
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    non rushed, yet attentive service - had oysters , clams, calamari appetizers - all were excellent - 2 in party had the blackened cobia and were very complimentary - they also had the gnochhi - another in our party, and myself, had the general tsao's lobster, also excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow. The bar snacks
    OMalleyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Ok, the food in the restaurant was fantastic, just as I expected. But what was a fantastic surprise was the bar snacks. I couldn't stop eating them. Almost spoiled my dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for business lunch
    PeckVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Quite formal at lunch time, good food and attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GOOD-NY PRICES
    24dinner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The ambiance and the food quality were definitely NY City along with the prices. The service was above average and although warned about the noise level potential ,I found it acceptable. Definitely a fish lovers place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • great for pre-theater
    AnnSBVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Beautifully prepared, beautiful setting and a short walk to the theater district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic