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Oceana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanarestaurant.com
  • Email: reservations@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, Sunday 4-9 pm.
  • 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, Farm to 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: Four Private Rooms Available from 4-80 sit down. Stand Up Reception to 150. Complete restaurant buyout is available. Contact Senta Connelly at 212 759 5989.

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
  • "While initially the four of us felt a little ignored, it turned out to be an overall good experience. My husband and son shared a seafood tower, one of their specialties and it was a hit. We enjoyed all the food although the menfolk felt the portions were small."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Very quiet on a SUnday night. Fabulous food and fabulous service. 50% off all wines."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Tried to book a table for two at the last minute - not to be recommended - but proved lucky as we were seated once the theatre goers started to empty out around 7.30. Our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgable about all the dishes, some of which are difficult to figure out from the menu description. Aperitifs and wine were excellent and reasonably priced. The food was unusual but very, very good. We were still talking about the overall experience days later. A restaurant not to be missed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Perfectly located within walking distance to the theaters. My party was impressed with the decor and the good was terrific! Very inventive menu. Service was a bit slow, we needed to skip dessert because of it. Overall, a great time was had by all."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The pre-theatre menu was excellent! The service was among the best I have had at any restaurant. Can't wIt to go back!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This one was wonderful stop for a dinner before the theater. The staff knew we were going, and made sure that we ordered those things that could be prepared in time. The halibut I had was just perfect! The wait staff was friendly ,and the atmosphere is fun, not romantic as it is too loud for that, but we loved it. Everything we ordered was done perfectly , and we were out the door at the time we wanted to get to the theater. We were treated as if we dined there often, although we had never been there, and live in Michigan! We really wanted to go back after, but it was closing down by the time we walked back that way :(.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "lovely ambiance, attentive, polite, accommodating wait staff, excellent food, varied menu"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "OCEANA provided a unique dining experience! Maine lobster was a delight. We ordered from the THEATER DINING special and were very pleased."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have only superlatives for all aspects -quality ofood, perfect service, ambience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our second time at OCEANA. This restaurant which started small on East 54th ST years ago certainly has become a behemoth of a seafood oasis here in New York. I love the service staff as they really understand that the customer is why they are and their attentive service shows this. Example; our adult children are Vegans and the kitchen prepared a special non-dairy entree for them, now that's service. T. Then I was notified by our host that the party has increased from three to five and the restaurant hostess didn't blink an eye when I requested a larger table. Four star review from my party."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in the door, the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was inventively inspired, genuinely and not in an over-done way. The only drawback was the noise level."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A great evening that included a unique appetizer, Blood Clams on the half shell, an excellent salad, Smoked Salmon Salad, a beautifully grilled piece of Grouper and a huge selection of deserts we all split and enjoyed. What struck me was the precision and creativity that each dish brought. This is a great location and if you are in the mood for Seafood a must go!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My wife and I are always looking for good seafood. We very much enjoyed taking our daughter to Oceana for a very pleasant dinner with excellent fish. My daughter had the grilled arctic char and my wife and I enjoyed some great halibut. There are also excellent sauces to select along with your fish. Sides were great too - both the gnocchi and the spinach. We will definitely go back to Oceana. Luis did an outstanding job taking care of us for dinner."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "They have an extensive wine list that you can get whatever you ask for. Cocktails are a bit pricey but very good! I tried the one called The Cindy (cucumber fused vodka with mint leaves) which was very refreshing and smooth. Restaurant wasnt entirely full around 7pm on a Monday night, but had a decent crowd especially around the bar area."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Oceana is a beautiful restaurant and the entire staff is professional, warm and helpful. We arrived early and sat at the bar to wait for the restaurant to be open for service. Laura, our bartender, was friendly and made us wonderful drinks. The dining room was large and tables were not crowded. The lighting and decor gave it an atmosphere of calm and romance. We were a party of six and all opted for the prix fixe Pre Theater menu which gave a good variety of choices. Everyone raved about the food. I had the Market Fish which happened to be halibut and it was the best I've ever tasted. The wait staff was attentive but not overly so and we never felt rushed. I would highly recommend Oceana"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My dining experience was fanastic., The service was excellent. The food was tastefully prepared and served. The selection was limited but well defined."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fish was excellent and unique. Service was very good and when we made reservations they were very good about recommending when they thought we should arrive to have a comfortable dinner with no rush and still get to the theatre on time. It was my husband's birthday and they came with a little plate of wonderful cookies with a candle and Happy Birthday written on the plate. A wonderful touch . I only gave 4 stars because the place was soooo large and the noise level was high--but the wait staff was excellent an attentive and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Absolutely decadent! Loved ambience, service and meal! It's a must dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with excellent seafood and service. The noise level is a bit loud for a romantic dinner, but otherwise a gem. The prix fixe with wine pairings is the best I've seen. Kudos on the terrific presentations, service and an interesting menu which offers good options for the non-seafood crowd. I highly recommend it as the best pre-theater dinner in NYC"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We made reservations here because it was highly recommended by my good friend who's also a foodie. The servers were exceptionally nice. The food choices were abundant and all so tempting. We were really happy with the food. The mid sized raw tower could have had more items to offer but it was still very fresh. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "You can eat well, in comfortable and elegant surroundings and make it to the show on time. Staff attention to our requests and needs was spectacular. Food was good, served promptly and professionally. Great find."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Excellent seafood. Expensive. Impersonal atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to Oceana for the special pre-theater prix fixe dinner. One ordered the special and got a plentiful meal. The fried calamari and the steamed lobster ($7 extra charge) were simple and delicious. The chocolate dessert was decadent and had a nice variety of flavors. The other ordered the lobster prepared with cashews over sticky rice. That was a filing and spectacular meal. The large windowed room was a bit noisy but had a nice ambiance and attentive staff."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Seafood is always very fresh, top notch. Seafood Towers are an excellent deal, particularly at lunch."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The noise level on a Friday evening was horrendous! One could not hear the person sitting next to you at the table. There does not appear to be any noise-reducing wall or ceiling coverings. That is too bad because the food and service are outstanding."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Oceana was a highlight of our recent trip. Service was attentive but not obsequious. Chicken and grilled cod dishes were sublime. good spot for pre theater."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I've rarely experienced such a good service, where the manager gives you a tour of the kitchen after just a single question. The food was delicious too, we'll definitively go back there next time we're in NY."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I love going to Oceana. The food is always awesome and the service is great"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I went to Oceana several times and the food experience is always the same, very good. I noticed the last two times I went there, that the table service is deteriorating rapidly. I had to ask for the bread and 15 minutes after we finish our main course, I had to ask the waiter to clean the table. The plates were still there. I hope they'll adjust the service to what it used to be."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "The menu has a good selection and the price may be a little high but the wait staff was very helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The perfect place to have a fabulous dinner before seeing a show on Broadway! The food was fantastic and the service was the best! I highly recommend this restaurant! It really close to Times Square, so there is no rush to get to your theatre!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "An annual trip to NYC for my friend's birthday celebration has included Oceana for the past 2 years. The food is wonderful, as is the service. The ambiance is great for quiet conversations, but the energy level is vibrant. We will return to Oceana next year to celebrate again!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Friendly reception, shown to our table, got the menus (waited), got asked if we wanted to order wine (we didn't as we preferred cocktails) and upon saying no, the wait abruptly said 'we do it by the glass!'. We again declined and from that point onwards we were cast adrift (seafood analogy). Negatives - take your pic: Slow service / ignored by staff (maître d' spoke to other tables but never us) Awful bread for the table Lengthy waits between courses Empty plates left on table for too long Awful side dish mushrooms (cold and flavourless) Weird desserts (deconstructed lemon cheese cake) Overall, really disappointed as this place had been recommended. Not cheap - we expected to much more. As locals we won't be returning."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had booked well in advance only to be given a table in the middle of a line of 3.There were 2 changes either side of us and yet the restaurant was 3/4 full with plenty of 2s in better positions available all night.The Sommelier was given a request to find a bold USA Chardonnay under $200 he gave 1 recommendation at £195 which I found very stale and predictable. This restaurant makes you feel like a number and succeeds in doing so .On a positive side the room is grand and if it was full I think a good vibe would be around"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What an amazing way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! I reserved an early time so we could eat before Wicked and possibly get private dining. I was rewarded by the restaurant manager, Jessica, with not only a private (glassed in) table in the kitchen, but also complimentary champagne before dinner, complimentary dessert and dessert wine after dinner. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was a very nice way for my wife and I to reflect and celebrate 25 years together. I WILL definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Perfect choice for pre theater menu. Great selection, abundant portions and great food quality. First course salad is large as are the sides so mix it up and share. Lobster broiled to perfection. All for $49 and the atmosphere is upscale. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "While there are many options in NYC, I find myself coming back to the Oceana frequently when in town on business... and have never been disappointment. The meals have always been well prepared and presented, and this most recent visit was not an exception. Depending on your table and the time of your visit, it can feel a bit crowded. But, overall... a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I loved this restaurant! The food was delectable. I enjoyed everything I bit into! Dessert was top notch! My suggestion: the carrot waffle with coconut ice cream or the dark chocolate brownie souffle."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Absolutely loved this restaurant - food was excellent, service was even better! We were in a big rush and very well taken care of! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "There are a few restaurants in New York that do it as well as Oceana, consistently. It's very hard to choose what you want because everything is so good. The service is gracious. The ambience is delightful. I go there for business lunches and romantic dinners. There is hardly anything they wouldn't do for you. The room is beautiful and comfortable. It's not stuffy but somehow always elegant. The front bar is spacious and the raw bar is exceptional. I've been dining at Oceana since it first opened on E. 54th Street over 20 years ago. This newer location is grander and less formal but spot on. I take my first comment back. There are a few restaurants in United States that match Oceana."
    Dined on 3/15/2014