Oceana
Oceana

Oceana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212 759 5941x
  • 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
268 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)fit for foodies (133)notable wine list (95)good for groups (85)romantic (70)great for lunch (69)vibrant bar scene (52)hot spot (39)neighborhood gem (37)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (14)late-night find (13)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Still stellar!
    FrequentaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Oceana has become a part of my culinary repertoire and I am always delighted to take (or meet) guests there, especially when it is their first time. Inevitably, the management and service teams make themselves available and sometimes Chef Ben even stops by to chat. I feel as though I am more than a treasured guest -- perhaps I have become a member of the Oceana family now. I certainly hope so! Having experienced breakfasts, lunches, cocktails, dinners and private events there, I can say with great authority that Oceana is THE place to be for any kind of dining experience. Thank you for the consistent, considerate care that you always provide to every guest, and especially to me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Volume of the each item
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Each one is not so heavy,which is very good for us. Especially, the dessert is proper quantity and elegant. I ordered dover sole first time, but a little disappointed in spite of the high price. I think it is too simple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicagogirl
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wonderful! Went for pre-theater dinner and their pre-fixed theater dinner was fabulous! Wine was lovely and their chef's treat of a soup tasting and petit fours were a great addition. They also treated my 12 year old daughter like a queen. Could not have been nicer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Overall
    DonH
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant offered everything a great New York seafood restaurant has to offer - a good selection of food and wine - quiet although on a busy street - not overly expensive - and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Bliss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    There was constant attention to our table. We never had to wait more than 10 seconds before someone was at our beck and call. The quality of the food was extra ordinary. This combined with the service made it a perfect business experience for me and my clients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its a grate restaurant for dinner
    Andrew
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Ita grate to go with friends grate restaurant, its not too expensive, its price/service/food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast-needs work
    YackieohVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I love this restaurant but the breakfast really needs work. French toast was dry and tasteless. Both of us did not each much. I love the restaurant for lunch and dinner...
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  • SemiRegular
    GuyfromLI
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Service is Outstanding, usually. Food varies from good to excellent, depending on how busy they are. Price Fixe pre-Theater is not a bad deal for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much fried food
    hmorrowVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was very disappointing to find that most of the items on the menu that interested me were fried. Crab cakes, calamari, eggplant vegetable.I finally settled on a piece of broiled Mahi Mahi. Nothing very special. Just a piece of fish looking very lonely on my plate. No veggies or garnish. Just a piece of fish. The kitchen is open to the restaurant which is usually fine, but the help was screaming at each other. Not a very nice atmosphere. I will probably not be returning, which is a shame because of the proximity to Broadway.
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  • For seafood lovers
    Retiree
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went here because we wanted seafood, and we were not disappointed. In fact, Oceana went beyond our expectations. It is a large restaurant, but we were greeted warmly and the service was impeccable. While my wife enjoyed her salmon, which was prepared exactly as she wanted it, and I enjoyed my tuna (rare, of course), I have to give special praise to the appetizers. I had the fried calamari and it was the best I've ever had. My wife raved about the soup she had, and asked the waiter if he could get her the recipe - not really expecting him to be able to do that. He returned later with the recipe, written out by hand, for her. It was a very enjoyable experience, and we will definitely be back during our next visit to Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Overall
    Oceana
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent food and the service was superior. Only complaint was the noise level, and we were in the quietest section of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid for breakfast....
    LoveTheBeachVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have eaten dinner here several times and when breakfast became an option we were happy especially since it was a good option for a morning breakfast meeting. I arrived in time for a reservation and stood by the hostess station for over 10 minutes and was completely ignored. There were only 2 tables of diners so saying they were busy couldn't even be used as an excuse. My colleague and I once seated felt fairly ignored. We both ordered an omelet and I have to say I have had better ones in my local diner. Huge disappointment on every level.
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  • A Great Dining Experience!
    LisR05
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Oceana is in line with the best resturants in NYC! If you are looking for a romantic foodie experience this is the place for you. The pre theatre menu is a great way to experience this place without braking the bank.
    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.
  • Oceana Dining
    edwin693
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Pricey, and worth every penny! Took a friend to celebrate his birthday, and the meal was a carousel of delicious courses. Seafood to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    excellent food and service in a convenient location near Rockefeller Center. Broiled Lobster is fantastic! excellent selection and quality of wines by the glass so everyone can choose their favorite grape!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    perfect for a business man's lunch.. gets noisy as it fills up
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceana
    ps7576
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I make a point to go to Oceana once during each business trip into the city, which happens a couple of times per year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant for Fish anywhere in the world. You have to have the stuffed Branzino for 2
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food; wonderful service
    Smalls
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Enjoyed dinner at Oceana Saturday night enough to go back for lunch with a different friend on Monday! We all ordered fish (excellent). Restaurant is extremely accommodating to guests with food allergies or preferences. Look forward to many more excellent meals at Oceana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polished, classy and urbane
    JFK44VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We've eaten here often and have always been pleased. The raw bar is first rate, the oysters were large, tasty and still active. The Turbot perfectly cocked and the extra veg fine. The wine list is extensive -the cheapest Chablis is good enough to not bother with anything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Sonny
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Lots of great things to say about Oceana but the service stands out ! Great to,discover new foods for us Brits - such as Cobia, Fluke and ramps !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow, just right
    Dave
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great Food, Great Service, - staff very attentive. Good for pre theatre or regular dining. Portions were just right, a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasurable Dining experience
    Indra
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food, wait staff, atmosphere, quality of service perfect. The portion size is on the small side, which is exactly how it should be. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • not worth the money
    foodie45
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I ordered the shrimp dish with a black bean pancake. The shrimp were very small and most were very mussy. The back bean pancake was more like a souffle. It was tasteless and had no texture . The sauce was vibrant but I must say I was disappointed. It was not a $35 dish. The dessert was O.K. for $12.95. I ordered a pistachio semifredo with a flourless brownie. The brownie was about the size of two pencil erasers- really??????
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Haggz52
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Excellent venue, great food and service. I particularly appreciate a dedicated menu to under the sea. Waiter was able to explain ingredients and preparation to intrigue our appetite as well as the Chef's approach to creating new menu items - fascinating.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Return
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Second visit to Oceana and was disappointed at food. Rolls were stale and hard, portions extremely modest and prices hefty. Service was good but probably will make another restaurant choice for pre-show dinner.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    went for lunch expecting to order prix fixe but other things more tempting and at reasonable prices. ample portions, quite imaginative work by chef. haven't been in years but was pleased and will consider it a lunch haven in midtown ny
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and friendly service
    TravelingEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Consistently good grilled fish. Loved the plantains and bacalao. Especially nice ambience this week with a great view at night at the outside tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pearl1
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went before the theater. It was perfect. You can have something light or a pre theater menu. It is pretty and has anything from a cold half lobster to a dinner of seafood sausage and sauerkraut. I will definitely go back.
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  • Reviewer
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went on 9/23/14. Service slow and unresponsive. Monkfish very tough and rubbery. Sommalier snooty and not as helpful on the wine as the waiter. Nowhere as good in any category as the last two times we went over the past year. Not a good experience. Interestingly, the tables are big, which is nice, but actually makes it harder to hear in the noisy atmosphere than if closer together.
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  • Solid all around-food,wine&service
    WineLover
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very central location, Dignified (but not stuffy) ambiance. Full choices for the seafood lover (but would have loved to see an octopus appetizer!). All dishes were executed well. Service was smooth, friendly and complete. Wines list is great... and by the glass options are adequate... but could always be enhanced (more than one of each main varietal?)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Oyster selection is widespread and great. The menu offers a full selection of seafood, local and mediterranean options, or complete menu option or ala carte. Sommelier suggested very nice wines and stayed in our price range.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurene
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my third dinner a Oceana and once again it was a delicious and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • joevVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Outstanding! The food was amazing. If you enjoy seafood, Oceana is the place to go when in NYC. The staff could not be more attentive. All combined for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    ConstanceVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Two reasons: the two classic salads had a lot of lettuce. In particular the lobster salad had shredded and minimal lobster. The fruit soup was excellent as was the desert. The most irritating and unexpected problem was the incredible loud noise coming from the kitchen where the orders were yelled to others. Sitting at another open kitchen a week later found yelling not necessary to process orders.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was excellent
    John
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent result for business lunch and extra menu for vegatarian guest.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Dining
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great for a pre-theater show. They work hard to get you to where you are going on time and with a full belly. This is my second time eating here before a show. We chose the pre fixe meal the first time and ordered off of the regular menu the second. We had no problems either time. I try to budget about two hours before the show is supposed to start and that seems to work. This restaurant is in a great location for this
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gotham seafood gem
    OldManDan62
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit to Oceana. Food was excellent. The whole halibut was prepared tableside and the fish was delicious and perfectly cooked. Side vegetables were also well-prepared and the evening was finished by the sampler of cookies, one better than the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Fantastic meal
    Drew
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a find. Oceana blew us away. My wife and I went before theater and were good and hungry due to no lunch. We didn't really explore the wine menu,just ordering a glass of sparkling rose, which was great. I started with the gnocchetti seafood, which I loved. The pasta was cooked just right and the mix of seafood and crispy vegetables was just right. For entre we split the branzino, which was stuffed with spinach and olives. It was a huge portion of lick-the-plate delicious. One if the best fishes I have ever had. Our waitress was the perfect mix of helpful but not in your face. When i asked about the branzino she simply said that there is hardly a group where it doesn't get ordered and that it is great. Too full for dessert!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    Kris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Really enjoyed the meal. Food was fresh. I have had better seafood on Long Island near my home though. Service was excellent except for the sommelier. He was stuck up and made me feel like I was beneath him. What a snob. I didn't ask for him to come to my table and make my husband and myself feel like we were not sophisticated enough for him.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.