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
273 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (132)fit for foodies (112)notable wine list (97)good for groups (72)great for lunch (71)romantic (71)vibrant bar scene (50)neighborhood gem (41)hot spot (35)great for outdoor dining (22)great for brunch (14)late-night find (13)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceana Galore
    Danny007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food fantastic - Décor - Ambiance - Service impeccable. My wife has specific allergies (Gluten, Dairy & Nuts) and the staff was respectful and courteous to all her needs. When it came to desert which is a challenge with her allergies the establishment didn't need any selection from her behalf and presented her a perfectly executed desert that met her important allergenic needs. Hats off to this establishment and I highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    excellent food and servicebut a bit pricey even for NYC
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Years ago, Oceana was a luxury seafood restaurant with a world-class chef. No more. Today, the restaurant is upscale, with a modern, hard-edged decor, but it's not luxury, and the dishes are more hit-and-miss than in the good old days. Fortunately, more of the dishes are hits than misses, even if at Oceana's price-point, the odds of a hit should be higher. Still, overall, a recent dinner was good enough that I'd happily return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    foodie225
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good for business lunch and full of many men in suits. The food is solid, but nothing spectacular. Service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood!
    Marie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Attentive service and good food made for a nice dining experience. Vibrant bar scene after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovethisplace
    Lovethisplace
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have eaten at the Oceana a few times and each time the experience is outstanding as the food is great & the service is outstanding. Everyone who works there makes you feel very welcome and special! I will keep coming back, nicely done!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have dined here on a number of occasions and have never been let down. On this visit, service staff weren't busy so spent too much time chatting amongst themselves too close to our table. I really don't need to know about their love lives. The food was perfect and wine reasonable in price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Outnabout
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visiting NJ from OK, we had only 2 nights in Manhattan and were a bit tired - however we immediately felt welcome and refreshed by the friendly and excellent service. And thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink. As I cannot have any significant amount of alcohol these days I was pleased to find you had an excellent non-alcoholic beer. The veggies as well as the seafood was very fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Seafood Rest in NYC
    eirpr
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu changes daily... freshness is the name of the game. The service as the food was outstanding. Definitely a must stop when in NYC ! Will recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food - service not quite
    jipsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have brought clients here before, but this time service was first very slow and second they poured an additional bottle of water for us after we had ordered dessert. Being with clients, I did not say anything, but it made me think twice about booking here the next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    Triantafilia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came to Oceana to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary and the next day our daughter would have her 22nd birthday. We come from a restaurant family with professional chefs. We appreciate Good food, and that's what Oceana is all about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Outoftowners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was fantastic. John was our waiter and he explained everything and could not have been more attentive. The food and wine the best I have had in a very long time, fresh and presented beautifully. The moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated and waited on as if we were the only two people in the room.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular Seafood!
    rlittle244
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There are very few equals in the city when it comes to impeccable service and a wonderfully executed menu. Fabulous and amazing, always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Every Penny
    BrandonH
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm certain there are better restaurants in Manhattan, but I will be hard pressed to pass this one over and give others a try. The service was incredible, with waitstaff being friendly, professional, and available. The food was as good as I've had, at a wonderful price point (my party of 5 spent about $350 with drinks and appetizers). I started with the calamari which was buttery and not at all chewy. I then ate a seared Yellow Tuna which melted in my mouth and was full of flavor. The wine selection was extensive and the beer selection was solid. To top it off, the restaurant is located nicely for a pre-show meal, slightly away from the craziness of Times Square and the Theatre District, but a short enough walk away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    GMan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wife and I have always felt it was best sea food spot in NYC. Now our 19 year old daughter shares our opinion. Food was excellect as always. I had striped bass. Superb. Sea scallop ceviche should not be missed either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Lunch tasting menu was good to try out. Salmon sashimi was not that kind of sashimi. It was raw salmon meat without soy sauce. Grilled dorado was moist and tasty. Liked blood orange sorbet. Service was good as the restaurant is located in 1221 avenue of America.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LIVE2EAT
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    OCEANA HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS. THE FOOD AND AMBIANCE IS ONE OF THE BEST HAVE BEEN EATING HERE FOR MANY YEARS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre wine & service
    Coldtower
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were happy with our seafood tower (shared the for 4-6 person appetizer version between 2 people as our main dish). Nice variety of shell fish and seafood tartars. However the service and drink we received was not up to the 1-star standard. - Our waitress even warned us that the seafood tower 'is cold!' We asked for a dry and brisk Californian white and the sommelier recommended a Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2013 which had virtually no taste, less to compliment the seafood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • fresh good seafood b4 theatre
    doctoraVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All the food is good w some of the dishes truly great. U will know a good meal is coming once u are served your bread-its excellent. Then choose from 6 or more E and W ice cold super fresh Oysters and you're still real happy. Choose your entrée correctly (use your common sense and go w a type of fish u KNOW u like, experiment another night) and u will LOVE Oceana. I cant help but miss the old smaller version where I had a meal that gave Le Bernardin a run for its money. Still the newer grander version has its advantages (we had 6 adults and 4 kids before theatre on a Sat evening) and I keep returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Couisine
    Chef
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful appetizers with a plate presentation right out of this world. A Wine list that is one of the best in the World and they actually have all of these wines in House ! The raw oyster selection was the greatest I have ever seen with hints of the ocean screaming at you in every bite. The wait staff trio worked flawlessly. Chef Pollinger has a team any Restaurant in the World would die for. If you want the best of the best this is the place to go ! I am a C. I. A. Graduate and a Practicing Chef and I am very critical when going out to dinner, but I must say with the Chef on Vacation it was as if He was standing there in the Kitchen door way watching every plate go bye !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    CanadianQTVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a fabulous business dinner at Oceana this week. Great food, great amibance a very special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The following is my review:
    Julia
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Open Table had false advertising that Oceana was included in Restaurant week. Neverthless, we proceeding in dining in the restaurant and was quite surprised with the quality and pricing of the food. When I made reservations through OpenTable, I had specified RESTAURANT WEEK restaurants since it was the last week of the promotion in New York. I am quite DISAPPOINTMENT with OpenTable in this regards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seasonal contemporary flavorful
    bokchoy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had lunch on Thursday 8/14 we really enjoyed the food all the fish was pristine loved the squash appetizer and fluke tartar and the halibut with curry sauce with watermelon fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York New York
    Johny5starVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The experience at Oceana was New York as You would expect. The food was highly average service fair and prices HIGH. Our party of six racked up a large bill. It was our last night in the Big Apple and were disappointed . The selections of food were limited and not over great. We sent back the crab cakes. The selection of wine was great. It was a one and done for us
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just right for our Anniversary
    KenS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and let the restaraunt know in advance via the special request in Open Table. The seated us at the perfect table. The meal and wine was perfect and at the end of the evening we were treated to a plate of sorbe with Happy Anniversary written with chocolate syrup and a candle. A great way to end the evening!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarktheKnifeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Oceana offers good, non-red meat food, incredibly fast service and a comfortable upscale setting. I was able to take three guests and spend less than $100 before tip. Yet everyone was satisfied and it wasn't "just a burger" though two of us had the salmon burger.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An early birthday surprise!
    FrequentaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I always enjoy any opportunity to dine at Oceana, but my breakfast on this occasion was supremely special. My guests became ill and was unable to join me and I decided to treat myself and dine alone. Ricardo and Aaron not only took extra special care of me, they also surprised me with a beautiful dessert and candle, although my birthday is later this week. I was thrilled and enjoy the rest of my long, hard working day! Thanks so much to everyone at Oceana for always treating me and my guests so graciously and making us feel that we are actually dining in our own, very elegant home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most romantic birthday surprise
    nyeats
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Professional individualized attention. They'll work with you to make your event absolutely perfect. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner at Oceana!
    TriciaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant - menu is extensive with something for everyone! Their baked bread selection is unique and delicious - we split an order of delightful fried calamari - I had steak and my husband enjoyed the stripped bass. Their dessert selection is extensive - their ice cream and sorbet seemed home made!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    waterlily74
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was by far our most expensive dinner ever in our lifetime so far. we are not high rollers or used to this New York lifestyle, so this was out of our usual league. however, the food and service was superb. If we thought nothing of spening the money, we'd be regulars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    JC2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice ambience. Food was good and presented well. Service was a little slow considering restaurant wasn't too crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceana for seafood - Yes!
    Nobigdeal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Oceana is a world-class seafood restaurant, comparable to, say, Water Grill in Los Angeles. Fish is fresh and well-prepared. Service is excellent.
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  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was excellent however the service could use a few small improvements. We were ensured that we would finish in time for the theatre, however, we ended up pressed for time. The wait for dessert was a little long. Also, when we had a question for the sommelier, it was visible that he was annoyed. That was the biggest minus. Overall, 9/10
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerald
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    On our recent 4day visit, my wife & I had dinner and lunch both memorable. Food was delicious and service superb. Looking forward to our next trip to New York and Oceana!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    GjacobsVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    While convenient to theatre, the restaurant was a disappointment. It reminded me of the old joke of the two people complaining about a restaurant: Person 1 - The food was not very good"; Person 2 - "I agree, and the portions were so small". I cannot understand the favorable Michelin rating
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  • Fantastic
    Sami
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant was so good that my wife and I had to twice during our try to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cuisine and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Business dinner, the service was outstanding and the food quality was as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality of food very mediocre.
    bge60
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate