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Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis
Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis

Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoceanaire.com
  • Phone: (612) 333-2277
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Robert Wholfiel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available after 5pm for a fee of $9.
A word from Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis
As sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, yet as relaxed as a dinner on the shore, the Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy Ultra-Fresh seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Sip a Sidecar in the lounge, sidle up to the oyster bar, or kick back in a horseshoe booth before diving into a sea of Ultra-Fresh fish, including Alaskan halibut, seasonal favorites like fresh Copper River salmon or hard-to-find delicacies like true Dover sole. Our daily-printed menu will guide you, a wine list as deep as the sea will seduce you, and the world's freshest seafood awaits you at the Oceanaire. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "You are paying for the service, which is top notch. The food is only slightly above average."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "From appetizer to dessert, our 3 dinners were overall "satisfactory." The favorites were the: --East coast oysters on the half shell (West coast varieties didn't go over well) --Stuffed walleye filet (Barramundi dynamite was forgettable) --Cheesecake I'd eaten at the old location many times, so I invited 2 guests to dinner at the "new" location. Service had always been spectacular, but this time, our waiter made us feel as though we were merely an itch that needed to be scratched. He was sarcastic and somewhat cocky, and we all got the sense that he was bored with us and our requests for things like coffee. It left an unpleasant taste in my mouth in spite of the delicious cheesecake. Too bad....."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Been to Oceannaire more times than I can count and always have good or great food, but you can easily have more quiet meals at Fuddrucker's or Chuck E Cheese. Last dinner was over $700 for my family of 4 yet most of the patrons at the place looked and behaved more like they were at a Vikings game. Vibrant sort of implies fun and pleasant but my last meal there was neither. Oceannaire should consider relocating to the Mall of America as that's the sort of vibe I've experienced there during my last two visits."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "A good time was had by all. Service was excellent, however my wife's dinner was disappointing for the price. Three scallops and a piece of pot roast for $44.00 was ridiculous."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food is fantastic but it was very noisy. I couldn't hear the people next to me."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have always had a great experience at Oceanaire. The food and service are excellent."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "It starts right away with professional, friendly valet service. Expensive, but nice. Valet service should be a break even for the restaurant & a convenience for the customer. Not a money maker for the restaurant. We appreciated the nicely dressed, professional host & greeter. No bored, gum-chewing teenager here. Our server, Annie, was wonderful! Professional, knowledgeable & friendly with a great sense of timing. Great food! We worked our way down thru apps, salads & sides, never even getting to an entre. Everything was set up to share without asking. The creamed corn, surprisingly, is marvelous. Annie brought us a doz selected oysters. She expertly described each one & they were fresh & delicious. Great special occasion spot."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Everyone greeted us and made our group feel special. Great meals for all!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "we always go here for my birthday and our wedding anniversary. BANANA CREME PIE!!! The BEST ever! The wait staff is so knowledgeable of the menu. I really appreciate that. I love how my water is always topped off. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Fantastic meal from appetizer through dessert. The fin and scales fish stew was off the charts with a light tomato broth that enhanced the abundant variety of fresh fish. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Oceanaire and we will return. Our server helped make the experience a memorable one by his approach which was friendly, but professional. Looking around, it appeared the whole wait staff was giving customers a similar experience. The food was outstanding and we based our selections on some observations from the server. I had a special parmesan encrusted cod and it was done to perfection and nicely presented. My wife had shrimp scampi and it was done just right. Appetizers were wonderful too (Steamed mussels; Shrimp and grits). Cocktails and wine added nicely to the experience. We were not hurried, but the efficiency of the service got us out for a leisurely stroll to Target Center for a concert."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at the Oceaniare several times in the past. The service and food have always been outstanding. Unfortunately this was not the case this time. Service was slow, we had to ask for our bread; my wife had to wait for over 10 minutes to get the waitresses attention to have her crab leg cracked open. In addition, the cold lobster had a ton of water in the shell. My swordfish was overdone. The crab legs my wife ordered The rest of our food was very good. My wife's crab was very good and our friends tuna was excellent. Overall, the experience was ok, but below our expectations based on prior experience. In all likelihood we will come back again, but I will be on the lookout for another "special" restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "To start off We were running late and they accommodated this. When we arrived the Valet was friendly and quick. Upon entering the restaurant our table was ready and service was prompt. Now what made the night was or waiter. Very friendly and informative. He made excellent suggestions and informed us about several different dishes. The crab cakes were amazing. We enjoyed our experience and will return. Also the bar is excellent. Our drinks were done to perfection"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The service was awesome. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend the Crab Cakes and Tuna Poke Appetizers. The Lobster Mornay (if I remember correctly) was very tasty, but also very rich. The new location definitely has a new atmosphere...more lively, but also more noise. Less quiet and romantic, but if you are ok with that I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The ambiance and service was great. We ordered Salmon and Cod fish with the cajon spice. For the price the food was only average. Maybe the chef had an off day, but overall a good experience. I would try again before taking it off my list."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We started our evening here for dinner. Food and service were outstanding. A must for a nice romantic evening. Nice touch I'd it is your birthday!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was my worst experience ever at Oceanaire. They never offered bread or a relish tray. The menu was misleading regarding a seafood app and was double charged! It was my wife's birthday and they never offered a dessert. The side dish was undercooked and cold. The main entree showed up while we were eating our app."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Service was fabulous. Felt well taken care of before I even ordered. Once order was placed and food arrived it was delicious. Never felt rushed and the server Lisa did a great job of making us feel taken care of without "hovering". You do pay a little more but the service and food are worth it"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Spent a very enjoyable evening at Oceanaire. The food was excellent and the service even better. We enjoyed drinks, appetizers, main course and dessert in a great slow pace, never rushed and the service and food perfect."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Our waiter made the experience more special for us. He even shelled all of the crab legs for me with an entertaining flair."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Every time I have lunch here, I am underwhelmed by the quality of the food. While I think the lunch prices are reasonable, and the service is polite and attentive, the food is relatively bland and is not the product of any culinary imagination. The flavor profiles are uninteresting and remind me of a mid-to high end hotel banquet menu. I have eaten numerous things on the menu in an effort to change my perspective, but am always left holding the bag. My office is near here, so the space itself is good for client meetings, but for the money and location, I can almost always do better. They should consider shrinking their menu to include items they make well."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • " Food was beyond amazing, filet mignon that just melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more, seafood (we had swordfish & halibut) both cooked to perfection, service- well that was just beyond any expectations that we had- our waiter was so great!! Dinner was so good we couldn't leave without trying some dessert even though we were already stuffed and the key lime pie was the best we have ever had. Everything was outstanding. We can't wait to go back!! Our only regret was not having bigger stomachs so we could eat more! The restaurant doesn't even have to be that fancy, they already have what's most important and that's just excellent food and excellent service. A restaurant that finally just gets it- amen to that!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Oceanaire offers some of the best seafood in the cities, however, their claim to fame has made them overpriced for what you get. We were at the table for 45 minutes before our appetizers came out, and that's because we had to ask twice. The noise level is too high and at times, it was hard to even hear my partner talking. For a high end restaurant (at least in price) I expect exceptional service, comfortable noise level and appropriate prices for the entree's ordered. Oceanaire falls short in most of these area's."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Dined at Oceanaire for our 16th wedding anniversary celebration. When we were seated they gave us menus that had "Happy 16th Anniversary" typed at the top. A very nice touch. The server also took our menus after we ordered and came back with them tied up to take home. The food was amazing. The server told us about specials, how the menu is set up and offered suggestions. She also took the time to answer questions and provided additional suggestions to our questions. We enjoyed the mussels, the swordfish and the sea bass, along with a side of their hashbrowns. Beautifully prepared and amazing flavor. Love their new location in central downtown Minneapolis."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great ambience, beautiful room, mediocre service, disappointing food. Baked stuffed sole was cold when served and deplorably reheated. Inedible. We will never return."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The oysters were the standout, otherwise our three entrees were rather boring in flavor and plate presentation. Service was excellent. Improvement suggestions: Zing up the flavor and make it eye popping. Don't rest on your laurels. Be distinctive."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Waiter would disappear for long periods and when we commented he forget to bring us our drinks he developed an attitude."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Not sure why Oceanaire was only coming up with 4 stars in the average review rating. I brought colleagues here for dinner and everything was outstanding! The sourdough breadbasket, amazing wine list (both bottles and by the glass selections), colossal shrimp cocktail, great atmosphere... what's not to like?! Two of us had the seared rare tuna. Presentation was gorgeous and it melted in your mouth. Another in our party had the marlin with the blue cheese and carmelized onions - so good! Wine by the glass recommendations were spot on. Service was knowledgeable, attentive but not intrusive. Was a terrific "road test" of the place, and determined it is definitely worthy of a return visit with clients. I will be back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Let's go to an expensive restaurant for a special occasion. Then we will ask for our candle to be lit, then ask for silverware, then ask for sauce for our seafood tower that we paid a fortune for, then ask for additional plates because we split a meal. Nice that our waiter made three "appearances" at our table while the "assistant" worked very hard. This is a place for you tourists, just like the two neighboring restaurants on the block."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We came here for National Oyster Day. The oysters were delicious - especially with that red wine vinaigrette it came with! Very easy to spend $200 here. Food was memorable and would come here again!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This was a really great place! Our waiter was excellent and made sure we were all happy with the food! The food is amazing as well!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Oceanaire has been a go-to restaurant for special occasions and big gatherings. Great drinks, charming waiters, private booths, and excellent seafood. This time the drink wasn't made the same way and the vegetable was overcooked. But the waiter was clever and did try to improve the drink at the table. I miss the old location with the blackboard that listed the specials."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The service was excellent, very attentive and pleasing. The food was good but given the price of the dishes we weren't wowed. We couldn't believe how poor the wine list was. We saw a bottle of Trapiche Malbec, that's the bottom of the barrel. We really couldn't believe that a restaurant of this caliber had low end bottles of wine that they were trying to pass as good. Disappointing."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a 6pm reservation on Saturday, so we could attend an 8pm concert near the restaurant. The hostess said many of the early diners weren't leaving. As a result, we (and many of the other 6pm reservation guests) didn't get to our table until 6:40. We ordered apps as soon as we sat down and placed our dinner order at 7pm. The food didn't arrive until 7:40, making us feel rushed and unable to enjoy the expensive meal. Our server was really nice, but completely absent from 7-7:40 and we never got the relish tray and bread we requested. That night out was a treat for us (and a splurge) and we left feeling rushed and disappointed by the experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We ordered the crab cakes for an appetizer and they did not disappoint. Our waitress was very helpful with recommendations on dish and enhancement selections. We had a somewhat lengthy wait from when we sat until the waitress initially arrived and we were thus given a dessert on the house. I would come back here anytime."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were the first table seated and the last to receive our food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • " I decided to give Oceanaire Seafood Room a try. I loved the menu choices; close to the quality I enjoyed in San Francisco. But oh my gosh, the chairs! These chairs were so uncomfortable that I wasn't sure if I would be able to enjoy my meal! We were advised that we could request a booth next time we made a reservation but there would be no guarantees since there are only a few. I believe that is true because anyone who has spent an evening sitting at these uncomfortable chairs will know next time to request a booth. I will go back because the food is excellent, but if I don't get a booth I won't stay. Come on, Oceanaire. Give your patrons comfortable seating so they don't have a backache the next day!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter John took great care of us on our anniversary dinner. We went with his recommendations (scallops and halibut) for our entrees and were not disappointed. Also highly recommend the crab cake appetizer. Thanks Oceanaire for helping us celebrate our anniversary."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The server was exceptional."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very good seafood restaurant and great for date night with good happy hour specials! Service was excellent with great atmosphere to dine!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014