Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego
Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego

Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoceanaire.com/
  • Phone: 6198582277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Reservations Recommended; Thanksgiving - Closed; Christmas Eve - 5-8pm; Christmas Day - Closed; New Years Eve - 5-11pm; New Years Day - 5-11pm Easter sunday - 12pm -8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Sean Langlais
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available after 6:00pm daily.
A word from Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego
Holiday Parties at the Oceanaire - An uncommonly tasteful affair. Call for reservations. 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 steak-cut Alaskan halibut, seasonal favorites like fresh Copper River salmon or hard-to-find delicacies like true Dover sole or bluefin tuna. 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. See you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (141)romantic (99)fit for foodies (87)notable wine list (68)good for groups (63)vibrant bar scene (38)neighborhood gem (29)hot spot (22)late-night find (15)scenic view (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Well done!
    BurlingtonBay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good and service were top notch - simply decadent. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Extraordinaire!!
    JeanieB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I chose Oceanaire to celebrate our anniversary! Wow, were we impressed. The level of customer service is over the top! We got there early so had a drink in the bar which was totally fun to watch the assembly of the amazing shellfish platters. They were super busy but everyone was friendly and the service was very efficient. We informed the restaurant that we were celebrating our anniversary but didn't' expect to have our names printed on our menu. Very nice touch!! Beautiful dining atmosphere. Classy but not stuffy! Can't say enough about the crab cake appetizer! Delicious!! Rockfish Louis entree was outstanding! The key lime pie is amazing. Highly recommend Oceanaire. They made our anniversary extra special!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my gf here for a date night dinner and it was fantastic. Ken was our waiter and he was very knowledgable and had great recommendations. Will be coming back to the restaurant for special occasions. Too expensive, for me, to be a frequent spot but worth every penny. Crab cakes and calimari apps are great. We had the mahi mahi and swordfish and both were fantastic. For dessert we had some cheesecake and some cookies, couldn't have been a better meal. The wine selection is astounding and ken recommended a wine that went perfect with both of our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Value
    RetiredButWorkingVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Oceanaire was on our Restaurant Week list. First time at Oceanaire, but was very impressed on all fronts. Service was impeccable and Mike was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and offered excellent suggestions. The crab cakes were amazing, even got some to go. More Crab and less cake, with excellent texture and taste. The entrees were prepared very well and generous in size. Wine list is extensive with a very good selection by the glass. The oversized booths were comfortable, private and had plenty of elbow room for all. Plenty of staff, nothing was overlooked and none of the glasses ever got less than half full. A great meal and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing..
    frenchfan8VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first time eating at the restaurant and had always wanted to try it. The famous crab cake was very wet and mushy, not sure it was bake long enough or what. Entree, the salmon, was just OK. Service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Diego Restuarant Week
    TropicaleVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went during Restuarant Week. Had a great meal at a great price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had the best server Sean and the whole experience was great. Service was AMAZING and the food was even better!! Would go back in heart beat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    ESmith1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    They offer a very generous menu compared to most for restaurant week and don't change the quality of food and service. Sean was an awesome server and helped us pick the perfect wine. Will be back to have the amazing salmon and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went to Oceanaire with neighbors .. we live in downtown San Diego and had wanted to try Oceanaire on Restaurant Week to get a better deal. All the restaurants seem to have moved to $45 prix fixe which are not as good a deal as past Restaurant Week offers, and not as good as specials or Groupons they run. Oceanaire allowed a good subset of their standard menu as selections for the prix fixe, but many interesting dishes were excluded. Wine "pairing" and coffee ran the bill up substantially to where Restaurant Week at Oceanaire was no longer a good deal. There are a lot of good restaurants and some great restaurants in San Diego. Locals are always testing where they want to be regulars. Food was good, service was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as always
    Smarti
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    have not eaten here in years but Oceanaire did not disappoint! while I had to get my favorite stuffed sole, it paled next to my spouse's Kid Dynamite: perfectly cooked Mahi Mahi with a spicy crab crust - absolutely delicious!!! our waiter was great, friendly but not obsequious, knowledgeable and efficient. my only criticism is that earlier in the evening when the restaurant was not yet full, the music was overly loud and rather imposed on intimate conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service, To Die For Food
    gypsygirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our server, Kenneth, was attentive, helpful, friendly and said everything with a smile! He made our dining experience that much better. I've been here two other times, so I knew that the food would be absolutely delicious, and this visit lived up to what I remember. The fresh oysters were fresh, the crab cakes of course was on point, all of our entrees (as there were 4 of us) were absolutely heavenly as were our desserts, but specifically the homemade NY cheesecake. Great place for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fan Fave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If you love seafood, then Oceanaire Seafood Room should be at the top of your list. I love this restaurant and getting it at such a bargain makes it even better. Thank you for always raising the bar in quality and excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Freshest of Fish
    NotacookVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A Fabulous Restaurant Week . The portions were so generous, the service at it's best, and the food outstanding. Asked for the fish medium well, and it was perfect. The sorbet trio was the best dessert. Upon arriving asked for a table in the corner since there were large parties around, no problem, accommodated us to a perfect table. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing seafood
    Love2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went for restaurant week. This is a great deal as my entree would have been the same price as the $45 for restaurant week. I ordered a wedge salad (I tried the spinach salad with their balsamic dressing and it was much better), the drunken salmon and the key lime pie. The drunken salmon was the best salmon I have ever had. It was amazing. The key lime pie was good. The cheesecake was dry...I wouldn't recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I've dined here many times and consider it to be a very good consistent restaurant. A place I will bring my customers to enjoy a fresh quality meal. We went during restaurant week but ordered off the main menu. The food was wonderful as always BUT the service was fair at best. I don't like to complain but they were under staffed for restaurant week. I needed to repeatedly ask other staff members to get our server to move on with our meal. It took over 3 hours for a party of 8 to complete the meal. The server was friendly when he was with us which unfortunately wasn't enough.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been here several times but felt obligated to write this time based on the great food and service. Our waiter did a heck of a job! this is a must for great seafood and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time here review
    firsttimer1821
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Servers are amazing. Food is delicious. Defiantly on the pricey side but the experience was worth the price. The GM called me a day later wanting to make sure everything went okay since it was our first time. That sure is amazing!
    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.
  • Oceanaire just okay
    Robjon
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My swordfish was excellently prepared! Greatest disappointment is that Oceanaire does not have a view of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    tombird
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We found the atmosphere, service and food to be magnificent. This is an elegant place to dine and the food is sublime, tasty and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff & Food
    TK25
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The ambiance and the food was great. The staff went all out to help us celebrate a special birthday. Your name gets typed on the menu along with Birthday Wishes. It was a wow factor. It's well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood dining experience
    AZDiners
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Elegant but comfortable atmosphere; most of the patrons were dressed very casually. There was an extensive selection of fresh oysters that were available a la carte. The dozen we ordered were fresh, cold and came with a cheat sheet. We both ordered Alaskan halibut with the Louis preparation with fresh crab meat. The fish was fresh, expertly prepared, as was the crab. Just outstanding. Our server, Cindy was great, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Neither dismissive nor intrusive. Save room for dessert. The Key Lime pie and the cheesecake were both excellent, big enough to share but we couldn't agree on just one. Large wine and cocktail selection. Not cheap but we both were totally satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service amazing
    Beli
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mike our server explained the menu in depth to us and enthusiastically. The shark was amazing. The shrimp to start came with a mustard tasting sauce if you don't like mustard, but the shrimp alone were meaty and delicious. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    JoeinColoradoVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great seafood, great service, we'll be back. Great waiter with great suggestions and a fun attitude, a true professional.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old fashioned elegance
    nonameVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always so nice to dine at Oceanaire, and this celebration of my husband's birthday was no exception. Everything about it is wonderful -- the ambiance, the service, the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be great...
    greatItaly1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is our second time visiting this restaurant. The first time, quality was excellent, staff was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Prices are steep but expected in an upscale restaurant with fine quality. This second visit was not a good one. The calamari, one of our faves, was dry and way overcooked, the pasta was lukewarm and the waiter was not allergy knowledgeable nor did it seem the chefs were either. They were very special event friendly as we were celebrating a 60th anniversary and did special menus and a special dessert. Needless to say, with all the competition in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, we will look elsewhere for our seafood fix.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    John
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had six and the waiter was fantastic, food excellent and a round table was prefix for exclusive conversation. Great night.
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  • LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!
    Rita
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    FANTASTIC from start to finish! My boyfriend and I came for our birthdays- They put our names on our menus with a Happy Birthday to each of us- our waitress Cary (Carie?) was fantastic! I have particular food needs and they met every one without any problem. My tuna was perfect- ruby red and sweet -(no "fishy" taste at all). My boyfriend's swordfish was fantastic (and I usually dislike that type of fish - but here it was excellent). Wonderful side dishes, salad appetizers - and a nice apple crumb cake with excellent vanilla bean ice cream as our birthday gift from the restaurant. We were happy campers and we eat at a lot of fine dining restaurants all over Southern CA and this is on our list as one of the BEST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUtstanding meal at Oceanaire
    Dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was excellent- our server was attentive and friendly; offered suggestions for our meal. We did not feel rushed between courses. The food was outstanding- perfect proportions; food was fresh, hot; good presentation. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If not the best Crab Cakes I have ever had they are in the running!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood success
    colomom
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed dining here upon recommendation from a friend. Took a recommendation from the waiter on one entrée with their unique preparations, which was completely worth the trust. They worked with us on the other to swap out the application of sauce and it worked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MinnesotaMVP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best Crab Cakes in the world. Also very good seafood and drinks!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was excellent and our waiter's recommendations were spot on...as was his personality and demeanor. His name was Sean, and he did an outstanding job making our dinner very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great. We both had whitefish, prepared by one of the chef creations of the night. We both felt our dishes were amazing. We paired our fish with the Brussels sprouts and au gratin potatoes. The service was also great. We happened to order what the server recommended, and we were not disappointed. The price is what you would expect from a higher end restaurant, around 100$/person (wine, no dessert). If I am to be a critic...the only area that I could criticize would be the table seating arrangement. The seating is arranged almost family style around the inside perimeter of the dining area. Reservations are definitely recommended and it would be worth the time to request private seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had been told this was THE place to go for great seafood, but our experience was the complete opposite. Caesar salad had an odd taste, asparagus looked like tree stalks and tasted like it. My wife had the shrimp scampi linguine featuring overcooked shrimp, dry pasta, and angel hair rather than linguine. This place was supposed to be "Off the Hook" but never made it. Extremely over-priced for the lack luster food and ambiance. Dress code varied from beach bum gear to high fashion. The overall experience was confusing and very disappointing. Don't waste your money.
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  • Wonderful dining
    lulu
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for my birthday. It was wonderful in all ways, food, ambiance, and service, it is pricy but wot hit. Their crab cakes are wonderful as was the swordfish and the cold shellfish platter. We also had the basic mixed green salad which was quite large but very basic. We also shared a baked Alaska which was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Service
    clrhoVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We ate from the Happy Hour and Full Menu after 9pm. The ceviche was more than enough for one person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    sanmon
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very expensive for average quality prepared halibut. Over cooked and smothered in a Parmesan sauce. Service above reproach.
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  • Terrible service !!!
    UlysesRivera
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took friends for a second time but we felt we were not welcome. The waitress was terrible. We felt that we were in a sales speech rather than in a good restaurant. She felt that our orders were not expensive enough so she didn't pay attention to our table. I will never go back there again!!
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  • Date Night w my wife and I
    MoJiggers
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    In San Diego for a conference, wanted a romantic evening of good seafood and this place fit the bill. The waiter seemed a little rushed, and couldn't answer a couple of basic questions about the wine list (I assumed a place like this would have a sommelier, but it didn't), but he was attentive and didn't ignore us. I was disappointed that they didn't have crab legs that night, but there were a lot of other good choices. The place had a cool, sleek design, reminiscent of dining on a fancy yatch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebrated
    bronzed2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Awesome experience for daughters 21 birthday celebration. Excellent food choices for those who do not eat seafood (allergies). 20 oz ribeye was exceptional. side dishes tasted homemade; sour cream mashed potatoes and green beans sauteed with garlic and whole almonds. Coctails were tasty and strong enough do when ice melted you still had a tasty beverage. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.