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

Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoceanaire.com
  • Phone: (619) 858-2277
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We ordered the chilled seafood sampler for two as an appetizer....OMG. It was presented beautifully...really made a statement, and folks at other table kept looking at it. It was a very generous sampling of shrimp, oysters, crab legs and lobster....with a large assortment of sauces. You could make a meal of it. Our scallop entrees where great, but we were so full we had to take have of them home. A nice selection of wines by the glass complemented each course."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Reasonable prices. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable about the food. You never had to ask for anything because they were on top of it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "An excellent menu; professional service and a solid wine list all you would expect from a top tier restaurant. Crab cakes with a healthy portion of crab and sweet tender scallops. The only glitch was the lobster which was a little under cooked."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I must say I was excited to get this deal it is not often that I indulge in lobster due to the high price. But this deal was quantity, the quality was a bit dissappointing as it was tough and chewy. With that being said the service was excellent I would love to go back and try again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As a downtown infrequent diner, this is a great place when downtown is required. They have valet parking, an attentive maître d , excellent selections, attentive waiters and really excellent dining choices. Very few fish restaurants have the meat selections offered here if you really don't want fish. The side dishes are excellent as well. We use this whenever we need to meet a visitor downtown."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our trip from Phoenix would not have been complete without dinner at the Oceanside Seafood Room. The oyster selections (4) were wonderful. We had one of each with pre-dinner wine. Mussels were our appetizers. Delicious and fresh. Wife had Chesapeak Bay crabcakes and loved them. I had the Alaskan King Salmon. We savoured every bite! Sides were mashed potatoes, green beans, and asparagus; all perfectly prepared. Desert was a complimentary Baked Alaska (it was my wifes' birthday). Our server, Eric, was outstanding. He made our evening one to always remember. This was our first visit. And yes, we'll be returning to the Oceanside on our next trip to San Diego!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A family dinner with good seafood and wine led us to try Oceanside. We were not disappointed. The multiple types of fresh oysters were great. The shrimp grits appetizer rivaled anything I have tasted in New Orleans. All the fish courses were unique and wonderfully fresh and tasty. The wine list was extensive and complimented the meals perfectly. Service was impeccable. A great night and enjoyed by the whole family."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Oceanaire Seafood Room is the restaurant I will go every time when I visit San Diego. Cant miss the oyster there. The scallop tasted so good. Also the No 1 favorite food there is crab!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Service was good but the food was uninspiring. Expected a lot more given the prices. Very expensive. Key lime pie was excellent and the highlight. No whole fish selections and only three fresh fish choices. I was frankly disappointed as I had a really good meal 3 months ago."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The waiters and staff made the night unforgettably. Good food and great atmosphere looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Our seafood was fresh and cooked to perfection. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with baked Alaska for dessert to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. The staff's attention to detail was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Oceanaire, but certainly not our last. It was one of our most enjoyable meals in a long time. The atmosphere, the service, the drinks and the food were all top notch. We were celebrating my husbands' birthday and we ordered numerous sides to compliment our fish selections. Everything was excellent. It was truly a memorable evening and we plan to return soon."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food backed up by friendly knowledgable staff"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Excellant choice for special occasion dining. Food and service are above par with seafood always cooked perfectly. You are able to make a meal with just an appetizer and salad or go all out if you have a big appetite. Occasional specials are noteworthy. Great Happy Hour menu for a tasty after work bite and cocktail."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for a special dinner on our last night in San Diego. Overall, we had a very lovely dinner with good food and acceptable service. Our waiter seemed to be more attentive to other tables and often would start walking away while I was finishing an answer to a question he asked us. We felt a bit like he had better things to do than be our waiter. Our food was very good for the most part. Seafood salad was exceptional, as was the Mixed Seafood Grill, with one complaint. The scallop portion of our plate was clearly cut in thirds, even fourths, being mere cross sections of a scallop, while the menu price was higher than we felt appropriate. Again, good restaurant, good atmosphere, just several things holding it back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Food was fantastic. Crab cakes were the best we had ever had. Oysters wonderful. Fish dishes were perfectly done. Brussel Sprouts were excellent."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I made our reservation on line. I ended my email message with, "Looking for a wonderful fish dinner on our 30th Anniversary." When we arrived, everyone that we encountered wished up a Happy Anniversary! The food was outstanding as was the service. A bit more expensive than I am used to but I guess you get what you pay for. At the end of the meal, the waiter said, "Wait something else is coming!" He brought a large plate with the most beautiful Flaming Baked Alaskan dessert. This was not requested and was done totally by the restaurant. At the top of the personalized menu was a special greeting, "Happy 30th Anniversary!" in one inch letters. This restaurant truly knows how to make their guests feel very special!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Oceaniare. The service was exceptional as was the food. I had the Black & Blue Yellowfin and my husband had the bone-in ribeye. We shared the potatoes au gratin and each had a salad. The wine the server recommended for me was perfect. The atmosphere is fancy without being stuffy or oppressive - perfect for San Diego. Can't afford to eat there often, even with $50 in gift cards we spent over $100 but for a special occasion I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The night before our reservation they called to confirm and asked if we were celebrating anything, we happened to be celebrating our wedding anniversary. So they printed us special menues that said "Happy 11th Anniversary" and offered us a free dessert!! I ordered the Boston Scallops with the blue crab Louie enhancement and it was amazing, my husbands black and blue Ahi Tuna was also delicious!! We tried the crab cake and clam chowder for the appetizers they were really good and the free dessert was a cookies and cream baked Alaska! It was just a really good dinning experience and we plan to be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Server was new, and in our opinion was not ready to be on his own. Other than that food and wine were exceptional."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had reservations at 7:00 on a Friday night. Restaurant wasn't busy at all but our waiter wanted us In and Out! Not sure if he was on something but we had to ask him twice what his name was (Noah) because he was talking so fast! He gave us 2 minutes to decide what to order and we hadn't even looked at the menu---long story short we were done dining and out of there in 55 minutes! Never been so rushed in a restaurant. I had shrimp scampi, shrimp were overcooked and pasta swimming in lemon juice. Brussel sprouts were so over cooked they weren't even whole and cooked with chunks of fatty bacon so you couldn't tell if you were eating bacon or sprout. Halibut was good but 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine & sprouts was $200. Won't go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "You can't go wrong here or with any item on the menu. Reception and service is top notch. A must go to location."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I always celebrating our wedding Anniversary here and the service and food are to died for!!! Thank you"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and the service was paced perfectly. My waiter addressed me by name."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great service, top notch seafood, excellent matched wine list. Always consistent, food comes out timed perfectly, wait staff always ready to help but consistency knows how to stay back and watch the pace of the patrons, and not interrupt too often. Especially important for conducting business. I had an absolutely delicious piece of grilled salmon (King)."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Oceanaire never lets us down. Fabulous service, lovely atmosphere, superb dishes and an overall A+ experience each time - and this visit was no exception,"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "What a surprise! We picked Oceanairre from Yelp, and saw the amazing menu and pictures. Then the ambiance, classy spoon-booth seats, and professional white-aproned staff, set a picturesque tone! So 1950's meets modern! Josh (Stooch), was the perfectly timed server, who knew the menu like the back of his hand. He made sure our anniversary was not only memorable, but the best waiter we have had in San Diego! 5 stars!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I really want to like this restaurant we have been there on many occasions. The service is fabulous, one of the best in san diego! Food is also outstanding, but the pricing is just too high. Salmon without any sides $44. Maybe its because I cook and we buy our groceries at whole foods, so i know the price of excellent food? Perhaps the happy hour menu at the bar is more in tune? I will say that the shrimp and grits is fantastic at $15."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It is my first time in this restaurant. I love the ambiance. Food was delicious and we have a great server that night. Negative comment: food is over Price $$$$"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It too took long for the waiter to arrive and barely checked on our needs. The food to a very long time to receive."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Arranged a business dinner for 6. The restaurant was recommended by one of the attendees. Our meal took over three hours, just for service. It was not particularly busy, but our appetizers alone took over an hour. When the entrees arrived, several were significantly overcooked. The desserts were huge. Luckily, we were able to share across all our party. I'd eaten here once before and thought the food was good. This was disappointing enough that is unlikely I'll eat here again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Upon arriving, only one valet attendant, so arrived a few minutes late for check in. Ordered 2 appetizers to be served first. Also ordered, to be served after appetizer, 2 soups. All arrived at the same time, minus one soup. Ordered a side of potatoes which arrived at the end of the meal, after we were through eating. Our waiter was very pleasant; on the plus side."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you go ask for Spencer who is the best waiter you can find anywhere. The food was ALL excellent and to much to write about. Only negative comment I have is Keith the Maitre D' was not very friendly. No greeting or smile on arrival (= uncomfortable) and no "thank you" on leaving even when I personally said good-bye and thank you to him. Basically just ignored me. I will go back again for sure but if I get the same poor customer service from Keith then I will not go back and spend that kind of money with an unfriendly Maitre D'."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went here for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Quickly seated and the printed menus that acknowledged our anniversary was a nice touch. However, the food and service were both very disaapointing, especially for the steep prices that you pay for going here. My wife's fish was overcooked and the kids meals were left uneaten. Side dish of asparagus also undercooked. Could taste the alcohol on the Baked Alaskan, so again mostly left uneaten, but was provided complementary. We will not be going back here to eat. Disappointing meal on our special night out..."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This isn't a restaurant for a bargain hunter; it is for those who like fresh fish with interesting preparation. A friend and I had a nice dinner that satisfied in many ways. The service was wonderful and quick but we weren't ever rushed. The food was good - you have a choice of fresh fish with a variety of toppings. It would be a good restaurant to impress a date or to go for a special occasion. You won't leave hungry but your plates will be clean and your wallet more than a bit lighter."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Staff was professional. Server was intimately familiar with the menu and food preparation options available with sound recommendations."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This is a nice place. I really loved the decor inside. When we were first seated, we were walked to the wrong table. I let the host know that we requested a booth near the window and he said this was not in our notes, but a young lady had called and asked me the day before. Not sure why she forgot to add that to the notes. The host was able to accommodate this request and we got the seat we wanted. Overall the food was tasty. I think the only recommendation I have is to have a description by the Classic Clams Casino, amoungst other items on the menu. We were expecting normal clams and a messy dish with bacon and junk came out instead. Also, the crab cake says "Jumbo"... And it is a very small portion. The menu needs to be updated."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Made sure to have a great place to dine our last night on San Diego, and this place was extremely popular. Fries came out too cold, 2nd time around it was way too salty. The Filet minon was ordered medium well and it came out medium, 2nd time around came rare medium. The host was told and he grabbed the plate right away in embarassment and told us he would fix it right away, came back charred, but my husband was so hungry he didn't care anymore and just ate it. The next day the general manager called me to ask how my dining experience was and when I told him, he gave me a fake monotone response telling me he would make sure my next dining experience would be exceptional. What a joke! Don't call me if you are really not concerned!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner at Oceanaire. Our waiter (Ken) was one of the best I've ever had - very knowledgeable about the menu, excellent timing, very good at figuring out what we liked. We started with some speciality cocktails and then the tuna and avocado salad (wonderful; just the right amount of spicy). As a main, I had the swordfish drunken style. The fish was cooked perfectly. My date had the dynamite halibut; also excellent. We had the cauliflower side -- who knew cauliflower could be so tasty?! We debated a few different wines and decided to try one that we'd never even heard of; that also turned out quite well. It was an excellent experience and I'm sad that we're leaving San Diego soon and won't have a chance to come back!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Oysters at dinner table were nothing to rave about. Maybe they had used all the fresh plump ones at the bar happy hour! Crab cake good. Salads were huge and when inquired from waiter was told we shouldn't split one. One would have fed three! Waiter was insincere, curt, and just going through the motions. Time for him to retire!!!!!!! Disappointing expensive evening."
    Dined on 6/4/2014