Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC
Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoceanaire.com/
  • Phone: 2023472277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Reservations Recommended
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Sean Sanders
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available nightly starting at 5:00pm.
A word from Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC
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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
363 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (222)fit for foodies (141)good for groups (126)romantic (109)notable wine list (87)great for lunch (76)neighborhood gem (41)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (38)late-night find (28)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Best Ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    As always the food is great at Oceanaire. We go there from time to time and they never disappoint. The service and food are always A+. I would recommend then to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Reviews
    macdines
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As always the food was great but this was the worst service I have had at Oceanaire. My wife and I felt alternately a bit rushed and ignored by the wait/service staff. It made an other wise great meal a bit less enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was just ok....didn't find it to be great. Service started off good, but than my waiter got a party of 15 and was so consumed by them that I think he forgot about me. Scallops were a little burnt. Not sure if i'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tale of 2 Lobsters
    Goldwire2VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My hubby and I went for twin tail special and wasn't disappointed; in addition butternut squash soup was to die for
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, noisy, pretentious
    Jerry
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    High quality food, fish can come in almost any cooking and style (hot, blue cheese, crab...) you like. Tastes are great. Servings are large. Place breathes high class: white linen, white clad waiters etc. but service, ambiance, noise levels, do not truly live up to its pretense. Service is quick, but hasty and rather impersonal. We had 6 servers on our table in first 10min. All for a different thing. Didn't give you a feeling of a relaxing quality night out. Surrounding tables extremely noisy. Pitty, because the food is up to it. So are the prices - a bit too pretentious for its overall quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brad
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food selection and quality was outstanding, and the service was very good. Was a bit noisy for dinner (seemed to be combination of noise from the bar and in the restaurant).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I always enjoyed dining at Oceannaire. We went for lunch at around 1:30 pm and the restaurant was absolutely quiet. Server was stellar and food was more than enough for two people. This is a one of my favorite restaurant for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceanaire doesnt disappoint
    bchboyVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Took my daughter to dinner for her birthday. Oysters were fresh and outstanding as was dinner itself. (Crab cakes and scallops.) Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent on all counts
    Chipper2VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My wife and I had never been to Oceanaire, but we were blown away by the experience. The ambience was interesting yet allowed us privacy in our own booth. The menu was so loaded with appealing offerings that it was very difficult to choose from any of the categories. Our genial and laid back waiter provided helpful explanations and recommendations, was always there when needed, and not there when we wanted privacy. The prices were high, but the food was top notch. The chef seems to have a fondness for bacon, which found its way into many dishes, so his vice matched my own perfectly. The featured wine, a Chateau Montelena chard, was excellent. All in all, a very satisfying dining experience. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    foodiefromOH
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We took a chance after finding the restaurant on a website of eateries in D.C. It was fabulous food and a wonderful atmosphere. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive Service Makes It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Oceanaire is one of two D.C. restaurants that consistently serves up the freshest seafood with a most attentive staff. I had a 8:30 seating on a recent Saturday night and the restaurant was almost full. Request a booth which provides some privacy for conversation. My guest and I decided to split the orders, from appetizers through the small filet entree, and Marco, the waiter was most accommodating throughout, setting a new plate before each serving and making sure the filet was sliced to make it easier to split. The seasoning on the steak was perfect and the mashed potatoes were perfectly whipped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Started out with friendly service but not really attentive service. When our meal was served it was luke warm at best. They microwaved the side of potatoes (which were really tasty) but I chose not to have my fish "heated" so overall it was a disappointment and I will not return or recommend. They gave us dessert to make up for the meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant.
    dcdoc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a great special occasion spot. The food and service are excellent. The menu changes every time we come here due to the seasonal nature of fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost perfect
    Lunch
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Although there was plenty of staff in the restaurant, the service could have been better. We had a great time and the food was good but we had to ask for assistance more than someone checking on us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The best crabcake !! Great service. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    DiningDes
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Oceanaire went above and beyond, including a special gift and flaming dessert, to make my sister's 65th Birthday a wonderful occasion. The staff was excellent. Thank you Oceanaire!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as always
    ern3365
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The big eye tuna Sahimi style with the best Wasabi I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I ALWAYS GO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Whenever I'm in DC I always go to Oceanaire Seafood Room either for lunch or dinner . This time I have asked crab cakes with a side salad and I got one smal crab cake not well done on the salad . The service was down before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    PMCQVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    And thoroughly enjoyed our dinner; lobster tails were yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Seafood Dining
    HankVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Been coming here for a long time. I really love Cceanaire!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as before
    Mbiancab
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for his birthday several years ago and we decided to return for his birthday this year, but the food and service have gone down since then. The food was ok, but definitely not for the price
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place, but....
    ChrissyVA
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Have never had a bad meal here, except this time one entry -a special, was not good at all and had to be sent back. To their credit, they remade it to perfection the second time around.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Never a disappointing meal. It's a pricey choice but the food is always delicious and fresh, service is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodmeVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I ordered the steak with chimichurri sauce for lunch -- I'd been to Oceanaire enough to know it has great seafood, and wanted to see if the steak was up to snuff. It came with five medallions that were just OK, along with a gigantic pile of fries. I think I'll have the fish next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    SHill
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great for fine table and excellent table service. The ambiance is very nice for multiple occassions from birthdays, to a first date, to a group meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always consistant
    KBBX5
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    When we travel to a city that has an Oceanaire, we always enjoy a meal there. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is awesome. We love being members of the Landry's restaurant rewards too. It is easy to earn point for savings on the next meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oceanaire review
    Foodie7839
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed the food. Servings were huge. Great date night with the boyfriend. A little disappointed with the service--- we are in our twenties with decent jobs and enjoy splurging on date nights at fancy restaurants, bc of our age we almost got written off and not taken seriously, not sure if this is because the server and staff thought we wouldn't tip or that we wouldn't order a lot of food. We tipped more then 20% and ordered two apps and two entrees so we weren't just in it for an entree to share. It kind of ruins the experience when you feel like you are eating to prove people wrong as supposed to eating to enjoy and try/experience the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Oceanaire
    jameseats
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The ambience was very fitting for a loving conversation with my wife. The menu had many choices and food was delicious. We were very impressed with the server and his knowledge of the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    Enjoyseafood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant came recommended to me and so I brought guests on that recommendation. We had a reservation for a table however we enjoyed the Raw Bar so much we decided to just eat there. Everything was excellent and the suggested wines were well received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    RobinG
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Brought a friend here for the first time because they wanted great wine and fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The Oceanaire both impressed them and made me the smartest cookie in town. Service was impeccable, staff was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly, the ambience was amazing, the wine and cocktail selection unique and the food amazing! And all without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeply Disappointing
    RickVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Cold food, slow food and wrong food served to my business guest and me. Food had to be sent back to the kitchen, which took fifteen minutes or more to heat it up. It was embarrassing. They were very efficient in bringing the $400 check, though. Oceanaire used to be good, but no longer. If you have an important dinner, I strongly suggest you go elsewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favs
    KFausVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food is always great, love the salads. The staff is always very friendly and helpful with making good decisions on the meal. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite lunch spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner With Friends
    MrHungry
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great! Service was a bit slow. When the valet pulled my car up though, it was making some kind of loud noise (loud enough for everyone on the sidewalk to hear). When I asked the valet what the sound was, his reply was "I don't know...bad transmission??) I got into my car and saw that he had my emergency parking brake on. I figured given the restaurant, he had driven a Maserati before. Or at leas knew to check for a parking brake. That made me feel very uncomfortable simply because I knew then that he had driven it all the way from the garage with the electronic parking brake on! Wasn't the worst that could happen but enough to end the night on a bit of a low point. Oceanaire is wonderful! Valet, not so much that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood Restraunt
    Utahguy59
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Made our reservation in the afternoon on Open Table app for 20:30. We arrived at 20:20 and were seated immediately. Our waitress took plenty of time to explain the night's specials, what was fresh, and how each dish was prepared. We don't drink wine but I noticed that she did the same with regard to the wine list for the party seated near us. She presented herself in a kind and patient manner. The food came promptly and everything was delicious. My wife and daughter were both very pleased, as was I. The prices reflect that you are in the nation's capitol, and in a very nice seafood establishment, meaning quite high. However, the atmosphere and most people's dress was casual. It was very nice overall. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary
    TomasVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Just a delightful experience. If you want seafood, this is the place to go. My wife had the mixed seafood grill and I had the halibut. Just extraordinary. Wonderful food and service. Quality. Quality. Quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dining Pleasure
    Keith
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is one of my favorite DC dining spots because of the excellent quality of the seafood, the ambiance, and the attention to detail you receive from the wait staff. I have always been please with there recommendations of side dishes and main courses and their suggestions on wine paring has always suited my taste. The portion sizes are more than ample and I always leave feeling quite satisfied with a full belly and a quality meal. I would recommend this restaurant for a date night, friends meeting, even a family event as I believe they have space for larger groups. The restaurant also offers valet parking and that is nice plus. You can't go wrong with them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place to dine!!
    AnniversaryOuting
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I hadn't dined at Oceanaire in several years. We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary there. The food is still delicious and the atmosphere is romantic for couples. I'm glad to say we will be including Oceanaire in our rotation of restaurants again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neither Impressed nor Disappointed
    Kenneth
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    For fine dining, Oceanaire is overall acceptable but not stellar. We ordered the following: Tuna Poke - 4 stars; Mussels - 2.5 stars (arrived lukewarm and overcooked); Crab cake - 3.5 stars; Lobster Mac & Cheese - 3 stars (not my choice as it is expensive ingredients wasted); Escargots in Puff Pastry - 2 stars (a novelty but bland); wine selection - 4 stars; waiter Pino - 3 stars (jovial but checked back in on us only when we were nearly finished); noise - 3 stars (fine in the evening when it's half-empty); decor (3 stars); lighting - 4 stars (one of few restaurants where it doesn't seem like they don't want me to see what I am eating); ambiance - 3 stars (would be nice to have votive candles on the table for evening dining).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice time
    pwashington
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was excellent, service good; the bar area was a bit noisy for a Tuesday night. But all in all a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The seafood was great quality and very fresh! The fish are caught daily, according to the waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate