Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC
Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoceanaire.com/
  • Phone: (202) 347-2277
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
367 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (214)fit for foodies (153)good for groups (134)romantic (105)notable wine list (96)great for lunch (81)hot spot (48)neighborhood gem (42)vibrant bar scene (39)late-night find (23)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Awesome Night Out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We arrived a couple minutes late the staff was exceptionally attentive. The server was made siggestions that were great. I will return again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KnifeAndForkReady
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I've been to Oceanaire for lunch several times, but it's been a while for dinner. Now I know why. Awful management. Upon arriving, there were three people in front of host screen (& a forth who couldn't hover because there was not enough room) without one raising their head to acknowledge my arrival. Restaurant was empty. Presumably, servers with restaurant mgr were more concerned about the table assignments for the pending arrivals than my arrival. After waiting, I discovered that two of my guests were already there around the corner. Should have just walked into the restaurant myself. One of my guests asked what Chardonnay was popular & server said the popular Chardonnay was 'the cheapest, but my manager likes the next one up.' When we asked which one that was, she didn't know but offered to bring a sample. Nice gesture but lazy way out. My cocktail arrived in a shaker but no glass. After enjoying the Mac & Lobster, I asked what type of pasta it was. She said the flavor comes from smoking the pasta. Still have no idea what type of pasta it was & she never offered to find out. A full pot of scalding hot coffee was poured on me when the pot top was not secured ....on my shirt, suit pants & jacket. Server was very apologetic. It happens. But you expect an offer to pay dry cleaning, a dry napkin to cover white linen table spill & an attempt to remove filled saucer. She comes back with napkins. Five minutes later, a mgr goes by my table, makes eye contact & then circles back to table & says "I heard we had an accident here. First thing I want to do is make sure you are ok. Are you ok?" Would have been sincere if he simply went straight to table & asked me. I had to ask to have coffee saucer filled with coffee removed after three opportunities. Mgt removed two desserts & coffee from bill. Would have paid for both with more attentive & knowledgable service even with coffee spill. I blame bad management not server for entire wasted night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spontaneous night out with my boyfriend
    nickandg
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    He knows I love seafood, we didn't have alot of time away from home. Stayed in the area, I looked it up online and found Open Table and made reservations while in route ... he pulled up, parked and we walked in... a little early. Came in, seated and I took my time scanning the menu. Ordered my Apple Martini...decided on my dish and unbeknownst to each other....we ordered the same meal. The service was great...the food was incredible ...only issue....we were seated in the back by the "private room" and the a/c in there was on full blast and I felt it from across the table, and put my coat back on. Nevertheless great restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food Great Service
    FanofOceanaire1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food nice ambiance great service, excellent selections
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service. Wonderful presentation.
    Jimbo
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    While rather noisy, the food was expertly prepared and presented. The wine list is extraordinary and the service was excellent. Everyone very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service!
    JB112
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food at the Oceannaire is superb! The service is also excellent. The crowd was rather noisy. I was struggling to hear the server speak. Other than that, I liked everything else about the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime Restaurant Patron
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have enjoyed Oceanaire Seafood Room since I getting my first Macy's paycheck as a teen. Translation - as a lover of DCs many overpriced venues, this restaurant was near the top of my list. I have always (and still do) enjoy this restaurant even when they fell off a few years back and began to look dated and low-rate. I took a good friend for a birthday lunch and we were a little pressed for time, after telling the server this a few times we still sat for almost 40 minutes before our entree order was taken. I was compelled to write this review because this may have been the worst service ever and I could count the amount of patrons in the entire restaurant on 1 hand. Great food, but the server was horrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Shelf Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The OceanAire was superb, beginning with the patience and thoughtfulness of our server, the consistent excellent quality of the food, and the quiet atmosphere. Although we were the last party to leave the restaurant after its closing hour, the entire staff was courteous, and responsive throughout our stay. The reasonable valet parking service out front was an added plus. Can't wait to return to OceanAire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Concert
    Marigavin
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Ate here before the Stevie Wonder concert on a Sunday, Nov. 9th. Location just 4 blocks from the Verizon Center. Ordered the Sea Bass which was tasty but could have been a bit more hot in the center for me. Could have asked to take back and reheat but we were on a time schedule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heilbaum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food and service. Our party of three was seated on time at a table for 6-8 - it was difficult to hear each other. The restaurant was busy and, at first, we thought we were forgotten. Once our order was taken, the service improved and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am never disappointed. We spend our anniversary here as a tradition. It's always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Seafood Spot
    pwashington
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've been to these restaurant a number of times and the food is always very good, the service is top notch and the ambience is comfortable. Definitely a place were you can take a date and have a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat customer
    ABerkey
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I'm a big fan of this place. Excellent seafood and even the steaks are great for those who may not eat seafood. I have been here for a lunch of 3 and a party of 40. Service is great. It's also conveniently located with nearby parking garages as well as street parking out front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TorontoChar
    TorontoChar
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I have visited The Oceanaire from San Diego to Washington DC and it never disappoints - the shrimp and grits is amazing and no matter what I order it always ends with the crabcakes and the key lime pie ( usually to take home since I'm stuffed with all the other goodies) - When I'm in DC - it is a must visit restaurant for me and my guest - at least one night of the week :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went here for a lunch meeting a bit before noon to beat the lunch crowd. There was no one at the hostess desk when we arrived, but we found a wonderful server who stayed with us throughout lunch. His service was outstanding, the food was superior, and the noise level was never a problem. I will definitely take more lunch meetings here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT SERVICE FRIENDLY
    Dennis6988H
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The service food and Waiter were all excellent , Only issue was the person I was with and she was a pain very demanding will not take her out with me again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • classy
    susan
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Sure to make a good impression if you take someone here for a special occasion. The asparagus appetizer was delicious, as we're the scallops and sea bass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Came here last-minute for a business dinner. Everything was great, although prices are definitely expense-account level so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Ever.
    pythonxx
    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
    JerryVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a hit!
    Swilliams
    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
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    • 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 !!
    PORTERHOUSE
    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.
  • Run of the mill seafood
    AdequateVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Run of the mill seafood at expense account prices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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