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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC
Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC Details

  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "I really enjoyed my meal during the last night of D.C. Restaurant Week and felt that Oceanaire was the place to have a dinner that night. It is one of my favorite D.C. dinner spots."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is a lovely place to dine at. It is one I would recommend to friends"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Four of us went to Oceanaire for restaurant week and we had an outstanding meal. We were impressed that the portion sizes did not seem scaled back because of the lower price, and the quality of the food was excellent. We did, of course, wind up ordering some extras--wine, a particular side dish that my husband loves-- but we were treated very well by our waiter, even before we did so. We all left raving about the food, and we felt it was a totally enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Seems like the kind of restaurant our parents went to, back in the Mad Men days."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time at Oceanaire for restaurant week. The staff was great, received food in a timely manner. the chop chieck , with mashed potatoes and mushrooms was over the top great !!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great service, great food! I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Went to Oceanaire with a party of 8. The salmon was not good. The swordfish was OK, but bland. They ran out of soft shell crabs, so instead of serving 2 per order, they served one and did not adjust the price. The restaurant was also extremely noisy -- couldn't hear anyone except the person next to you. It was an expensive night out and a little disappointing."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was very good but the fish dish portions were very small."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was my 4th time at Oceanaire -- my 2nd Restaurant Week (last year's options were better but the food was still very good). Always a favorite dining location."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was great. Would have liked more choices on the entree menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the portion size was good, but the service was fair. We didn't get served bread until our meals arrived and it took awhile to refill our water glasses."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I've been wanting to come to Oceanaire for quite sometime. Decided to surprise my husband, and I must say, he was pleasantly surprised. Our server Stephanie was fantastic, very personable and engaging. I will request her station on our next visit. Food was cooked to perfection and the cheesecake was delicious."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The man at the host stand was rude. The host and hostess could not find our reservation and then insinuated we did not have one, but they would do us a favor and seat us anyway because it was "early enough." Despite the unpleasant welcome, the rest of the visit was quite good. The server was fantastic and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was mediocre. Very slow service in delivery of entre. Waiter had an attitude."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went for restaurant week. We had such a great time there. The food was amazing to us! A bit pricey but worth it. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "...and the pearl is the food! Dined with 5 friends and all agreed food was fabulous. As usual, Service was attentive , but not intrusive. Sat 3 in the shell booth and 3 across and it was a bit difficult to hear. Recommend one of the booths against the wall for a quieter dining experience."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was ok, the service was ok, the dining room was full of people (no doubt due to Restaurant Week) so it was a bit noisy, but ok."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was generally OK, but both of our andouille cornmeal stuffed trout entrees came out lukewarm with the stuffing at room temp; and with no andouille to be found. The black and bleu barramundi was tasty though. For appetizers, my tequila shrimp ceviche had more onion and cucumber than shrimp. More disappointing, however, was the service. Our server: 1) never mentioned the Restaurant Week menu even though that's why we came; 2) tried to up-sale us at every opportunity & was annoyed when we didn't bite; 3) put the wine next to the youngest member of our party (who didn't drink); 4) forgot to add wine to my glass after the initial tasting; 5) did not bring out bread; 6) handed items from across the table. He seemed quite untrained."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • " Restaurant week lunch. Oceanaire's portions are ample. My fellow diner had a much better meal experience than I did and the service overall was lacking. We had finished our first course, clam chowder for my buddy and a Caesar for me and about to start our main course when the bread showed up. We declined--that bread would have been great with the soup and salad. At desert, the server never brought my buddy a fork, so he got one from another table. As for the food, the chowder was declared the "best ever," and my Caesar (w/anchovies) was very good. The fish tacos my buddy ate were declared excellent, while my mussels and fries were a real disappointment. The key lime pie and raspberry sorbet were both large portions and very good."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to the Oceanaire Seafood Room for Restaurant Week. I actively participate twice a year but my bf was new to the party. So i wanted to pick a place that I thought he'd have a good first time experience. Oceanaire did not disappoint. We were brought a sample of the shrimp ceviche for being first timers. Yum! I followed that with the amazing Clam Chowder while he had the Caesar Salad. As an entree I had the Cornbread Stuffed Rainbow Trout with Spinach & Scallions. It was very good. He had the Swordfish with Sweet Potato Hash and Peaches. My boyfriend is a very picky eater and he absolutely loved his food. Had Key Lime Pie (heaven) and Cheesecake for dessert. Overall great dining experience. Will return!!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "They greeted and seated me as soon as I walked in (I was early for my reservation). The waiter was very pleasant and attentive. He brought a sample appetizer (tequila shrimp ceviche) as it was my first time dining here. Very good! I had the ceasar salad (delicious), the scottish salmon, and the pecan ball for dessert. The salmon was a little underdone for my taste and not well seasoned. I was a little bothered by my needing to add salt but it did help. The veggies under the salmon were very tasty and well seasoned and also provided a nice sauce to dip the salmon in. The pecan ball was different but still good, however, I would go for the key lime pie next time. I would visit this restaurant again just to try a different entree and dessert."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent service and outstanding food. It was a perfect date night."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Entering Oceanaire is like voyaging 60 or 70 years back in time - to a more leisurely time, where restaurateurs were infinitely solicitous. And as a bonus, the food is excellent. We try to visit at least once a year and every visit provides another reason to come back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "An excellent food menu, and outstanding and professional customer service. Thank you Nena"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Every year during the " Restaurant Week", we choose an upscale restaurant to visit. All of those restaurants have been very considerate with the patrons in offering a good menu, even though during that week restaurants charge only $20.oo plus tax and gratuity for a fix menu. But I must say that your restaurant week menu was a disappointment . Tacos with a lot of salad in it and a sample of fish or a meat sandwich, accompanied by french fries. It reminded me of a fast food restaurant. Having a good menu should be a way of promoting the restaurant, like the Capital Grill restaurant for example, they really do know how to do business. Their menu for the restaurant week is excellent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is my wife's favorite seafood restaurant in DC. We used to go to mccormick and schmick's but stopped because the service was so bad. The service at oceanair has always been the best. The food amazing. Definitely a great place to go for those special occasions (i.e. wife's birthday)"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My wife and Iooked forward to having dinner here on our last evening in Washington. We were greatly dissappointed by our experience. My salmon was over cooked and dry. My side dish of spinich was bland and tasetless. While our waiter was nice, service was slow and abrupt with food literally dropped on the table. Worse still, was that for all of this, the food and wine was greatly over priced. I would not go back and would not recommend this place to anyone else."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "When visiting DC we try and have dinner there. The first time we didn't have a reservation and had dinner at the bar. Enjoyed that and subsequent trips we have made reservations well in advance. We have especially enjoyed the great selection of fish which is always prepared to our wishes. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Oceanaire is the place to go for the widest variety of excellent seafood. But I still balked at a lunch menu with several fish offerings priced at $40 or more for a simply grilled fillet, no matter how fresh or excellent it may be. So I went with oysters rockefeller and an oyster po' boy, and both were fine -- expensive too, but they did not break the bank."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I took our staff there for a dinner after a conference, the food was excellent. All the meals came out exactly as ordered and the desserts were divine. Our service staff however neglected us once the main course had arrived. We had to work hard to get her attention to order dessert and again to get the bill"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great restaurant to bring colleagues or clients to"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My food was great. I think they have the best shrimp and grits in the city."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I had an awesome birthday celebration at Oceanaire Seafood Room in DC. The food was beyond my wildest expectations. I had great food and pretty drinks. What more can a girl ask?"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I had the most wonderful time. The service was outstanding, I would/will recommend this restaurant and look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My friend and I last dined at the Oceanaire in Denver, CO. We thoroughly enjoyed that experience. The Oceanaire in D.C. is just as good. The food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We’ll definitely return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have never had better service EVER! Our server was fabulous, professional and as good as it get! On the other hand our food was good but not truly hot. We were early and the food came out very fast which was nice but it was luke warm not hot. We ate it but at $16-$17 for an appetizer it should be heated properly. Crème brulee was a but burned."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, just to try something new...it was AMAZING!! The food is great, the service was great, the wine is great. We loved it."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Nice venue for a dinner. Great menu, high quality food. The wait staff is very friendly."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We were celebrating my daughters 30th birthday and I must say she really enjoyed the surprise. Great place for this as we were able to enjoy without the embarrassment of the entire restaurant joining in!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The good was great. But we had to practically hunt down our waiter to get drinks, and place our order."
    Dined on 7/26/2014