Oceana
Oceana

Oceana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212 759 5941x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Power Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30-10 am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-3 pm.

    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm. Pre-theater dining please allow 90 minutes.

    Cafe menu and Raw bar always available.

    Sunday's closed for Summer, Re-open Sunday 10/5/2014.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Ben Pollinger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Extensive off-site catering menu available, please view our website.
    Please contact Lauren Sytsma at 212-759-5941 or LSytsma@oceanarestaurant.com.
  • Special Events: Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner 9/20/14 with All-Star Chef Line-up. Oceana Exec Chef Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Colleen Grapes, Dan Kluger from abc kitchen, Gunnar Karl Gislason from Dill Restaurant in Iceland & Esteban Villalpando from Lofoten Restaurant in Oslo, Norway, all here for one special night together! Rodney Strong Vineyards celebrating 25th Anniversary with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation! This is a must dinner folks!
    Go to celebritycheftour.com to purchase tickets, or call us direct!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops;
    B,D,D,V: 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center;
    N,R,W: 49th Street
    1: 50th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Oceana
Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Co-Owner Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992.

Oceana's a la carte menu, coupled with its convenient Midtown location, make it a perfect spot for a quick business lunch or pre-theater dinner. From the spectacular marble bar to the fresh lobsters and whole fish cooked to order, as well as a significant selection of prime meats, Executive Chef Ben Pollinger delivers a fresh, innovative and approachable menu.
Oceana has a 70 seat Cafe with a 18 seat marble bar. Great for lunch, after work cocktails & snacks, pre-theater dinner and post-theater desserts. An award winning international wine list with some 1000 selections. Spring and Summer bring a 75 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chef's table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80.
Please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending Theater.
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Oceana reviews from OpenTable diners
276 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (130)fit for foodies (121)notable wine list (96)good for groups (74)romantic (67)great for lunch (67)vibrant bar scene (51)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (36)great for outdoor dining (22)great for brunch (14)late-night find (14)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • MarktheKnifeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Oceana offers good, non-red meat food, incredibly fast service and a comfortable upscale setting. I was able to take three guests and spend less than $100 before tip. Yet everyone was satisfied and it wasn't "just a burger" though two of us had the salmon burger.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An early birthday surprise!
    FrequentaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I always enjoy any opportunity to dine at Oceana, but my breakfast on this occasion was supremely special. My guests became ill and was unable to join me and I decided to treat myself and dine alone. Ricardo and Aaron not only took extra special care of me, they also surprised me with a beautiful dessert and candle, although my birthday is later this week. I was thrilled and enjoy the rest of my long, hard working day! Thanks so much to everyone at Oceana for always treating me and my guests so graciously and making us feel that we are actually dining in our own, very elegant home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most romantic birthday surprise
    nyeats
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Professional individualized attention. They'll work with you to make your event absolutely perfect. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner at Oceana!
    TriciaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant - menu is extensive with something for everyone! Their baked bread selection is unique and delicious - we split an order of delightful fried calamari - I had steak and my husband enjoyed the stripped bass. Their dessert selection is extensive - their ice cream and sorbet seemed home made!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    waterlily74
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was by far our most expensive dinner ever in our lifetime so far. we are not high rollers or used to this New York lifestyle, so this was out of our usual league. however, the food and service was superb. If we thought nothing of spening the money, we'd be regulars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    JC2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice ambience. Food was good and presented well. Service was a little slow considering restaurant wasn't too crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceana for seafood - Yes!
    Nobigdeal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Oceana is a world-class seafood restaurant, comparable to, say, Water Grill in Los Angeles. Fish is fresh and well-prepared. Service is excellent.
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  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was excellent however the service could use a few small improvements. We were ensured that we would finish in time for the theatre, however, we ended up pressed for time. The wait for dessert was a little long. Also, when we had a question for the sommelier, it was visible that he was annoyed. That was the biggest minus. Overall, 9/10
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerald
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    On our recent 4day visit, my wife & I had dinner and lunch both memorable. Food was delicious and service superb. Looking forward to our next trip to New York and Oceana!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    GjacobsVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    While convenient to theatre, the restaurant was a disappointment. It reminded me of the old joke of the two people complaining about a restaurant: Person 1 - The food was not very good"; Person 2 - "I agree, and the portions were so small". I cannot understand the favorable Michelin rating
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  • Fantastic
    Sami
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant was so good that my wife and I had to twice during our try to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cuisine and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Business dinner, the service was outstanding and the food quality was as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality of food very mediocre.
    bge60
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Quality and taste of food was very mediocre. Ordered Crab cakes in meal portion and they were stringy bits of crab pressed together and deep fried in tator tot shape, side dishes of mushrooms and succotash lacked any flavor. Overall presentation of meal and service was nice.
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  • Great night
    Dinejax78
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pre theater was perfect! Dinner - excellent service. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch service very spotty
    LawSuit
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    At lunch with two co-workers on a day when the dining room was only half- to three-quarters-full, I was surprised at how slow and inept the service was. Too much time passed between visits by our waiter, the interval between ordering drinks and receiving them was interminable, the meal took forever and was served lukewarm (but blame for that can be shared by the waitstaff and kitchen staff). Our lunch, only one course and coffee, took almost 90 minutes. Our waiter was indifferent and unapologetic. I have had nearly a dozen lunches here, usually for business, and the service has always been fine, even when the place is busy, so I'm not sure what went wrong. It may have been a one-time glitch, so I'll go back at least one more time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Noise level too high for serious conversation. Had the lobster sandwich, and though tasty, I laughed when it was placed in front of me because it was quite tiny - and not much lobster "between the bun". That said, nice cool atmosphere on a hot and humid day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not as good as in the past
    Ranunculas
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We enjoy dining at Oceana when we are in the city for a show. Location, setting, staff, menu variety... are all fabulous! We usually love our meal, but this time it was just okay, with the exception of the gnocci side dish, which was melt in your mouth heavenly and the crab cakes appetizer, which were really scoops of seasoned crab meat, rolled in a crust and pan fried... they were fantastic. The entrees surprisingly were just ok. My husband had the shrimp and black bean pancake dish.. he said it lacked seasoning and that the shrimp were a little tough. I had the halibut which I typically love.. The sauce was a curry watermelon and it saved the dish, as the halibut was overcooked and dry, so the sauce was needed to moisten the fish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Cochise
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Another fine dining experience- food is excellent; service professional and responsive and ambiance is comfortable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice. loved it.
    tsale
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a very nice experience. Beautiful restaurant with great food.the service was excellent also. Prices were fair. Great meal overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DIDO
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love the food and atmosphere. Somehow extra drinks ended up in my bill, but this was result very quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown Favorite
    ShuttersRegularVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love Oceana, chef Ben Pollinger and the terrific staff. The new $35 three mini-course lunch is a great idea. WE often eat in the bar /lounge area which doesnt require a reservation and can be quieter at lunch than the dining room
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor table selection
    catfishk2
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    For a party with a reservation the hostess put us at a table with no ambience in the corner of the front bar section next to the kitchen and bar. We were all disappointed to have one of the worst tables in the restaurant even though there were empty tables in the main dining area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, fresh seafood!
    Joan137
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was fabulous, service was attentive. Definitely worth a return visit!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    Bently2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Service was excellent and the food was also excellent. We would certainly recommend this dining restaurant as a MUST GO. The waiter John was highly knowledgeable and pleasant, but look out for parking if driving in. Not friendly prices and ask a lot of questions concerning the parking in that area!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful in every way.
    TheHoustonian
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Delicious food; friendly, efficient service; lively but not loud; convenient location. Moderate price for NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Radonguy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nice reasonable theatre menu. Great service. Great food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Keep Hoping It Will Be Better
    EatsWellNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Ah, Oceana. I miss the days in the old place, when the food was fab, before you got big and cavernous. So corporate, so cold, so expensive, yet the promising menu entices you to give it ONE MORE TRY. So I did. I took a relative to Oceana (we both work in the area) for a belated birthday lunch. In the restaurant's slight defense, he had the prix fixe and pronounced the salad topped with grilled salmon to be nothing exciting, but fine. I ordered the salmon burger, without the bun, but with all the accompaniments, which turned out to be pedestrian tomato, lettuce and onion. Laughably, it was so small it was served on a dessert plate so it didn't get lost on a "grown-up" plate. It looked sad, dry, and so unappealing. Farewell, Oceana.
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  • You're in great hand here!
    Lub2Grub
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We meet our girls there for dinner last week and had a wonderful time! Our waitress (M) & manager (R) in the bar were very personable & made great drink & oyster suggestions. Dining room was elegant & made our family dinner feel really special. Waiter (L) made sure we tried a verity of the Chef Specialties- Halibut and Lobster were outstanding! Thanks Oceana- we'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Perfect for pre theater. Dinner is relaxed but the timing is just right to make it to the show on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SweptAwaywithOceana
    InlovewithAmor
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I went to Oceana for the first time to celebrate my bf 49th birthday. Being a fan of the restaurants in their Livanos Restaurant Group, I had high expectations and was looking forward to visiting Oceana. They did not disappoint. The restaurant is decorated very nicely and is quite spacious. The tables are well situated so you do not feel like you are crowded in or on top of each other. The food was FANTASTIC. We ordered a seasonal dinner special, (the Boneless Spanish Mackerel) which was outstanding! The wait staff were all very attentive and friendly. The speciality drinks from the bar were also excellent. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. I look forward to returning to Oceana soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great choice for special occasions!
    steve007
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    New York has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to fine dining. Oceana is as good as it gets if you are looking for seafood. I took my wife to New York for her birthday and we wanted a great restaurant within walking distance of our hotel, The Warwick. We both chose the halibut dish and added several vegetable sides. I can't remember a better halibut entree'. The wine list is impressive, the service impeccable and there is a warm, friendly vibe that makes you want to stay around. This is a beautiful restaurant and we appreciated the generous spacing of the tables and booths, which is rare in most Manhattan restaurants. The next time we are in town, it will be right back to Oceana for a reprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    ElianaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My boss was in town and I remembered how much he enjoyed his last visit to Oceana. He was delighted I selected Oceana for our lunch. Absolutely fantastic!!! Another wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvsurfandturf
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The service was excellent. Selected theatre menu which was good. Portions were sufficient and service timely so that we were able to make 8pm play with nice cushion. Olive seasoning for Mahi Mahi was delicious.
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  • Disappointed
    LabMomVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Went for a business lunch. Had not been there in awhile but remembered this great shrimp salad. It's gone and the one that replaced it was mediocre. Rubbery shrimp and a few pieces of mango in soggy dressing. Supposed to have spiced cashews. I think there was one.
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  • Excellent lunch
    DonBVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Held a business lunch. Food and service was great. Did not like the table they gave us - maybe because I booked through OpenTable v. direct?
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  • Freshest fish creative style
    Cruiseril
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It's not cheap, but worth every penny. Fabulous presentation, especially if you enjoy shellfish. The tower presentation is fun! Excellent wine list with some cheaper gems to be found with friendly sommelier help! Somewhat noisy Could use artwork or some softening on the walls!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBro
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The service was excellent, gracious and professional waitperson and very timely dinner as we were going to the theatre:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    MFNotes
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Good food, well prepared, fair price. I would go back again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Team S
    TeamS
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Overall great experience but when it started to rain on our table the staff didn't help us with the situation. I pushed the table back more under the umbrella, luckily the other table was very nice and understanding about the shift. The staff showed no concern or even acknowledged that we were getting wet sitting at the table. Everything else was great food drinks perfect timing before the show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great for a business lunch. Service was very good and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.