Ocean Grill New York
Ocean Grill New York

Ocean Grill New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oceangrill.com/
  • Phone: 2125792300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Full service off-site catering can be accommodate. Contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or events@brguest.com for information.
  • Special Events: Docked across the street from the Museum of Natural History, and steps from Central Park, Ocean Grill is the perfect venue for birthday celebrations, showers, graduations, wedding receptions and other special occasions.

    To inquire large groups, semi-private dining or restaurant buyouts please contact our special events team at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

    Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th Street
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 79th Street and A, B, C, & D trains to 81st Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Several public lots in the area, plus street parking depending on time and day.
A word from Ocean Grill New York
Located directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill has been a staple for Upper West Side seafood lovers for years. Sample daily selections from the Raw and Sushi bars, paired with a featured wine and other fresh seafood. Feeling creative? Ocean Grill allows you to create your own meal with our daily list of Simply Grilled Fish served with your choice of sauce and seasonal side dish. Relax in the candle-lit lounge or refined dining area that resembles a luxury liner, complete with oversized mirrors and round porthole windows looking into the kitchen. The adjacent photo room is lined with retro black and white seaside snapshots and is a perfect spot for romance or celebration and as always kids are welcome.
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Ocean Grill New York reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (136)fit for foodies (84)great for outdoor dining (81)special occasion (73)great for brunch (57)good for groups (53)great for lunch (51)romantic (38)kid-friendly (27)notable wine list (25)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (15)late-night find (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Always good food!
    MargeVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Always good food and service, but if you don't want a very noisy place, sit in the photo room!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar lunch
    AndyB
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food is consistent and always top quality Price fixe lunch was a great bargain! Service was slow at the bar
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Ocean Grill continues to serve good food with good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food consistent
    kokiddVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been here a number of times and the food is always consistent. Service was okay, very nice waitress but she seemed a little overwhelmed. Food came out very fast, almost too fast but was very good. Great sushi. Complimentary dessert for my wife's birthday, a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reviewbypap
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The table service was a bit off but the overall experience was positive. This was my second time dining here and I will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters!
    DanCVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Fantastic, cold, perfect 3 different Eastern oysters. Great meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    It was a wonderful atmosphere, a local gem, the food was amazing, and the service was great, we were visiting New York, but came to the restaurant on a recommendation from a client that lived there, so glad we did!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Seafood
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    As usual, their food was fresh and well-seasoned. Its a bit noisy and crowded, even early on a Sunday evening (5:30) so try to go @ off hours. Its well-located near the Museum of Natural History.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great experience over all. The staff was increidbly accomodating and freindly. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, crowded, noisy
    eastonthewestsideVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Been there before many times but not in recent years. The food is still eceptional, the service polite and attentitive, but even in the quieter room (walled with photographs) it is difficult to hear one' companion. Best to go on a quiet afternoon or late evening, for a chance of a less frenetic meal and conversation that a Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi oasis
    Paladin57
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Recently I had a business lunch at Ocean Grill. I've been here many times but never really experienced their sushi. After having a fresh and interesting salad, My colleague and I feasted on their sushi. Not only was it fresh it was truly exceptional . Our server was instrumental in helping us choose rolls that were out of the mainstream yet very tasty. She was also extremely professional and polite. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood, High Noise Level
    BobbieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Seafood as always great; service is excellent ( the waitress and maitre d' couldn't have been nicer.) HOwever, the noise level in the front room was unbearable. There were one or two large tables; there were no rugs to deaden the sound . It was crowded & my dining companion and I were almost yelling to be heard for the majority of the meal. We finally sloe to the maitre d' and he was kind enough to give us a table in the other room where we just chilled out. What a relief.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eater
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We celebrated an anniversary and law school graduation andhad a very good dinner. The sushi, in particular, was delicious and creative, and the fish generally was very good. The molten chocolate cake was yummy. Amazingly, knowing about our celebrations, the restaurant started the meal with a complimentary bottle of champagne - which made the entire evening very special. It was done with a very gracious and elegant touch and we loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Special kudos to our server Jovette for contibuting to an enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 159 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1675 reviews are from the Ocean Grill New York reviews archive.
  • Good Food and Friendly Service
    Oddball2
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Went to Ocean Grill with a colleagues or lunch on a weekend. I ordered the Prix Fixe. The food was excellent although I would have liked to have seen an additional choice of entrée and desert on the Prix Fixe menu. The price was very reasonable and includes coffee or tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seniordiner
    Seniordiner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We took fussy friends from out-of-town here for dinner. They were over-the-moon about how good the food was. The price/value is outstanding as well. We'll all be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What happened to the swordfish ?
    sunkie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I was rather disappointed in not seeing the blackened swordfish on the menu. It was a favorite of mine. The menu and chef have changed and not for the better. Sadly, the sea bass was bland and I was not thrilled with the entree choices. We have been coming here for a long time and we were always quite satisfied. I must also comment about the fumes from the grill coming out of the kitchen. The air was very strong and had that smokey smell.I t was almost burning my eyes. I t went throughout the restaurant but worse in the back where we were sitting. Unfortunately I was not thrilled with the dining experience and we'll need to look elsewhere for seafood now. Bring back the old chef !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute change of plans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were able to get a quick reservation at Ocean after our other plans changed. We were not disappointed! The maki rolls were terrific and the lobster bisque. The service was a bit brusque, but professional nonetheless. I would return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Westerfish
    RonchefdocVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a very good west side cousin to Atlantic Grill. Very fresh fish and great rolls. Service can be a bit rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine washout
    chompsRusVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First two bottles of wine selected (California Chardonnay, then French white Burgandy) were unavailable. Finally just went with a half bottle of pinot, having missed the appetizer entirely. The pinot was fully room temperature - disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Child friendly but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Glad to know that the restaurant has understood that some people do not wish to dine in the presence of cranky children! Although we all love our children, I am amazed at how many restaurants now have young children, even babies, accompanying their parents. What ever happened to an adults only venue? I guess New York is now so filled with young parents, dining out has become a family affair even with infants. SO, if that is the case, at least it is good practice to have a seating area where some who wish to have a more peaceful and quiet dinner/lunch/brunch can do so. I requested that in my reservation and we were spared some very active children in the next room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just as good as its sister
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A few years ago my wife and I dined at the Blue Water Grill in New York City for the second time and had a second excellent dinner. So when I noticed the Ocean Grill was owned by the same tiny chain I assumed the experience would be just as good. We weren't disappointed. The salmon and bass were both tender and flavorful and the sauces were just right. The dinner rolls were to die for. Our waiter was very pleasant and helpful and efficient. I'd go back. And I'd recommend trying both restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food-Yes: Service No
    Elliott
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food was very good as expected but the service was not. The server was asked for drinks, and bread and the wait was long for both. Unacceptable!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Restaurant
    Jennifer
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times, and each time I have enjoyed it. Delicious food, nice atmosphere & good service. Just went here for Mother's Day with my family and was very happy with everything. If you like seafood - this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old favorite
    melamin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and i have enjoyed ocean grill for some15years and it seemed the perfect place for a mothers day brunch with my daughter who was visiting nyc. It was as good as remembered and we both enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slight decline
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    wine list, oysters, fish selection seems to be going down. FH
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    UWSr
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I have been coming to Ocean Grill for years. Whenever anyone is in from out of town, it is my go to. The oysters are the best on the UWS. The food is always consistently delicious and fresh. The ambience is welcoming and warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ms. Richardson
    SeafoodFoodies
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was amazing! I personally recommend the Chilean Sea Bass Roll, and the Broiled Lobster. To drink the La Flacarita or Riesling Wine and lastly the vanilla bean crème brulee for dessert.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great, but certainly good
    V8VCG
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We were nicely looked after, and the food was good to good+.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and creative
    landlockedseafoodlover
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food is cooked to perfection, the service is attentive and not intrusive, the menu offerings are just extensive enough without being overwhelming. Some of the best sushi anywhere. With early reservations, you can make it to 8 PM theatre, no problem. Ocean Grill is our go-to place on the Upper West Side. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THERE'S A FIRST-TIME FOR EVERYTHING
    MICKEYMICHAELS
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    YIKES! This time Everything was off. Service VERY SLOW; ONE WAITER for the entire SIDEWALK tables. Bread was neither plentiful nor varied; prix fixe lunch (the prix fixe menu is no longer on-line) did not have fish. The appetizers were a cold soup and leafy salad with unappetizing pear slices. We ordered grilled shrimp for entrees, served on a bed of rice--both tepid in temp. not hot. Were there veggies? If so, they were skimpy and also tepid. No sugar/cream on the table for tea/coffee; long wait for everything. Desserts best part--but the apple pastry also arrived cold rather than hot. We got the feeling there's been an unannounced change in management and staff and maybe chef, too. WTF? Overall, very disappointing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • April supper
    northrngrl
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The reviews had been good, so decided to give it a try. I had the cod and my husband had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection but mine was not really hot enough. I like my fish "just" cooked, still moist but needs to be hot (fresh from the oven). It tasted good and my husband enjoyed his salmon. I would recommend this resto even though I was slightly disappointed with my fish. The recipes were imaginative and well prepared. Good service. Nice ambiance. Near our hotel so convenient location for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service Food and View
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Lunch or brunch on a beautiful day is great outdoors here. Reasonable and diverse menu, great service and view of the park across the street. I stop here at least twice a year when I visit from Philadelphia. Seafood is delicious !
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a very good experience for dinner. The simply grilled shrimp and scallops were very good as were the sides of lightly sautéed vegetables. The service was attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not very good
    Julow
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I come from a family of NYC foodies which doesn't guarantee a good meal but Ocean Grill was well recommended; this was my second visit in 12 months. I found the best service was offered when we were seated. At any other time we had to seek out the waiter ourselves. The oysters were excellent, the Sea Bas was not known whether it was line caught or not. Finally we got a determination that the consensus (amongst the waitstaff) was "line caught" but it didn't taste that way and there is more to a vinaigrette than a splash of vinegar which permeated the sea bass as it would a sponge. The other diners were surprised at the lack of attention to their orders and two were brought the wrong entrees. The desserts were quite good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch is the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This restaurant has the best value by far in the city for Sunday Brunch. The drinks are great (not watered down) and the entrees are tasty. Can be a bit noisy and crowded but well worth it. Eggs benedict, crab blt and smoked salmon with a bagel are delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch outing
    phishermanVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our family enjoyed our brunch with a variety of meals ranging from grav lax to baked eggs. We like the ambience of this restaurant for our small group - 5 and we absolutely love their sushi!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I was hoping that Ocean Grill would be as good as it sounded and it was. It's a beautiful restaurant and the food was amazing! Would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This restaurant is a wonderful restaurant to visit for a special occasion. The food is outstanding and the service prompt and professional. We took our daughter for a birthday celebration and it did not disappoint. It was a little on the noisy side but I would rather sit in a restaurant full of happy talkative customers than in a quiet empty place. My thanks to all the staff.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ocean grill
    SirocVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    2nd time dining here! Enjoyed it and plan to go back! Fish fresh, excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic