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
247 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (128)fit for foodies (85)special occasion (72)great for outdoor dining (67)great for brunch (53)great for lunch (48)good for groups (44)romantic (32)notable wine list (27)kid-friendly (24)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Very well prepared and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Very well prepared and delicious food. Good desserts. Sidewalk tables a plus. Service was pleasant but slow, and wine service was below average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    We had a great dining experience at Ocean Grill. The service & food was excellent. We are never afraid to order fish here.
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  • Outside dining was most enjoyable.
    borntoeat
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Outside dining was most enjoyable. Service was very good. Food preparation was mediocre. Seafood salad was lackluster. Rhubarb berry crisp was heavy duty on the crisp and low on the fruit. Dessert was too heavy-
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recent new GM, Ricardo, has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2009
    Recent new GM, Ricardo, has upgraded this old favorite to a foodie favorite. He and his top brass understands client relations. No need to decide on Sushi or Continental. Ocean Grill can compete with the NYC sushi restaurants. The pre-fixed menus are delicious and economically appropriate. After meeting Ricardo, my husband and I can't remember ever seeing the other GMs in the restaurant before Ricardo.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a repeat customer. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2009
    I am a repeat customer. My evening on May 21st was outstanding. Cold Veuve Cliquot and a tremendously fresh shellfish stack were a great start. Excellent dinners (soft shells prepared perfectly and scallops and bass that were fresh and cooked just right) and the desserts were delicious. We received a complimentary chocolate fondue which was fun. The staff was supremely friendly and attentive and each course was served promptly and with a smile.
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  • Unfortunately the service
    TomcatVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    Unfortunately the service was very poor. It took us almost 30 min (!) to get the water, our oyster order was lost, so it took another 15 min to have them served. The waitress repeatedly apologized for all the delays and mishapps; the service was obviously overwhelmed by the customer volume, unfortunately this made the dining experience a poor one. The food was great though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful after-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    We had a wonderful after-theater dinner. Sitting outside opposite the Museum of Natural History was delightful. The food was delicious and the staff attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another B-R Guest gem! As
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    Another B-R Guest gem! As a big fan of Primehouse NY, but not so crazy about Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill, I was not sure how I would find the Ocean Grill. I was really happy with the whole experience and will return soon. And I was particularly delighted because it was my mom's 90th birthday lunch, and they treated her like a queen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's great to still have a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    It's great to still have a romantic restaurant in the neighborhood that stands out. Great location and would have enjoyed eating out if it was a bit warmer. Food was very good - portion size was not overwhelming. The wait staff was turning over @ the time of our dinner so that was the only negative part of the dinner. Would definitely come back for a family affair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed Ocean Grill very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    I enjoyed Ocean Grill very much. The spicy crunchy shrimp sandwich was amazing! I will definitely go back to Ocean Grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic brunch. Had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    Fantastic brunch. Had the crabcake benedict; the home fries came out a little burnt, but the whole meal was very tasty. Brunch came with coffee/tea + juice/bellini/mimosa, etc. Would definitely go again for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for my birthday.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Went there for my birthday. The food was fabulous and the service great. I had a wonderful birthday.
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  • My family has been to Ocean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    My family has been to Ocean Grill four times since early April. We're almost reluctant to try another restaurant on the UWS. Among the best raw bars and seafood entrees in New York. Wine list offers very good choices under $60.00. The deserts, fantastic, all of them. The wait staff get's it done just right everytime. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great and well price.
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2009
    Food was great and well price. Didn't enjoy the sushi, but everything else was delicious. Service was good and professional. Everyone was very gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The seafood was excellently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2009
    The seafood was excellently prepared and nothing left on the plate. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was very crowded and chilly,
    SWABBY
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    It was very crowded and chilly, however, the mgr. made up for the shortcomings. Would definitely return on a not so busy day.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is our Favorite Restaurant
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    This is our Favorite Restaurant in NYC.Love the decor nice & relaxing Fantastic wines The food is always cooked to perfection I love their Tuna And their home made dessert's The service just doesn't get any better from the host Ricardo to our favorite waiter John They truly make you feel at home
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    The food was excellent, but the waitress was absolutely horrible. I would expect more for this type of establishment. When we told the manager, he told the waitress while we were still there which made it even more uncomfortable as she came to the table and said something. Manager should have bought us dessert b/c of this, especially when he knew it was our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we sat outside. I had been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    we sat outside. I had been inside previously and enjoyed a lot more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place was so dark I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    The place was so dark I had to get a flashlight to read the menu. I will never go there again despite the great food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As I live in the UK, this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/7/2009
    As I live in the UK, this is only the third time I have visited this restaurant. That said I always try to get up there when on vacation in New York. I have always found the fish to be excellent. This is complemented by comprehensive (but not overlong) wine list that includes both new and old world quality at prices to suit all pockets. Service was very good too. My wife and I had a great evening. All the more important for me, as I only arrived that afternoon. Though our table was booked for 8 p.m., my body clock was at 1 a.m. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To celebrate the birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/7/2009
    To celebrate the birthday of a special friend, I wanted to dine at a restaurant that offered excellent food in a lively yet non-frenetic environment, and where the decible level easily enabled normal conversation across the table. I found it all at the Ocean Grill on the night! Moreover, the service was helpful, knowledgeable, crisp and timely and I didn't have to mimic a Bermudian traffic officer to get the staff's attention. I chose scollops from among the four specials offered and found it prepared to perfection in a sauce that was exquisite both in flavor and texture. I didn't get away without some injury although it was self inflicted. I decided to break my diet and have the cheesecake dessert. It was worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hadn't been to Ocean Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    I hadn't been to Ocean Grill in over a year; and I had forgotten what a wonderful dining experience it is at this restaurant. We shared a tuna/salmon tartare that was wonderful. Then I had the tuna...It was pure perfection! OUr dinner was completed with an incredible chocolate dessert. Just a fabulous evening. And the piece de resistance was a little goody bag with an homemade pastry that made a wonderful breakfast treat. Ocean Grill is tops on my list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came 15 minutes earlier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    We came 15 minutes earlier than our reservation but we were seated within minutes -- that was good. However, the service needs to be more "on the ball". For example, we ordered raw oysters and when they came, they were just plopped down with no explanation of which was which. Additionally, we ordered lobsters -- no finger bowl, extra napkin or bib was offered (this should be standard especially since it IS a seafood restaurant)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a very enjoyable restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2009
    This is a very enjoyable restaurant when you want seafood. They have a good selection among the raw bar, and their menu is varied and interesting. We tend to go on more special occasions, because we really rack up a big bill when we go. It could be enjoyed on a cheaper budget, but we enjoy everything their too much and become gluttonous. The wait staff is very well trained and knowledgeable. BR Guest does a good job in that regard. My great complaint is that it is too noisy. It is very bothersome to me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food to value ratio is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2009
    The food to value ratio is not very good. Unfortunately, this is one of the few B.R. Guest misses
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just adore the seafood cobb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/27/2009
    Just adore the seafood cobb salad - even though it wasn't on the prix fixe menu, which is a REAL bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delic-e-so!!! The food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2009
    delic-e-so!!! The food was wonderful and the weather was perfect for outside dining. Always a favorite. I prefer outside or eating in the bar room. I do not care for the restaurant ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2009
    This restaurant was great! The waitress was so sweet and very knowledgeable of the menu! The food was excellent and I would definitely go there again!
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    romantic
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  • We enjoyed our last evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/22/2009
    We enjoyed our last evening in NYC with dinner at Ocean Grill. Plenty of choices for our 2 kids, delicious appys, entrees and wine for my husband and me. The shrimp dumplings were nicely prepared and flavorful, and the oven-roasted Chilean Sea Bass was delicious. My husband raved about the rich lobster bisque. Molten chocolate was the perfect ending. Service was abundant and attentive. We came on Earth Day, and came home to Massachusetts with some wildflower cards to plant; a nice touch, as a favor of sorts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything about the restaurant
    emmaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2009
    Everything about the restaurant is great but it was very noisy. I could hardly hear my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • went for brunch, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2009
    went for brunch, excellent value and very good food, they didnt rush us even though it was very crowded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 of us had brunch at Ocean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2009
    4 of us had brunch at Ocean Grill on Sunday and except for the noise-it was very busy- it was great. The food was excellent, the prices very reasonable and the service was very good. Bruch for 4 with drinks, entree and cofee was $85. For NYC that's a bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ocean Grill never disappoints.
    fit2eatVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    Ocean Grill never disappoints. The food, especially the seafood, is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The dinner was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    The dinner was wonderful. I had the scottish salmon w/bok choi and my wife had the seared tuna w/brussels sprouts - the tuna was better IMHO but both were good. Tim S. was an outstanding attentive waiter. We will come again. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the meals my companions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/17/2009
    While the meals my companions and I had were very well prepared and served, I would not return as it was difficult to make conversation with the thump, thump, thump of the 'music' emanating from too many speakers, eight by my count. Rather than turn the volume down, the manager suggested we should speak louder! One does not expect a cathedral-like quiet in any restaurant, but one-size-fits-all music to which no one is really listening is an abomination.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our fifth visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/15/2009
    This was our fifth visit to Ocean Grill. We come into town from New Haven, CT and love to lunch there. This time we were joined by friends visiting from England. We chose the restaurant because we were sure it would be a good experience for them too and it was!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • First time at the Ocean Grill,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2009
    First time at the Ocean Grill, based on recommendations from OpenTable Diners. We found the seafood menu diverse but selective,local and international; and the preparation careful, simple, hearty and catch-of-the day fresh in the best Mediterranean and American shore traditions. Presentations were beautiful with contrasts in color and texture. My companion declared the plateau of cherry stone clams perfect. We both found the dorade delicately grilled and generously portioned. The quality/price ratio cannot be beat, especially in a stylish ship-meets-grill ambiance that is architecturally sweeping, yet intimate and amazingly quiet for private conversation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was at least my 7th or
    bfrac
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    This was at least my 7th or 8th time dining at the Ocean Grill. The food and service are excellent and I will continue to come back when in NY. I have dined with friends, with my husband, and alone and it has always been excellent, whatever the occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2009
    Very good food and excellent service, nice decor and atmopshere. The Hazelnut Banana Mousse on the dessert menu turns out to be a trio that was excellent. Also important in New York was the ease of obtaining a cab outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate