Oceana

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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Under the guidance of the Livanos family and 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, Oceana 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. Spring and Summer bring a 50 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chefs Table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80. Full buyouts are also available.
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OT
West Virginia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They did a great job of celebrating me and my good friend’s February birthday. The special dessert they gave us was delicious. And the suggested entree was so tasty.

k
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pedro took great care of us. Dinner was delicious as it always is at Oceana. We can't wait to return for another delicious meal.

B
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I've dined at Oceana several times...from its former location on E. 54th street to its present home. I think the fish is the best in the City. Always wonderfully prepared. This time, I was with 3 colleagues: one had the cod and I and my third friend had the halibut. It turns out, halibut is one of my favorites; and this was prepared perfectly. Service was professional; and once our wait-person understood we were not to be rushed, he was less intrusive. Oceana is expensive; and the wine list is quite high. However, there are a handful or reasonable wines by the glass.

SD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Out of many items on the menu on a Saturday night at only 8 pm. Alternatives were poor and prices excessive for quality and quantity.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience3

The portions are ridiculously small.

C
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable NY seafood restaurant for decades now. Excellent food and service. Nicely spaced tables and classy decor make this one of NYs best restaurants

S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Oceana was more expensive than good, but still pretty good. A waiter, though not our waiter, offered uninvited advice about what to order, but it was good advice. Some of the dishes were outstanding. Others were pretty good. All were more expensive than seemed justified.

LP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our steak came out cold. We sent it back to warm it up, but it was still cold. Everything was good

PP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We purchased the pre fixe theater dinner. The lobster and steak which we shared was delicious and the service was outstanding.

DR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oceana was amazing! The atmosphere was very inviting and tranquil. When we first arrived it was very busy and we were unhappy about our seating, they immediately answered our request and moved us to a more suitable location of the restaurant. The food was next to none when it comes to fish and seafood. We were extremely happy with every course and actually over ate because it was so good. The oysters were next to none and I’m
Still asking myself how we’re they so good.

RD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Did Valentine's dinner . Service was light but OK. Appetizer were great, oysters, jumbo shrimp, and the raw trio was perfect. Both of our fish dishes was cooked to perfection. Dessert also was good, but since it was Valentine's day, they should of had chocolate covered strawberries, at least a red carnation on the table plus some sort of heart cookie at end to celebrate the day.
Just another day in the big city . The atmosphere did match the event.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Valentine's day. They offered both a fixed menu and the standard a la carte. Had the lobster scampi with roe infused pasta. Had the raw bar appetizer sampler. Everything was delicious. If I had one complaint, put a bit more lobster meat in the dish for a perfect 5 star. Loved the appetizer sampler, cerviche was the best. Wine was excellent and reasonably priced.

Ambiance was excellent, waiter was even better. He was on the ball with everything, pre-med student going to Columbia. They did a really nice job at a "normal" NYC price (which is why the value can never be above a 3 out of 5 due to NYC prices), but I didn't feel gouged at all for what we got. Nice job all around, highly recommend.

D
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at a great place. I started with the Radio City Plateau and my wife had the shrimp bisque. Both excellent. I had the grilled mahi mahi and my wife had the halibut. Perfectly prepared. Ryan made us feel special by stopping by and sharing experiences. I highly recommend for seafood, service, wine and ambiance.

A
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely seafood restaurant for fine dinning but as in the past visit
I find that there are not enough seafood choices is good
Other than that is a very good restaurant and the service is very good too

PE
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

They slipped on the service last nite but did everything right to make up for it. Paul Mcloughlin and his team really know how to run a restaurant. And they outdid themselves. Dont bother with snooty le Bernadine. Try Oceana instead. You'll be glad you did.

U
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day celebration both times. Really enjoy the food and services.

w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated on time, nice table in the back where it is a little more quiet. Attentive service. Decent salad and oysters to start. Halibut was very good but not great... perhaps a bit overcooked. But overall a good night out.

LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful choice for date night. Impeccable food, service and ambiance. Also a good wine list.

PM
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gotta be the lunch deal of midtown....they offer a Soup/Sandwich Deal @19.00 that was delicious and a bargain, served at the bar or front cafe area only. Potato Leek soup and pastrami spiced smoked salmon Sammy! Delicious!

RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. My number one choice for pre-theatre.

DK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience. We had a great table and great service and food wonderful evening!

R
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Somewhat disappointed with the calamari.

RE
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for business meals. Good service and centrally located

F
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, exquisite, excellent, and extraordinary are just a few adjectives to describe the quality of the food, the service, and the ambiance.

RK
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upon arrival, the bar was lively and the main restaurant was on the quieter side. Within a half-hour though the whole place was quite full. Our meals and the service were both excellent. The pre-theater menu is an excellent value. As I was starting with the mixed greens, our waiter asked if I might want the spinach that comes with the fish cooked rather than having a second salad. It was perfect. Each course was well-timed. And Oceana is ever-so-close to Radio City Music Hall where we had tickets for the evening. We'll be back!

LN
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were outstanding. The wine list was amazing and we choose a Grillio from Sicily. My wife and I shared oysters and my meal was was bay scallops crude, my entree was roasted monkfish and we shared dessert. My wife ordered shrimp bisque and Scottish salmon as her entree. All in all we had a wonderful meal.

BG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Lets see . . . the waiter forgot to include the creamed spinach ordered in our order; then brought it 2/3 of the way through the meal after a reminder. And still charged for it. Then, ordered Tokaji, a desert wine, at the end of the meal. The wine is supposed to be served cold. Since the sommelier was opening a new bottle, I asked if it was cold. He said yes and that it had just been removed from the beer refrigerator . . . since the wine was warm, not even slightly chilled, he was not telling the truth. Would not go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely done as always

WT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oceana combines the best you could ask for- great food, great team, and great space. Always a great experience when dining there. Terrific mid-town location makes it easy spot to entertain.

PL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Selected the pre-theater menu plus wine pairing. Perfect for us.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!

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d
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Table-side preparation and de-boning of the dover sole was a work of art. Our waiter was totally on top of it -- friendly, professional, knew the menu and could offer sound recommendations, always attentive, quick to respond, and made us feel appreciated.
Food tastes were 4-star, not quite 5. My wife had steamed lobster and I had the dover sole. For a restaurant with the superior reputation (and expense $$$$) of Oceana, we were expecting just a bit better. I guess we're spoiled by the Philadelphia restaurant scene.
We'd give Oceana another try next time we're in NYC.

BB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the staff was very engaging and responsive. The food was excellent and prepared perfectly as well as presented pleasingly. We would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for an excellent meal which is close to the theater district.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Should have had the seafood and not the steak, what was I thinking? Wine list was extensive with a broad assortment of wines from around the world. Espresso was a disappointment had the body and taste of percolated coffee. The staff however were pleasant and attentive, especially the host.

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My customer told me that the hostess, and I use that term lightly, was rude to him upon his arrival. She was also less than charming when we asked her to be seated. Our server assured me that the anchovies on my entree would be removed..... they were not & @ $45 per entree I expect more.
Oceana supposedly one of the top seafood restaurants in the city...... I’m a huge pass. I expect more from a quality establishment. My experience was sub par.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

This restaurant is extremely overpriced. I guess they depend on the expense account crowd. Service was fine but food was mediocre and relatively small portions. Will never return.

CS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt and attentive service! Our meals were all excellent.

DX
London
62 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corina is the best!

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, and now they have added some vegan friendly choices in addition to the always great seafood options