Oceana

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$31 to $50
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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. Recently hired Chef Bill Telepan has instituted an entirely new menu with a twist on modern seafood classics!

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 Chef's table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80.
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AM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was at best, average. I did not feel that there was anything special about the restaurant or the food! The actual portions were tiny, but that was fine since nothing left me wanting more.

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the restaurant, staff and food, the calamari and the bass , not to be missed. However if you do plan to go this time of year leave an extra hour early. Traffic to get there is horrible it's very close to the tree

CC
Memphis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal. i can count three separate instances where staff went out of their way for us. The manager even stopped by for a great conversation and comped us a glass of wine for our birthday celebration.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Oceana delivered the same patient and warm service we have always received, and we had a lovely time. The food we did have was prepared well and served well. But I have to say that the menu lacked the inspiration it used to reflect. I had the truffles, which were fine. But by and large, the menu offered simple styles and selections that you would expect of lesser restaurants. It did not rise to the level we have happily become accustomed to.

k
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is grand, the food delicious and the service top notch! A great spot for a special night out.

SM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A good friend recommended this as a great place for pre theater dinner. The room was beautiful, and our server was great. The food seemed to be equally great BUT it took so long to get our food that we really could not enjoy it and then had to run to our show. We took a very early reservation to avoid just this result. Our server was very very apologetic, but the issue was the kitchen-not her.

PC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service and very good food. The price point is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Great place to get a "fancy" meal around Time Square.

VA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Oceana was truly outstanding. I would highly recommend this dining experience!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far our best meal during our one week stay in New York! Not only was our server OUTSTANDING, the food was beyond expectations. Our server was very accommodating with my dairy allergy, and a wine specialist came over and recommend a fabulous wine. My fiancé and I started off with the mixed green salad (very fresh and well dressed) and for entree we ordered the swordfish which was amazing and extremely well balanced! You MUST come here during your visit to New York, you won’t be disappointed!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. We had a tight time situation for a play but the staff was amazing in making dinner great even rushed.

LM
Northern MI
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre-theatre dinner birthday celebration. Understated decor. Lively bar crowd. Good food and service. Convenient to theatre district and staff is mindful of theatre schedule. Innovative cuisine.

DA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oceana was great! My aunt comes in to town once a year and we get lunch in the area, Oceana was easy to make a reservation and the food is delicious. Service was great even though it was really crowded. I also enjoy that it is a higher-end restaurant, but still won't break the bank if you order accordingly. The only negative was that it was a bit loud (but only because business is hopping!).

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oyster selection and quality was great. Service was amazing. Great wine selection.

L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great venue. ‘Nuff said.

BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Grilled porgy was really bad. The fish was either old or had been frozen or both and had lost its taste and texture and color. I should have sent it back. Unforgivable in a high-end fish restaurant. The creamed spinach was barely creamed, tasted sour.

R
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal never disappoints and your staff is always attentive.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

cauliflower steak entree was good but they should have been much more generous w portion at $29!

nice touch to start w complimentary butternut squash shot of soup

could be great or not so great depending on entree chosen...

waiter could have been more enthusiastic and complete when describing entrees - ive had sea bass w head and tail on before but not served in the round! hard to manage!

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Oysters where so succulent and along with the halibut and scallop ceviche what a start. The drinks are awesome and well made. Overall a great place for a special evening with friends and family.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome!!! Would totally come back again!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive but good

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

My family of 4 was in NYC to participate in the Macy’s Parade and to enjoy the holiday in the City. We made 6:15 pm reservations to attend an 8:00 performance of Hamilton on Broadway, and made that clear on the Open Table reservation, as well as with the hostess and our waitstaff. WE WERE NEVER SERVED OUR MEAL. The restaurant was probably 75% capacity with many empty tables, and there were no guests waiting for tables...we ordered promptly, eventually were served our salads and our oyster appetizers, but at 7:30, we still did not have our main course (the server was not sure if the food had been started yet!). After speaking with the manager, we left for the show without dinner! The manager simply said they had unanticipated volume and were running way behind (again, the restaurant was maybe 75% full with no wait for a table on a Friday night, so it is unclear why they were not prepared?). After traveling all over the world and eating at countless nice places (including this restaurant years ago), I’ve never not been served dinner. Unbelievable.

S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We had a wonderful pre theater dinner with an excellent waiter named Pilo (unsure of the spelling)

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest oysters ever! Sommelier was excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ambiente tranquilo y con un servicio super atento. Recomendable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Seated 45 minutes beyond Thanksgiving reservation (4 adults 2 children).

Servers forgot drinks, placed food at wrong location and poured wrong drinks into glasses.

Food presentation was beautiful, but was not eaten by most. Either not seasoned or simply inedible. It was odd to have only 2 of 6 desserts eaten because the flavor was awful. The s’mores and gelato were the only wins. The wind and coffee were the best part of the meal. The experience was an absolute disappointment.

$800 was a bit much for the meal.
Fixed price adult $88 and child $50.
Extras were Adult drinks for 3, coffee, dozen oyster and side shrimp fried rice made with wild rice-awful).

I would never return nor refer friends/family to this establishment.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent staff and food!

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would recommend, but not enthusiastically. We waited 40 minutes for our reserved table. I

liked my meal, but tasted my daughter's turkey and stuffing, which were just OK. The wine was excellent and at $55 for a sparkling white (Nino Franco) was reasonable, and my manhattan was very good as well, although rather medium in size, but $23 is way over the top for a single drink. I also couldn't taste the tuna tartar in my appetizer. The halibut was very good. My dessert was excellent.

All of this being said, it was a Thanksgiving dinner, and the place was packed. I was happy to get the reservation for 5 of us.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Thanksgiving

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This might be a great sea food restaurant. The oysters and tuna tartar we had were excellent. The Thanksgiving dinner was not good. The turkey and dressing were bland, the Brussels sprouts were mushy - just not good at all.

BB
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food and venue were excellent. Being Thanksgiving Day, the staff were great. We sat at the bar till our reservation and guest arrived. The restaurant was packed, yet the food was delicious. It was a limited set menu that everyone had a favorite choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Kudos to the management for excellent wait & kitchen staff.

C
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience4

Disappointed in this place for Thanksgiving Dinner. We were visiting from out of town and made reservations. We showed up for our reservation only to be told all tables were full and there was no idea when we would be seated. We had a show to get to and were in a time limit. They had began to set tables in the lounge/bar area. Those tables were nice, however very irritating to be from out of town and make reservation to only have that reservation not accommodated. We would have chosen a different restaurant for dinner knowing walks in were getting tables before reservations.

AT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I like this spot they were very helpful and the food was good. I'm a quadriplegic and I was out alone and my host was very helpful, he cut up my food just good enough for me to get it went out his way to make my dinner and success

R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, even with a holiday menu. Can't wait to go back for the regular menu.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner here was delicious! My husband had traditional turkey with the classic trimmings of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts etc. Mean while I had halibut. Desserts and the appetizers were fantastic!

w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Incredibly overbooked for Thanksgiving Day. We waited for 30 minutes pst our reservation and then we suggested that we eat at the bar. Which was fine. Great service spectacular food. Table turn around was awful. The host station folk were patient and helpful, but of course could not pry slow eaters or longer getting patrons out of their seats. Will certainly be back. Probably not on a holiday.

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We loved the food here (and drinks we ordered at the bar.) Servers, wait staff were amazing too but .... We made a reservation weeks in advance for Thanksgiving dinner here for two. And even if we had our reservation we had to wait for a table for more than an hour. We also had an event scheduled after the dinner and we couldn’t be late for that show.... so we had to rush to eat our food.... we were worried that we would not make it on time and we didn’t really order what we wanted but what we though would come the soonest from the kitchen. And we wanted to stay longer and enjoy this place and it’s kitchen but we couldn’t since there was no extra time for it. This part was very very disappointing

KK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The PreFixe Thanksgiving menu had a nice selection and the food was fantastic. The waiter made me feel very unwelcome and never returned to my table to see if I wanted coffee when the dessert was served. As this is my favorite part of dining out, I was enormously disappointed after having a nice cocktail and meal.

UG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant and food. Just had to wait very long even had reservations .. but all worth it!

PE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, prices were appropriate for dish creativity and taste. Great staff!