Oceana

4.6
5683 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992.

Oceana delivers a fresh, seasonal, innovative and approachable seafood-forward menu, with additional offerings suitable for any palate.

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, our new Chefs Counter for 6, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80. Full buyouts are also available.
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Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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JohnH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and overall experience. Dining room is loud, but energetic. High quality meal right near the Rockefeller Tree - great holiday experience!

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KimberlyP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

65th Birthday dinner. Did the tasting menu with wine pairing! Spectacular food and sublime wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was by far the worst dining experience at this level restaurant EVER. Service was extraordinarily bad (we waited a very long time before our waiter showed up at our table after we were seated, waited forever for our drink order to come in, and continued to wait for every course of a 4 course tasting menu). We ordered the chef tasting menu with wine pairing. The presentation was off (food arrived before the sommelier had shown up to introduce himself and tell us about our wine options/recommendations. Mind you we waited a long time for the first course to arrive; generally the sommelier was as informative/engaging as a turnip. He was literally just going through the motions with an attitude that conveyed the message that he wished he was elsewhere). The rest of the courses were late (wait staff did apologize for the delay at some point midway through the 2d course). Taste wise and presentation wise I and my 3 guests rate the food as a 1 out 5. Terrible. We were there to celebrate my cousin’s 50th birthday. The entire experience was so very disappointing, especially given the hefty price tag. I have frequented this restaurant several times over the last several years. NEVER again.

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vipRupert
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice welcome, good checking on vaccination status before being guided to our booth. Waiter was patient with us & explained our options. The food was off the church n superbly delicious as was the quality of all our drinks. We ALL (4) of us were impressed by everything. For 2 it was first visit, us Third & will return again without question. A wonderful dining expérience.

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DavidP
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was before our play. Asked about timing as we arrived, sensitive to it throughout. Food was extraordinary, service to match. The waiter brought out a complimentary birthday cake for my wife and immediately boxed it so we could make the play. Very much enjoyed the entire experience.

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TheatreLover
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here before going to the theatre and everything about the restaurant was first class. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was fast, attentive and knowledgeable, and the ambience was terrific. I would highly recommend Oceana to anyone looking for an exceptional meal while in midtown Manhattan in and around the theatre district.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The only surprise was that the red wine was served cold. Never been to a restaurant of this quality that would even consider serving it that way. All else was truly a great experience.

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ArtR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, branzino with mole was best I every had, big but tasteful restaurant, excellent service, highly recommend

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JohnG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scottish Salmon was divine. We sampled an array of the appetizers, all were delicious.

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vipfoodie2301
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have been here numerous times. Normally it is very good. Never a great value but usually an outstanding meal. This time, lunch, I had the Oyster Po-Boy. It was a fancy hot dog bun with a slit down the middle and a couple fried oysters jammed into the slit. My wife had the pasta. It is what she usually has but it was not as good as previous visits. We were there around 2pm so maybe it was time of day but Oceana was way off from past visits and I didn't like the seasonal items on the menu.

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RickH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Noisy Waiter delivered the wrong drink to my friend The branzino and halibut were tasteless Not bad, just boring We will not return

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vipFbidhk
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Latkes were fabulous but could be just a tad larger.

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Sarita19th
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and fortunately we arrived early so we could enjoy the beautiful bar scene. It was lively, and joyous on a Tuesday evening in Nov. ! The 3 of us enjoyed our fish meals greatly. We would return, even if only for drinks.

JM
JenniferM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The space is great, albeit very noisy. Drinks were great. Fish was overcooked and subpar for a high end seafood restaurant

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Manabu
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The service was slow and the place was noisy — something about the acoustic of the structure. Other than that, a good place for business meetings. Decent food for high price.

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vipChristinaL
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding. First time dining at Oceana. It was highly recommended by our friends. Food and service were amazing. Plus it is a beautiful setting,.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful meal. New York’s finest seafood restaurant.

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Liv2Eat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Started off with Oysters which were pristine. We then shared the halibut ceviche and the salmon tartare. Entrees were the halibut and short ribs. Made room for the cheese plate for dessert. Everything was fabulous. Service was spot on and it is a knockout of a space.

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vipeatmorehalvah
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. We started with oysters which were incredibly briny and fresh. We shared a Halibut Ceviche and a Fluke Crudo. Also split a Lobster scampi linguine. The Grilled Branzino and hanger steak were equally amazing. Barely room for dessert but we managed to split a pistachio semifreddo which was sublime. Service was very professional. The place looked great. The renovation transformed the restaurant. We can’t wait to go back.

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say this is my all time favorite restaurant in NYC. This was my second time making reservations and I have only positive things to say. From the the delicious food that’s prepared so exquisitely to the cleanliness of the bathroom. If you live in nyc you definitely should book a reservation if you’re visiting do the same.

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vipCitygrl
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Large restaurant with mediocre food at a high price

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HisHonor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food we had -- halibut ceviche, striped bass crudo, squid ink pacheri, and pan seared monkfish -- was excellent. The only drawbacks were the noise level in the large open dining room and the delay in getting our entrees, which left no time for coffee, tea, or dessert before leaving for our play.

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vipDorothyC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Excellent food but very slow service. We went for a pre-theater dinner, with 5:30 reservations. While we were able to leave as planned at 7:30, there wasn’t time for dessert. The couple next to us arrived at 6pm, and by 7:20 they still had not received their main courses, so had to ask for the check to get to their performance on time, having only had appetizers. They were not happy. Nor were we , waiting at at least 45 minutes for our main courses. The kitchen obviously can’t handle a full pre-theatre crowd. Got the time being, I would not recommend this as a pre-theater choice unless you can make a 5:00 pm reservation. Recommended dishes: beet salad, monkfish, and chicken.

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clm75321
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. I take my mother here for oysters (which were great) and it felt like she had a fleet of people making sure she had everything that she needed. I highly recommend Oceana, I try to go every time we are in NYC

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Raffaella1122
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Visiting from out of town and we thought a nice Thanksgiving dinner in the city would be nice. Oceana advertised traditional Thanksgiving fare so we thought we would give it a try. The appetizers we got, celery chowder and the tuna tartare, were ok, but the portions were very small. The turkey platter was not good. It seemed as though it was processed turkey and it was very dry and with not much flavor. The gravy, which was very liquidy and poured all over the plate, was not good and ruined most of the food on it. The sweet potato purée was good as were the mashed potatoes. One person in our party got the baked cod and that was also good. The desserts were nothing special and they had run out of the pumpkin cheesecake. We had also asked for extra bread and they never brought it. The bill for three people was over $500 for a meal that probably was worth about $150 tops. Very disappointed with the quality and selection of the food, but I guess going to a seafood restaurant for a turkey dinner was probably not the best choice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Our Thanksgiving meal was good, but our experience was greatly marred by the adjacent table. The gentleman next to us had a football game playing on his phone at full volume for the entire meal. It was difficult to have a conversation because it was so intrusive. Management should never allow anyone to be so discourteous that it impacts the experience of other diners.

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RichardF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Despite having a booking we had to wait 30 mins before being seated, and that was after several prompts. No complimentary drink offered which would have helped the waiting.
Once seated service was pretty efficient and the food well cooked and well presented

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vipJane
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

For a restaurant this big to serve so many people so well on Thanksgiving Day, we felt was impressive and noteworthy on this, our first experience dining at Oceana. After some delay in being seated at the beginning, we shortly realized that wait was worth it. Once we had ordered and our food was served, we noted that there was excellent attention to detail in the preparation and presentation of the food, which lloed attractive as well as deliciously flavorful. One might have expected that by 7pm on a day when Thanksgiving dinner was being served from noontime until 8:30, that late in the day, some menu items would have run out. But that was not the case at Oceana last evening. We will certainly be back, since we love fish and live in midtown Manhattan and often attend concerts of classical music nearby. Kudos to Oceana for good food and good service. Jason was our friendly and helpful waiter.

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KayV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Drove all the way from Middlebury, CT but not worth it. Service not great, food was good nothing spectacular. Desserts were good. May be their regular menu would have been better than the Thanksgiving menu- not sure. Im definitely not returning.

LM
LisaM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Third Thanksgiving spent there worse service yet! 20 minutes with menu someone asked if we wanted bottle of wine and reluctantly took drink order. 45 in total before dinner order was taken. Husbands dinner came out very cold. But by time someone came by to ask if there was anything else we needed the rest of us were done eating. So he had mushrooms for dinner. The took of part of the dinner from menu but unacceptable service. Very disappointed. Generally a delightful dinner. Not last night.

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WJRobertson
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful decor, staff very friendly and attentive.Thanksgiving menu had a wonderful variety, and was delicious.

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OLIO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Great wine list with some surprising choices/values. Food disappointed--uniformly cold even when returned to kitchen for reheating. Tuna tartare was nice as was caesar salad.

MR
MalcolmR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The ambiance as Oceana is great. Love the bar. They handled our party of five with no troubles. The greeter was lovely and the wait staff was very attendant. The food...? I'm going to say it was us. We just didn't like any of it. Don't get me wrong, everything was cooked properly, but the combinations were weird and all of us found it off putting. I felt like the chef was trying too hard. You can't please everyone.

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vipthomasb
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding, service excellent. Wine list is extensive, but highly overpriced compared to retail and comparable restaurants. Highest markup I have noted. I belong to Ramey and other wine clubs. Four times the retail cost is over the top. We’re are not all hedge fund people

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Lizd
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service attentive without annoying. Loved the bright, open Floorplan

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I’m not sure our Thanksgiving meal was indicative of the restaurant on a usual basis but a $600 meal for 3 adults and 1 child should have had more care applied to the quality of the meat. The turkey appeared to have been left out for a long period of time and was hard to cut and barely palatable.

After the meal I decided to let the manager know via email and his terse reply ‘we served 500 meals and yours was the only complaint’ motivated this response. Not appropriate.

The staff was wonderful and decor very festive.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving prix fixe. Great service!

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1of9million
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

In terms of value, Oceana flops. The same meal for $50 in Manhattan would have been disappointing, but not unexpected. At $110, it should have been better. I prefer pasta al dente and vegetables firm, but the "risotto" was flat out undercooked and poorly flavored with add-on's rather than cooked-in's. High-quality cod was overpowered by sauce. The dessert seemed like a poor quality pre-packaged thawed item bought in bulk, worsened by throwing some kind of overly sweet preservative and crushed candy on it. The time between courses was much too long. The annex room at the west end of the restaurant where we were seated needs some additional decor to approach the overall 4-star ambiance that the main dining area earns. Each staff member was attentive and courteous.

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ErikL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very poor service, mediocre food and over priced. So many better options in NY.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, great service, and we could actually talk and hear each other. Dining room is a bit cold/austere, but otherwise everything was just right

FAQs

Oceana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 759-5941 ext. 1.

Oceana is rated 4.6 stars by 5683 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.