Oceana

4.6
5670 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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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipChristinaL
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined a day 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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Liv2Eat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day 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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Large restaurant with mediocre food at a high price

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HisHonor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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.

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LisaM
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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.

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MalcolmR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving prix fixe. Great service!

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1of9million
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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

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RonaldS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.

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CathyB
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious - - really enjoyed the dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Overall we were extremely disappointed with the meal. We have been to Oceana numerous times and this time it was over priced and overall service was lacking.. We certainly understand having to wait for a meal but when it came out and it was lukewarm at best, as well as my friends halibut being dry, it will be awhile before we return.

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birthdaydinner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I have been here 3 times and I really love the food, wine and ambience. Now, Yesterday, we had a little problem with our orders and it was delayed by 1hrs and half. However, they did try to handle it the best way they cook by ordering small starter plates and remove some items of the check. It is because of adjustments I will definitely come back and enjoy another night at Oceana.

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Christine
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really good restaurant with good food. Loved the price and options on the theater pre-fixe menu. Service was friendly, attentive and fast.

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michaeld
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Are at bar as we could not add a person to our reservation. Service was fair at best, felt like a ghost. Abb they forgot to put our preshow order in and the had to eat in a rush

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CandaceB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had a reservation and seated quickly upon arrival. Beautiful place. Waited several minutes for water and bread. Ordered from the Theatre menu trio and selected fried calamari, grilled swordfish and the orange creamsicle parfait. The calamari arrived hot, with a nice crunchy coating but the calamari itself was slightly rubbery and had no flavor whatsoever. The grilled swordfish was however, delicious and very flavorful as were the puréed potatoes and broccoli rabe that accompanied it. The temperature of the swordfish and sides was lukewarm and most likely sat in the window before arriving to the table. Dessert was small but tasty and the orange creamsicle flavor was reminiscent of childhood. Service was below average and my waiter never asked me if my food tasted good and he was gone for long periods of time. It is true he had other tables, several that came and left before me but had arrived after me. I had to ask for my check along with requesting my dessert as it was getting close to the time of my Broadway show. Overall great food and below average service. Just based on service alone, I would not return.

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vipSusanL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always excellent. You must try the salmon burger!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Broadway dining. It was perfect. Delicious with a cool atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than it being loud loved the restaurant. Great food and service. Reservation was honored on time.

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robbinN
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, food was great, service was excellent. The place to go before seeing a show.

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SusanJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was okay but not hot enough. Portions were quite small. Cocktails extremely expensive.

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KMDC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were headed to a Broadway show and ordered from the theater menu. The food was cold. Service excellent

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vipBestExperience
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. We checked in at 6:00 and hostess asked if we had show at 8:00 which we said yes. We waited 15 minutes for waiter to order drinks and food. When he showed, there was no hello or nothing except "sorry for delay, are you ready to order?". After waiting for 20 minutes, we asked waiter to check on appetizers and if its not ready in next 5 minutes, just to cancel appetizers and bring main course since we didn't want to rush between courses. Waiter didn't come back to let us know about when we will get our first course. Appetizers came but waiter didn't come back to check and see if we needed anything else.... When main course came, our fish was room temperature but didn't want to send it back since it could take longer to get new course.

I would not recommend or would I go back to Oceana.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner and a play!

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vipKaySG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our server did not get us our food in a timely way even thought he knew we were going to the theater. We had to turn back our salads and race to the theatre. The food was fabulous.

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 5670 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.