Oceana

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Seafood
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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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant in every way!

PG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The waiters and the sommelier were knowledgeable and helpful. I had the melon “pavlova” for dessert. It’s preparation at the table was a spectacular piece of performance art resulting in one of the best desserts I have ever had.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was average at best, will not go back

1
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre menu was delicious and reasonable. Had the wine tasting too. Really lovely experience!

J
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of New York's great restaurants. Impeccable service, outstanding and creative food , extensive wine list and a perfect location for a pre-theatre meal. Just a wonderful place.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we were treated like valued guests, despite this being our first visit.
The drinks at the bar were delicious, the menu varied, the help from the sommelier in choosing a wine was politely chosen from our price range, and the dinner was superb.
I will definitely return.

z
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary daily accomplishment - to serve so many people such good food at high but reasonable prices. Service is especially accomplished but discreet.

G
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. A nice selection for the fixed price lunch

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks, ambience and service were terrific.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were sat in the back room which is not as nice as the front dining room

RM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar from top to bottom, from the front desk to dessert, as always. Elegant yet comfortable. The food seems to grow better all of the time if that’s even possible. Chef Bill finds new ways to compliment the freshest seafood without drowning it in heavy sauce, delicate seasonings are spot on. Trout appetizer and entree are incredible as is the halibut. Always excellent wine pairing recommendations and fabulous creative and substantial cocktails. Don’t miss the Chocolate Bar dessert with peanut butter, it is extraordinary. One of our favorite places to keep returning to in Manhattan. Don’t miss it.

OT
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

even though the fish is very good and the atmosphere is pretty, it is disappointing compared to the quaint, small, romantic prior Oceana in Midtown area.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dinner menu is tasty and good value, service and ambiance very pleasant -

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Service was A-mazing - you felt like the only table in there

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So everyone should come here for the SEAFOOD and guess what, it will not disappoint.
PROS
Great food
Great service

CONS
Not a good date spot as its not too romantic. Clientle appears to be corporate. All blue suits, etc.

CK
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cuisine and impeccable service.
Highly recommend.

RC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and wine were very good (if a bit pricey). However, the service was surprisingly poor. We ate early on a Thursday night with only a light crowd. The waiter was a bit aloof and disappeared after the dessert. We had a to ask for a second cup of coffee and again for the check. The waiter finally brought the check and returned the credit card slip without a word. There was an abundance of waitstaff, but most of them seemed more interested to talk among themselves than service customers.

PR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistent and terrific

CS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Luis is a wonderful person! We will ask for him to be our waiter next time, which will happen again. All of wait staff were superb! Food was 5 star plus. A great experience for our 45th anniversary!

a
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing night. Was treated like family when we came in the door and the night just kept getting better. Lisa, the bartender was pleasant and accommodating. Food was awesome and service was top notch. Everything so fresh and exceeded expectations. Loved the night!

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and service was unmatched. Felt like a king and ate like one too.

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Oceana for a client dinner. Loved the menu options, and the lobster pasta I had was fantastic.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They got my dessert order wrong and never checked on us. By the time they came back we were nearly late for our show. Since they served me something I was allergic to, I did not eat it however still got charged the full prefix menu cost. I wasn’t looking for a comp, I actually wanted dessert. They just seemed very distracted for a restaurant that was only 50% full.

SR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding prix fixe lunch menu. Delicious and a great value.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oceana does a fantastic job. Every item was perfectly thought through and the fish was (and always is) fresh. Thank you!!!!

B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were great, the only down side was the noise. There happened to be a very loud lady whose was very disturbing., so I regrettable gave a low grade for noise.

UW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place, get a booth and it is also reasonably quiet. Exceptional waitstaff, nice menu, convenient location for midtown meetings and theatre.

u
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Dined here because I had been here a few years ago and enjoyed it. Will not be back. The service is attentive however they could not get our orders right. The food quality is poorer than other restaurants at this price point.

The noise at lunch, even when the restaurant is not full, is so loud you cannot hear your dining companions.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service
Best Oysters around

E
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!!

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso todo

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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding! I’ve eaten here several times. Food is always excellent. Oceana is not my favorites in NYC and definitely my favorite seafood option in midtown!

LH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and best risotto I’ve ever had!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience

FF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every aspect of our time at Oceana was lovely. Our table was ready when we entered and the hostess asked if we had theatre tickets and the time, so they could be sure to time our meal accordingly. Which they did with the perfection of a long- studied establishment. We were asked but not pressured about cocktails -we didn’t want to be tired for our show so declined. The choice to order some dishes as either appetizer or entree sizes was very nice. We chose to order two entrees and share. Each came split to two plates, so we could enjoy the beauty of the playing as well as the food. We shared the lobster bolognese, which was perfectly seasoned with a floral tarragon and lobster chunks, with a perfectly cooked half a lobster tail on top, and followed with the sautéed soft shell crab, topped with lemon-included squash ribbons with a crisped potato slice on the side. The crab was meaty and perfectly seasoned with a savory sauce. This was a perfect amount of food for two hungry people with small to moderate appetites.
The amuse-bouche of a cold cucumber soup, garnished with pearls of garlic oil (perhaps grape seed oil?) was refreshing and not overly herbed. Both the coffee and espresso were delicious and even though we didn’t have room for dessert we were served a sweet finish of a tiny raspberry candy and an equally small but delicious lemon merengue. The entire meal was fabulous and, while the noise was deafening in the bar are, the glass wall (which matches the curtains) helped keep the noise level in the dining room to a level where we could carry on a conversation without yelling. It helped that we were seated adjacently, rather than across the table.
We found the prices to be on par or even reasonable for a high end restaurant in New York, but do not mistake that to be “cheap” by any standard.
Overall, a really wonderful meal, service and food. We highly recommend you dine at Oceana and we will do so again.

MM
Baltimore
78 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Oceana for a pre-theater dinner based solely on the reviews on OpenTable. It was fabulous. The decor is very pretty with a lot of wood, tables that are far enough apart that you don't have to worry about overhearing the next table's conversation and nice lighting, unlike the typical pre-theater restaurant in the area. The service was impeccable - our server was aware that we were going to the theater and made several recommendations that would get us out in time. We especially loved the pre-theater menu which featured three courses with a variety of options at a incredibly low price point. Everything was very tasty and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Oceana will be our go-to pre-theater restaurant from now on.

AE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Manhattan's best restaurants

AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prime time midday and yet the service was good, the food was fresh and the overall experience was wonderful. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a lunch meeting in midtown.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cantaloupe pavlova was amazing!

DE
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looking for a restaurant near the Hilton and a friend did not eat meat, so settled on Oceana. What a wonderful find. Nice selection of food and a range of options. My friend and I enjoyed our meal. It was a Monday night, so not so busy, but we had a couple busy tables near us. I'd visit it again.

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