Oceana

4.6
4660 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Power Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30-10 am

Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-3 pm. Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm. Sunday Closed except for some holidays. (Mother's Day 5/13/18 open 1-9pm)

Raw Bar & Cafe Menu available continuously through the day.

Pre-theater dining please allow a minimum of 90 minutes.
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Phone number
(212) 759-5941
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Telepan
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Private party facilities
Oceana can accommodate seated groups of from 4 to 250 guests and up to 500 guests for a standing reception.
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Private party contact
Senta Connolly: (877) 261-1887
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Catering
Extensive off-site catering menu available, please view our website.
Please contact Stephanie Isaacs @ 212-759-5989 or
SIsaacs@oceanarestaurant.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th and 7th
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Public transit
Public transit stops;
B,D,D,V: 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center;
N,R,W: 49th Street
1: 50th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food everything delicious
Service was e cellemt
Nice to be able to have conversations
It is pricey so can not dine as often as I would like to

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service was excellent! Food was excellent! My party and I chose from the pre theater menu - all dishes were fresh and delicious. Ambience was sophisticated but relaxed. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

My son and I chose Oceana for its extensive seafood menu. It was a special occasion before going to the theater. We shared the trio of seafood starters which was excellent. My son had an array of oysters and soft shell crab for dinner. I had the halibut which was mild and delicious. We had a white savignon Blanca&Marc and Pinot Grigio to accompany our meals. We shared the rhubarb cake for dessert last o finish off the meal. A lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Oceana was an excellent restaurant in mid town. Wonderful choices of seafood. Excellent salads. Service was excellent.
Very comfortable surroundings.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The lobster bolognese was one of the best things I've eaten in NYC.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

A Michelin rated resturant, unbelievably tasty dishes, and the absolute best service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I am so happy I re-found you! Now we have a great restaurant to go to when celebrating special occasions and wanting for lobster. Everything was delicious, the wait staff was excellent and could not ask for more.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The place is beautiful, the service is outstanding, a typical of the theater district restaurants.

The gazpacho tasted better than the one I had in Madrid.
The Steak House sword fish was little salty and a very small portion.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Good food; very expensive

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Truly amazing!!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The wife and I needed a good spot before a show. Oceana was recommended and had a great pre-theater menu. I had the fried calamari - delicious - and bacon wrapped trout. Our server was very nice and attentive. My wife loved her calamari pasta. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Very tasty lobster roll sandwich. Not one of those mayonnaise filled ones. Lots of very tasty chunks of lobster with a bit of oil instead of mayo. Great kettle chips too!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

This was one of the best meals I have ever had! Every course was simply superb and the wine selected with help from the someleier was outstanding.

I haven’t looked in to the history of why the lost their Michelin star, but this was better than two star restaurants I have been to.

Food, wine, service, ambiance all excellent. Pricy, but you get what you pay for.

Sadly they are moving their reservations off OpenTable after August 6 2018.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

My girlfriend and I was at Oceana for the tasting menu with the executive chef Bill Telephan . There were 8 other guests. It was on Bastille Day and the menu emphasis was French. We and everyone else thought that everything was beyond extraordinary. Chef Bill was gracious, extremely friendly and especially funny. He is really a wonderful chef and person. Each dish was exceptional. We highly recommend Oceana and the once a month tasting menu in a very close setting with Chef Bill Telephan.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent service and very good food. We made a reservation for a pre theatre dinner and the waiter was aware of this and kept us on track for ordering so that we had plenty of time to get to the theatre promptly. The calamari was especially notable and the swordfish was quite good. Recommend this place for a nice dinner on a special occasion or a pre-theatre dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great service

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Best seafood in NY. Friends from out of town came in and we were looking for special place to go. It was a perfect night out. We highly recommend Oceana.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Oceana provided excellent service and outstanding food. You would be hard pressed to find a better seafood restaurant in manhattan. The quality of the food and wine was well worth the price. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent in all respects. Dover sole was outstanding.
Good wine selection. Great deserts. Definite first choice in mid town.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Went early for pre-theater. Nice quiet table, friendly and helpful waiter who said he would space out our 3 course "theater" menu. First course, (after some good bread) was great. I had 4 oysters and my wife had a very large order of Calamari. But then we waited, waited and waited for our mains. Finally a runner brought a second round of our first course; we sent him away asking where our mains were. We also flagged down our server. Many minutes later, the mains arrived. My wife's salmon was undercooked; my swordfish was overcooked. Clearly they screwed up. We got apolgies from the waiter and later from "Eric" and they took a good discount off the bill. Dessert and coffee were excellent. My ratings would be lower but they recognized they screwed up and tried to address it.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Good location, menu choices, preparation, service. Ideal for both business and personal get-togethers. Always on our list of restaurant options.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The grilled octopus, fried calamari for starters is terrific, had the swordfish and lobster on pasta the sauces are to die for.

Excellent

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Service and space were great. Food was average, and underwhelming considering the price.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Phenomenal as always , have been there numerous times and I always leave thinking Oceana is one of, if not the best seafood restaurant in NYC

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The service is outstanding as were the wine pairings. The food was a little mixed though - the chicken was excellent, the swordfish was very good (but the side chosen for it did not go with it well), and hanger steak was just alright. The desserts were also good.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Had drinks and dinner before show. Hostess and servers made sure we got to the show on time. Lobster entrees, calamari and oysters were all excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

excellent value if a bit pricey. Strong sense of fairness. All food is well-spiced and presented. classic not trendy

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

My wife and I live near Philly and always eat at Oceana when we visit NYC, which happens several times a year. The dover sole is great and the bananas foster was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great flavors along with pleasant attentive service. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great place for amazing seafood! Wonderful service....

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The waiter was awesome

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Just popped in while hanging out in the City and popped in on the fly. Food was great as always. I might have had the best soft shell crab ever on this particular occasion and the Blueberry Souffle for dessert was incredible. We also received some wonderful tips from the sommelier.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was superb. Our server Mina was awesome with great suggestions. The warm rhubarb cake for dessert was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I have been to Oceana before. While I have always been satisfied, this occasion was the best. The food arrived quite quickly. The salad I had was fresh and delicious. The fish (sea bass) was just outstanding, piping hot and cooked to perfection. The dessert of sorbet was excellent too. I thought the staff could have been a bit more accommodating by offering pepper etc. when the dishes came out. But I was able to request these items easily. On the whole, Oceana offers a great pre-theater experience.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This was our first visit to Oceana. I went with my wife as it was one of the pending 1st Quality Restaurants we have not been during the many years we live in NYC.
Despite that the service was very good and the Bar has a very nice atmosphere, we were disappointed with the quality of the food. We expected to have great seafood as this is the specialty of the Restaurant. The only outstanding plate we ordered was the Soft Shell Crab...delicious! The Porgy was just fair and the grilled salmon in the very lower level. We also ordered the Octopus as an appetizer but we sent it back due its unacceptable quality.
The desert we ordered was nothing special to emphasize.
The wine list is very good and the sommelier as well as the whole service was magnificent.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Tasty but small portions.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I want to start by saying that the whole staff was extremely kind and willing to accommodate. Ten plus years ago servers were far from either mentioned above in the city. It’s been a slow transition to good but nonetheless Louis was a 10!!!! Couldn’t have been nicer. My husband ordered the swordfish as listed on the menu. It was a 10!!!! I got the halibut modified and it wasn’t nearly as good, partially my own fault I’m sure for asking for it a different way. My daughter ordered a hamburger from the bar. It was burnt! She was really disappointed. Stuff happens so we let it slide. The manager walked by during our meal and commented on the giant crab coming out of the tank. He too was friendly and well mannered. All in all we would return.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Got a quick bite before theater ordering two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entrée and it was a good decision... got the baked oysters as my appetizer followed by their grilled octopus. Perfect!! I look forward to the next time

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Delicious dinner, excellent service and great energy

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