Oceana

4.6
4647 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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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Private dining
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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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
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Special events & promotions
For Private Dining inquiries please contact Senta Connolly at 212 759 5989 or
privateevents@oceanarestaurant.com.
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

Private Dining

Oceana can accommodate seated groups of from 4 to 250 guests and up to 500 guests for a standing reception.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KS
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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A
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service.

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z
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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LB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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l
Washington DC
350 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was awesome

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S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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BW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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c
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty but small portions.

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OT
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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H
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner, excellent service and great energy

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JK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 35th anniversary pre-theater and were treated royally. Highly recommend!

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant near Times Square - excellent food and ambiance and service. One of our favorites - will definitely return.
Highly recommended!!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and the device was excellent, just a bit noisy

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AC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Chef and his team one of the best I ever experience

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P
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant atmodphere with servants of the most professional level.

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AW
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

VERY FRIENDLY WELCOME, EXTREMELY HELPFUL, FRIENDLY AND COURTEOUS WAITPERSON. SUPPORT PEOPLE TOOK EXCELLENT CARE OF US AT DINNER. FOOD WAS VERY GOOD.

OF SPECIALNOTE, IS THEIR REASONABLY PRICED PRE-THEATRE DINNER. NICE SIZE PORTIONS AND A GOOD VARIETY OFDISHES TO CHOOSE FROM.

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LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

We have eaten in this restaurant several times but this last visit did not go well at all. I ordered a salad for my appetizer and not one server came over to ask if I would like fresh pepper on it. Yet, they did go to the people seated two tables over from us. Secondly, we ordered a pasta dish and I had to ask if they had parmesan cheese , then it was finally brought to us. Lastly, our desert was brought to us and, again I had to ask if we could get a cup of coffee . This is an upscale New York restaurant and I was terribly disappointed in the service. I do think that one of the problems is that you do not have a specific waiter. One person took our order, another person brought our main course, and another person brought our desert. I really feel very bad about this experience. I had even given my boss a two hundred dollar gift card yo Oceana as a Christmas gift. We will think twice about returning to Oceana .

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b
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was superb. Food was very good. Prices were high, particularly the wine list which is extensive. Would recommend the fish specials for sure.

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LP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff and their service made for a delightful pre theater dinner along with some of the tastiest seafood dishes ever enjoyed in the Big Apple. Looking forward to another opportunity to trying some of the other menu enticements on the next visit which won't be too long from now.

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OZ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For a big-budget client dinner, they delivered well.

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PM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spacious room, salads at lunch were fresh and tasty. Salmon Burger and Lobster Roll also terrific. Staff super accommodating and quick service. Thank you.

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