Oceana

4.6
5196 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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a
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
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!

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

SR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
4 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
68 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.

OT
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu with an impressive selection of fresh oysters, interesting appetizers and fresh fish. Dover sole prepared in a classic meuniere style was heavenly. Yellow tomato gazpacho soup tasty and unique. Expensive but well worth it.

PL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, elegance without being pretentious, great food and a wine list to match, highly recommend!

ND
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food , service, atmosphere , close to theatres and Times Square!

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for Oysters, pasta, and fish all delicious I also ordered a bottle of a chablis to paired all my courses. I and friend loved it.

Service was nice, they know what they doing.

great location and the atmosphere was so nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating getting an engaged

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. We weren’t very hungry, so we had only the risotto entree. It was very good. A little noisy in there, but it’s location near the theatre was a big plus for us.

S
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the great fish and beautiful atmosphere for an excellent business lunch. The service was friendly and professional.

MN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and the ambiance were very good. Sadly, our waiter was only mediocre.

C
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar, service was excellent. We had a selection of oysters very good. The place it’s beautiful. We definitely will go back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere.

HF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oceana is unique in my experience in balancing a great venue -- soaring ceilings, natural light from the windows on West 49th Street, elegant decor -- with an interesting menu, thoughtful, personal service, a buzzing bar scene, and good food. Cocktails are beautifully made and the roster changes with the right frequency, so I usually find something new to discover. The front of the house is first rate, too -- everything runs smoothly. It is perfect for pre-theatre -- even with a 7:00pm curtain, if you mention the timing to the staff you can be confident you will be out the door at the right time. I have never had the prix fixe theatre menu, but that looks interesting. There's also a nice bar menu - a great spot for a lobster roll at the bar. I love the place and look for excuses to go there. There is usually something to be curious about on the menu -- I just tried the Lobster Bolognese, and it was remarkable; lightly sauced. Go.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended! Everything we had was delicious including the house-infused cucumber vodka. The pre-theater menu was terrific, service was superb.

JH
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, but a limited menu and way overpriced. I’ve been there during the week - better menu selection and prices much more reasonable.

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

Food was OK but not great as we had expected and read from the reviews. The foie gras was experienced as it was some sort of pate. The soft crab shells were swimming in a oily sauce. The porgy certainly didn't deserve a 50 dollars price. Service was excellent

JB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing versus expectations. Sent Shrimp Cocktail back...fishy smelling and tasting.

They didn't manage the time well and we ended up rushing to eat to make our show reservation that we told them about at the very beginning.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Bryn was our server and was delightful. Strongly recommend.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is not really prepared for a breakfast service.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! The food had wonderful flavors, service excellent, our table was outside overlooking the ocean.
Our reservation was at 7p on a weeknight... it was more crowded when we were leaving so I suggest earlier is better to get a table with the ocean view.
Highly recommend!!

H
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with a sure to impress ambience and gracious staff. Gave the impression they were happy to serve and make your visit memorable. I had halibut, very tender with complimentary veggies and sauce for just the right taste. We enjoyed vanilla panna cotta for dessert that had cake, berries and a delightful cream mix. It was a dreamy experience. Felt like Cinderella when it was over and time for the theater

K
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience was exceptional. Service, ambiance, cocktails, wine and the food! We had a table of 6 and there was something for everyone. Seafood was very fresh. Seabass, trout, lobster, oysters, pasta and so much more. Chef Bill brings such an intense passion and love to food that every dish comes out perfectly. The synergy on the line and with the front of house team is so in sync. It was a memorable dinner from start to finish. Grateful!

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding! staff is amazing ! Coming back soon.

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