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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Utica, NY

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
1376 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
At Ocean Blue we take our food seriously, but not ourselves. We are inspired to create a dining experience where our guests feel welcome and at home in our inviting setting to enjoy quality food, and warm hospitality. Borrowing influence from our most favorite era and styles, Ocean Blue’s interior boasts a mix of elegant black and white décor, a large copper bar, and floor to ceiling windows that offer a panoramic view of our city. Perhaps the most striking feature is our vast, open kitchen that allows guests to watch the culinary team in action, preparing our signature dishes. We cook the food, and craft the drinks that make us happy, and we want to extend to you the same feeling. Great service, great food and great drink is not enough. We create an experience. We are a feeling. We are all of the above.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (315) 735-2583

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Francis Pezzolanella

  • Catering

    Our staff is excited to host everything from small intimate dinners, to grand gatherings of 100+. At Ocean Blue, special events are a way of extending our full restaurant experience to new guests, and soon to be friends. If you know exactly the event you want, we would be happy to plan it with ease. If you are still looking, leave the details to us, as we find the perfect setting for your next affair.

  • Private party facilities

    We’d love to host your next cocktail party, dinner, weekend brunch, wedding, and more.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (315) 735-2583

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Cross street

    Genesee, Columbia & Seneca Streets

  • Parking details

    Ocean Blue features a private parking lot on premises. We are also located next to parking at the adjacent Delta Marriott Hotel garage as well as ample on-street parking on Genesee, Lafayette and Seneca Streets.

  • Public transit

    Centro Bus Stop.

  • Entertainment

    Televisions located in bar/lounge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,376 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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    Healthy

  • Central New York

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  • Central New York

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  • Central New York

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  • Central New York

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting atop office building in Utica. Outside and inside dining. Umbrellas on the outdoor tables would have helped. Great selection of fish choices. Friendly wait staff
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short ribs nachos excellent, tuna burger as well
  3. DH

    DonH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Chef needs some seasoning. Very boring food and fish was dry as was everything.
  4. SC

    SueC

    Switzerland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    88th Birthday celebration
  5. RH

    RachelH

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable as always!
  6. b

    bear

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The service was atrocious.. No soda o coffee after waiting half hour then staff acted annoyed
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I never leave reviews, ever, however…… Our server was lovely and attentive, the bartender was awesome, the oysters were fabulous, my entree was over salted. I couldn’t eat the spinach or fish enjoyably due to the enormous amount of salt. My boyfriend loved his scallops, perfectly cooked but again the wilted spinach, as the set ups were the same, was inedible. The carrots that came with both meals were excellent. For an almost $200 dinner, I was disappointed. I loved everything about this place and had such high expectations. Should have just ordered a dozen oysters and a Caesar salad.
  8. LR

    LeahR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out for my birthday! Service was excellent. All staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent. I had the lobster roll with the cabbage salad and carrots, husband had the ribye that came with a massive loaded potoato. Prices are high. We will be returning.
  9. j

    jagg

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was so so, for the price it should be exceptional.
  10. E

    Eric77

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Have eaten here several times. This time was very poor. Had to have 2 steaks re-fired. One came back the same. Calamari was under cooked with a very bland flavor. Food presentation was a steak on a plate? I got the impression that it was a resturant with no chef. $350 of disappointment.
  11. RC

    RickC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had dinner on the terrace, and between the gorgeous sunset and the wonderful food and drink, the experience was top notch. Shout out to the best service and attentiveness, too!
  12. BT

    BridgetT

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing brunch on the sunny patio after the boilermaker. I had the street tacos and 1/2 a Caesar salad which was delicious. My husband had the eggs Benedict with salmon and loved it as well. A 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Brunch all around.
  13. s

    stier62win

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely meal at Ocean Blue, with excellent food. Our only complaint was that we waited 30 minutes after the time of our reservation, and had to remind the hostess at that time to eventually be seated. It is pricey for Utica, in my opinion. We'll definitely eat there again.
  14. V

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food! The service was good. The only thing I would say is that when we got there they made us wait until our reservation and we were ten minutes early and lots of tables available. Other then that it was amazing.
  15. N

    None

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music was a little to loud for our comfort. It was very hard to have a conversation at the table.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Ocean Blue! It’s our go to restaurant for special occasions!
  17. KA

    KatherineA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Service was a little slower than usual which was expected in these “times”… but the food was amazing!!
  18. G

    Goodeats

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and food! Service not great, waiter not around most of the time, had to wait for a long time to fill the water, ordered dessert but waited for a long time until another waiter who was not assigned to my table brought out the dessert. In addition, food way overpriced for the area. To attract more business and customers, improve service to ALL customers and have more reasonable prices.
  19. TR

    TiffanyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, our server was so nice and had answers to our questions, very polite. The food was outstanding and it is very nice to have this in Utica.
  20. K

    Kimberly

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    This is the fifth time we have dined at Ocean Blue. By far, it was the worst experience (compared to every other experience, which were amazing). First, our appetizers were served to a different table. I had to ask the waitress about it after waiting an additional 20 minutes and she realized the mistake. Very shortly after- we got the apps. Then, they served cheese on my sons burger (he’s specifically asked for no cheese to be on it) and my husbands meal was cold. Besides that, the rest of the food was delicious and the drinks were amazing. You could definitely tell that there was a lack of staff and the waitresses were very inexperienced. They didn’t know the table numbers and were walking around with food not knowing where it should be served. Granted, we will go there again but I think that the owners would probably want some honesty based on our experience so I am sharing! Typically, I would 100% recommend dining here.
  21. T

    Table4

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    I waited almost an hour for my food and it was cold and not worth the wait. The drinks were very good though.
  22. DC

    DeniseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Ocean Blue to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything from the food to the service was top notch. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants the ultimate dining experience.
  23. TJ

    TomJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always! Can't wait to go back again.
  24. AS

    AlexS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    $208 plus $42 tips, $250 (cash) Food bad, oysters was good. Frozen deserts, salty fish.
  25. FF

    FFFFF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The waitress took our food and drink order. My wife requested the dressing on the salad be on the side. There was a log wait for the drinks, a long wait for the salads, and and long wait for the entrees. My wife's salad arrived with the dressing on it. We would have alerted our waitress to this, but we did not see her again until she brought the bill. That was the last we saw of her. No one came back for payment until the bus service asked if they could take care of it when they came to clear the plates. Very disappointing experience for the price.
  26. BM

    BeckyM

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality, experience and atmosphere are incredible. I make a point to make reservations at the restaurant when I am in Utica. It has never disappointed
  27. SP

    SusanP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The service was very bad. It took 45 mins to get our drink order and then our main courses arrived, but not our appetizers. The waitress was not attentive to our table. I could see her help g and conversing with other tables but she forgot our table. Food was lukewarm when it was served.
  28. MC

    MaryellenC

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner outside. Beautiful view of downtown Utica.. Oysters were tasty and scallops prepared to perfection.
  29. MW

    MaryannW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bang bang cauliflower appetizer was great! Field greens salad very fresh. Baked haddock was very moist! I recommend it!
  30. s

    samw

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great energetic vibe, interesting and wide variety of appetizers and entrees. Got a perfect negroni and a very nice glass of La Crema Chardonnay... Can tell a lot from the attention a place gives to their cocktails and wine list... Food was excellent. We had a trainee and the floor manager for service so it was a bit erratic but not unpleasant.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive, but well worth it. Absolutely try the cake for dessert!
  32. SR

    SandraR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely celebratory brunch on the patio for my daughters college graduation.
  33. RA

    ReneeA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food , both appetizers and entrees were absolutely FANTASTIC! The mixed drinks (I got a Hit & Run, my friend got a Grey Goose Cosmo) were also very good. We were disappointed by our server. She seemed to be in a rush to get our orders and then she never checked on us. Our orders were brought by someone other than her and we had to go to the bar to get more drinks. We had to call someone else to take our payment until she saw us asking.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitstaff was great!!!
  35. m

    michaelm

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent the atmosphere was excellent the staff was excellent The owners and management do a fantastic job 5 Star
  36. CN

    CathyN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE sat out side for a business dinner last night,,, it was superb... the atmosphere,,, the food and drinks we could have stayed all night. Our out of town guest was so impressed with Ocean Blue
  37. LZ

    LindaZ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Seated on time… then ordered understanding it is Mother’s Day I expected a wait but, we we seated at 12:45 and at 2:30 we still had no food!!!!! We asked at 2 where our food was and the waitress said very curtly it will be here shortly they are backed up you know! At 2:25 I went to address with the hostess. We addressed the issue with the hostess who said they could pack up the food if it was ready. To their credit they picked up the drinks we had and one appetizer for my daughter. I had offered to pay for what we ate. It was sad that I wasn’t able to eat there for Mother’s Day nor any of our guests!!!
  38. A

    Alex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. Waited an hour and a half to get our table then waited over an hour for food we had to send back. Don’t waste your time.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Waited an hour to be seated, then food/drinks took a long time.
  40. JW

    JoeW

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service

FAQs

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1376 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

118 Columbia Street, Utica, NY 13502

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Genesee, Columbia & Seneca Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ocean Blue features a private parking lot on premises. We are also located next to parking at the adjacent Delta Marriott Hotel garage as well as ample on-street parking on Genesee, Lafayette and Seneca Streets.

  • Public transit

    Centro Bus Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Francis Pezzolanella

  • Entertainment

    Televisions located in bar/lounge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (315) 735-2583

  • Catering

    Our staff is excited to host everything from small intimate dinners, to grand gatherings of 100+. At Ocean Blue, special events are a way of extending our full restaurant experience to new guests, and soon to be friends. If you know exactly the event you want, we would be happy to plan it with ease. If you are still looking, leave the details to us, as we find the perfect setting for your next affair.

  • Private party facilities

    We’d love to host your next cocktail party, dinner, weekend brunch, wedding, and more.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (315) 735-2583

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