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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Utica, NY

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
1563 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 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 1,563 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Good for special occasions

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Overall

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Food

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Mohawk Valley

    Innovative

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for groups

  • Mohawk Valley

    Healthy

  • Mohawk Valley

    Hot spot

  • Mohawk Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Mohawk Valley

    Romantic

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Mohawk Valley

    Lively

  • Mohawk Valley

    Most Booked

1,563 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is nice, such an aesthetic restaurant if you’re looking for pictures, content or a date night. The food was ok , and the service is good.

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  2. EricR

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bisque was amazing however the chicken was overcooked and very dry. Presentation was sloppy for the price

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  3. RDB5150

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little pricey but excellent food and service; never disappoints

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  4. NellyV

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service. I wish some people would dress up more rather than showing up to this nice place wearing sweatpants and baseball cap.

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  5. flower

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed, took so long to get drinks, then food also.

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  6. SteveK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciated both the ample parking and the quick seating. Would have liked a window seat but we were seated before I could process that. Great and attentive service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely views of Utica from our table. Excellent service and delicious food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, amazing atmosphere and food was fantastic

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  9. Starnessr

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great views of the Gold Dome. Food was well prepared and nicely presented.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely fabulous Our bartender Brandon, Was spot on!!! With great drinks. Thank you all for making our day wonderful !

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    great time we enjoyed our food and had nice waiters! would definitely go back again sometime in the summer to sit outside!

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  12. TimM

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, Great service, and an outstanding ambionce to the restaurant. Definitely would recommend to everyone to visit.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emily was out waitress and she was amazing! Loved everything about this place and the food is on the same level with a High-end NYC restaurant!

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  14. JoyG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. Our server was amazing and so kind.

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  15. JoGo

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love OB, the execution of each plate is amazing. Service has always been top notch. My only criticism would be, what I feel is inflated pricing. Bisque is creeping towards $20? And a SIDE of mac & cheese is $14? I do feel that's a bit steep. Otherwise, service, ambiance, food ALL amazing. Pricing...a wee bit outta whack.

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  16. SuzanneG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for a birthday celebration dinner. Food was delicious. Expensive. We will return.

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  17. AdelinZ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, misleading gluten free options. They have a lot of things listed as gf but when you order them they come out completely different. My husband got fish and chips, it did was not breaded even though the listing said it was. We wouldn’t have been as disappointed if the menu had made it clear that the gluten free dishes were altered from what the menu said. Crème brûlée is amazing though.

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  18. ChrisT

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were prepared perfectly and bartenders are attentive, seated exactly on-time for dinner, waiter(Logan) was spot-on and professional in every way and responded perfectly to several requests, food preparation met all expectations. Very expensive. Highly recommended.

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  19. EbonyP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was beyond this world amazing. The waiters were dressed absolutely beautifully and handsomely. Everything was exquisite and hot when coming to the table. And the drinks were spot on .

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner…front seat view of the New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Bank of Utica!

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  21. MaryannW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Faroe Islands salmon entree was great. We also had the Bang Bang cauliflower and Warm butter cake. All the food was great! The service was very good and the ambience was festive for New Year’s Eve.

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  22. GretchenN

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was lovely and the meal was good. The music was a bit loud and seemed more like bar music than brunch music. Will definitely go again.

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  23. NeilA

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic staff and service, lovely cocktails and great food options that were all delicious. This is a gem of a restaurant in Utica, with upscale deco and wonderful views. We’ll be back in a heartbeat.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to ocean blue for 2 of my girl friends birthdays and had a great time. We did a 5:30 reservation and it wasn’t too busy or loud. It was also a Tuesday evening. We loved everything we got the focaccia is always delicious. I got a steak, one of the ladies got the “I’ll just have the chicken” (which is heavenly), and another got the lobster roll. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at dinner. Service is amazing. We were greeted by the host, the bar tender, I’m assuming the manager, as well as the lovely young woman who waited on us. I highly recommend.

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  25. BridgetT

    New York City

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met for ladies holiday dinner and amazing as always. Food was delicious and service with a smile. The half size salads as appetizer options perfect and nobody makes a lobster roll like Ocean Blue ❤️

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  26. MsPartNo1

    New York State

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wine, food & Taylor made my birthday dinner so very special.

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  27. WilliamL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is always excellent so is the food. It’s a fun place to spend time enjoying brunch with friends.

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  28. NellyV

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Upscale brunch service, we love this restaurant! We usually do the bubbles and brunch mimosa; breakfast skillet is delicious, and we will keep going back.

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  29. ChrisT

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess was friendly and accommodating. Bartenders were attentive and made a wonderful Tito’s Lemon Drop martini. Dinner was prepared perfectly, Ahi Tuna, Rib-Eye, Calamari, Scallops all great. One main entree ( salad with Scallops) was served 20 minutes our appetizers but 20 minutes before the balance of main dishes. Meal was cold by the time remaining dishes were served. We survived. Deserts were outstanding. Waitress did a very nice job.

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  30. Frank

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, excellent service, highly recommended.

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  31. MichelleB

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner and the atmosphere was just right.

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  32. JennS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, the wait staff was attentive without being overbearing.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar tenders were fantastic, recommended new food & drinks, etc. Just a great dining experience. This is my 5th time in. Their food is very high quality. Even the chef came out twice to deliver my food- you NEVER see that. I go out of my way to stop here on my way to Syracuse.

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  34. MarshalP

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and service were outstanding. The lobster Mac and Cheese was over baked and the prices were more in line with NYC.

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  35. tbullock200

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the fish sandwich and tacos. Chase and Kyle was a delight! Wonderful space in Utica ny

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  36. MaryannW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the scallops which were excellent. We would’ve preferred that the Brussels sprouts were less spicy and just had a caramalized taste, but the meal was great. The service was excellent. We sat in a booth which we enjoyed very much!

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  37. NellyV

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is and food is always outstanding! Very friendly and attentive staff.

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  38. lisaj

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent. We had a very nice and delicious dinner.

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  39. ScottG

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Second dinner could use a service training approach

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  40. RichS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This is an upscale type of restaurant that my wife and I were looking forward to dining at. The ambience was nice and the menu had nice variety. However, the service was seemed slow and a bit uneven, but it was friendly and attentive at the same time (i.e., they were trying to provide good service - maybe they were short staffed). The food was good, but seemed to have an excessive amount of butter, oils, and salt - one can make anything taste good with enough butter and salt. The food seemed to settle "heavy" in us. Nevertheless, it is probably a good restaurant, but we probably wouldn't go back.

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FAQs

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1563 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 17 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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