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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Utica, NY

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.3
4.3
1356 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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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 1,356 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Good for Groups

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Central New York

    Notable Wine List

  • Central New York

    Special Occasion

  • Central New York

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Central New York

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  1. G

    Goodeats

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  2. TR

    TiffanyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  3. K

    Kimberly

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. BM

    BeckyM

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waitstaff was great!!!

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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!!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. JW

    JoeW

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Celebrating our son and his girlfriend who both had birthdays - Ocean Blue did not disappoint! Just love it there! ❤️

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Service was great, long wait time for main meal.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Date night.

  25. TC

    TonyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The initial greeting from our server was wonderful. Unfortunately, it went down hill from there. We were 1 of 2 tables at 5:15 on a Thursday. Our appetizers came out relatively on a timely basis. But our main meals took an additional 30-40 minutes, and 2 came out and 1 took an additional 10 min. No appology and no follow up from the server as the time went on. For the money, it was a huge disappointment.

  26. NH

    NHEr

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    It's still one of the best restaurants in Utica. Great food, nice rooftop location, and servers are genuinely attentive and hard-working. The problem is that they are obviously severely short-staffed. This is a management problem and not the fault of the individual servers (who themselves are often overwhelmed, yet trying hard to do the best that they can for their guests). Management needs to take notice. Service lapses that ensue degrade the overall experience, which is unfortunate... and unacceptable at this restaurant's price point.

  27. EW

    EmilyW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Came late night for apps and drinks. Brandon, our server, was excellent! Service was timely and professional.

  28. N

    Nick

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    The drop in quality in both food and service over the past few years has been crazy. This last visit was by far the worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. Grab a cocktail from the bar and then leave.

  29. KS

    KristineS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5

    We went to Ocean Blue for Easter Brunch and we were very disappointed in the food and service. We have been going to Ocean Blue now for several years but the last six months have been hit or miss. We waited an hour to be served even though dining room was not busy. My husband and son ordered Rare tenderloin eggs Benedict. Meat came out well done. I ordered an omelette that was cold and was missing toast. All the food was sent back. My dish was recooked and twenty minutes later my meal was brought out. Omelette had very little cheese or ham. My son and husband were still waiting after I finished my meal their food finally came. By this point my husband was upset and my son was starving. And we did not have a family meal. Manager did come by and did comp meal. Priority should be given to recooked meals. Shame as this restaurant used to be amazing and now it is a mixed bag never know what to expect Do not recommend coming for a meal on a Holiday

  30. AO

    AlisonO

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful time at Ocean Blue! The ambiance and decor are beautiful! The food delicious!

  31. DJ

    DavidandJana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food quality and portions, cocktails, and the overall ambiance well worth the price!

  32. UF

    UticaFoodaholic

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time I head to OB, I walk away impressed. My friends and I stopped by for a casual drink and quick bite before heading home after work and had a wonderful time. The host was wonderful, our server was exceptionally friendly. Drinks were on point and our appetizers were delish. The restaurant also just donated three sizeable gift cards to a fundraising event I host locally and I am always grateful for their commitment to our community!

  33. AD

    AnnaD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Service was poor due to lack of personnel. Food was not up to par for the pricing. This was not our first visit and decided to take this one off our list for the future.

  34. MR

    MatthewR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Another great experience at Ocean Blue. The food was great, we will be returning

  35. MH

    MariaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful place and excellent food! Will definitely be back at some point.

  36. D

    David

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Michaela was a fantastic server and the food and drinks were phenomenal. A great place to get a beautiful dinner in downtown Utica.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and professional service!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    I'll be honest this is one review I do not want to write. My dilemma comes from the fact I've been coming to Ocean Blue for the last few years. Most of the time for their Sunday brunch as well as certain Holidays. If this review was written a year ago it would be five star. One of the best restaurants in Utica. The ambiance, upscale. The menu, something for everyone. And the food, first rate. Until the last year. All of the five star raves still remain true today except the most important and what I feel should be the easiest to correct, the food. Let me clarify. The prices have gone up, the portions at times smaller and service sometimes slow but honestly Ocean Blue is that good where those things can be overlooked. What can't be overlooked is the food. With almost every visit the same problems persist. Overcooked and cold. Almost every single time over the last year. I order steaks at dinner and Eggs Benedict with Tenderloin for brunch. Pretty simple stuff. I order rare/black & blue every single time. You can't make a mistake, right? Wrong. On my last visit it was well done. As were all of our steaks on New Years, on Valentines Day and every brunch. Each time I have brought it to the servers attention, apologies and another meal cooked as ordered are served. Why not the first time. On New Years all of my parties steaks were over cooked. As I mentioned the staff has always made it right but eating after everyone else is getting old. It's a rare steak not a calculus equation. You couldn't try to make it too rare but well done??? Every time??? To be honest I would not bother sending it back if it was even medium rare but there is no excuse for well done. I would love nothing more then to follow this up with a five star review after my next visit. Yup, I'll go back. Things have to change sooner or later.

  39. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Quite expensive but food was very good!

  40. E

    Erin

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We will definitely be back for another date night. The staff was excellent, cocktails on point, and the food was outstanding. If you don’t order the honey cake for dessert you’re truly missing out!

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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 1356 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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