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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Utica, NY

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
1577 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

11:30 PM


Booked 21 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 1,577 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Overall

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Food

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Service

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for groups

  • Mohawk Valley

    Healthy

  • Mohawk Valley

    Hot spot

  • Mohawk Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Mohawk Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Mohawk Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Mohawk Valley

    Romantic

  • Mohawk Valley

    Lively

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    Most Booked

1,577 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, had the crab cakes. Absolutely loved them. Will be going back, want to sit outdoors next time.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! One of my favorite places to go!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Place was at about 50% capacity from what I could see. Place seemed clean and nice but service was slow. Just getting drinks took 1/2 hour and from when we ordered our meals it was over an hour before it came. I won't say the quality of the meals was bad but for the price I would have expected better. I will not revisit Unfortunately because it looks like a nice place.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was phenomenal! Staff were very pleasant.

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  5. WB850

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tonight the kitchen let down a restaurant that we have greatly enjoyed in the past. If you ask the server to warn tables that the tuna is rare, it should not be sent out medium - and with the presentation having the tuna sliced someone in the kitchen should have noticed. Shrimp should not be vulcanized to the point that they must be sawed through. And at a such a high price point drinks should arrive before appetizers.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and excellent service! Everyone was lovely!

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  7. David

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped in on the way from Buffalo to Westchester county. The food and service were great (Thank you Cam!) Easy parking and beautiful restaurant. We plan to make this our go-to on these trips.

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  8. SKBD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BIG price jump since I was there 6 months ago. Food and service are outstanding, but the prices are now ridiculous. $65 for Chilean Sea bass? That’s even more than the $59 steak or $49 lobster mac n cheese. Even my fish and chips (3 small fish nuggets with fries and a small spoonful of slaw) was $29. They even have a margarita that costs $39. Seriously? This is a great restaurant, but I don’t want to pay Michelin prices for a non-Michelin restaurant. This will no longer be my go-to when I’m in the area.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. CindyY

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time for Sunday brunch. The bloody mary was excellent and so was the food selection on the menu. The breakfast burrito was enough for two meals - breakfast and lunch the next day. The breakfast bowl with salmon was prepared perfectly. We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go again.

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  10. AmyE

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks, and service. Highly recommend.

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  11. DianeK

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    For the price, the food was not as superior as I would have expected.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. JasonH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool spot, really enjoyed the ambiance and staff was very friendly. Meal was great, my filet was a little overcooked, but very good.

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  13. Eater

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyster bar in Utica? Really? YES! If you're on the road and passing that way, GO. Worth a detour! It's delicious and delightful.

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  14. EddieR

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating at ocean blue.. 100/10!! I would definitely recommend to anyone, wanting to go all out on brunch.

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  15. ReneeV

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great Easter Brunch today . The Avacado toast , the potatoes were wonderful and crispy . My son had eggs, bacon , waffles all cooked beautifully. Amelia was our server . She was efficient and so nice . We will definitely be back again

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my 41st birthday last night with an intimate dinner with my husband and we had a wonderful time! From the moment we arrived, the hostess was energetic and friendly! Our server was attentive. We got the calamari which was delicious but needed salt, and the steamed clams which were just ok for appetizer. For our entrees we got the lobster ravioli and salmon which were both good. The drinks were good and the prices were reasonable. But the atmosphere really takes the cake. The music was a vibe and it’s absolutely beautiful. Even the bathroom was cute!!! This is a great special occasion restaurant!

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  17. ginol

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at this restaurant eclectic atmosphere and great service and great night

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  18. DonnaA

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is so attentive and knowledgeable! The food is so delicious!! I just love it there. The views are nice too! And they have a number of gluten free options so I never feel like I have to settle for a dish I'd rather not have because of my gluten sensitivity.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    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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  20. EricR

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1577 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 21 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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