Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.5
1199 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Brian
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Sad to say but the Tuna was lower quality than expected based on prior visits.

Fish Taco appetizers were GREAT. They saved the evening.
Key Lime pie was also top notch.

The 20 yr Sandemans Port seemed thin. I have had it before elsewhere.

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vipLindaZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Loved the food!!! The service felt hurried. That is not usually the case. The sever hurried us through the meal. We were in and out in 45 minutes. Generally the staff there are excellent but this person was clearly not. Love to eat there! Best food in the area!

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vipShannon
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a 7:30 reservation but had to wait over 20 minutes for our table. However, the food was DELICIOUS! The lobster roll was sensational and the ahi tuna dish was divine. The drinks were fabulous and the wine selection was a Napa Lovers Heaven! Overall, it was a great experience. Our server knew her stuff and the view and sunset were a perfect setting to a Friday night.

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MaureenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ocean Blue is a favorite place for us and we go there at least once a month for dinner. The service is top notch with very few exceptions.

In our group of 4, everyone enjoyed their meal. Two of us were particularly happy with our choices: the Farro salmon and the filet mignon with loaded baked potato.

I tried the baked haddock with the blue crab stuffing. Tasty but a little dry. I wish it had been more moist.

However, we enjoyed ourselves. Our waitress was excellent.

OB is not cheap, but the quality of the menu is well worth the price!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the drinks to the food, everything was amazing! The signature cocktails were perfect and the crab cakes were to die for. If your not too full for dessert, we LOVED the butter cake. Definitely a perfect spot for a date or special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good

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mwr1943
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb birthday celebration for my wife with our oldest son. Our server, Haley, couldn’t have been better. Wish they’d build Ocean Blue II in Syracuse. We have nothing comparable. Large party of females in one corner and bar activity on the other side of us made it a bit noisy for our conversation. Except for too much lemon on my side of greens, all the other items the three of us had were delish. It’s a bit pricey for everyday dining, but worth it for a special occasion. The team effort among the servers was much appreciated. It seems there is a tight ship run on this ocean.

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BrianM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

be there before and enjoyed it a lot so we went again great setting

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vipNanette
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

We were so disappointed with our second visit to Ocean Blue. The level of music was way too high. We could not carry on a conversation. It was 6 PM on a Monday!!! We asked if it could be lowered and the server said no rather nonchalantly. Service was poor. The waitress often disappeared. My order was wrong but I ate it anyway. For the price, it felt like the whole atmosphere changed into more of a nightclub. I understand music at a bar-but the whole restaurant? Too much.

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Haley
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch for the first time & must say I definitely enjoyed myself. Angela was our waitress who was great but seemed busy & wasn’t really able to attend to us properly. There was another staff there named Doug who was wonderfullll just when we were starting to have negative thoughts on the place, he turned it all around for us!! He noticed one of my friends still didn’t have her food while the rest of us were eating. He came right over & asked us what was wrong, had my friends food out to her in mins. He often checked on us through out our time there, which was very much appreciated!!

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Kashi
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was fine if you’ve never been to an actual coastal seafood specializing restaurant. Our sever Jessica looked and acted like she didn’t want to be there. No one asked how our food. The hype for this place is questionable, decent atmosphere (trying to copy Cru on Nantucket vibe), but never presents more than mediocre

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Vince
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Experience overall was great, had a wonderful experience celebrating our first anniversary. Salmon was a little bland, fish tacos were very good. Food was a little pricey for how I thought it was prepped/cooked but not a bad meal overall. We will be coming back!

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TheresaL
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Very disappointed. We are from out of town and read the reviews and excited to go. Was a beautiful evening with a chance of rain. We made reservations for 5 people and when we got there, we were told they were closing the rooftop patio and couldn't sit there due to rain coming. We very disappointed then to see all night, people being sat outside. And no rain! I tried to talk to the manager but he didnt seem to care. He said they told people it was their choice if they wanted to take that change. But we were denied sitting out there. Would have been a much nicer evening, (and we spent $300 at dinner!) if we could have sat where we wanted to!

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vipJoeW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding everything about this restaurant is amazing. Our Seever Jessica did an outstanding job .

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Meka
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Nice place to have a drink and over view of downtown Utica.

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Adam
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

For the price of the food, the quality and flavor was no where near where it should be. Restaurant is gorgeous but for the amount of money spent, was not worth it.

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JocI
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We were seated over 20 minutes after our reservation time. A party that arrived after us got seated before us. When we were seated the experience was fine. They must have overbooked.

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BrianM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean blue is one of the best! Always loved the oysters they were fresh and sweet. Aji tuna was superb. Great bottle of wine. Always good for a treat.
We will return. Love dining outside but there was a storm

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JakeB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!!!! As always Never disappoints. Thank you Chef and Waiters/Waitresses for and enjoyable dinner/anniversary.....

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CoreyL
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here for all of our special occasions and it excellent as always!

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Davidt
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best filet I’ve had in a long time. Cooked perfectly, tender and juicy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Went with two children and two adults for a birthday.

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Kili
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and meal as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought daughter and her friends for 16th birthday. They dressed up and took a lot of pictures and had a great time. I sat at bar. Pricey dinner considering they obviously don’t drink but they had a great time. Staff was excellent and very attentive

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KHD5
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love love love the fish tacos and ahi tuna sandwich. But my crab cake app was a little disappointing. Hard to say why: not over breaded, as is often the lament -- but the taste was just not over the top yummy as I expect for an excellent crab cake.

Atmosphere is great, service, excellent. Will happily return.

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Korey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food and atmosphere really all around great night!!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Ocean Blue Restaurant. The food is fantastic and the service is fast and friendly. You won’t be disappointed.

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Needswork
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Very over priced for the quality of food. The rules and quality of things have gone downhill significantly. We wanted a special night out for our anniversary but in reality we couldn’t have had a better meal at home

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It was not as expected and very disappointing. Reservations for 6 pm for 6 people. We did not receive dinner until 745. The meals came out at different times one arrived 10 min after the 1st. Shrimp added to meal was inedible dry and tough: We waited for drinks and appetizers and meals. With little to no explication of delay.. Nothing was offered as we waited an hour between meal and appetizers. A little communication from staff would have made this a much less stressful situation. So much for celebrating a special occasions. We did have some things subtracted but it was to little to late. We were very patient and with the current employment situation and shortage tried to be understanding. The staff and the manager kept saying it was there fault. This restaurant came with good review and some had eaten here before. We will not be rushing back.

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JohnS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good but it seems like they are getting a bit pricy for what they offer.

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OmarR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always. Great ambience as well. Definitely recommended

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KristineS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We love coming here for brunch. The service the last two times has not been up to par. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is laid back. Great for a Sunday brunch

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scoop16
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean Blue is an unknown gem to many outside the Utica area. It’s well worth a stop off the thruway for a fantastic meal and great atmosphere. The specialty is seafood, but their other entrees never fail to satisfy. Plan a visit and see for yourself.

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CAMD29
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service are very good. Ambience is excellent. Prices are excessive considering the portion sizes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making special occasions extra special. Great food and service!

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LisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We arrived on time for reservation but had to wait at bar. After half an hour we asked the hostess about our table to be told it was given away. While seated at the bar it took close to 20 minutes to get served our cocktails from the bartender. Once seated at a table it was another lengthy wait for service and yet another wait for meals to arrive. When the bill arrived, I had been charged twice for my entree. The server never returned so we had to go inside to get assistance. This was our third visit and the other two times service was much better.

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meghanj
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! We were outside on the balcony. Our server was outstanding! The food and drinks were great. Overall perfect evening.

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BarbaraK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as soon as we arrived we told our table on the patio was ready but it might be too hot. we agreed and were seated inside immediately. served nice cold water to start, waitress came soon and we were served an absolutely delicious meal. scallops were perfect as was the sea bass. then asked if we could have dessert on patio and they found us a table. sun was setting so temperature was great. my first visit and it was awesome. wish i could return but am moving to minnesota. if i fly back to visit friends, will return here again.

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vipmiker66
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great clams and out! Haddock was good as well but the greens were way too salty

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Belinda
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant and outstanding service. One of our appetizers was very small for the money but delicious. Fantastic ambience for a nice dinner.

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Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1199 OpenTable diners.

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