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About Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

The Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy Ultra-Fresh seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Sip a cocktail in the lounge, take a seat at our grand oyster bar, or kick back in a horseshoe booth before diving into a sea of Ultra-Fresh fish, including steak-cut Alaskan halibut, seasonal favorites like fresh Copper River salmon or hard-to-find delicacies like true Dover sole or bluefin tuna. Our knowledgeable staff will delight you with exceptional service — guiding you through the wide variety of items on our menu and helping you select the perfect wine to complement your meal. The world's freshest seafood awaits you at the Oceanaire.

1201 F Street, NW
12th
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Reservations Recommended

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 347-2277

Website:
http://www.theoceanaire.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available nightly starting at 5:00pm.

Public Transit:
Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit

Executive Chef:
Joseph Pastore

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Whether you are looking to host a party of 15 or 50 people we invite you to consider The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Introduce your guests to a sea of Ultra-Fresh fish, including steak-cut Alaskan Halibut, seasonal favorites like fresh Copper River salmon or hard to find delicacies like true Dover sole

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (75)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Good for a Date (55)
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Business Meals (51)
Romantic (47)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Good for Groups (33)
Notable Wine List (30)
Cozy (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Casual (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Healthy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Bar Seating (12)
People Watching (11)
Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 16 hours ago

Great atmosphere with classy setting. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Would recommend The Oceanaire Seafood Room to my friends and family.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Branzino and Simply Swordfish were prepared perfectly. For dessert - the Baked Alaska. Very good!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The drinks, food, and the venue was perfect for our Shareholders Meeting.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The booth was too crampy

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Superb food, service, wine list, location! Our waitress Kenya was outstanding. Excellent seafood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I have been to Oceanaire several times, always great seafood , service. Overall consistently good - great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was a great venue for celebrating my husbands birthday. However, we had a group of 5 people (3 women/2 men) and our bill came to over $700.00 that is ridiculous! Very Very Very expensive. But we did enjoy ourselves, just can't do that very often. And that didn't include the round of drinks we had earlier at a $100 spend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was bad. Too much salt and too much oil. For the price, the size of the dishes was also rather small. Good in that the food was not good. The service, decor and ambiance were excellent.
I will not be going back there.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We just finished a fabulous meal at Oceanaire Seafood DC. The food was outstanding, from the lump crab cake and lobster cake appetizers, to the bluenose bass enriched with bay scallops and of course the shellfish mixed grill (lobster, scallops, shrimp, asparagus) entrees chased with sautéed brussels sprouts and a slab of bacon steak. Oh yes and just to sweeten the deal freshly made key lime pie. However, as mouth watering as the food was, the service took it to another level. "Mike" our waiter was outstanding. He not only knew his menu to perfection, but his friendly personality was both pleasant and conversational while not be intrusive or imposing. He made incredible entree suggestions and his service delivery was impeccable. Mike definitely made our experience one to remember and one we look forward to enjoying again.
Sincerely Robert and Allison Gorham "First Time OceanAire Customers"

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I am a returning patron. The restaurant is dependable and has great food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had a group of 14 - a foreign country political delegation. The host gave the only round table for 14 to a party of 7 people. We were jammed into a long table for 10 so half the table were unable to talk to each other. Drinks were terrible. My Manhattan had vanilla in it. My Old Fashioned was sickenly sweet. Food was uneven. The "collossal crab cocktail" was not. The dish was large, and half filled with shredded lettuce. The spicy tuna poke was very good. Complex flavors and fresh. My chicken fried lobster entree was over breaded and over cooked to the point of tough. Tasted like chicken fingers, but with a $40 price. The grits were dried out - a hockey puck. The key lime pie was very large, but flavorless. Service was attentive and tried very hard. Tillman Fertida boasts on his TV show about the quality control and punishing screening process his staff and food go through. Wouldn't know it from this experience. Very average food and overall dining experience. There are other much better seafood places in Washington D.C.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This was one of many visits to this Oceanaire location...food was sub par as both dishes delivered were over cooked and thus dry....service was satisfactory but slower that usual. We'll be back but we'll be hoping for improvement.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent. It was busy and only small booths available so the host opened an entire room for the four of us and one other group came in later. Comfortable seating and quiet. They went out of the way to accommodate us.
God excellent, waiter exceptional — attentive but not excessive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was well prepared and presented. The wine choice was not available but took waiter at least 10 min to inform us. After making an immediate second choice, we were halfway through our appetizers before the bottle arrived. Our dinners arrived before we were done with salads. A slight compensation was made to the bill but the mood was already ruined. Disappointing since we have had great experiences previously.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very attentive and description of entrées spot on.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Oceanaire Seafood Room has been in downtown DC for quite a while now and it has been several years since my last visit. Some things are still the same—very good service and an elegant room—and some things have changed and not in a good way. There are still some tasty items on the menu: the Clam Chowder, the Crab Cakes, the Rib Eye; but everything feels a little dated and tired. The food was fine, but it felt more institutional than crafted, especially at this price point. The bar for expensive seafood/steakhouse restaurants has risen much higher in Downtown DC in the last few years, and Oceanaire hasn't quite kept up.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was tasty and our server Logan really left a lasting impression!!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was overcooked and salty and not up to par as my prior visits.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food and service, however, it is a bit overpriced.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Convenient restaurant to DC theaters with a professional, attentive staff. Scallops were delicious, a bit pricey but, nice tasty meals. Enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner - plenty of food, great service, lovely meal. Fabulous good value wine list.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Michael our server was absolutely wonderful and the food was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We celebrated my daughter's 40th birthday and Thanksgiving. Our server Tom, provided top-notch service and laughter. He and his assistants responded to our requests within seconds. This was not our first visit but truly one of the best!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Cozy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vegan
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I made a reservation for a last minute lunch. We had an outstanding dining experience. The cocktails were creative and pleasantly boozy. Everything we ate was outstanding. I hope that the next time I visit I save room for dessert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

From Donna Seal the GM to Joseph Pastore the Exec Chef, and Rob Cummings our Server, there is a reason that remarkable leadership not only in the front of the house but in the back of the house will always translate in service that exceeds every expectation that I have for this DC staple! The Dover Sole was phenomenal, oysters Rockefeller plentiful, and that new Broiled Octopus appetizer was a knock out of the park! Overall awesome job!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Jonathan was one of best servers ever for our anniversary!! A TRUE professional! Food A plus

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service and food but very pricey.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Atmosphere, service and food were spectacular.
Dress code is casual so that was a plus.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

料理は美味しかったが、予想以上に高かった。

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My total experience was exceptional. The décor was beautiful and with the booth my wife and I sat in was very intimate. The service was excellent from the time we entered the door to confirm our reservations and check my coat until I had the attendant help me put it back on before we left. Our server was very attentive and made sure we had a great experience under his care. The food was outstanding from the calamari appetizer to the lobster entre as well as the crème brulee and coffee we enjoyed at the end or our meal. I would recommend the Oceanaire highly.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent meal

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our anniversary dinner. Waiter was nice until he got a big table, then he basically ignored us. Food made us both sick!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice setting serving upmarket food.
Highly recommended.
Extensive Food Menu.
Outstanding and extensive wine list.
Service was very good.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I booked reservations the same day. We were in DC for our anniversary weekend and thought a nice dinner should follow our play. Our server (Mike) made us feel so comfortable. & he really helped us with celebrating our anniversary. I had the best ribeye steak thus far covered with buttery scallops. I recommend everyone I know & don’t know to please eat here at least once in your life time but if you go once I’m sure you’ll be back. I know I will. Thank you!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Better than expected. I ate the best Maine lobster ever, the preparation was perfect and condiment excellent, the server made our day, very nice and polite, we followed the recommendation ( not cheapest of course ) but deserve the value of every dollar spent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food and Service was great. Everything was fresh and delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I’m never disappointed by Oceanaire. Everything about it is terrific, and it’s a great place to take friends from out of town- they’re always so impressed. I look forward to more delicious meals there.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Dinner here was fine, but it in no way shined, except for the hash brown. That’s a pricey bill for only the hash brown to truly shine. The crab cakes are solid, and the steaks are good but not great. For $62 for a bone-in ribeye, they should be better. Everything should have been better for the price.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I have dined here many times and my experiences were always outstanding. The food was great as well as the service. I have recommended this restaurant to many friends and family. The menu items give good options and everything that I have tried was cooked to perfection. The wait staff are attentive, but not intrusive. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The music playing in the background was soft, contemporary and soothing, not overbearing. The table layout is comfortable with plenty of room between tables so that you dont feel crowded and your chairs dont bump into other guests. The booths are roomy and the seats are very comfortable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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