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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Good for a Date (70)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
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Business Meals (60)
Romantic (57)
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Good for Groups (43)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Pre/post Theatre (38)
Notable Wine List (32)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Worth the Drive (29)
Great for Lunch (26)
Casual (18)
Cozy (17)
Healthy (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Seasonal (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Fun (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
People Watching (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful place great food fast service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was great, the restaurant is a little noisy. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great Great!!!! The service was phenomenal! Michael was OUTSTANDING!!! 👍🏿👍🏿

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Ocean Aire is a very fine restaurant and it is also VERY expensive. $40 or more is a lot to pay for a piece of grilled fish over polenta or potatoes. I had oysters Rockfeller as an appetizer. They were very tasty, but in 3 of the 5 shells I didn't find the oyster and I suspect that the oyster meat was served to someone ordering on the half shell. My wife's main course scallops were advertized as being over asparagus, but she only found traces of asparagus. The service was a bit slow. We didn't get the wine that we ordered shortly after arrival (which the waiter had to come back and ask us to remind him of which one we had ordered) until we had finished the appetizers. When one is spending nearly $200/couple for a dinner, one expects better service and to actually find oysters in the Rockefeller shells and asparagus under the scallops.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This business lunch started with the dismissive and rude attitude of the host. Just seconds before I offered my name, the host was joking and jovial with two ridiculously loud gents. Take a lesson OceanAire: there are other wonderful seafood restaurants in DC without the machismo, discourteous and insulting practice at the door. You can bet that I intend to share this incident with all the other women who throw down our Black and platinum cards. Time's up.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

The crab cakes were awesome and the lobster bisque.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

We were completely upsold on an entree without any warning or agreement. We were stuffed into a corner table that was not comfortable when I had called in days earlier requesting a booth. The bill came out and the waiter noticed it was wrong after I gave my credit card - so he just added in the missing dish and ran my card anyway.

The food was overall very tasty.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Crab cakes were outstanding!!!! I was not sure if they were but man they were delicious! definitely coming back for the crab cake entrée. VDAY was amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

We went there for Valentine’s Day is was a very romantic ambiance. The atmosphere was lovely. Not a lot of noise . The food was DELICIOUS looking forward to going again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly staff, prompt service, great ambiance, great menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I had the John Dory. Fish was a soggy not flaky and the spinach etc. the fish laid on was simply a mess, very oily. Oyster Rockefeller were just OK. Oysters were flat as pancakes and over cooked. My wife had the lobster tail tempura which were also soggy and the lobster not fresh but mushy. All in all very disappointing. Please get the grill and fryer set at the correct temperature, cut the oil and pay attention.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Waiter named “minor” was just amazing. My food was perfect. I was so happy and so was my man 😍

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Well worth the short wait for our table. Booths are the best. Service was impeccable. Felt as if we were their number one customers. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Memorable evening. Steakhouse feel with seafood featured. Menu was extensive and food was excellent. Service was a highpoint... Giovanni was a star! The manager, Eric, was a pro at handling a vintage discrepancy on the wine list. One minor negative is the fairly "raw" James Joyce quote on the wall near the bar. So many other Joyce quotes about the sea... not sure why this one.
Thanks for a pleasurable evening!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Beautiful place with impeccable service. Seafood always fresh and perfectly prepared.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and ambiance was good. The waiter was arrogant and was more worried about padding the bill to get a bigger tip than really providing good service. The only negative to our experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was exemplary! I had scallops which were beautifully served and very tasty. The scallops were very large, served with a delicious sauce. My husband had swordfish AI poivre which was equally delicious. Wines by the glass were plentiful and good. A winner all around.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service, knowledgeable server, delicious meals and great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great crab cakes and service! Good place for business meeting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Bedfordshire)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Good menu, good service, good food. That works!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, but food was disappointing. My 2 friends and I enjoyed the Brussel sprouts and the wedge salad, but the truffle mashed potatoes and the lobster bisque were flavorless. We did not finish them. Two of us had crab cakes, and they were OK, but overpriced at $39.00 for two small, not well-flavored cakes. I don't mind paying for good food, but this was not worth it.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was amazing. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was awesome, the time we picked to come thru was exceptional.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Outstanding Service. Can be a bit pricey, but you can use and earn Landry's Rewards. Excellently prepared seafood. Baked Alaska dessert was perfect end of our meal. Convenient to Metro Rail station.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

First time here but will not be our last. Everything was excellent. I had crab cakes and my wife had the Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallops. The dessert was large enough for two people.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

If you love seafood with knowledgeable servers and a great menu...look no further!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was awesome! My only recommendation would be to get bigger glasses for water. The constant refills by wait staff is almost intrusive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great location. I was disappointed that they regularly change the wine list and the Chardonnay I had previously and loved was not available. The one I had was fine. My brothers cocktail was “perfect” but he had to send back his first glass of wine (waiter didn’t let him taste it first); the second glass was fine. The scallops in my shellfish mixed grill melted in my mouth and my brothers crab cake and mussels were amazing. The ceviche mixto was a good surprise. I wish we’d known how big the deserts were. It’ll take days to finish mine. All in all a pleasant evening despite the huge bill.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Delicious seafood and service. I had the whole artic char which was superb. Only downside was price. Dinner for two was well over 200 dollars and we only had one cocktail each.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was my first time dining at Oceanaire. I had dinner with my girlfriend and my mother a few nights ago and found that Oceanaire did a good job providing a downtown dining experience that was convenient for my girlfriend and I to walk from our K Street offices and my mother to walk from her hotel. The food was good and the atmosphere was sufficiently private to allow for good conversation without overhearing the conversation of other diners at nearby tables.

The prices were a little steep but not out of line with other peer establishments in this city. The portions were appropriate considering the price point and weren't so large as to necessitate taking leftovers home with you.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Another great experience from start to finish and with every interaction including the wonderful food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was our first time there. We tried it out because it was Restaurant week. We were not disappointed. We had a nice booth. The food was excellent, especially the crab cakes! Very little filling. Mostly delectable lump crab meat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went on Saturday night of restaurant week. Each of the 3 courses had numerous choices, which was great. My clam chowder was more like a stew..so chock full of clams and potatoes. My husband enjoyed the large, local oysters. Main course...crab cake for me and swordfish for him came out hit and flavorful. We had creamed corn as a side...more corn in a cream sauce with firm multicolored kernels. Desert was yummy...key lime pie...filling was whipped and the crust was so buttery. Our waiter, Matt, was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was restaurant week! Great choices , our server was very attentive, crab cakes excellent, cheesecake & key lime pie, over the top, Hashed browns a la Oceanaire excellent

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

All of the food aws really good, but the crab cakes were excellent!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week special but will be back for the regular menu. Food was amazing and service was even better. Best crab cake I’ve ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This is one of my favorite places. The food and service are always top notch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was amazing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was excellent, however our waiter rushed us even though there was no one waiting. Plenty of tables were empty

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Me and my friend are both seniors and I was treating her to a birthday lunch, but I was told they only took aarp participant's.

This was her first time visiting Oceanaire and when I asked the waiter about receiving a senior discount he told me that they never give senior discounts.
I did not ask for a manager but the manger came to me and asked did we have aarp cards? I told him no, but we have our id's and he refused unless we had aarp cards. I think they should have taken our id's and gave us the discount.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I have been to Oceanaire several times, but this was my co-workers first time. We went for Restaurant week and the menu selection was fabulous. Well worth the money. You've gained a new customer and I will remain a loyal customer as well!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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