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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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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (93)
Good for a Date (73)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
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Notable Wine List (33)
Quiet Conversation (32)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We expected more for the price. The service was nice but the food was pricy and the quality was equivalent to a restaurant like Bonefish.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Everything about our experience was great. The food the service all was excellent. Our waiter Michael was the best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Abominable food every step of the way. Outrageous prices for mediocre food. A complete tourist trap. Terribly disappointed. Only bright spot was our server but great service cannot overcome terrible food.
Save your money or spend it somewhere else just do NOT go to Oceanaire.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice! No real complaints. The food was good. Dessert was amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Good atmosphere and service. Recommend lobster Thermidor, it was delicious, but the lobster cakes appetizer had too much filler, not enough lobster.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

So we were a little disappointed by the weak wait service and food quality. It wasn't like the worst service we've ever had or the worst food, but for a $335 meal for two people, it left a lot to be desired. Maybe we were spoiled from having eaten at Marcel's the previous Friday, but either way, we didn't feel great about the experience. If you like shrimp but don't like Old Bay seasoning, pass on the Oceanaire shrimp cocktail. The chicken fried lobster was exactly what you'd expect from the name -- which is good and bad. It was about what I'd expect chicken fried lobster to taste like if I ordered it a KFC -- nothing particularly interesting or inspired about it. The service shortcomings were surprising. My wife ordered a salad that was never delivered. They were apologetic. I had to ask after the aforementioned shrimp cocktail, which was delivered long after my wife's appetizer and when I saw the unadvertised Old Bay, I widhed I hadn't. On the other hand, the waiter tried to make up for several errors by giving us a free baked Alaska, which was colossal and tasty. And, the meal turned out to be the gift that kept on giving because the leftovers from my wife's Lobster Thermidor actually made about 5 meals (total) for 4 different people over the two days following our visit. So bottom line: we won't be going back to Oceanaire for Friday date night anytime soon, but it's not like the meal was a total disaster. And if you like Lobster Thermidor (and it was very good, particularly if you like cheese) and have $115 to spare, you will get a meal that will feed the family and then some.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

They made us feel like family. Great job by V and Tom. Kudos to Donna and her staff.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Nice restaurant. A little pricey. Service was excellent, very accommodating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful place great food fast service

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Best of DC. Try Scallops with risoto; unbelivable!

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 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 5 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 6 days ago

The crab cakes were awesome and the lobster bisque.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 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 7 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 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 on February 11, 2018

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 10, 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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 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

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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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 (Bedfordshire)·Dined on February 7, 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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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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 30, 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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