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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.
Washington, DC 20004
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is available nightly starting at 5:00pm.
Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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