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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (94)
Good for a Date (74)
Good for Anniversaries (71)
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Business Meals (61)
Romantic (58)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Good for Groups (43)
Pre/post Theatre (40)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Worth the Drive (30)
Great for Lunch (26)
Casual (18)
Cozy (18)
Healthy (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Seasonal (15)
Authentic (13)
Fun (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
People Watching (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
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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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server was exceptionally warm and engaging.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had lunch with a business associate who is also a pilot. He's travelled to Alaska, and said that OA's salmon was as good as any that he had there! My swordfish was excellent, too.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Oceanaire is a great restaurant! We love the atmosphere and enjoy the ambiance. We definitely
enjoyed our "restaurant week" experience and the food was excellent. I had their renowned Maryland Crab Cakes! The Best in Town!!! Our deserts were the great too. We will definitely recommend Oceanaire to our friends and relatives and we look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our waiter was amazingly friendly and helpful with advising menu choices!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I would have given all 5 except for the surly gentleman at the front who either was in a bad mood or overwhelmed by the lunch sitting. I asked a simple question was cut off and given and impertinent stock reply. Everything else, especially our server (Keenya), was simply delicious and awesome.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was good but the service was atrocious, maybe because it was restaurant week. The host was extremely rude. He snapped at us to "wait a minute, I'll be right with you" as soon as we entered. We hadn't even approached the host stand yet! The food was slow to be delivered and I made the mistake of ordering the dressing for my salad "on the side". My dining companions were halfway through their meal before I got my dressing and this was after we had to flag down another waiter (our waitress was too busy attending to another table to bother with us!). Even the manager studiously avoided looking at us when we were trying to get the situation resolved. The food was good, but for the prices they charge they should exhibit better customer service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Service was super slow. We had to get dessert to go.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Soups served for appetizers came out luke warm. Waiter was not attentive to the table at all. I'd probably have a different review if we had a different waitress.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Go for the Key lime pie if nothing else!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wait staff service was impeccable, including wine service. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about Oceanaire's food sources (such as locally-sources ingredients and seasonal offerings) and how each dish was prepared. His recommendations, including parings, were spot-on! We were a party of 9: every dish of every course was well-prepared, well-presented, and thoroughly enjoyed. Also, the dishes were delivered to the table simultaneously, so no one had to wait!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I had never been...always driven by and my bf and I decided we'd go there for date night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My sister and I treated ourselves to lunch during Restaurant Week and enjoyed the food and service. Nice ambiance and perfect place to treat yourself on occasion. We highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent choice of food for restaurant week. Each dish was great and plenty to eat. No one would have left hungry. Loved the crab cake sliders. Look forward to the next time to try this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food! They made my mother feel so special for her bday. Especially by adding the "Happy Birthday" touch to the top of the menu. What a great surprise!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great seating and ambience! We had a wonderful dinner !

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We went during restaurant week. Menu and food were very good, as was the service. Felt cramped in the round table booth, hostess had to pull table out so we could sit. Noisy for conversation.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We have been here several times so that was good since we know they are generally better than it was this time. There was a large group that came in after us and our waiter basically forgot about us even when we could get his attention. Food was great except the key lime pie was more of a cheesecake then last time we were there. Also $14 for sangria is a but much even for DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Fabulous as always! Crab cakes are the best in WDC. Kale salad yummy and Key Lime pie to finish......Soooooooooooo good!

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service and food. It’s one of my favorites when looking for something quick and good. Reservations aren’t always needed which is a plus.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Awsome food and service. Knowledgeable and friendly servers and staff. Very pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

When making my reservations months in advance, I was told that large parties would have to be seated in a separtate dinning area. Not the case! There were two large parties (15 +) seated around my party of 14, the noise level was absolutely ridiculous and the service was slow because of multiple large parties in one area.
The food portions are SMALL but well presented. The waitor was ALWAYS in a rush and difficult to get a hold of when something was needed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Best seafood. It was hyped up, and is the real deal.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant was one of two restaurants that we truly enjoyed during our visit to Washington. The food was perfect and the service was wonderful, friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Healthy, People Watching, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our waiter was fabulous! Courteous, jovial, and very knowledgeable about the food and wine list! The scallop sauce was very salty and heavy, but other than that, food was great!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

service and ambiance were great. food was wonderful -- had the crab cake, chopped salad, and parmesan truffle fries. a bit pricey. definitely recommend if you're looking for that kind of experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Eight of us went to the Oceanaire Seafood Room for an after conference dinner. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The noise level was not bad, though it was difficult to have a conversation with someone across the table. The food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My husband and I were disappointed with our visit to Oceanaire. It was our anniversary, and we had hoped for a better experience! Our waiter was not at all attentive, and when he did appear at our table, he talked incessantly. The food was good, however, I ordered the Dover sole, which I have had numerous times at other exclusive restaurants. At Oceanaire, the price was ridiculously high, especially for the amount of fish that the waiter removed in the deboning process: essentially, the entire middle of the fish was removed because it was "raw": unheard of!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I think service was just off that night. Our server was friendly but repeatedly forgot to bring the wine that was included in my wine flight. Also our check was wrong. We were double charged for a steak that we had to send back. I also felt like there was a miscommunication on what we ordered and it was deliberate. We ordered the king crab legs and I thought we were coming off of the appetizer menu. Instead he recommended one off of the entre menu which was twice the price. While it was delicious it was an unexpected charge. When we receive the check he said “was there a miscommunication?” My steak was the wrong temperature. When we sent it back no one offered to give us fresh sides so that our meal would be the same temperature when it was finally ready. Also the table behind us was very loud. I’ve been here before and enjoyed the experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were enjoying DC. Excellent food and wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service. Door left open so it was cold in the restaurant. Expensive but worthwhile.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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