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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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4.6

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 (89)
Good for a Date (61)
Business Meals (57)
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Good for Anniversaries (57)
Romantic (51)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Good for Groups (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Worth the Drive (28)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Cozy (22)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Healthy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (7)
People Watching (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

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 15, 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 14, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a superb experience, celebrating a birthday with good friends. Our server, “V,” was among the very best we have ever had. She was attentive, helpful, experienced, and provided all the extras one would expect from a top restaurant. The food was fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. We will definitely return to see if a second visit is as satisfying as the first.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a date night for my wife and I and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. Michael was our waiter and he was phenomenal. His food and wine pairings were on point. The food was excellent. This will be one of our go to restaurants on future dates.

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

The food was fantastic. Our server Mike was the best. I recommend the hash browns ala Oceanaire, crab cake and baked Alaska.

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fabulous! I went here while pregnant with my husband prior to a show at the Warner Theater. Service was quick and the food superb. We’re going again!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very pricey for the quantity and quality of the food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Perfect atmosphere for high-end business lunch. Excellent service. Obviously a destination for seafood but my lunch date who is allergic to shellfish was also pleased.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Oceanaire is one of our favorites- rates in the top few of any restaurant in US. Fresh seafood, great wine selection, fantastic service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Pino is the absolute best at all he does! Great service by everyone from the manager to the coat check. This place is top notch and knows what it’s doing. Oh, they have the best crab cakes in town!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall, it’s a great seafood restaurant with great crab cakes!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was above average and server was very attentive. Food was good as well but the clam chowder was excellent!!!



Cutting to the chase, the atmosphere has drastically changed. Other patrons were obnoxious, loud and the restaurant felt like an overpriced sports bar.



It was 10 degrees outside, and we were sat near the window and froze the entire dinner. Despite there being plenty of available tables.



We made a reservation for 10:30pm in which they accepted. After arriving ten minutes early, as soon as we sat down, we were told that the kitchen and the bar closes at 11pm, so we felt rushed.



The men's restroom was disgusting!



I complained to the hostess who was more than nice but the manager stared in awe that a complaint was made, maybe he didn't hear the noise of what felt like an amusement park. Or maybe it was because he watched the football game the entire time.



With the recent influx of quality restaurants in the DC area, there will be no reason for us to return here when looking for an exceptional seafood dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I loved!! The scalops was a dream!!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We received fantastic service , and the chefs prepared items for us that were not on the menu--we will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Oceanaire has become a regular dining spot for us before attending a show. As has always been the case, the food was outstanding! Had the grilled swordfish with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and my wife had the crab cakes. Choose the truffle whipped potatoes as a shared side - wife and I had differing opinions on this dish. I thought excellent but my wife thought just okay. What was different about our visit this time was the service - it wasn't bad per se, just wasn't impeccable as it has been on our previous trips. Server was not super personable and didn't check in on us throughout the meal, which was terrible since we were his only table at the time - we arrived just before the dinner push as we wanted to make sure we had enough time to get to our show. Also, he didn't offer any insight into the dishes as our previous servers have done - basically just said if you want steak, these are the options - if you want shell fish, these are the options - and these are the options for fish. Perhaps this was just an anomaly as the server was having an off day - hope that to be the case and not a sign that the service overall is slipping... We have another show at the end of the month and whereas we wouldn't even have considered another dining option previously, we are exploring alternatives since it will be so close to our last visit. However, I expect that we will return given the food has always been outstanding, just may not be for our next show.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Hospitality was so nice, the staffs were kind and friendly.Delicious fillet mignion stake and club cake. Seasonal menue, hama hama oyster was special! I would like to visit again.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was so cold that we kept our winter coats on. The hostess commented, “This is the coldest place in here.” as she walked past our table. Our food turned extremely cold only minutes from arriving at our table due to the extreme draft. We told our server to box our food and give us our key lime pies to go. We stated we were leaving because of the cold. Our server then mentioned, “Oh, we have a heater for this area.” At this point we were ready to go. Our server brought us the bill then told us his assistant was boxing our food and getting our pies. We paid, tipped generously (the temp of the room was not in his control) to arrive home and realize our key lime pies were not in the packaged bag. What a disappointment for $250.00 and that was a tab with no alcohol.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service. Sea scallops were great but lobster was okay. I'd go back and probably try the fish. Great date night spot though!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was a delightful evening out with my wife on New Years Eve. The service was terrific. Food was excellent too. Except the Brussel sprouts had to much vinegar. I totally will go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service, food and atmosphere!will definitely return to this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Arrived early for our reservation, they were busy but easily able to seat us. The food is very good. Initially, wait staff were attentive to us, but the only negative was our main course arriving over 30 minutes after our appetizer plates had been removed from the table. A little loud for conversation, but overall a very good seafood meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great and the service was outstanding. I'm being a little picky...but my only recommendation would be to add some refinement to the wait staff. As I mentioned the service was great as far as timeliness but I would expect a bit more when paying $300 for dinner for a party of two.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Just outstanding ! This seafood leaning establishment had plenty of additional choices for the land-lubber in any group. On the other hand, with oysters so fresh, char-grilled octopus, and flaky, tender swordfish, this is THE place in the district for a memorable seafood outing. Mike, our waiter, we superb as he guided us through a long and comprehensive menu of delicious choices.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our server, Nelson, and his team provided outstanding service and excellent recommendations. We like to spend our anniversary at Oceanaire because the food is great and the atmosphere appealing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was delicious! My young granddaughters loved it! Waiter was so delightful and friendly. We enjoyed our visit. Thank you! Boston Family

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

A very special special holiday occasion spot for our family with our 9 guests enjoying an outstanding meal. While we never seem to leave room, it wouldn't be a night out at Oceanaire without the spectacular Baked Alaska.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Been coming to OceanAire for over 10 years. Always delicious and worth it.!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our server Marcus was Awesome. hope to visit again soon!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was good, I ordered the Red snapper. I didn't enjoy the dinner as much as before, I had the halibut then. A little more crowded, it was Christmas but overall everything was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good food, fresh seafoods, nice deserts, unfortunately we came on a busy night.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The unique drinks, salads, entrees, and desserts were spectacular. One of its kind. A great place for Christmas Dinner.

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