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About Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego


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.

400 J Street
Gaslamp District
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Reservations Recommended;

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 858-2277

Website:
http://www.theoceanaire.com/

Parking Details:
Valet available during restaurant hours.

Executive Chef:
Kyle Viera

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room specializes in making business dinners, social events, holiday parties, birthdays and company functions, unique and unforgettable in a setting with character, warmth and sleek sophistication. Let us work with you to create the perfect experience for your special event.

Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (55)
Special Occasion (55)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
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Romantic (44)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Business Meals (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Good for Groups (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Healthy (18)
Authentic (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Cozy (10)
Fun (9)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Live Sports (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service, great food

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·Dined 4 days ago

We ate every last, delicious bite.
The drinks were tasty, one of our servers wasn’t the friendliest, but there was another who made up for it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Those who did not know it would be surprised this is part of a large chain. It is not run like one.
This is a very underrated eatery.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely a must when visiting SD. My wife and I make a point to come here our first night to have a perfect dinner out. 5 stars all the way around. Every time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Apparently this is part of a national chain, but it feels more like one of a kind. Extremely good food, innovatively prepared. Very nice people, who seem to care about their guests.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excelente calidad de los platillos y atención del personal, sin embargo los precios elevados y las porciones pequeñas.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a pleasure eating at Oceanaire. Food and service always excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We are from out of tow but will return to Oceanaire! Our food and service were excellecent! We will return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food prep was poor

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 28, 2017

You can't find cuisine like that in China Spring,TX. Food was correct, fresh fish had a mind blowing texture, all dishes were of impeccable quality.Staff was informative, pleasurable, and on top of their game.
It's a shame we have to travel that far for excellence all the way around.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

My favorite in San Diego. Never fails to exceed expectations.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Awesome place and great food!!! 5 Star restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Nice restaurant trying to be a VERY nice restaurant but only succeeding in stuffiness and price. Forgot our side order of shrimp to accompany lobster. Brought it at the very end and the shrimp wasn’t cleaned or cooked very well and they didn’t offer to comp or discount the shrimp. Server never came by to refill coffees at dessert and was MIA when we were looking for the bill. Food, for the most part, was good but not sure the value was there for what they charged. Nothing we ate really “wowed” us which was disappointing. Ambiance was ok but a little stuffy which we enjoy every once and a while and don’t mind at all paying for it but expect top notch service and food for the prices they charge and it just wasn’t there IMO. Would most likely not go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Best dining experience in San Diego

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

An amazing Christmas Dinner! The food n chef were terrific!

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Xmas eve dinner for party of 5. Service was great. Food was ho-hum. Fish was delivered cold the first time and then an attempt to reheat it was a failure. Lobster tail looked more like a crayfish tail. Crab legs were good, tuna tower was good.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is my 3rd year going to Oceanaire for Christmas Eve dinner. Amazing dining experience. We had reservations arrived a little early and were seated right away! Menu has regular items but what I love about Oceanaire is the special menu items added by the chef! I had “Chicken Fried Lobster” hadn’t seen it on the menu and it didn’t disappoint!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always enjoy coming in for a super meal. Love the fish! Great service and relaxing ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My husband, son and I went to Oceanaire for Christmas Eve dinner. Everything was wonderful. The service was exceptional and I was very impressed with how classy everything was. For appetizers, my son had oysters that he was very happy with and we split a lobster cocktail - very nice. For dinner, my son had the crab cakes, my husband had the sea bass and I had the filet. The only thing I was disappointed about was that I asked for béarnaise sauce and our waiter had to come back later and say that they didn't have any that night. I had a very nice glass of pinot noir, my husband had an appletini that was delicious and my son had a beer that he enjoyed very much. We were so stuffed that we declined dessert. It isn't inexpensive, but it is very nice for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Been here a couple times before and have always had excellent service! I went on Christmas Eve with my boyfriend and his father and we had a wonderful time - both food-wise and service-wise. Regular menu was available and no pre-fixed menu.

Our server, who unfortunately I do not remember the name of, was very friendly and helpful with the menu and any questions we had. We were consistently checked on and asked if we needed anything. The food was terrific - although, I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and enjoyable Christmas Eve dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

My husband & I had dinner to celebrate his birthday. The food and service was excellant as always!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great service and food! Even though it's part of a chain, this is a very upscale restaurant. Highly recommended it for special occasions (we took our friends for their anniversary and the menu included their names in celebration of same) or when you want to take your significant other for a quiet get-together. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Always enjoy our time as Oceanaire. Last Sunday we brought friends visiting from out of town. We all enjoyed the food, service, atmosphere and dessert!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

When we walked in the decor felt dated so we were not prepared for one of the best meals any of us had ever had. Service was superb - a memorable experience- thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The worst crab cake on the planet The iceberg blue cheese salad bland The chef should get Morton’s recipe Honestly the ONLY good thing was the delicious bread Very disappointing

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

They made it very special and personable

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Sat at the bar for late happy hour after 9pm. Oysters were outstanding! Ron the bartender was an excellent host. Highly recommend.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It's my favorite place, and I had guest from Seattle that really liked the food.
for the first time our waitservice was quite slow. Great food as always.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Muy agradable estancia y atención del personal

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were there on a quiet night, and the ambiance was very nice. The hostess and our waitress were excellent: very pleasant, helpful and responsive. The problem was the food. I had been to Oceanaire in DC several times, and thought that it was very good, albeit expensive. Here, the clam chowder was mediocre and the crab cakes were quite uninspired. My date's entree was good, so my review is qualified. But I would have a hard time recommending this place despite its good qualities.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were on honeymoon from Japan. My husband and I are not good at speaking English but they were very kind and gave anniversary special dessert to us. That was so impressive. It’s gonna be one of the good memories in my life. We recommend. すごく素敵なレストランでした。オススメします。

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is a very special place —-it’s too good for everyday—but it’s perfect for special occasions

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Birthday party with a group of 8. Outstanding service but was disappointed in my food. Salad was way over dressed so vinegar overpowered everything; my fish was dry but salmon was awesome; truffle mashed potatoes and snow peas sides were fantastic; asparagus undercooked and woody. Shrimp cocktail was chewy, but my guests loved the oysters and calamari. Was supposed to have a mocktail menu but never offered. Baked Alaska was bad; cake was thin, ice cream already melted, a mess to divide. Guests liked having privacy bc convo was easier. Food used to be better. Likely won’t dine there again but the staff and Melissa, Sales & Catering manager were wonderful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been to this restaurant a couple of times and the food and service has been great. The seafood has been top notch, very fresh, and a wide set of choices. Service was excellent and timely, no long waits. It is on the expensive side, so we have gone here for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best meal my husband and I have had in a long time. I had grouper, he had chicken fried lobster. Great serice, overall super experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Chicken fried lobster was divine! Ahi tuna was melt in your mouth delicious. Beautiful, romantic dinner!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Most of what we had (lump crab cakes, arugula and wedge salads, truffled mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts) were phenomenal, but the dover sole was a bit disappointing flavor-wise and the maitre d' doing the table side prep was not quite practiced enough. Overall, loved it!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Best place for seafood on your birthday

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the crab cakes and the truffle mashed potatoes! The ahi entree was beautifully prepared. Service was very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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