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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Please join us for our spectacular 5 course $90 prix fixe menu!
We will NOT be offering our a la carte menu on New Years Eve.
Please contact the restaurant for additional information. All reservations must submit a credit card number with the restaurant to confirm reservation.

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Private Dining

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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasion (55)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
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Romantic (50)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Business Meals (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Groups (32)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Healthy (14)
Authentic (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Scenic View (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
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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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 (Austin)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our server was attentive and helpful. Our meal was pan-fried Dover sole served tableside, and it was exquisite. I had a first-class gin martini, perfectly prepared and COLD. The waiter chose my wine, and it was excellent, too.

The restaurant has an extensive and creative menu, with many good selections.

This site was modern, crisp, well enough lighted for my wife and me to see easily, but not bright. The setting was quiet and pleasant. Best fish I’ve eaten that I didn’t catch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The halibut was sensational. The apps we had were crab cakes and calamari and the calamari was very good. We ate the corn , broccoli and mashed potatoes sides. The corn was quite tasty.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Had an amazing time. Everyone was incredibly impressed with the food, drinks, and service. Will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was very good. The wine list was extensive but maybe a little overpriced. Not much in the inexpensive or medium range.
Oysters were outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Oceanaire has unfortunately declined from a "higher end" downtown SD restaurant to an "upscale" chain restaurant owned by Landry's. Prices have increased, but menu is not the same. It had a signature "Drunken" option for its fish which was great and a highlight. Manager told me it no longer serves that as prior owner is using it as his restaurant. Also have cut back on the beer menu and eliminated several good beers to larger brands with 3 very similar local brands, but all high in hops which does not go well with fish. Oceanaire needs to get back to its roots or I suspect it will unfortunately continue to decline to a "just above average" chain restaurant. Use to eat there on average 1 time each month, but have elected to go with other options with better value.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food and service. Menu had plenty to offer. Great for an anniversary or other special occasions. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Not a dessert person but the Baked Alaskan was amazing

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food at Oceanaire was really good. If you are looking for one of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego. Then this is it. Truluck is good also but the Oceanaire offers more seafood options. Everything is so fresh and when it comes to seafood that is very important. The service was also above par. We enjoyed are time at the restaurant and we can't wait to we go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I can't express enough how awesome the staff are there. They made an special night even greater with their service and suggestions from the chef.

I look forward to my next visit there!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Very attentive to our group. In our group everyone loved their food and we shared the baked Alaska which was a fantastic presentation at the table and delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We've dined here many times over the years, never a disappointment. we were seated in one of the back booths and there was a large table gathering close by, that was a bit noisy until they got seated. Very good waiter, Daniel who assisted in a wine selection when our first choice was not acceptable. Very knowledgeable about the menu. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The price of the meal was astronomical considering the amount of food we received. Everything was extra. The food was alright as was the service and the decor. We would not return.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of the best restaurants in San Diego and 5 stars!!! Hands down!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had an enjoyable evening. Dinner was delicious and the service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Out of thousands of San Diego county restaurants, this is our favorite. Food fabulous, staff delightful & the occasional dining promotions are incredible bargains. Probably best for couples or small groups, but they will accommodate larger groups with a little notice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Everything was just as described by both the menu and the waiter. Very well prepared and presented.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Not good at all. They missed up my surprise plan.
Customer service ok

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We wanted to try this location due to the reviews. I can't say we had a bad meal, the food we did order was prepared well and was very fresh. I had the Rockfish Dynamite and they were happy to change out the fish to cod for me (for a small fee) so that was appreciated. The waiter did mention that it was a 4 out of 5 on the hot scale. Now, I do like spicy food and this is why the waiter made that suggestion to me BUT this item is freaking hot! I ended up with not so good indigestion thru the next day so be warned. The staff was friendly and the location was clean and low lighting gave it a nice ambiance and when it fills up it can be a bit noisy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Appetizer of Shrimp & Grits was very salty. No fried shrimp on menu, had to ask if they could serve some. They did say they could. Steak was served without steak knife, had to ask for one. Had to ask for cocktail sauce. Wasn’t thrilled with waiter blowing out Baked Alaska. Think there should be a covered dome to put it out. Or let me blow it out.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This meal was celebratory for my surgical residents. It did not disappoint. The Maryland crab cakes are the best I have had except my own outside Maryland.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Once again, Oceanaire does not disappoint. This is a premium seafood restaurant. Excellent variety and quality. Very good service. Wine list is a little skimpy for an upscale dining room. Prices are on the high side but well worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Ate here after our wedding. Zero complaints. The food was incredible. The service was fantastic. We definitely plan to come back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food : the sea bass was a tad overdone but still tasted great.
Great ambiance.

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