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Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego

4.6
3523 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Reservations Recommended;
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Phone number
(619) 858-2277
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Viera
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Cross street
4th Street
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Valet available during restaurant hours.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Da kine. If you like seafood and have a generous budget, you will love this place. It’s my go-to seafood restaurant in the US.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Crab cakes and baked Alaska were great

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional food and service. We were looking for fine dining with seafood and the reviews sent us here. It did not disappoint and we would go back. Server Scott was excellent! It is pricey $225+ for two of us but delicious and the service was top notch. Located right downtown and an easy walk from out hotel.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great ambience, professional service and good fresh ingredients executed with simplistic style, it stays on my short list for seafood dining in San Diego

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lovely food new waiter was friendly but missed a couple of things- half empty in a Tuesday night but cute place

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Our waiter was top notch, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious! We have been celebrating our Anniversaries at Oceanaire for many years and will continue to do so. BTW this eas #28!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Oceanaire is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. The food and the atmosphere is great. The service is great. Sundays are one dollar oyster night. There are so many menu options to choose from it’s difficult to choose.

They did a great job of helping celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

Try the angry striped bass or the chicken fried lobster. I’ve never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great find...a little pricey but it is owned by the same people that have "Landry's." SEAN our waiter was phenomenal. Crab Cake and Crab Cocktail starters were very very good. General selection of Halibut for the wife and Swordfish Dynamite for me. Both were very good but food rating was lowered due to both fish being slightly dry and overcooked. Don't miss the side of Hashbrowns .... very good. We had key lime pie which was BIG and tasty. We would've liked to have a little more lime taste to it. Overall.. we would come back for a special event or I would with customers.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

we were visiting San Diego, and I found this on yelp. it was fantastic, the food the atmosphere
was perfect. then there was the service. our waiter Scott was great, but the entire staff was always on top of it. they never missed a beat. I dine out often . i wish all my experiences were like this. this was a 10 out of 10.
thanks you to all. great job. the great service makes a huge difference .

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was fantastic! Felt like Our table was the only one there.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place! Went for my birthday. Our server was very attentive and made the dinner special. Will definitely come back next time in San Diego.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Ordered the mixed shellfish dinner and while the scallops were very good, the miniscule lobster tail was mushy and underwhelming. The shrimp were so so, especially compared to the shrimp we had with the shrimp cocktail. The wedge salad was also meh, very little bacon or tomatoes included. The crab cakes were great, the chocolate cake dessert was very good, but we just felt a bit of a letdown this time. We've been coming to Oceanaire for years now and it has been our go-to place for a great quality meal. Prices also keep inching up. When I spend $200 for a dinner, I want to walk away feeling completely satisfied and sadly, this wasn't the case.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We celebrated my father's 90th birthday at Oceanaire on April 6, 2018. The staff was wonderful and made us all feel very special - especially my father. We had a wonderful server and perfect table. Nice touch with personalizing the menus. The food is a little pricey, but so worth it for this special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Really nice. Great food. Love the sides. Always fresh.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Muy recomendable

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Started slow with the service, but the food and drink made up for it.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restaurant is upstairs in the Gaslamp Area, a block away from Petco Stadium.

The atmosphere was nice, classy and clean. Quiet for a Saturday night. Not as busy on Easter weekend. Our server, Ben, started off great but disappeared after our dinner was served. Service was lackluster for a fine dining establishment. You are treated much better at Ruth Chris, Maestro’s, Houston's, Ostera and Nick's.



The drinks - I had a Sidecar and my fiancée had a Cape Cod. The Cape Cod was refreshing and on the stronger side which we both love. My sidecar was made with cinnamon on the rim and it took away from the taste of the drink which happens to be the whole reason I ordered it. I ended up sending it back for a Cosmo which was okay.



The food was very good. For appetizers we ordered the calamari, which was delicious and very fresh. It has a little spice to it which we enjoyed. We also had a Caesar salad that was delicious. For our dinner entrees we ordered the filet, topped with 3 jumbo shrimp, swordfish - topped with lump crab meat, side entrée of whipped potatoes. Everything tasted sooooo good. We were very full after devouring our meals but made sure that we had enough room for dessert.



Dessert - we had the chocolate caramel cake. The only thing good on the cake was the side of ice cream. The cake tasted a little old and almost had the texture of a flourless cake.



Overall - I would pass on returning to this establishment as there are many other places in San Diego that you can get fresh seafood and steaks from with much better service. I believe that service is everything and unfortunately the service that night left me unsatisfied.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

35th wedding anniversary spent at one of our favorite restaurant. As always the service is matched by the impeccable food. The oysters came from both west and east coasts and were fantastic. My favorite char broiled Octopus remains indescribable.
Cant wait to return!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very good!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great waiter with great recommendations and knowledge of the food and menu. Staff was on top of bringing everything we needed, filling our water glasses and making sure we were happy and didn't want/need anything. The food was great. The crab cake is still a must! The blackberry Boubon cocktail is very good.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Our server Ben was knowledgeable & attentive. Appreciate them giving us a copy of the menu as a souvenir of our anniversary

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food especially the John Dory preparation

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Amazing as usual. Whole fish is to die for

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My GF and I both love seafood and this place may be the best in San Diego. From the Hamachi to the oyster to the entrees, side and dessert, the food was amazing. It was great to celebrate her birthday there and the wait staff is top notch as well. Happy and satisfied!

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

First impressions is that this is an old school ‘American fine dining’ spot with blue lighting and a late 80s decor. We liked the great seafood menu. The menus are printed daily but the accuracy of the dishes is way off. The ‘simple’ section says you can have any of the fish dishes grilled and brushed with lemon butter (as apposed to some of the richer sauces), in fact it comes swimming in lemon butter, more of a beu blanc sauce - which my wife liked but is far from how it was described, and not to my taste or likely anyone truly wanting to taste the fish. The broccolini was described as having a spring onion sauce flavour and was actually extremely spicy - which we liked, but could have been a problem if you didn’t like really spicy food. We gave this feedback to the waiter who said we know, but they don’t listen to us.

Biggest issue was my sea bass coming out undercooked and the whole dish was cold, they also forgot to put the broccolini order in. My wife was finished eating before my main was redone (as cod, as they’d run out of sea bass). When it finally came it was great.

If you want a traditional restaurant with largely very rich food, it might work for you.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The restaurant has a simple elegance which made us feel welcome. Sean was our waiter. He was very knowledgeable and helpful and gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was superb. This was a celebration of our anniversary and it was a lovely evening. We would definitely recommend your restaurant to anyone who is visiting San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our table host James was a perfect “10”. Excellent in EVERYWAY....

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful food and terrific service. Will return soon.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our favorite restaurant. Have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

the Oceanaire never fails to please. The San Diego location was no exception. Our server was extremely helpful, and we enjoyed chatting with him over the food choices.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Good food, great service and very noisy for a business dinner

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

2nd time dining here. Food is outstanding. Service much better on the 2nd visit. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our server was charming and the food was excellent.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I am an avid foodie and dine out at least 3x a week. Recently my dining has taken me to Spago at the Four Seasons Maui, Morimoto at The Andaz, Ruth’s Chris Maui/San Diego not to be braggadocio but only for reference. I have been to Oceanaire several times and never had and issue but there is a first time for everything. It took 45 minutes to get cold apps from the raw bar then another hour to get our entrees that were sent back to be re-fired. The waiter was gracious but the manager was indignant, frustrated and overwhelmed! Don’t patronize me with your lack of sincerity and lame recovery. This was a catastrophic failure of a dining experience which cost me several hundred dollars for so much anguish. Terrible experience and even worse management resolution.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The waiter was cheerful, professional, knowledgeable of their menu and made excellent recommendations. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will be going back for more.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went to Oceanaire for my husband’s birthday. The service was impeccable, food was OUTSTANDING and the ambiance was quiet, sophisticated and welcoming. This is one of our new favorites and we can’t wait to go again, soon!!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our waiter was nit very attentive . We had to flag him down to get service. In the many years I have dined at oceanaire this was the first time service was not very good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Loved everything!! It was delish!!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We saw this place online and thought it would be worth trying. One night while walking past, we almost decided not to bother. But because of the reviews, we thought we would go ahead with it, since it was close to our hotel. We are so glad we went! The food was amazing, the setting was unique. We would definitely recommend if you want a great meal with a unique atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Awesome. Food and service were great

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