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.View Private Dining Details
Amazing as usual. Whole fish is to die for
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!
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.
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.
Our table host James was a perfect “10”. Excellent in EVERYWAY....
Wonderful food and terrific service. Will return soon.
Our favorite restaurant. Have never been disappointed.
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.
Good food, great service and very noisy for a business dinner
2nd time dining here. Food is outstanding. Service much better on the 2nd visit. Will definitely return!
Our server was charming and the food was excellent.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Loved everything!! It was delish!!
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.
Awesome. Food and service were great
Got there right before the Saturday night rush so timing was perfect. A few tables by the window were available yet our host was going to seat us in a corner booth although I had special-requested a window seat should one be available upon arrival on the Open Table app. The hostess allowed us to have the table by the window which was available without issue.
Service, beverages (bloody martini!) and food (scallops, Hawaiian monchong, bass, and chocolate cake!) was amazing. It got a little on the noisy side upon leaving but didn't bother us since it was girls night out but probably not a great place for a working/business dinner as you might miss critical conversation but if you're there to eat their delish food, you came to the right restaurant. Uncertain if they have a private room - definitely would be ideal if they did for business and/or private dinners. NOTE TO SELF: check next time you're there!
OpenTable still has yet to figure out what happened with my $50 reward so hopefully the situation is remediated soon. It's been over a week and the credit wasn't applied to our bill nor did the restaurant mention having it on record so clearly the system is broken. I have never had issue with OpenTable until now and I'm hoping they do the right thing and credit me my rewards; especially since I always reserve through them and have been a loyal user for many years.
Good job, Oceannaire. Thanks for the lovely everything!!!! And, yes, I intentionally meant everything and not evening. We had a very memorable and wonderful time!!!
It was a date. Boyfriend’s birthday is this month and I wanted to treat him for his birthday.
Excellent service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. The baked Alaska dessert was incredible.
Great service by Sean. Crab cakes and Hawaiian Manchong fish were excellent.
Food was amazing. Service was great. A+ all around.
It was a busy night with several large parties. Dave worked hard to make our evening comfortable. Food was delicious.
We were well looked after. Food was stunning 😊
Delicious fish and a baked Alaska what more could you ask for ❤️
Greg provided the BEST service experience.
Fantastic as usual. Best quality in town. Amazing food, great service.
We come here 2-3 times per year because we like the ambience, the service is usually friendly and professional and the Food is always good. We go there specifically for seafood even though they have other items on the menu. So overall it was a good evening and the main course was prepared perfectly for both my wife's John Dory and my Swordfish and Swordfish can be a little tricky on being over cooked but mine was perfect.
We felt a bit rushed during this experience which has not been the norm from our past experiences, most of that stemmed from one of my pet peeves which was having the main course show up while I'm still eating my salad. In this case the timing was way off considering that my wife and I had split the Wedge salad. If someone had ordered that salad themselves they would have been barely half way through it when their entrée arrived.
Speaking of the Wedge we have had it here before and always liked it but this version had no flavor in the dressing and since you are dressing iceberg lettuce that left the only flavor that you tasted was coming from a few diced tomatoes and some bacon crumbles. Clearly a new recipe than what we've had before. We will look for a different salad next time.
We also did not care for the coarsely grated horseradish served with the oysters on the half shell (think shorter but same coarseness as shredded carrots), I love horseradish but this presentation made it difficult to get enough on your oyster.
We will definitely go back.
Oceanaire, for me, continues to be the number one seafood restaurant in San Diego. A must go to restaurant.
Very good place. Gets loud when full. Waiter was a little over yhe yop, but helpful and knowledgebase on food prep. Must go in San Diego. Plan to drip a couple of c notes.
Ambiance, service and food is among the best in the area. Great selection of fish and specialty preparations.
Excellent food. Awesome experience!
Horrible. Arranged weeks in advance for anniversary. Tried to seat us at the reception area, then seated next to the bus station even-though a nice window seat was available.
Totally messed up order - wrong items, wrong preparation. I choose to keep it so I could eat with my wife instead of her waiting or eating by herself. They said they would not charge- bs. When I got the bill, they changed their minds.
Server, manager, hostess all came by many many times asking if everything was all right. No, they f’d up every part of the evening. Actions are louder than words. Stop asking and start doing!!!!
So much for a special anniversary. Have visited the restaurant about once every three months for the last couple of years. Steadily gotten worse. This was the last time. Hello Eddie V’s
Excellent service. Gourmet food. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely return.
Oceanaire tries hard but falls short of “world class.” Our waiter was very nice but unfocused and couldn’t remember that I had already ordered my wine or that we were gluten free. The salmon was cooked perfectly and couldn’t have been more delicious. However, the lobster cocktail, though presented beautifully, was small and not cracked sufficiently. The cocktail sauce was removed prematurely from the table. When we inquired about gluten free options for dessert we were told there were none. My husband said “surely you have some ice
cream.” When that was brought it was just a scoop in a bowl with no type of embellishment like fruit or syrup which seemed at odds with how beautifully the other dishes were served. We enjoyed the special touch of my husbands name on the menu and we enjoyed our evening but I’m not sure we would bring important guests to Oceanaire.
Excellent service! Waiter really knew his menu and gave us just the right amount of attention. Food was fabulous. Only caution is not to over order. A side can easily be shared. It probably isn’t even needed if you split a salad and get an entree
Poor service in a pricey restaurant creates unhappy patrons. The table next to us arrived after we did and paid their bill as our food arrived. Food was tasty. Work on service please.
Anniversary dinner was an excellent memorable event.
Wait staff was extremely helpful and detail oriented. Food was delicious.
We were staying at Pendry Hotel which is 1 block away and choose this restaurant because of walking distance. Great Happy Hour and then had dinner in restaurant. Was my husband's birthday and they had birthday greeting on our menus--nice touch. Wait staff was excellent and food was fresh and tasty. Large convention in town and place was full but did not affect the great service we received.