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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (53)
Romantic (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Groups (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Healthy (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Live Sports (5)
Scenic View (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service. Gourmet food. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Anniversary dinner was an excellent memorable event.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Wait staff was extremely helpful and detail oriented. Food was delicious.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

I don’t mind paying 270$ (With no alcohol) for a Valentine’s Day dinner for my wife and I but I expect the food and service to be top tier. This was not.

Our drinks were constantly low- most times I had to stop the waiter and ask for more iced tea. A different server dropped off our main course and just walked away, our waiter never even came back to see if everything was cooked correctly, just to ask if we wanted dessert or not.
I will just stick to Trulucks from now on.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We had not been to Oceanaire for a few years, but it was one of my favorite seafood restaurants in San Diego (having a kid kept us from frequenting downtown restaurants). The reservation was simple and perfect timing for our family valentine's day dinner, so I was excited to surprise my family with this experience. We were seated in the back, not in the main dining room, and I don't blame the staff at all for that (I can certainly respect putting a family with a 4 y/o in quarantine), but it was freezing back there. They turned down the air from my request, but it took 10 minutes for us to take off our coats.

Service: The waitress wasn't too helpful with the menu choices or specials (there weren't any), but it wasn't too difficult to figure out. We requested good oysters and super soft fish with no spice added...not too demanding, but she gave us options that didn't make much sense, so we went with our gut/instincts.

Food: One of the oyster choices was delicious! The other was so-so, but still very acceptable. The lobster bisque/salad/crab cake apps were all very good. The fish...my wife's sea bass was flakey, but the topping was too spicy for her to handle (we asked if it was spicy and she told us 'absolutely not'). My ono was dry (overcooked) and tasteless, but the sauce/whipped truffle potato was creamy and yummy. We didn't return anything, rather my wife and I swapped dished and it worked out okay...just okay. Creamed corn side dish was pretty good and made up for the tasteless fish. The dessert was super dry (caramel choco cake) and we couldn't eat it. Again, we didn't ruffle any feathers and ask for a return/exchange, but it was just a bit disappointing.

Overall: I was hoping for a really good fish dinner. I got a disappointing overcooked meal and a dinner I was hoping to have some consistency with my past experiences of it. I don't think I'll go back there unless I get super hungry for halibut when it's in season.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food; great service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

First time at the San Diego Oceanaire although have dined at the Dallas Oceanaire, which was wonderful.

Everything about the San Diego Oceanaire was fabulous, the wait staff, the ambiance, the food, the wine. We started with oysters, always a good choice. The grilled Octopus was succulent and tasty. Salads were wonderful, and then things got better. Both entrees were excellently prepared- the steak cooked to perfection, the swordfish was wonderful, a very thick cut, again cooked to perfection, I think the best swordfish I have eaten anywhere and not overpowered by garnish etc. Wine by the glass recommendations excellent. Dessert, shared Baked Alaska, was spectacularly presented and capped a wonderful meal. Definitely one of our new favorite places to eat in San Diego. Easily the equal or better of the Dallas Oceanaire!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service!! The booth was very comfortable and located in the perfect location for a special night.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

It was a wonderful evening. Food was outstanding the cocktails were creative and tasty. Best of all was the service. Outstanding..attentive...friendly. Great ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We were there for Valentine's Day dinner and it was absolutely exceptional!!!! the food, the service, and the ambiance was perfect. I highly recommend that you experience this restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

The blue cheese covered steak was cooked perfectly, the service by Rasheed, I probably just butchered his name (Sorry), was the best service I ever had in my 45 years of life, and I was impressed they read plus did everything I requested when I booked on Opentable.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are amazing!! Worth every penny.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Gave 4 stars due to our 45 minute wait to be seated after our reservation time. Great food, drinks, & service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This has been one of my favorite restaurants because the food is delicious, especially the crab cakes. This past weekend our family was celebrating the engagement of our daughter and our whole family ate here. We were seated at 6:40 and ate our main course at 8:15. Our server was not attentive and did a poor job communicating to us. We spoke with the manager after the meal and she was apologetic. We will return at some point and expect the service that we’re used to here.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was a bit underwhelmed for the price and experience of celebrating an anniversary. The service was good, but the food was not so great. My wife ordered a steak medium, and it came out rare. They took the steak back into the kitchen and cooked it to medium rare. It was still not cooked to order and now had a weird texture from being cooked, cut, and cooked again. My ono was overcooked and hard on the corners, and the dynamite sauce tasted very bready.

I would probably not come back to this location until the chef team stepped up their game.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Crab cakes always excellent. Hash browns ala Oceanaire are a must-have side. Top-notch service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved everything ..

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service did not it’s best to make us feel welcome, it was not as other servers that we have seen. I feel you need to be strict with the timing and make them always be aware of their table, not just wait for us to look for them. To us it was not impressive the service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Tremendous, fresh and tasteful seafood. Service is exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My wife and I were in San Diego for a conference where she was presenting. We walked to the restaurant from the Marriott Marquis (easy walk). The food and restaurant were good, on the + side. Our service was mixed.

Our waitress did a good job but those supporting her did a sub-par job for a restaurant charging that kind of money.

The wines were good. The food was good. We shared a soup and a salad. We shared a dessert. My scallop entree was excellent but there was grit in at least 2 of the 4 scallops. Top tier restaurant shouldn't have that happen with a top chef team in the kitchen. My wife's John Dory was okay but not exceptional. We had the dressed up entrees and the show for the courses was excellent.

But in total, $225 for our bill and this service.... 😳😭😩 ... I would have to say was disappointing.

You can do better and I hope that management picks up on this and does enhance performance. It was an awful lot of money for an average dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Live Sports, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was perfectly cooked and beautifully prepared. My only issue was that my appetizer came right on the heels of getting my soup. I did, however, receive a fresh one when we were ready.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Good for business dinners. Overall good experience and good quality but smaller portions, which affects restaurant’s value proposition.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Incredible food, service, and dining experience. Servers, chefs, and representatives are very attentive and always take care of you.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great choices at bar and the best seafood in San Diego!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Management and staff went above and beyond to make an engagement celebration special, and the food itself was phenomenal. Thanks to everyone there!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food; wonderful service!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Overall a great dining experience.
Food and service amazing like always, delicious Oyster selection, not to mention their wine list!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Feels more like a chain restaurant than a treat. Waiter was not authentic. Food was very average.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This is a great restaurant for a good dinner with clients. The food is very fresh and prepared perfectly. The Oceanaire has a wide range of menu items and the wine list is long but not a book, and I have always found a perfect wine for the meal.

I also love eating at the bar when I am by myself on a business trip, where I can get a good glass of wine, some yummy clam chowder soup, and all the raw oysters I can eat, prepared in front of me.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Came for restaurant week and Oceanaire didn't fail to impress. They always go all in for restaurant week unlike some other restaurants. Our server Jessie was phenomenal and made great recommendations. The blackened mahi and shrimp amd grits were exceptional. We will be back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food and service. We can’t wait to come back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great! Very accommodating

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious San Diego Restaurant Week menu. Had been dying to try this place for years ...heard the oysters were great. And I was not disappointed! Coffee refills took some work however and we had to wait for that 2nd cup.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Tables a little to close together. We were seated right as you walk in the dining area to the right. The people next to us very close and very loud plus lots of traffic since we were right off the walkway. Clam chowder and bloody Mary's were awesome!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Waiter lacked rapport

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Arrived early and was easily accomodated but we chose to check out the bar area. Great happy hour drinks and oysters to start us off. The restaurant menu is one of the best for seafood choices. Our server was great and pleasant.

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