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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
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11:30 PM
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Oceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego

4.5
3466 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
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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What 3466 People Are Saying
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vipSailor (San Diego)
1.0  Dined 5 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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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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Phyl2 (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined 5 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 5 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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary dinner was an excellent memorable event.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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AndrewM 
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food; great service.

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ManinBlack2 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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MarkT (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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LarryC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vipBobo (Los Angeles)
4.0  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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Mary (San Diego)
3.0  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.

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JamSpe (Austin)
3.0  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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