Permanently Closed - The Sea Grill

4.6
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3821 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center is an iconic seafood restaurant in Midtown NYC serving the freshest fish for lunch, dinner and elegant private events.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dining Room Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dining Room Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 332-7610
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
The Sea Grill can keep it simple, or take it over the top. From a seated lunch to a stunning dinner buffet or cocktail party with a red-carpet entrance and dancing for 2000, we can provide custom-designed menus that can reflect any cuisine or theme with special entertainment and decor.
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Private party contact
Jeffrey Keltz: (212) 332-7608
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Cross street
5th & 6th Aves
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Parking details
Central Parking Garage (located on 48th St between 5th and 6th Aves, closer to 6th on the North side of the street)Parking.
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Public transit
B,D,M,F trains at 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family trip to NYC

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food and service. We sat near the window and that was very nice because we coud see the view.

I
New York Area
183 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Final family lunch at Sea Grill before it closes. We have enjoyed both winter and summer lunches for decades. Many happy memories. Best wishes to staff.

TS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Only hooked this so daughter could ice skate. Restaurant lacked ambience & atmosphere. Tourist rip off
Average food at ridiculous high prices. So many GREAT restaurants in NYC & this is not one

p
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was intended as our last hurrah at the Sea Grill, where we have been dining for decades. It was especially festive at Christmas, though the prices are jacked up at this time. We began with the always outstanding sea food chowder, and crab cakes, which were a little drier than usual but tasty. For mains we ordered crab cakes, scallops with truffle mash (delicious and a favourite) and dover sole. The latter was rather skimpy on the brown butter, but tender, and the rough potato mash beneath was good. Desert was the famous key lime pie, always good, but a little too much cream on top for my taste, and blueberry tart which was excellent. As usual the service was friendly and unhurried , although cocktails arrived after the food, which they were too sweet to go with (we saved them for desert). Very sad that this restaurant is now closed!

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Each course was without much taste and underwhelming. The waiter who took our order was attentive enough but the crew delivering food to the table was rude and awful. Having dined at Sea Grill numerous times over the years, today was a completely disappointing experience.

LK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The food was excellent, service also. Our server kept things moving so we could make our theater time without making us feel rushed. We were seated right up against the glass by the ice rink, which was great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambience. We will certainly miss this classic holiday spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Took to long with my order and drinks. Seem like the waiter wasn’t really caring about our dishes and the food wasn’t even good. Them chefs need help with their cooking because for the price it is not worth it at all

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience especially with exemplary service by Nick

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the staff and the food. It is closing this week and we are so sorry to see it go because it was part of our Christmas tradition!

J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day. The service couldn’t have been better. The food was fabulous and the view of the tree and the skating rink was wonderful.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El servicio fue estupendo, la comida exquisita y el lugar, mágico. Totalmente recomendable.

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C
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food, location. Can't fault this restaurant which is located on the edge of the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink with perfect Rink viewing. Great options on their fixed Christmas Day menu. My favorite was the Scallops, where you can request truffle to be added - had both black and white truffle shaved table side. Well worth a visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day lunch with a three course meal was superb! Really recommend it for families that want a treat for this special day.

AF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food. Fun setting.

CD
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too bad that this legendary place is closing and to be replaced by a food court! What a stupid idea!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was uninspiring. The BILL was exorbitant
Nantucky scallops were served chopped up in pieces rather than whole, seared and juicy.

s
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful Christmas tradition lunch. Too bad the greedy landlord is closing them down

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Devastated that Sea Grill is closing at the end of December. The food, service, and attention to detail are bar none. I will seriously miss this restaurant.

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sea Grill is one of New York’s best. If you haven’t been, go before they close permanently in early January 2020.

OT
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You need a reservation, or you wont get in. Great place for lunch.

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a nice meal and wonderful waiter. So fun and so nice to be seated to see the skaters. Thank you and merry Christmas to all.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was helpful and sweet. The food was great!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely place to eat and watch marriage proposals on the ice rink..

OT
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

We had been coming here every Christmas for the past 4 years, but tonight there was too much lacking and we’ll be changing up our traditions. The oysters, which we bought separately from the prix fixe menu were terrible. Watery, tasteless and $24... when a restaurant is called The Sea Grill, poor quality oysters don’t seem very acceptable.

The service was also terrible. It was obviously packed and waited 20 mins past our reservation to be seated. Our waiter - who individually was wonderful, understanding and attentive - was clearly overloaded and wasn’t able to attend to us in a timely manner. We don’t blame him at all, we feel the venue was understaffed.

The food itself (aside from the oysters) was absolutely delicious, though portions are fancy small.

Really disappointing experience overall for such an expensive dinner.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The atmosphere is lovely but disappointed with the quality and quantity of the food for the price we paid. We didn’t pay for the food but rather the location. Will not visit again or recommend.

TH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere cannot be beat especially at the holidays! Service was top notch the food was very good I certainly wouldn’t complain about it only reason it’s not 5 stars is for the price I wasn’t “blown away” by the entrees but aside from that everything was amazing! Highly recommend for the holiday season you literally watch people ice skating at Rockefeller Center highly recommend for date night in the city! We even saw two people get engaged on the ice !

PG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We have a lovely waitress who looked after us so well but the severs and support staff were very grumpy and kept opening cupboards onto my friends chair with no apology. Also which was wholly unacceptable, we split the bill between 2 credit cards and the whole sum was put on one card Mrs Laura Cooks. I have no idea what happened with my card details Mrs Pamela Green. I would like an explanation as to why this was done. We had lovely food and enjoyed ourselves but when paying $135 a head I did not expect to be have to raise such concerns
Please can someone contact me
Thanks
Pam

MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

It was so incredibly disappointing! The service was awful as was the food. The food was ice cold.

FJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant looking on to the Rockefeller ice skating rink. Special holiday meal from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a little expensive but well worth the meal. Wait staff couldn’t be more helpful. I would recommend the scallops, my favorite. Unfortunately the restaurant and its sister restaurants in Rockefeller Center are closing in the new year.

OT
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time to eat at Sea Grill during the holidays

LL
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Not at all what we expected for a special holiday meal. Very disappointed. Two out of three of us left hungry because they didn’t care for their food and we didn’t get served any good vegetables. Selections were too limited. Unfortunate because we were so looking forward to a wonderful meal. Not every day we spend $85 per person on a meal and leave hungry.

LW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately this iconic beautiful nyc restaurant is being shut down and replaced with a food court? Rockefeller center will never be the same. Soo bummed - whoever made this decision is
Making Rockefeller center an attraction into a cheap franchised amusement park

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had. Our waiter Kostas was one of the best. We didn't realize it was a prefix menu this time of year, but really enjoyed the options and quality of food. Being able to watch the skaters in Rockefeller ice rink was an unexpected treat. Too bad they will be closing in Jan 20. The chef and team should be followed!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual Christmas tree visit

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Costas was an amazing server. We hope to see him again!

j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved The Sea Grill. Selections for the three course meal were varied and delicious. Costa, our waiter, added another level of enjoyment to the meal. He was helpful and informative and entertaining! We definitely plan to go back and will ask for Costa.

RE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our office Christmas party at Sea Grill and had a fabulous time thank you for a perfect day.

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e
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Sea Grill is one of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, it is closing Jan. 3

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