Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

4.5
5610 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, service was great but the noice from the bar was extremely loud. Restaurant was very expensive

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for my birthday and everything was great however, I thought the food for that price just didn't blow me away. Presentation was great but when I go back Fruits of the Sea and Lobster won't be the items I'd choose. To be fair Fruits of the Sea scallops were cooked perfect the prawn was to rubbery for my taste (as well as certain pieces of the Lobster) flavors were good just, texture just wasn't what I expected. Having said that I would return but again would try something different.

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GW
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

These days its difficult to set yourself apart. With so many seafood restaurant options, a great seafood restaurant for me is judged by the special dish that I can't get every where or makes at home. The halibut with jerk seasoning and mango salsa was a great start, though the halibut was cooked a bit too long and didn't have the delicate texture I treasure in halibut. Cocktail selection is excellent, and I would term this restaurant a good one to take clients as you "won't go wrong" Just don't expect it to be the upper tier, especially if you are coming in from the West Coast

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food

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C
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and professional service. A little pricey. Bill was $233 for two. We had two drinks, one side of asparagus, and shared our entree and our desert.

Having to listen to a five minute pitch to become a "member" of the restaurant's food group near the end of our meal was a major negative. It's hard to believe that the corporation that runs this place thinks that's a good idea.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. They made our anniversary dinner very special.

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BC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Oceanaire to a friend but warn them that it is pricey. While the food and service is outstanding, I am unsure if it is worth the cost. The prices are a bit out of line.

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Nelson was the best waiter. Highly recommend going.

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RR
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for Business lunch meetings and after work cocktails

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b
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding! The meals were excellent!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great! We went for restaurant week and ordered the 3-course special. My only “complaint” is that the restaurant is very dark. We were in on a Monday at 7pm.

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AN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes ever!!!!!

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JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Really wanted to try this place. Walked into a very empty restaurant and was taken by host to worst table in the place, right by serving station in back of restaurant. They did change table at our request. They knew we were celebrating two special events that night and still the worst table?? Server was nice but food outrageously expensive for quality. Not worth it in my opinion with so many other great options in the area.

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SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pre-fixe July special is a phenomenal value. The restaurant doesn’t scrimp on quality or service. Or server, Minor was attentive and well-versed on the menu items. The spicy firecracker shrimp is not to be missed if you can handle the heat. The shrimp scampi was ok but the blue cheese tenderloin was amazing. The white chocolate covered cheesecake is rich and yummy.

The ambiance is nice and cozy for a date with low lights and cool chandeliers. The table setting is minimal but standard for upscale seafood restaurant in DC. There was a nice selection of oysters on the raw bar not included with special and worth the splurge.

I’d definitely recommend and return.

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u
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swordfish, Halibut and the chefs fish of the day were all great.
Enjoyed our evening.

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EG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cool dining room and very good staff. The food was excellent, Great wine list and overall menu. Definitely the best restaurant we visited while in DC.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely go again.

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JR
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit the Oceanaire in DC is a great experience and this time was no exception. We had a group of 7 dining for dinner and from the service to the food everything was excellent. We'll always make this a stop when in DC.

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PS
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for the first week of July special dinner. Food was plentiful, wine tasty, and service attentive. The daily special, barramundi with jerk seasoning, was especially delicious. When we departed, they recommended we keep an eye out for their lobster special.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for the 4th of July special - as always they did not provide the special menu. We had to ask for it. They shouldn't advertise a special and not provide the menu - almost like they want to embarrass you when you have to ask for it. It just seems unprofessional.

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KH
Denver
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was fantastic! We’re coming back tomorrow night again and we are just visiting here and chose to come back for your dinner for two special.

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PW
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite when visiting D.C. Outstanding seafood and excellent service.

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service my wife and I celebrated our anniversary and it was a n amazing experience. I would highly recommend Oceanaire.

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OT
Washington DC
169 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my best friend for her birthday - lunch was absolutely delicious, including the Oceannaire hash browns which are worth the trip. It was a birthday lunch so the restaurant treated us to a baked alaska for dessert - she was delighted and surprised and they included a scroll with the menu on it and birthday wishes - a great place for a celebration or anything else. I had the days special which was Chilean sea bass with lump crab meat on top - wonderful! Looking forward to another visit!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was Great the service was great and the environment was wonderful

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g
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staple every year when we come to DC.

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NJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Crabcales were bland but the key lime pie was delish!

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DF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful time at Oceanaire. Today I had the shrimp and grits with a crab cake. I must say, the seafood Chopped salad is my favorite. Will have to try something else next time.

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CT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was alone and the waiter suggested me to order more for one person can consume, a thoughtless super size! I am totally disgusted with the waste of food and money. Very disappointing.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rob and his fellow servers provided a perfect evening to celebrate our anniversary! Tremendous food in a quiet and stylish setting!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was wondering if the recipe for the New England clam chowder was changed recently, because even though I have had it many many times at your restaurant, and loved it, there is something about the taste in the flavoring this time that was a little bit off to me. The clams were certainly fresh, but I think it has to do something with the spices and flavorings used.

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G
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, Brian took very good care of us. Staff friendly, food was super.

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DB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The service was great. The food was delicious; just a little pricey.

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DF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Oceanaire with some colleagues, in order to celebrate a birthday. The server was amazing and so was the food. I had the Seafood Chopped Salad and New England Clam Chowder. After we ate, the server brought out a Baked Alaska. Everything was very special and the birthday girl is ready to go back again.

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a
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was very good. The sole detractor was the quality of the creme brulee - it was a major disappointment!

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OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced, go out a lot to fine places, and though fish is quality, $40-70 for an entree, please!

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K
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening and superb service. Loved the restaurant and the food was beyond delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the service was exceptional!

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite. Has gotten a bit pricey over the years. However, the food is good and wonderful service. Great cocktails!

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c
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience—great food, service, ambiance—until we were shoved a rewards pamphlet in the face near the end of our meal. Seeing as we said in our reservation that it was a birthday and it was obviously a family event, not a business outing, our experience was truly dulled. Just saying once that we weren’t interested wasn’t enough also, we were again shoved in the face with it upon departure. Great food and experience, dulled at the end.

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WE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but too noisy for my taste.

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