Oceana

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5529 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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Pre/post-theatre
Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992.

Oceana's a la carte menu, coupled with its convenient Midtown location, make it a perfect spot for a quick business lunch or pre-theater dinner. From the spectacular marble bar to the fresh lobsters and whole fish cooked to order, as well as a significant selection of prime meats, Oceana delivers a fresh, innovative and approachable menu.
Oceana has a 70 seat Cafe with a 18 seat marble bar. Great for lunch, after work cocktails & snacks, pre-theater dinner and post-theater desserts. Spring and Summer bring a 50 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chefs Table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80. Full buyouts are also available.

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4.6
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4.5
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viptest
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Service was inattentive and slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Birthday and pre theatre

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vipKris
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent, not inexpensive, but really excellent

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vipJennifer
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best experience to celebrate.

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vipNautilus
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Engagement celebration

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vipFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fresh and delicious shellfish! Wonderful service and management team!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food

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Emily
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service and lots of gluten free options!

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vipPamelaF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! I cannot say enough good things about the new chef, Mike, and the staff. Dinner was phenomenal. Don’t walk, run to Oceana for a meal. Try as many dishes as possible. The food is fantastic. Leave room for dessert because not only are they scrumptiously delicious, the pastry chef is such a nice person. His gelatos are crazy good! We have been coming here for 28! years. This restaurant is definitely a favorite. We’ve been celebrating our daughters birthday here for the past 6 years. Can’t wait til next year!! Thank you.

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vipCher
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food excellent service

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vipKenwood
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fabulous dining experience, perfect for entertaining clients - flavor, ambiance and the best service.

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vipEric
New York Area
319 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The entire dining experience was superb. We started with the chef's tasting of the 4 crudo options, which was so fresh and delicious with an amazing profile of tastes. The 2 fish entrees (cod and monkfish) were prepared perfectly and encompassed a sumptuous essence of flavors. Both entrees were both so tender you could cut it with a fork and it simply melted in your mouth. I look forward to the next night out at this fantastic restaurant.

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vipMerylT
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

First, the good news: Oceana has terrific oysters and a pasta dish called Squid Ink Paccheri that is just delicious. I truly wish it had been our whole meal. Now the bad news: Our entrees weren't up to the level of quality at this expensive $$$$ price point. The $38 Scottish Salmon wasn't bad but was a little on the fishy side, which if it was really fresh shouldn't have been. The surrounding watercress was nice and fresh, but what was supposed to have been champagne pears and blood orange was an unpleasant, oddly textured, squishy mess. The mouth feel of this turned me off the whole entree. The $45 Seared Halibut was done to a turn and would have been a lovely meal if it hadn't been for the accompanying inedible spinach and wild mushrooms which both were so salty, it made my mouth burn for the next 2 hours. The $20 Shrimp Fried Rice, an odd side dish on this menu for sure, was also overly salty and made with wild rice which was in parts under cooked, accompanied by unpleasantly iodiney shrimp; another fail. While the service was good, the waitstaff was a little on the intrusive side. Also, it's nice to know they clean their restrooms with Clorox, but alas, I returned with it all over the bottom of my shoes and while I was sitting at the table the air was perfumed with bleach. Not the best experience over all and certainly not at these prices.

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vipAndrew
Philadelphia
282 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent spot for a business meal. Efficient and great service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. Excellent wine list

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Finicky
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server person (black female) was as good as it gets. I should have gotten her name but will seek her out next time we go. Truly exceptional.

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vipMidtownOmnivore
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Comfortable fine dining. Professional service, timed our courses with plenty of time to make our show. The ceviche was unique and delicious. The salad was large enough to split and the salmon special was excellent, moist, satisfying and memorable.

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PhilipT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate dinner at Oceana after the show, Hamilton. Great place to unwind and discuss what for us was a very emotional experience. The service was outstanding and the fixed price show menu was excellent. All of us enjoyed our leisurely meal.... no pressure.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They did a great job of celebrating me and my good friend’s February birthday. The special dessert they gave us was delicious. And the suggested entree was so tasty.

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katikaj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pedro took great care of us. Dinner was delicious as it always is at Oceana. We can't wait to return for another delicious meal.

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vip58streetBill
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

I've dined at Oceana several times...from its former location on E. 54th street to its present home. I think the fish is the best in the City. Always wonderfully prepared. This time, I was with 3 colleagues: one had the cod and I and my third friend had the halibut. It turns out, halibut is one of my favorites; and this was prepared perfectly. Service was professional; and once our wait-person understood we were not to be rushed, he was less intrusive. Oceana is expensive; and the wine list is quite high. However, there are a handful or reasonable wines by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience3

The portions are ridiculously small.

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Out of many items on the menu on a Saturday night at only 8 pm. Alternatives were poor and prices excessive for quality and quantity.

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vipChefz
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable NY seafood restaurant for decades now. Excellent food and service. Nicely spaced tables and classy decor make this one of NYs best restaurants

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Shmades
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Oceana was more expensive than good, but still pretty good. A waiter, though not our waiter, offered uninvited advice about what to order, but it was good advice. Some of the dishes were outstanding. Others were pretty good. All were more expensive than seemed justified.

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LizzyP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our steak came out cold. We sent it back to warm it up, but it was still cold. Everything was good

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PamP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We purchased the pre fixe theater dinner. The lobster and steak which we shared was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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DylanR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oceana was amazing! The atmosphere was very inviting and tranquil. When we first arrived it was very busy and we were unhappy about our seating, they immediately answered our request and moved us to a more suitable location of the restaurant. The food was next to none when it comes to fish and seafood. We were extremely happy with every course and actually over ate because it was so good. The oysters were next to none and I’m
Still asking myself how we’re they so good.

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RicD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Did Valentine's dinner . Service was light but OK. Appetizer were great, oysters, jumbo shrimp, and the raw trio was perfect. Both of our fish dishes was cooked to perfection. Dessert also was good, but since it was Valentine's day, they should of had chocolate covered strawberries, at least a red carnation on the table plus some sort of heart cookie at end to celebrate the day.
Just another day in the big city . The atmosphere did match the event.

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vipBill
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for Valentine's day. They offered both a fixed menu and the standard a la carte. Had the lobster scampi with roe infused pasta. Had the raw bar appetizer sampler. Everything was delicious. If I had one complaint, put a bit more lobster meat in the dish for a perfect 5 star. Loved the appetizer sampler, cerviche was the best. Wine was excellent and reasonably priced.

Ambiance was excellent, waiter was even better. He was on the ball with everything, pre-med student going to Columbia. They did a really nice job at a "normal" NYC price (which is why the value can never be above a 3 out of 5 due to NYC prices), but I didn't feel gouged at all for what we got. Nice job all around, highly recommend.

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vipDave
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal at a great place. I started with the Radio City Plateau and my wife had the shrimp bisque. Both excellent. I had the grilled mahi mahi and my wife had the halibut. Perfectly prepared. Ryan made us feel special by stopping by and sharing experiences. I highly recommend for seafood, service, wine and ambiance.

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vipAlberto
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely seafood restaurant for fine dinning but as in the past visit
I find that there are not enough seafood choices is good
Other than that is a very good restaurant and the service is very good too

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vipPES50
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

They slipped on the service last nite but did everything right to make up for it. Paul Mcloughlin and his team really know how to run a restaurant. And they outdid themselves. Dont bother with snooty le Bernadine. Try Oceana instead. You'll be glad you did.

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Unknown
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day celebration both times. Really enjoy the food and services.

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waitingtoeat
New York Area
6 reviews