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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC, Washington, DC

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

4.4
4.4
6526 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy the freshest seafood flown in daily from around the world. 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. You'll find out why The Oceanaire has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 347-2277
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Gene Sohn
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you are looking to host a party of 15 or 50 people we invite you to consider The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Introduce your guests to 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
  • Private party contact
    Johanna DeLony: (855) 548-7013
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 6,526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Good for special occasions

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

6,526 Reviews
  1. Kevin

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal, every single time! Phenomenal service.

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  2. TeriH

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was mediocre and overpriced I can’t honestly say I enjoyed anything we ordered. It’s been a while since we’ve gone there, and I probably won’t revisit. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants.

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  3. Alwayshungry

    Charlotte

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive server. The quality of the food did not match the price tag. Nice environment and not too noisy.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shadrack Gill was excellent, everyone love what they order, I would like the crab cakes cooked a few minutes longer

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here is always top-notch! The food has never disappointed and is always innovative and delicious. This is one of our families, staple restaurants and will go back at the first chance

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining experience fell short of expectations. We started with the Spicy Tempura Laughing Bird Shrimp appetizer, which sounded promising but lacked seasoning, leaving the seafood bland and unremarkable. The Chicken Fried Lobster suffered from the same issue, with the batter lacking flavor, failing to complement the delicate lobster meat.Adding to the disappointment was the attitude of our waiter, whose demeanor detracted from the overall dining experience. The Caesar salad was the highlight of our dining experience. Based on the reviews I can’t believe how bland the food was. Maybe the chef called out the night we visited. I hope the establishment addresses these issues to ensure a more satisfying experience for future diners.

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  7. Bobbi

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was very nice, however he seemed to want to rush us to order. The restaurant was very quiet at the time. We watched other tables that arrived after us get bread and a fresh veggie plate that we never received until I mentioned it. The food was quite good. I got the shrimp fried rice with fried lobster and my partner got the filet with grilled lobster tails. Both were very good. The creamed corn side however, neither of us cared for. It’s a nice place for dinner if you’re in the area.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I used to enjoy this restaurant but something has changed.

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  9. GeorgiaN

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and ambiance was top notch. Cocktail was amazing. mySea bass stuffed with crab was overcooked and dry on top, It was also very bland. The crab stuffing along with the side potatoes and vegetables were delicious. The surprise Baked Alaska for my birthday was a tasty treat,

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  10. Lman

    New York City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful, we were waited on by Maynor who was on top of everything from service to recommendations. I had a sea bass to die for, melt in your mouth. I would go back just for that. He recognized that we had a birthday at the table and brought out a complimentary desert. We'll be back for sure

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was beyond delicious, Paige and crew were attentive and did a phenomenal job of servicing us and making my wife feel super special on her special day. Thank you!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent.one entree came significantly later than the rest but waiter Gave free desserts as an apology

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  13. FoodieFoo

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience here was delightful! We were celebrating an anniversary and were surprised that “happy anniversary” was printed at the top of the menu. We shared the lobster sushi, which was fantastic, and were basically searching for spare crumbs of that awesome bread. If you get a chance, eat crabcakes and steak, because they’re both done perfectly! Our last surprise was a complementary baked Alaska complete with a show! 10/10 would recommend!

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  14. Graciasciente

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant absolutely blew me away. I was mostly impressed with the way the printed up a special menu for my good girlfriend. We were celebrating her birthday and the menu had a note in the upper right hand corner that read "Happy Birthday Jessica". That made the evening all the more memorable for her. I plan to definitely set up more celebrations here because of thoughtfulness such as that.

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  15. Familyof4

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall. I would certainly return. I was a little disappointed in my fish this time. My wife really enjoyed her meal.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is good but the staff is very different to be kind. The provided limited information on the foods and wanted us to order quickly with no details. I asked how is the calamari and what in it... the reply its good has calamari.. not to mention the other many items they fry in it as well. Same with the menu. I user to enjoy this place but like most DC restaurants the staff members are not customer service friendly lately.

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  17. badgergirl

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Spent 20 minutes at our table before we were acknowledged by a server. Food was meh. Service was meh…just going through the motions to check the box. Nothing special. Used to love this place; not likely to return.

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  18. Stacy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the scallops and the seafood salad.

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  19. Jaysons

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening, waiter was fantastic. Food was high quality, very fresh.

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  20. GaleK

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service, as always were wonderful. It was a very slow night, so things were very quiet. Which was really lovely. It is always a treat to go to Oceannaire.

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  21. dcdoc

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    very different now. service is not what it used to be. food is still very good

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  22. RW238

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host warmly greeted us upon arrival and wished my wife and me a happy anniversary. Our server, Paige, greeted us with a warm and friendly smile and provided excellent service throughout the meal. Paige was always polite and respectful as she offered us her knowledge and expertise of some of her favorite dishes on the menu. Her recommendations for the appetizers and entrees were spot on! The scallops and risotto were cooked to perfection, while the crab cakes and mashed potatoes were equally delicious! Our server, Paige, helped to make our celebration more special by presenting us with a special treat: baked Alaska. It was truly a memorable experience and we plan to return to Oceanaire very soon. It has become one of our favorite restaurants in the DC area.

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  23. MoneyMelJr

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great! We ran into a little problem with the food, but the waiter and Ron the manager swiftly took care of it. The customer service was beyond great. That's why our waiter earned a $100 tip. Thanks for a great experience, Ron!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend eating here the staff was friendly, the cocktails and the fish dishes were outstanding. Only recommendation would be to let them know if you want your vegetables, prepared a little bit more than al dente. 

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited 2hrs and 20min, Fried calamari was nasty - nothing but peppers Reservation was at 9:30, We were seated at 12:00am NOT going back to this place.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst restaurant experience, got say over an hr after my reservation. Food took over an hr as well. Server lacked communication. Meal wasn’t brought how it was supposed to be. Was missing 3 sides. Will not be coming back

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food excellent Service is good can’t really find anything to complain about honestly

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  28. Shawn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was clearly overbooked and understaffed. I do not believe the service would have been so poor if the staff wasn't so overwhelmed. Food was good but for a 8:45p reservation I expected to get my food before 11p. Everyone was complaining so I did not get to speak to management. Disappointing for such a special day. - Update: Management takes pride in the customers experience and was very understanding and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to all.

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  29. KennedyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I think everyone who went to Oceanaire last night (Valentine’s Day) can equally say the restaurant was very chaotic . We had a reservation at 8:45 pm didn’t leave the restaurant til a little past 11 pm. Not mention we had got sat down at 9:45 pm! Our waiter tried his best to keep up with how many tables there were and how small the staff size was, but overall the food was not fresh at all and tasted like it was left out all day! The staff looked very overwhelmed! I wish the manager would have came to each table just to address how poor the service was last nice, but the only time he came over was for a complaint and we had two of those for food tasting salty. Seemed like the motive of last night was quantity over quality. Maybe on a slow day the food would equal the ratings we saw before coming here!

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  30. Nora

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I dined here on Valentines night and as expected it was crowded. My partner and I showed up early for our reservation to check-in and sit by the bar. We waited over an hour after our original reservation time to only find out someone else “stole” or reservation after we checked-in. Their method of finding people after you checked-in was walking around and asking if your name was “whatever” and then seating people with no real confirmation if they were who they said they were. It was complete chaos but after that they finally seated us. The drinks at the table took about 20-30mins. The food came out fairly quick (30 mins) in my opinion given the crowd but also came out lukewarm and cold as if it were just sitting around in the kitchen. My partner really enjoyed the sea bass. The mashed potatoes and asparagus were cold but would have been good too if heated. My steak was good but also cold and the lobster tail compliment was underwhelming. The cheap balloons they had up all over was actually tacky and made me feel like I was at lower chain restaurant. Our server was actually really good (overly apologetic and accommodating) and I wish I remembered his name but he would be the only reason I would give this place another shot but as of now, I don’t think I will return.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing but service was enough to offset that. Firstly setting a reservation that would’ve charged you if you canceled, you would think would be ready when you arrive, we stood for about 35mins. Then our server was barely present. He came and took our drinks and appetizer order but didn’t return for around 30-40mins. After that we ordered our meal, someone else brought our food (around 20mins not bad) but he never came back for almost an hour. I kid you not we spent about 3.5 hrs for 2 people to eat. The food was great, wouldn’t say it’s anything somewhere else you could get for half the price but it was nice. We only got someone to come refill our water once when they came to clean the table after paying the check. Will likely not come back but if you like drinks with large groups maybe, but for a dinner for 2 not worth the time and money.

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  32. ErvinK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and nice experience. However, they overbook and sometimes the wait is a bit much. Not a fan of the brussel sprouts and the lobster mac-n-cheese is over priced (had better for less.)

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was overwhelmed by the Valentine’s Day’s crowd. We had a 7:45 reservation and didn’t get seated until 8:15. We didn’t get any bread. Our order came out at 9:25. This was the worst experience we have ever had at this restaurant (we have been coming here over 20 years)!

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  34. Im2Dainty

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve dined here twice, and they did not disappoint. The meal was great, and the waiter was very attentive. We even got something not advertised on the menu.

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  35. Dupontnick

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Donna Seal, the GM for the restaurant, invited us back and we have just had a delightful meal at a wonderful table. Further to my review below, she has now shown us what a marvelous restaurant this is. What a lovely evening. Earlier review: The meal was fine - not stellar, a bit industrial/mass produced, but fine. The service was first class. The ambience was terrible for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant was crowded of course given the day, but we were placed in an awkward little side room - weirdly quiet and with oddly small tables. It felt as if we had been consigned to the children’s table. We had booked weeks in advance and so were very disappointed.

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  36. William

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I had ordered halibut grilled with lemon butter. I have eaten at Oceanaire for decades. I know halibut. When it arrived I knew right away that it was not halibut. The waiter Billy insisted that it was halibut. Rather than embarrass my guest I ate it anyway. It was not halibut. The waiter was rude and was mire attentive to the larger table next to me. Not my usual experience at Oceanaire.

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  37. DanaJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food. Waiter staff a bit overwhelmed with too many customers per assigned tables.

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  38. RaymondH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed for Valentines Day!! The sea bass was excellent!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, however the service was lacking. I understand that the restaurant was packed but the server from another table checked on us more than our server. Drinks took 20 minutes to get to the table which was unacceptable a nd we were waiting an additional 30 minutes for a to go steak that was ordered at the beginning of the meal. Other than that I would like to give this restaurant another chance when it is not so busy.

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  40. BriaE

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend and I came to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. I expected it to be busy, no problem. However, the quality of service we were given didn’t exceed to what I’m used to. I’ve dined here 2 times prior. We were never offered bread, but seen other tables have it. My specialty drink I ordered came out without all the ingredients and garnish. I thought our server had left for the night because of the long period he was gone and we had to get others to assist us.

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You can order delivery directly from Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC using the Order Online button. Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 347-2277.

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC is rated 4.4 stars by 6526 OpenTable diners.

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 27 times today

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1201 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Gene Sohn
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 347-2277
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you are looking to host a party of 15 or 50 people we invite you to consider The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Introduce your guests to 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
  • Private party contact
    Johanna DeLony: (855) 548-7013
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