Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

4.3
6165 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6165 people are saying
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PerryA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quiet evening on MLK Day after the snow & ice. Sat in bar and had a very nice dinner. Nelson was superb at taking care of us! Food & wine was exceptional. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous dinner! The fish was cooked perfectly. We will go back!

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CherylA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food was not what it used to be. When you come to this kind of establishment, you should get good food.

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melbah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately, due to me having COVID, I was unable to attend the dinner. But the birthday girl gave this place a raving review. She loved the food and service. I do that you for hosting my friends and this special occasion.

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klbatlunch
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oceanaire is a favorite for special lunches and have gone for years. Hash browns are a must and I ordered the Halibut which I had blackened and it was cooked perfectly.

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vipBethld
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was Delightful, as always! Very pricey for someone without an expense account. This was a special birthday and was delighted with the entire evening.

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CHERRYW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service.

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Ronnay
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Waiter Was Nice To An Extent. The Manager Is Very Unprofessional. He Refused To Assist My Family And I Due To Circumstances That Were Out Of Our Control And Needed To Be Handled Within The Restaurant Itself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The evening was great, as it always is when I dine there. Our waitress was so sweet; however our Filet Mignon kept coming out under cooked. We had to send it back twice. Appreciatively, the manager came over to speak with us. Nonetheless, I love Oceanaire.

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JhoanneD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is one of my favorite restaurants. Food is always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time. The employees were very courteous and professional from the greeters to the hostess to the waitress. We will visit again very soon. Thank you Oceanaire, DC for an awesome dining experience!

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vipCoop
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Allowing for the fact that it was NYE, the visit still fell short of meeting my expectations. The server made a valiant effort but never reached the point of being fully attentive. What really ruined the evening was the fact that a woman at a nearby table was allowed to rant for more than 20 minutes about the way that her party's check had been split. She had both the ire and attention of everyone in the room. The manager could have done a better job of caring for his guests....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was good. 10/10

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vipBellaP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for a special occasion. We started with the seafood tower and moved through two chefs specials and two simply prepared fish (halibut and certified Chilean sea bass). We finished with a perfect creme brûlée. Service was spot on -attentive without hovering.

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Countryboy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent, but tight quarters in the dining room meant that my partner’s chair was repeatedly bumped by waitstaff.

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lauraraered
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a very nice Christmas Day dinner here with my brother. Nice decorations, and some menu specials for the Holiday. Highlights for us were the shrimp tempura, filet mignon, and cheesecake. Friendly service!

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vipleilonic
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner was amazing ! Service was great! And the food nothing but exceptional! I always dine out for Christmas, and sometimes restaurants skimp on the food and the service is rushed! But not here, worth every penny and was wonderful.

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vipTheFaithfulDiner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and ambience were great. I have eaten at 5 star restaurants all over the world, not quite sure why the prices are so overly inflated now. I absolutely get supply and demand, I understand COVID and it’s affects on the economy. The prices were ridiculous!

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vipDiner
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We dined midday for lunch during holiday. There was no bartender. The waiter was very un accommodating- try to discourage from ordering cocktails. The waiter also talked badly about fellow employee. Sub-par experience for such an expensive establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flavorful crab cakes!

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CGB2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding! My waitress definitely deserved her $100+ tip.

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Barbara301
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was wonderful.

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vipPhiW
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back after 2 years to this outstanding restaurant in D.C. The quality and ambiance is even better. Try the seafood salad but split it between two hungry dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner services was the best ever. The food was delicious so much to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday. The food, drinks and customer service were amazing!

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vipThomasM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ll-chosen wine list, with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2021.

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DaveS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have easily frequented well. over 1,000 restaurants in my life time and likely over 100 fine dining experiences.

Our evening at Oceanniare was tops for the WORST experience. We waited 20 minutes for our drinks, an hour for bread and two hours for our dinner to be served.

In addition, they provided their specialty whipped potatoes with truffles and because it was under the heat lamp for so long, it was hard as a rock on the top. We also order scallops and received scampi instead.

We asked to see a manager. She didn’t have the common curtesy to stop by our table. She sent some one over to let us know that she is aware and will address our concerns.

They comped us for the scallops because everyone was done with dinner by the time they arrived.

They did give us a bottle of wine in the house, but for a fine dining experience at those prices, we would have expected a discount on our food. There was not until we complained again and requested the discount.

It’s one thing to get bad experience at a ‘regular’ restaurant, but when you are ‘fine dining’ you should receive extraordinary service. This clearly was not the case

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PaulH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back.

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vipDeniseR
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Too loud! Fortunately we were put in a small room that blocked some of the noise. The food took about 45 minutes to come without explanation or apology so I assume this is normal? I had the special, lobster fried rice which was super oily and unexpectedly spicy! On the upside, it did have a fair amount of lobster. I doubt I would go back because the experience was that unappealing.

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vipJeffB
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I always like the Oceanaire, but I was disappointed that the hash browns were not available. Yes, it is not their signature dish, but it is a highlight of each visit. Service was excellent, food was great, bar patrons were quite loud, but having a good time on Friday night.

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vipChuckreview
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional overall. Service impeccable—extra mile to ensure I could order the Dover sole. Filet perfect. The Dover sole boned at table and excellent. Our wedding anniversary and we always choose Oceanaire for our special occasions.

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KimberleyS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The service ( Diana ) and food was excellent! Everyone was friendly and attentive! We even came back after our show for a drink at the bar abc the bar staff was wonderful too!

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vipdcluv2dine
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, he made feel welcome

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WingsJoJo
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to celebrate a special occasion. The food and service is top notch.

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rods
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

This was my first meal at Oceanaire in a year. We used to eat at this restaurant on a regular basis. The service was always good and it was a great place for a lunch or dinner meeting. However, on this visit two of the entrees were sent back to the kitchen due to undercooked seafood and an insane amount of salt on a steak. The noise level made it almost impossible to hear one another at the table.

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LaGrin
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, atmosphere and food. A must to return.

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Lostandfound
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Overall this was THE WORST experience. My party of 7 arrived at 8:00pm. Needless to say the meal arrived to the table at 11:00PM. Yes I did say 3 hours later at 11:00PM. Initially we ordered a first round of drinks. After taking more than 20 min for the drinks to arrive - the holiday fizz the fresh fruit raspberries had mold growing on 2 of the 7 drinks. Next we said ok things happen and order another round of drinks. These took around 20-25 min to arrive. During this time the appetizers still had not arrived. The appetizers arrived 45-60 min in. They were extremely cold. Ok. We moved forward hoping for a better dinner. About 1.5-2 hours later the well seasoned cold food arrived. The servers explanation is that kitchen is booked. Not acceptable and we are 2.5 hours in. Overall I could go on and on there are so many things wrong with the service and response. I urge you to stay away and don’t waste your money. It is a true disappointment. There is no way I would recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had 8pm reservations and did not get our food until 10pm.

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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 4.3 stars by 6165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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