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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1201 F St NW, Frnt 1, Washington DC, DC 20004-1219
Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great Service & Food

We had a party of 12 and the service was great and so was the food. The servers took the time to help each person find the best match for their likes. Highly recommended but can be pricey.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Franklin, NH
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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Franklin, NH
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

We had a party of 12 and the service was great and so was the food. The servers took the time to help each person find the best match for their likes. Highly recommended but can be pricey.

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Urbana, Iowa
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

We had reservations for 2 people which grew to 11 people. The staff was great when we called to increase the number and managed to seat us all together. Our wait staff was excellent and offered recommendations from the menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal tremendously. We had quite a variety of dishes and all were prepared well. You have to... More 

Thank Kathy L
Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Service, food, & ambiance were all quite good. We'd enjoy going back. The crab cakes were quite good, but the lobster in the lobster mac & cheese didn't have much flavor. The tin roof sundae was good but at least twice the size it needed to be.

Thank KP7227
Arlington, Virginia
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183 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Good atmosphere for business meetings. Professional waitstaff. Pleasant and efficient service. Gazpacho was good. Very limited vegetarian options. not inexpensive but what one would expect for a nice business lunch.

Thank 150nightsperyr
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Mediocre food. Ordered gazpacho. Too salty! Ordered expensive chef special-- halibut Didn't finish it. Old and a fishy taste. Bread was delicious. Wait staff- very nice and cooperative. Halibut covered in beans. My guess is to try and hide the old fishy flavor. Overall disappointed.

Thank K1103
Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Great service Wonderful food Nice ambience Very romantic Seafood was fresh and well prepared Central location Waiters knowledgeable

Thank Gwendolyn W
St. Louis, Mo.
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nice location. Huge room. Bar situated oddly. Service was ok. Menu was ok. This is a Seafood restaurant. Wine list satisfactory. Pricing is high end, but what one would expect in Washington DC. The food was terrible. The Chilean Sea Bass had clearly been frozen as it was mushy in the middle and tasteless. The Snapper was not much better.

Spring Lake, New Jersey
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I had eaten at the Baltimore version of this restaurant 4 years ago so I was looking forward to dinner with my wife while in DC. The ambience was great and our server was outstanding. However the food left much to be desired. My salmon was raw except around the edges. My wife had snapper that she couldn't finish. For... More 

Thank Marty S
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The hotel I stayed at recommended Oceanaire. The food was bland and over priced. Frankly, I have tasted better food at Red Lobster.

Thank Hope B
St Augustine FL
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143 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We ate here as part of Restaurant Week and were so impressed. The restaurant is lovely with abstract blue watercolors. Plenty of attentive waiters in white coats. The menu was quite innovative I started with a sangria with proseco. I had a shrimp appetizer and salmon on lentils and mushrooms entree. I loved that the plates were mostly fish and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1201 F St NW, Frnt 1, Washington DC, DC 20004-1219
  • Public Transportation: Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202-347-2277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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