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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101-6980 (Downtown)
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Ranked #235 of 4,039 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 4th Street
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78% Recommend
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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I am not a tough reviewer of higher end restaurants, but Oceanaire was pretty poor. All of the items were incredibly over-flavored. The fish was overdone, the vegetables undercooked or bathed in too much sauce/seasoning. Would have been acceptable if paying $25 for an entree, but not when entrees are $40 excluding sides (which run another $10).

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99 restaurant reviews
438 helpful votes 438 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Ate here for lunch. Had half crab and shrimp cocktail. Was more presentation than actual quantity of food and the quality was average. Not overly impressed for the price.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This was one of the best meals we have ever had. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. The atmosphere was pleasant. We had the crab cakes, calamari( on our concierage), dirty swordfish and baked alaska. We ate so much,we had to take a pedicab back to the hotel. Best seafood.

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We dined here 7/2/14 for our 25th wedding anniversary. This is one of our "go to" places for special occasions. The food, service and ambience are what makes it so special. You feel as if you're on an oceanliner (think Titanic) with the dark woodwork and art deco fixtures with a blue wall of light above/behind the wall in the... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We loved The Oceanaire so much, we went back TWICE during our trip to San Diego! The food was wonderful and we went back twice for the appetizer during their Happy Hour. It was so good that we didn't enjoy any of our other meals as much. That was why we went back again during our short trip.

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We went here after remembering it was Brian Malarkey's place from Top Chef....not sure if he is there anymore, but the food was fantastic! GREAT LOCATION!!!

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San Ramon, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Made reservation directly with the restaurant. Unable to make reservation through Open Table because more than 10 people. They made a special menu for the happy couple and the baked Alaska was awesome! Great service. Cost more than I expected but it was a special occasion. Very happy with the dinner and the outcome.

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Lufkin, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a large group of people. They were always there when we needed anything. They have the best seafood, the beat appetizers, and the most delicious desserts.

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Spokane, WA USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Food was great, however, upon arrival the staff was distracted, having some obviously important conversation amongst themselves. They were quick to pull themselves together but the distraction continued for a bit. It felt a bit rude and didn't give us that sense of importance that good wait staff can so graciously give. The food was great and the table service... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The setting was lovely, we sat in the bar for a little waiting for our table. The bartender was very attentive. We had the oysters as an appetizer and they were very fresh and clean. We all had fish dishes that were well prepared, I liked the fact they had different preparations depending on what you were in the mood... More

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