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Ocean Grill

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384 Columbus Ave 7th St, New York City, NY 10024 (78th Street)
1 train to 79th Street and A, B, C, & D trains to 81st Street.
212-579-2300
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Located directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill...
Located directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill has been a staple for Upper West Side seafood lovers for years. Sample daily selections from the Raw and Sushi bars, paired with a featured wine and other fresh seafood. Feeling creative? Ocean Grill allows you to create your own meal with our daily list of Simply Grilled Fish served with your choice of sauce and seasonal side dish. Relax in the candle-lit lounge or refined dining area that resembles a luxury liner, complete with oversized mirrors and round porthole windows looking into the kitchen. The adjacent photo room is lined with retro black and white seaside snapshots and is a perfect spot for romance or celebration and as always kids are welcome.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 120
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  • 97
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Inedible food but decent service LOL

Judging from the title I am sure you get it...the waitstaff was nice enough, tried to make things right, but the food we received was terrible. Seafood was actually ok but everything else is just disgusting - cutlery was filthy, glasses were dirty, drinks were weak, food inedible and... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Bmazza621
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Judging from the title I am sure you get it...the waitstaff was nice enough, tried to make things right, but the food we received was terrible. Seafood was actually ok but everything else is just disgusting - cutlery was filthy, glasses were dirty, drinks were weak, food inedible and unrecognizable. Additionally, the place just looks tired, not a good atmosphere... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Visited The Ocean Grill for a business lunch. Good location but impressive facade marred by loads of scaffolding. My appetiser of lobster sushi was really excellent so I had high hopes for my lobster roll main but couldn't eat it as the lobster meat had a faint ammonia-like taste to it, however top marks to the restaurant for taking it... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I thought I was clever by checking their wine list online prior to our visit so I could do some research and be prepared to order my bottle of choice once we sat down in the restaurant. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that the wine prices for the online menu were for 375 ml (translation, half bottle). You can imagine my... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We've eaten at Ocean Grill three times in the last week - addicted much? We had brunch and a late dinner, and at both the food was ridiculously, amazingly good. The service is excellent and accommodating, and the servers are positive people. The restaurant is very nice, and has a nautical theme, but the focus is the food. Ocean Grill... More 

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New York City, New York
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52 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Close by the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill serves up seafood however you like it: as the chef prepares for daily specials, or simply grilled with olive oil. That, plus low key and professional service and a varied and very affordable wine list makes this a repeater.

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New York City, New York, USA
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For seafood at reasonable prices in New York we ALWAYS go to Ocean Grill. They have been consistently very good. The group owns other seafood restaurants but for whatever reason, they aren't as consistent. I stick with the "Simply Grilled" because the quality and freshness of their offerings are worth tasting, not needing any adornment. A good place with family... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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96 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Or whatever they call it, when it is offered as a special. Or get the sea bass. This is an excellent seafood restaurant with a very nice, cozy, comfortable vibe. Their presentation and extras match the selection of fresh seafood. They also have an excellent wine selection and superb service. It is like a very high end restaurant but also... More 

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Union City, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I booked the early seating for New Year's Eve. The prix fixe menu was very good, though we could not order off of the regular menu. No problem because the New Year's Eve menu had things for both of us (wife is not a seafood lover). We could, however, order off of the regular wine and drinks... More 

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Bay Village, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a first class seafood restaurant! Wonderful fresh fish, raw bar, daily specials. I would definitely recommend!

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New York City, New York
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175 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The food @ Ocean Grill is consistently good. I would say that the portions are small and somewhat overpriced. The service is very good and the noise level OK. Its near the American museum of Natural History and Central Park. Also Its on Open Table.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 384 Columbus Ave 7th St, New York City, NY 10024
    (78th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 1 train to 79th Street and A, B, C, & D trains to 81st Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212-579-2300

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Located directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill has been a staple for Upper West Side seafood lovers for years. Sample daily selections from the Raw and Sushi bars, paired with a featured wine and other fresh seafood. Feeling creative? Ocean Grill allows you to create your own meal with our daily list of Simply Grilled Fish served with your choice of sauce and seasonal side dish. Relax in the candle-lit lounge or refined dining area that resembles a luxury liner, complete with oversized mirrors and round porthole windows looking into the kitchen. The adjacent photo room is lined with retro black and white seaside snapshots and is a perfect spot for romance or celebration and as always kids are welcome.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ocean Grill staff and past visitors.
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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