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“Great seafood but expensive”

Oceanaire Seafood Room
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Ranked #26 of 2,355 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
Description: As sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, yet as relaxed as a dinner on the shore, the Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy Ultra-Fresh seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Sip a Sidecar in the lounge, sidle up to the oyster bar, or kick back in a horseshoe booth before diving into 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 or bluefin tuna. Our daily-printed menu will guide you, a wine list as deep as the sea will seduce you, and the world's freshest seafood awaits you at the Oceanaire.
Indianapolis, IN
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great seafood but expensive”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We recently had dinner at Indy's Oceanaire to celebrate a special occasion (which I informed the restaurant of when I made the reservation). Even though we were late because of traffic, the staff seated us on the balcony section at a very nice table overlooking the restaurant, which is richly furnished. Everything we ordered, from appetizers (including the best mussels I've eaten in Indy) to dessert, was very nicely prepared, quite tasty, and filling. Service was polished, prompt and with just the right amount of attentiveness (although my after dinner coffee was, alas, forgotten by our waiter). On the other hand, because of the special occasion, our dessert was complimentary, which was a nice gesture. (We had the baked alaska, which not only was delicious, but the meringue is browned table side via flaming liqueur, which was fun to see). The seafood, of course, stands out at the Oceanaire and is indeed fresh and well-prepared (although everything else was great, as well). Overall, our dinner was very enjoyable. My only complaint would be the pricing -- as many of the previous reviewers have noted, the Oceanaire is quite expensive. Despite the high quality dining experience the restaurant provides, there are quite a few other restaurants in Indy that provide a similar experience for considerably less. Given the type of restaurant chain the Oceanaire restaurants are, this isn't particularly surprising, but it's something to bear in mind if you are thinking of having dinner there. You will have a great experience, but you have to be OK with leaving with a significantly smaller wallet.

  • Visited August 2014
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Lewis Center, Ohio
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Good, Not Great”
Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Seafood is fresh, the preparation is decent, but not deserving of the lofty prices. They got the order wrong on two of our three orders. Still, a pleasant meal.

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Birmingham, Michigan
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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place really is worth it. The fish here is so fresh it is as if I were on the boat itself. We had the tuna and it was unbelievably fresh. I expected fresh but not like this. The presentation of the fish was impressive. It was very simple. No big sauces covering up the taste. The atmosphere is also neat. I will defiantly be back on my next visit. Thank you for a great meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank oscar42o
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Posh seafood”
Reviewed June 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is where you go in Indy to get the freshest seafood at an upscale restaurant. Perfect for a biz dinner, a special night out, or a quick appetizer and cocktail at the bar before a game. Great martinis, and a pretty nice wine list to boot.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good but not spectacular”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Food was nice but not amazing. Salad was large, the sole was fine. The best things were the asparagus and the (cheaper) Pinot Grigio. Service was average, polite and timely. Should've docked a point for the assumption I wanted the glass of wine that was twice the price but I'm feeling generous. Nice evening

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sammywidd
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