Oceanaire is located on the corner of South Six Street and Nicollet Avenue on the ground floor of the nice Fifty South Sixth, 29 story office tower. You can park in the Fifty South Sixth parking ramp or use the restaurants valet service. Oceanaire is a small restaurant chain with 12 locations in some of the bigger cities in the US. I went there at 7 PM on a Friday night with my wife and younger daughter and had a great dinner. The place was very crowded so I am glad we had a reservation. Although the place got very load, I thought the atmosphere and modern décor were nice. The place is trendy and does not have the stuffy feeling like an old school steak house. The restaurant also has a bar area with lots of iced seafood sitting near the front of the bar (to tempt you as you are walking to your table).
Our server was excellent and knew everything about the menu. He was very friendly and easy to talk to (he was one of the better servers I have had in a long time). After he answered our menu questions my daughter ordered the 10 ounce filet, my wife ordered the center cut filet with shrimp and I had the seared Yellowfin Tuna. I also ordered 6 Wellfleet Oysters for myself (the rest of the family would not touch them). We also shared a side of sour cream mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus with hollandaise sauce. For desert we shared a piece of key lime pie and a piece of banana cream pie.
I thought al the food tasted great and really enjoyed the oysters, tuna and the side of mashed potatoes. My wife and daughter also liked their dinners (they had no complaints). I really did not like the pickled ginger that came with my tuna but that was just a side on my plate. I am sure they cooked it correctly I just did not care for it. The chef did a great job with the food presentation (especially my wife’s food) as it looked great when they brought it out. The deserts are huge so do not order one for yourself (especially after a big meal). The free bread they bring out was also very good.
Oceanaire is my new favorite seafood restaurant in the Twin Cities and I’ll definitely be back.