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“Delicious, noisey.”
Review of Ocean Grill - CLOSED

Ocean Grill
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 78th Street
Transit: 1 train to 79th Street and A, B, C, & D trains to 81st Street.
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.
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Delicious, noisey.”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

The food and service were wonderful. But, it was very noisey and overcrowded. Being a Saturday night, we expected the noise but, it seemed that extra tables were crammed in.

Visited January 2013
Thank jjbren
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New preston CT
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“BR Guest Restaurants "NO"”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Life is filled with “6 degrees of separation”. Last evening we were going to the theater on the upper West side and my wife chose the Ocean Grill for dinner since it was in the neighborhood. It has been many years since we've been there and we were looking forward to a lovely seafood dinner. The restaurant remains very attractive and the service was outstanding. Unfortunately the food was very disappointing. My wife had simply grilled Branzini which was mushy,I had a 2 lb. broiled lobster which was overcooked and tasteless. It is difficult to imagine how a seafood restaurant cannot produce simple seafood of high quality. When we received the check the waitress told us that the owners of this restaurant having many other restaurants and gave us a list. Therein was the reason for the poor quality of food. This was a BR Guest restaurant. The evening before we had been to the Strip House restaurant on W. 44th St another BR Guest restaurant. I had written a review for trip advisor recommending not to eat there and here I was once again at a disappointing restaurant owned by the same owners.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank EdwinHochberg
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Bronx, New York
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best California Rolls EVER”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The seating area seemed somewhat small because we were cramped in a corner. The waitress was on point with service so we tipped her well. We ordered the California rolls, Shrimp dumplings, Crab cake, and grilled Sea scallops with jumbo shrimp. We would recommend all the dishes mentioned because they were each phenomenal. We celebrated my birthday here and were given a complimentary Eggnog Creme Brulee that had the perfect caramelized top. Not a large selection of the beers and the passion fruit Cosmopolitan is recommended.

Visited January 2013
Thank Luz0103
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A slow slide downhill”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My mother and I have been regulars at the Ocean Grill since we moved to the Upper West Side six years ago. We used to love going for Sunday brunch or a cosy dinner in Winter. The food is consistently excellent, but the service has deteriorated so much that our dinner there last week could have been our last. We were greeted my a hostess whose hair was so long and unkempt that we wondered what she does when she goes to the toilet. Not to be disgusting, but this was really unpleasant and only makes you think that some of it must be ending up in the food as she walks through the restaurant and into the kitchen. Why don't they make her tie it in a bun, or at least a ponytail? Next, we watched as other tables were served around us, but no-one even approached us with a menu for 20 minutes. We had to wave frantically and almost yell to get the attention of a waiter, who took our order for drinks, but turned out not to be our actual server. When our server showed up, we were told that there were champagne cocktails as part of the special that night, but as we'd already ordered our drinks, it was a bit late to find out about this. We ordered our food, had a delicious meal, and then waited 15 minutes to be asked if we wanted anything else. We finally managed to get the maitre d' to bring us our bill, at which point we discovered we should have been given an amuse bouche - it was on the bill, with a $0.00 charge, but we'd never received it!
This restaurant used to be so great, but excellent food has to be complimented by excellent service and wait staff who don't make you think their hair is going to end up in your food. The Upper West Side has a wide range of wonderful restaurants, so who knows how much longer Ocean Grill will be able to withstand the competition if the service doesn't improve.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank LatAmTrav
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Liverpool, New York, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Ocean Grill Dinner New York”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The food was GREAT and our server was simply outstanding! The Columbus Ave location was easy to find and conviienient to our hotel. We each had an entree and desert. My salmon was done to perfection and the manager assured our entire dinner was to our satisfaction. The entire expierence was simply amazing.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Fredleg123
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