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  • Seafood, Cocktails
  • 120 W 49th St, New York NY10020 40.7596781 -73.9818601
  • (At 6th Ave)
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  • (212) 759-5941
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User Ratings (Based on 48 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 2.9
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 759-5941
(212) 759-6076
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC, JCB
Breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am-10am Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm Dinner Mon: 5pm-10pm Tue-Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 4pm-9pm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Business Dining, Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Prix Fixe, Tasting Menu, Pre/Post Theater, Live Entertainment, Raw Bar, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Oceana

    Posted by LB on 11/24/2008


    I went on Friday night with 3 of my friends for the Open Table Appetite Stimulus three course menu. The food was outstanding, as was the service. The desserts were out of this world. Definitely worth the trip. Everything we tasted was so flavorful.

  • Oceana

    Posted by G on 10/03/2008

    Still going strong....

    Just had lunch there today. Food still bordering on fantastic. potions are a little smaller than in the past but oh so good.

  • Oceana

    Posted by Ten Silver Saxes on 07/25/2008

    Less than Average

    I finally tried Oceana during Restaurant Week which turned out to be a bad idea. The food was, in a word, unappetizing. Again, it's the old story of providing the cheapest ingredients possible and then serving them in tiny portions during RW. I sometimes wonder why I even bother. The decor reminded me of the dining room on the Royal Carribbean and was about as stifling. The wait staff seemed to be in a collective bad mood that was palpable. Each course was worse than the previous. Such a waste of time and money. It is stunning to me that the NYT recently gave it such a good review.

  • Oceana

    Posted by JP on 01/03/2008

    Great food can't make up for everything

    Oceana has some of the best food in town, no doubt. This was my third visit, and again, the food was great. However, great food can't make up for the fact that this place is in SERIOUS need of an interior designer. I must mention that upstairs is a bit nicer, which is where I requested to be seated when I made the reservation. When I was contacted for confirmation, I asked again that we be seated upstairs, and was told we would. When we arrived, we were brought to a table on the main floor. I mentioned our request for a table upstairs to the host, and was told that the upper level was closed for the evening. So there we were. Harsh lighting only emphasizes how badly it needs a new paint job, and I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting in a booth at my local diner (granted, until the food started showing up). But, the worst was yet to come. Sparing readers the nasty details, I'll just say that I've seen cleaner bathrooms at a bus depot. With all the choices available in New York, I just can't justify compromising on anything when I'm willing to spend $500 on a meal (for two). Until Oceana makes some much-needed changes to its decor, I'll go elsewhere.

  • Oceana

    Posted by FooDee on 09/27/2007

    So I Went Back

    I couldn't believe anyone could NOTenjoy their meal here. Given that the name is Oceana, you'd know you were in for seafood, so it couldn't be just that someone was unappreciated of a fish-based menu. I had the (arguably expensive) tasting menu, with wine pairings. Each dish was almost better than the next, except for the finale of pompano, which just isn't my favorite fish. There was a peekytoe crab on an incredulously small artichoke fond with fava puree that was sublime. The only problem with the meal was that with a tasting menu, I'm always left wanting more... at least until the next delicacy arrives. The apricot almond souffle that was dessert was so light, creamy and decadent I almost fell off my chair. Perfect tartness of apricots to balance the sweetly melting souffle. I'm afraid that any one who finds fault with the place, who is able to afford an upscale New York dinner, is sadly in error.

  • Oceana

    Posted by alwayseatsout on 07/09/2007

    Below Average

    I must say, I can't imagine what the prior 2 reviewers are talking about. Yes, the space is attractive and the service very good, but that's where the kudos end. The food was strictly second rate. Everything ordered, from the salad to the salmon (except dessert!), was overly salted and had to be sent back. And the captain wasn't very gracious about it. The portions were also rediculously small for the price. I guess I now know why I was able to get a Saturday night reservation for 7:30 on the same day.

  • Oceana

    Posted by alan on 03/30/2007

    Still the best

    Interesting to see how there are such vastly different opinions on this restaurant. I have been eating here since it opened. Moonen was good, but eventually Gallagher surpassed him I was concerned that Ben Polliger could not live up to his predecessors, but he has. The food here is still the best seafood in New York and the service continues to be top-notch.

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