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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

#108 of 3,794 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101-6980 (4th Street)
+1 619-858-2277
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I would consider this a pricey restaurant. But the portions are a good size especially the sides. Everything is tasty. The food and the ambiance are very good. I would go here again.

Thank SCDG1983
San Diego, CA
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115 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The calamari is fresh and delicious. The oysters a hit. The swordfish good. The steak average. The service attentive and warm, yet non-intrusive. The chocolate cake was a delight. The baked Alaska, however, was a dessert lover's dream come true! Peppermint ice cream, fluffy meringue, flaming creme de menthe... I wish I'd saved more room for the finale. Great dinner... More 

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Herriman UT
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95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First, the service was impeccable. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and very willing to steer me to selections I'd be more happy with even if the other one was more expensive. Always a good sign when the staff knows their seafood. Next, the food quality was superb. Great flavors, appropriate portions and the presentation was fantastic. Last, the desserts were... More 

Thank JohnKnotwell
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was highly recommended by our hotel but unfortunately we left disappointed on Thanksgiving dinner, over priced slow service, waiter didn't check on us after food was served, neither manager on the floor.Primeribe wasnt good at all was served almost at room temperature , the side dish i order never made it. And food is way over priced..

Thank Mattford1975
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This place came highly recommended but unfortunately was a disappointment. The food was just "ok" and did not live up to the prices. The service was good and the facility was upscale but the food was a let down and that was a shame. We had the calamari for an appetizer and it was merely average along with the asparagus.... More 

Thank Jmackh
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522 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This busy restaurant never disappointed me. I went there without reservation;I got the seat st fresh seafood bar. Although making it quick with fast order, Jumbo lump crab cake and clam chowder, I enjoyed my meal and a glass of white wine so much. The waiters and waitresses were quite helpful with advise for what to choose. It 's sunday... More 

Thank berm1974
Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

If you're willing to sacrifice service of any kind (not good not great, just service) for excellent food then you will have no issues with Oceanaire. We had a large work party (about 25 people) in a private room. The menu was set as family style. The appetizer round went fine. The dinner round was a hot mess. Every table... More 

Thank 500staceyb
San Diego, California
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Wow, what a great meal! My wife and I took our son and wife to dinner along with their three month old. The restaurant is very attractively decorated with an oyster bar in the front. The night we were there, a Sunday, it was also raining and consequently there were not a lot of customers but this did not dampen... More 

Thank Rodney A
Fresno, California
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101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This restaurant came highly recommended, so a group of over 15 of us decided to go. It was amazing. The staff were welcoming and patient with a group of people all having different levels of knowledge of the menu, etc. The food was all mouth melting and delicious. Amazing! Our staff person also worked with dividing checks and taking all... More 

Thank gish0503
Auckland, New Zealand
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240 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Everything except the oysters were incredible, as in, incredible. Coming from NZ, my standard for oysters is hard to reach. But the rest- king crabs, lobsters, jumbo scallops, ahi tuna, halibut were divine.

Thank TonyFNewZealand

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101-6980
    (4th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-858-2277

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?