The Oceanaire Seafood Room

★★★☆☆
  • 801 Aliceanna St.

    Baltimore, MD 21202

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  • 443-872-0000

About The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Categories
  • Seafood Restaurants
  • Fine Dining
Details
  • Fine Dining
Hours
M-Th 5pm-10pm, F-Sa 5pm-11pm, Su 5pm-10pm
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This was the worst dining experience we have ever had at an upscale restaurant. This was our fourth visit and in the past have had excellent food and service. We are not complainers but feel that this is the time if any to do so. We got seated immediately upon arriving. After about 10 minutes the waitress took our drink order. About 10 min later the drinks arrive. The waitress never asked if we wanted appetizers but had to ask her if we could order one. We ordered the Calamari and at the same time inquired about a specialty item which the waitress said she would ask the Chef about. 20 minutes goes by and she comes back to our table and asks if we are ready to order. In the same breath she advised the chef was still checking on the specialty item. She then turned and walked away from the table without a word (Very Weird)!!
She came back several minutes later and took our order. At 8:00 an hour after being seated we inquired about the Calamari. She said "Oh, I forgot to order it", "Maybe you can order it the next time you come".
We didn't complain at the time because we are uncomfortable doing so, however, later on that evening we were so appalled at our experience we felt that we should call the manager and complain. His response was that he would like to keep us as a customer and wanted to make this up to us somehow but needed to check with the waitress to get her take on the evening and promised to return my call within two days. Three days have gone by and haven??t heard back. I??m still confused as to why he needed to check with the waitress. He I guess thought we were lying. Not good service once again! So, all the way around it our total dining experience was a thumbs down.

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This was the worst dining experience we have ever had at an upscale restaurant. This was our fourth visit and in the past have had excellent food and service. We are not complainers but feel that this is the time if any to do so. We got seated immediately upon arriving. After about 10 minutes the waitress took our drink order. About 10 min later the drinks arrive. The waitress never asked if we wanted appetizers but had to ask her if we could order one. We ordered the Calamari and at the same time inquired about a specialty item which the waitress said she would ask the Chef about. 20 minutes goes by and she comes back to our table and asks if we are ready to order. In the same breath she advised the chef was still checking on the specialty item. She then turned and walked away from the table without a word (Very Weird)!!
She came back several minutes later and took our order. At 8:00 an hour after being seated we inquired about the Calamari. She said "Oh, I forgot to order it", "Maybe you can order it the next time you come".
We didn't complain at the time because we are uncomfortable doing so, however, later on that evening we were so appalled at our experience we felt that we should call the manager and complain. His response was that he would like to keep us as a customer and wanted to make this up to us somehow but needed to check with the waitress to get her take on the evening and promised to return my call within two days. Three days have gone by and haven??t heard back. I??m still confused as to why he needed to check with the waitress. He I guess thought we were lying. Not good service once again! So, all the way around it our total dining experience was a thumbs down.

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Dined there last night at 6p.m. At 9p.m. I was leaning over the porcelin as sick as I have been in a while. I was not ill when I went in. Spent 220.00 to get sick. Had fresh lobster and oysters.

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Dined there last night at 6p.m. At 9p.m. I was leaning over the porcelin as sick as I have been in a while. I was not ill when I went in. Spent 220.00 to get sick. Had fresh lobster and oysters.

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Never have I been treated more rudely be a host! I would never done there, no matter the quality of the food.

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Never have I been treated more rudely be a host! I would never done there, no matter the quality of the food.

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this place has a steakhouse atmosphere with great fish. i always go to the one in dc for great seabass.

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this place has a steakhouse atmosphere with great fish. i always go to the one in dc for great seabass.

Pros: great fish

Cons: far from dc

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This is my first time been to this restaurant and I was very impressed with the experience. I picked this restaurant to celebrate my first wedding anniversary with my wife because she was so sick on her wedding day that she couldn't taste the tasmania lobster that we had at Las Vegas. I ended up eating the whole thing by myself (felt little guilty afterward).
Anyway, the lobster (dirty style) at Oceanaire was very good and the price was very reasonable. The Grilled Wild Maryland Rockfish (cooked with jumbo lump crab & Boursin Cheese) that I had is just out of this world. Seriously, I have never tasted a rockfish fillet that good. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself. We also ordered a side dish of Creamed Spinach which is quite delicious and it's not too greasy or overcooked like the other place.
P.S. I made the reservation 3 weeks ahead of time since our anniversary is on Christmas Eve, to my surprise, they even made a special menu for us which print " Happy 1st Anniversary Mr & Mrs XXXX - December 24th.
Most importantly, My wife was very impressed with my arrangement for the night. I can't wait to go back there for my birthday.

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This is my first time been to this restaurant and I was very impressed with the experience. I picked this restaurant to celebrate my first wedding anniversary with my wife because she was so sick on her wedding day that she couldn't taste the tasmania lobster that we had at Las Vegas. I ended up eating the whole thing by myself (felt little guilty afterward).
Anyway, the lobster (dirty style) at Oceanaire was very good and the price was very reasonable. The Grilled Wild Maryland Rockfish (cooked with jumbo lump crab & Boursin Cheese) that I had is just out of this world. Seriously, I have never tasted a rockfish fillet that good. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself. We also ordered a side dish of Creamed Spinach which is quite delicious and it's not too greasy or overcooked like the other place.
P.S. I made the reservation 3 weeks ahead of time since our anniversary is on Christmas Eve, to my surprise, they even made a special menu for us which print " Happy 1st Anniversary Mr & Mrs XXXX - December 24th.
Most importantly, My wife was very impressed with my arrangement for the night. I can't wait to go back there for my birthday.

Pros: Service and the food definitely rate 5 out of 5

Cons: kind of pricey but it's reasonable for special occasion

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I have been to the Oceanaire several times since it opened in October of 2005 and love it more each time. I am somewhat shocked at some of the comments I am reading here. For starters, I have always had excellent service. There is one manager/partner who I have seen on TV and seen quoted in the newspaper who is extremely friendly. He greets you when you arrive and will even stop by to check on you. Same thing with the executive chef; he will actually come around to the tables to make sure customers are satisfied. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The food is incredible. It is evident that every last detail is planned out. From the delicious, wide variety of oysters at the oyster bar to the infinite choices of fresh fish from around the world, you will have an amazing experience. And to everyone who complained about the price, let's be real: you get what you pay for at the Oceanaire. The pricing is very much appropriate for the quality of the food. If you can't afford it, don't go!!

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★★★★★

I have been to the Oceanaire several times since it opened in October of 2005 and love it more each time. I am somewhat shocked at some of the comments I am reading here. For starters, I have always had excellent service. There is one manager/partner who I have seen on TV and seen quoted in the newspaper who is extremely friendly. He greets you when you arrive and will even stop by to check on you. Same thing with the executive chef; he will actually come around to the tables to make sure customers are satisfied. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The food is incredible. It is evident that every last detail is planned out. From the delicious, wide variety of oysters at the oyster bar to the infinite choices of fresh fish from around the world, you will have an amazing experience. And to everyone who complained about the price, let's be real: you get what you pay for at the Oceanaire. The pricing is very much appropriate for the quality of the food. If you can't afford it, don't go!!

Pros: food quality and variety, excellent service

Cons: NONE!

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This was one of the best seafood restaurants I've eaten at in awhile. They not only had seafood, but meat dishes as well. The calamari was one of the best I've had. Try the acorn squash.

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This was one of the best seafood restaurants I've eaten at in awhile. They not only had seafood, but meat dishes as well. The calamari was one of the best I've had. Try the acorn squash.

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The seafood is super fresh and tasty. I love the ambiance and the service is also very good. The prices are high, and that's the only thing holding me back from giving 5 stars, but you do get what you pay for.
I will certainly return.

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The seafood is super fresh and tasty. I love the ambiance and the service is also very good. The prices are high, and that's the only thing holding me back from giving 5 stars, but you do get what you pay for.
I will certainly return.

Pros: service, ambiance, food, good for special occasions

Cons: a little pricey

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We have dined at Oceanaire twice now and dont find the value. The location is good, the setting is nice, the service is good but the prices are gold coast. Unfortunatly the quality of the meal for the money puts this place in the average column for WiSar.

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We have dined at Oceanaire twice now and dont find the value. The location is good, the setting is nice, the service is good but the prices are gold coast. Unfortunatly the quality of the meal for the money puts this place in the average column for WiSar.

Pros: Location

Cons: Price

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Recently transplanted from Seattle to Baltimore, I like to consider myself somewhat of a seafood connoisseur with a delight for trying new things and definitely a nose for fresh fish! For precisely these reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed eating at the Oceanaire last Wednesday.

Definitely ask for our server, Jackie ? she made us feel like we were the most important people there! She was very helpful in guiding us through the menu ? 4 of us ? instructing us not to over do it, especially since we planned to the next day. We split 2 appetizers: 8 oysters for the table (a tour of CT, MA, and PEI plus 2 she liked from Australia), and the red chili calamari. The oysters were great ? we had the saltiness and the sweet. They didn?t need the cocktail or minuette sauces but those helped the less daring. The calamari must be one of their best dishes ? a heaping plate of tender (not chewy!) and lightly breaded calamari with a great kick of spice in the sauce and bed of veggie slaw.

For dinner, we chose to share 3 entrees, promising ourselves we?d be back to try other specials soon. The signature blue crab cakes: (I had to compare them to our Alaskan King and Dungeness crabs.) They were two huge mounds of lump crab meat and hardly any breading. We were all unbelievably happy. Bigeye Tuna (sashimi style): There were two other options offered with different sauces but we wanted to know if this fish was actually flown in fresh as promised. Wow ? it was like butter melting your mouth! The Arctic Char: Not only a wonderful, fatty and juicy (almost salmon-like) fish but the presentation blew us away. It had been flash fried, and Jackie brings out this whole fish and then debones it at the table. She?s got skills! The fish was amazing and then with a little crunch from the crispy skin ? oh my gosh, so delicious!

PS - Go see Chattin at the bar if you need a break from your inlaws or just want some good company! He makes a mean Manhattan that puts you in just the right frame of mind.

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Recently transplanted from Seattle to Baltimore, I like to consider myself somewhat of a seafood connoisseur with a delight for trying new things and definitely a nose for fresh fish! For precisely these reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed eating at the Oceanaire last Wednesday.

Definitely ask for our server, Jackie ? she made us feel like we were the most important people there! She was very helpful in guiding us through the menu ? 4 of us ? instructing us not to over do it, especially since we planned to the next day. We split 2 appetizers: 8 oysters for the table (a tour of CT, MA, and PEI plus 2 she liked from Australia), and the red chili calamari. The oysters were great ? we had the saltiness and the sweet. They didn?t need the cocktail or minuette sauces but those helped the less daring. The calamari must be one of their best dishes ? a heaping plate of tender (not chewy!) and lightly breaded calamari with a great kick of spice in the sauce and bed of veggie slaw.

For dinner, we chose to share 3 entrees, promising ourselves we?d be back to try other specials soon. The signature blue crab cakes: (I had to compare them to our Alaskan King and Dungeness crabs.) They were two huge mounds of lump crab meat and hardly any breading. We were all unbelievably happy. Bigeye Tuna (sashimi style): There were two other options offered with different sauces but we wanted to know if this fish was actually flown in fresh as promised. Wow ? it was like butter melting your mouth! The Arctic Char: Not only a wonderful, fatty and juicy (almost salmon-like) fish but the presentation blew us away. It had been flash fried, and Jackie brings out this whole fish and then debones it at the table. She?s got skills! The fish was amazing and then with a little crunch from the crispy skin ? oh my gosh, so delicious!

PS - Go see Chattin at the bar if you need a break from your inlaws or just want some good company! He makes a mean Manhattan that puts you in just the right frame of mind.

Pros: Unbelievable seafood, attentive and friendly service, happy ambience, sleek/retro feel

Cons: Not really a con - just know how to make the most of your budget

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I dined at The Oceanaire Seafood Room with friends for my birthday two days ago & it was a truly memorable experience. First, my special day was commemorated with a personalized menu. The calamari is the best I've ever had and the crabcakes are to die for! My server was attentive, friendly & sincere in her service. The night was topped off with a complimentary baked alaska that was beautiful presentation. I highly recommend the oceanaire to anyone who loves great seafood and service!

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I dined at The Oceanaire Seafood Room with friends for my birthday two days ago & it was a truly memorable experience. First, my special day was commemorated with a personalized menu. The calamari is the best I've ever had and the crabcakes are to die for! My server was attentive, friendly & sincere in her service. The night was topped off with a complimentary baked alaska that was beautiful presentation. I highly recommend the oceanaire to anyone who loves great seafood and service!

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Just returned from your restaurant in Baltimore, Saturday Oct. 6, 7pm, 7 persons reserved.
First of all, the waiter was without personality and rude at times. He suggested an appetizer of calamari and lobster that would handle 7 persons. No mention of weight per person or price. This turned out to be a $250 appetizer, are you kidding me? We feel scammed over this appetizer. It was clear to the waiter that we were discussing sharing appetizers to taste a sampling of your offerings as he ?warned? us that the portions were large. Several of us wanted calamari so he suggested the ?special? that I mentioned above. At the end of the night when we were discussing the bill with him he states that the special was prepared with 1.5 lbs of lobster/calamari per person. Again are you kidding me? That?s 10.5 lbs of appetizer! That is not an ?appetizer?, that?s an entree. Again, we felt scammed. BTW, the lobster was overcooked and rubbery. Entrees; the black cod in miso was disgusting. The blue marlin was overcooked and dry. The rockfish was flavorless, overcooked and dry. My daughter in law ordered scallops as her main dish and only ate two because of a ?fishy? flavor. I tried one and tasted strong ammonia?the scallops were bad. My 80 year old mother, celebrating her 80th birthday, wanted fried oysters. What was presented to her were several, dried up, Popeye's restaurant chain looking things served on a platter slightly smaller than a large serving platter with a 4? high bed of shoestring fries that would have fed 10 people. Again, are you kidding me? Unacceptable. The waiter spilled wine several times while refilling the glasses. My brother in law ordered a glass of port and never received it. And the worst of the evening was it took over 3 hours to dine due to the terrible timing of the courses. We came to celebrate an 80th birthday, not to take a 3 hour tour. At this level of dining there should be special memories of the evening. No positive memories here.

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Just returned from your restaurant in Baltimore, Saturday Oct. 6, 7pm, 7 persons reserved.
First of all, the waiter was without personality and rude at times. He suggested an appetizer of calamari and lobster that would handle 7 persons. No mention of weight per person or price. This turned out to be a $250 appetizer, are you kidding me? We feel scammed over this appetizer. It was clear to the waiter that we were discussing sharing appetizers to taste a sampling of your offerings as he ?warned? us that the portions were large. Several of us wanted calamari so he suggested the ?special? that I mentioned above. At the end of the night when we were discussing the bill with him he states that the special was prepared with 1.5 lbs of lobster/calamari per person. Again are you kidding me? That?s 10.5 lbs of appetizer! That is not an ?appetizer?, that?s an entree. Again, we felt scammed. BTW, the lobster was overcooked and rubbery. Entrees; the black cod in miso was disgusting. The blue marlin was overcooked and dry. The rockfish was flavorless, overcooked and dry. My daughter in law ordered scallops as her main dish and only ate two because of a ?fishy? flavor. I tried one and tasted strong ammonia?the scallops were bad. My 80 year old mother, celebrating her 80th birthday, wanted fried oysters. What was presented to her were several, dried up, Popeye's restaurant chain looking things served on a platter slightly smaller than a large serving platter with a 4? high bed of shoestring fries that would have fed 10 people. Again, are you kidding me? Unacceptable. The waiter spilled wine several times while refilling the glasses. My brother in law ordered a glass of port and never received it. And the worst of the evening was it took over 3 hours to dine due to the terrible timing of the courses. We came to celebrate an 80th birthday, not to take a 3 hour tour. At this level of dining there should be special memories of the evening. No positive memories here.

Pros: Beautiful restaurant

Cons: Low quality food

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I just came from the Ocenaire in Baltimore and had dinner with a friend. The waitress was nice but often unavailable. The pickled Herring was the WORST choice of a table appetizer when on a date! That is unless you LIKE your breath to smell like a dead fish in the Harbor! The Cesar salad was more anchovies than anything else- disgusting! The meal was FAR below average and the Au gratin potatoes were loaded with cheese and not much flavor. The fried green tomatoes were breaded in so much cornmeal we wondered if there were any tomatoes in them at all. The main course was bland and unimpressive for the price. When I pay that kind of money, I want a meal that I CANNOT cook better myself. This was not the case. The only positive was the suggestion of wine which was a French Chardonnay which was excellent. The sorbet at the end of the meal was a great way to get the pungent fish smell off our breath. Oh and they also gave us chocolate chip cookies for desert which were harder than that 6 month old "treat" your dog left behind the couch! Over all I spent $150 for two people and was VERY disappointed. The staff was very nice but the food was awful. I will NEVER return there nor will I recommend any of my colleagues to dine at the Oceanaire!

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I just came from the Ocenaire in Baltimore and had dinner with a friend. The waitress was nice but often unavailable. The pickled Herring was the WORST choice of a table appetizer when on a date! That is unless you LIKE your breath to smell like a dead fish in the Harbor! The Cesar salad was more anchovies than anything else- disgusting! The meal was FAR below average and the Au gratin potatoes were loaded with cheese and not much flavor. The fried green tomatoes were breaded in so much cornmeal we wondered if there were any tomatoes in them at all. The main course was bland and unimpressive for the price. When I pay that kind of money, I want a meal that I CANNOT cook better myself. This was not the case. The only positive was the suggestion of wine which was a French Chardonnay which was excellent. The sorbet at the end of the meal was a great way to get the pungent fish smell off our breath. Oh and they also gave us chocolate chip cookies for desert which were harder than that 6 month old "treat" your dog left behind the couch! Over all I spent $150 for two people and was VERY disappointed. The staff was very nice but the food was awful. I will NEVER return there nor will I recommend any of my colleagues to dine at the Oceanaire!

Pros: Location, Atmosphere

Cons: Food quality, price

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The Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy the freshest seafood flown in daily from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will delight you with exceptional service — guiding you through the wide variety of items on our menu and helping you select the perfect wine to complement your meal. You'll find out why The Oceanaire has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.

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