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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-858-2277
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“baked alaska” (59 reviews)
“crab cakes” (70 reviews)
“seafood” (142 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have to go here every time we visit! We usually dine at the bar for drinks and oysters. Service is great and food is delicious. Tip: they have the best clam chowder ever! Silky and flavorful.

Thank Buenovida
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I came here from out of town wanting a romantic dinner with top-of-the-line Seafood. We sat at the bar to have a cocktail and an appetizer before we were seated for dinner. We ordered the crab cocktail for $21. The crab seemed...More

Thank Tom T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent all around. My son and wife recommended the place as they often did the Boston location when they were east coasters. They dragged us to the place and nothing diasppointed. Food and service were tremendous. I think our server overheard snippets of our conversation...More

Thank Jim P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The shrimp and grits was wonderful. My salmon was prepared mostly the way I liked it, and I changed up the sauce as this restaurant prepares it the way you want. I liked the Salmon medium-ish, however they will cook it slightly less if you...More

Thank Jacquelyn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always tops in seafood and service , Oceanaire San Diego outdid itself in July with its New England Lobster special. A fantastic 2 pound beauty which melted in your mouth ! Once again a special evening

Thank Richard T
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

The place is a bit 80’s in its interior. We went on a Thursday evening but it was almost empty despite that. The food tastes good but not extraordinary. We had lobster which was a bit dry and they served the tools and butter only...More

1  Thank Marco Manuel B
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

I am conflicted. The staff at the bar is really great. We waited forever for Augrautin potatoes that never came. We were comped one glass of wine and the manager was very nice. Still, for the prices here, the chef needs to figure things out....More

1  Thank Io79032
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

We loved it. The food was delicious. We had the opportunity to start at the bar with Ron and his great staff. They were fun, professional and overall delightful! The crab cakes are a must!!!

1  Thank lindafosters
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

We had a meal here on quite a quiet evening. There were positive and negative points. The service was very friendly but inattentive. The main meals were delicious and extremely well cooked (scallops and seafood mixed grill) but the side order of potato gratin was...More

1  Thank JDButters
Reviewed July 21, 2018

We had a great meal at their restaurant in Boston, so we were excited to find they were in San Diego. The name was the only resemblance to our previous experience. The oysters were not properly chilled. The Shaved Romaine salad was a blob drenched...More

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Kristine B
August 23, 2015|
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Yes! We had 26 in a private room.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    (4th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-858-2277
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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