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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%
Travellers talk about
“baked alaska” (60 reviews)
“crab cakes” (71 reviews)
“seafood” (147 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this place based on some TA reviews and it exceeded our expectations! The place is large, but not noisy. The staff are a big step above many of the places where we have dined; clearly professional people who take pride in their job....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dtgtyo
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Came here to celebrate hubby’s birthday and the food was just amazing ! We ordered the oyster and king crab leg for appetizer and it was very fresh. Crab leg meat was delicious and sweet. And I ordered the broiled Iceland cod while husband had...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank TinaL0128
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

We chose this restaurant as it was one of few nice looking sea food restaurants in the gas lamp quarter of San Diego and it was our last night so we were up for spending a bit more. The decor of the inside of a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Gillian S
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Our group had an enjoyable dinner at this restaurant. the menu was limited for our choices, but everyone at our table had positive things to say about their entrees. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The side dishes were served family-style and fine. The desserts were...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jessica0823
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I dined at this restaurant based on the online reviews. We were placed at a table overlooking a number of dirty tables, empty beer bottles, and steamer trays from a prior banquet. Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive and made some...More

Date of visit: October 2018
3  Thank JFood88
Reviewed September 16, 2018 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.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Buenovida
Reviewed September 13, 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank TomT326
Reviewed September 10, 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jimpA1411GD
Reviewed September 7, 2018

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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jacquelyn C
Reviewed August 18, 2018 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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 122richardt
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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