Nestled in the heart of the exciting Gaslamp District, and just minutes away from the San Diego Convention Center, is The Oceanaire Seafood Room – a stylish and upscale seafood restaurant famed for its oyster bar and fresh fish flown in daily. Its menu offers a daily changing selection of snapper, swordfish and rare seasonal items like Alaska Weathervane Scallops, in addition to chops, steaks and poultry. Its sophisticated décor, large open dining room and award-winning service only add to its appeal, making it the ideal setting for special occasions, date night and corporate functions. Visit the bar area during Admiral’s Hour for specially-priced Crab Cake Sliders, Steamed Mussels, Oysters Rockefeller, cocktails and more. The Oceanaire is a two-time Lamplighter Award-winner for Favorite Seafood Restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Restaurant Info

  • Address: 400 J Street, San Diego CA 92101
  • Cross Street: 4th Avenue
  • Location: Downtown | Gaslamp Quarter
  • Cuisine: Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: $$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Valet Parking |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (619) 858-2277

Business Hours



  • Full Bar
  • Catering Services
  • Private Room
  • Takeout Available
  • Winning Wine List
  • Valet Parking
  • Happy Hours
  • Lounge / Bar


  • Romantic Dining
  • Dining Alone
  • Business Dining
  • Meet for a Drink
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion


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Restaurant Address: 400 J Street, San Diego CA 92101

User Reviews


Oceanaire is absolutely amazing! There is nothing bad to say AT ALL! The service is great and our food was to die for!!! No one could be disappointed here with their dining experience.

50 Things to Eat in San Diego before You Die  


I love this place!! What a treat... Came in for a quick bite and glass of wine before a concert. We had never been in and really needed some help with the menu. Our server(Jay) not only had great recomendations he was on the ball!! The crab cake was the best we have ever had. We didnt even touch the sauce it had come with. It needed NOTHING! We ordered the rib eye steak (cooked to perfection) and a broiled white fish from Oregon also cooked perfectly. I will without a doubt be back for more!!!!

Best Dining Experience Ever  

I'm shocked that when I check this website for reviews of the Oceanaire that it says there are none, until you register then you can see them. My wife and I were offered by our friends to select a restaurant, any restaurant, to go to dinner. I had always wanted to go to the Oceanaire so that was where we decided to go. We arrived at the time of our reservation and were immediately seated. Our Waiter, Jonathan, was absolutely perfect when it came to service, timing, knowledge, perfect wine suggestion, just everything. We received our courses exactly on time as to how you would wish for them to arrive and the food was beyond outstanding. Simply put, this was by FAR, the finest dining experience I've EVER had. Best service, food and a very nice atmosphere. Everyone in our dinner party agreed, this was fabulous. We have made a pact we will be back. If your looking to celebrate a special occasion, trust in the Oceanaire, IT'S AWESOME!!

Lucky Us  

First time in San Diego for my wife and I and it was restaurant week...Oceanaire was the last night there and it could not have been any better. GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE.

Great Service and Staff  

I had the best experience when my husband proposed to me at this restaurant. The staff was great!!

Extraordinaire at Oceanaire  

Should get 5 stars, but they did not warn of the REALLY spicey Forbidden rice.Last night we attended the "Celebration of Alaska" featuring Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. It was a wine pairing done right by one of the very best restaurants in San Diego. Upon arrival, we sat at the bar to have a short visit with one of our favorite bartenders. We have been following Ron around for several years. We were then seated in a lovely, comfortable booth, greeted by our server, Ishmael and off we go!! The usual assortment of pickles, herring, olives was delivered along with a nice 'chunk' of bread. The first pouring was Domaine Ste Michelle Brut. I am a champagne lover and this is a good one. The sashimi was shrimp & I found it to be delicious. There was a bed of thinly sliced celery/cucumber (?) with caviar in a ponzu sauce. Very tasty. Next up was a King crab appendage on a bed of seaweed (Ogo), with a little honey. This was paired with Eroica Riesling. A great choice. I am not fond of Rieslings but this one I would gladly try again. It was not the usually sweet wine, rather it was crisp, clean, & refreshing. The crab was rich & we both ate every bite.Next up was another white wine, Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc and another surprisingly nice white. It was citrusy, not sweet and really right with the Black Cod. The presentation on this partucular dish was outstanding. It looked as great as it tasted, delicious. Next up was Halibut on a bed of pickled Octopus. I usually like octopus, this one just wasn't right for me. My friend found it to be quite good. Of course, I ate every bite of the Halibut. This was paired with Canoe Ridge Chardonnay. Given my dislike of Chardonnay, again, I was pleasantly surprised. The choice was good for the pairing. Though I doubt I would go out of my way to try this again. Once was probably enough! Then we went to a red, Northstar Merlot. I loved this wine, fruity without a hint of sweet! This brought us to the Venison, on top of salmon jerky, on a bed of Forbidden rice. I was anxious to taste the rice and dove in, only to come up with tears in my eyes and a burning in my throat. This was very, very spicy. I cannot indulge in that level of spiciness. Ishmael was "Johnny on the spot" and was off to get me a glass of milk. It took awhile for my throat to recover! I managed to get a taste of the salmon, which was smoky and good. The venison was rescued from the plate and I ate every bite of it. As a child, venison was a regular on the table.This was cooked perfectly , it was quite tender and another palatable dish. On to dessert. Ishmael was busy and another server delivered our Green Tea ice cream, on candied ginger. I had another glass of champagne as my friend and I pondered on how to indulge without utensils!! This faux pas was remedied quickly. The ice cream was a great end to a well done wine tasting. But, being of the female gender, we wanted chocolate! Ishmael brought us a small boat of chocolate sauce which we both poured over the ice cream. I am sure that is not to everyone's liking, but it was for us, the end of a fantastic evening. This is not the type of tasting that has you rushing from one course to the next and, best of all, Oceanaire does not engage in that awful practice of Measured Pour. The bottles are brought to the table and the wine poured by a very capable and charming server. We called him Ishmael. The general manager, Philip, along with several other managers wander among the guests, occasionally lending a hand where needed. Try the crabcake. It just may be the best ever. So, off we went into the night, fully sated, and ready to head on to our respective homes, thanking Oceanaire for a great evening.

Sauce was too strong, mismatch  

I ordered Mahi-mahi. Fish was a o.k., but the sauce was too sweet, too much butter. It did not match well with the fish. My daughter and I did not like it at all. In fact we left some portion. It was not worth $38.00.

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