1300 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.970876 -93.278285
5:00pm to 10:00pm Sun - Thurs
5:00pm to 11:00pm Fri & Sat
Neighborhoods: Central, Loring Park
Overall good place – My wife and I went to this restaurant because we heard great things about it all over the place. When we got there the place was packed! I understand the biz. When you have a packed restaurant you make lots of money, but working my way through a crowd is not my idea of a fine dining experence. We had to wait half an hour for our table, dispite reservations. This also annoyed me. Staff was friendly and service was impressive. I was shocked at the price of drinks (in a bad way).
The food was good. Menue was not what I expected. A lot of fish and not much of anything else. Menue was pricy but not too bad. Best crab cakes I have ever had. Our food was good, and came in decent portions. All in all I think the place is a bit overrated, but good. It did not live up to the hype it gets by any means. I would go here again over a restaurant like Red Lobster, if I were in the mood for seafood.
Outstanding service – Hands down- the best crab cakes in Minnesota! I came to the oceanaire for a business dinner with five guys from the east coast, jetlegged wanting seafood. Service was impeccable, from the check backs to the honest smiles of the staff and management. I suggest requesting the captains list if you want a better selection of wine. Easily the best restaurant in Minnesota, in regards to food quality, and service!!
none better – Have conservatively eaten here 40 times. Not only is the food and wait staff fantastic but they knock it out of the park every single time. It is the only place I'll eat oysters in Minnesota and they are delicious. The fall clam chowder is amazing (only Bar Crudo in San Francisico is better). The crowd, the space, the food is how it should be and thankfully it is every time man- (they say that in Jamaica alot). Impressive as well is that their staff never turns over and only gets better just like a perfect pair of boots. Go there you will love it.
Best Special Occasion – I don't even know where to begin describing my experiences at the Oceannaire. I have been here at least 2-3 times every year since I moved to the Cities, and on a college student's budget, that is a LOT of money I have parted with. Thus said, I have never had a better value than when we eat here. The Oceannaire is my favorite place to go for birthdays and anniversaries--not just because of the free Baked Alaska (we would have ordered it whether it was free or not!) but because of the beautiful ambience, wonderful service, and fresh seafood. As my grandparents live on the Carolina coast, I grew up with very fresh seafood on my visits there, and while most restaurants in the Midwest have amazing steak, I have always found the seafood lacking.
And then I went to the Oceannaire. If not for the white linen tablecloths and dressed up patrons, I would have sworn that I was at a seafood house on the shores of South Carolina--the fish is just that fresh. The crudites eliminate the need for an appetizer in my opinion, though we've always loved the smoked salmon. You really can get your seafood anyway you want it here. For me, that means a lightly seared ahi tuna with blackening and blue cheese butter. It just melts in your mouth. The matchstick fries are crispy and plentiful; they also happen to be one of the cheapest sides on the menu. Strangely enough, even after stuffing yourself with seafood (order a side or two and take home half of your fish so you can relive the experience for lunch the next day), there is always room for Baked Alaska. Now, I have had the Baked Alaska for four years, and just about every time I come there is a new ice cream in the center on top of a luscious cake whose flavor cannot be described as anything else but "151". It is encased in a mountain of creamy marshmallow before being doused with Bacardi 151 rum and light on fire. My best advice is to let it burn off the alcohol as long as possible.
The Oceannaire is a must!
Best seafood – The Oceanaire is an exceptionally classy restaurant. The seafood is a bit expensive, but well worth it. Portions are generous, especially the side dishes. I would recommend reservations.
Best Seafood in town!!!!! – Oceanaire is a FANCY restaurant!!! You will feel out of place men with less than dockers and a collared shirt! It had some of the best seafood I've had in awhile. Prices are a bit high but well worth the quality and quantity of food you get! Make sure you get their speciality for desert; Baked Alaska! You don't find that very often. Cherry nut ice cream surrounded by a marshmallow type exterior that is drizzled with rum 151 at table side and lit on fire to brown the the marshmallow. I had the buramudi (sp) for dinner. It was awesome!!! Their wine list is pretty good but way less than I expected for this quality of restaurant. Perhaps they have ANOTHER wine list for those desiring wines over say $80. A very nice place and located within the Hyatt at the base of Nicollet Ave.
Excellent Customer Service – Although this place is spendy, the food and customer service make up for it. Our waitress was very attentive and the food came out promptly w/out long delays between appetizers, entrees and desserts. One of my appetizers was the clams casino, my gfs and I loved it so much we ordered another one! I can't wait to go back for the food and dining experience. It was absolutely fantastic!
Excellent Food And Service – I went here for my Birthday and couldn't have picked a better place. The food was heavenly, the service excellent. I can't wait to go back!
Not a good value – We found it overpriced for what you get. Service was condescending. I paid with Visa. When I got my Visa statement, I found that the restaurant had submitted a charge $20 more than what I had signed for.
The place for Seafood. – We had not been to Oceanaire for almost 2 years. We felt it was time to give it another chance. We had always enjoyed it, but weren't as impressed the last few times. We had a special occasion and decided that it would be perfect for a Wednesday evening celebration.
The quality of food has never been better. Every item was outstanding. From the Alaskan King Crab legs, to the wonderfully done Arctic Char. Creamed corn should not be this good. The wine list has also had a few nice changes. Miner Viognier by the glass put me over the edge. Exactly what I was looking for.
The service was as wonderful as we had hoped. Very accomodating and informative. All of our needs were met and then some. It was a great experience all around. Glad we went back.
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