Oceanaire Seafood Room
A plush, banquette-lined dining room and raw bar.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Address: 1201 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-347-2277
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM, Sunday 5 PM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Daily oysters; crab cakes with mustard mayonnaise; katsu-crusted wahoo with ginger-cream sauce; whole red snapper drizzled with black-olive vinaigrette; baked Alaska.
Price Details: Entrees, $16.95 to $79.95.

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THE SCENE. The Penn Quarter outlet of this national chain, done up like a '30s-style cruise ship, is as lively and jumping as its boogie-woogie soundtrack. The oyster bar stays packed after happy hour, and although there are plenty of tables for 12 crammed with lawyers cutting loose, the smaller leather banquettes--and the sidecars and sea breezes--make intimacy easy.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Any given day you might find Icelandic char, a thick cut of Shetland salmon, and at least a dozen kinds of oysters. And chef-in-charge Rob Clink does the fresh catches proud with his French- and Asian-inspired daily specials. Portions are titanic--tall towers of shellfish, "colossal" crab cocktails, mountains of flaming baked Alaska--but the friendly servers are happy to pack leftovers to go.

WHAT YOU WON'T. It verges on overpriced--surf-and-turf is $79.95--and there's a corporate feel that won't appeal to some.
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