An Impeccable Experience. I dined at The Oceanaire Seafood Room with friends for my birthday two days ago & it was a truly memorable experience. First, my special day was commemorated with a personalized menu. The calamari is the best I've ever had and the crabcakes are to die for! My server was attentive, friendly & sincere in her service. The night was topped off with a complimentary baked alaska that was beautiful presentation. I highly recommend the oceanaire to anyone who loves great seafood and service!
Avoidence is the best recommendation.
Just returned from your restaurant in Baltimore, Saturday Oct. 6, 7pm, 7 persons reserved.
First of all, the waiter was without personality and rude at times. He suggested an appetizer of calamari and lobster that would handle 7 persons. No mention of weight per person or price. This turned out to be a $250 appetizer, are you kidding me? We feel scammed over this appetizer. It was clear to the waiter that we were discussing sharing appetizers to taste a sampling of your offerings as he ?warned? us that the portions were large. Several of us wanted calamari so he suggested the ?special? that I mentioned above. At the end of the night when we were discussing the bill with him he states that the special was prepared with 1.5 lbs of lobster/calamari per person. Again are you kidding me? That?s 10.5 lbs of appetizer! That is not an ?appetizer?, that?s an entree. Again, we felt scammed. BTW, the lobster was overcooked and rubbery. Entrees; the black cod in miso was disgusting. The blue marlin was overcooked and dry. The rockfish was flavorless, overcooked and dry. My daughter in law ordered scallops as her main dish and only ate two because of a ?fishy? flavor. I tried one and tasted strong ammonia?the scallops were bad. My 80 year old mother, celebrating her 80th birthday, wanted fried oysters. What was presented to her were several, dried up, Popeye's restaurant chain looking things served on a platter slightly smaller than a large serving platter with a 4? high bed of shoestring fries that would have fed 10 people. Again, are you kidding me? Unacceptable. The waiter spilled wine several times while refilling the glasses. My brother in law ordered a glass of port and never received it. And the worst of the evening was it took over 3 hours to dine due to the terrible timing of the courses. We came to celebrate an 80th birthday, not to take a 3 hour tour. At this level of dining there should be special memories of the evening. No positive memories here.
Overpriced Dead Harbor Fish. I just came from the Ocenaire in Baltimore and had dinner with a friend. The waitress was nice but often unavailable. The pickled Herring was the WORST choice of a table appetizer when on a date! That is unless you LIKE your breath to smell like a dead fish in the Harbor! The Cesar salad was more anchovies than anything else- disgusting! The meal was FAR below average and the Au gratin potatoes were loaded with cheese and not much flavor. The fried green tomatoes were breaded in so much cornmeal we wondered if there were any tomatoes in them at all. The main course was bland and unimpressive for the price. When I pay that kind of money, I want a meal that I CANNOT cook better myself. This was not the case. The only positive was the suggestion of wine which was a French Chardonnay which was excellent. The sorbet at the end of the meal was a great way to get the pungent fish smell off our breath. Oh and they also gave us chocolate chip cookies for desert which were harder than that 6 month old "treat" your dog left behind the couch! Over all I spent $150 for two people and was VERY disappointed. The staff was very nice but the food was awful. I will NEVER return there nor will I recommend any of my colleagues to dine at the Oceanaire!
Editorial Review. Set sail at this classy, nautical-themed restaurant, serving a boatload of rotating seafood specials in a posh and lively atmosphere.
great seafood, definitely make a reservation. great fresh fish, get the mahi with blue cheese butter. try the crab cakes, can be loud on weekends, but overall great
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