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Minneapolis-St. Paul Restaurants

Oceanaire

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

Leatherette booths lend a clubby air to this restaurant, which has an oyster bar and individual relish trays. Crab cakes and fish stew are popular.

Restaurant Information

Address:

1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403, USA

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Phone:

612-333–2277

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 12/31/1969

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By Karen

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Aug 19, 2006

Hooked by Ella

The leather and brass bistro atomosphere was inviting and I was hooked when I heard Ella Fitzgeralds voice in the background. We have loved every dish we have tried. The side are huge so bring friends to share with.My only complaint is taht you have to reserve several weeks in advance for a weekend night.

By Richard

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Mar 20, 2006

Good reviews on Oceanaire are Fishy.

My wife's 50th birthday I told them when I phoned. That,obviously, meant nothing. We were seated between two other couples, listening to others' conversations. That would be ok except that my wife was seated over the space between two seats which was unbearably uncomfortable for her. It was then we noticed also that the table legs were uneven to the point that we couldn't lean on it at all without creating obvious chattering of all the dishes.

I went on my hands and knees twice trying to fix it; an employee tried twice; even the nice guy at the next table tried once; all to no avail. So, we elected to live with it. But, wait, these were minor problems. Our waitress basically ignored us most of the night. I truly have never had such poor service. She spent 10 minutes seated and chatting with other patrons, to the point that the maitre'd came over and glared at her. But, wait, the food. The tuna tartare was bland. The Cioppino broth was ghastly. I make this dish, and know how good it can be. It tasted like they opened a can of tomato sauce and added salt. Lots of salt. No subtle flavors. The hash browns ala Oceanaire were equally salty to the point of being inedible. I liked the tobasco in them; a nice touch; again, not too subtle; but good. But, oh, the salt. The fish in the Cioppino was too chewy to eat. My wife ordered the stuffed walleye. Something was wrong with it. I tried it and was barely able to swallow it. She was ill that night. Who knows what from. (She's a consummate chef, by the way.) She could still taste it 24 hours later. Needless to say I left minimal tip and would never return. Oh, I almost forgot, I had a conversation with a lady today who had the same exact complaints about this restaurant. She also said she would never return. Anecdotal, I realize, but true nonetheless.

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By Laura

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Feb 15, 2006

DEAD FISH!

We were looking forward to dining here as it was highly recommended by several friends. What a disappointment! First, the restaurant was not at all busy, but our waiter was more interested in setting the other tables and doing all sorts of busywork...along with the other wait staff!! Then, the food we though would surely be good at least. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!! We mentioned the fish I ordered wasn't properly cooked, and the waiter gave me a lecture

on its preperation. (I dine all over the world, and do not expect this kind of "lecture" when I am spending top dollar. Besides that, I WAS RIGHT!!) We then told the matre 'd about it and he just shrugged. So, we have shrugged off this a a WASTE OF TIME AND $$! I suggest KINCAIDS in St. Paul or Bloomington for some really great service and awesome preperation. Or else, a chain, McCormick and Schmick's....

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By Bob

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Nov 20, 2003

A great port of call on the tundra

The fresh fish is excellent, but slightly over-priced. The appetizer tower feeds at least four. Sides and desserts are meant to be shared.

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