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BikeMike Jan 18, 2008 11:57 PM

I passed by there on the way home tonight and there was a sign outside saying they were open. I was running a little behind so I didn't have a chance to peak in. Did I miss something? Their website gives Spring 2008 as a ballpark opening date. I have eaten at the one in Seattle and Dallas, so this really excited me.

  1. Small Plates Jan 19, 2008 10:18 AM

    We went last night - the first night open. Excellent. Can't wait to go back. Oysters, oysters and more oysters!

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      ScubaSteve Jan 20, 2008 05:52 PM

      one quick question; what was the price per oyster?

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      Shamrock22 Jan 20, 2008 10:59 AM

      Went last night as well. Beautiful room, nice bar. Sampled several appetizers and some raw bar items as well. This place is going to be great. Pricey entrees but the quality does not disappoint.

      1. BostonZest Jan 20, 2008 01:34 PM

        So this is part of that big chain. I wondered about that.
        Here's the site if anyone wants to check it out.

        http://www.theoceanaire.com/

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          Shamrock22 Jan 20, 2008 07:04 PM

          Oysters ranged from 2.25 to 3.25 per. West Coast drawing the more expensive. Island Creeks from Duxbury were also about 3 bucks per. Total about 10 choices.

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            conerye Jan 27, 2008 10:55 AM

            We just went last night.. the food was really good! We started with the Clams Casino and Portuguese style mussles, both of which were awesome. We even asked for extra bread to dip in the broth from the mussles, it was so good! We don't do any of the raw bar stuff, so can't comment on that. Our entrees were excellent as well; I had mahi-mahi, my husband had salmon and my brother in law had lobster. For deserts we tried maple creme brulee and pear cranberry crisp; both were very tasty as well though the creme brulee was a little too sweet for me. Entree portions were sized just right; the mussles, the side dishes and the deserts were huge. The rooms and bar were really nice and the service was top notch. It wsn't very busy when we were there, but I suspect that will change!

            1. Bob Dobalina Jan 27, 2008 11:02 AM

              Bunch of folks from my office went this weekend and were generally impressed all the way around.

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                Gabatta Jan 28, 2008 09:47 AM

                Got over to Ocenaire on Saturday night to check it out. I thought it was excellent, and will be back. Though it is not cheap, it definitely fills a need for more good, fresh seafood in Boston.

                My GF had other plans, so I sat solo at the bar. Greg the bartender was very friendly and really had the right attitude to build clientel. I started with an assortment of oysters which were all excellent. The raw bar tender sent over a sample of the mahi mahi ceviche which was fresh and tasty, though not on the menu. For an entree, I have the striped bass simply grilled. It was an excellent piece of fish.

                There was tons to try on the menu, so I will probably be back with the GF this week. I also liked that they have king crab on the menu. My seatmates at the bar had some in front of them, and it looked delicious. It will be nice to have a place for crab in Boston.

                I know that it is oft asked on this site, so I want to let everyone know that the bar service was excellent and very friendly for a solo diner. No TV at all though, which the bartender was telling the manager is going to be an issue come baseball season.

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                  Small Plates Jan 28, 2008 11:07 AM

                  Pitchers and catchers report in 18 days!! Woo-eeee!! Got the fever! I love Oceanaire and am trying to remember if they have TV in the DC bar... I don't think so - wonder if it is corporate policy??? If there were to be a TV, I would be over the moon!!! Oysters and the Sox! Heaven.

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                    gnosker Jan 28, 2008 01:07 PM

                    What are prices like for the entrees?

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                      Gabatta Jan 28, 2008 01:10 PM

                      The prices are definitely a bit steep, but the quality is far above of that found at Legals (for example). I think my fish was in the low $30 range which is about average for an entree there. Oysters are around $2.50/per. Wine by the glass ranged from $10 to the low $20s.

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