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San Diego: Oceanaire Seafood Room: Good and Not So Good

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San Diego: Oceanaire Seafood Room: Good and Not So Good

Bob Foster | Aug 5, 2005 02:01 AM

Oceanaire Seafood Room 400 J Street 619.858.2277 www.theoceanaire.com. First the good news: Superb seafood. The crabcakes were the best I have had outside of Mayland. Big, huge pieces of lump crab, good seasoning, almost no filler, about the size of a baseball. Would order them again in a minute. The Boston style clam chowder was good and my wife's Dover sole stuffed with crab, shrimp and bree with a beurre blanc sauce was excellent.

Now the not so good: very crowded even on a Thursday night (and the Padres were out of town), VERY high noises levels-so high that having a normal conversation was a bit of a struggle. We had a 7pm reservation. There was a bad roll over accident on I-5 and we were 20 minutes late (but we called twice to tell them we were late and please not to give away or table. But, sigh, they gave away our table and we got to sit in the bar waiting. Their 15 minutes became 25. (What bothered me most was they seated others who also had 7pm reservations before us)

When they learned it was our 32nd wedding anniversary (and saw we were not happy campers over the delay and the way they handled it) they sent over two glasses of Mumm Cordon Rouge, a free Baked Alaska dessert, and comped the first course and the $20 corkage. So give them solid points for responding to an unhappy cusotmer.

Would I go again? Yes but not during tourist season or the week of a big convention. And, I'd go just when they open at 5pm so as to avoid the crush and the noise.

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