Oceanaire Seafood Room of Downtown Minneapolis

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Oceanaire is one of the flagship, big ticket, special occasion eateries in the Twin Cities. Diners can expect to pay a lot of money for rich, consistently well-prepared, traditional Continental-style seafood, flown in on a daily basis direct from the coast. A classy deco atmosphere and veteran waitstaff who patiently explain everything from the difference between various types of oyster to what defines beurre blanc sauce makes for a comfortable high-end dining experience. In terms of price, server professionalism, and dedication to simple, high-quality ingredients, Oceanaire is, in many ways, the direct seafood equivalent of Manny’s.

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Look out for desserts, which are good but come in sickeningly large portions; a general rule of thumb is that one $10 Hot Tin Roof sundae will probably feed four hungry diners.

BEST BET: Oceanaire is one of the only truly reliable locations in the Upper Midwest for fresh shellfish, including lobster.

Oceanaire Seafood Room
Seafood in Downtown Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
OWNER/CHEF: Parasole / Rick Kimmes
Sun-Thu 5-10pm
Fri-Sat 5-11pm
BAR: Full
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED?: Yes / Yes for weekends

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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