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The Oceanaire

“The large bar across the right side of the establishment is highlighted with blue up lighting, and the bartenders’ expertise was evident in every cocktail that was served up.”

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 40 Court Street
Date of Visit: Saturday, December 17 , 2011
Server Name:
 Unknown…but check out the picture below!

The Vibe

This classy seafood establishment sits just outside of Government Center on the far side of the Downtown Crossing area, making it convenient from the Red, Green, and Orange Lines. The former bank boasts a vault downstairs and unique marble accents and stone pillars throughout the restaurant. The open dining room and high ceilings make the space seem huge and a bit cold at first, but the fact that the tables are so nicely spread out allowed for great intimate conversations to occur. The large bar across the right side of the establishment is highlighted with blue up lighting, and the bartenders’ expertise was evident in every cocktail that was served up.

The service here was impeccable, and we would highly recommend coming here for any type of fancy-shmancy dinner, or even if you’re trying to impress a business client. Our waitress and the rest of the staff were very attentive to our large party, even with the restaurant being busy during the Saturday dinner rush. The menu changes daily (and this isn’t a marketing ploy, we got to keep the menus from our table as they said “Happy Birthday” across the top for our good friend Burns), but the cocktail menu seems to stay the same!

The Drinks

Valerie’s Drink of Choice: The Oceanaire  
Ingredients:  Absolut Vodka, Blue  Curacao, White Cranberry Juice
Cost: $12.00

Review: How much more of a signature drink can you get than one named after the entire establishment?  As soon as I saw the Oceanaire I knew I had to order it, and it didn’t hurt that I like all of the ingredients in it! The color of the drink was phenomenal thanks to the blue curacao, and as you can see in the photo, even the martini glasses included the Oceanaire’s trademark fish symbol. Unfortunately, the ingredient that gave the drink it’s brilliant blue color also detracted from the overall taste.  With every sip, I got a mouthful of the curacao and it was nearly impossible to taste either of the other two ingredients, thew vodka or the white cranberry juice. The drink wasn’t bad, I just wish there had been a better balance of flavors.



Eric’s Drink of Choice: Sazerac 
Ingredients: Ri1 Whiskey, Pernod, Peychaud’s Bitters
Cost: $14.00

Review: The Sazerac immediately caught my eye, especially because it reminded me of a Rye Whiskey-based Old Fashioned, which is somewhat of a favorite of the birthday boy (Burns) and I. The presentation of the cocktail was nice, as it came in a rocks glass with a perfectly sliced twist of orange as opposed to lemon. The ice was also not bruised and did not water down the drink at all. Immediately upon tasting the first sip I was reminded of  my Root Beer Toronto at Via Matta, except this one tasted like black licorice instead of root beer,  and it proved perfect for the end of dinner beverage that it was. I would order this again, but not with food, as the flavor overwhelmed my palate to the point where I wouldn’t have enjoyed my fish & chips nearly as much.



Introducing our newest Guest Blogger….Burns.!!!  
Burns’ Drink of Choice: Vesper
Ingredients: Kettle One Vodka, Bombay Gin, Lillet Blanc
Cost: $12.00

Review:  Cold and refreshing, the Oceanaire’s version of the Vesper is easily one of the better choices on their specialty list. Served with a lemon peel, twisted to extract the oil, every sip was extremely smooth. The Vesper is a gin dominated martini. Typically 3 parts gin to 1 part vodka. Further separating the Vesper from your average martini is the presense of Lillet, edging out the standard of vermouth. The Vesper is popularized by James Bond, referenced in the first book Casion Royale (1953). One small point of correction however: the lemon peel should cut in a manner that does not include the pith (the white part of the lemon).


The Stats

Wine Prices: Reds, whites, and champagnes are available by both the glass and bottle (some varieties in half bottle), but there are far too many to list!  Check out the full wine list here.  Prices for a glass range from $8 to $20, and bottles start at $26.

Beer Prices: The Oceanaire does not have beers on tap, but rather only bottled options (served in glasses, however).  The options were not listed on the menu, but they do have Blue Moon which we know as several of our friends ordered it.

Other:  The Oceanaire has seven martinis on their menu for $12 to $14 each.  Along with both the Oceanaire and the Vesper, there is also a Sidecar, Manhattan and a “Dirty Belvedere.”  The Oceanaire also has eight Signature Cocktails for $10 to $13 each, including a Mojito, Cape Codder, Bellini, and a “Bloody Caesar,” which is served with a shrimp.

Also, as it was Burns’ birthday, a surprise Baked Alaska showed up at our table and was set ablaze with Bacardi 151:


One comment on “The Oceanaire

  1. Lucy
    December 30, 2011

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!…

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