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“Mixed Experience”

Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar
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Ranked #15 of 193 Restaurants in Utica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend this restaurant’s food, but the ambience, though visually attractive, wasn’t for us. The music from the bar area was very loud, and while we were seated as far from the bar as possible the noise level was still higher than we enjoy. The air conditioning was not sufficient to counter the 90 degree weather, so we were uncomfortable. That said, two weeks later I fondly recall the grilled octopus appetizer and would put up with heat and noise to eat it again. When I made reservations I indicated the date was our wedding anniversary, and our server brought us a delicious, complimentary dessert. The service was good overall. If you are looking for seafood in Utica and don’t mind loud music, this restaurant is worth trying. Another plus is that there are good options for people who do not like seafood.

Thank Meryl49
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Ocean Blue did an awesome job carrying through on my wishes for a Bridal Shower. They went beyond my expectations!

The room itself is unique and stylish; therefore our decorations complimented it’s “simple elegance”. Guests were able to access our own outdoor deck area overlooking the city.

From the presentation and taste of the food, to the spectacular drink selection, our guests were quite content. Then... the dessert arrived! Not only was it a pleasing presentation, but the delectable warm butter cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream was unanimously amazing.

Jeff coordinated, communicated and orchestrated throughout the party to create a seamless, successful party.

Thank Annexoxo
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed the food until our most recent visit. The menu changes regularly however this time it was all bad changes. They took the loaded lobster fries completely off the menu, which truly disappointed us because they were amazing. They changed the lobster mac n cheese (not for the better), they changed the fish tacos (also not for the better), and changed the shrimp and the scallop additions. It is now $15 to add 2 scallops to your meal (or 2 shrimp), $15 for two very small pieces of seafood! And it’s even more disappointing that the risotto alone is already $40 so in order to make it a true meal, shrimp or scallops should be added but now you are looking at a $55 dinner for rice and 2 scallops??? That’s ridiculous! Please bring back the loaded lobster fries!!!

Thank Shannon K
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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Average food ,terrible service, completely overpriced! I understand fine dining and I’m willing to spend money if the food is good the service is wonderful and it’s an overall great experience! this was not any of those! bartender had the personality of a doorknob (she spent most of her time talking to her buddies at the bar!) oysters were not fresh!! we had mac & cheese wings two tacos and a half dozen oysters a couple of drinks $168 get out of here! the air conditioning was broken we told the manager She practiced ostrich management buried her head in the sand and pretended she didn’t know we were upset! I wouldn’t go back. it’s too bad because it’s a nice restaurant but that’s what happens when you let children run your business! Just overall poor experience

Thank michele b
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Located on the top of a tall building overlooking Utica sits this smart, well-designed restaurant with plenty of space between tables. It is a well appointed and gracious space that is sundrenched during the day and views of twinkling building and distant house lights at night. It has a grand rooftop deck with sweeping views. The food and service were good. Piping hot and crip fish and chips- yummy. Only way to have them. Short rib hash was rich and juicy. Caeser salad was well done and NOT overdressed.Well worth a visit. We shall return.

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Thank ccohan9355
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