San Diego Restaurant Week is one of our favorite weeks of the year. Not only do we get to step outside of our normal eateries and try something new but we also get to choose what we want to try based on our budget that week.
At the beginning of the year I attended a preview of San Diego Restaurant Week to enjoy bites from a few different places but this year I was asked to head out to a restaurant to enjoy their restaurant week menu a week early.
I was excited to try a new-to-me restaurant, The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Downtown San Diego, and had a fabulous date night with my husband while enjoying delicious food.
From the moment we sat down we knew we’d have a fabulous time. From the wonderful dining area with quotes in silver on the walls, to the list of fresh fish and oysters available that evening, I could already picture the delicious dishes we’d be able to try.
At $45 a person, The Oceanaire Seafood Room does things a bit different for restaurant week. Instead of having a separate menu for restaurant week patrons they simply allow diners to choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert from any of the bolded selections on their menu.
Our server was kind enough to go through the whole menu to explain each dish to us and answer any questions we might have about the dishes, pairings, and more. After a few minutes of discussion and perusing the menu my husband and I were ready to order.
Now I have to tell you that I’ve been craving a good crab cake for pretty much this entire pregnancy. Tried to have this craving satisfied a few weeks ago and was left in utter disappointment at another restaurant. Luckily Oceanaire did NOT disappoint.
This crab cake is filled with delicious jumbo lump crab that you can taste in every bite. The creamy mustard mayonnaise is the perfect balance to dab onto the cake as you eat each bite. And once it hits your mouth the crab basically melts. It’s so good.
I might even consider getting this as an entree the next time we head over to Oceanaire.
My husband ordered the ceaser salad for his appetizer/first course and from his plate (being empty) I could tell he enjoyed it. For his main course he ordered the Morro Bay Rockfish Louis.
The rockfish laid on a bed of mashed potatoes and was topped with jumbo lump crab meat and a flavorful capper beurre blanc sauce.
This was a full meal and definitely didn’t leave him hungry afterwards! He had nothing but good things to say about the dish.
We also enjoyed a side of cheesy bacon au gratin potatoes and while they were delicious, I might go for a vegetable next time. The truffled cauliflower was recommended by our server.
For my main course I ordered the baked stuffed shrimp over linguine. This dish was rich, flavorful, and downright comfort food for this pregnant mama. Not only was the shrimp cooked perfectly but the noodles and sauce paired perfectly with the shrimp and crab. I’m still dreaming about this dish a few days later.
For dessert we were surprised with this amazing Baked Alaska. Now I’ve never had a Baked Alaska so it certainly was a treat. The server lit it on fire shortly before bringing it to our table so we could enjoy the show before digging in. Once the flames went out we enjoyed the strawberry cheesecake ice cream, meringue frosting, and spice cake base.
Our dinner at the Oceanaire Seafood Room was perfect. Each dish was brought at the perfect time and we didn’t have to wait at all. We both left satisfied after a great meal and cannot wait to return.
San Diego Restaurant Week runs from September 21st to the 26th and you can find a full list of participating restaurants on their website. Each restaurant includes their menu so that you can decide which place you want to try out.
Every participating restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for just $25, $35 or $45 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for only $10, $15 or $20 per person depending on the restaurant selected. Reservations are suggested for all restaurants during restaurant week.