Houston Restaurant Weeks: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks:The Oceanaire is offering two menus for Houston Restaurants Weeks: a lunch menu, a two-course meal for $20 ($3 donated to the Houston Food Bank), and a three-course dinner for $35 ($5 donated to the Houston Food Bank).

Service/Atmosphere: The Oceanaire is located right in the Galleria and is part of the Landry's empire. The restaurant was fairly busy as it was a Friday evening so reservations are recommended but for those that did not have a reservation the wait was about half an hour. Our server was friendly and our water glasses were never empty but it took some time to receive our drinks and the bill at the end of the evening.

Items that won't be on the regular menu: Everything on the Houston Restaurants Week menu is on the regular menu. In fact, there is not a separate menu printed for HRW like most participating restuarants but the items available for HRW are printed in bold on the regular menu making it slightly confusing when ordering.

Don't Miss This Dish: The Filet Mignon and Shrimp is probably going to be your best bet. The filet was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was so tender that I was able to cut it with my butter knife when I wasn't given a steak knife. The clam chowder was also a good option but note you only get a cup and not a bowl.

Don't Bother: There is an option for the simply grilled fresh fish of the day and on the evening we went it was Gulf Corvina. Corvina is a white fish that should have a similar texture and taste to that of sea bass but the fish in this case was gravely overcooked, leaving the edges dry and the interior chewy instead of silky. Also, the dish does not come with any sides and so we did order the macaroni and cheese as an addition.

Final Verdict: The Oceanaire was not my first pick since there are so many great restuarants on the list but it is a good option if you're going with a large group of picky eaters. The Oceanaire has large selection with 6-7 items in each category ensuring everyone is bound to find something to their liking.

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