The Oceanaire Seafood Room–a seafood lovers dream come true

Everyday this week, I’ll be posting short reads on some of my favorite Indianapolis restaurants for seafood. This is post eight of 10. If you get a chance to visit, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear from you!

The Oceanaire Seafood Room is one of the first restaurants I went to when we moved to Indy. The two-story eatery is smack in the middle of downtown with plenty of windows for watching the outside world go by as you enjoy your tasty seafood meal—yes, it has steak too, but to be honest, I don’t know anyone who goes there for steak. Not with all the amazing seafood options; options that go beyond the usual suspects: salmon, halibut, shrimp … Oceanaire has all of those, but it also has some lesser seen species that are delicious and beg to be ordered when in season.

The Food

Some local favorites (when on the menu) include seared walleye served here with gnocchi, arctic char, octopus, and the ahi tuna bites served with or without a bun. I always order from the raw bar. There’s such a great selection of oysters, that it’s hard not to. For those that haven’t had a lot of oysters, go on days when they’re $1 a piece, and try different ones. You might find you prefer the brinier West Coast varieties, the dainty sweetness of the kumamoto, the meatier European oysters, or the perfect balanced (if you ask me) New England bluepoints. And if you’re in the mood to splurge, order the grand shellfish tower to share—it overflows with jumbo shrimp, three or four different types of crab, oysters, lobster and more. And it makes for an impressive photo for your Instagram feed 😉

Bottom line: Oceanaire is a seafood restaurant that serves seafood. So go when you’re really craving something extra special, or go when you want something simple like grilled swordfish, crab cakes, or even the cobb salad with shrimp. You’ll be glad you went, no matter the occasion.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon and lobster thermidor. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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