Oceans & Ale is a classic seafood and steakhouse that prides itself on the highest food quality and guest service.
Oceans & Ale is a classy, yet comfortable restaurant that has a laid back, intimate feeling. You’ll see a great bar separating the two cozy dining areas and a nice little seating area outside as well. They’ve got excellent specials for each night of the week (including $20 all you can eat crab legs) as well as some great live bands. As people file in for the nightly specials, you’re reminded that this is a hot spot for locals, yet is so close to the Outlets that visitors can’t help but visit, too.
Just as their name implies, this restaurant’s specialties are seafood and drinks. You’ll see traditional seafood items here like their Catch of the Day and Crab Cakes, but mixed in there are unique items such as Seafood Nachos, Seafood Mac N’ Cheese, and Seafood Pot Pie. This is not your run of the mill seafood place.
We started off the meal with their O&A Beer Flight, which included 4 samplings of any beers they have on tap. For appetizers we tried both the Seafood Nachos and the Island Fire Shrimp. The seafood nachos were huge, and I mean huge! You’d probably need a whole table full of people to finish it off! There were multiple layers of chips, cheese, seafood, lettuce, and tomatoes in a mixture of hot sauce and she crab soup. You wouldn’t think those items would go together, but they do in a pleasantly unexpected way. I really enjoyed the Island Fire Shrimp, too. I thought they were perfectly fried and their house made sauce reminded me of a sweet and sour sauce typically found in Asian food. I wanted to eat the entire plate of them, but I resisted the urge so I could leave room for our entrées. We tried the Seafood Mac N’ Cheese and the Tri Tip Chimichurri Sirloin. The Sirloin was rubbed in their own flavorful herb rub and was tender and very juicy. I loved how the Seafood Mac N’ Cheese was covered in crispy bread crumbs and how it oozed with lots of real cheese. It goes without saying that this was WAY better than the boxed mixes! The seafood was present throughout, but didn’t overpower the dish. We were stuffed, but after looking at the dessert menu, we had to give it a try. You’ll see a variety of dessert skillets to choose from. I’m a sweet tooth all the way so every one sounded amazing. We ended on the Turtle Skillet, which was a steaming hot macadamia nut cookie in a skillet covered with delicious walnuts, caramel and vanilla ice cream. This was awesome and I can’t wait to go back and try their other dessert skillets. What a great way to end a delicious meal!
My Favorite Thing: This was a hard decision, but I think I’ll have to settle on the Seafood Nachos because I could not stop eating it. It was addictively good and different from any other nachos I’ve ever had. The Turtle Skillet almost dethroned the nachos, but I’m going with the one that I just could not stop eating.
What I would like to try next time: Oceans Sea Stack- “Pan seared sea bass stacked over a garlic cheddar biscuit, mashed potatoes, and a shrimp and crab ragout.”
Check the Chalkboards!
“Rotating Taps”, “Fresh Catch” and “Live Music”. The Oceans & Ale Chalkboards. These three beacons of colored chalk pretty much sum up what this restaurant is all about – Great Beer, Great Food and Great Music. That’s what the owners wanted to create when they started Oceans & Ale. A place where you can experience amazing flavors in the freshest of seafood right from the Peninsula’s backyard while listening to some good music and enjoying the perfect beer to complement your meal. The atmosphere fits perfectly here. It’s clean and modern, but not “stuffy”. Dark wood furniture and local vintage beach photographs hanging on the walls give the restaurant a classic yet comfortable feel that instantly relaxes you and puts you in vacation mode.
For me though, what separates Oceans & Ale from most restaurants in the area is the beer selection. Hence the “Ale” in their title. The owners really wanted to offer a nice array of unique and seasonal brews that most visitors have never tried before. And they offer a great way to sample a few without straining your wallet or surpassing your alcohol limit – The O&A Beer Flight. This is where our meal began. The O&A Beer Flight offers you the ability to try four different beers, each in a 4 ounce beer glass. You can choose from any of the beers on tap. I loved this. Especially because there were a good number of beers there that I haven’t tried before and was eager to experience. It was also great to taste them side by side and notice the difference in flavors from beer to beer more distinctly than when trying one alone. It’s like doing a tasting at a brewery.
Next came our appetizers. The first was the Seafood Nachos – “She crab soup, crab, shrimp, melted mozzarella cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes & scallions with sour cream & hot sauce.” These were SOOOO good. Definitely unique. I’ve never had Seafood Nachos before and wasn’t too sure how they’d turn out, but I couldn’t stop eating them. That sauce mixed in there was very tasty. The second appetizer was the Island Fire Shrimp – “Hand breaded fried shrimp tossed in a spicy island Thai sauce.” I really enjoyed the creamy coating on the fried shrimp. It was sweet and slightly spicy. For our first entrée we had the Tri Tip Chimichurri Sirloin – “11 oz. hand cut marinated sirloin covered in a spiced rub grilled to your specification & finished with fresh Chimichurri.” This was delicious. Chimichurri is an Argentinean sauce made with a variety of herbs, and these guys do it right. They pour it over a perfectly cooked steak and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes we had as a side with it was awesome. Man, I’m craving this dish right now. Our next entrée was the Seafood Mac N Cheese – “Macaroni tossed with lobster, crab and shrimp in a creamy three cheese sauce.” Another interesting dish! Read those ingredients again. It’s not your normal Mac and Cheese. I really liked the crumbles on top and the nice warm filling. We finished off our meal with one of their dessert skillets, The Turtle Skillet. This was really good. A warm cookie in a hot skillet topped with a scoop of ice cream, sweet sauces and sprinkled with a ton of walnuts. Mmmm.
My Favorite Thing: I liked the uniqueness of each of the dishes, and the O&A Beer Flight probably sticks out to me more than anything, but I’m going with the Tri Tip Chimichurri Sirloin. The flavors here were just magnificent.
What I would like to try next time: Asian Beef Ribs – “Korean marinated beef short ribs served with choice of two sides.” I love ribs. And I love good Asian Ribs. So I really want to see how these guys make theirs.