After properly cooking a lobster, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of steak, seafood, and drinks at Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar.
Just a few steps from the riverbanks of the Bow and the greeny confines of Eau Claire Park, Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar hosts diners mooning over menus filled with net-fulls of fresh fish and steaks prepared with AAA Sterling Silver Alberta beef. Guests can begin by filling up on 1.25 pounds of hearty Alaskan king crab legs steamed to perfection and served with hot-drawn butter (market price). The marinated octopus appetizer ($14) runs the flavour gamut at an eight-legged pace, and the aroma of a 2-pound steamed Nova Scotia lobster ($65) can cause diners to stop short at the seventh bottle of beer on the wall. Patrons can also cast hungry eyes over a succulent selection of filet mignon (8 oz., $38) and new york strip (10 oz., $65), or enjoy the best of both worlds with a 10-ounce filet mignon chaperoned by garlic prawns ($46). Those with noodles on the brain can also choose to dive into one of five pasta plates such as the Atlantic salmon linguine in a herbed lobster bisque sauce ($26).
Among casually elegant confines, guests dine by wood-burning fireplaces at white table-clothed tables or in curved, high-backed booths under a glowing litany of warm lights. Oceana's lounge conveniently allows patrons to relax with a fine beverage of choice while working out the final details of how to propose marriage to a favourite Elvis impersonator.
Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar
Situated just off the banks of Calgary’s Bow river in Eau Claire, Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar features views of Prince’s Island Park pathways from three different dining rooms. Along with a huge selection of fresh fish—including Alaska King crab legs, Arctic char, and Pacific oysters—the eatery uses AAA Sterling Silver Alberta Beef for its juicy filet mignons and New York strips. Steaks can be combined with Nova Scotia sea scallops, lobster tail, or other fresh shellfish. Pasta dishes also take advantage of the fresh fish, with options such as the salmon linguine in an herbed lobster bisque sauce.
In addition to three dining rooms that pair the elegance of white-linen dining with the flair of animal-print chairs, Oceana’s lounge area helps diners cozy up with two fireplaces, leather club chairs, and clamshell booths taken from undersea toll ways. In the warmer months, the patio opens for additional dining space surrounded by lush greenery and potted plants. This comfort and hospitality is the vision of founder Nick Papaioannou, a transplant from Greece who has worked in Calgary restaurants for more than 40 years.