By Daniel Paris
Tucked into a strip mall along Hwy. 111, Oceans restaurant has been featuring fresh seafood on their menu since 1995. This was my second visit. Replete with crisp linens on each table and a large aquarium for your entertainment, the atmosphere is casually elegant. The menu showcases fresh seafood prepared in several styles with a focus on Mediterranean flavors. Permanent menu offerings include raw oysters, calamari, escargot, bouillabaisse, blackened catfish and barramundi, sand dabs piccata, seafood pastas, salmon, shrimp, and scallops. All entrees are served with grilled seasonal vegetables and a choice of pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes.
My first visit was for lunch, and I ordered the blackened catfish with a side salad. The catfish was perfectly cooked, and the seasoning created a crispy burst of flavor. A portable whiteboard offers a variety of specials. That day it included grilled octopus, Chilean seabass, surf & turf, veal scallopini, Caribbean lobster tail and paella. Vegetarians and carnivores have a variety of entrees to choose from.
Entrée prices are reasonable given the freshness and high quality of the ingredients. A good selection of wines, beer, and cocktails are available. There is ample seating indoors and out. Servers are experienced and informative. Reservations are recommended as Oceans is very popular.
67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite C101
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm