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The Oceanaire in the Gaslamp District San Diego Announces New Executive Chef


The Oceanaire is pleased to announce the restaurant has hired new Executive Chef Adam Gunderson to its San Diego location bringing with him a new, dynamite menu full of bold flavors, local ingredients and the freshest seafood in the city. Originally from Minnesota, Gunderson offers a unique style of cooking combining his Nordic heritage, French techniques, and American Regional cuisine for the historic Gaslamp District.

“I enjoy using local produce in every dish and really highlighting full and bold flavors at every opportunity,” said Gunderson. “Growing up in Minnesota helped me appreciate nature during every season; but with all the exciting and fresh produce grown throughout spring and late summer, this is my favorite time of year to be a Chef.”



As Executive Chef, Gunderson will oversee the restaurant’s kitchen staff, daily culinary preparation of sustainable seafood delicacies, and bring innovative dishes to current menu features daily. He has already brought new signature items and soon to be favorites such as first of the season Alaska Halibut with a Morel Mushrooms, English Pea Puree with Black Garlic Olive Oil, as well as Foie Gras preperations changing weekly, and a seasonal dessert menu.  His enthusiasm for quality seafood is proven through his unique and inventive preparations and contributions to The Oceanaire’s refined menu.

No stranger to The Oceanaire, Gunderson has previously served as the concept’s Sous Chef in Minneapolis, opened the Hackensack location as Executive Sous Chef, and most recently served as the Executive Chef in Denver. Known for his passion and approach to the growing trend of ultra-fresh seafood, he strives to offer the best seafood in the city paired with the restaurant’s world-class service. The Oceanaire offers over 25 species of seafood and shellfish tailored to local market tastes. Only top-of-the-catch fish from the most reputable suppliers are served and each is carefully crafted to ensure the restaurant’s high standards of quality and flavor are exceeded in every dish.

The Oceanaire is a two-time Lamplighter award winner for “Favorite Seafood Restaurant” and was most recently voted “Editor’s Choice” by SanDiego.com. The Oceanaire’s knowledgeable staff provides guests with exceptional service by guiding them through the wide variety of items on the menu and selecting the perfect wine to complement any meal.

The Oceanaire is located in the historic Gaslamp District at 400 J Street, the hours of operation are: Monday – Thursday 5 PM – 10 PM, Friday – Saturday 5 PM – 11 PM, and Sunday 5 PM – 10 PM. For more information about The Oceanaire or to make reservations, please visit www.theoceanaire.com or call 619-858-2277.

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