Oceana Kitchen Nightmares Update – Open or Closed?

Is Oceana still open?

Current Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 20, 2011
Oceana Address: 739 Conti St New Orleans, LA 70130

Episode Recap

Oceana was a New Orleans restaurant featured on season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Oceana Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on May 20, 2011, but the actual filming and Gordon Ramsay visit took place in January 2011. It was episode 12 of season 4.

Culinary specialist Gordon Ramsay visit’s Oceana, New Orleans, LA, a seafood-focused eatery owned by siblings Moe and Rami.

The siblings have an unstable relationship, the eatery is filthy and has vermin.

Gordon addresses the server and finds that they fire a considerable number of their staff, he has been let go 4 times!

Gordon orders the Seafood Gumbo, Crab Cake Platter and Blackened Bayou Duck.

The gumbo is disturbing and tastes old, the crab cake platter is spongy and the duck is intense. Rami concurs it is intense but Moe differs and eats it himself.

The culinary specialists deny that the crab cakes are solidified but proprietor Rami reveals to him they are and the duck was cooked a month back.

Gordon supervises a supper administration and strolls into a kitchen loaded with smoke. The hotter unit is not by any means hot, the crabs are smooth and there are extremely old prawns that make Gordon spew/upchuck. The crayfish and pasta is cooked days ahead of time and he at that point finds a mouse trap with  three dead mice in it.

As a result of the disgusting conditions, Gordon decides to close down Oceana until they can fix the problems.

Gordon brings in the exterminators when a live mouse runs out and after he discovers they have never had a legitimate cleaning session. Then, the staff begin deep cleaning the kitchen.

Moe begins yelling at Rami as he reprimands him before yelling at the servers, tossing seats and bringing down shots.

Official Chef Damon is sacked. and as Moe has every one of his formulas in his mind the culinary experts have no clue what they are intended to be cooking.

Gordon begins by patching up the menu as Moe offers no formulas and Gordon shows them new salmon dish. The proprietors enable Gordon to roll out whatever improvements he needs to make.

Gordon gives the lounge area makeover with a crisp lick of paint and a cleaning up. They test the new menu and Moe likes it!

On Relaunch night, Rami is managing the kitchen and Moe running the front of house.

The customers are loving the new menu and Moe shows up back in the kitchen, groaning about the speed of the food coming out. Moe exits and Gordon follows him. Gordon leaves and is uncertain if Oceana will at present be there when he returns to.

Oceana Update - What Happened Next?

As of 2021, Oceana Grill is still open but with all new proprietors. In addition to new ownership, a considerable measure of the staff included in the show had cleared out.

Yelp and Trip Advisor audits are generally great, but there was reputed to be an promotion whereby you got a free drink for a survey on Trip Advisor.

This is evidenced by the fact that most reviews are done on mobile phone.

In 2018, the new owners of Oceana filed a lawsuit against Gordon Ramsay’s production company to try to prevent them from airing clips from the Ocean Kitchen Nightmares episode. You can read about it in this detailed Today article. This was actually the second Ocean Kitchen Nightmares lawsuit, as they also sued back in 2011 to prevent the original release of the episode.

As of 2021, Oceana is still open.

Additionally, some commenters claim that Rami still owns the restaurant (just under a different business). We’re not sure how to verify this, but you can engage in the comments section if you want to share your thoughts.

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Last updated: 2021-11-29 06:43

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  1. The CLAIM its under NEW ownership is a LIE…Rami still owns it as well as Bobby Heberts Cajun Cannon Rest. in Metaire. Why lie to people…oh because they treat their staff horribly and I will not trust any of their food..the proof was taped..Why is this site LYING TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE OWNERSHIP

    • Yes, Rami still owns the restaurant. They have new management though. So it looks like they incorporated. So while Rami may maintain majority ownership, it is operated by different people now.

  2. Well, you gotta give the owner points for being business savvy. Giving free drinks for posting reviews will get you more positive reviews than negative ones.

    • I can’t find anything about the results. The result of the 2011 lawsuit was a settlement whereby the producers could only use footage if they paid the restaurant $10k and added an “update statement” about the current conditions at Oceana.

      The 2018 lawsuit was about Kitchen Nightmares sharing Oceana clips on the Facebook page.

      It kind of seems like the Streisand Effect in action, though.

      • Was just in NO eating at the Gumbo Shop, just around the corner from Oceana. My partner and I overheard the couple next to us tell their server they ate at Oceana the night before and it was absolutely terrible. I forgot they were on Kitchen Nightmares.

  3. I have a feeling the 2018 lawsuit is the reason that this episode isn’t on hulu. I’ve been going through the show while I sew and it’s not listed for season three

    • Yeah it’s hard to find any video on it – either the full episode or clips. Though it kind of seems like the Streisand effect.

        • As of September 2022 Amazon has the Oceana episode listed as being able to be viewed on Freevee, and lists it as S3, E11.
          (It’s also listed as S4, E14; which might be the original Season & Episode numbers, but it’s listed as not being available to watch, which probably correlates to Hulu and the episode being excluded.)

  4. Went to this restaurant on May 11th and the food and service was excellent!! Not a bad experience at all. I just so happen to be rewatching Kitchen Nightmares and find this out. Not sure about the owners but the hospitality and the food and staff were excellent during my visit.

  5. Finally found the episode (unedited)!! Since it’s not on Hulu or AP; had to go digging lol. One of the best episodes of KN ever! Holy craziness.

  6. Confirming that you can indeed watch this episode through Amazon Prime Video. It is under Season Three, Episode Eleven. No clue why it’s not matching up to any of the other season listings – but hey, we all know Amazon does whatever they want anyways =P

    • Correction! Goldstein’s agents have been at work corrupting the facts. Fortunately the Ministry of Truth has rectified the errors. Oceana is at war with Eurasia. Oceana always has been at war with Eurasia. Eastasia is its ally. The traitors responsible for the lies have been apprehended and are awaiting their cures in the Ministry of Love.

  7. I’m from New Orleans and am very involved in the local restaurant scene. This place is still owned by the same guys and is still hot garbage. It get’s great reviews still due to it’s insanely high marketing budget and the fact that they give you free stuff for leaving a solid review. Only tourists go here and it’s a running joke for locals.

    • What I was wondering while watching the episode: Someone connected to this restaurant must have money, right? I can’t even imagine how much a property on Bourbon Street costs, or even the rent. That always remained strangely in the dark for me.

  8. The chef they fired had a serious problem with his blinking. Good lord! It was like watching an alien from a different galaxy interact with human beings. Chef Blinky aside, Moe and Rami are the 2 most uneducated and racist morons I’ve ever encountered on TV. What restaurant owner disrespects somebody’s accent and ethnicity?! Grown ass men acting like spoiled junior high kids. Come on!

  9. These guys were in witness protection or just plain thugs. I would not eat at this dump even if they had FREE FOOD NIGHT.

  10. In case anybody still interested… as of August 2023 it’s still on FreeVee, (the old imdb channel). That’s the only place you can still watch the Oceana episode

  11. Was it just me or was Moe coming onto Gordon at the end of the show? With all that “mixed feelings” talk and his brother covering his face.


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