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“Better than Expected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime
124 South 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-563-0163
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Ranked #64 of 3,778 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Entertaining clients
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Southern New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Better than Expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This restaurant was panned by our city newspaper food critic, so with many other choices for steak and seafood in town, I had crossed Ocean Prime off my list. Last week I had an opportunity to try it out for a business dinner and was pleasantly surprised. I chose the basics. The French onion soup with brandy and aged swiss cheese was a solid notch above the usual. The strip steak, with nothing on it but salt and pepper, was very good, if not exceptional. Prices were comparable with peer restaurants in Philadelphia. Portions were generous. The layout of the restaurant is conducive to conversation, which for me is a plus. I'll put Ocean Prime on the local steakhouse rotation.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After a typical Friday night debate about where to go for dinner, we landed on Ocean Prime as it was new to both of us. To sum up the experience in 2 words, it was "unexpectedly great". The menu is fantastic and has something for everyone--so much so that we couldn't decide on an appetizer. Our waitress, who was one of the best we've EVER had (not exaggerating), informed us that you can do 1/2 servings so we could try 2 instead of just 1. Great suggestion. Entrees were also delicious and left no room for dessert given their generous portions. I in-passing mentioned to our waitress that we were excited to come back sometime soon, and as she brought out our bill, she said "you mentioned you're planning on coming back, and when you do, this is what you'll come back for" while dropping of a doggie bag. Inside the bag was a full small-size chocolate peanut butter cake, which was such a nice surprise. We enjoyed it later that night on the couch. Would recommend this place to anyone for the food, the service, and the atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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pa
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139 reviews 139 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Awesome Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Upon entering the restaurant I was immediately impressed by the décor and ambience. The bar was beautiful and the restaurant was much bigger than expected. We were seated upstairs with a great window view. The crab cake appetizer was incredible. Possibly the best crab cake I ever had. We also tried the surf & turf (scallops & beef) & french onion soup. For our entrée we had the chicken dish, twin lobster tails, and the sea bass. All were very tasty, fish was very fresh. Desserts are very big but not quite as impressive as the food. Our server was awesome. We were very impressed with the overall service. Also, don't forget to try their bubbles & berries drink with an awesome presentation!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia
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210 reviews 210 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After reading the local paper's review of Ocean Prime we were reluctant to try it out. However
we made a reservation and found that it was a far better restaurant than the reviewer had
stated. The restaurant let us share everything and that was a great move. We shared a large
Wedge salad, baked potato and fresh asparagus. We ordered a rib eye steak cooked Pittsburgh
rare with a warm center. It was cooked to perfection. This restaurant is not just a steak place but
also offers a lot of fresh fish and seafood. Hard a superb Martini and we were treated to a piece
of excellent carrot cake. This is a beautifully designed restaurant.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Where is everybody?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Dined here on Friday night and the place was less than half full. Have to agree it’s a rather large restaurant but was surprised how empty it was for 8PM a Friday night. Our server was excellent and had full knowledge of the menu—you can tell that the servers must go through a formal training as he was attentive, knowledgeable but not intrusive. Menu is fairly standard for a high end steak house and overall, our meal was very good. The bone-in steaks were very flavorful & cooked as ordered. Crabmeat cocktail app was served over dry ice so it is served with all that mist surrounding the dish—very impressive presentation. Very attractive dining room and bar with intimate leather booths so you can enjoy a quiet conversation. Not cheap but in line with other center city places. It’s one of those places that although very nice--once you try it—that’s probably about it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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