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“Still a newborn”
Review of Prime de Leon Steakhouse - CLOSED

Prime de Leon Steakhouse
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: PRIME de Leon is the premier steakhouse of Southwest Florida, blending modern decor with the traditional steakhouse experience. The restaurant's location is in the famous Patio de Leon, and is the epicenter of the downtown historic district of Fort Myers. Join us at PRIME de Leon for extraordinary fare, and impeccable service in an upscale casual setting.
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Three weeks old and the crowd and ambiance would suggest a much more mature destination, thanks in part to opening a new downtown restaurant with a steakhouse vibe. The food, however, was distinctly immature. We are truly pulling for this restaurant and its locale, as fans of downtown Fort Myers, but they still have a lot of work to do in the kitchen. This review will only address the mediocre quality of the food, and not the service (Heather was AWESOME) nor the atmosphere (fantastic).

I am certain they are still working out the kinks, so we will give them that, but if you get anything right at a new steakhouse, it should be the steak and its typical accoutrements. Having ordered the filet medium rare, my husband's steak arrived medium well. It was sent back and promptly returned with a nicely cooked medium rare steak, but it lacked seasoning and finesse. But I digress...for apps, we tried the tuna and watermelon tartare, which was tasty but slightly bland, and the pork belly was equally uninspiring, with a lackluster flavor profile and not a great crisp on the skin side, leaving the fat partially unrendered and overpowering. The pork jus held a very gelatinous consistency and tasted, quite honestly, like a packaged mix. This same strong au jus flavor was in the side of mushrooms, the mash and just everywhere. I tried the Branzino, and it was so fishy (skin on, which I don't mind if properly seared) and salty (overpowered by too many olives and salty tomatoes), I had to send it back. Replaced with the oven roasted salmon, the fish itself was fine (although slightly overcooked) but the buerre blanc was also gelatinous and tasted like a mix.

Dessert proved slightly better, with the tasty mini doughnuts (although the tres leches sauce proved more watered down condensed milk than anything) and the key lime creme brulee (which was disappointing in its lack of acidity and tang).

This place clearly has a lot on its proverbial plate - we just hope they can get it right soon. There is a fair amount of culinary competition downtown Fort Myers, and at this moment, better choices than Prime. We have our fingers crossed for them, and will give them a second chance. I truly hope our next visit, within a few months, will come with a greatly improved review.

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Marc B, Owner at Prime de Leon Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2014

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your service at PRIME de Leon. However, we are disappointed that the rest of your experience did not meet your needs. We certainly do not strive for mediocre, we strive for excellence. As a new business, we do have some growing pains, but when it comes to our dishes, we only want to produce the very best. Please come in and give us another try soon. We will make sure everything is exceptional!

- Marc Beauchamp

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