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“Good but needs to ad daily specials and better trained servers”

Ocean Prime - Tampa
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Ranked #6 of 2,407 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Boy Scout
Transit: This is a public transit stop in front of the mall.
Description: OCEAN PRIME is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Voted “Best Piano Bar” and “Outdoor Scene” by Tampa Bay Metro as well as one of the “Best Seafood Restaurants in the Bay Area” by Creative Loafing, OCEAN PRIME Tampa delivers an extraordinary experience to guests. Located at the entrance to the International Plaza shopping center on the corner of West Shore and Boy Scout Boulevard and a mere five-minute drive from Tampa International Airport, Raymond James Stadium and the George Steinbrenner Field, OCEAN PRIME Tampa is a favorite destination before and after sporting events. Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make OCEAN PRIME Tampa an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.
Tampa, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good but needs to ad daily specials and better trained servers”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We loved this place when it first opened several years ago because it was very new and has such a great outdoor bar. We've been there about 4 times and the food was good each time but the service was only okay. If OP really wants to appeal to true 'foodies', then they need to train their servers better and add a chef de cuisine who can handle daily specials and create good menus. We were there over a year ago and it was clear that the focus on being 'the scene' of the moment and selling expensive drinks.

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OceanPrime, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Prime - Tampa, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear janiac1,
Thank you so much for your review of Ocean Prime. We sincerely apologize your recent visits have fallen short of our own standards for an excellent culinary experience with extraordinary service. Our guest feedback is of the utmost importance to us and we would really appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you personally if you would please be so kind as to email us at info@cameronmitchell.com

Thank you again and we hope to connect with you soon.

Sincerely,

Jessica Sauter
Guest Services Manager
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Just ok”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I have had lunch here a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed the lunch salads. Their gourmet ice teas are refreshing. I finally had dinner and I was disappointed. My steak was just ok. It was overcooked and the flavor was just not what I had expected. My wife had salmon and she was quite satisfied. The huge sides were excellent and averaged $10. The ambiance and location are outstanding. A great place to impress a client or a date. On my three occasions, the service went from excellent to poor, to average. The prices are on the high side. $12.50 for a Jack and coke and $36 for an 8oz filet ala carte. For the prices, I will sacrifice some of the ambiance for the consistent service and quality of Charlie’s or Bern’s. Judging from the crowd, I would think my opinion is in the minority, and perhaps I hit them on a bad night.

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OceanPrime, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Prime - Tampa, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear ResortMike,
Thank you so much for your review of Ocean Prime. While we are pleased you enjoyed your lunches with us, we apologize your dinner experience was disappointing and we have not delivered excellent service and food on each and every visit. We would be grateful for the opportunity to follow up with you personally if you would please be so kind as to email us at info@cameronmitchell.com

Thank you again.

Sincerely,
Jessica Sauter
Guest Services Manager
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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“Expect the best because thats what you will get”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

I generaly don't dine at restaurants of this calaber. Having dinner there was more than a treat. It was first class from start to finish. The food and service were everything you would expect.

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Tampa, Florida
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81 reviews
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“Excellence”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Great seafood, outstanding cocktails. The outdoor bar is cool and comfortable. Nice work Cameron! It's dinning at it's best! It's close to the airport so it's a great place to visit after a long trip!

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261 reviews
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“Don't go on a Friday if u don't like craziness!!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Ocean Prime. Wow. What a busy, noisy pickup place. My husband and I
went due to a recommendation, on a Friday night. There are 3 or 4
bars, and it must be a big after work place..there were no seats in
the main bar, no seats at a second bar, but there was one ouside with
a gas fireplace and comfortable cushions where we had a drink before
our dinner reservations. They were prompt about our reservation time
and we were seated in a back dining room..right next to 10 guys who
were loud while having fun..and one with the worst laugh I've ever
heard. The waiter was fabulous..and even stepped up their check so
they would leave sooner and not continue to bother the other guests.

We shared a Caesar salad, which was wonderful..had a taste of maybe
horseradish in it.. and each ordered blackened red snapper. It was
probably one of the best fish dishes I've ever had. It came with a
little (repeat little) wilted spinach, and the waiter had told us in
advance that this was really just garnish, not to be meant as a
vegetable side. We ordered steamed broccoli with garlic and butter
and it was fabulous.

I would definitely recommend this place, but would not go again on a
weekend evening..just too crazy. But the food was definitely worth it,
surprisingly since the place is so huge.

  • Visited March 2013
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