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“Service was very good. Unfortunately, the steak was below par” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Prime - Tampa

Ocean Prime - Tampa
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Ranked #8 of 2,272 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Boy Scout
Transit: This is a public transit stop in front of the mall.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Service was very good. Unfortunately, the steak was below par”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Two business associates and I hit Ocean Prime on our way back to the Tampa airport recently. We had a 6:00 p.m. reservation, and upon arrival, we were promptly seated at our table in the main dining room. I have eaten here before and was disappointed that the latke appetizers were no longer on the menu. When I asked the waiter why these were taken off the menu (quite possibly the best I've ever had), he agreed it made no sense, saying they were really popular. Without asking the kitchen, the waiter told me not to worry and said he would make sure we were served latkes, which he did promptly. His service throughout the meal was equally outstanding.

I had a wedge salad, which I would go back for.

The bone-in filet was so salty it was inedible. if I had not been in a hurry to get to the airport, I would have returned it and asked for one that had not been dredged in salt, but I let it go.

Certainly, the salty steak was disappointing, but not so much that it would keep me from returning.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Jay R
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São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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202 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A nice dinner in Tampa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The food is really excellent and it's worth to visit it. Although we had reservations we had to wait more than 30 minutes to get a table. The bar is very crowd and noisy and, unfortunately, the noise reaches the restaurant. The service is ok although the waiter didn't explain details of the dishes and made us have salads which were not necessary since the entree is very well served and we already had appetizers. Nice wine list but prices are high.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Thelma G
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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“GASP”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Ok, first it's BEAUTIFUL. It is very nice and 'classy." Everything single thing I had there was great, even the water! I had lobster bisque which was incridible. So so good, the service was very good too.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank abby S
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Roma, Italia
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A top class dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I was on a short business trip to Tampa and I've been invited at Ocean Prime by a coworker. I had a wonderful dinner and I hope to come back. As far as I could see they are a top class seafood restaurant, but that night I was in a perfect mood for a steak therefore I had a fillet as a main course, and it was absolutely delicious. I had the small one but they offer a variety of sizes to fit any appetite. My coworker told me that I couldn't miss their stone-crab, which is a local delicacy from Tampa bay, so I happily I accepted to share one crab and it was really very good. I actually took some pictures of it. The only thing I haven't been fully happy with was the wine list. As far as I remember the cheapest wine was about 50$, which surprised me a bit considering the huge production of good californian wine at a reasonable price available in the US. In my opinion a wine list should always offer wines starting from a fairly good table wine, which is nowadays absolutely possible in the US. Btw the dinner has been fantastic, the waiters were incredibly nice and professional and the overall atmosphere was perfect. Of course this restaurant is fairly expensive but it really worths.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Faban66
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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“New chef...? New ownership...?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

We traditionally go to OCEAN PRIME, for the quality of food. Last night my New York strip was very poor with a side of fat hard as the sole of a shoe. The manager came to apologize and offered a free desert that was as bad as the steak. Finally the waiter was unpleased because we did not tip after these events.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Mario C
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