Center City / Seafood / Steakhouses

Land & Sea Luxury Dining Abounds at Ocean Prime

Early last year, we visited Ocean Prime for the first time. We were completely blown away by the experience. In fact, I believe it is one of the longest reviews I’ve written since I started writing them.

When we were invited to come back, hubby and I were eager to revisit the swanky Rittenhouse Square restaurant to see how it compared to our first time and to meet the new team members, General Manager Tricia Finke and brand new Executive Chef Jennifer Grosskruger.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Executive Chef Jennifer Grosskruger

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Executive Chef Jennifer Grosskruger [Credit: Ocean Prime]

It makes me very happy to see two women at the helm of the popular Center City restaurant. It was nice to see many other female employees, including a bartender, servers, and others. In fact, our server (Carol) was professional, friendly, and provided spot-on service. If service is of utmost importance to you, you will feel in very good hands at Ocean Prime.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Bar

The Bar at Ocean Prime Philadelphia [Credit: David Johnson]

The exquisitely designed bar and superb bar program — cocktail offerings and wine menu — continues to impress! Our alluring cocktail selections were very much to our liking.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Berries & Bubbles

Berries & Bubbles [Credit: David Johnson]

You have to experience the Berries & Bubbles cocktail. Half the fun is having it prepared for you at the table which I filmed and shared on my Instagram (see below). I love the use of dry ice; it adds such dramatic flair. This luxe cocktail — featuring Belevedere Citrus Vodka, Marinated Berries, Housemade Sour, Domaine Chandin Brut — is well-balanced and irresistible to drink!

Hubby chose the Watermelon Elyx — made with Absolut Elyx, Uncle Val’s Gin, Fresh Watermelon, Lime & Basil — it was a refreshing and smooth. Very easy-drinking. The frozen watermelon cubes on top were a nice, fresh touch!

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Watermelon Elyx

Watermelon Elyx [Credit: David Johnson]

We don’t usually go crazy over bread baskets, but we loved the sourdough loaf and pretzel sticks that came to the table. Especially the pretzel sticks! And the housemade whipped butter was extra yummy.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Bread Basket

Bread Basket [Credit: David Johnson]

Hubby started dinner off with a Caesar Salad which he topped with white anchovies. The salad does not come with the anchovies, but he’s a huge fan, asked for them, and they obliged his request. A classy accommodation of an ingredient that isn’t often available at most restaurants — what a treat!

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad with White Anchovies [Credit: David Johnson]

I started off with the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. What a sumptuous dish! This uber fresh pasta was exquisite; perfectly paired with savory shiitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and creamy goat cheese in a luxurious white wine sauce. It was heavenly! I highly endorse this appetizer if you go.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli [Credit: Marilyn Johnson]

Prior to our main courses, we both ordered a glass of wine as we do to compliment our entrees. With so many to chose from, hubby went with one of his favorites — 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon by J. Lohr — a full-bodied, yet smooth red that is superb when pairing with savory dishes. He seeks it out on wine menus and he was delighted to see it on the Ocean Prime wine list.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon [Credit: David Johnson]

I spied the Mumm Napa Brut Sparkling Rosé on the wine list and determined that would go really well with my fresh-from-the-sea main course.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Mumm Napa Brut Rose

Mumm Napa Brut Sparkling Rosé [Credit: Marilyn Johnson]

Soft & fruity, it paired exceptionally well with the stellar Chilean Sea Bass.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Chilean Sea Bass

Chilean Sea Bass [Credit: Marilyn Johnson]

I’ve had my fair share of sea bass over the years, but this was the absolute best I’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection, with just a hint of sear; it was ultra-flaky and skillfully seasoned. Creamy whipped potatoes topped with a few shavings of earthy black truffles accompanied the dish; garnished with thinly sliced carrots and fresh sweet green peas for a pop of color, this dish was flawless in my eyes.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Kansas City Strip Steak

16 oz. Kansas City Strip Steak [Credit: David Johnson]

Since I selected the sea (ocean), hubby selected the land (prime). He chose the 16 oz. Kansas City Strip Steak. For the price, the cut of beef was extraordinarily hearty and flavorful thanks to the steak prepared with the bone-in. He asked for medium-to-rare and was elated when it was delivered just so — not that he had any doubts it would be! The OP signature rub adds another layer of flavor that ensured his steak nirvana. He just could not say enough about this beautiful steakhouse cut of beef!

Ocean Prime Philadelphia Smoked Gouda Tater Tots

Smoked Gouda Tater Tots [Credit: David Johnson]

As a side dish, we chose the decadently Smoked Gouda Tater Tots — handcrafted, oversized tots stuffed with melty smoked gouda and served with a creamy aioli. These are one of the most spectacular potato sides we’ve ever had. They were more like cheesy potato bombs! Forget the old baked potato, you haven’t lived until you’ve had these tots with your steak. This side is so very inventive & incredibly delicious! It’s a keeper for sure.

We were both quite stuffed at this point and couldn’t even fathom a dessert. But we know they nail desserts, too.

We’re happy to report that Ocean Prime continues to be one of the premier fine dining destinations in Center City. We can’t recommend it enough and we’re happy to continue to endorse it. So do consider Ocean Prime when you are looking for elegant dining in Philadephia with a chic setting, complete with superlative entree choices, amazing craft cocktails, and a world-class wine selection to boot. You just can’t go wrong!

Special thanks to Punch Media for arranging our visit and to Ocean Prime for their wonderful hospitality. As always, our opinions are our own.

4 thoughts on “Land & Sea Luxury Dining Abounds at Ocean Prime

  1. I’m guessing, again, that you were comped. I really like your spreading news about new places and special events, but I’m disappointed that you rely so much on PR people. A review isn’t believable if it was set up, because the average customer won’t have the same experience–nor likely be able to afford it.

    • I guess you didn’t see my previous reply about disclosures? In any case, I’m invited by restaurants and PR people because they respect my opinion and want to know what I thought. I’m not obligated to write a positive review. Many of my readers respect that I’m honest about being comped and most don’t care. They still trust my opinion and I haven’t steered them wrong. If you don’t like the restaurant features, don’t read them. Also, know that there are plenty of restaurants I write about that don’t comp me and I pay out of my own pocket. Just keep that in mind. As far as bloggers go, I’m pretty fair and balanced.

      • The more I think about this, the more offended I am that I’m somehow not believable. Let’s unpack this a bit. While the meal was complimentary, not everything was free. It costs me $5 to cross the bridge (I live in South Jersey), not to mention gas money. I took advantage of valet parking which is $21. I also tipped the server $40 because that is a commensurate gratuity for this type of dining experience. All total, it cost me $67 to enjoy this complimentary meal. These write-ups take a lot of time, effort, and energy, and yes even money! I’m willing to do it because it is an investment. All expenses of this nature by “pro” food critics are covered by their employers so they use no personal money yet somehow I guess they are more believable? I pay TONS out of pocket for doing this and give away tons of FREE advertisting too. I give more than I get, I assure you!

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