Valentine’s Day 2018 specials at Ocean Prime

Looking for an upscale and elegant Valentine’s Day option? Ocean Prime Tampa will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu for guests on Wednesday, February 14th in addition to regular lunch and dinner menus.

The main course features a 10 oz. Imperial Farms Reserve Wagyu New York Strip Steak with Truffle Scalloped Potato, Haricots Verts, Cipollini Onion and Sauce Bordelaise for $85 or a Sauteed Chilean Sea Bass with with King Crab Fingerling Hash, Onion Marmalade and Shellfish Sauce for $65. Salted Caramel Brown Torte with Vanilla Mouse and Bourbon Caramel will be available as special dessert for $12.

The Chilean Sea Bass will available on the menu until February 18th.

Napa Valley Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon will be available on-special at $37 per glass. The wine carries a 94-point rating from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The wine has notes of chocolate, dark fruits, and mocha.

Ocean Prime Tampa is located at 2205 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607 at the International Plaza & Bay Street next to Crate & Barrel.

Ocean Prime serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30AM to 4:00PM and from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturdays. Dinner is served from 4:00PM to 10:00PM from Monday to Thursday and 4:00PM to 11:00PM  on Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner hours are 5:00PM to 9:00PM on Sundays.

Lounge open daily. Happy Hour is offered Monday to Friday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM and Saturdays from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.

Check out my other article about the new outdoor dining terrace at Ocean Prime Tampa.

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Ocean Prime unveils new terrace, dining room

This is a sponsored post for Ocean Prime. I was invited to visit the restaurant for a dinner tasting to experience the new terrace and dining room and to check out additions to the menu and share my opinions with my readers. Opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ocean Prime.

Ocean Prime recently finished a re-design to their terrace and dining room.

I visited the restaurant on Monday to experience and see it for myself. It is quite beautiful and features outdoor seating that can sit up to 80 guests with lakefront views. New high-top tables have also been added by the outside bar. The design is modern. Private dining is available in the terrace. The interior added improved woodwork and new seating, light fixtures, and fresh paint.

Dining at Ocean Prime has been a pleasure since they first opened and this visit was also enjoyable. Our waiter Brian Atwood was excellent and very helpful when going over the wine menu.

He recommended a Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from 2014 which seems to be an exceptional year for California wines. The wine was excellent with our meal. It’s always helpful to have a waiter that understand good wine.

We started our meal with the Prime Roll ($18) which features Tempura Shrimp, Cream Cheese, Scallions, and Beef Carpaccio. Ocean Prime is a restaurant you wouldn’t expect great sushi at, but it truly delivers on sushi just like it delivers on steak and seafood. I voted for Ocean Prime in the 2015 Sushi Battle as a Judge and would gladly vote for them again after enjoying this roll.

I will normally shy away from cream cheese in my sushi rolls, I feel like it detracts from the main ingredient – but they perfectly matched the flavors here. The prices of the sushi rolls are not much more expensive than you’re mid-tier restaurants, but with much better quality.

The Teriyaki Salmon ($37) at Ocean Prime is also excellent. Ocean Prime is a seafood restaurant, but even their Polynesian influences beat out some of the best known Polynesian restaurants in the business, even in the higher-end restaurant space. Attention to seafood quality and sauce are the key here. I recommend this dish for a lighter dinner.

Would it really be a tasting at a steak and seafood restaurant without a steak? This special is the 30-day dry aged ribeye steak (MKT) and it had incredible marbling and was packed with fatty pockets from the dry aging process. The black truffle with it was quite an addition. Truffle always has a strong flavor so you might want to keep it to the side.

The Jalapeno Au Gratin ($12) is a perfect side. Utterly cheesy on top with plenty of potato inside. Initially you might think you can order another side, but I guarantee this dish is quite filling.

The food and drinks at Ocean Prime perfectly match the restaurant and the new upgrades to the terrace and interior only complete a great experience. Ocean Prime can fit both a personal and business atmosphere and I am consistently impressed with their dedication to quality.

I’ll be back soon.

Ocean Prime Tampa serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Dinner is served from 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sundays, dinner hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. 

The lounge is open daily, and happy hour is offered Mondays through Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website or call 813-490-5288.

To host your next gathering at Ocean Prime Tampa, contact event sales manager Jo Truett at PrivateDiningTampa@cameronmitchell.com or call 813-490-5288.

Ocean Prime

My Aunt recently held her birthday dinner at Ocean Prime, one of the most upscale restaurants in Tampa Bay and I was excited to check it out and of course try some of the food there. We were given a private room with glass surrounding us to the rest of the restaurant, it sure was a different experience then the last time I was there lounging by the outdoor bar with my parents.

The waitress was friendly, but it was hard for her to frequently keep up with us since she still had assigned tables outside our room…I was convinced that she was trying her best though. They tried their best to make my Aunt feel special (singing happy birthday to her on the piano) and even one of the managers there came in and introduced himself to my Aunt. They even brought her two complimentary cakes and a drink. Talk about high-class treatment.

Now on to the food 🙂

I ordered two potato sides and their She Crab Bisque with Crab Fritter ($9) instead of ordering one of the main entrees, such as steak or fish.


The She Crab Bisque was probably one of the best soups I have ever tried. Sweeter than a lobster bisque and hitting just the right taste buds to have a powerful yet perfect taste to it. I honestly preferred it without the crab fritter which, in my opinion, took some of the taste away. For $9, you could probably visit Ocean Prime and have a decent meal with just this soup without spending the big bucks. I highly recommend this dish.


The Creamy Whipped Potatoes ($8) were blended very well, but were missing something. Maybe some gravy on top would have helped it out. I could have passed on this one, and it was something you really need to share. I’ve had better potatoes honestly.


The Sea Salt Vinegar Fries ($8) were tasty, having almost a salt and vinegar chip taste just with fries instead. I think dipping them in ketchup makes it too salty and doesn’t give it the right taste, though by themselves they were not too appetizing either. These might be good with some other kind of dip for future ventures.

Honestly, the She Crab Bisque was really what made my meal at Ocean Prime pretty great. I wouldn’t have really enjoyed the food or time there without it. Ocean Prime does have a very relaxing kind of environment to it (if you’re smart you can even eat there without spending too much money), but at the same time I think I prefer a nice more family style dining restaurant instead. As a small side note Derek Jeter ended up in the same bathroom as me, which was a little odd to say the least.

Restaurant Name: Ocean Prime
Address: 2205 Northwest Shore Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607
Phone Number: (813) 490-5288
Websitehttp://tampa.ocean-prime.com/

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