Ocean Prime - Tampa

4.8
5387 reviews
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OCEAN PRIME is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Named “Best Outdoor Scene” by Tampa Bay Metro and “Best Seafood Restaurants in the Bay Area” by Creative Loafing, OCEAN PRIME Tampa is an extraordinary dining experience. Located in the International Plaza shopping center, the restaurant is a short drive from Tampa International Airport, Raymond James Stadium and George Steinbrenner Field.
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DS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. The service was excellent and really made a difference.

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CI
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Tyler provided superior service and delicious food.

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DR
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As expected, our dining experience here was outstanding! This is one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa, we are never disappointed. Dinner is even better when we are seated outside.

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AW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean Prime is a favorite of ours for over 5 years.
They have a high degree of customer engagement and a high-quality experience throughout!

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Due to confusion, we arrived late but were greeted graciously. Service was extraordinary, with each "off the menu" inquiry met with the response "of course". Regular menu and Easter special menu to their usual standard of five stars. (Not our first visit to this fabulous restaurant, and we will be back.)

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A
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Ocean Prime for making my wife's birthday an excellent one! Brian Stone thank you for your attentiveness and friendly service. When we come back we want Brian! Also compliments to the bartender excellent mimosas and Kentucky mules.

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CT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Family really enjoyed our Easter brunch.... The food and service was really good.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience for any occasion!!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was fabulous as always.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I would like to start off by saying, our service was awesome! We came for our anniversary and we were treated very well. We felt like the staff truly cared. But as far as the food...

Calamari Appetizer - There is no reason to use sweet chili sauce (something I can get at Publix). It cheapens the actual flavor of the calamari.
Grouper - Overall, OK. Once again, the spices overpowered the flavor of the fish.
Sea Bass - Almost too rich, but not bad.
Corn side - Literally tasted like it came straight out of a can and heated in a microwave.

Aside from the service, I feel like the quality of the meal did not justify the price. There are many other establishments around Tampa I would dine at this price point. Berns, Counsel Oak, or even Flemmings. It just seems Ocean Prime is masking the true flavor of its food bay overpowering it with spices/sauces.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great, not extraordinary, but great. We went for our anniversary dinner.

We’ve noticed that as a young couple, we get treated with a little less respect than the older couples do at “fancy” restaurants. This I totally understand, but it sucks to be at the short end of the stick. We experienced this a bit here and it left us with a sour taste.

Come dessert time, a card was simply brought to our table. We didn’t want any as we were full from the full meals we had just ate. The server came and asked what we wanted and we responded with what I just said. Before he walked away he said, “the dessert is included as part of your anniversary dinner”. We thought this was a bit classless—we got the vibe that he thought we were frugal. I may be totally wrong, but that’s just the gut feeling both my fiancé and I got.

It would have been a bit more respectful had he brought the dessert card out and said “dessert is on the house for your anniversary, choose one”, as opposed to telling us it was free after we declined it.

Overall, the food and the ambience was great. The hosts were awesome and courteous. There’s always just one small negatively perceived detail that lingers, but we won’t let it change our opinion—it was Saturday night and they were very busy. We will be back!

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N
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Ocean Prime for our anniversary. We had a wonderful time. This year we waited quite a while for our table and in the past, they usually offered to buy us champagne. This year not so. Dinner was delicious as always. Still our favorite place!

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DR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and it was Great. Waiter Jonathan Aguilera was awesome.

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DF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Danny and Tyler are amazing the food was outstanding this is my favorite restaurant.

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SR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and a fun energetic atmosphere. Not quiet but able to talk comfortably. Food is off the charts good and beautifully plated. Extensive wine list is solid and marked up the usual amounts. Cocktails were creative.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall we had a great experience, and the food was VERY tasty! Really enjoyed the Lobster Bisque, Highly recommend the 6oz. filet mignon with mushrooms and brie (for a woman), it is the perfect size if you are planning on sides and sharing dessert. I also enjoyed and shared the Lobster Mac and Cheese! My spouse recommends the French onion soup, crabcakes and garlic mashed potatoes! We ended our meal on the highest note with the best dessert we ever tasted "Warm Butter Cake", with vanilla ice cream fresh berries and raspberry sauce!! It came described as if angel food cake and pound cake had a baby; and that's exactly what it tasted like, heaven! 5 stars

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!! Great food, location, and service. Terrific choices in seafood and steaks. The butter cake was delicious. A must for the Tampa area.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Came here for my birthday dinner. I ordered the salmon and then the waiter asks, “would you like soup or salad?” I said okay soup assuming it came with it... then to receive the bill and find that it didn’t. Just felt that was rude to do. They also don’t even offer free dessert or anything for your birthday. Disappointed with my choice of a place to celebrate my birthday and have dinner. Won’t be returning.

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MV
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Have been here a few times so expected one thing and got another. New server did not fill drinks and was not around very much. Also the patio is usually quiet but there were loud parties and a man smoked a cigar the entire two hour dinner. Not the upscale atmosphere that I was expecting and not worth the money this time. Asked several times for heater to be turned on and response was too late.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food

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DF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our wedding anniversary. Often, when I've indicated as much through OpenTable, I've been disappointed when the restaurant either failed to read the special occasion option or just did not have it in their system. Ocean Prime has redeemed all the previous failures! We were greeted with a pleasant smile and asked if we had a reservation. When I said "Yes", the hostess looked at the computer and said "Happy Anniversary!" She may have said the same thing 10 times that evening, but it was genuine and real for us. Then, we were greeted by another hostess with two flutes of champagne. She offered to carry my wife's glass to the table while I sipped as we strolled. It was delicious. The table was a surprise: they had beautifully strewn real red rose petals and tiny hearts amongst the glasses and silverware. We were touched. The candle was already lit and the water was promptly poured.
We've eaten calamari before, but this was delicious....so was the warm bread and glasses of red wine (Spanish for her; California for me). My wife enjoyed the sea scallops and I was impressed with her risotto. An 8oz filet mignon was perfect for me and cooked to order. We had more than enough garlic mashed potatoes. The 10-layer carrot cake (our choice) was complimentary and the cappuccino was a wonderful final taste.
Perhaps the only mistake was that our server--very happy for us and our anniversary and appropriately social--gave us the bill with the dessert and coffee. Other than that, we were extremely pleased by Ocean Prime and give it 5 stars all around.
PS: on the way out, the hostess bid us good night, but also remembered it was our anniversary. This is class! This is precisely what you look for in an evening out- the details, the pleasantness, the professionalism. OP had it all.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday

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PA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and overall experience was top notch. No one can exceed what Ocean Prime offers.

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DH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoors ambiance and cigar friendly outdoors is a winner!!!

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l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ocean Prime is a great spot for a special dinner or a drink with a friend. I love the decor- windows, stone, wood, water. Seafood and steaks were excellent. The filet and the lobster were really well prepared. And our waiter was definitely top shelf- professional, very knowledgeable about the menu and preparations of the menu items. It was an expensive dinner- about $280 for two. But a great spot for a special occasion.

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BA
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday lunch. The service was spectacular and the dessert was a pleasant surprise.

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RD
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a crisp Tuesday night and the moon was out. Ideal conditions for a spontaneous date night at Ocean Prime! The service was on point and the food even more delicious than we remembered. The stars seemed to align to also offer us with the sweet sounds of our piano man who serenaded us as we gleefully talked and laughed to the very end of our eve. Perfect choice for a perfect date night. Thank you.

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RA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would only come here for a special occasion due to the menu pricing; however, the quality of the food, drink, and service make it absolutely worth it. Emilio was our server for our anniversary date night and he perfectly accommodated any food allergies we had and explained the menu very well. We will for sure be returning for more of their delicious sushi, seafood, and steaks! 110% recommend.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hermoso lugar con vista al lago, espectacular comida, rápido el servicio, buena atención... ya entiendo porque todos los review son positivos y que es uno de los pocos lugares que tienen 5 stars en todos los review. Me encantó.

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D
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

My husband and i went here on 4/14/19 i think overall its a nice cozy friendly place, the waitress was very attentive. My only problem was the i have a severe lactose intolerance problem, witch i made them aware of ahead of time, i expressed my need to our waitress and she was very understanding when the food came i trusted that my food was going to be dairy free, And was definitely not the case, i got very sick the minute we left the restaurant. I feel that restaurant need to be a lot more strict about they're costumers diet needs, a meal that was so expensive and to end up so sick afterwards, definitely not worth it. I expected better.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. Great drinks, Great atmosphere and great food!

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience and meal. Ocean Prime knows what they are doing and all others should strive to be as good as they are! From the moment we got there we were treated to first class service. They welcomed us with a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Our table had rose petals and heart confetti. Everyone who came to our table wished us a happy anniversary and we had a fabulous dinner. Last but not least we received a complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary!

Ocean Prime made sure we felt special and we did! We will be back again!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and service. definitely going back soon!!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! I ordered the pork chop. We went here for my husbands birthday & they had the table decorated with happy birthday confetti. We will definitely go back.

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JD
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great menu well prepared and delicious meal. Good wine choices.

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D
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner and also enjoyed the drinks and dessert. Not inexpensive but probably worth it.

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LA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, the staff greets you with a smile. They do wonderful presentations and they are very knowledgeable

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B
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. The most amazing waiter made us feel like we were his only table. The waiter’s assistant was excellent and two managers checked on us during the meal. The restaurant was gorgeous, busy and trendy. There are many rooms, but we sat on the patio overlooking the fountain, and truly loved it. The food was excellent and memorable. Great night.

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DH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service we’ve had in years. Top notch operation and excellent food and dinning experience. The even called the day after to see if we were completely satisfied 👍👍👍

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AB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes I would recommend. The food was great and we had a mini celebration with our children visiting from Texas!

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