Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

4.7
1164 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
OCEAN PRIME is an award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. With stunning settings, a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and steaks and truly exceptional service, OCEAN PRIME is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 393-0313
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Shelley
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Private party facilities
Ocean Prime features four stunning private dining rooms for our guests to enjoy: The Chevy Chase Room accommodates up to 10 guests; The Georgetown Room accommodates up to 12 guests, The Arlington Room 1 accommodates up to 26 guests and The Arlington Room 2 accommodates up to 20 guests. The Arlington Rooms may be combined to accommodate up to 48 guests.
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Private party contact
Rachel E. Norman: (202) 393-0313
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th
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Parking details
$12 a car cash only, located on G St. side of restaurant
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Public transit
Metro Center one block away
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the wait staff attentive. The initial hostess at check-in was very rude and dismissive. It was my mother’s 75th birthday and that was not the way we would have wanted to start the night.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was poor. Our server forgot what we had ordered having to come back and ask us again. He never checked on us to make sure everything was ok. The buser was really good though. Wish I could have tipped the buser instead.

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

Great calamari and the service was fantastic!

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

It was a great experience. Food was good service was good

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a while since I've been to Ocean Prime... and boy was it a treat! I absolutely loved everything about my dining experience. The waitstaff was amazing, the food was beyond delicious, the wine tasted great. It was just a great evening. We enjoyed the calamari for an appetizer, and had the scallops and grouper for our main dish. Every item was very flavorful and cooked to perfection. Oh, and how could I forget the lobster mac and cheese and asparagus... you have got to try the mac and cheese. Nothing short of perfection! We were able to get a booth which was nice because I was able to hear the person I was speaking to. Our appetizer and main entrees actually came out within 10 mins of each other but the waitstaff was so amazing that they sent to food back until we were done with our appetizer. They were very accommodating and the service all around was immaculate.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting close to everything; service was impeccable and the food was very good

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Table of 4, ordered the king crab, $65, not worth the money. Legs were luke warm to cold. Would not have minded the price if they had been good, tasteless. The oysters were excellent, from Washington State. My husband and I had celebrated our 60th anniversary and the waitress came with two glasses of champagne, very sweet of her. Our desserts were the best that I have tasted, however one would have served two people easily. We were so looking forward to a delicious dinner, but were very disappointed. I do recommend the restaurant only because we might have ordered the wrong entree and another choice might have been better. Our two daughters, came with us, are from New York and we had hoped to have a nice meal to show them that DC also had a good restaurant, so much for that thought. All in all, it was a pleasant evening, our waitress was lovely and very accommodating.

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RK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday, and I would definitely go back! The waitress was super helpful in giving wine suggestions. She was very attentive, the food was delicious, and they made sure that if I had any dietary restrictions, they were taken care of. My only complaint would be they seated us next to the kitchen door so that was a bit noisy, but other than that no negatives!!!

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RR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for the bar area. Greeted warmly upon arrival and seated promptly. Found fish (sea bass) to be well-seasoned if not a bit overly buttery. Calamari was cooked and seasoned perfectly as was the shrimp sautée. Guest raved about the crab cakes. Was a challenge to get an order of grilled vegetables which never happened. Have been here several times - the kitchen is improving over time.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 5

Everything was excellent but their was hair in my food and the waiter didn’t even acknowledge it when it was bring to her attention

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LO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

This Ocean Prime is a far cry from the New York restaurant. Two weeks ago, I had the blackened snapper in NY. It was one of the best pieces of fish I have ever had. A lovely full filet cooked perfectly.

The DC restaurant served me two tail ends of snapper filet that were overdone and tasted old.

Also, the oysters my wife ordered tasted “off”

This restaurant has a lot of growing to do if it hopes to match the dining experience of its big brother in NYC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing. Slow

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go and enjoy the company of friends

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Great experience great food good drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was good.... we didn’t have to wait. Was not as busy as it has been in the past

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JE
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good location, would highly recommend.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food overall good experience

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r
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Never disappoints but I don't see a lot of improvements after 2 years, as a chain, maybe there's only so much they can do? Maybe daily specials? Like they're not too unconventional but still, could improve.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great service, awesome food. You can’t go wrong here...

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience when I come here. High end dining with more reasonable prices than a lot of the comparable restaurants.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome menu!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Over priced by 30% and not worth that. Server was up selling beyond appropriate and would not answer questions

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday, I was running late the kitchen was getting ready to close they still served my guest & I. They didn’t rush us out & they made me feel special.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The steaks were very good- cooked and seasoned perfectly. Everything else was unsophisticated and heavy on “cheap” flavor like salt and butter. My salad had so much dressing that I couldn’t eat it (and I typically request extra dressing at lunch salad places, so for me to say that the salad had way WAY too much dressing means something). The lobster maki tasted primarily of gluten-y rice. The soup was like a bowl of salt. My husband’s meal was also lousy. The only was this place deserves more than 2 stars is if you stick to the steak.

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Delicious selections, wonderful staff. Always an experience.

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JM
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Phenomenal food. We had crab cakes and grouper. Drinks were awesome when we could get them. Had to go find waitress. Bartenders weren’t busy but took 15 minutes or more to get a drink. Portions very small. We left and stopped at another restaurant to get more food and we are small eaters. Spent $150 for 2 people with tip.

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DP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd time there, just as good as first. Did not eat in bar area. Really solid wait staff, great menu, and food was worth the cost. We will be back. Thank you.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to have a family meal! The family especially enjoyed our waitress, Jackie!

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DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our sever Jackie did a great job!

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CR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in great atmosphere with good service. Sunday night Surf & Turf menu provides an excellent value. Bonus points as a place for spotting U.S. Senators and other DC insiders.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!!

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F
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Patricio was excellent. He helped us navigate the abundant menu. So many wonderful choices! We all loved our meals, which started with a delicious basket of warm bread and soft butter. I’m a total sucker for the pretzel rolls. Our collective experience was exceptional and we all plan to return to this beautiful restaurant.

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BC
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Kelly, was attentive at all the right times. She lingered with a story, but also let us engage in conversation and take in the dinner at our pace. Was just right for our evening.
The food was outstanding. We were visiting DC for the weekend and looking for good crab cakes. We found much more at Oceans and especially enjoyed the chilled seafood from the Raw Bar selections. King crab and Maine lobster were chilled, easy to access, and delicious.
But the highlight of the night was a berry-licious hand-crafted cocktail presented in a "smoking" martini that swirled and danced in the glass with smoke. It was beautiful, and my wife loved it. She loved the second one, too. Great night with my wife and daughter at Ocean's Prime.

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AD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was terrific. We were seated at table 13 just as we were for our last anniversary. Food was delicious and everyone treated us as VIP’s thanks very much.

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LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son took me there for my birthday. The food and service were outstanding. The lobster and crab were the best. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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MS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Excellent food. Service was top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great bar service/bartenders/drinks

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jacqueline’s Service was great!

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