Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

4.7
1196 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
What 1196 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great steakhouse plus some great seafood selections. Unless you get surf and turf, the choice is hard to make.

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

The food was pretty decent, but not great for the price. The hostess was not very friendly at all. I was underwhelmed by the entire experience.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

A group of us went to Ocean Prime to celebrate a good friend’s birthday. We arrived on time and they went to seat us in the quiet room. We asked to be seated elsewhere which they did without any problems. Once we were all seated at a booth in the bar area we waited for about 5-10 minutes for our waitress to take our drink order. For the rest of the evening we spent a lot of time waiting. The food comes out and it was average at best. We mentioned the poor service and extended wait time to another waiter who admitted that another waiter had called out which was why service was slow. The manager comped one round of drinks and desserts for us which was very nice but the bill still did not reflex the sub par food and service. We expected much more from Ocean Prime. The drinks were the best thing we had. Next time we’ll have drinks at Ocean Prime but go somewhere else to eat.

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Argentina
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly from the moment we arrived. We appreciated Diamond’s wine and food suggestions. We ordered soup, salad, entrees, and everything was delicious!!!! Thank you!

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best experiences I've ever had when it comes to find dining at a restaurant. This restaurant is high quality and top notch. From the service to the food, from your entrance to your exit everything was fantastic! It's a must visit when in Washington DC.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was a wonderful waiter. Helped us order oysters. They were great. It was our anniversary. This was the perfect restaurant to celebrate at. The steaks were cooked perfectly and the drinks were generous pours.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Third time and last time. Absolutely abysmal. Places one-third the price are running a better operation. Steak medium. No. How steak extra rare? Jalapeño relish on the side. Let’s slather it on the crab cake bun and bury it under the arugula. Lobster bisque. Similar presentation to the Oval Room. Similar prices. Campbell’s soup does a better job at making a tasty soup. I could go on and on; just never again at Ocean Prime.

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BS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our 20 year anniversary dinner here and it was magnificent.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very nice restaurant for all occasions. The service is great and you are greeted as soon as you come in the door. The atmosphere is very nice. Definitely nice for special occasions or events.

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I like the restaurant, but there is for improvement. Service can be slow and unatentive and the hostess could be more friendly. The food was great as always.

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FP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Liked our waiter, Brian. Created with help from bartender a "mocktail" for my daughter that was spectacular.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and our dining experience was excellent. Will, our server went out of his way to accommodate our small group. I took theee friends here and they loved it. We had a blast and would definitely return.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was generally good. But my crab cakes were not all lump crab which the server said they would be. Great crab cakes are suppose to be all lump crab not filled with crab meat.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Our crab was just bland and rubbery. Our waiter gave a great presentation to other tables but just asked us what we wanted. The signature cocktails were ok but not for the price. We did enjoy the complimentary champagne for our anniversary

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went here for our anniversary due to all the great reviews. I ordered the surf and turf and my wife ordered the lamb chops. We both ordered lobster bisque to start which was ok but on the bland side. They did present the bowl with lobster prior to pouring in the actual bisque. We also ordered the shrimp cocktail which was 4 jumbo shrimp, not really worth the price they charged. The steak was ordered rare and was close to the correct temperature but not enough char on the outside. The bearnaise sauce was not really to my tasting. The veggies were good especially the garlic mashed potatoes. My wife’s lamb chops were ok but one was on the dry side. The saving grace for this restaurant were the cocktails which were great. They gave us a free dessert was pound cake which was also good. The waiter was nice and polite but definitely seemed like he didn’t want to be there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice !!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

I went to celebrate a Birthday. We ordered the lobster tails and both orders was spoiled. The lobsters smelled just like ammonia. Very disappointing it was no way that the Chef couldn't smell that odor was very strong. At that point I didnt want anything else. I'm not happy about this, I will never return to that restaurant again.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food, good services

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Sunday “surf and turf” seemed like a good value but the filet was over cooked and tough. The crab cake, although meaty was extremely small.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Excellent service and you can easily carry on a conversation.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The carrot cake was amazing, the service was wonderful.

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MH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and drinks was great as well. Try the one drink with dry ice if you’re going there.

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San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from servers who are both professional and have fun. Excellent steak.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding sea scallops, good crab cake and lobster tails. Good bread and yummy chocolate cake. Very accommodating service, and music was turned down a bit when I asked.

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l
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I went to Ocean Prime for lunch with my husband. It looks very fancy and high end but the food was about on par with an M&S grill. I ordered a glass of Sancerre, which was on the menu but they were out. I chose my meal off the lunch special menu thinking that would be the freshest. The “tuna “ burger that i got was absolutely horrible. The burger was an over spiced, over cooked, pulverized mess that didn’t even taste of tuna and my side soup was cold. I plan to never come back nor should you

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JL
Berlin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed with my recent visit. It’s a beautiful restaurant and service was great, but food was average at best, for the price. My crab cakes were ok, not much flavor. The calamari was excellent. The lobster masked potatoes were good. Unfortunately, I likely won’t go back.

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Q
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I certainly wouldn’t be able to justify the $67 price tag for the surf and turf dish. The steak was okay and the lobster tails were cold.
Personally it’s an overpriced restaurant with a fancy arranged dish. The waitress was pressing us 2 try a certain dish. After several attempts she finally gave up on selling us the chefs recommendation.
I no desire 2 negotiate or argue with the waitress on what I prefer 2 order. That alone is reason enough not 2 return. After declining the offer so did the customer service. It was disappointing!!!

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B
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food, but mediocre service. For $100/person, you should not have to wait a half hour for a cold dessert or for your dessert order to be taken.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
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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AE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there will definitely be back. Service was great. Food was delicious. Warm bread with a selection of pretzel or french was served. We had a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great calamari and the service was fantastic!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; the Filet Mignon was prepared just right. My wife’s Chilean Bass was prepared to her tastes. Loved the Jalapeño Augratin. Serice and wait staff were top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
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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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

Birthday dinner

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Philadelphia
18 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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