Ocean Prime Philadelphia Restaurant – Our Favorite Fine Dining (Chain) Restaurant

Lunch at Ocean Prime Philadelphia

One thing with traveling is that you can experience different restaurants with unique menus and flavors all the time. In other words, when it comes to fine dining I have never returned to the same restaurant (if in multiple locations) twice.

Never say never!

After our incredible and unforgettable experience at the Ocean Prime Atlanta Restaurant, I couldn’t believe this but when planning our trip to Philly, I was silently hoping that there was an Ocean Prime here as well.

And it was!

And if I thought our first dining-out time with them was awesome, I’m almost embarrassed to say that our second at the Ocean Prime Philadelphia (almost) overshadowed the first. BTW, if I was to return to Atlanta, I’d go back there in a heartbeat.

Interior design - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Aside from the incredible food (more on that below) and most unique cocktails ever, it’s the atmosphere and the people that work there that truly make the difference. If anything, the Ocean Prime team is doing something really right with how they treat their employees as family and allow them to fully express their creative gifts. And I’m not talking about the chef, but also the bartenders, managers and wait staff. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s truly one of the most perfect eateries we’ve eaten at.

bar and lounge - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

For example, I enjoy speaking to the chefs whenever they are around. I had the chance to talk to both executive chefs from Atlanta and Philadelphia. And both of them, almost word for word, said that they were so happy to never worry about writing a resume again because they have found their home for life.

I’ll get real with you, I’ve spoken to quite a few chefs in my day. I even graduated from Johnson and Wales University (Emril Lagasse’s Alma Mater). I have never encountered this before. And trust me when I say it truly makes a difference when the most important customers, your staff, were this happy.

Ocean Prime Philadelphia – Why It’s A Must-Visit Restaurant

Of course, if the food sucks, even if the staff were stellar, I wouldn’t want to come back. So you can imagine that the food had some magnetic pull in our return. This time we came with friends which upped the ante on the fun factor. Nothing beats a great dining experience than with friends and good food and drinks.

Dining with friends - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Our Food Adventure in Photos

Instead of describing each morsel of food, here’s the perfect way to show off Ocean Prime’s best features.

NOTE: One thing about Ocean Prime is that they have one of the most unique and exotic options for cocktails. So much so, I have a full article just on that. For now, I’ll focus solely on the foodie pleasures. 

exotic drinks - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Appetizers

Ahi Tuna Tartare – I’m not a tuna fan. As a matter of fact, it’s something I like to stay clear of. However, when everyone else ordered this dish, I couldn’t help myself with all their ooohhs and aaahs. And there is a reason why this is an award winning dish.

ahi tuna tartare - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli – Yummmmmm, is really the only way to describe it. I regret not getting two portions of it.

sonoma goat cheese ravioli - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Lobster Bisque – I love soup and always find a reason to get at least one small cup.

lobster bisque - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Salad – They have such a large selection of fresh salads, that it’s hard not to try at least one.

lobster salad - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Main Dishes and Sides

One of the things I remembered most about this restaurant is that they offered a large variety of sides to go with some of the main dishes.

Sea Scallops with Risotto – I actually had this when we visited Atlanta. Sea Scallops, especially as large as theirs, are my absolute favs and I only get a chance to enjoy them once a year, if that much.

sea scallops - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Maryland Crab Melt Sandwich – since we were here for lunch we could choose from their lunch menu as well as their dinner, which serves some fun sandwiches.

Maryland crab melt - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Creamed Spinach – this is one of the cool sides

creamed spinach - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Black Truffle Mac and Cheese – this was my favorite. I didn’t let anyone else eat it. To say the least, I was full of creamy goodness from this and the Risotto.

black truffle mac and cheese - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Dessert 

How can we NOT get dessert here?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie- Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Creme Brûlée

creme brûlée - Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Video Fun

Information for Visiting Ocean Prime Philadelphia

Honestly, for dinner time, I would make reservations. They are located in a very popular spot right near Rittenhouse Square. The area is great to walk around during all hours of the day and night as well. So you can make that part of your going out experience.

Even though it is a city, there is parking along the street or you can find a parking lot within a block away.

Address: 124 South 15th Street, Philadelphia

Phone: (215) 563-0163

Hours:

Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Dinner: Monday – Thursday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday – Saturday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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One Response to Ocean Prime Philadelphia Restaurant – Our Favorite Fine Dining (Chain) Restaurant

  1. Each dish looks even better than the next! It is so great when a restaurant can provide fantastic food for each course and a comfortable environment. Thanks for the information!
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