Ocean Prime - Chicago

4.7
294 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We create an extraordinary restaurant experience serving the freshest seafood, prime steaks, handcrafted cocktails and world-class wines in a warm, welcoming atmosphere with genuine hospitality. Our executive chef uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to create inventive preparations of traditional favorites. Made from scratch dishes showcase simple, pure and regional flavors, and our menu features an array of appetizers, salads, seafood, steaks, family-style sides and house-made desserts from refreshing ahi tuna tartar, jumbo lump crab cakes & tender filet to creamy black truffle mac and cheese, succulent Chilean sea bass and decadent ten-layer carrot cake. Our well-trained bartenders handcraft exciting cocktails, including our signature cucumber gimlet and smoking berries & bubbles. With our genuine hospitality, Ocean Prime is the perfect destination for cocktails after work, dinner before or after the theater, business meetings, everyday celebrations.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was really nice. We made our reservations (we were a few minutes late in part due to the value being backed up).

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Went above and beyond.

RS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

If you’re looking for a VERY NOISY place to have an expensive dinner in Chicago, this is it!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sara the bartender was wonderful. Very friendly and made great suggestions. Will be back.

C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time!
Such a beautiful restaurant!
Food and service was unbeatable
A true gem for your special occasions!
We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service were exceptional.
Location and parking is a huge deterrent. We valet parked and had to wait nearly 30 minutes to get our car after dinner:(

RS
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Ocean Prime is a lovely restaurant for special occasions.

MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

That guy, Joe our server, was amazing! He knew our time crunch and knew their menu! Excellent red snapper and Chilean sea bass...kudos to the chef! Oh the lobster bisque and French onion soup! Love the crab cake! It was delicious!!!

D
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was our anniversary. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne then led to our table where a rose was waiting.the service was impeccable. The food was high in price but delicious. The restaurant is elegant. The view of Chicago was spectacular.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Ocean Prime for our anniversary and had the most amazing experience! They greeted us with champagne for our anniversary and gave us a great seat location. Xander was our server and he was fantastic from start to finish. He was attentive, gave great suggestions, and really made us feel special. The menu is outstanding, there is not a bad item on it. Love this place, will definitely be going back!

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time & fantastic food. Love all the wines by the glass. Ask for Charley, he made the evening a blast!

GM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a reservation at 8:00 pm and they were busy, came over an apologized at 8:20, we happened not to be in a big hurry so we were OK. They seated us 10 minutes later and bought us the last round of drinks! Then we sat for dinner and our server Frank Budet hit it out of the park! Great service, knew the menu inside and out and managed our experience perfectly! Sea Bass was fantastic, sushi was good and the sides were excellent! I would go back and request Frank!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here and we were very pleased with the excellent service and the food was delicious.

DV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Great service, great atmosphere and great food

DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joseph and Joe were fabulous. Food was exceptional, service was really good. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect for our anniversary date! Amazing food and impeccable service. Our waiter Charles made sure it felt like a special night, from spot on entree recommendations to an anniversary dessert. Will definitely come back here again!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent sushi, fun cocktail. great happy hour

MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came here for my anniversary dinner and everything was amazing!! Our server, the food, the ambiance was superb. I'd come here again and again!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They accommodated our group of 16 with fantastic service! Matthew our server was OUTSTANDING! Superb experience we couldn’t be more pleased.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and the service was awesome. The wait is not long at all and the energy in the place is perfect for after a long day of work or enjoyable weekend evening

DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The carrot cake was the best we ever had. The service was superb. The prices were a little on the high side especially for the sides. Will definitely go back and would definitely recommend for special occasions.

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience, from the drink at the bar to the main meal in the restaurant. Highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family!

FE
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is such a delicious restaurant. I have been there twice--sooooo worth it!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was very good, however service was poor from the start as it took almost 15 minutes for someone to ask for our drink order. Our waitress forgot to bring a drink to one of our party and had to be reminded twice. She then forgot the steak for one member of our party as well as a side we ordered to share. Not an ideal experience when entertaining business guests.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding overall!
Service was highly professional but personal and exceptional in detail.

LY
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommended Ocean Prime to family and friends. The Mac and cheese were the bomb!! The Ahi tuna! AMAZING!! Our server made us ALL feel we were royalty, the waitstaff always came and cleared the dirty dishes as soon as we were done so the main entrees were delivered immediately after.... we’ve never been treated so attentive. LOVED IT! If I am ever back in Chicago, I will most definitely be back. ❤️💗😍😘

SK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and prepared with such wonderful sauces and embellishments
The waiter was very attentive and made our dining experience an exceptional evening

DS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was just perfect!!!

OT
Chicago
238 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Fish and side dishes outstanding....but service a bit slow

T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to the Ocean Prime in Chicago twice and loved the dining both times.
Excellent food and service.

JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Bar service was awesome and accommodating. Wesley is a fantastic barkeep! I appreciated how the servers are attentive to conversation and disappear when I am engaged in conversation, but are readily available and reappear when something is needed. There seemed to be a small disconnect when we initially ordered at the table between our primary server and his support staff, but it resolved nicely and the personality of the servers went a long way in overcoming any service deficiencies. A very enjoyable experience! We visited this place twice on this trip to Chicago.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful! Waiter was amazing!

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w
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went with a large group for a big birthday celebration and were put into the private dining room which was perfect. It’s a fairly new restaurant so the ambiance was gorgeous. Bar area was large with some smaller dining tables that I would love to sit at next time around. Service was great and accommodating for a large group. We ordered 2 large smoking seafood towers - it was nice to be able to customize as not everyone likes oysters. The seafood entrees were fantastic - standouts were Chilean seabass and king crab legs. The boys liked the filet mignon with their surf and turf, but disappointed with the ‘surf’ part as they were just a few lobster pieces instead of a full lobster tail per standard. Sadly, the meat in the Cowgirl cut tasted off - over cooked and not on par with steakhouse caliber.

Desserts were phenomenal - pies were actually mini pies instead of the slice! Decadent and delicious! The restaurant kindly comp’ed a couple of desserts which was appreciated. I would definitely return, either with a large group or with a smaller group in the bar area.

S
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and were welcomed with Champagne! Great Customer Service and very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had excellent service and great food. Thank you

JG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice decor and good bar area. Tried to pass along a different vintage of wine than ordered from menu and did not have the correct year in stock...disappointing. Otherwise, a nice wine selection. Food was mediocre and not hot when presented. Only 4 months open, so we'll give them a break as they figure the Chicago scene out...but, if they don't it will not be a long run especially with 2nd floor location. Won't return soon, many better options available.

SB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and very friendly service! The wait staff was very good and the food they recommended was excellent!

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The service and food was excellent. The major problem was that there was a party of 10 that were extremely loud and continually dropping the the F bomb. At one point a woman from another table who was leaving went to their table and told them although they were funny they were rude. The leader of the table was rude to her and told her to eat at Dick’ Resort. The server told them they were ok and even comped their deserts. They should have bee seated in the bar or private room. Ruined our romantic evening.

SF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. Food is great, the service personnel are very courteous. There is an active bar area, separate from dining and further separate from private rooms. Feels full and lively without being too loud.

OT
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Our dinner (FL Grouper and Halibut) was excellent, excellent, excellent! Service was just the way we like it (attentive but not overbearing and interruptive) and as described on their web site. Waiters, Charlie Ryan and Jorge, made our experience all the more enjoyable. The valet attendant even brought my phone to me that I had forgotten and left in the cup holder of my car. A most appreciated ambiance as we could actually talk to each other accross our table withut having to raise our voice. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back.

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