Already a hit in Florida and Michigan, Ocean Prime is now making waves at Phoenix’s CityCenter of CityNorth with it’s supercool surroundings and lengthy bill of steaks and seafood.
Though it might be a fresh face in the Valley, Ocean Prime, which opened in the fall at CityCenter of CityNorth, is actually the fifth of its kind in the nation, with locations interspersing Florida (Tampa, Orlando and Miami) and Detroit. Rather than calling itself a seafood restaurant or steakhouse, Ocean Prime prefers the title of supper club, as entertainment is part of the draw to this sleek hot spot. Live piano music provides ear candy in the laidback cocktail lounge, while rich woods, curved walls, circular mirrors and a smattering of blue lights prove to be a feast for the eyes. The standout scene is the covered indoor/outdoor patio that features a palm tree that juts through the white ceiling. As a whole, the atmosphere gives off a futuristic (thanks to the blue lighting and bold mirrors) Rat Pack vibe.
To start, we sampled the surf and turf appetizer featuring sea scallops and boneless short ribs, which were incredibly tender and melted in our mouths. As for additional starters, diners can also order selections from the raw bar (like a shellfish sampler) as well as a few old-fashioned favorites, including truffled deviled eggs and cheddar fondue, among others. Ocean Prime also has several à la carte sides, half of which are dedicated to irresistible-sounding potato dishes, like candied yams with marshmallow brûlée and jalapeño au gratin. We devoured the sea salt-vinegar fries which were substantial in size but still crispy.