Ocean Prime: A return to elegance

Dining room of Ocean Prime.

Not since the Great Steakhouse Rush of 2008-2009 has Center City seen the luxe grandeur of Ocean Prime, which opens Sept. 9 at 124 S. 15th St. (15th and Sansom Streets).

Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell calls it a supper club - which is the best way to describe this $5 million build-out of the former Roy's. Mitchell owns about 20 restaurants nationwide; this is OP #10.

Ocean Prime seats 260 in the main dining room and three private dining rooms; beneath an enormous onyx-ringed fixture, the mezzanine offers a bird's eye view of the dining room and bar.

The lounge itself - whose high-top tables have placards indicating that tables are reserved for celebs including James Dean and Bruce Springsteen - seats 60. General manager Marc Oppen previously ran Route 6 in North Philly and the Bonefish Grill in Willow Grove. Chef Sonny Pache is from OP's Dallas location.

Menu is here. Entrees start at $27 for chicken and top at $47 for twin lobster tails. The tab without alcohol is about $70 a person.

Happy hour (menu here) is on from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; cocktail list is here. There is a gluten-free menu and even a "young adult" menu.

Ocean Prime is participating in Center City District Restaurant Week (Sept. 15-20 and Sept. 22-27), which will reduce the freight considerably (to $35 a head). Here is the RW menu. (The 10-layer carrot cake offered for dessert, by the way, became the subject of a wrestling match in our kitchen when I brought a slice home.)