Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell wanted to go big for his first Chicago restaurant, and he’s picked a prime location next to the LondonHouse Hotel for his Windy City debut. Ocean Prime will try to prove to Chicago that it’s not just another steakhouse for diners to flash corporate credit cards when it opens on April 3 at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
There’s 12,350 square feet split between two levels. The lobby’s stairs lead up the restaurant. It feels a bit like a museum thanks to the lit transparencies featuring historical photos that pander to Chicagoans. Mark Knauer designed the space. His Chicago restaurant work includes the Gage, Hugo’s Frog Bar, and the Dearborn Tavern.
There’s no outdoor seating, but customers will get river views, right opposite Trump Tower Chicago. There are two bars and three private rooms. Overall, there’s room for 350.
Walk through the space below. Ocean Prime has 15 locations in 12 states. Number 16 opens on April 3 in the Loop.