In the world of “cuts” and “primes,” steakhouses aren’t exactly novelties in Chicago, but there are plenty of corporate customers downtown eager to empty their expense accounts. Ocean Prime gives them a stylish restaurant to do just that. Part of Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, the bilevel restaurant opened Wednesday afternoon, just next to the LondonHouse hotel and south of the Chicago River.
Mitchell insists Ocean Prime — which has locations in places including New York, Beverly Hills, and Detroit — is about more than beef. They’ve got sushi, blackened snapper, and an emphasis on the raw bar. There’s also a Sunday surf and turf special — a $60 per person coursed-out meal with an 8-ounce filet mignon and choice of seafood option.
The prime beef comes from Michael’s Finer Meats & Seafoods, which is part of the Chef’s Warehouse conglomerate that also owns Chicago’s very own Allen Brothers. There are six steaks on the menu. They’re the usual suspects like New York strip and a bone-in Kansas City strip. The priciest piece of beef costs $52.
Just when Chicago thought it had enough steakhouses, Ocean Prime arrives. See if Mitchell and company can endear themselves to Chicagoans starting today.
Ocean Prime, 87 E. Wacker Drive, (312) 428-4344, open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.