Fine dining at Ocean Prime

August 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | No comment

If you have a special occasion coming up and want to make it extremely memorable look no further than Ocean Prime in Downtown Denver. My wife and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on August 11th.  We wanted to find a place to eat that we had never been before. We wanted it to be romantic, have great food (obviously) and to have friendly exceptional service. Well at Ocean Prime we scored the hat trick.

When we made our reservation we mentioned that it would be our anniversary,  hoping that maybe we’d get a seating upgrade or something simple like that. What I wasn’t expecting was to be treated like royalty, but that’s exactly what we got. The hostess at the front desk greeted us with a smile, professionalism and Happy Anniversary wishes…then said it would be a minute before we would be seated. Being the uber cynic that I am I thought “Ok, nice greeting but here we go with the waiting…blah, blah, blah”

Well, truly great places like this are really beginning to kill my pesky cynicism…The reason they said to wait a moment was that they were pouring my wife and I glasses of complimentary Champagne to present to us. Then we were taken very quickly to our window seat on the 2nd floor with an awesome view of Larimar Square below us. (The time between walking in the front door and sitting down at our seats with champagne in hand took all of maybe 60 seconds)…In some restaurants it takes that long for the hostess to look up from her seating chart to even acknowledge your existence)

The rest of the entire time we were there was just as incredible. Our special occasion was know to the entire staff and several of them wished us Happy Anniversary at different times throughout the evening.  At one point between our cocktails and our appetizers even the Chef came out and congratulated us on 11 years of marriage and asked if our evening was going well. (I’m sure that this is not a rare instance but it sure is a classy touch)

Our waiter Patrick was without a doubt one of the best servers we’ve had during any of our dining experiences. (He rated right along side Jonel, our most recent favorite at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak in Las Vegas) He was attentive without being hovering which is an art within itself…He made all the right recommendations, of which we tried and loved…and he made the whole night a mini event for us which is what we were ultimately looking for.

The romantic setting and great service though would be nothing without great food…Luckily for us that’s their specialty.  We started with Oysters on the half shell as our appetizer and they were great…For the main coarse I had the 14 oz. New York Strip with a side of Wild Rice Pilaf, Dried Cranberries and Almonds. My wife enjoyed the Yellowfin Tuna, Foie Gras, Carrots, Asparagus & Mushroom Ragout. In looking for one word to describe what we thought of our meals…let’s just say that the word “Prime” is not in their name by accident.

Ocean Prime is located at 1465 Larimer Street Denver, Co. 80202 which is right downtown across the street from Comedy Works (another one of our favorite places in the city to go)  Ocean Prime has outdoor seating for when the weather’s nice and also 5 private dining rooms for those other occasions with large groups or business events.

We just picked this place randomly and wished for the best…sometimes wishes come true! Give Ocean Prime a try on your next special night out…We think they’ll make you feel like you made the right choice!

Gary Dean Hathaway

 

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