Ocean Prime, the seafood and steak focused restaurant from the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group with room for 240+ across its dining rooms and bar is officially opening this evening at 15th and Sansom.
The restaurant is the biggest to open in Center City in quite some time. The supper club is 8,500-square-feet and includes a dramatic two story bar and mezanine that overlooks the restaurant.
Philadelphia is the tenth location for the Ocean Prime chain.
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We’ve known Ocean Prime was planning on opening at the corner of 15th and Sansom since last August. And now restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has given us an opening date. Look for the American supper club concept to open on Tuesday, September 3rd. It will be the tenth Ocean Prime location Mitchell has opened. Mitchell has also named Sonny Pache as executive chef and Marc Oppen as general manager.
Ocean Prime promises quality seafood, steaks, handcrafted cocktails and wines from around the world. The space is over 8,000 square feet and will seat nearly 130 guests in the main dining room. Three private dining rooms will accommodate 32, 26 and 14 guests. The Blu Lounge will feature 60-seats for bar guests.
124 S 15th Street
The phrase “They don’t make them like they used to” was pretty much invented for places like the Pub, the quirky Tudor-style restaurant that sits about five minutes from the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The employees are unionized. The steaks and chops are cooked indoors on charcoal (which is only legal because the restaurant was grandfathered in). There’s a big salad bar, with a peerless Caesar. They only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. And dinner for two—with charred steaks, baked potatoes, cocktails and a round of wine—will set you back less than $100. There’s a reason you’ll wait two hours for a table on a Saturday night. The Pub is a bona fide classic.
7600 Kaighns Avenue, Pennsauken
First appeared in the May, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Adultery web site, Ashley Madison has released the ten most popular restaurants for cheating couples in Philadelphia. Barclay Prime came in at number one, number ten was Ruby Tuesday. Smack in the middle is Tria, which we’re sure was referred to as “the other Tria” by everyone polled.
Where Philly’s Adulterers Like to Eat Out [The Philly Post]
No time for a leisurely three martini lunch? Starting today, Del Frisco’s is now promising to get you in and out in 30 minutes or less. The two-course prix fixe menu during their weekday lunch is $20 and offers crowd favorites like cheesesteak dumplings to start and a Maine lobster roll or filet tenderloin cutlets as a main course.
The menu will change monthly, check out the initial menu below.
Initial Del Frisco’s Power Lunch menu »
The Sansom, the high-end apartment project by Jim Pearlstein’s Pearl Properties is going to house Medium Rare, a steak frites restaurant operating in Washington DC. The under construction project takes up much of the north side of Sansom between 16th and 17th Streets (opposite Federal Donuts).
This is the second restaurant Pearlstein has landed this week. Marc Vetri announced that he’s opening Pizzeria Vetri in Pearl Property’s Granary project on Callowhill Street.
Medium Rare specializes in steak and frites, with the signature dish is available for just under $20. Co-founder Mark Bucher has Philadelphia roots, he was once an intern at WMMR. His grandfather, George Bucher was Civil Service Commissioner of the City and chairman of the City’s Board of Ethics, as well as the head of one of the city’s largest unions in the 60s and 70s.
has hired Philadelphia architect Richard Stokes to design the restaurant. Stokes has had a hand in several Stephen Starr Restaurants. Medium Rare is aiming for a fall opening.
Medium Rare [Official Site]
It appears that David Ralic has finally come to the conclusion that what’s needed to survive in this competitive restaurant business environment is a giant squid…and probably a liquor license.
Over on the Insider, they’re reporting that Ralic’s flagship Haddonfield steakhouse will be shutting the doors come February 16, after about two years in business. But David Ralic still has his brand-spankin’-new Ralic’s On South, which just opened here in Philly last month, on South Street. Two things the new joint has that the old one didn’t? A bar (and thereby the ability to sell you a fine whiskey to go with that porterhouse) and a giant octopus mounted over the front door.
Ralic’s Steakhouse Pulling the Plug [Insider]
If you’ve ever craved a steakhouse dinner on a diner budget then you know it can be pretty tough to find a quality, affordable steak. Here are six Philadelphia restaurants with inexpensive steak dinners to satisfy the biggest meat lover.
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This weekend from August 2nd to the 5th, Chick’s Social Kitchen & Bar will be having a Steakhouse Weekend special. For $28 you get a wedge salad with gorgonzola dressing and pancetta, a 16-ounce boneless Black Angus Ribeye and a twice-baked potato stuffed with aged cheddar.
For reservations call 215-625-3700.
Chick’s Social Kitchen & Bar [Official Site]
The last time I visited the Prime Rib – this is going back a couple of years – I went with a friend and the meal was all wrong: an overcooked, under-seasoned steak, dried up oysters, chalky mashed potatoes, and a benign, expensive shrimp cocktail. The only thing that saved the night was getting pretty tipsy on their formidable martinis amidst the black-lacquer and gold, animal-and-floral printed room that looked like an interior designer circa 1982 threw up all over it.
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