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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
1.0 km from New England Aquarium
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Nationally acclaimed, modern American restaurant and lounge known for its stunning settings, impressive menu of seafood and steak, and private dining options.
PRICE RANGE
US$22 - US$62
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, 有泊車位, Valet Parking, Television, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good to great food, but the service was disappointing. They sat us 40 minutes after our reservation and claimed they would send the manager over right away (which never happened). The server did not come by the table very often, seems like he had too...many tables. Expected more of a personal service for spending over a grand on dinnerMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

10 of us came for dinner. We shared starters; then I had the scallops and 10-layer carrot cake. We also had a range of red wines (which thank god I was not paying for!). The restaurant is really well put together and an excellent ambiance....Our server dealt with the large table and noise well. Of the starters we shared I thought the crab cake was the stand-out - one of the best have ever tasted; really light and tasty. My scallops were excellent. The 10 layer carrot cake was one of the nicest carrot cakes I have ever had - and was so tall that it could be seen across the restaurant. Ocean Prime deserves it's placing at the top of Boston restaurants - I hope the rest of our trip is like this.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2022 via mobile

Overall our food experience was great - the entirety of the dining experience was good - service was good- however the checkout experience was humiliating - we used our credit card and it was processed on the table - we got a receipt of our...chafes going through - however as we were exiting our table area, we were confronted by 2 managers who alleged that we did not pay our bill as their system was not showing payment - i challenged the. On their assertion by indicating that I had a receipt from their system as well as a text from my credit card company with the confirmation of the charge - they did not believe their receipt assuming that I had somehow doctored that - they did not let the issue go- and all this because of the color of my skin - no other reason at all - as they could not fathom that a person of color could spend that amount of money for dinner - I offered them other credit cards on a condition they write me note so that they don’t duplicate a change - they refused - bcos they knew what they were up to- overall - be careful at this place - I would not want you to miss the food experience but if it ends like that way it ended for me - the experience will be sour - my 27 wedding anniversary experience was totally ruined ,More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022

Really 4 1/2 but TA doesn't allow halves. Visited on a saturday night with my wife in advance of Bruins Home opener to celebrate our anniversary. So got to restaurant at 4pm just as it was opening. Got 2 seats at bar (as is our...want). Within 35 minutes bar was full. By 5;45pm as we were leaving restaurant was full and there were people waiting for tables and bar seats. Caveat, this is upscale high priced restaurant so buyer beware. Service at bar was excellent. they have 3 bartenders for the 30 or so bar seats and the service bar for the restaurant. never waited for anything but they were also not intrusive even though they shared duties waiting on us. Had a few glasses of red wine for $24/9oz pour. Extensive wine list, only complaint is they didn't really have any moderately priced bottles. Cheapest full bodied red we saw was around $85. FYI we did not receive nor offered bread at the bar. Everyone who sat at the bar got popcorn. We did notice the tables around the bar had bread. We didn't want any nor can I imagine we would have been denied it if we asked, just an FYI, 1/2 dozen Duxbury oysters $29. Very clean, very fresh shucked off the shell perfectly. We both got the 8oz fillet $56. i ordered Rare+ with Truffle Butter, wife ordered medium rare with Bleu cheese crust. My filet cooked exactly as i wanted. My wife's could have been done a touch more but nothing worth sending back for a couple more minutes on the grille. Ordered sides (a la carte) of Brussels sprouts $18 and a Twice Baked potato $16. One side for the 2 of us would have been more than enough but i really wanted to try the Twice Baked potato. Sprouts were good, twice baked was spectacular and huge. Yes as others have written the bar area, and the tables in bar area, can get noisy with conversation. But that to me is customary when sitting in a bar area. Dining room which is separated by a pretty thick wall seemed much quieter if that is your preference. Didn't experience any music as we left early to catch the game. Definitely not a once a week destinations unless you are rich and famous but a really good choice for a special occasion. would not hesitate to return in the future.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 18 September 2022

We were staying at a nearby hotel so chose to have delivery by Door Dash. Food arrived still hot. Portions were HUGE. Unfortunately they forgot my swordfish so I can't say how that was but we placed a very large order and had no complaints...on the food that did arrive.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 17 September 2022

We took my dad here while he was visiting from out of town, and we all had a lovely meal. We decided to sit outside, as the inside was rather noisy, and were all happy with this decision. They have plenty of space heaters, as...well as individual cool table lamps so we could read our menus. We shared the goat cheese ravioli, the vegetable roll, the snapper, the sea bass, and the creme brulee, and everything was super delicious! We especially really liked the goat cheese ravioli, and my husband doesn't normally like goat cheese. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, and checked in on us regularly (but not obnoxiously so). Valet parking was $27, a fairly reasonable price given this restaurant's location so close to the seaport. This restaurant is in a vibrant part of the city, with many people coming and going.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2022

Had a meal there last Thursday evening. Sat in an oversized booth (there were 3 of us) in a v noisy restaurant. Cocktails and food were good, the rest however was v disappointing… a robotic waitress who appeared every 15 mins or so to top...up our water glasses without so much as a ‘hello’ or a ‘would you like some water?’; what seemed like a head waiter (a tall big man) with a personality like my goldfish- totally deadpan, un charismatic and obviously in a hurry; A machine which was dumped on our table (no explanation given, but presumably to pay) before we had even finished our desserts; and no option (that I could see at least) for gratuities less than 20% (and believe me I would have left nothing). We had some wonderful meals in Boston including a fabulous one at Uni but this left us all with a bad taste. Disappointing to say the least!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 September 2022

Our daughter took us here for a belated mother’s and Father’s Day dinner. The food ,ambiance and service were excellent ! The filet mignon and blackened snapper were cooked perfectly. Our waitress Colleen anticipated our every need and made the evening extra special. She is...management material ! A great evening and we would defend come back here again. Thank you Ocean Prime and Colleen.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022 via mobile

A wonderful meal tonight at Ocean Prime. Easy and efficient booking process by telephone with Hannah taking all our details, including the fact that one of our family is vegetarian. A lively buzzy atmosphere in the dining room - even though it was Monday evening....Our host, Levi, was truly spectacular and a real star of the evening. His recommendations for food and wine pairings were perfect, and service was immaculate. And his wicked sense of humour and charm was just what we like. The starting cocktails were spectacular in visual innovation and taste - delicious ! Shrimp cocktail appetiser delightful. And all of our main courses were sensational. Followed by a recommended Pound Cake dessert to share - light and airy with a rich summer fruit coulis. Wonderful evening - thank youMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 August 2022 via mobile

Had strip steak which had a tasty crust but no presentation effort was made whatsoever. Parmesan truffle fries ok. House salad good. Waited rarely smiled. Ambiance average. For the price, nothing special.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 June 2022 via mobile

Excellent ambiance and food. Our waitress was very attentive . The food was perfect . We loved the ambiance: inside or outside. Would definitely come back .

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022 via mobile

Even though extremely windy, outdoor dining went well. Very attentive staff. Tasty bread & butter, excellent Caeser salad, quality fillet. Wine suggestion was perfect.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 May 2022 via mobile

Ordered the halibut.was undercooked.Hard fish to cook as it can get chewy if overcooked but raw is not the alternative

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 April 2022

Food was good, not great, but good. Shortly after ordering wine and my salad, I pretty much became invisible. Had to wait more than I should have for a refill of my wine. When I asked for the check, I gave my credit card. When...I got the card and chit back to put my 20% tip on it, not even a thank you, let alone a smile of gratitude. Sorry, never setting foot in there again, and certainly not recommending it to anyone. Much better at Legal’s.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 4 April 2022 via mobile

Joined a group of about 20 for a wonderful dinner at Ocean Prine. Often times these kind of group dinners can have long delays, poor service, inconsistent food, etc —- not the case at all here. From end to end the service was fantastic, the...waiters were nice and anxious to help, and the food was fantastic across the board. I would recommend the calamari, in particular, which had a great spice to it. Highly recommend for a business dinner or special occasionMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Business casual.... it was mixed with some dressy and some more casual.
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  • Food: 4.5
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