You just can’t get a three-course gourmet meal paired with exceptional wines and finishing off with a fine rose Champagne for $75 a person these days, well except for the rest of October at the stylish and over-the-top trendy Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills that is. A celebrity and locals’ favorite and one of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Ocean Prime is offering the special meal to celebrate its one-year anniversary at its prime Wilshire Boulevard location. The place oozes with panache with a busy bar manned by adept and friendly mixologists who also know their way around fine wines. But the buzz is the food which is always excellent, plentiful and created by master chef Matthew Briggs.
Last night’s anniversary dinner special proved exceptional especially with seating on the patio accompanied by live music and served by a super wait staff. We went through the three courses leisurely savoring every bite both starting with amazing tuna rolls served with a feisty Riesling. Then the Diva sunk her teeth into to a perfect blackened swordfish on polenta accompanied by a big buttery Chardonnay and ending with the best carrot cake in the world served with a heady rose Champagne. Richard opted for the seabass for his entrée and the very decadent chocolate peanut butter pie. The balmy night provided the perfect atmosphere for the dinner and we lingered over our bubbly for awhile before taking a digestive stroll around Rodeo Drive and checking out all the fall and winter window displays in the pricey shops.
The $75 a person anniversary special is only good until the end of this month (October) and is really worth the price, there are many choices too. If you decide to go be sure to stop in for happy hour which runs on Mondays from from 4.p.m. until closing (10 p.m.) and Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. There are specials on all drinks along with some mighty fine prime bites and half off sushi offerings. Check out the Link to Happy Hour menu. Happy hour food and drinks are served indoors or outdoors, no need to sit at the bar unless you enjoy talking to well-versed mixologists.
Ocean Prime Beverly Hills reflects a stylish supper club ambiance with a flair for design. Even the entrance speaks style with two doors, one off to the right that leads into a bar or patio, and one to the left that heads into a second bar and main dining room furnished with romantic booths or tables, and an open kitchen a glass box car filled with premium wines. The design dips progressively darker, moodier, and sexier as the main bar wraps back further into the dining space and becomes a sushi bar. The main dining room is highlighted by an open kitchen and windows that peek into three private dining rooms. Walls are lined with black and white artwork featuring classic Hollywood stars, commissioned by Artists Jordan Clark, Lola Dupré, and Jenny Sharaf. Dark wood tables and rich leather seating juxtapose the kitchen and oodles of personality. It’s also expensive and well worth it.
Ocean Prime, which is located at 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, is open Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by phone 310-859-4818 or online.