May 22, 2022

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New seafood, steak, cocktail spot by Kansas City’s Plaza

Ocean Prime, a full-service modern American restaurant specializing in seafood and steaks, is opening on a hill overlooking the Country Club Plaza — just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend.

For lunch, look for such items as chilled whole Maine lobster, lobster bisque, prime steak tartare, blackened salmon salad, Maryland crab melt, poke bowls and an 8-ounce filet mignon.

The dinner menu includes such entrees as Gerber Farms chicken, Colorado lamb, blackened striped bass, twin lobster tails and prime steaks.

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Ocean Roll featuring tuna, salmon, hamachi, avocado and chili garlic oil at Ocean Prime in Kansas City. Tammy Ljungblad [email protected]

It also will have sushi, oysters on the half shell, Chilean sea bass, bacon creamed spinach, smoked Gouda tater tots, black truffle macaroni and cheese, cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter pie, along with specialty cocktails and dessert cocktails, and a Wine Spectator-honored wine list.

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Chocolate cake with hand spun vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce at Ocean Prime. Tammy Ljungblad [email protected]

Leo Harvey Jr. is the executive chef for the scratch kitchen. He was previously executive chef at Ocean Prime Washington D.C.

The spacious 8,500-square-foot restaurant has three private dining rooms and a peninsula bar. Jake Proffit, who grew up in the Kansas City area and is now based in Colorado, did some custom artwork. His sculpture, KC Realized, is in the center of the dining area and is described as a visual depiction of Kansas City’s geological evolution. He also did three paintings for the restaurant.

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Ocean Prime features a sculpture by Jake Proffit called KC Realized, a depiction of Kansas City’s geological evolution. Tammy Ljungblad [email protected]

It plans to open at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in 46 Penn Centre at 4622 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 300.

Hours will then be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays; and 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

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Chilean Sea Bass with whipped potatoes and champagne truffle sauce at Ocean Prime. Tammy Ljungblad [email protected]

Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants was founded in 1993 and currently has 40 restaurants under 18 different concepts in 13 states. This will be its 17th Ocean Prime.

Its rooftop lounge in 46 Penn Centre, Prime Social Rooftop, opened in November with a patio and fire pits for colder weather.

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Server Gennilyn Eckard talks with diners during a soft opening Wednesday at Ocean Prime, a new modern American restaurant featuring seafood and steaks at 4622 Pennsylvania Ave. Tammy Ljungblad [email protected]

This story was originally published February 4, 2022 9:50 AM.

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Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the brand Cityscape. She appreciates news tips.