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Ocean Prime: Denver’s premiere special occasion restaurant

Written By | Sep 17, 2019

Ocean Prime is one of the jewels of Larimer Square in Denver. Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime

DENVER, CO: When it comes to that special anniversary, graduation, or birthday dinner, Ocean Prime may just be that perfect culinary gem in the heart of Denver’s Larimer Square. The magic, as it were, is a combination of ambiance, dedicated service, prime steaks, and fresh seafood. Then there is the Ocean Prime commitment to make each guest feel special.

Famed Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has turned the modern American restaurant into a gastronomic icon in downtown Denver.  One of 14 Ocean Prime restaurants across the U.S., each reflects a city’s particular energy and vibe.

Berries and Bubbles is one of the signature cocktails at Ocean Prime. Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime


Ocean Prime Blue Lounge

Their Blue Lounge is where customers can try one of the signature cocktails and listen to live music in a vibrantly colorful ambiance. Berries and Bubbles is a one of a kind creation blending citrus vodka, blackberries, house-made sour, and Domaine Chandon Brut.

When the libation poured into your martini glass, the dry ice in the bottom causes the liquid to bubble and smoke, adding to the fun and mystique of this cocktail.

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Walking upstairs to the veranda for your meal, you will find the same attention to visual details in the linen-covered tables, the colorful lighting, and a grand view of the Larimer Square and the Denver skyline.

More than one wedding proposal has taken place in this beautiful setting.

The veranda affords grand views of Larimer Square during your dining experience. Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime.


Let your server be your dinner guide

Your server will explain some of the menu’s nuances and specials that are all prepared in a made from scratch kitchen. Steaks are from prime beef and the fish selections are fresh and flown in daily.  Cameron Mitchell’s motto: The answer is ‘yes,’ What is the question? is a big part of the training. Staff go out of their way to respond to specific requests.

A team approach, which they call swarm service, ensures that all aspects are performed quickly and efficiently and with orchestral-like precision.

You can select various accessories to top your steak and create just the right touches for your enjoyment. Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime

When in Colorado, beef rules

There are daily specials, but beef, not surprisingly, is the most popular choice.  They have a nice selection of steaks, including rib eye, New York strip, and filet mignon. These are flavorful cuts of meat, even without anything extra You can savor them with any number of their sides like the delicious chophouse corn and black truffle mac and cheese.

The add-ons, called accessories, include black truffle butter, Maytag blue cheese, and garlic shrimp scampi.

The Mile High carrot cake is a fitting tribute to the Mile High City. Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime.

Top off your evening with a dessert, perhaps their well-known Mile High Carrot Cake. Don’t confuse this with your typical pastry as this is a full 10 layers of confection perfection laden with cream cheese frosting and drizzled with pineapple syrup.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, call ahead so that they can make your evening even more memorable. They will offer you a flute of sparkling wine upon your arrival, and if it is an anniversary, they will also provide a complimentary dessert!

From great food and exceptional service to a beautiful ambiance, Ocean Prime delivers on every level. Let the magic happen in one of Denver’s most iconic downtown venues.

Ocean Prime

1465 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3663


Ron Stern

Ron Stern aka "The Global Gumshoe," I am a travel photojournalist and the author of hundreds of international and domestic travel articles. I am the Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal, and a staff writer for Communities Digital News. My articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Yahoo News, MSN, and others. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. My contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and my photography/ videography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms.