After suggestions from this board, we took my MIL to Ocean Prime in Tampa for her birthday last week. The food was fantastic, the service was great, and we really liked the concept. A brief recap on the food, my mil and I both had the house salad and my husband and fil shared the oysters (great presentation with dry ice). I had the small filet mignon as I don't eat fish, my husband had the trout, fil had the mahi mahi, and my mil had the scallops all got rave reviews. The sauces that you can get on the side were not needed and were just ok. For sides, we shared the mac and cheese, latkes, and steamed broccoli, again all great. We loved having latkes on the menu. Dessert was cheesecake, key lime pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie. The chocolate peanut butter pie was fantastic.
The one thing that we did not like was the music coming from the bar. The singer was horrible! He butchered many a song and the music was VERY loud. We could not hear the person on the other side of the table. We asked the manger to turn down the music which he did, but someone else turned it right back up. Finally, it was turned down again. The manager, Matt, was fantastic even offered us a private room because of the music problems. I am not sure about the weekend performers, but this guy plays on Tuesday nights and was just BAD.
All in all, we would definitely go back. We would request a table far from the bar area. Matt, the manager, and Kara, our server, understood our gripes and were more then accommodating. They are credited with making sure this special evening stayed exceptional!