Sometimes (most of the time), the weekends just fly by. There are errands to run, things to check off the to-do list … and before you know it, it’s Sunday night. But the next time you find yourself lamenting the impending work week, remember: Sunday is still the weekend—and it’s also Surf & Turf night at Ocean Prime in Naples.
We know how much you love your restaurant deals—we’ve got a whole post about Naples summer dining specials, in case you missed it—and this is a good one. It’s just $55 per person, which includes a starter course (French onion soup, Caesar salad or house salad), an eight-ounce filet with the “surf” of your choice (shrimp scampi, crab cake or sea scallops), and a side. Which all translates to: There’s no way you’re leaving hungry.
But let’s back up a bit. If you’ve not been to Ocean Prime before, it’s just the cozy kind of place you’d want for a date night—a blend of warm lighting, rich decor and dark leather (even the menu covers smell good)—offset by huge windows that offer a perfect view of Fifth Avenue South and the tree-lined Sugden Theatre courtyard.
We immediately loved our server, Bridget, who delivered fresh pretzel bread and sourdough, asked a few key questions about our preferences and rattled off several wine recommendations. (We went with the 2015 Château de Sancerre. It was fab.) If you’re into wine, this is the place to be: There are 250 to choose from, and the wall-to-wall wine room holds 3,000 bottles.
Jesse, of course, had to take advantage of the Sunday Surf & Turf. For his first course, he chose the house salad, with romaine, field greens, Granny Smith apples, goat cheese, walnuts and a sherry mustard vinaigrette, which, he was pleasantly surprised to find, had a little kick of spiciness. I went with a cup of lobster bisque, which was a little light on the lobster, but the sweet corn fritter made it interesting and filling.
Bridget raved about the scampi, so Jesse chose that to accompany his filet for the main course. The filet comes topped with shrimp and doused in a white wine garlic sauce that made it buttery and a little sweet. “It’s probably not cardiologist friendly, but your tastebuds will love you,” Jesse said between bites.
I’m a pescetarian, so I opted for the Chilean sea bass, also on Bridget’s recommendation. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a more perfectly prepared piece of fish. It’s cooked through golden brown on a bed of herb-whipped mashed potatoes, with thinly sliced black truffles, English peas and snap peas, drizzled in a champagne beurre blanc sauce. Heavenly.
Then came dessert. Once again, Bridget’s expertise shone through. “You have to finish,” she said, “with the chocolate peanut butter pie.” We were already going to have to roll ourselves out the door, but she hadn’t steered us wrong yet, so we obliged, and we were so glad that we did. The light, fluffy peanut butter mousse is draped in chocolate ganache on top of a crunchy, peanut butter-infused, dark chocolate cookie bottom, finished with housemade whipped cream. With it, she paired a glass of McManis pinot noir. Once again, she was so, so right.
Deliciously indulgent food, a great discount and the kind of stellar service that makes the whole thing feel custom-made just for you? Hey, Sunday night: You’re not so bad, after all.
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699 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (Inn on Fifth)
Open daily beginning at 5 p.m. (Lounge opens at 4 p.m.)
Thank you to Ocean Prime for sponsoring this post.