New restaurant coming to Tampa: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

On our way to lunch today, we spotted new building under construction on Boyscout, just west of Roy’s. The sign said “Coming soon – Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.” This Foodie had never heard of Eddie V’s before. Turns out, there’s a good reason for that. Eddie V’s is mostly a Texas chain, with restaurants in Scottsdale (AZ) and La Jolla (CA) as well (eight locations total). I looked at a few of the menus. Overall, the food looks pretty good. The prices are similar to Ocean Prime.

I was pleased to see that each location does have a slightly different menu. Some of the highlights (for me) were sides of crab fried rice and baby beets with walnuts, having your steak “carpet bag” style (“crisp batterfried oysters and béarnaise”), yellowtail sashimi (“cilantro, red chiles and ponzu”), and tartare of Pacific ahi tuna (“curry and sesame oils, sliced avocado, mango and citrus”). One thing that was weird to me is that each location I looked at offered “two 8 oz Tails, Broiled or Steamed with Drawn Butter.” Why not the whole lobster? To me, this says that they can’t or don’t want to get live lobsters. Which makes me question how fresh the rest of their seafood is.

The wine list was predictable. The glass selection is fairly small for some of the varietals but they also have some half-bottles, which is a nice option. Supposedly their cocktails are good but there’s no cocktail list on the site.

In addition to the aforementioned lobster issue, the other thing that turns me off is the emphasis on live jazz. Why must restaurants insist on ruining perfectly good ambiance with live music? It’s invariably too loud and often not very good either. If/when we try Eddie V’s, we’ll try to pick a time or a night with no live music.

Anyway, with all of the good local places that have opened lately that we haven’t gotten to yet (Boca, Edison, etc.), and with Roy’s practically next door, I’m not sure how long it will take to get us to Eddie V’s. But if we go, you know there will be a review.

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3 Responses to New restaurant coming to Tampa: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

  1. Tarik. A says:

    Do you know who’s the contact person for the new location?

    Thank you.

    • Sure don’t but their site has a “Contact Us” link at the bottom where you can send them an e-mail. Not sure why you’re wanting that info. The opening of the restaurant is so far out that Tampa isn’t even on the site as “coming soon.”

  2. Jeff says:

    Just read your write up on the new Eddie V location here in Tampa that is opening soon. I can’t wait to try it myself and see what they really have to offer. That area is getting over run with mid to high priced restaurants, Roy’s, Flemings just to name a couple. I read your opinion on having live music at these types of restaurants and you can always ask to be seated away from the music if it bothers you.. I like the vibe that live music gives but I guess it’s not for everyone.. Look forward to seeing you write up after it opens.

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