Cameron Mitchell Facts


Founded by Cameron Mitchell in 1993, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, LLC (CMR) has built a diverse portfolio of varied concepts, ranging from multi-location upscale destinations to single neighborhood favorites. Today, CMR operates 41 restaurants company-wide under 18 different concepts, with 22 restaurants located in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, the premier catering and event planning in Central Ohio, oversees four venues in Columbus. The national Ocean Prime concept has 17 locations in 13 states plus the district of Columbia. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 22 locations in five states. CMR and the various concepts have received numerous culinary, leadership, entrepreneur, community service and readers’ choice awards. For more information, visit

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Founding Date: October 5, 1993
Corporate Office: 390 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215, 614.621.3663,
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Founder: Cameron Mitchell


Recent awards and accomplishments include…

• Best Seafood in Chicago: Ocean Prime Chicago – USA Today 10 Best, 2022
• Highest-Rated Seafood Restaurants in New York City: Ocean Prime New York – Trip Advisor, 2022
• 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America: Mitchell’s Ocean Club, Ocean Prime Denver – Open Table, 2022
• Best Steakhouses in Denver – Ocean Prime Denver – USA Today, 2022
• Top 100 Restaurants – Open Table, 2021
• Best Restaurants in North Phoenix: Ocean Prime Phoenix – Phoenix Magazine 2021
• Best Steakhouses in Denver: Ocean Prime Denver – Best Steak Restaurant, 2021
• Best Steakhouses in Dallas: Ocean Prime Dallas – Best Steak Restaurant, 2021
• Best Seafood Restaurant in Washington, D.C.: Ocean Prime Washington D.C. – Kev’s Best, 2021
• 10 Best Steakhouses in Philadelphia: Ocean Prime Philadelphia – The Infatuation, 2021
• Best Seafood Restaurants in Chicago: Ocean Prime Chicago – Time Out Chicago, 2021
• Top 5 Espresso Martinis in Boston: Ocean Prime Boston –, 2021
• 18 Best Seafood Restaurants in LA: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills – Thrillist, 2021
• Best Seafood Restaurant: Ocean Prime Phoenix – North Valley Magazine, 2021
• Best Seafood Restaurant: Ocean Prime Tampa – Tampa Magazine, 2021
• International New York Restaurant Show – Cameron Mitchell featured speaker – 2020
• American Culinary Federation — Cameron Mitchell Keynote Speaker — 2020
• Ohio Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Cameron Mitchell – 2019
• Top 50 Highest-Rated Restaurants in Dallas: Ocean Prime – Dallas Business Journal, 2019
• Best Restaurants for Celebrity Sightings: Ocean Prime –, 2019
• 100 Best Restaurants Worth Splurging On: Ocean Prime – Travel + Leisure, 2019
• America’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains – FSR Magazine, 2019
• Best Restaurants on the Magnificent Mile: Ocean Prime – USA Today 10Best, 2019
• Best Denver Steakhouses: Ocean Prime – USA Today, 2019
• Top Restaurants for Dining Al Fresco: Ocean Prime – USA Today 10Best, 2019
• Top 5 Steakhouses in Tampa: Ocean Prime – Hoodline, 2019
• Best Naples Restaurants: Ocean Prime – Naples Daily News, 2019
• Best Group-Friendly Restaurants: Ocean Prime – USA Today, 2019
• Boston’s Best Spots For Power Lunch: Ocean Prime – Haute Living, 2019
• 25 Seafood Towers Worth the Splurge: Ocean Prime – Eater, 2019
• AAA Four Diamond Rating: M – 2006-2019
• Top 10 Best Restaurants in Columbus: The Guild House – 2019: Columbus Monthly Restaurant Guide
• 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America: Mitchell’s Ocean Club – 2018: Open Table
• 25 Innovative Multi-Concept Groups Award 2018: Restaurant Hospitality
• Cameron Mitchell in The Power List 2018’s Reader Picks: Nation’s Restaurant News
• Best Seafood Restaurant: Ocean Prime — Tampa Magazine, 2018
• Top 10 Steakhouses: Ocean Prime — D Magazine, 2018
• 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out: The Pearl – 2018
• Best Restaurant (Polaris/Westerville): Marcella’s – 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Short North/Italian Village/Victorian Village): The Pearl – 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (New Albany): Hudson 29 – 2017-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Diner: Cap City Fine Diner– 2010-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s– 2014-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Top 100 Hot Spots in America: The Avenue & The Pearl– 2017: OpenTable
• Best New Restaurant: The Avenue Steak Tavern – 2017: Columbus Monthly
• Ten Best Restaurants: The Guild House – 2016 & 2017: Columbus Monthly
• Best New Restaurant: The Guild House – 2016: Columbus Monthly
• Best Steakhouses in America: The Avenue Steak Tavern & Ocean Prime Boston – 2016: Open Table
• Best Caterer: Cameron Mitchell Premier Events – 2018: Columbus CEO’s Best of Business: Meetings & Events Poll
• Wine Spectator Award of Excellence: Mitchell’s Ocean Club, Ocean Prime – 2008-2019, M – 2011-2019, The Barn – 2015-2019, Hudson 29 – 2015-2019, The Avenue – 2017-2019
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Upper Arlington / Grandview: Cap City Fine Diner – 2016-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Gahanna/Easton): The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek – 2017-2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Overall Restaurant: M at Miranova – 2018: 614 Magazine ColumBest Awards
• Best Cocktail Bar: M at Miranova – 2015-2019: Columbus Monthly Best of Columbus – Readers Pick
• Best Italian & Best Happy Hour: Marcella’s – 2015-2018: Columbus Monthly Best of Columbus – Readers Pick


October 1993: CMR’s first restaurant, Cameron’s American Bistro, opened
July 2001: Cameron Mitchell Premier Events launched
May 2002: Founded sister company Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
August 2006: Mitchell’s Ocean Club opened, starting the Ocean Prime brand
February 2008: Sold 19 Mitchell’s Fish Market and three Mitchell’s Steakhouse to Ruth’s Hospitality Group; now owned by Landry’s
June 2008: First Ocean Prime outside Ohio opens in Troy, MI
October 2014: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills opened
October 2015: Ocean Prime New York City opened, officially giving CMR a coast-to-coast footprint
2017: More than 2.5 million guests served through CMR’s 30 restaurants
December 7, 2017: Ocean Prime’s culinary team cooks at James Beard House
January 2018: Nation’s Restaurant News includes Cameron Mitchell in The Power List 2018’s Reader Picks
March 2018: Columbus State Community College announces CMR’s $2.5 million gift toward Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building. Cameron Mitchell is chair of the philanthropic campaign
April 2018: Cameron Mitchell speaks at Harvard Business School
October 2018: 25th Anniversary
November 2018: Cameron Mitchell’s “Yes is the Answer, What is the Question” book launch
April 2019: Cameron Mitchell and “Yes is the Answer” featured on CBS Saturday Morning’s “The Dish’ segment
August 2019: “Yes is the Answer, What is the Question” book is included in Forbes’ “Best Business Memoirs of All Time”
2019-2020: CMR opens an unprecedented number of restaurants in one year, including Ocean Prime Chicago, Del Mar SoCal Kitchen (Columbus), Lincoln Social Rooftop (Columbus), Del Mar (Naples, FLA), The Pearl at Bridge Park and Budd Dairy Food Hall


Budd Dairy Food Hall (Short North Arts District)
Cap City Fine Diner & Bar (Dublin, Gahanna and Grandview)
Cameron’s American Bistro (Worthington)
Del Mar SoCal Kitchen (Short North Arts District)
Del Mar Naples (Naples, FL)
El Segundo (Short North Arts District)
Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink (Upper Arlington and New Albany)
Lincoln Social (Short North Arts District)
Marcella’s Ristorante (Short North Arts District and Polaris)
Martini Modern Italian (Short North)
Mitchell’s Ocean Club (Easton Town Center)
Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro (Polaris Fashion Place)
The Avenue Steak Tavern (Grandview and Dublin)
The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek (Gahanna)
The Guild House (Short North Arts District)
The Pearl Restaurant, Tavern & Oyster Room (Short North Arts District and Dublin)
Ocean Prime (Beverly Hills, Boston, Chicago, Columbus [Mitchell’s Ocean Club], Dallas, Denver [Tech Center & Larimer Square], Detroit/Troy, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Naples, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Washington D.C.)
Prime Social (Kansas City, MO)

2022/2023 Openings
Cento (German Village)
The Pearl (Tampa, FL)
Valentina’s (Dublin)


Home Office: 101
Catering and Events: 218
Front of House: 2,191
Heart of House: 1,171
Managers: 290
Total: 3,971


Cameron Mitchell: Founder and Chief Executive Office
David Miller: President and Chief Operating Officer
Brian Hinshaw: Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage, Executive Corporate Chef
Chuck Kline: Senior Vice President of Operations
Heather Leonard: Senior Vice President of Marketing
Wayne A. Schick: Senior Vice President of Store Planning & Procurement
Steve Weis: Vice President of Development
Kerry Boyle: Vice President and General Counsel
J.R. Dehring: Chief Financial Officer
Jim Sauter: Vice President of Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
Katie Laudick: Vice President of Human Resources
Melissa Johnson: Vice President of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events & Community Relations
Mitch Miller: Vice President of Ocean Prime

About Cameron Mitchell Premier Events

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events (CMPE) began in 2001 and is an established premier caterer in Columbus and Central Ohio. CMPE is a premier catering and event planning company, which expertly plans, designs and coordinates each and every detail of the event.

CMPE has four exclusive venues: The Ivory Room, The Exchange at Bridge Park, The Terrace, and Laurel Run Farm, as well as numerous relationships with venues around Central Ohio.

CMPE can provide event planning for any event from weddings, to corporate events and social events. For more information, visit or call 614.848.4700.

About Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

Recognized for its chef-inspired, made-from-scratch American cuisine and beverage, Rusty Bucket is a friendly neighborhood restaurant, with a tavern-like atmosphere. A sister company of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Rusty Bucket is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with 22 locations in neighborhoods across Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Founded in 2002, the nationally-recognized brand has received several accolades, including Technomic’s Top 500 Leading U.S. Chain Restaurants, FSR 50’s Top 10 Fast Growing, High-Performing Chains, ranked on Restaurant Business’ Future 50 list and named by Nation’s Restaurant News as a Breakout Brand.

For more information, visit or call 614.621.1105. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from the award-winning Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. The nationally-acclaimed Ocean Prime delivers an extraordinary experience with stunning settings, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality.

From the kitchen and bar, there is an appreciation for ingredients that comes through in every dish. Our menu is both classic and modern featuring lighter items like sushi and poke, to indulgent seafood presentations, juicy steaks and decadent desserts. Each location is unique and designed to fold into the energy of the city where it’s located. With stunning spaces, luxe details and truly genuine hospitality, Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Guests can experience Ocean Prime in Washington, D.C., Boston, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Tampa, New York, Naples, Orlando, Phoenix, Kansas City and Columbus. For more information, please visit

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Our Restaurants

The Avenue
The Barn
Budd Dairy
Cameron's American Bistro
Cap City
Cameron Mitchell Premier Events
Cento Italian
Del Mar SoCal Kitchen
Del Mar Naples
El Segundo
The Guild House
Hudson 29
Lincoln Social Rooftop
Martini Modern Italian
Molly Woo's
Ocean Club
Ocean Prime
The Pearl
Prime Social Rooftop
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390 W. Nationwide Blvd.   |   Columbus, Ohio 43215   |   614.621.3663