Eddie V’s Prime Seafood now open in Country Club Plaza area

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood — a luxury dining chain known for its fresh seafood flown in from around the world and hand-cut premium aged steaks — opened its first area location Monday.

The company gutted the 9,800-square-foot former Ruth’s Chris Steak House space at 700 W. 47th St. for a contemporary art deco-inspired restaurant seating 318 customers in the main dining room and four private dining areas — one walled by a glass-enclosed walk-through wine cellar.

Menu items include crab fried rice, Point Judith calamari (Kung Pao-style with roasted cashews and crisp noodles), Hawaiian yellowtail sashimi, jumbo lump crab cakes, Georges Bank scallops, Norwegian salmon, Chilean sea bass steamed Hong Kong-style, prime New York strip steak, miso marinated tofu and double breast of chicken.

Desserts include hot bananas Foster butter cake with butter pecan ice cream, butterscotch panna cotta and hot blackberry cobbler.

The V Lounge, with an oval-shaped bar and heated patio, will feature live jazz and blues by nationally and locally acclaimed musicians. Happy hour specials include half-shell oysters, signature appetizers, hand-shaken cocktails and wines by the glass. It has more than 300 wines on its award-winning wine list, along with classic and signature cocktails.

Happy hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Dinner service is offered from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Eddie V’s was founded in 2000 and currently has 14 locations in six states. Its parent company is Darden Restaurants Inc. of Orlando, Fla. Darden’s other brands are Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Seasons 52 and Yard House.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC