Cerulean - Winona Lake
Cerulean - Winona Lake

Cerulean - Winona Lake

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ceruleanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5742691226x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cerulean - Winona Lake
Our Passion:
Cerulean through food, at its best & at every level: is about communication, communion and joy, while encouraging a modern sensibility that inspires.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Cerulean - Winona Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (55)fit for foodies (54)great for lunch (38)neighborhood gem (36)scenic view (23)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (18)notable wine list (17)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • IndyEater
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fabulous food...every dish was fantastic. Right on the water with a great view. Outdoor dining during the summer. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Wonderful Experience!
    CAS3
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was not our first visit to Cerulean, but it was our first evening experience and it made us immediately wonder why we don't come here every week. The food, alone, is worth the hour-long drive to Winona Lake. But let's start at the bar where every one of the specialty cocktails on the menu is terrific, with complexities that make you want to savor each sip. We were early, so we sat in the bar area overlooking the Lake for our first drink and the ambiance was just perfect. We were maybe over-dressed (suit & dress) because we came straight from the office, but everyone else wore nice casual clothing which, to me, indicates an awareness of the higher quality of this restaurant. The food was original, and amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cerulean review
    Lawrence
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have tried to go to Cerulean a couple of times in the last three years. We did not plan ahead, and make reservations & were not able to get in. They changed the menu since we were there last. I was hoping to get pan seared tuna, and they no longer had it. I ended up getting the New York strip & my wife got the pork chops. Both were very good. We got the goat cheese for an appetizer, & that was also very good. The service was good, but something happened & our food was delayed. They made up for it by giving us bread with three dipping choices. Overall we had a good experience as always. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and wine with an attitude.
    Luvtoexplore
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The asparagus soup! If they would've sold the asparagus soup by the gallon I would've left with one. The prawns were out of this world, they were nice size well prepared in a sauce that had just the right enough amount of spice to enhance your taste buds to ask for more. The tenderloin was prepared precisely as order and was some of the tenderest flavor full beef I have ever had. It was presented setting a top of "bread pudding " not of your traditional variety it was seasoned to accompany the tenderloin to perfection. Desert. There are no word to describe the fabulous desserts that we experience. You will just have to trust when I say I will guarantee that you have never experienced deserts of this magnitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My friend and I were very excited to eat here, especially after looking at the menu before hand. We came down for a show at the theater and were sort of on a time crunch. We were seated at 6:58 and our waiter made initial contact. We said we needed just a minute. That minute turned into 15 minutes. That's how long it took for our waiter to check back in with us. Our show started at 8pm. When our waiter finally made contact with us again, we asked if it was even feasible to order and get our dinner and eat before we had to leave at 7:45pm. He said he thought so. Our food arrived at 7:38pm. We had to scarf our food down in 12 minutes. We left at 7:50. While I have no complaints about the food, as it was delicious, the service was horrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have eaten here several times. Love their bento box lunches! Their evening menus are great for a special occasion, they are a bit more pricey but great food. Appreciate that you can make reservations Online or by phone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timindy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We very much enjoyed everything--- not really anything negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    24anniversary
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went for our 24th anniversary. The food was great and the cocktails were spectacular. Nice area by the lake and our server was very attentive. It was a pricey dinner with the cocktails, but it was okay for a special occasion. Definitely ask to sit outside if possible, the view outside is beautiful, but not so much inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not smart to share
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambiance and the decor of Cerulean. It created a unique feel and a unique environment that I thought was refreshing. Service was great and helpful. However, portions were an issue for my girlfriend and I. We shared an entree and an order of sushi and was not satisfied with how our appetites were afterward. I recommend Ceruleans as a great place for good tasting sushi and ambiance, but prepare to overpay for small portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost 5 Star
    Daryle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was superb in taste and appealing in presentation, unusual and creative cuisine. A little more attention from the waiter would have helped. If the NY Strip had not been such a poor cut, the meal would have been perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KandD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary and it was a delightful evening. The food was great! Our server, Dave, was attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cerulean Winona lake
    live2dine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful metro feel restaurant in a small lake community. The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed the desserts!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice restaurant
    Larry
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant does an excellent job in preparing the food and has many different options which you cannot find at other restaurants. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    snakeeyes
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything you expect out of a great restaurant you'll find here. Although pricey, the quality, originality and of course taste of the food should easily make up for this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alwayswiththegirls
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Have always enjoyed for business and personal lunches with friends and small groups
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dissapointed
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Sushi was great. The entree's were not to my satisfaction either from taste or cost. For the average person, it is not a good value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food great, snooty service
    Emily
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food here is very good and provides a unique, farm-to-table experience. Our waiter, Dan, was excellent. Our one large complaint is with the service provided by the front-of-house staff. We were not greeted upon entering or leaving the restaurant, and though we arrived early for our reservation and asked to be notified if our table could be made available early while we waited in the bar, we were never contacted (despite the restaurant being rather empty at around 5:30pm). Our large party was placed at a table where we could not even pull out chairs without disrupting the table behind. Our request to move was very sullenly received. The service is enough to make one question a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great lunch
    MikeChris
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We always love the Bento box. I'm not usually an adventurous eater and I love Cerulean. Service is always spot on. Only downside is it is tough to get in and out for lunch in an hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    EatHealthy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Every time we visit Cerulean, we love it. The menu is unique and the food is superb! Winona Lake is so fortunate to have such a wonderful restaurant. We have friends that come from all over northern Indiana to dine with us at this unique restaurant. Excellent for lunch and or dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Best62
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food and service is always better than I expect for a small town eatery. I would recommend this 'Gem of Winona Lake' to anyone looking for great food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cerulean
    babs
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    It was our first time here-the food was exceptional-we shared several appys-goat cheese/artisan bread, shrimp and bibb salad-excellent. Our party of 4 ordered chicken breast with fettucine, 2 selected pork porterhouse and 1 got the beef tenderloin. The chicken and pork dishes were outstanding. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, but was very bland and tasted unseasoned. Maybe because it is grassed as opposed to cornfed as we are used to? Would highly recommend the restaurant-great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    foodfan
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fantastic food and great wine selection. From the first course to the last course, the whole experience was incredible. Would definitely recommend for any great date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with friends
    lablover35
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    All I can say is "WOW"! There were three of at lunch that day and we each LOVED what we chose. Great presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Outstanding and Memorable Night
    LisaGary
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We celebrated our 26th Anniversary at Cerulean. It was our first visit and what a wonderful, memorable experience we had. Our server was very helpful in pointing out her favorites on the menu, which turned out to be our favorites too! The food was simply divine! It was unique and like nothing we had ever tasted before. We came home raving to our friends and are looking forward to bringing them back with us the next time we visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ahh mazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A superb dinner! Our server was so kind and really helpful in making my gluten free dinner so perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Cerulean - Winona Lake reviews archive.
  • Ken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food and Service were good, but thought the menu was a little limited.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and Fun
    adventurers2
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The menu was intriguing and an adventure - each course a surprise. First time there and loved the life of the restaurant and it's atmosphere. Do not to be dressed up, it is a place where you feel comfortable as you are and the staff treats you the same. It is just a good place, pricey but you will say it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date afternoon
    anotherfoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We took an afternoon to wander around northern Indiana. First stop - a lovely lunch at Cerulean. Perfect little quiet afternoon together.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Exceptional Restaurant
    Hynzee
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    From the small plates to the Entres to the deserts, everything was exceptional. Each dish presented a unique combination of flavors that just kept you smiling and looking forward in anticipation to the next course. I would highly recommned this restuarant as a must place to go when in the area. The great food made up for the rather uninspired service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls Day Out
    Sisterhood
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a fabulous lunch with a very lovely waitress. I have visited Cerulean 6-8 times and took some out of town friends for their first visit. We each ordered something different and shared with one another. We enjoyed all our entrées but must compliment the wasabi crusted skate wing and basil-soy salmon. I have ordered a different item and have never once been disappointed with my entrée. Very friendly environment and made conversation with neighboring table then we joined again at one of the local shops for a delightful afternoon girls day out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We sat indoors and there were flies that were pestering our table. It made the experience annoying because we had to sway flies away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a happy customer
    siggy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Outstanding variety of very special entrees and side dishes on the bento menu we tried. We thought the p;rices were very moderate for the high quality of good. Presentation was also outstanding. Would highly recommend and we will return soon!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a group of 8 moms that came for a fun night out. The experience was amazing. The food was exceptional. The service was outstanding. We were so comfortable and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates done right
    DebZ
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    They do a great job with small plates and pacing. They don't try to make the small plates into a coursed meal but handle the pacing correctly...or however you want them, without any fuss. Wine is good and priced right. Always new things to try. We always find particular gems with every visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food was fair at best. The portions were tiny and way overpriced. My $9 soup entry contained 3 spoon fulls at $3 per taste. The fish was bland. Be assured we won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice to be back
    platelicker
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    After not eating at Cerulean for almost a year due to work and travel I must say that I was worried maybe it had lost its touch. This couldn't be further from the truth. I was there last Saturday and had an absolutely fabulous meal. This has to be hands down one of the BEST restaurants in Northern Indiana. If you haven't been I highly recommend you go stat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and inviting atmosphere!
    TotalGem
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went there on a Saturday and I'm glad we had reservations bc the place was packed and had a wait of a half-hour to 45 min.s ...but it would've been worth it, totally! Food was reasonably priced and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly fresh and unique dishes.
    LAlove
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Sushi in Indiana? Yes! Amazingly fresh and beautifully presented. Every dish was unique and appealing to the eye. Smaller location with limited menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OrdinaryJ
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A meal at Cerulean in Winona Lake has never let me down. I've been there for business lunches, family dinners, dates nights, and the servers seem to adapt to the clientele they're serving. Upscale, professional, and the best food I know of. Our go-to place to dine when ordinary just doesn't make it. I always walk away impressed and totally satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeping it fresh and young
    Luvgr8food
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Caleb does a great job of keeping the food and restaurant fresh and vibrant. The restaurant is a local gem we are lucky to have. Definitely recommend to anyone coming to town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.