Excellent!!! Food was perfection, service was superb, ambiance wonderful. We went there to celebrate my moms birthday, and I can't be more happy we picked this place.
This place is for people who enjoy quality food and service and romantic atmosfare.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent and creative food
Returned for a visit after several years..Food and service are from a bygone era. While expensive, a lot goes into the offerings, taste bud tantalizers and palate cleansing intermezzo are a very nice touch. Not only is food quality excellent, but preparation and presentation are tops.
Well prepared cocktails and nice wine list add to the pleasure of the evening.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A suburban restaurant not in a street mall, very nice change. I would recommend this restaurant to friends who enjoy good food and wine in a restaurant with a good ambiance. We were not rushed through our meal, service good but not intrusive. Would gladly go back again. Big vote to the valet parking which saves hunting for parking.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great meal, wine
Always a great meal, wine and service, just a great overall dining experience. There are two separate rooms however, and the red room just has so much more ambiance than the white one, you can't really compare.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around excellence
The event was Mother's Day and you know what to expect on that occasion. You are usually rushed and in and rushed out. Not so at Oceanique. The evening was an all around wonderful experience. From the moment we were greeted until we left we felt that we were very special. Our table captain was extremely personable without being obnoxious. He took care of our every need. It was wonderful to watch the staff work as a team as they served us and attended to us. My martini was delicous and well made! The entrees were just marvelous and we treated ourselves to some very delicious desserts. And to top it off, the coffee is very flavorful and full bodied. And we were not rushed and this alone felt very good. Bravo! Oceanique!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food every single time. Creative, fresh, delicious...
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Qualty Always Counts
Oceanique has always followed a simple formula for success: outstanding food and top notch service adds up to continued success. And their tenure as the gem of the store-fronts on Main street in Evanston proves this blueprint right on target. While some trendy restaurants come and go, like fashionable women who don't age that well, this gem has continued to both charm and excite food lovers from the north shore suburbs to the heart of the city. As their name clearly tells you, seafood is the main emphasis here although meat eaters have a fine steak or two to choose from as well. Without detailing the menu and wine list in full it's enough to say that the choices are both inventive and comforting. And so is the service.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was delicious but the
Food was delicious but the restaurant is pricey. Definitely a special occasion place.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
5course tasting was inventive, both in taste and appearance. Several cute and yummy amuse bouches. Service was outstanding ~ knowledgeable and helpful. Outstanding wine and beer choices.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
small romantic place
A little old school for two Northwestern student couples. Food was good but the price isn't very friendly. Peach Iced Tea isn't tasty but cost $5. Wine list is very nice.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't rave about this place enough, the food and the service was outstanding! My boyfriend and I went there for our anniversary and had the 5 course tasting menu, plus an additional surprise course from the chef. The leek and lobster soup and the dessert were my favorite parts of the meal, however, every course was delicious!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant venue and delicious food.
My husband and I have been here twice, now. We are always pleasantly surprised with what we get. The food is pricey, but it's worth it. I had lobster with beets and potatoes. I'd never had it prepared that way before. It was delicious. The service is excellent, and they occasionally brought us free little tidbits between courses such as ceviche and gelato.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good but very expensive for the amount of the small portion given. Service was excellent and the place was very comfortable. For a 5 course meal with 4 drinks and 2 people = $294.00. 18% tip was auto added to the bill which is required by this restaurant. If the service was not good, you do not have a choice to give a lower tip. That is very uncomfortable.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Special night!
What a lovely restaurant! The food was terrific, especially the scallops with kimchi. The room was lovely, and the service attentive without being obtrusive.Our total enjoyment was slightly marred by the loud, rude, swearing guy at the table next to us, who I'm pretty sure from their conversation, stiffed the waiter, but that wouldn't stop us from returning. It is pricey, so it will be a special occasion place for us, but we will be back.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
cant wait to go back
We really enjoyed ourselves. Great food. Even better customer servic! I would tell anybody about this place. I have never haf salmon so soft and delicate but well done. Food presentation was exquisited perfectly. My fiancé bday dinner was very nice.Thank you,
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a great choice for our anniversary dinner. We had a tasting menu and loved very course.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
$30 dollar glass of wine dinner
We were a group of four adults, ages 53-62, who are fairly sophisticated diners. Two of the party were not really fish eaters; They were both very pleased with their salmon entrees, enjoying them very much. The other two diners were also very pleased with their selections. We loved the palate refresher in between courses. The desserts were delicious, a nice variety of choices.
The wine I chose, a Chardonnay, was delicious, but at 30$ for 6oz., that's too steep a price to enjoy more than one glass for me. 2 of the party are red wine drinkers, so they ordered a 68$ bottle, which ended up being more economical for them. I enjoyed the dinner, but won't be returning.the wine prices are just too steep for me to enjoy the experience again.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oceanique never fails to please. As always, the food was beautiful and delicious, the service was polite and attentive, and the wine selection was impressive, and as an extra treat, the decor is brand new. We love Oceanique and are so lucky that it is located in Evanston!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A tasting menu experience
Each course was bursting with flavor, perfectly timed with special bites from the chef in between. But the main course was a true mouth explosion. Oceanique's creative, inspired cooking is not to miss.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding renovation. Great
Outstanding renovation. Great attention to detail. Artistically presented food. Delicious without being pretentious.
Attentive waitstaff. Some Northwestern University groups were present and that creates a positive atmosphere.
A real gem! Congratulations to Chef Grosz! Terrific seafood!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine and Lobster
Chef Mark and Sommelier Phillipe really outdid themselves this time! The dinner with Lobster main was absolutely wonderful. The wines Phillipe picked for us for dinner and dessert were perfect matches.
Love to come here.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Special occasion made special
Sommelier's wine by the glass suggestion was excellent. Dinner perfectly cooked and favors excellent. Service attentive without being intrusive. Staff went out of their way to make our anniversary celebration special. No need to wait another year, we'll be back soon.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a special occasion.
You can order off the menu, or have a seven-course dinner. The staff is very refined and attentive, but never overbearing. You're given plenty of time during and between courses for dining and conversation, and never rushed with the next course. Excellent suggestions for wine pairings, and great food. If you appreciate fine dining, you'll more than get your money's worth!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dinner was fantastic, I loved the oysters, and the skate was full of flavor, and the other guests loved their choices.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oceans of Praise for Oceanique
We have been coming here a couple of times per year for years and are always delighted for the great package starting with the ambiance, then the service and best of all, the creativity and quality of the food-we have always been delighted. And as a bonus, its quite and you have a conversation. The menu changes do anything we might recommend might not be there when you get there, but its hard not find every dish wonderful. Our dinner included a sorbet intermezzo, but I don't eat sugar, they gave us a bit more of the great smoked salmon appetizer.....thats service....and good food.
Looking forward to the next time.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An absolute amazing experience!
The food, indescribably delicious. We had the tasting menu, which we highly recommend as a way to taste several of Oceaniques amazing dishes.
Lightly Smoked Salmon which was delicate and soft and perfectly garnished. Wild Maine Day Boat Scallop Sashimi which was absolutely smooth as butter and melted in our mouths. The Wild Maine Day Boat Scallops are to die for, something you will crave immediately after finishing the dish. Wild Delaware Skate and Organic Danish Faroe Islands Salmon are both faves. Lastly, the Valhrona Chocolate-Caramel Pot de Creme a delicate ending to a perfect ending. Martini's are a perfect pairing to this light cuisine! Service is impeccable! You will be talking about your experience for days to come.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, great service,
Wonderful food, great service, new decor very attractive but very expensive, but worth it.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely summer evening
Although it was a lovely summer evening we decided to sit inside. Sidewalk cafes in Evanston rarely work with cars, vans and trucks passing by. The decor is not top notch, but pleasant. The food was very good and the addition of chef tastes were wonderful. I had the bouillabaisse and it was delicious. Our first waiter was pleasant and informative, but too busy - they were short on staff. A very nice young man took over the tasks of bringing food and taking plates away. Slim wine list, but very good choices. More expensive than we expected, but we felt it was worth it and will return.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Practically perfect in every way
Wonderful dinner,love the new space. Service was great. Warm and so inviting. Presentation and taste were simply great. I am still adjusting to the price point - able to take my breath away. I will continue to work on that as not eating here is NOT an option. Thanks Chef and Fellipe for the truly wonderful food and beverage offerings.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
great place for special occasions
We tried their 5-course tasting menu. It was excellent and they were happy to adapt the selections to our dietary needs.
The servers were knowledgeable and attentive. The food was excellent.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the pleasure of dining at our favorite restaurant on Friday. Oceanique has been totally re-decorated! Beautiful! New chairs are so comfortable, too! Food was excellent, as usual. Delicious bay scallops and outstanding ravioli. We shared a beet salad that was great, too! Philippe was on hand with a beautiful bottle of champagne that complemented our feast. We'll be back soon!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Seafood in Chicago
We go to Oceanique once or twice a year, and are always impressed. The seafood is always very fresh and the preparation very inventive and delicious.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decor vastly improved
Service friendly and professional but slow to start.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding 5 course tasting
Outstanding 5 course tasting menu. Unique and fresh vegetables. Incredible seafood, including wild skate wing and Alaskan halibut. This restaurant goes out of its way to deal with gluten or other food allergies, which is commendable. Many nights there are individuals from Northwestern community here. It is even worth a drive from Chicago or other suburbs.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful, as always
we've been enjoying mark grosz's wonderful creations for many years now. his food is always as beautiful to look at as it is delectable to eat. mark uses unique, fresh ingredients to compose really interesting plates with wonderful flavor combinations. i overheard the table next to ours raving about the food; it was their first time there, and one gentlemen remarked that he'd never had food of that quality before.
service was near perfect, and the remodeled restaurant looks very nice.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Run, don't walk, to Oceanique
Favorite restaurant of all time. And with the impeccable remodel, there is no comparison - this is truly a five star establishment.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, very unique
Food was excellent, very unique and well prepared, wine list was extensive.
Service was good to very good.
My objection is that "TravelZoo" diners were "ostracized" by being placed in
a separate small dining room. Quarters for the TravelZoo
diners were very tight, crowded and decor was not great ... made the
whole experience somewhat disappointing!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meal was outstanding! A bit pricy, but the food was delicious & the presentation beautiful. We did not leave a crumb on our plates. The service was wonderful & made us feel special for our anniversary.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food, a bit over the top in formality. no need to describe each little bite of food presented...but they are (mostly) quite good bites.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food No Attitude
This is a high end gourmet restaurant without the snooty attitude. The chef puts out incredible food consistantly. It's pricey but when you want to spend an evening in a not rushed and friendly establishment eating food that couldn't be fresher or better created and prepared, this is your place. I can't think of any other restaurant I would rather go to for a special meal.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oceanique was fabulous!!
We love Oceanique. They do everything well - from the cocktails to the amuse to the soup to the foie gras (best anywhere) to the fish to all the flavors and especially to the service (the wine service was particularly charming - without pretension - and informative. We have too many good things to say in this amount of space. Just go.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat out fairly often, and have been to most of the high end 'big name' restaurants in Chicago. It was well worth the drive to Evanston for this fantastic meal. The chef is extremely talented and actually gave us a freebie (a delicious squash ravioli). I wouldn't hesitate recommending Oceanique.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oceanique is the BeSt!
Long my favorite restaurant in the Chicago area, I chose it again for my Birthday celebration with my wife and some close friends. Start to finish, it was an overall wonderful experience. The food, of course, was way over the top. Perfectly cooked and beautifully presented fish dishes, with just the right amount to enjoy without feeling overstuffed at the end. The service, though high end, was not stuffy. The wine menue is extensive (I didn't choose the $14,000 bottle) and the modestly priced (for the restaurant) choice of Spanish wine was excellent. It's wonderful to know that such and old, venerable restaurant in Evanston continues to survive and excell.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really liked this restaurant.
I really liked this restaurant. The choices were good, the seafood was outstanding. The waiter was helpful in our selections. We had attentive service, but not intrusive. The desserts looked wonderful although we did not save room! The restaurant has been in town for years, but has been updated so it looked fresh. It has always enjoyed a deserved high rating. It is expensive and the servings are not large, but very well prepared. We would go back.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth the trip
The drive from the city on a Friday to anywhere is always harrowing, but when you arrive at Oceanique you quickly realize it was well worth the drive. Be sure to valet park for only $10. The entire staff here could not be more welcoming. I highly recommend a St Germaine cocktail at the bar to start your evening. We were using aTravelzoo coupon for a prix fixed dinner (never, ever pass on these when they are offered for this restaurant) & the menu had excellent choices. Fish is the star here & it was prepared & presented perfectly in each dish. Although we did not partake, the wine pairing is an excellent deal.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always the food is very high quality. There's no need for the server to explain everything that's being seved as it disrupts table conversation and if it is important to anyone they will ask.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had not been back in over a year since our son was born, the entire experience was wonderful. We are so fortunate to have places like this in Evanston.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wish we came back sooner.
The great write up in the Tribune inspired us to return. We always had a great time at Oceanique but after so many years, we were busy trying trendy places. How amazing to come back and find the food is better than ever with a new casual but sophisticated interior. (The chairs are unusually comfortable!). Love that the generous chef sent out unexpected goodies. Our new favorite.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated a special occasion with a dinner for four and were ecstatic with the food, the service, the attentions of the chef, the waiter, the sommelier, the hostess, and the bartender. The degustation was perfect--we especially enjoyed the quail with foie gras and the spices on the turbot. When we explained to the waiter that one of us was allergic to chocolate, he quickly switched the dessert. We live in Evanston and are delighted to have a restaurant of this caliber so close to home.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
the food is excellent. the ambience perfect for a romantic or business quiet meal. the service is mostly quite attentive.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM