Simply fantastic! Excellent food and great wine selection, staff was wonderful too.
Meeting the chef was a nice touch upon leaving the place.
We always enjoy Oceanique and recently went there for our wedding anniversary. The food, service and attention to our special occasion was excellent!
This was our first time here & what a find!! We loved everything about the restaurant- impeccable service, delicious meal & personalized approach. We were completely spoiled by the chef with extra hor d’oeuvres, desserts & ice cream. It was great to meet the chef at the end of our meal to let him know how impressed we were with his restaurant. No question this will be a place we will return.
A very pleasant surprise. Excellent food and service.
It was wonderful. Good drinks, great suggestions on wines, good service, great food.
A bit pricier than most places. Great food and great presentation but my skate entree was way too small, especially for $45. I’ve had the tasting menu here and I’ve eaten at top ten restaurants worldwide. I understand what tasting menus And high end dining should be. I think a reasonable portion of fish for an entree not part of a tasting menu is 6-8oz. My skate might have been 4oz. We also had a loud 8 top and 6 top right next to us. The other room was empty. Perhaps the loud big tables shouldn’t be right next to couples trying to enjoy a quiet evening.
We come to Oceanique probably twice a year, always knowing the food will be excellent (the other night, I had the skate - excellent as always - and my spouse had a roasted pork chop that both of us think may be the best one we've ever had). The five-course tasting menu's not cheap, but every course is marvelous - everything perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, the desserts exceptional. The service was just right - no hovering, but attentive and helpful. We will be back, hoping it's on someone else's expense account.
Very satisfying overall. No complaints about any aspect of the experience. Unqualified recommendation.
Love Oceanique! Had the 5 course tasting menu. Excellent!
I've been going to Oceanique for at least 15 years, maybe more. I go about once a year and know the food and service will be superb. Free corkage on Mondays seals the deal, especially if your retired and everyday seems to be the weekend.
I had purchased Groupon coupons for six at a total cost of approximately $320. When the tasting menu came, it showed that the meals were $80 with out any coupons, which was more than the initial coupon price had stated. We had a lovely meal with an additional 4 coffees and two teas. When the bill came, the total was for $680 with a $480 adjustment leaving a total of $180 due. I knew we were liable for tax and the coffee and tea. I read my Groupon instructions and it said that I needed to tip on the total before Groupon discount. So, I gave them, $300, which brought my total cost for six people, to $620 for a total bill of $680. Maybe I'm just a moron or the restaurant pulled a fast one on me. I didn't want to raise a commotion or wish embarrass myself, so I just paid the money. Suffice it to say, I'll never go back there nor will I buy Groupon again. Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me twice. Shame on me.
A nice, special occasion restaurant. The oysters were delicious, Bouillabaisse, Norwegian trout, and Halibut entrees well composed. Outstanding wine list.
Commencing with a delicious Cosmos, we had a yet another great meal at Oceanique. This is by far our favorite restaurant on the North Shore. Chef/owner, Mark, has a great menu and professional wait staff. I usually order lobster but opted last night for Halibut, which was outstanding. Extra small plates were a treat, especially the scallops! Desserts were awesome, too. LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!!
delicious food, great service, worth a repeat, chef's 5-course meal a winner
Delicious food with so much wonderful flavor. Service is outstanding without being there all the time. It is, however, quite pricy I think. I was surprised that a cup of coffee was $5.00 with NO REFILLS. 3 cups of coffee was $15.00. Think that was a bit much. Desserts were beautiful and as tasty as pretty. Portions were adequate. Did not leave hungry for sure.
Excellent food. A little pricey, but worth it. Service was good, but a bit underwhelming given the supposed quality of the restaurant.
If you are only going to have one vegetarian option on the menu, you should make it REALLY good. The only option was extremely sub par, and overpriced for what you got (mixed veggies with some broth in a puck on the plate)
Our second visit. Loved it. Food was wonderful. Service terrific and appropriately attentive. Belated Valentines dinner and it fit the bill perfectly. We will be back.
Oceanique is a fine dining, special occasion restaurant. We had the Chef’s Special Degustationor, a taste of 7 dishes. Each plate was exquisite but very small. The flavors were delicious and the presentations were beautiful. However, the portion sizes were so small, I felt I needed to fill up on the wonderful warm bread with butter. Service was attentive and friendly. Since our tab for dinner for 2 with a couple of drinks and the tip was over $300, it will be a while before we will be able to return.
over priced wine
.....drink at home
Excellent food. Oceanside opened in 1989 and is still a great fine seafood dining experience. It is crazy expensive, however.
I have dined at some of the great restaurants in France, and Oceanique is one of the few restaurants in this country that truly delivers haute cusine. It is expensive but not over-priced, making it perfect for special occasions.
Had not been back in some time but the food and service was outstanding.
My girlfriend and I went on the last day of restaurant week and we had an amazing time. Food, service, ambiance were superlative. Can't wait to go back.
Everything was excellent with one exception: I ordered skate, a dish I’ve had in many restaurants. It was over cooked and the portion was minuscule
I dined at Oceanique for the first time this week. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I will definitely recommend and return. What an Evanston gem!
The food at Oceanique is always outstanding and also inventive. While the focus is on food from the sea, there are enough other options for anyone who doesn't eat fish. Each bite is flavorful. The hosts, servers, and chef are all very friendly, but they don't hover. Everything about the food and service is excellent.
Although I had not been to Oceanique for many years, it was still as good as I remembered.
My friends and I had one of the best dining experiences at Oceanique. It is a beautiful and charming dining room. The ambience is inviting and subtle. The food was brilliant. I have lived in France and it is true french food made with passion. We told the Chef the same when he came to our table.
Simply outstanding. Great food and great service. The food was flavorful and portion size was perfect.
We have always thought about trying this restaurant, but never have. When I received an e-mail for restaurant week Oceanique was included. Perfect time to try. The food was delicious & I am extremely picky. We had 3 courses & each of us had something different. Everything was very good. There was no choice on the dessert course. I was given something with banana, which would normally be one of my least favorite options. Whatever it was was absolutely delicious so I had no interest in trading:)
Will definitely return ...
Lovely dining experience in every way except the tab. I expect to pay more at a place like Oceanique but not that much.
Excellent, imaginative, and truly chef-created dishes, even as part of Chicago Restaurant Week. Massive wine list. A variety of weeknight specials too.
The trout was exceptional, as was the entire meal. The service was attentive and non intrusive. Would go back in a heart beat.
The food and service was great, however you don't get enough food in a single entree to fill you up. Our bill was over $300 and we were still hungry by the time we left.
Oceanique is a wonderful Evanston tradition and is one of the finest and most creative seafood restaurants in Chicago. The food was superb and the room is very pleasant. Their prices are not shy, but fair for what you receive. So glad we could return after a few years.
First, second and third course were outstanding. Main course was a mystery. The plate was extremely hot and we were warned by the server not to touch it. Yet the fish on the plate was cool. Not even a touch of warmth. We choose to take that course home to warm up and eat the following day. How do you get a plate so piping hot and the food on it is cool at best. We have been to eateries where the plate is used to keep the food hot, but you have to start with hot food and that did not appear to be the purpose of their plates. Best part, great service.
The staff put care and effort in their service. Charles, the wine and spirits staffer is easy to work with and can mix a well blended cocktail if you know what you want.
Great food, excellent waitstaff. Would definitely go again