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About Oceanique

Oceanique is an eclectic seafood restaurant in the French-American style. Oceanique continues to garner acclaim as one of the Chicago area"s finest restaurants. Since 1993, Oceanique has been ranked as the number one seafood restaurant in the Chicago metropolitan area by the prestigious Zagat Guide. In all of our preparations we endeavor to use the finest organic produce and seafood from sustainable, eco-friendly sources. And with its extensive wine list featuring over 800 carefully selected fine wines, Oceanique has won Wine Spectator Magazine's coveted "Best of Award of Excellence" every year since 1994 being recognized as having one of the 750 best wine lists in the world.

505 Main St
Evanston, IL 60202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, French

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Hinman & Chicago

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 864-3435

Website:
http://www.oceanique.com/

Public Transit:
CTA - Purple Line - Main St.
Metra - Union Pacific / North Line - Main St.

Executive Chef:
Mark Grosz

Private Party Facilities:
Recently Remodeled. Whether you are hosting a corporate event or dinner for friends, Renee at Oceanique, will be happy to assist you in planning your affair, selecting a menu and working to see that your budget expectations are met.

Private Party Contact:
Renee Andre: (888) 694-3655

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Bar Menu available
Monday's = No Corkage
Wednesday's = Maine Lobster $25

Oceanique Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Healthy (3)
Cozy (2)
Romantic (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best food in the Suburb

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I cane here to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary with some friends. The whole experience was outstanding. The Dover sole and halibut were amazing. We ordered 2 desserts and they came out with four! Although the prices were higher than we would normally spend, we would come back in a heartbeat! Great for a special occasion.👍👍👍👍🍸🍸🍸🍸

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always a first class experience, especially if you like seafood. Superb service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Would have expected much better food and service for a restaurant in this proce range

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A great place to celebrate our he surviving Irma. We were missing seafood and this was just the right antidote

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful evening for our family. We celebrated a special event with an amazing meal and kind, attentive service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The service was nearly impeccable and the food was decent and was presented nicely, but overall the restaurant is overpriced. The ambiance was also a bit too old fashioned for my taste, but I appreciated the low noise level.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The food was good, but over priced. The service, however, was sub par. The special that day was the lobster, so my husband and I both ordered it. We had a gift certificate for $50 with the only condition printed on it saying we had to spend a minimum of $100. At the end of our meal the staff refused to honor it in conjunction with the special on the lobster, though there were no conditions on the certificate saying we couldn't order the special of the day. I've never felt so cheated. I will not be returning, and I would urge friends to go to any of the other wonderful restaurants in the area.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The food was great and creative and service could not have been better. The menu was not extensive but there were many wonderful options. Good choice for a special occasion. It is expensive but overall it was a fun experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

French cuisine with some modern touches such as cilantro and kimchi. Every dish was perfect

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This landmark restaurant in Evanston just keeps getting better and better! We've loved Chef Mark's food for more than 25 years. Wish we could get a flight from the west suburbs and go more often. Still well worth the drive however!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

When we lived in Evanston, we went there a couple times so it's been over 25 years since dining there. Seems like the only thing that's changed is the over-priced wine selection. They have Everest or Mastro's prices & none of the ambiance! The service was good & attentive. Our waiter was very pleasant & attentive. The food was delicious especially the rack of lamb & the scallops. The desert was also wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

This is one of the few places outside the city limits that we make an effort to go to regularly. Even after several decades it is still an excellent choice for seafood/fish-centric meals. The able hand of Chef Mark still brings forth creative approaches to the dishes and they have special nights during the week for things like dollar oysters and whole lobsters and BYO no corkage (call to confirm which nights are which). There are very few restaurants that have this kind of staying power and there is a reason for that. They are very good at what they do here!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Arrived sat and no server. waited 10 min for a drink order, another 15 for the drinks, not as ordered. ordered one person for many tables. service by everyone else was great we got what we ordered and everything was fine. service sucked prices for what we had where toooooooo high and did not compare to and equal place in this world. I have had dinner all over the world and for 300 bucks I got kissed when I got screwed. never again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

This is a spectacular restaurant with excellent food and an unsurpassed wine list
It is pricey, but the special events menu are good value. We feasted on the Bastille Day menu. The bouillabaisse was fantastic. In between courses, there are palate cleansers.
Complimetary demi sec dessert wine capped the meal along with delicious apple tart and banana based desserts.
Wines range in price from reasonable to carry expensive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Go for the bouillabaisse; it is great, as is the asparagus-leek soup and the pate.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

An excellent 5 course tasting menu, with superbly prepared swordfish and Norwegian trout. The purple asparagus and leek soup was divine as was the lobster salad. Definitely a continued must for seasonal menus!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was so delicious.I had halibut for main dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

My partner and I came to Oceanique for dinner. We arrived early and it turned out to be during Happy Hour so we both ordered cocktails -- he had a gin martini and I had a Manhattan. The bartender (who also doubled as our server during dinner -- it was a Tuesday evening) was very friendly and chatted with us a bit as he made our drinks. They soak their cherries and make the bar garnishes which is such a nice touch. Dinner was a 5 course tasting menu and everything was fantastic. I have read other reviews about the food being great but the service being so-so. I found the service, from host to busboys, extremely friendly and professional and absolutely delightful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I can't believe I waited so many years to try Oceanique. Outstanding meal. We will definitely return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great for wine or unique cocktails. Do not miss the seafood, always fresh and healthy choices!
Spend a little for ample starters and a drink or enjoy a filling entree. Deserts are yummy too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

absolutely delicious; great setting. good service and a bit pricey.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Outstanding cuisine and service. Pricey but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

It has been a while since we last visited Oceanique which at that time was a wonderful restaurant.
While the food was very good, the service was not what we had been used to in this restaurant. While not bad, our waitress did not make us feel like we were anything other than just another customer. She was a bit lax in taking care of us, especially since it was my fiance's birthday and I wanted her to feel special.
In the past, each time we visited Oceanique, we felt like everyone made us feel as if we were in a special restaurant, and they would go out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our evening.
This time it felt like any other restaurant, even though the price is kind of on the high side, especially with the lack of attention by the waitress.

Even the valet parking did not come out to take car of the car, until we went inside an told him we wanted the car parked.

Perhaps it was just an off night for them, at least I hope so. This used to be a very enjoyable place to take my date before we saw a performance at the Cahn Auditorium.
Since we have season ticket we will have to perhaps reevaluate this as our first choice of fine dining restaurant before the performance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Incredible as always. Just a perfect evening to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Ridiculously overpriced restaurant
The wine is also like ten times the price in the store
No ambiance ;noisy.
I will never come back to this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 18, 2017

A nice experience. Excellent specials and desserts. Wine was excellent with a nice selection. Skate special and cod were superb and presented in an excellent fashion. We look forward to our next visit. It is a good value.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Although the food was very good, it was expensive for small portions. Most notably, the noise level was intolerable. The renovation with a tile wall in the dining room destroyed any ambiance and warmth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I was hoping for the best based on the prices and menu. Every expectation was surpassed. This place is not cheap and was not the most conveniently located for me personally (I'm from Milwaukee, my date from south Chicago) but it is worth the money and worth the drive. Every single bite was delicious. I have been raving about it to anyone who will listen since that night. We did the 5 course chef's tasting menu and I highly recommend you do it too. Generous portions, 2 courses are your choice and 3 are the chef's surprise. It's an experience, not just a meal. The staff is well trained too. I cannot recommend highly enough.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This was lovely and the food was fabulous! Our first time to go and they accommodated us so nicely. We booked out reservations that afternoon for an anniversary dinner and they put us in their special booth! It was perfect! Don't hesitate to go at the last minute as there were a few open tables. My recommendation is to sit in the room with the bar since the other room was too brightly lit. The bar looked great too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Great food, as always

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Outstanding meal! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We highly recommend the Chef's Tasting Menu. Excellent quality and creativity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The food is delicious, creative and thoughtfully prepared. The sommelier is awesome. He is very friendly, passionate and selects great wines to pair with the dinner. One of my favorite spots on the North Shore.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Creative and outstanding food ... excellent service ... a marvelous evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

It's simply the best restaurant in Evanston. .. .a very attentive and professional staff, a beautiful room (2 separate dining areas), and a creative and varied menu, particularly the seafood entrees (but not limited to the seafood choices). bjd

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Creative, fresh, tasty food! Great happy hour with specialty cocktails and great wines. Enjoy small plates and drinks or a full dinner. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This restaurant should be worth 1000 puts. as it is very expensive.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Very expensive and very good. Great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The food quality and care of staff make Oceanique unforgettable and one of my favorite restaurants. The chef does an amazing job of making sure every bite tastes as good as it looks, and it all looks amazing!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2017

We were very disappointed! We were there many years ago and enjoyed it then. It is tired, has an unappealing ambiance/decor to start with and, they were repeatedly ironing the tablecloths in front of us. We had a 7:00 reservation and were out in a little over an hour with the 5 course tasting menu. We felt like they were about to start vacuuming! The food was okay- but nothing special. We would not go back.

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