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.
Evanston, IL 60202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: Closed
Hinman & Chicago
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
CTA - Purple Line - Main St.
Metra - Union Pacific / North Line - Main St.
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
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
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.👍👍👍👍🍸🍸🍸🍸
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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