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Oceanique

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505 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202-1814 (Hinman & Chicago)
CTA - Purple Line - Main St. Metra - Union Pacific / North Line - Main St.
847-864-3435
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food but very expensive

We tried it one evening after not having been for a long time. Food was well done and tasty. Service quite fine. It seemed quite expensive as we ordered moderately. Not on our regular list due to costs. A lot of very good restaurants in Evanston with equivilant or better food for less.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Steveuj
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USA
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We tried it one evening after not having been for a long time. Food was well done and tasty. Service quite fine. It seemed quite expensive as we ordered moderately. Not on our regular list due to costs. A lot of very good restaurants in Evanston with equivilant or better food for less.

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Took my wife to Oceanique for her birthday. Really exceptional food by every meaningful standard. Yes, it's expensive so it's not a "go to" place for regular date nights. But that is not a negative at all, since you get precisely what you pay for! Do I have a quibble? Yes. The service is rather (or should I say rah-thur)... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We dined here with another couple on Monday night. Unlike just about every other upscale restaurant they allowed one of us (my wife) to order the degustation menu; the rest of us ordered ala carte; I ordered several apps and an entree but no dessert; the other couple ordered a more standard three course. You might think our various orders... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We tried it twice - The first we thought it was ok so we gave it a second chance - Completely OVERRated and expensive - There are better alternatives!

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Evanston, Illinois
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This restaurant has an updated sophisticated interior and the food possibly is the best in Evanston. Obviously strong in seafood.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We tried Oceanique for a second time wanting to like it more than the first. Unfortunately our first impression of way overpriced for the quality and quantity was reinforced. We expressed to the waiter our disappointment in one of the first courses. The lobster salad had 3 miniscule, and I mean we had to hunt for them, pieces of lobster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Best way to describe this experience is that what goes on in your mouth is orgasmic - an explosion of flavor infused with visually pleasing colors and scents. The scallops are beyond compare. The skate is very interesting indeed. Quite pricey but oh so worth it!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is our favorite Evanston go-to place for a nice seafood meal. The seafood is reliably good, and the atmosphere is calm, unrushed, and elegant without feeling pretentious.

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Barrington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've rated this average based on other experiences with high priced (> 200 per couple) dinners. When you spend that much money (we had a Groupon but the bill would have been $300+) you expect an experience that has a wow factor. One of the aspects of service, food, decor, or presentation should be outstanding. None of this restaurants attributes... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My wife, our friend and I went to Oceanique on a Tuesday evening in June. The overall experience was superior in every way. The service was friendly, prompt, not obtrusive (they never once asked us if "Everything was okay?") and supremely correct. I had the bouillabaisse, the others had the roasted halibut as entrees. Although there was no house salad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 505 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202-1814
    (Hinman & Chicago)
  • Public Transportation: CTA - Purple Line - Main St. Metra - Union Pacific / North Line - Main St.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: 847-864-3435

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?