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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.
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 57
  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
  • 4
  • 2
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great Place!

I live in Chicago, ate at Oceanique with friends. This place has great service and great seafood! Pricey but for date night your date will be impressed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Business meetings
  • Special occasions
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Chicago, ate at Oceanique with friends. This place has great service and great seafood! Pricey but for date night your date will be impressed.

Thank ChrisJeffries
Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The review title says it all. Very good food, good wine list, knowledgeable staff, attentive but not indulgent service, fair prices--not inexpensive but not overpriced. We like the atmosphere--small and somewhat intimate. We eat at Oceanique with some frequency for both business and non-business meals.

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190 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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.

Thank Steveuj
Evanston, Illinois
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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 

Thank Wildcat1616
Chicago, Illinois
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157 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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 

Thank sandbag7
Princeton, New Jersey
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93 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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!

1 Thank X_freq_flyer_13572
Evanston, Illinois
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank Jim B
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

1 Thank mlading
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12 reviews
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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!!

Thank popiChicago
Chicago, Illinois
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165 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
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.

Thank thekma

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions


Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?