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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 - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
It's good but not 5 star

This was a good restaurant and a fine experience overall. I had the bouillabaisse, which I normally adore and, while good, it wasn't worth the cost ($42 or so). My son had the Rack of Lamb, which he inhaled, so very good. The food is very good, I was more than a bit put off at the end. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
Jad16
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This was a good restaurant and a fine experience overall. I had the bouillabaisse, which I normally adore and, while good, it wasn't worth the cost ($42 or so). My son had the Rack of Lamb, which he inhaled, so very good. The food is very good, I was more than a bit put off at the end. We waited,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

It's a white tablecloth restaurant with friendly, unpretentious servers. Yes, they do have red meat, but why would you order it in a place called Oceanique?? We had one of their appetizer specials: oysters on the half shell for only a dollar each, followed by a delicious and complex lobster dish ($46). The desserts and beverages were expensive, in my... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We went for the New Year's Eve Special. I hadn't been here in a few years because it is a litte expensive and was not disappointed. Great food, great service and the wine choices are outstanding. It's truly a special special occasion place. The place is small and tables are close together so it's not privatley romantic

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Highland Park, Illinois
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288 reviews 288 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were a bit reluctant to try Oceanique because we had read mixed reviews and the place isn't cheap. We decided to go for it though when our daughter and her husband were in town and they don't eat meat. So glad we did! The place is great almost every way. We had a five course tasting menu (really six... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Oceanique has excellent, innovative French-style food with, as its name implies, a particular focus on seafood. The set menu is excellent, though often choices are limited. Ordering off the regular menu is delicious but expensive. The wine list is as expensive as it is expansive. The good news is that you can get an absolutely fantastic bottle of wine. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Tables are very tight making it feel like a french bistro. We had the 5 course tasting menu which we bought on line. We were treated as regular guests and despite a slow start on getting drinks to start, the rest of the evening the service was great. The lobster salad and soup starters were tasty and seasoned nicely. The... More 

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Nyborg, Denmark
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37 reviews 37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Nice room, professional servers. Good quality ingredients. That said, it's a bit pretentious and severely overpriced. The food was generally uninspired and the sauces were dull at best. I wasn't too impressed.

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Ohio
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Visited this establishment with relatives from the UK that were in Chicago for their first time. We selected this restaurant as my daughter goes to Northwestern. Had used the Groupon for 4 of us and then the other in our party (with special dietary needs) ordered off the menu. From beginning to end the courses were well-timed, attractive and delicious.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's not often that restaurants stay in business for 25 years. And Oceanique has managed ot reinvent themselves. We had a later reservation on a Saturday night. Despite being quite full, the service was outstanding. Our server clearly knew the menu and what dishes would work together. He also provided very nice advice on wine. Particularly notable was that staff... More 

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Chicago
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I really, really, really wanted to be wowed by this place! My honey wanted to go there for his birthday and I had read amazing reviews...until...I walked in the door and this high-end establishment smelled "Fishy"! Not fishy like 'oh, wow I'm having fish tonight'; more like fishy as in bad fish! I even walked out to the car to... 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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?