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“Wonderful cuisine and service above-and-beyond”
Review of L'Oceanic

Ranked #6 of 66 Restaurants in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $66
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cuisine de poisson de mers et riviere, suivant le cours des saisons....plats à emporter,
Montreal, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful cuisine and service above-and-beyond”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had dinner at L'Océanic on April 10 and lunch there the following day. We were told that the tourist season in Chinon only really gets under way after Easter so we had no trouble to get a table on the same day.

During the same trip, we had the pleasure to eat at some of Le Fooding's top bistros in Paris. None came close to L'Océanic for quality, value or originality.

We had a local mousseux that was very good as an apéritif and it was served with an oyster and red pepper mousse (if memory serves). Yummy. Yes, if you want the amuse-bouche, you should order an apéritif. They go together and the price is very fair.

For dinner, the foie gras snacké with milk shake à l'orange et triple sec was thoroughly original, enjoyable and surprisingly light. The oysters "tsarskaya" were fresh and very tasty. Sandre en croûte persillé au beurre blanc was fresh and understated. The real revelation was the skate with Camembert Normand. I don't generally like skate and had doubts about the combination but it was a boneless treat and the highlight of what we tried at l'Océanic.

The cheese plate for desert combined local chèvre cheeses with really superb selections from elsewhere in France.

The wines on the list were well chosen and fairly priced. We really enjoyed a demi-bouteille of Sancerre. The granddaughter of one of the larger local wineries could not stop gushing to us about how highly she thought of the husband-wife couple who serve as chef and Maître d'Hôtel at l'Océanic and had special praise for the wines and cheeses at the establishment.

After our dinner we had a surprise: cabbies in Chinon do not ply after 8:00 PM. It was about 10:30. After trying to call numerous taxi companies without success, the head-chef/owner gamely volunteered to drive us the several miles back to our B&B in Ligré. During the drive we had the opportunity to chat with him a little. He is truly invested in providing the best ingredients and cuisine to his customers, driving before sunrise daily to the market in Tours to pick out the best seafood and produce.

I won't say too much about our lunch the next day because it would be repetitive. I will quickly mention that the Cabillaud lardé en croûte de pommes de terre, crémeux de cresson was a revelation and that the price of the lunch at 17 euros (main course plus desert and a glass of wine) was a bargain. By comparison, the hole-in-the-wall place with the pool table offered lunch for only a couple of euros less.

If you are in Chinon, this is the place to go.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank David C
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English first
Luynes, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“excellent meal”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Tried L'Oceanic for the first time today. My husband had a normal meal consisting of entree, plat, fromage and dessert. He loved it.

I tried the Coques St Jacques special which was three courses with scallop dishes, then cheese, then dessert. The Coques St Jacques special was amazing!!!

The meals were delicious and we enjoyed them very much. Service was great and atmosphere was lovely and clean.

In fact, it was one of those meals ywe will remember!!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank LisaAMc
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Saumur, France
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous restaurant but make sure you book to avoid being disappointed”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

This is the fourth visit to this restaurant for us in the last 6 months. The food is amazing and consistent. The service unobtrusive and courteous with a sense of humour when needed. The restaurant has an ambiance which you don't often find with food of this quality. The only downside for us is the distance from our home, but a place like this is so worth the drive. Thank you so much for this fabulous restaurant,

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Jezebel63
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Chinon, France
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Style over substance”
Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have eaten here several times over the years. Each time we swear we will never return but end up by being seduced by the good reviews (from friends as well as trip advisor) and return only to have our hopes well and truly dashed once more. In short, the service is very poor, selective and ill-mannered, and the food is really very ordinary. You can't take away from the proprietors the fact that they have created a very stylish decor and the smart appearance of Madame. But that's about it. Our last visit hit a new low for us. We declined an aperitif in place of ordering a bottle of wine and appeared to be punished for this indiscretion by not being given an amuse bouche; instead a small bowl of peanuts was delivered. Interestingly, some friends were dining on the same evening and had the same experience. After a long delay Madame came to the table to take our order and we spoke for a long time and in some detail about exactly what the dishes were we were ordering. So when one of the main courses was not what was ordered we were very surprised. Especially as we were made to feel that somehow it was our fault. And of course when the correct dish was brought to us, the other partner's food, which was presented at the same time, was cold as it had clearly been left on a shelf somewhere. The cheese was in poor condition; one desert was nice, the other not.

In our opinion, this restaurant is poor value for money; you can eat much better elsewhere. And be treated more pleasantly.

Visited August 2013
Thank Anyhuman H
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128 reviews
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“Great restaurant - bookings essential”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We ate at this restaurant earlier this week. It doesn't open until 7.30 so don't arrive early! The food was very good and we took the 4 course set menu. My husband started with oysters and I had carpaccio of tuna - as the name suggests this is predominantly a fish restaurant! We then both chose different fish main courses, different cheeses and puddings. All were excellent. However, do not be in a rush as the service is slow which was fine for us but best to be forewarned! The restaurant is a little bigger than some in Chinon but it was not full on this particular evening. We did notice, however, that if you didn't have a reservation the lady on front of house turned diners away saying they were fully booked - which was certainly not true when we were there - we were first in and the last to leave and saw several tables that were not taken.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank TontoNorth
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