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“Excellence plus!”
Review of Oceanique

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Ranked #20 of 279 Restaurants in Evanston
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Hinman & Chicago
Transit: CTA - Purple Line - Main St. Metra - Union Pacific / North Line - Main St.
chicago, il
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131 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellence plus!”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

It was dinner on Mother's Day and we expected to be rushed but this was not the case. The restaurant was active but not overly crowded. We were greeted promptly and seated immediately. Our table captain, I hesitate to call him our server because everyone works as a team in serving and tending to your needs, was appropriately friendly, knowledgable and very attentive. The food was superbly prepared and served in a timely manner. We enjoyed our entrees and even had some of their very wonderful desserts to celebrate Mother's Day. Portions are just right. And their coffee is so good ... rich in flavor and taste. We were able to stay as long as we wished and enjoyed an unhurried delightful dining experience. And one more little but oh so neat thing ... they iron the table cloths! Yes, we will go there again.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank oldergent
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English first
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“This is not a fish tale”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

The restaurant is not big so make a reservation. On a Tuesday night all the tables were full. Everyone was extremely pleasant. The service was gracious thoughtful and efficient, but not overpowering. The food was exquisite. The food is something to rave about. It was beautifully presented and delicious. Tuna tartare was very pleasing though small. Lobster salad was delicious. The skate was done perfectly and was filleted. Even the kids enjoyed it. Dessert was so beautiful that we felt like vandals when we cut into it. The restaurant is definitely an experience. The bill with one drink each and an inexpensive bottle of wine came to $500. This is certainly not inexpensive but considering the quality, we felt that it was a good value. We were able to take the opportunity of a discount coupon and enjoy this splendid place.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank WashingtonChicago
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125 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Wonderful Tasting Menu Experience”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

This was our first visit to Oceanique so we decided to try the tasting menu. My favourite dishes to order are fish/seafood so I was in heaven. Each dish was prepared in an unexpected and original way and each was better than the one before.

For our first courses our daughter had the foie gras and my husband and I had the lobster which turned out to be a lobster salad. Everyone was happy with their choice.

For my main I had Tuna as did my husband; our daughter had salmon. None of us were disappointed. I should mention that the wait staff were excellent..never intrusive but always there when needed. We were told that the Chef's choice choice was to cook both salmon and tuna rare which was more than fine for us. I also appreciated that they accommodated me with a gluten free dessert. Sadly this restaurant will be reserved for very special occasions as it is on the pricy side.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank haz7
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Evanston, Illinois
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent special occasion place”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The seafood here really is delicious. We come here occasionally for a special treat and are never disappointed. Always many choices for fish and the wine menu is extensive. Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Visited March 2012
Thank Maureen M
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Great night, Great food!! Highly recommend the Chef's Menu with the wine flight!! Couldn't ask for much better!!

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1 Thank MBGBKT
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