Evanston >Food & Dining > Oceanique
505 Main St, Evanston, IL | Directions 6020242.034026 -87.678173
Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 12:00 AM
Very Disappointing – After reading some of the reviews of Oceanique, which are either very good or very poor, we thought we'd give it a try for my wife's birthday. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. The wine service was fine, but without personality. The server failed to check our satisfaction after the dishes were served - which affirmed my belief he really didn't care anyway. The food quality was acceptable, but unfortunately did not compensate for the lack of service. It really seemed as though the staff did not care if we were satisfied?
Bottom line - overpriced and very poor service. It seems like it's ego has gotten in the way of delivering appropriate service.....
Worst Meal Ever – This was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. First I had a martini and the glass was covered in old bright red lipstick. When I finally found our waiter (and there were only 3 other tables), there was no apology. For dinner we had the lamb and steak. After our meal we were very, very sick. We think the lamb was spoiled. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Best classy seafood restaurant around Chicago – Oceanique is always the place I choose for a special occasion or a celebration. The food is always wonderful. the bluefin tuna and the lobster are both standouts...and dessert.....I love anything from this pastry chef, but the Napoleon and the day/night dessert are my favorites. My friend loves the macadamia tort too. Worth the price of admission. They are friendly and the rooms are lovely and cozy. The service is always wonderful...AND, there is valet parking...
I will always return to Oceanique!
Dissappointing experience. – We dined at Oceanique last night for my partner's birthday. We were looking forward to it since most all the reviews I read gave it 3 or 4 stars and claimed it was the best seafood restaurant on the northshore. Overall we were extremely disappointed with the whole experience. The service was abysmal. We did not have one person responsible for our table. I really hate it when different people take orders for appetizer, entree and dessert. The food was not up to par either (specially for the prices). I had the foie gras appetizer and my partner had the scallops. Mine was good but Jason said he couldn't taste the scallops since the accompaniments were overbearing. I had the bouilliabase which was really sub par. Jason had the sturgeon which was once again too overburdened with sauce and stuff. The dessert, we both had the Napolean, was good.
I will not be going back.
Excellent food. Fantastic Service. You won't be disappointed! – My beau and I recently went to Oceanique for my birthday. He made reservations, based on friends (locals) recommendations (we just moved here from L.A.). I am a HUGE fan of lobster, so this place came highly recommended.
From the moment we walked in the door, it was first class all the way. They wished me a happy birthday at the door (I guess my beau told them, when he made the reservation). Upon being escorted to our lovely table in the intimate restaurant, we discovered they'd taken the time to put "Happy Birthday" confetti on our table before we got there. Thoughtful! The Chef must have been in on the birthday thing, too, as he/she kept sending over "bites" of this and that, (compliments of the chef) between each course. Fabulous. The lobster was to die for. The most succulent, tender meat I have ever had...and I'm a self-proclaimed lobster connessieur. Desserts were decadent, not to mention the extra birthday dessert, complete with candle, they brought out for me, along with the complimentary (from the chef, again) glass of dessert wine to accompany the sweets. Our glasses were never empty, never a crumb left on the table, and the plates were cleared as soon as we put our fork down...truly outstanding service. You won't be disappointed in our new fave restaurant, Oceanique!
Best Service and Food in Chicago – This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It has a relaxed unpretentious nature and serves consistently high quality fresh seafood and outstanding desserts. I have been there many times and have never walked away unsatisfied. A wonderful place for a date night. Definitely give the shrimp and calamari appetizer a try.
Fantastic Fish! – My husband and I visited Oceanique on Friday night and loved it. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic; I felt more than once that the servers take themselves too seriously, but they were very attentive, able to answer our questions, and pleasant. The atmosphere was quiet and romantic. The food was amazing. The tuna tartare amuse-bouche that we received was a delicious and beautiful combination of colors, textures, and tastes. The smoked salmon appetizer (which my husband and I opted to split, and our waitress had the kitchen prepare it on two separate plates, a very nice touch) was fantastic and I wanted it to become a whole meal, it was perfectly seasoned, not too salty as often happens. The four-berry sorbet was tangy and fresh, a great way to cleanse the palate before the entrees. I had the yellowfin tuna, which was buttery and creamy, with a very complementary collection of greens, tiny lardon cubes, white asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, and merlot sauce (despite all of the flavors on the plate, the tuna was the clear star of the dish). My husband had the bouillabaise, which was a wonderfully aromatic collection of perfectly prepared seafood in a velvety soup. The saffron garlic aioli which accompanied the dish, for the mussels, was slightly shy on the garlic, but stll a nice addition. We were too full for dessert, but the dessert tray did look yummy. Overall a wonderful dining experience. We would definitely return!
FLAWLESS!! – Oceanique is simply flawless. The food and service are absolutely perfect. I've dined at Oceanique twice and crave to go back. This is what fine dining is all about.
Unbelievable Food! – I went to this restaurant on a business junket to Evanston. Entering the restaurant, it's pretty, it's romantic and the wait staff immediately attentive.
The seasonal dishes (foie gras for all of the Chicagoans in search of such) and beet salad are fantastic, as was the soup and lamb. Throughout the meal, the wait staff continued to provide us with great wine and great service.
The Napoleon was "knock your socks off". While they were very proud of their black and white chocolate cake, it couldn't compete with the flakiness and lightness of the Napoleon.
The wine list is pricey and the sommalier inclined to recommend wines in the higher brackets. The music, at times, was a bit loud and techno, overpowering the ambience in the restaurant.
Despite these small criticisms, I will definitely be finding a reason to go back!
Excellent presentation and flavor – Restaurant was excellent. The flavors of each dish were well paired, and the in-between courses were both tasty and well balanced. Wine list was extensive, yet well priced. 3 course option was a wonderful way to taste many dishes. Overall, an excellent French restaurant with particular attention to detail.
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