France has a long history of giving America gifts, from the Statue of Liberty to the Tricolore flag our presidents have traditionally used to hide under during scary movies. Accept their latest gift: this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$40 for the chef's five-course tasting dinner for one (an $80 value)
$79 for the chef's five-course tasting dinner for two (a $160 value)
- Chef's surprise
- Seasonal sorbet
- Fish entree
- Chef's pastry selection
See the full tasting menu. Groups may use as many Groupons per table as they like.
Once inside Oceanique's unassuming storefront, chandeliers and white-cloaked café tables give the restaurant the feel of an art deco Parisian lounge. The setting is no accident: Chef Mark Grosz peppers his menu with the evidence of a culinary education acquired in France and under Jean Banchet at Le Francais. The eclectic dishes, which change daily, might pair butternut squash with salmon or drizzle rhubarb-mango chutney on foie gras. Beyond the signature seasonal fish dishes, they can devote full plate space to organic, ultrafresh produce, such as butternut squash and fiddleheads.
Even with its complex array of ingredients and tastes, the menu strives to remain approachable. Time Out Chicago writes that "while the multi-ingredient preparations border on overwhelming, Grosz somehow manages to balance flavors while completely flipping off subtlety." What results is a laid-back dining atmosphere lubricated by a choice of more than 800 wines and several vintage seawaters.