Restaurant Rave: GT Fish and Oyster, River North, Chicago
Posted by Kate Seiferth | 7/8/2014 | Category: Restaurant Raves
No need to travel to the East Coast when craving some quality seafood because GT Fish and Oysters is the place to go in Chicago to get your seafood fix. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
GT Fish and Oyster $$$-$$$$, River North
531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
I am such an advocate of the River North neighborhood when it comes to restaurants and bars. GT Fish and Oyster is no exception. If you love oysters, this is your place. I went with a party of five and we got a dozen and a half order that included every type of oyster they had from both the East and West coasts, and I still could have eaten more. The oysters take a while to come to your table as they are freshly shucked in the kitchen, so I recommend ordering them when you order your drinks to get them as soon as possible.
However, I understand oysters are an acquired taste and not everyone is going to be excited about these flavorful and almost buttery appetizers. GT Fish and Oyster has plenty of other options including king crab legs, lobster mac and cheese, mussels, and non-fish options like eggplant, duck, pork, and tenderloin. Their portions are small plates and perfect for sharing and trying many different dishes as opposed to just one.
I also tried caviar for the first time at GT, and I can now add that to the list of my favorite seafood. There was two different options one from California and one from Israel (we opted for the more local option for the check’s sake). A one and one sixteenth ounce of caviar was served with blinis and six different pairings that included egg white, egg yolk, pickled onion, and chives. It was delicious, and I now wish I could eat caviar for dinner every day.
GT also has a list of specialty cocktails that were delightful. I started with a martini and then switched to a glass of wine from their extensive bottle list. They also have unique craft beer available on tap if that is more your style.
The decor of the restaurant is cool and modern with a basic black and white color palette with touches of wood and netting, which seemed reminiscent of a fishing boat. The wait staff is very friendly, professional, and attentive. Your napkin is folded for you when you get up from the table and clean plates replace your used ones between each course.
The place is fairly small, so I highly recommend making a reservation. However, if you are in the area and want to stop in there is seating at the bar and a long table up front that multiple couples were sharing. Overall, this upscale oyster bar fits perfectly within River North and is a perfect taste of the sea right here in Chicago.