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Cape Cod Room, yea or nay?

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I've heard a lot about the Cape Cod Room, most of it positive, but its prices are terrifying. My daughter is starting college this fall, and I want to take her out for a special dinner, she loves seafood, and I have the NPR Member Card that offers 2-for-1 entrees at the restaurant, which makes it marginally affordable. What I want to know is if the food is special enough, or is it just overpriced lobsters?

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  1. Your college aged daughter will be the youngest diner in the room by about 50 or 60 years. This restaurant is a relic and hasn't been a player on the scene since the mid-1970's. There are many lower priced, hipper places in town to celebrate her graduation.

    1. Depending on your interest in traveling to Evanston, I recommend Oceanique on Main Street as a marvelous fish and seafood restaurant. It describes itself as a French-American sea food restaurant.

      1. The Cape Cod Room may still attract tourists, but it's long past its prime. I don't know of any locals -- under the age of 70 -- that frequent it.

        1. "is the food special"? The food is utter dreck. We made the hideous mistake of going there for dinner on a special occasion four or five years ago. The other posters are correct--the place is a nursing home, and the waitstaff are patients. On the bright side, the place was so ghastly that it was genuinely funny--so far outside any of our individual tastes as to be preposterous. We had a pretty good Thanksgiving, only in the sense that at that time we were so disfunctional that we needed the comic relief provided by this Stephen King scene. NO NO NO.

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          1. re: Masonville

            Thanks much everyone. (Mentally scratches Cape Cod Room off list.)

          2. I agree on Oceanique, one of the top if not the top places for seafood in the Chicago area. I can also recommend Quince in Evanston somewhat limited menu, but everything is good with thoughtful inventive plating, also a good wine selection with many to choose from in the 30-40 dollar bottle range.


            1. Check out Scylla. Very good with seafood, and on the other extreme of the hipness quotient from CCR:


              1. After reading these reviews, I am intrigued by the idea of going to the Cape Cod Room. Any suggestions on what to order?

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                1. re: abhalsey

                  I actually like the Cape Cod Room (although I do think it is way overpriced). My grandmother LOVES it, so we have gone there with her for many special occasions. I like the food, and I love the waiters who have been working there since the beginning of time.

                  My favorite dish there is the dover sole - filleted tableside. It is lovely fish, and those waiters do a marvelous job filleting the fish - I've never found a single pin bone in mine.