Now Open: The Oakville Grill & Cellar
Fulton Market District Welcomes Wine Country
If you’ve always wanted to experience California wineries without ever leaving Chicago then you’re in luck because The Oakville Grill & Cellar brings wine country to you! Led by Executive Chef Max Robbins and Wine Director Richard Hanauer, The Oakville Grill & Cellar is now open in Chicago’s Fulton Market District and brings the relaxed ambiance that embodies the casual hospitality of Northern California. Ready to visit? Make a reservation at The Oakville Grill & Cellar.
AS IF YOU NEEDED MORE CONVINCING,
HERE ARE FIVE REASONS TO CHECK OUT THE OAKVILLE:
Rediscover Comfort Food
The menu at The Oakville celebrates the beauty of simplicity with dishes reminiscent of home-cooked comfort food. Chef Max and his team take great pride in sourcing the best and freshest ingredients and preparing them simply to emphasize their natural flavors. Start out with dishes like Deviled Eggs with a potato salad twist and salads like the Napa Caesar which features Napa cabbage and radicchio tossed with crispy sourdough breadcrumbs and a light dressing. For the main courses check out the Dry-Aged Steak Burger or the Wagyu Hanger Steak to the light and crisp Fried Chicken and vegetarian Mushroom & Eggplant Ragú. And don’t forget about dessert! Save room for playful and nostalgic treats like The Oakville Peanut Butter Pie and Gooey Lemon Cake with whipped ricotta cheese, and grove lemons.
Taste California in a Glass
With one of the largest exclusively California wine lists, The Oakville’s dynamic collection of 750 wines hand-selected by Wine Director Richard Hanaeur and the sommelier team highlights producers throughout California. From Napa Valley and Sonoma County to up-and-coming areas like Santa Ynez and Paso Robles, the list celebrates the diversity of California wine. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, but full-bodied reds, light whites, sparkling and more are all available so you can taste something new every time you visit. There are over two dozen wines-by-the-glass and options for large format and half bottles too.
Step Inside The Cellar Door
For a more intimate look into The Oakville’s vast wine program, the restaurant offers a first-of-its-kind wine-tasting experience, The Cellar Door. Each month, the six-seat tasting room features a California vineyard and emulates their current tasting. Whether you consider yourself a wine novice or an expert, the sommelier team is prepared to introduce you to California wines or discuss the intricacies of each wine’s journey from the vineyard to your glass. Alongside each tasting, The Cellar Door will offer an ever-changing charcuterie board and bar bites that rotate with the winery available at an additional cost. The Cellar Door experience is available from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Each winery will be featured for a month, check out upcoming tastings at The Cellar Door.
Experience the Freshest, Seasonal Ingredients
Dedication to sourcing the best ingredients is at the heart of everything on the menu at The Oakville. Chef Max and his team have curated partnerships with farms, ranches and wineries throughout California and the Midwest. Even the Sourdough bread is provided by Chicago brewery and bakery, Middle Brow Bungalow, and is served with butter made fresh daily with dairy from Old Heritage Creamery. The Oakville’s pork chop comes from its namesake, Sakura Farms, located in Westerville, Ohio. Midwest farms like Butternut Sustainable Farm and Vintage Prairie Farm allow the chef team to keep fresh ingredients at the center of The Oakville’s dishes. The menu will change with the seasons so guests can enjoy the freshest version of each component used throughout the dishes.
Take a Trip to Northern California
The Oakville’s design pulls inspiration from key wood and stone features of California wineries. These warm, grounded elements are met with a breath of greenery from olive trees and oak branches planted throughout the space. Elegant and low-lit lighting creates a welcoming yet intimate ambiance fit for any occasion. Stop in for a drink at the bar, located in the center of the main dining room, or nestle into a booth for the evening. Seating throughout the restaurant continues to the second floor which includes the restaurant’s all-seasons patio for those looking to dine al-fresco.
Make a reservation at The Oakville Grill & Cellar online or contact the restaurant at 773-309-2300.
The Oakville Grill & Cellar is located at 163 N. Green St. and is open Sunday – Thursday 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM with lunch and weekend brunch coming soon. For the latest updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram at @theoakvillechicago.