G G G G G G G Unit. Oyster. If 50 Cent ever owned an oyster bar, we imagine that would be the name. Alas, 50 is not an oyster aficionado, at least not to our knowledge, which unfortunately means there is no 50 Cent owned oyster bar in Chicago. It also means no oyster centric theme song to go along with it. And as sad as all of this, and it is sad, we’ll have to cope and talk about GT Fish & Oyster instead.
Despite the name not being as fresh as G Unit Oyster, the same cannot be said about the oysters themselves at this River North restaurant, because those suckers are new pair of Nikes fresh. We get that the oysters aren’t being plucked from Lake Michigan, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great. And alongside the rest of the seafood centric menu, GT Fish & Oyster will not do you wrong.
GT boasts a small plates menu meant for sharing, and it works well for indulging in seafood without spending 50 Cent Vitamin Water type cash. Though be sure to drop a little cash on an array of oysters of your preference to start things off. We also recommend going heavy on a higher quantity of small dishes, plus mix in a main plate or two depending on the size of your party, which probably shouldn’t be more than six.
The dinner vibes at GT remind us of cocktail attire yachting, which is a new term we just made up. Think nautical themed restaurant, but instead of white or pastel colors you might associate with sailing, GT is heavy on the black coloring, dimly lit, boasts black seats, wood tables, and gives off a trendy but not overly fancy feel. The decor doesn’t change during the day, but a lot of natural sunlight softens the mood and makes for a more casual lunch or brunch - both of which are acceptable times to visit GT.
If we are forced to live in a world where 50 Cent doesn’t own an oyster bar, GT Fish & Oyster is at least an alternative option we’ll happily take.
This seems self explanatory, but they have a nice selection to choose from.
I once thought about ordering only oyster po’ boy sliders with kimchi and peanuts. The goal was to see how many I could eat and call it a day - 60 or so. Safe to say that’s a ridiculous idea, but it’s also safe to say you should have at least one for yourself.
A good non-seafood veggie side to get in the mix. We like this cold broccoli salad with sesame, fennel, almond, and morel mushrooms.
Meaty grilled octopus with chickpeas, kohlrabi, beets, and onion. It’s a good combo of flavors.
Quality tuna with some mango, cucumber, and black sesame. The fish itself is good enough, but the sweet flavor from just a bit of mango is a nice touch.
We are going to make a bit of a statement here and say unless you happen to be craving a lobster roll, skip it. It’s good, but we don’t think you need to come here for a small market price lobster roll and fries that usually runs at least $30 or more.
Pretty standard with some sort of white flakey fish. Usually pretty good.
Another dish we don’t love. Big, plump mussels, but the roasted tomato sauce is too much of a standard marinara. We’d prefer these mussels in a lighter white wine base ordeal.
We’d be remiss not to mention that brunch here is totally legit. The and are our favorites. Don’t forget a side of Neuske’s bacon for good measure and oysters to start.