We are not from around here originally. Some old-time South Bend residents suggested it, and we had one good meal there. We ate early and not on a football weekend. We went back,and it was just horrible. The pretension is startling. If it weren't so expensive (for where we are), it would be funny. It's almost a satire of a "fine" restaurant. After the second time, then, suddenly, we started hearing bad things -- from people who were more in touch with the current dining scene. We will never go back.
Remarkably, this restaurant provides fresh, delicious sushi, pastas and tapas right smack in the middle of Winona Lake, Indiana. The restaurant has a clean, fresh, young vibe, but people of all ages pack the place in. The food is light, completely fresh and attractively served. Great attention is paid to the wine and beer lists, and the service is excellent. The catering branch of Cerulean, Flying Fish Catering, is equally superb. The prices for all of it are moderate. Four people ordering a full meal with appetizers, wine, etc., could get by with paying about $50 per person, including tip. For what you get, it is well worth it. Bonus: It's located in a lovely area of shops in Winona Lake (which is basically Warsaw, Indiana). If you go there for lunch, you can shop too!
----- Cerulean restaurant Winona Lake, Indiana, Winona Lake, Indiana
I work in South Bend, and have never had a really good meal here -- beyond adequate stuff at chain restaurants. Two places to avoid: The Vine. I actually shudder when I think of it. I ordered a cheese plate and received stuff you would get at the supermarket. But far worse is the Carriage House. Smelly, dusty, old and crammed self-important employees -- it's a untraveled, dull-witted person's idea of "class." It just has a strange vibe. For where it is located (in the middle of nowhere), it's terribly expensive. Two people can eaily spend $200 there with drinks. For less money, you can go to Yesterday's in Granger. The food there is not superb, but it is very respectable and the service is good. The desserts are fun, but not brilliant.