1639 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60616Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.acadiachicago.com/
- Phone: (312) 360-9500
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Bar until 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight. Closed Mondays.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Ryan McCaskey
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private dining available for cocktails or seated service. Private and semi-private dining can be available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please contact Robert M. Diaz for further information.
- Private Party Contact: Robert M. Diaz 3123609500x
- Special Events:
A word from Acadia
The sophisticated, elegant space of Acadia provides a perfect house for the simultaneously contemporary and classic cuisine from Chef McCaskey. Divided into a lounge space, dining room and private dining room, Acadia is comfortable and inviting, with natural elements throughout. Soaring ceilings and colors of warm neutrals, cool grays, chocolate and sage are peppered throughout the minimal space. An open kitchen and wine room reinforce the fact that Acadia is first and foremost about great food and wine, and attention to detail paid to both. A la carte and tasting menus are available, featuring McCaskey's contemporary take on Classic American cuisine. Attentive service, contemporary-classic cocktails and a global wine list round out the offerings.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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Acadia reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (57)special occasion (47)romantic (35)notable wine list (26)neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (6)hot spot (4)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- What a surprise. Gourmet food w/excellent serviceBethVIPDined on 11/14/2014This is fine dining in a hidden gem; no outside lights/very little signage. Small, intimate, quiet and really great food. Unusual. A little molecular gastronomy, a lot of sea food. Will work with special dietary restrictions. Outstanding service. I thought it was better than Grace at 1/3 the price. None of the Alinea attitude (we're so great, pay before you come and no refunds). And, strangely enough, they have a bar upfront where you can order bar food and bring kids and it's totally appropriate. I found it on Zagat's and my friends were all blown away by the surprise experience. We'll go back often!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great foodFood4jasVIPDined on 11/8/2014outstanding tasting menu. Service lacked enthusiasm, verbal presentation was like a rote recitation, without enthusiasm.
- Very disappointed8pmonaSatnightDined on 11/8/2014Noisy room, inattentive front of house staff, inexperienced wait staff, mediocre and $$$$ tasting menu with wine pairings. We should have read the other reviews which say the burger in the bar is great an stayed there. Or order a la carte in the dining room, but avoid the expensive tasting menu and wine pairings. Skimpy pours on the wines, some of the wines were overly dry and very tannic, or simply not flavorful, and some of the "tastes" were lukewarm temperature instead of hot (eg, the scallop). This restaurant's Michelin star did not shine.
- Didn't fill me upValuefortheMoneyDined on 11/7/2014Food is presented beautifully and the service is wonderful. It's expensive and I was still hungry after 3 courses.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- too uptightdisappointedDined on 10/30/2014From the bar to when we were seated, the staff seemed very stuck on their way of doing things and not on the customer. Didn't feel I could laugh with my girlfriends due to small quiet room. Food was just ok for the price. Wouldn't go back.Special Features:
- NorsktorskDined on 10/26/2014Great food. Decent white wine. Young immature reds for the most part so beware of the Tannins in those recently released reds.
- Quality affirms the expensebarfiveDined on 10/24/2014Acadia is among the most notable Chicago restaurants that justify the expense of a special event. The tasting menu is an experience worthy of having. And, in our judgment, it was not overpriced for all such things. The wait staff are exceptional--perhaps the most notable among any of the most notable Chicago restaurants that we have frequented. Location is a bit puzzling, but once inside, what matters about the address?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food, wine, service A+LDKSVIPDined on 10/23/2014Wonderful experience at Acadia. Service was wonderful. Splurge on the tasting.... Absolutely worthwhile. I look forward to returning and trying out the bar scene. A gem that is being overlooked. If you love food in a relaxed comfortable setting with no worries this is a lovely experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dinner with friendsColtrane6973Dined on 10/18/2014One of the best meals in recent years. Service was particularly excellent; knowledgeable staff and very accommodating. Tables are well spaced out such that you are not a part of your neighbor's conversationSpecial Features:
- Up and Coming!LSJ2014Dined on 10/18/2014I have been to TRU and the reviews didn't disappoint! This place was excellent on all levels from food to scenery! We will be back!!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent brunchHebsDined on 10/18/2014The lobster Benedict is to die for, and the fried chicken and waffles is a close second on the menu. Great brunch, not too crowded, and at a decent price given the quality and serviceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wave of AwesomeSDM424Dined on 10/17/2014Great experience! Service was awesome. Food was dynamic!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth every penny!BCDadVIPDined on 10/15/2014We had an extraordinary dinner at Acadia. The food was beautifully plated and presented and served by coreographed waiters with as much care as was taken to prepare the food. We opted for the al a carte option and all 10 diners raved about their meals. The portions were small but everyone left satisfied. The wine list was interesting and well organized and had plenty of interesting mid priced options. One of the best dinners our foodie group has ever had in any city. While the restaurant is off the beaten track, it was an easy cab ride from downtown.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What Took Us So Long...OmgoddessDined on 10/12/2014to discover an elegant gem in the south loop. We really do respond to the neighborhood centric postcards that let us know who is new in the neighborhood or who provides an incredible meal. Plz send south loopers a postcards about Acadia.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Acadia - Retro GoodRickVIPDined on 9/27/2014Acadia is a bit off the Chicago center loop path and a bit hard to find but well worth it. The decor reminds you of retro -60s and is in some way reminds one of the Four Seasons in NY. The tasting menu is well worth the price and the flavors were excellent. The wine pairings were wonderful too. The service was just right - informative, quick and not in your face. Well worth the evening, although expensive. A treat for locals and out-of-town guests as well.Special Features:
- Great tasting menu!gazi225Dined on 9/27/2014Got the tasting menu despite it being crazy expensive, and for the most part it was amazing! They said it was 9 courses, but that didn't include any of the small bites, bread, or palette cleansers, so it was really like, 15 different things. We loved all of the small bites and were particularly crazy about the white fish and scallop. I didn't really like the beef (just a little too rare for me) but my fiance loved it. The butternut squash dessert was amazing!Special Features:
- Acadia, reason to head Southejc24Dined on 9/20/2014We have dined at Acadia 8 or 10 times. When we have overnight guests who have not had the Acadia experience, we take them there. The restaurant offers a tasting menu but we went a la carte. I had the charcuterie as a starter and a lovely cobia (whitefish). The staff typically surprises us with an item as an "amuse" and something fun (currently Parker House rolls). The menu changes constantly so it is always an adventure. Ask for a tour of the kitchen and they will accommodate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pretensions overwhelm enjoymentRegularChicagoDinerVIPDined on 9/13/2014This is my second time at this restaurant and this time was not enjoyable. Last time the staff were informal and properly engaging, this time they were overbearing and presumptuous. The insistence on telling us what and how each dish was made and how it was so special (down to the olives in our martinis) just got in the way of enjoying our dinner. Some of the items were clever concoctions and many were tasty, but the repeated reminders that we should be very impressed by what we were eating fell flat. Wine list was full of mediocre listings at premium prices and exorbitant prices for the few notables. I hope they forgo the pretensions and remember its just a restaurant and there are lots of great places to eat in Chicago.Special Features:
- glutenanddairyfreefoodieDined on 9/12/2014Food was both beautiful and delicious. Would have gotten 5 stars for ambience but I found the dining room quite cold. I am gluten-free, arranged to do the tasting menu in advance, and I didn't feel that i was missing anything -- it was fabulous.Special Features:
- Nice surprise!cookiefiendVIPDined on 8/31/2014From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted with smiles. We had a lovely brunch, a tomato tart and coddled eggs for me, the lobster Benedict for my husband, and a box of pastries to take home. We'll definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing dining experienceDrilldocDined on 8/24/2014Tried Acadia for the first time this past December and have been back several times ever since. My parents love this restaurant and it's their go-to spot for special occasions.Special Features:
- AmazingAsukaDined on 8/23/2014We went for special dinner with our boss and his wife. The food is delicate and sophisticated.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific EveningwendyDined on 8/22/2014The food was very good, exceptionally fresh, deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. Fantastic in house sauces and condiments accompany every dish. We each ordered one of the appetizers. All four were outstanding. Wine list featured some of our favorite wines from Northern Italy including an Emilio Bulfon moscato. The serving staff took excellent care of us..Special Features:
- A great find!gastronomeDined on 8/21/2014Excellent dining experience, beautiful presentation, top quality service but not pretentious! I highly recommend the food gras!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding MealPeoriaRichDined on 8/8/2014We have eaten at the signature dining spots in Chicago and would put Acadia in that group. It is worth seeking out. The room is very open and warm. Although we had the tasting dinner with wine pairings we also had cocktails. The vodka and in gin were from local small-batch distilleries and were very good. They went well with the amuses. Lovers of creative and original food will not be disappointed by the meal at Acadia. The tasting menu was full of interesting combinations and surprising ingredients. The wine pairing featured varietals and grapes from countries and areas one would not think of as wine-growing off the top of ones head. The 4 hours we spent at dinner were well spent and were still in our minds a week after the dinner.Special Features:
- CuisineChiVisitorDined on 8/2/2014Selected the restaurant based on a combination of proximity to McCormick Place (where our friends stayed) and rating on Urban Spoon. Food was wonderful. Though I was out of my depth, the wait staff did an excellent job of accommodating us, so I enjoyed the experience altogether. Great depth of knowledge among all the staff on the origins of the ingredients, etc. Great attention to not disturbing your repast.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NeillDined on 7/27/2014Very unpretentious on the outside, you could drive by it easily without noticiing it, but once inside a superb restaurant in every respect. We went there for brunch, our first time, and each of the four of us raved about it. The Acadia Bloody Mary is a must. Would definitely return.Special Features:
- Confirmed outstandingSguandalDined on 7/25/2014This was my second visit to this restaurant. It fully confirmed the highly positive remarks I did for my first one. Menu is quite limited in choices, evidently the results of relying on freshly available ingredients and of focusing more on quality than on quantity. And quality is all that this place is about: perfectly created flavors, artistically presented dishes, carefully selected and assorted components. The dessert wine-dessert pairing suggested for the third and final dish was a match made in heaven: Emilio Buofon Moscate Rosa paired with plum tart. Were the portions small? Yes, but you come here for an unforgettable meal of unsurpassed quality, not to get stuffed. And you won't be disappointed!Special Features:
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- Fabulous dining experienceBobyDined on 7/18/2014The finest cuisine. Very innovative and delicious . Very fine service but a relaxed atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a pleasant surprise!GregVIPDined on 7/16/2014It was such a pleasant surprise to find a restaurant as wonderful as Arcadia hidden in a non-descript storefront just blocks from our South Loop condo. We must have passed it hundreds of times without noticing it, but we are so glad we finally discovered it. The service is attentive. The food, innovative and excellent. The portions of some of the dishes are small, which didn't bother us though it might bother people for whom quantity is the most important part of a dish.Special Features:
- Great food in peaceful setting60somethingfoodieDined on 7/11/2014Our group of four had no trouble enjoying conversation throughout the meal, no loud music or crowded room. The portions were large enough to enjoy and still feel comfortable after the meal. Every dish was flavourful and thoughtfully composed with a variety of textures and colors as well as tastes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great birthday dinnerfood4thoughtDined on 6/28/2014We dined here based on the recommendation of friends and were definitely not disappointed. The menu was wide ranging and the wine list had something for everyone. Dishes are not huge but we left fully satisfied. We always prefer quality to quantity and this fitted our taste exactly. We shared the appetizers and desserts simply to get a broader selection of what's available - the tastes were fantastic. Clientele ranged across the ages and everyone seemed to be impressed by the selection. Many guests appear to choose the tasting menu but we picked from the a-la-carte list and loved the meal. Service was very professional with the level of attention that is appreciated without being overbearingly intrusive. Loved it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time at Acadia - Will returnOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 6/27/2014Acadia did not disappoint our party of four on our first visit there. Each dish we tried was memorable and beautifully plated. The service was nicely choreographed, without being smothering. The space is spare and modern, but not cold. Several amuse-bouches added that little something special to the dinner. One dish that stood out was the Stonington Lobster "Pie", consisting of spring onion, pommes dauphine, favas, oyster mushrooms, thumbelina, bisque, sour cream pastry. The lobster bisque was incredible. We ordered a-la-carte because the only tasting menu offered was 12 courses. If they had offered a 5 or 7 course menu, we would have done it - but our reservation was too late to do so many courses. We'll reserve earlier next time!Special Features:
- Celebrated a birthdayakirelouiseVIPDined on 6/22/2014Top of my list of places to celebrate a special occasion in Chicago! Food was outstanding, service was very accommodating and the wine list is incredible!Special Features:
- good but not worth itd10is13Dined on 6/14/2014The place was nice.bbthe service was excellent. The food was good. I've had better but that's a matter of preference. My main complaint is the value. $150 and you leave very hungry. I also think for a restaurant this expensive, parking should be included.Special Features:
- Very Pricey But GoodBethDined on 6/14/2014We went here for my son's graduation- he is a foodie but I am not. I ate a lot of things I never eat (some of which I thought I didn't even like) and enjoyed all of them.We had the ten course tasting menu- all of the portions are tiny so you don't overeat but I wasn't hungry at the end of the meal either. You also have to allow 3 1/2 hours to eat. Though it was an adventurous choice for me and I enjoyed the experience it is definitely a place I won't go again any time soon because I can't afford to.Special Features:
- MegRSR25VIPDined on 6/10/2014Wow! Really wonderful and creative. The dining room is striking and lovely.Special Features:
- Great PlaceMikeBikerVIPDined on 6/8/2014This is a great place to come in the South Loop area for a unique dining experience. The tasting menu option is the best way to go to sample a wide array of offerings. Really love the tiny biscuits that pack a lot of flavor into a few bites. It is quite a filling tasting menu as well. I think this place often flies under the radar of dining option because it is not in the main Loop area. Will go back a few times a year.Special Features:
- DisappointingThomasDined on 6/7/2014Compared to other restaurants in this price bracket, I expected more from Acadia. We arrived early, but were not seated until 20 minutes after our 8.45pm reservation. Our table was seated right on a gap in the cushions of the bench seat; uncomfortable, we moved ourselves to another table. The tables were right under an AC vent (which was set far too low). The tasting menu started well, but was too inconsistent to be a success. The lobster bisque was excellent, the tuna was good, and a dish was black lava salt was interesting. The rest were forgettable, with too many terrines, pates and cold purees. The foie gras course was a waste. By midnight, we were bored and frustrated. The staff tried, but were let down by the kitchen.
- ElegantBroseVIPDined on 6/1/2014Every time we travel to Chicago we reserve a table because the dining experience is always outstanding. From curated cocktails to the fine dining this place makes for a special evening. Lobster pot pie is stellar. Foie gras and risotto appetizers were terrific. Wine markup is high but choices are quite good. The orchestrated service is a delight.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.