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Acadia Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.acadiachicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 360-9500
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sundays 11am-2pm. Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Bar until 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, 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 (312) 360-9500
  • Special Events & Promotions:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: Roosevelt El Stops- Red, Green, Orange lines

    Bus to either State St./16th or Michigan/16th or 18th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking and some street parking is available.
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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Our 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Acadia 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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Top 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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wow! Really wonderful and creative. The dining room is striking and lovely."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Compared 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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Having eaten at wonderful global gastronomic spots, including excellent restaurants in Chicago, I was almost offended by the microscopic portions and salty food and prices of this place. The coffee was cold, the dessert was passable. Would never come back. Worst experience I have had ina while. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Every 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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food here is excellent. The portions are small, so if you are a person who likes having a big steak with mashed potatoes, don't go here! The dishes are beautifully designed. My first course arrived on a large plate with the ingredients strewn along the side of the dish. I thought the waiter would return with something to fill the large, empty portion of the plate. But no, this was an artistic arrangement; the major portion of the dish was empty because it was supposed to be! It's definitely an experience to dine here, but you won't want to return very often unless you want to lose weight!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Zagat is usually spot on but they totally missed the boat on this one."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very creative thoughtful use of ingredients, perfectly executed"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I ordered the Indiana rabbit. The piece of rabbit was a little bigger than a quarter in diameter and 3/4 of an inch thick. Worse yet, it was two thirds fat, so I consumed two small bites of rabbit."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A wonderful experience overall but it will cost you $$$$$. Kudos to the staff! Plan to return to dine on a future trip to Chicago. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food here was delicious but the real story here is the service which is superb. I go to a lot of restaurants and rarely comment but the wait staff was so perfectly attentive, charming, and perfectly timed that the whole experience was elevated. They know how to put their guests at ease and made phenomenal recommendations. But the food too...wonderful, inventive and flavorful. My friend and I ordered a la carte but when I go back, the tasting menu is a must."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary and the entire experience was wonderful. Sublime food & superb service in every respect. We put Acadia up with the very best dining experiences we have had at any price."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It was a wonderful restaurant for a very personalized meal. We took our European partners, also foodies, and every one of them (despite being French :-)) was very impressed. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Acadia is a destination restaurant. The highlight for me was the desserts but all the food was great. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great 12 course sampling menu...inventive and delisious"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife and I spent our 37th anniversary at Acadia. We live in the South Loop, are "foodies", and saved a visit for our special occasion. Absolutely exceeded our expectations in all areas. We dined ala carte but will definitely return for the tasting menu, and to spend casual evening in the bar. We have been to most every highly rated Chicago restaurant and Acadia is right there in the top 5."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, wine options, and service. The space itself needs some serious sound engineering. There wasn't that many people there but one could hear everyone else in the room loud and clear. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Sophisticated yet casual feel. Refined service but also friendly. Delicious food, well plated"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The reviews online do not do justice for this one, highly recommended! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If money is not a problen (the place is by no means cheap!!), then this is where you want to hold a special occasion dinner. All is superb and exquisitely presented. Service is impeccable yet warm and friendly. A culinary delight. True, portions are small - just a tad larger would be heaven! - but even so you eat all right as you should get plenty of courses. And in any case, you do come here for quality (and grwat quality you get!) Not quantity"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "we did the tasting menu and one of the group asked for a seafood tasting menu, and it was all fantastic. the wine list is very flexible and reasonably priced, and the service is top-notch. this is a great dining experience and we would consider ourselves foodies and wine-ys!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We elected not to have the tasting menu. Perhaps that would have given us a different experience. Our appetizers and entrees were excellent - potato risotto, torchon, halibut (perfectly cooked), lobster pie. However, the dessert and cheese selections weren't a highlight. Only three tiny desserts and only three cheeses. The cheeses came one to a plate. My husband's cheese choice was smothered with the accompaniments, overwhelming the cheese. A sad ending to an evening that began so well."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was on my list of restaurants to try in Chicago. Truly amazing place to celebrate a special occasion. Yes, it is pricy, but certainly worth it. Service is outstanding and the staff is highly knowledgeable, attentive and professional. We ordered several dishes from the Ala cart menu and wine pairing based on sommelier's recommendations. It was perfect amount of food and drinks. Very creative dishes, however Portions are on the small size. 8 course menu is now $165 per person, wine pairing is an additional $75 per person. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is a spectacular place that offers first class service and food. If you're looking to try a variety of food/new things, I recommend the tasting menu. However, you need to budget 3-5 hours to get through all 12 courses. It's definitely worth the wait! We enjoyed every course and thoroughly appreciated the wine pairings. It was evident that each wine pairing was carefully chosen and paired with a complimentary course. The staff was cognizant of food allergies and the chef made modifications to certain courses. Some of my favorites from the tasting menu were: the lamb, blue fin tuna, biscuits, fois grais (best I've ever had), bone marrow, and the desserts. This place is exclusive and comes at an exclusive price...but worth every cent. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Fantastic. Some of the best food and service in the country. Plus an incredible wine list"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We like to cook and to eat out as well and have pretty wide experience. Acadia is amazing. The professional and friendly waitstaff, the interesting wine list and menu, and the tastes--out of this world. We rate it in our top 10 meals ever. That list includes restaurants in Paris, London and Scotland."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance at Acadia were all superb. I rate it 4.5*. Acadia is doing all the right things to create a pleasant environment commensurate with the cuisine. The dining rooms are calm, with good, yet soft, lighting, widely spaced tables, comfy seating, and unobtrusive pleasant music. Service is polished, yet warm & witty; the servers did a nice job of adapting their style to the diners at each table to set everyone at ease. Service was knowledgeable, attentive and timely. The tab at Acadia will be what you'd expect from a fine restaurant, but it delivers good value, given the outstanding food and service. It'll be on my list of contenders next time I'm up for a little celebration."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was our second journey to Acadia, and it was just as impressive as the first. The restaurant has a great vibe -- elegant with no pretense or stuffiness -- and the staff follows suit and aren't afraid to smile or laugh. The food (and drink) is, of course, the star with each course leaving your mouth watering for more. The wine pairings, which we enjoyed both times, are thoughtful and often off the beaten path. The wines truly accentuate (rather than cloak) the food experience. I highly recommend venturing to the Southside for the Acadia experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "VERY disappointing. 8:00 reservation yet were directed to bar until 8:30. Ordered drinks (with effort -svc poor) & yet not served until we were at table at 8:40! Both had seafood tasting menu. Portions were "silly small. ' Most were little more that 2 amuse bouche in size, and not impressive. (Understand, we've enjoyed fine dining here for years; we aren't bumpkins.) One young lady who brought food was curt, and later explained, when we asked if she was having a tough night, that she was 'very busy." Hate hearing that, as if the diners should be more appreciative. All service so slow. At 10:30 I asked for the check, and we had only gotten about 6 of 9 courses. Exception-sommelier was great. Clearly do not recommend - $400 for this?!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Pleasant ambience, but a little "cold." Delicious food nicely presented and excellent service. Interesting menu selections but I expect to have the option of ordering a salad with my meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "While I am an avid foodie, there is a limit to what I feel is an adequate portion size that was violated on repeated servings of the tasting menu: too small for even the seasoned palate to fully get the impact of the food. I always needed a bit more to get a sense of the full gustatory impact and also a sense of satiety at the finish. Simly too much money spent for too little food. Really don't have complaints about the overall preperation other than that., ie., the food I ate tasted great in general. Great cocktails."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Acadia is the best Chicago dining experiences we've had in along time. Everything about the evening was spot on. Food preparation was skillfull and creative without being fussy. Attention to ingredients that complimented one another beautifullly. Sevice was informative and attentive but never pretentious. The room is comtemporary in decor but comfortable. The farmed raised sturgeon was the most perfectly prepared fish we have ever tasted. We've had more expensive dining experiences in Chicago that do not compare with Acadia. We are looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Acadia is a bit out of the way but is well worth finding. The nondescript exterior hides a beautifully decorated interior. There was a special seafood tasting menu featured with the regular chef's tasting menu. We ordered one of each and enjoyed each and every dish. Great presentation, great flavor and excellent service. Wine pairings were well chosen. Cocktails are also excellent. If you are into fine dining, Acadia is a must."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "When they called to reconfirm the reservation, they asked for food allergies or diet restrictions, I told them my daughter is vegetarian. So thinking they would prepare something for her, instead, they just ask her to order off the menu and take off the non-vegetarian ingredients. And the portion is remains the same less the non-vegetarian items and charged us the same price. So imagine, seafood risotto without the seafood? The portion become extremely small....when it is small to begin with. That's not being accommodating to vegetarians?"
    Dined on 3/22/2014