Acadia
Acadia

Acadia

  • 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
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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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Acadia reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)special occasion (46)romantic (34)notable wine list (26)neighborhood gem (22)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 service
    BethVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Food4jasVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    outstanding tasting menu. Service lacked enthusiasm, verbal presentation was like a rote recitation, without enthusiasm.
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  • Very disappointed
    8pmonaSatnight
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Noisy 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't fill me up
    ValuefortheMoney
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food is presented beautifully and the service is wonderful. It's expensive and I was still hungry after 3 courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too uptight
    disappointed
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    From 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Norsktorsk
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food. Decent white wine. Young immature reds for the most part so beware of the Tannins in those recently released reds.
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  • Quality affirms the expense
    barfive
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Acadia 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:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, wine, service A+
    LDKSVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wonderful 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with friends
    Coltrane6973
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One 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 conversation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Up and Coming!
    LSJ2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch
    Hebs
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The 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 service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wave of Awesome
    SDM424
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great experience! Service was awesome. Food was dynamic!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny!
    BCDadVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Took Us So Long...
    Omgoddess
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    to 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acadia - Retro Good
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Acadia 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tasting menu!
    gazi225
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Got 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acadia, reason to head South
    ejc24
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretensions overwhelm enjoyment
    RegularChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glutenanddairyfreefoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise!
    cookiefiendVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    Drilldoc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Tried 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Asuka
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for special dinner with our boss and his wife. The food is delicate and sophisticated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Evening
    wendy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The 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..
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A great find!
    gastronome
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent dining experience, beautiful presentation, top quality service but not pretentious! I highly recommend the food gras!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Meal
    PeoriaRich
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Cuisine
    ChiVisitor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Selected 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neill
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Very 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.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 612 reviews are from the Acadia reviews archive.
  • Confirmed outstanding
    Sguandal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous dining experience
    Boby
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The finest cuisine. Very innovative and delicious . Very fine service but a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    GregVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It 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 for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food in peaceful setting
    60somethingfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    food4thought
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Acadia - Will return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Celebrated a birthday
    akirelouiseVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but not worth it
    d10is13
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pricey But Good
    Beth
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MegRSR25VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Wow! Really wonderful and creative. The dining room is striking and lovely.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    MikeBikerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    Thomas
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • Elegant
    BroseVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.