Acanto
Acanto

Acanto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acantochicago.com/
  • Phone: 3125780763x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday

    Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Gawronski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at the University Club, around the corner at 76 East Monroe. Garage parking is available in the Grant Park garage, accessible off Michigan Avenue; the far southeast corner is closest to Henri.
A word from Acanto
Billy Lawless is excited to announce a new chapter in the life of the historic Gage building – the opening of Acanto. The word Acanto is the Italian translation of Acanthus – the flowery leaf used extensively in Roman architecture and by famed architect Louis Sullivan in his distinctive terracotta ornamentation found on the facade of the historically landmarked building at 18 South Michigan Avenue. Acanto highlights rustic Italian cuisine in a casual, inviting setting. At the kitchen’s helm, will be Executive Chef Chris Gawronski executing handcrafted pastas, coastal seaside plates, stone oven pizzas, and an in-house charcuterie program.
No Italian meal is complete without a perfectly paired beverage, which will be the task of Beverage Director Jon McDaniel. Relying on his time spent living in Trento and Piemonte, Jon will feature hand-selected wines from all of Italy’s 20 wine regions, craft Italian birra and Italian-inspired cocktails by Spirits Director Michael Page.
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Acanto reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (8)romantic (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Go!
    dancinart
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Absolutely delicious. Beautiful plating. Great wine list and cocktails. Right across from Millenium park. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must go Wine and Italian gem
    charnoVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very deep Italian wine list, well curated. Food is inventive Italian. The home made salami and salumi plate is a highlight of the meal. Service is knowledgeable and attentive. I will always miss Henri but this is an outstanding new place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    grtrxVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went on a Saturday night during their first week of opening. A beautiful room. Great bar with some stellar choices for before and after dinner drinks. Wine list worthy of many visits to explore in depth. If you have trouble selecting the sommelier is able to help you select. There are wines from Italy I have only read of. Menu,much like the old Henri it is based on very fresh, very fun versions of classics. The duck egg pasta is one of the best pasta dishes I have had anywhere - a must try. 3rd course was suckling pig... if you like pork, you just have to try this. Service was excellent, attentive, helpful, informative. It is opening, so things will get even better, which makes me wonder how good can they get? I will be back to find out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Place Rocks!
    GARKA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Noisy, Energetic, Superb! Food is excellent and what I would expect for a restaurant of this pedigree. Sangria is very good, the green sauce has a ton of flavor, and they are very fast. Place is jammed at lunch and is a very social picnic table style familyish atmosphere. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    fabofoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Billy and team have done it again! While we will miss Henri, Aconto is a fabulous Italian restaurant in every way. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to the Hood!
    mcboy2000VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Acanto where have you been all my life? You're just what the East Loop needed -- classy Italian food and wine at accessible prices. We went opening week and truly enjoyed our first experience. The interior decor is sexy and cozy -- an intimate feel that will play well on long, dark winter nights. For warmer evenings, outdoor seating abounds. Food was outstanding. We shared several plates; not a morsel was left. Standouts were the heirloom tomato salad with tunnato sauce, prosciutto/fig pizza and the lobster pasta. The mostly Italian wine list covers a HUGE range of varietals, offering selections that pair nicely with Acanto's menu -- and even with fairly skinny wallets. Service was very attentive and gracious. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Acanto reviews archive.