Ada Street
Ada Street
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Ada Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.adastreetchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7736977069
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Zoë Schor
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Ada Street hosts private events from 10 - 100 guests. Reserve our private dining room for the evening, rent out our backyard for a summer birthday, or reserve the entire space for a rehearsal dinner. Passed hors d'oeuvres, stations, multi-course dinners - no matter what your desire, we can do.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Becker 7736977069
  • Entertainment: Monday: Movie Night - Classic movies & nostalgic favorites on the projector. Free.

    Tuesday: Industry Night - 15% off before 10pm, 30% off after 10PM.

    Second Wednesday of each month: Backgammon Tournaments - $25 entry, matches up to 3 points, guaranteed 2 matches. Champion wins $250 Gift Card, 2nd Place wins $100 Gift Card.
  • Special Events: Ada Street can host private events from 10 - 100 guests. Reserve our private dining room for the evening (up to 15 guests), rent out our backyard for a summer birthday (up to 50 guests), or reserve the entire space (up to 100 guests) for a rehearsal dinner. Passed hors d'oeuvres, stations, multi-course dinners - no matter what your desire, we can do.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Concord Place
  • Public Transit: 72 Bus to North Ave. & Throop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking
A word from Ada Street
Ada Street is a bar & restaurant from DMK Restaurants (DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar) founders David Morton and Michael Kornick. Beginning June 1, we are taking limited reservations daily, 5:30pm to 6:30pm. After 6:30pm, seating will be first come, first served.

Located in the Elston Industrial District--not quite Bucktown, not quite Lincoln Park--Ada Street offers dinner and late night service six days a week (closed Sunday). The restaurant, which was named one of Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2012, features eclectic small plates from Chef Zoë Schor and a comprehensive list of interesting wines, craft spirits and house cocktails. Inquire about Ada Street's private dining room, which can host parties up to 15, or rent the entire space for parties up to 100.
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Ada Street reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Always outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Ada Street never disappoints. The food keeps getting better and the staff is friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    snapdragon
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    My boyfriend and I dined on May 31st, the food was good but the cocktails and service was even better. We were seated at the bar and it turned out to be great. The bartenders were able to make suggestions and compose ddrinks for us off the menu. All the cocktails we had were amazing. It is a small plate restaurant and the plates are small, we shared six and it was just right. Will definitley go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Wait to Go Back!
    JodeeVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Enjoyed Ada Street with four friends on Friday night. The minute I walked in I loved the private, exclusive hidden feel of the restaurant. We shared several dishes with the following being my favorites, Duck, Manchego bites, Salmon Spring Rolls and the Tomato/Avocado Panzanella Salad. The Chocolate Dessert was also amazing! All of my friends loved this place and all of us agreed we can't wait to go back. Also, they have great Pisco Sours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently amazing....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Always a good time, consistently amazing on all fronts. Thanks Ada!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go!
    dudemuskie
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Great spot! Finally went with my girlfriend for our anniversary and it was incredible. Great cocktails- try the bourbon smash and fistfull of dollars. Outstanding food- try the lamb ribs, dry aged strip loin, and poached prawns! Love this place and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew what was back there?
    AuntKikiVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    You'd never know what was behind that door, looking at it from the street. Had an enjoyable small-plates meal. Loved picking out the vinyl & handing it off to the bartender! Really enjoyed the fried manchego cheese, the lamb ribs, and my husband especially liked the chocolate dessert--which was a heap of chocolate served with salty bread--totally delicious! Turned out that friends of ours were meeting up later for a party out the back/open-air space...was a nice warm night to be outside. We had a table against the wall (across from bar) for our dinner, which was prime seating. The tall tables lining the hallway might be kind of a bummer...due to the constant foot traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Dream
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Ada Street is simply a place that I have always wanted to own as a person being in the industry. Dim lighting, stiff drinks and good conversation is what it's all about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    This is a good restaurant however I do not believe it to be fabulous, nor worth the money. This was the 2nd time we've dined here in 10 months and it was a very different experience from the last. While the food was tasty, it lacked palatable distinction from one plate to another ( at least in the sharing menu where many items are fried). In essence what was a big turnoff was a line item on the menu for a '6pack to the kitchen staff @ $10'. The audacity this chef has - if her culinary menu was twice as tasty or the scene twice as cool- maybe she could get away with it. Yet not currently, nor in my previous experience. I think this is a trendy spot for patrons just getting into the culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    micj
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Our second visit to the great place. Just as good as our first. I find it hard to find faults with this place or it's food/drinks. Cocktails are inventive and perfectly balanced. Food is creative and because they are small dishes it's easy to try a lot of selections on a single visit. Most of all, the bartenders and, in particular, the wait staff make you really feel that they are glad to have you there. I haven't found a place who's staff has a better attitude. I highly recommend the deep fried black eye peas and hot donuts with caramel dipping sauce. Everything in between too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    First time at Ada and we loved it!!! Food was amazing and staff was even better! Only thing that wasn't perfect was the fact that the plates are really small and my friend (who is 6'7) wasn't full even after 7 small plates. Otherwise, AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    The food and service were awesome. Very hip and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turn down the noise!
    Marley
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    This is my fourth time to Ada Street and it may be my last --we love the space, love the food ....but the place is way too loud. Despite multiple requests to turn the music down, it seemed to get louder and by the end of our meal I felt we were literally screaming at each other. Everyone else in the restaurant must have felt the same way because by the time we left...when the room was full the noise level was at a fevered pitch. The food is terriffic, the waitstaff superb BUT most people come to restaurants to enjoy the food and the company they are with and it is almost impossible to do the later at this place. Music should be used to enhance the mood of the space not to detract from it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine food. Good drink. Great vibe.
    Lesson
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    For this type of place - hip, foody - Ada has something to offer. Cool location, a fine menu with craft cocktails, polished service and a great soundtrack. And Ada deserves credit for the design - beautiful inside. The place was packed on a Monday night, so it's drawing a crowd. But the experience is not extraordinary. Tasting more than 10 things on the menu, nothing jumped out. It's fussy without being innovative. And not well focused. In the current scene - with great gastro places all over the city, I expect Ada will find its place among those looking for something off the beaten Bucktown path. But I think it could be an destination restaurant if the menu was more distinctive and the food more memorable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super fun, young and lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    My boyfriend and I went to Ada Street on a Saturday night. They played some Bruce Springsteen for awhile and he was obsessed with that. I had been there before, so I was happy he was impressed right away. Ordered cocktails, they were perfect. We ordered 6 things, two from each section. The highlights were: baby carrot salad--don't leave without having this. Super light and very tasty vinaigrette. The Duck confit, I think it had me at 'poached egg'. And, the Scallops were probably his absolute favorite. The donuts and chocolate for dessert...phenomenal. Also, had a couple of their house margaritas, some of the best in the city. Fun to watch them make it too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    This was my second time to Ada St. after a truly great first experience a few months ago. Our server, Sarah, remember us and even remembered which bottle of wine we had ordered the first time, took great care of us, and made the night really special for our family. I could go on a hyperbolic rant about all of the wonderfulness at this place, but let me just sum it up by saying this restaurant is perfect: the food is perfect, the service is perfect, the price point is totally appropriate, and the space is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice
    Steven
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    At a distance now of a week, what really comes to mind, and what the owners must have intended, are the "classic rock" records that are spun on a turntable--from the 60s and 70s. I would say that this is a mixed bag; not all of this music was great, and I'm not certain why contemporary music is not played. I think it should! Ultimately, I think that this is a limiting factor, although it helps define the restaurant now. However, the food is really great; very contemporary, and very skillfully prepared. Hats off to the kitchen! The staff is similarly wonderful, and the space beautiful. I also like its urban location. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We really enjoyed our food and drinks. The staff was friendly, and we would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie heaven
    AnaSVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    This hot spot is a little gem that not many would ever think you would find behind Home Depot and by the Hideout. Fantastic food amazing whiskey list. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The entire experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    The entire experience was spot-on and made our anniversary dinner a night to remember. The black-eyed peas and dessert doughnuts are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    The best dinner experience I have had in a long time! Came in for date night with my boyfriend and had the pleasure of sitting at the bar. Tim took care of us and his service was outstanding! Very informative and friendly. We shared 7 dished total. EVERYTHING that came out of the kitchen was amazing. My boyfriend had very big eats, so we usually shy away from small plates because he leaves hungry. Not this time. I love everything about the atmosphere. The space was intimate but still vibrant. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good. Cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Food was good. Cocktails were even better! Overall, a good experience made great by a voucher
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blown-away!
    melissabmurrayVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    I was absolutely blown away by our experience at Ada Street. The food was beyond delicious as were the drinks. Our server was really sweet and came around to check on us and take our orders just the right amount. I'm still thinking about the duck confit pasta and the green goddess dressing from the wedge salad. I can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for the 5 course prix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    We went for the 5 course prix fixe menu for 4 which we bought through travelzoo. Our server was very very charming and knowledgeable. Service was excellent. Food was delicious but the wine served with some of the courses was very mediocre. My only gripe was that we had to share the main course, and the portion size was too small. I also don't think that was made clear in the menu. We were celebrating a birthday and our server brought out a complimentary dessert at the end of the meal whit was very thoughtful. Ambiance was good. The dim lights took some getting used to. The music was very loud and we found ourselves shouting during the meal. The place was filled with just a few older people like us. Most were in their 20s and 30s.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The high quality of the food
    SartVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    The high quality of the food brings my overall rating into the "Good" category. But I will never go back. Entrance from the street is into a black-painted hallway so dimly lit I practically had to grope my way through it. Once in the dining room, the lighting gets a little better, but not much. In the dining room you are greeted by booming, screeching music that, to me, must have been a playlist from the Annoying Music Show. Do they really think this enhances anyone's dining experience? They did lower the volume on request, but that didn't help much. That said, all the food was exquisite! The wine pairings were also excellent. And service was efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative, innovative and delicious
    AramVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Creative, innovative and delicious Small plates. Fantastic cocktails. Wonderful food. Lots of Veg-centric options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love this place. A wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    We love this place. A wonderful, reliable go-to spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had an outstanding experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    We had an outstanding experience. It was our first time there and we had the opportunity to sit at the Chef's table. Chef Zoe was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my wife and loved everything
    JohnandCeceVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    my wife and loved everything about it! in fact we had theater tickets and decided to blow them off, we were having so much fun. we stayed for dessert and coffee instead. Salmon tartare, Strip, chicken liver pate, all stand outs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great time! It's a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Had a great time! It's a very unique restaurant with excellent cocktails and small plates. Was really nice to see how involved chef was in the front of house. Look forward to returning in the summer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent - all small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Food was excellent - all small plates, so we got to try a variety of dishes, and all were fantastic. Favorites included the duck confit, lamb ribs, asparagus, and panna cotta for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ada's is an adventure
    Janette
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    This was my second visit to Ada's and it is a most unique little spot with lots of pizzazz. The chef, Zoe, is amazing and makes a point of visiting with you, answering questions about the small but most ambitious and delicious menu. I must say that the clever welcome includes a visit to the boxes of record albums for a choice you get to make and give to the hostess. However, I never heard my album and the noise volume was so high it was enough to have to ask for it to be turned down. I am not sure why anyone would want to be subjected at dinner to the kind of music you would hear at a club. With all we know about hearing loss, it is time people raise their voices(and not the music) about this problem. I would then gladly go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place! Neighborhood
    DurhamDiner
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Great place! Neighborhood looks a little sketchy but the restaurant is definitely worth a trip. Food is fantastic. Staff were uniformly friendly and informative. It's a bit noisier than I would have liked but it didn't detract from a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Try
    Newtochicago
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Great scene, food and most of all service. Love the neighborhood feel and cant wait for nice weather to come back and hang out on patio. Fun cocktails to try and the octopus, brussell sprouts and desserts were incredibly yummy! Ada St. lives up to the hype. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is incredible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    This place is incredible. 10 out of 10. Sit at the Chef's table if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Night out!
    JShaver
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    We had a fantastic time! The food was great, service spectacular, and the place itself has a great vibe. The menu is all small plates - which we like, it means you get to try lots of things. All the flavors were vibrant, and very fresh. Two stand outs were the tuna tare-tare, and the dock confit. Awesome. Also, the chocolate dessert was to die for. Allie took great care of us, top notch service. Also, great house cocktails. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Try!!!
    DoubleB72
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Great spot! Chef Zoe is awesome and Lorna, Nate, and Tim all were making incredible cocktails. If you can get in, GO!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but extremely loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    good but extremely loud. I dont mind loud, but BLASTING Bruce Springsteen is a little much.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, love, LOVE! From the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Love, love, LOVE! From the moment you are greeted at the entrance, to the hallway twisting and turning until you get to the small, but beautiful dining room, Ada Street is a gem. Not in an area you would expect, but right off the expressway for those of us not in the city. Wherever you come from, it is worth the trip. Executive chef, Zoe Schor, and her staff are incredible...they all work together like a well oiled machine producing and serving some of the best bar bites I've ever had. This trip, we enjoyed Cured Salmon Spring Rolls, carrot/avacado salad, brussel sprouts, lamb ribs, scallop and personalized cocktails. PERFECTION. We wanted to try everything on the menu. Not my first, and definitely not my last trip to Ada Street!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a fun find
    ElleTeeO
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    I found this gem on Open Table & liked the reviews, menu, & different location which IS random; the door (which is relatively hidden!) facing a trash-truck parking lot in a back alley. Hard to find, especially if in a cab & your driver insists this cannot be where you mean to go ;) LOVED the low lighting. NOT true that you can't see your food or that it's too loud to have a convo. It IS on the loud side, but is a smaller space, & EVERY table was full = fun. Energy & music is GREAT , & food fantastic. Got a bunch of small plates, cocktails, & wine; had a BLAST. HIGHLY recommend! If you don't feel comfortable in close quarters, maybe not for you. An ideal date place, good for small groups (4 pp ideal, as there are not many large tables).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful innovative food
    jjdn
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Wonderful innovative food and cocktails. Music a bit loud. Waitress and hostess very friendly and helpful. Recommend the brussel sprouts and octopus selections. We were given complimentary glasses of champagne to start off our anniversary dinner celebration, a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic