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Aquitaine - Chicago
Aquitaine - Chicago

Aquitaine - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquitainerestaurant.com/
  • Email: aquitaine.restaurant@gmail.com
  • Phone: (773) 698-8456
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner available everyday: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Holly Willoughby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: We've provided memorable rehearsal dinners, showers, business dinners and more. We are very flexible and look forward to working with you to present an experience to remember and impress.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Webster St
  • Public Transit: Red/Brown/Purple lines located three blocks west of restaurant. Local buses available as well, notably the 8, 11, and 74.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available on the streets immediately in front of the restaurant. On Webster and Larrabee on the SIDES of the street bordering Oz Park, parking is meter free. Lincoln Ave the block East of Webster is also meter free.

    The parking garage for Children's Memorial Hospital located two blocks West of the restaurant on Lincoln Ave is available for a fee.
A word from Aquitaine - Chicago
Aquitaine is a comfortable bistro located in Lincoln Park focusing on European influenced fare, perfect for intimate dinners or small get-togethers. First class desserts are provided by the Vanille Patisserie.

The last Tuesday of every month Chef Willoughby teams up with one of our wine vendors to present a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Join us for this fun opportunity to explore something new together each month!

Take a look at our website for current promotions, photos and more.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service was cheerful but the food, undistinguished. We would not return, even though it is convenient to theatre."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We ate Easter dinner at the restaurant. Surprised that there was only one wait person on duty. She did a good job but clearly the restaurant missed the mark in not having additional staff that evening. Food was good but not particularly memorable. Desserts were a disappointment."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This is a difficult review, b/c we love Aquitaine. My mom was visiting for Easter so we chose to eat here for brunch after church. I truly think it was an off day, & they were understaffed. They had a prix fixe menu (to be expected) & the food was VERY good! The problem was that it was a 2 hour meal, NOT by our chosing. We submitted our order all at once, expecting everything to be paced appropriately (we had Cubs tickets & did not want to linger). Clearly, our third course was never put in - we waited 30 minutes watching 3 other tables that came in after us turn over. It was almost comical like we were intentionally being overlooked. They acknowledged the delay by comping 2 drinks. We will be back, but probably not on a holiday weekend. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Loved taking my two adult daughters for Easter Brunch which was a special fixed rate menu. Menu items were broad enough for one to order based on their personal taste. Service was wonderful and the head chef/owner was visible in the dining room interacting with guests. I ordered lamb and my only complaint was that it could have used a little more seasoning. Otherwise after tasting my daughter's fish and prime rib, they were exceptional! Crème Brule' was Wonderful!! Lovely atmosphere and conducive to conversation with that special someone. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was just okay, and they seemed to be very understaffed for Easter Sunday. It seemed as though our waitress forgot about our table, as her other tables that arrived after us had paid and left before we were even served dessert."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We have had dinner at Aquitaine twice. Both times, the food was excellent and nicely presented, and the prices were quite reasonable for the quality. Both times, also, there was a painfully long wait for the entrees although we had told the server we had a 7:30 pm curtain time (the Greenhouse Theater Center is just down the street). "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We picked it for dinner because we were going to the Greenhouse Theatre for a play that evening; the theater is just a few doors down Lincoln. The reviews I read were good. It turned out to be wonderful in terms of both food, service and ambiance. Except desserts. Our group of 4 had rabbit stuffed house made ravioli, trout and a pork shoulder braise all of which were excellent. Our salad of poached pears and greens was also very good. I would definitely go back to try other dishes next time we're in the neighborhood for the theater."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The service was a bit slow (I don't think they're used to large groups... it is a small, more intimate place that I imagine people go to on dates), but the food was really good!! We weren't in a rush, so the slowness wasn't a big deal, and we were still treated very well!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "great service and great food.Would recommend this place to other diners."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is pricey but well worth the cost. The staff were friendly and very accommodating during my visit."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Relaxed dining - excellent food - interesting choices and fantastic, charming waitresses. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Typical french food, like duck breast and creme brulee done very well. The potato leek soup was rich and flavorful. The salmon entree had a very nice sweet glaze crust and was done to a perfect medium rare. The duck breast was solid. The creme brulee was nice and light with fresh, ripe strawberries on top. It was served while the caramelized top was still warm. The multi-layer cake was rich and light at the same time and had a nice cookie base. Service was very friendly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Atmosphere is wonderful as is the food. The appetizers are quite large and definately enough to share. Great choices on the menu and all looks great. The salmon was wonderful and very tasty. My husband had the duck breast and said it was the best he has had as far as preparation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was a wonderful little place! Extremely comfortable, the staff was awesome, and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food, good service. Good for groups as well as a nice date but not suitable for kids."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Not only were the food and service great, the prices were very reasonable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I wish I could eat there every day. The restaurant combines coziness of one's own home with quiet sophistication. Everything fits on the menu: tastes, combinations, textures (I've been there 4 times so far, never repeating a dish, and everything has been excellent). Service is quick and professional, but not that quick so one feels rushed. Ambiance does not distract from the food and quiet conversation - a gem!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "this was a great place for a quiet and lovely catch-up with a friend. ambiance was intimate but not overly romantic. the food was REALLY nice, too. perfect for great conversation :)."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful. Server was friendly, attentive and knowledegable about both the menu and wine list. She made some great suggestions for our first visit. The food was perfectly cooked. We had the fennel dusted dusted scallops with risotto to start. Definetly enough for 2 to share. The Salmon entree was awesome. It had a great balnce of flavors and was acompanied by kale and roasted mushrooms that were the perfect consistency. All flavors were simple and elegant. Portion sizes are just right and the prices are reasonable for the quality. Enjoyed not being sutffed with bread before the entrees. It was a refreshing change. Will definelty be back. It is worth the drive from the suburbs."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening at Aquitaine. It's a very pretty little restaurant with a nice ambiance. Our waitperson was friendly and helpful. We ordered from the fixed-price menu, which had a nice selection. The cocktails are also good and our waitress picked a perfect wine pairing for me with the duck I ordered. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Restaurant was FREEZING. Had to wear my coat during dinner. Not the ambience I was going for with a romantic French dinner. Dinner was well presented, but very basic and boring. Veggie tart was 98% egg and a little cheese. The entire tart had ONE dried tomato and what seemed to be the equivalent of one spear of asparagus cut up. Pretty disappointing. Expected to be overly full from a 3 course meal, but I literally went home and ate more. Sad, I wanted to love the night."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wife and I had prix fixe. Each item was honest and simple. No confusion. Soup/elegant, cheese plate/adequate, duck breast/pure flavor, pork shoulder/comfy. Deserts from Vanille are an elegant splurge. Sense of true passion for food done right."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Cute french bistro-type restaurant. Food was very good and service was friendly. We had a Groupon gift for the 3 course prix-fixe, but I think the prices were decent. Our only real complaint is that there was a strange frigid draft that would sweep through the restaurant every so often (and not when the front door was opened). So, it could have been just a tad warmer in there. Other than that, we'd totally go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very intimate setting and quiet on a weekday, it was perfect to actually hear well your friends at the table if this is what you are looking for. Older crowd. French inspired food, some great specials and desserts. A bit of a hit or miss but good overall. Service was okay, a tad too friendly/home style, could have been more formal. We had a groupon for a three course meal and they definitely did not "go cheap" on the set menu. Pleasantly surprised. Would recommend."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The restaurant is small and nice, with dim lights and candles - perfect for a romantic date, but maybe that's because I went during Valentine's Day weekend. The cocktails we tried were really nice. I had gnocchi with lobster that were good and the filet mignon which was spectacular. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went there to celebrate his birthday. We had a Groupon and sometimes I feel like we are treated differently at the restaurant then. However, even tho' there was a different menu for the Groupon, we had wonderful food (and a nice choice of food), great service, a lovely wine and overall a great evening. I had duck and it was one of the best duck I have ever had in a restaurant, including some very fancy establishments. The evening's special wine was quite good. The dessert was very good too. I had been there before, but it was a first for my husband. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for pre-theatre lunch. It was Sunday brunch, which was my fault as I did not see this when booking. It was okay. Not my or my husband's type of menu. Food was fine. Bread was good. Service was very good - staff is friendly. Would consider trying again for a lunch or dinner menu, but probably would not return for a Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Aquitaine is a little classy hidden gem. The excellent service service was beaten only by the quality of the food. My date and I both had the salmon which was absolutely to die for. It was little on the expensive side and a bit of a small portion but it was really worth the price, I'd highly recommend it. Also check out the cocktails- they're simple but interesting, and are really quite fine tuned. My date had a 'Sweet Al' and I had a 'Death in the Afternoon' and both were great. All around a great experience!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went here for valentines day. The food wad great and the service was outstanding. They had some of the best pinot grigio I have ever tasted."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Both of our meals were great. I had the scallops as an appetizer, duck breast for entree, and Amber Cake for dessert. I usually don't get duck breast, but I was very pleased I did. It was absolutely delicious. The Amber Cake was amazing, too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For a French restaurant the food was very blan, uninspired and uneventful. We had the macaroni and duck & gnocchi for an appetizer, I had potatoe leak soup which was the saddest excuse for a cup of warm milk I ever tasted. We both had the braised pork which was just under decent in my book. Our desserts were pretty good which leads me to believe that they are not made there in the restaurant. I should have known better since they were one of the very few restaurants with prime time seating available on valentines day. Stay home, order a pizza and watch a movie instead of blowing your money on the poor food at this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had a great experience at Aquitaine during Restaurant Week and will definitely go back. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful, adding to the experience. I'd recommend the blueberry sage cocktail--interesting mix of flavors. And the amber cake was DIVINE! I would go back just for the dessert. Also recommend the salmon entree. My friend had the duck entree with celery root mash and mussels appetizer, which she thought were delightful. All-around great place! The place was surprisingly filled for a snowy and cold weeknight."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I booked a huge party of 14 for my birthday. They were very accomodating and friendly. The server (Amber) was great and attentive to all of our needs. Our food was made well and nobody had any complaints. I had the trout as an entree and it came with spinach and mashed potatoes. The fish was well seared and I was definitely part of the clean plate club that night. I had the amber cake for dessert, and though I wished I hadn't eaten all of that sugar, I ate all of that too! Overall a great experience with French cuisine. I would definitely recommend it to other people."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "not a lot of frills - but fairly straightforward interesting fare"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Went here on my first date with my boyfriend and it was amazing food and the service was great. Get the salmon or Idaho trout for entrees and the scallops to start off! Yummy fresh French bread too!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the wine recommendation from our server. Portions were great and wonderfully prepared. It would have been perfect except someone brought a baby that kept squeeling. If it's a regular staple on the menu- go for the flourless chocolate cake. To die for!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I tried Aquitaine during Restaurant Week and, the overall experience was lackluster. The restaurant itself is very charming, but the service was slow, and the food was (for lack of a better word) lazy. After waiting quite a while to order, I had the braised pork shoulder. Normally, this ought to be tender enough to cut with a fork. In this case, I struggled to cut it even with my knife. And in addition to being unpleasantly tough, it was wholly unseasoned. Both the pork and the vegetables were terribly bland; I guess the flavor was meant to come from the sauce, which wasn't bad, but there was so little of it that it didn't really redeem the plate. I wanted to like it, given how close and cute it is, but I just can't recommend it."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I went with a friend for restaurant week. I had never heard of the place before and probably wouldn't have if it hadn't been for restaurant week. The food was excellent. Every course was really well done. Often on a restaurant week menu you might find one thing you like per course. Here, my friend and I had a hard time picking just one."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "A small, intimate restaurant that reminded me of one of the hidden gems in Paris. Familiar menu items prepared with a delicious twist. Every aspect of the meal was fantastic; from the delectable food to the excellent service. Had the duck breast, which was perfectly prepared, and the succulent mussels in a saffron cream broth. Their desserts, several of which come from the Vanille patisserie, are to die for! All in all, a delightful dining experience."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Three friends and I had a fantastic dinner Thursday nite. Without doubt, we all agreed it was one of THE best meals we had ever had and would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. The restaurant is quite small, which was great. Despite the fact that it was crowded, we were able to have conversations at our table without having to strain to hear each other. We took advantage of Restaurant Week and had the 3 course prix fixe menu. By the end of dinner, all of us had cleaned our plates!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014