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Aquitaine - Chicago
Aquitaine - Chicago

Aquitaine - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquitainerestaurant.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
  • "Amazing food and even more spectacular service! Can not tell enough people about this place. Will definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "Super service, divine. Food and wonderfully quiet."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "with the greenhouse theatre in the same block, this is the one "upscale" restaurant worthy of your time. an enticing menu - well prepared, beautifully presented. for our last meal, we had a lovely prix fixe meal due to a groupon. we'll be back."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "The food is good, inventive offerings. Service only so-so. Hard to get a glass of water. And if you want bread, you have to buy it! (I understand having to ask for it, but to pay extra for a roll?)."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "Very quaint and nice atmosphere. The food was delicious and the staff was conscientious about having enough time to prepare and eat the meal as we were going to play."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Duck was fabulous and the presentation beautiful!!!"
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "When we sat down, we informed the waiter that we would need to leave by 7 and asked if that posed a problem or if he suggested anything on the menu we should stay away from, as well as requesting our bill with the food delivery. We were assured we'd be fine if we ordered then and did. We waited 25 minutes between the soup/salad course and the delivery of the entrée at 7 with no check in or apology. Despite the restaurant being nearly empty at that point, the waiter never stopped by to see how our food was, refill water, etc. BAD SERVICE!!!"
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "The food was very tasty, and the drinks were well made. The service was a bit slow, but because our group was very talkative, we hardly noticed. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "We went on a recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent I had the beet salad, as my wife, along with 2 appetizers, the gnocci (w/lobster) and the scallops, while my wife had the vegetable tart. All were very good."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Small but creative menu. Very flavorful. Not a neighborhood we usually go to anymore - helps to have the free parking in the old Children's Hospital garage."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "charming french cafe , nice menu and wine selection and good value, convenient to local theatre"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "We went with the Groupon tasting menu and it was a fabulous sampling of delicious foods. We liked everything. The food was most assuredly French made rich with butter and cheeses and everything indulgent. Our server, Dante, was a champ. He really went along with my weird sense of humor and checked on us frequently. We were the only diners at Aquitaine that Tuesday evening but it still felt comfortable. The only thing that would have sent this experience over the moon is if we met Chef Holly. I have such respect for her and the work she's done with Aquitaine."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Great place with lots of ambiance, excellent food and service. Only one slight defect .. Spinach was waaaay over-garliced! On the other hand Golden Beet ice cream was smooth and creamy and a refreshing dessert taste. Definitely a place to return to!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "There are some issues here. But first, we loved the ambiance -- lovely, small, welcoming. Appealing food selection, and we loved all our choices -- mussels, kale salad, salmon. Our server (Dante) was attentive and helpful. However, there was a considerable delay getting our main dishes. Two neighboring tables had the same problem. As all of us were going to theatre (as do many of the diners, it appears), this became really problematic. Seems to be a problem with the kitchen. My three stars for Service reflect a balance between the server (quite good) and the kitchen (unacceptable). Lovely place, and we would hate to see it go. But there won't be a lot of repeat customers this way."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "very convenient for the theater. Food and service were fine."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "What a gem! Small, unassuming, quiet, very well-appointed--and terrific cuisine, creatively prepared and presented. Nothing fancy, just an attractive bistro where everything went smoothly and professionally. Definitely worth repeat visits."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Rabbit ravioli, braised pork shoulder, salmon...all were excellent! Small restaurant with attention to detail. Nice wine selection. Very good service. Would go there again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "OMG this place was amazing! The food was WONDERFUL!!!!!! The food was fresh, VERY well prepared, the presentation was EXCELLENT, served at the perfect temperature! The ambiance was great, our server was FANTASTIC! All this from a "self proclaimed Foodie"" We used a Groupon, and are recommending it to everyone who asks, even some who haven't ;) We can't stop RAVING about it"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sad that there are too few restaurants around the Greenhouse Theatre. This one is hugely pricey, and the food truly unworthy and in mini-portions: I had a desiccated, dry 1/2 trout (I imagine the rest of it must have shriveled), a smoky mushroom soup that smelled of shoes, a small lump of tolerable mashed potatoes, and an unappetizing, likewise unpleasantly fragrant Asian-spiced spinach. Another of our friends had short ribs. In most restaurants, it comes with sides. Not this. It came in a bowl, alone and unloved. NEVER again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Me and my boyfriend had reservations for 8:30 pm because we planned on going to see a movie before dinner. Luckily we got out of the movies and headed to the restaurant and they were able to take us early. The waitress was very nice and she gave us seats next to the window. Everything from the appatizer, to dinner then dessart was very delicious!!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone especially couples."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Our older daughter bought a Group on for my wife for Monster's day to go to Aquitaine. It was for the 3 course prix fixe dinner. the selections were good and we both found items were were interested in. The portions were ample and well prepared. The preparation was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. We certainly plan to go back, especially because it is in our neighbord and easy to walk to. We are adding this to our list of French restaurant that we tend to frequent."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant close to the Apollo theater for a pre-show dinner. Aquitaine was our find, and what a success. The staff was friendly and the food outstanding. We were there on a beautiful summer evening, so ambiance was a little easier, but I think this place would be great even in the winter. Quiet, relatively small dining area - great for a romantic evening. We recommend Aquitaine completely."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It was very convenient to the theatre. But we told our waitress that we were going to theatre, but she waited too long to order our entrees."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Everything a good restaurant should be is served up at Aquitaine; delicious food, great wine selection, wonderful service, beautiful space..it's a place to go to not only for special occasion but too feel special whenever you're there."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our group of four ate here before a 2:30pm Sunday show at the Greenhouse Theater. Delicious food and great ambience and service. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "very cool neighborhood restaurant. Nothing pretentious or trendy about it. The food speaks for itself. Fantastic foie gras, duck, and incredibly affordable wine list. If you like homemade french bistro food, you"ll probably love it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very small, but comfortable seats and table, if not fully occupied. The food is spectacular and the drinks interesting and delicious, but expensive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went because we found a reasonably priced Groupon with a good prefix menu. The food was really good!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a great time. The food was delicious, the servers were extremely friendly and helpful. Really cozy atmosphere with big open doors at the front letting in a nice evening breeze. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This place has awesome food. The Duck Breast was simply amazing! The service was not bad but not good either. It really just needs a little fine tuning. Used a groupon and had to pick from a limited menu, but that did notean limited food quality."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal at Aquitane. The hostess is the mother of the chef (her daughter) and the sou chef (her son). Excellent service. Well priced for the quality and portion size. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The pork dish was excellent. I had the scallops appetizer on a bed of shrimp risotto, also lovely although a little less pea puree might have also made the dish better. I found it a bit overwhelming paired with the seafood."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Service was awful. One waiter for entire restaurant on a SATURDAY night. Food was good although the onion soup had way too much cheese and bread in it and not enough soup. It was in a cup size portion. Waiter mixed up the bill. However the knucci was worth going there for."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food is very good, however the service is awkward…had to wait for silverware and the staff seems to disappear often. It is shame. Wine list could be improved"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I plan to move to Chicago at some point and I can see this being my weekly regular spot. It's just lovely in EVERY way!!! The food is INCREDIBLE, service is very attentive, the decor is beautiful. If you love a quiet, relaxing, intimate restaurant to wind down and enjoy a fabulous meal, this is the place to park yourself!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is a very nice neighborhood type restaurant. Food is good and the staff are very polite. courteous and attentive to your needs. I would recommend trying if you are in the area."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a complicated night with college graduations and cancelled flights, this was our only family meal. The server was understanding and helpful. The food was delicious. Saffron mussels, salads, salmon, short ribs, vegetable tart, all yummy. The peach bread pudding was worth every calorie. Originally our youngest was, then wasn't, then was coming and they packaged and unpackaged her dinner gracefully. Support this restaurant, great food and good hosts!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I would have given 3 stars if I was reviewing its dinner service. Like the dinner food much better. But had terrific mimosas."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nice service, friendly and good food. Review needs to be at least 50 characters in length."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was my second time at Aquitaine, but the first time for the other 3 people in my party. Everyone loved it. The woman who ordered duck said it was some of the best she's ever had, and her husband wanted to return soon so he could order it for himself, although he did really enjoy his short ribs too. This is an intimate dining experience and you can taste the love that goes into every dish. The waitress was even able to whip up an outstanding chocolate martini for my husband even though it isn't a drink normally offered there. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
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