Aquitaine - Chicago
Aquitaine - Chicago

Aquitaine - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquitainerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7736988456
  • 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: 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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Aquitaine - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)romantic (53)fit for foodies (49)special occasion (38)notable wine list (12)good for groups (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Superior food in noisy environment
    MattVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was our first time that this lovely restaurant. It has a refined atmosphere ruined by the noise level due to no sound absorbing surfaces. The food may take a bit long to get to you but it is well worth the wait as it is beautifully prepared and presented. I had trout, cooked perfectly and my friend a steak, also cooked to perfection. Vegetable sides were not overcooked and very tasty. Mashed potatoes smooth and creamy. I started with cream of cauliflower soup, a very smooth delicious velvety soup. We were going to the theater and had no time to try desserts. We are sure to return but must still say the noise level was much too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were all alone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Totally empty. Concerning but inside, immediately confronted unpleasant odor. Near a front window where the smell was not too strong....another couple would come in later and request to be moved as the smell must have been worse in the back. That needs to be fixed asap! Server was fairly attentive and friendly, my cocktail was strong and food okay but over-priced. Salads were fresh but swam in dressings. I had the duck and it was overcooked (barely a hint of pink, which is no way to treat duck breast) and over-sauced. My companion had trout that was nicely cooked, but again, over -sauced. With the one drink and no dessert, dinner with tip $100.00...with all restaurants to choose from in Lincoln Park, sadly, this place should be skipped.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place For A Date!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    With the quiet setting, dim lighting, great food and wine this place is the ideal spot for a date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You get what you pay for
    RunDevilRun
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    French cuisine has obviously a lot to offer but it is somewhat difficult to find authentic classic French restaurants in Chicago (I mean reflecting the day to day French cuisine). Aquitaine is not an exception to that statement even if almost all the starers "sound" French : USD 5 Onion Soup (I can tell you that it is not easy to find onion soup in France, unless you are in Paris' more touristic area), overcooked (then extra-small) pan seared foie gras (USD 15), etc. The plats principaux (entrees) have nothing to do with French classics but are good (braised ribs, pasta with seafood, etc... Italy has been part of France under Napoleon I, hence the confusion ;-). The wine list is small but serious ... but once again not even 20% is French..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • blackbird
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was very impressed with the food , the service, the whole package!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint restaurant with good food
    Mela526VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food is quite good. I recommend the cheese board appetizer. Very good!!! It does not seem that bread comes with your dinner though. I found that hard to believe for a french restaurant. We ordered a loaf and were charged for the baquette. It was good though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a hidden gem in Lincoln Park. Small portions for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've been here twice and it's been fantastic both times. The food is amazing. Some of the best creme brulee you'll ever have in your life.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect little neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    From our delightful waiter Caitlin to the good craft cocktails to the melt-in-your-mouth short ribs and deeply tasty trout, this was a satisfying experience from beginning to end. Bravo to all in the tiny kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing lamb
    ShyChiDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The most notable thing about our dinner experience was the lamb special. Three perfectly prepared shanks served on lovely squash ravioli. Wonderful. The one disappointment was dessert. The flourless chocolate cake tasted like it had been frozen and incompletely thawed. But our salad, appetizer and main dishes were lovely and our server (Dante) was knowledgeable and amiable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodieover40VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nice, small bistro type restaurant. Food was delicious. Had the salmon and the lamb chops. Butternut squash soup was yummy and the scallop app was fabulous. Would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We used a Groupon for our meal and our party all felt the server was irritated by the fact we were using it. He swooped our menus away and handed us a card that was marked Groupon. If they don't like customers to use Groupons, they shouldn't participate. There were only 2 other tables occupied, so it's apparent they can use new customers. Unfortunately, with that attitude, non of us will be returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall exceptional!
    TomS
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing food and even more spectacular service! Can not tell enough people about this place. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Super service, divine. Food and wonderfully quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great pre-theatre venue and anytime
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • increase the service
    ChicagoAmyVIP
    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?).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    s1h2a3r4i5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect before theater
    HinsdaleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Duck was fabulous and the presentation beautiful!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD SERVICE!!
    LauraVIP
    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!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a try!
    Niftyfifty
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-Theater Experience
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for special occasion
    ChowoutVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phobe
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    charming french cafe , nice menu and wine selection and good value, convenient to local theatre
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible!
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tres tres bien!!
    DinahD
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed a lot, but still problems
    DWal
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    very convenient for the theater. Food and service were fine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food!
    luv2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    anneteri
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid Aquitaine restaurant
    FluffyRoss
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!!!
    Klady
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    gmsattyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Badger EV
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch Before the Show
    CGDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely french bistro gem
    goshendocVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be Missed
    BJLEE
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Very small, but comfortable seats and table, if not fully occupied. The food is spectacular and the drinks interesting and delicious, but expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Emilychicago
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went because we found a reasonably priced Groupon with a good prefix menu. The food was really good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet