Acadia

4.7
958 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Acadia is a two star Michelin restaurant in Chicago's South Loop Neighborhood. Chef Ryan McCaskey's seven course menu is seasonal with contemporary takes on classic food. Most roots come from classic American, French and Italian influences. Seafood and shellfish products will mostly be sourced from the area in Maine where Chef McCaskey spent his summers, but also which happens to be a source to some of the highest quality shellfish in the world.
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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Wednesday-Thursday: 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday, 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sunday, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 360-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan McCaskey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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Parking details
Valet parking and some street parking is available.
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Public transit
Roosevelt El Stops- Red, Green, Orange lines

Bus to either State St./16th or Michigan/16th or 18th
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private and semi-private dining available for cocktails or seated service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia's service was incredibly polished, accommodating, and individualized. And the food was amazing- interesting combinations, innovative presentation, delicious in every respect! We will return when the occasion of another special meal arises. Many thanks!

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LB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Didn’t live up to the expectations! We added the wagyu to the dinner experience and it was soooo rubbery and blah not even close to the amazing wagyu we had at Oriole. We have almost finished covering the 50 best restaurants in Chicago from the Chicago magazine and this has been one of the very few disappointments.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Pasta WAY too salty. Duck with caviar was a miss & Duck was clearly pre cooked . The add on A5 sandwich thing was terrible- it did not eat well. Hard to bite through.
My wife’s fish was way undercooked. My lamb was outstanding though. With all these issues and half eaten food , the service staff did not ask once if everything was ok. I would rather eat at the bar. Burger looked fantastic. Dining room felt pretentious . Wine was on point . Overall disappointing

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I even got intoxicated and could not leave the Hotel ALL next day, neither could I eqt anything until today.

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c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were truly amazing. The serving of the 8+ courses was nicely timed so neither were we rushed nor did the whole meal take up the entire day. We have been too many excellent restaurants but this one tops the list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

To be honest, the food was far below my expectations, never go again.

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience was very nice. The food was outstanding, but not the best I've ever had. The wine selection could have been better for the price paid.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was prefect and wonderful just like u would of hoped.

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t
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Fine dining at it’s finest! Celebrated my husbands birthday last Saturday and what a treat it was. The last time we ate at Acadia was back near when it opened in 2012. I’m not sure why we haven’t been back since then! Everything was spectacular. Highlights from the menu was the Hornbacher Mornay dish, the lobster dish and the lamb loin! Unfortunately we were quite full so we passed on the evening supplements (which is a shame because the cheese course looked amazing)! The desserts were equally as impressive. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough and certainly understand why they keep getting Michelin stars! Bravo chef McCaskey and team.

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CD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous setting set for foodies. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating without being overbearing. Each course was beautiful in presentation and included unique combination of ingredients with creative presentations. The only recommendation I would make for improvement is that some of the younger servers would deliver the food and rattle off the ingredients quickly and then turn away. A few times, (out of many courses), I had to call them back over to repeat the dish description.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening.

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FD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was excellent as were the wine pairings, however the rest of the experience was underwhelming. The service was as expected, but the place just lacked any personality. Probably one of the most expensive yet boring dinners I've had.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! WOW! WOW! What a beautiful experience.

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Close to nouvelle cuisine (the food looks like what it is) with truly unique flavor palette. New flavors that waken and tingle the mouth. Left very satisfied and full.

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TH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome tasting experience along with upscale service. Would recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to visit Chicago. Suggest making reservations a month ahead.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia was a wonderful experience. The service was excellent. Some of the dishes were underwhelming for a Michelin 2 star. The custard with Dashi was meh. The cabbage was too big of a portion. The presentation was great and the first 2-3 bites were good but beyond that it was just cabbage. The lobster bisque was delicious but tad bit too salty. The rest of the dishes were excellent. The salmon and the lamb were perfectly cooked. I loved the risotto. The canapes and the bread were yummy. The wine pairings were excellent. Overall we had a great experience but for the money we paid it could have been better.

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SD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome tasting menu and service. We went for the seco e time and was surprised again.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th time to dine at Acadia and it was as amazing as the previous visits. The food is beyond description. The Chef is incredibly talented. The meal is listed as 8 courses but we had far more than that and were so full we could barely eat our last courses. We had the wine pairing and enjoyed listening to the Sommelier's description of the wines. Each wine was perfectly paired with the dishes.

Excellent dining experience!

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed! Food was amazing and service was impeccable. The attention to detail and the knowledge of the staff is amazing. We would come here again, no question.

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RC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 5 meals I have ever had.... and I have been to some nicely starred restaurants. It was listed as an eight course tasting menu. It was 13 different tastings with 9 different (healthy) wine pairings. I came hungry and I had to pace myself. The Serving staff was absolutely wonderful. I recommend this restaurant with every one of my taste buds! Also, when we left, we were given an assortment of pastries with these menus. Wow!

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RL
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff could not have been more first class. Their attention without intruding was fantastic. The food was well above my expectations but be prepared to be challenged. The chef did a remarkable job blending foods to create an exceptional experience. Well worth the money and looking forward to going back.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the charts amazing, I've been to many restaurants across the USA and ACADIA provides a food explosion with every bite...if you're in the Chicago area this is a MUST GO. The experience, the staff, ambience and of course the FOOD, oh so AMAZING... from the time you walk in to the time you leave, every step, such a well orchestrated oiled machine, can't wait for my next visit, no question this will be our go to spot in Chi-town. Thanks to everyone @ACADIA...BRAVO!!!!!!

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BW
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but we were not blown away like we hoped to be. The service was impeccable, but we thought there were a few courses that missed the mark.

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular experience at Acadia. Elegant, refined but not at all fussy. I will dream about the cabbage - and that is something I never thought I'd say.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Tasting menu so knew it would be one bite each course. We asked for bread and they said “it was a course”. Beautiful presentation, great service left hungry

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We went there for my wife's birthday. It was a really enjoyable evening. They were accommodating of some last minute restrictions, and they made the celebration quite special. Would recommend to anyone looking for a special occasion to celebrate.

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g
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Acadia is certainly an excellent restaurant in Chicago, although considering some of its competition (Oriole, Smyth, Alinea, Elizabeth), it is not quite at that level. A few dishes on the tasting menu were outstanding, but most were very good modernist dishes. The theme of the Maine coast was much less evident than I expected. Service was excellent, although I was somewhat disconcerted that the automatic service charge (the tip) was 21%. A very generous tip is 20%, so why that extra percent. It was, frankly, a little off-putting.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arcadia is THE best restaurant in Chicago and we have been to many of the top rated restaurants in the US and overseas. This is second to none! Everything was to perfection. We look forward to the next time.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A meal to remember. The flower play, a memory forever.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was fabulous from the food to the wine to the service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia served a fantastic tasting menu with a wide variety of tastes. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious. The service was impeccable and we felt very well taken care of. The wine pairing was on point and highlighted the food well. It is expensive to dine here, but worth the quality food and great service.

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SE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia has truly earned its 2 star rating from the Michelin Guide. Delectable flavors from the beautifully plated and presented courses will awaken your palate. The distinctive menu coupled with an inviting ambiance and impeccable service provide a fabulous experience. You must visit this restaurant. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Una excelente experiencia. La comida es sumamente sofisticada con toque hacia lo marino y lo organico, el servicio es espectacular. Uno de los mejores restaurantes que hemos ido en el mundo. Muy recomendable, definitivamente se notan las dos estrellas Michellin pero sobre todo un servicio extraordinario. Los comensales le tienen un especial cariño al dueño por su trato humano y extraordinario hacia ellos, se nota que hay una vibra de compañerismo y alto nivel de calidad. Este es uno de esos restaurantes al que harías un viaje a Chicago solamente a degustar esta experiencia nuevamente.

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KM
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but not great, food was interesting but not enthralling, service a bit clunky, and air conditioning was polar.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Acadia is all about presentation, and they do that part very well. The ambiance is great and the food plated beautifully. We had the 8-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and most courses were artistic and unique. However, we both agreed that the artistry was taking the place of flavor in at least half of the dishes presented.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was outstanding! Went there for our anniversary...food was amazing, staff great...cant say enough positive things

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very average all around. Though plated nicely, the actual taste of the food was subpar for this type of dining experience. Wouldn’t come back.

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AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The first four courses we're GREAT .but the Branzono, toasted cabbage, ..in short the last half of the menu was just "good".

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our anniversary dinner at Acadia was amazing! My husband and I are BIG tasting menu buffs...and have been waiting to try Acadia for awhile. The venue is bit south of downtown, closer to Chinatown. You’d almost miss it since it is not midst of anything else!

The tea they prepared on the way in was less than impressive, which almost made us wonder if this was going to be worth the $$! Thank goodness that it was the only bad part of the meal! They really should rethink that.

Although it was supposed to be a 10 course meal, it quickly became like 15 courses, with delectable amuse bouche and appetizers. We also added a foie gras sundae at the end, along with upgrade our entree to A5 wagyu beef rib eye that was to die for. Highly recommend!!!! The bill came to be about &
$600 with the upgrades and couple glassed of wine.

The lighting is less than flattering so the pics are not the greatest, but trust me, the flavor & the taste were second to none. The staff were ever so sweet and accomodating, and I LOVED that they tidy up the table every so often to make sure your experience is up to par.

Only negative part is that they allowed someone with white cap & tshirt with shorts in the restaurant. While I don’t think a strict dress code determines the michelin star quality of the place, it did bother me that someone would choose to wear that to such a place on Saturday dinner where everyone was dressed quite nicely. I do think that there should be a better enforcement of the “smart casual” rule.

Overall, Acadia exceeded my expectations with their atmosphere, amazing food and staff, and their adorable parting gifts with chocolates, macarons, nuts, and a specialized menu to indicate our anniversary :). Thank you for a great experience!!

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