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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.
Chicago, IL 60616
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking and some street parking is available.
Roosevelt El Stops- Red, Green, Orange lines
Bus to either State St./16th or Michigan/16th or 18th
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
Our private dining room seats up to 18 guests. Full restaurant buyout is also available. Menus will be custom tailored for each event and food and beverage minimums vary depending on time of year.
Acadia Ratings and Reviews
The food portions are extremely small. I did the wine pairing with dinner. The amount of wine was generous. However, due to the small portions of food I had to quit drinking because I was getting tipsy. My husband got home and ate a lunchable. I fed my daughter pasta and ate what she didn’t finish. Our bill with 21% gratuity was $740. My husband’s boss treated us to $500 for dinner. The $240 we paid wasn’t worth it.
Dined at the last seating on New Year's Eve. It was the priciest among a few well know high end venues. I decided to try it out for their eight course menu and a night full of "many entertainers" throughout the New Year's Eve event. THIS WAS MY WORST NEW YEAR'S EVE DINING EXPERIENCE! The food was sub par, the service was amateurish, and the restaurant design looked like my alcoholic uncle's basement after a super bowl party. The bartender's had no decorum and their drinks tasted like they missed Chapter one in their bartender's for dummies guide.
What was the night cap, you ask? After our wonderful dinning experience was over they told everyone they had to stand in front of the restaurant (gave us our coats- because was the coat service was closing up- of course) and we waited while they converted the restaurant into an after party event space. Really??!!
And, by the way, their many entertainers consisted of a wannabe Mick Jagger impersonator, one Blondie impersonator who did not sing or look like Blondie, and 80 yr old woman with a head tattoo (to be honest, she was kind of fun).
Location is in the south loop of Chicago. The front of the restaurant has small bar and place where you can have late night eats and drinks. We opted to have the tasting menu with wine pairings in the main dining hall. We were seated right away. However, we sat and sat for about 10 minutes without anyone greeting us at our table. I thought this was odd given the status of being Michelin restaurant. Kind of started the night off on the wrong foot. Evening improved from there. Waiter apologized. Food was amazing and so were the wine pairings. Afterwards, they took us into the kitchen for quick tour and photo op. Next time I will try their famous burger and cocktails on their late night dining menu.
I'll begin with some positives. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The atmosphere was very elegant and romantic to say the least. The meal? In general, everything we ate was ok. The portions? Suffice it to say, after the five course meal we immediately ordered Thai take out for $19.16 to satisfy our cravings for the evening. By the way, we are NOT very hefty eaters, The cost of our meal? OUTRAGIOUS!!!! For the cost of the meal we could have dined at some of Chicago's best and still saved several hundreds of dollars in the process. To net it out, the meal was CLEARLY not worth the cost and the food quantity was equally disappointing. We've dined at other Michelin-starred restaurants and this was by far our most disappointing and upsetting experience.
We were extremely disappointed in what we thought would be a GREAT experience.
We went to Acadia during the holiday seasons and had the nine-course tasting menu with wine pairing and a couple of supplements. We ate in the main dining room and only peaked at the bar area, even though I liked the look in there. The service and food was very good certainly worthy of its Michelin star. However, there was nothing truly standout about the food, wine pairing or service. It was for the most part just very good, not great. The beginning of the menu was much better than the end. The menu with the supplements felt too long. The truffle courses (both the white and black truffle courses) were disappointing with the black truffles tasting a little woody and the white truffle's dish not bring out the greatness of the ingredients. Overall, a very good experience but not great.
Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in the Thanksgiving buffet. The vegetables were all undercooked (hard brussel sprouts anyone?), the buffet layout was awkward (top of a serving dish fell off - nearly on someone sitting right next to the buffet), and there were no options but the typical Thanksgiving spread. We had not eaten there before - and given the reviews of the restaurant, we were excited to try it. We would not recommend any of their holiday buffets - you simply will not have the Michelin-starred experience you’re expecting. The staff were good overall - a few star performers and a few that could have been more approachable.
Went for Thanksgiving lunch. Wasn’t apparent at the time of reserving that a buffet meal was to be served nor apparent in the confirmation received. Perhaps it was my fault for not scouring the Acadia website ( under events) beforehand. Upon our arrival we found the hostess welcoming but unable to answer questions about the availability of table service in the lounge area. As the bar seats were occupied, we sat at a small table and after a couple of minutes retrieved a drink menu ourselves from the service stand since no one approached us. About 5 mins later a bartender came over and took our order. His service was cordial and the drinks were great. Of note the upkeep of the decor needs attention. The lounge banquette was terribly stained and the table that we were seated at had burn marks on the top. There was also a tear in the dining room banquette. Not trying to be overly critical but for a Michelin 2-star, a certain level of attention to detail is expected.
We were seated at our table at the time of our reservation. The service was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was well presented and flavorful. We especially enjoyed the foie gras. However we were a little disappointed that it wasn’t the tasting menu but overall the food was good.
Would we go back? Not sure. Perhaps we’d try the tasting menu but unlikely for a special event type meal.
Greeters need to improve their attitude. Even more so, this applies to the bar tender with whom we interacted while waiting for the table to get ready. Good overall experience; unfortunately, initial impression was rather bad. Something that needs to be improved if they want to keep their Michelin two-star status.
Acadia was fantastic. I wanted to experience a Michelin rated restaurant, so that's what I did.
I came here after proposing, so once I got to the restaurant, the staff knew this was for a special occasion. They offered free champagne to celebrate and were extremely welcoming and happy for us.
Dinner for two, so I ordered each of us the five course tasting menu. I also added the wagyu beef and cheese course offered. Our now seven course meal turned into a ten or more course meal as we were given extra dishes to celebrate and to try out.
All of the food was presented well. Big shout out to the cream based soup, which is served in a bowl of lightly burning pine, so it smells amazing. Also, the wagyu beef was the most tender beef I've ever had. Didn't get the wine pairing, but ordered a bottle with dinner, a nice French white wine.
We had three different dessert courses, including a brand new one, and some French press coffee. Fantastic.
The experience for us took almost 4 hours, but it was well worth it. Get the tasting menu for any special occasion. You won't regret it.
Service was top notch. Cleaning the table, refolding napkins, and pulling our chairs out when returning to our seats were just a few things the staff did. You're well taken care of.
Overall, amazing experience. I'll definitely be back.
Only issue we had with the 5 course meal was that the charred wagyu eaten in the leaf could have been better. The char obscured the flavor of the wagyu and as a result the flavor of the beef didn’t shine through. Also would have been better served with a knife and fork.
The cuisine was quite creative and good. There was enough variety in even the 5 course meal that even if you weren't thrilled with a given course, just wait a few minutes and something new and quite different would come by. The wine pairings were solid but not stupendous, but the wine service was quite knowledgeable and affable. The room is a bit on the noisy side due to a steady dose of rock coming over the sound system, but it was good rock if you like the Grateful Dead. Overall, a restaurant that lives up to the fine/creative dining segment.
It was our anniversary they didn’t said nothing, my boyfriend has a shellfish allergy we put that information in our reservation we talked to the server and he forgot about that, they recognized that mistake but for at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant I wasn’t expecting this situation.
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