Acadia

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Acadia is a two star Michelin restaurant in Chicago's South Loop Neighborhood. Chef Ryan McCaskey's ten 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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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The service was exceptional. Very interesting flavors. The wine pairing was on the spot. Highly recommended.

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PW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

ate here on Saturday 2/16. I ordered their specialty Valentine’s Day tasting menu.

The tasting menu costs $115 for 5 courses which is more expensive per course than the 10 course tasting menu offered all the time. With the specialty menu being more expensive we expected the courses to be even more exciting and fulfilling. Instead we were rushed through each course at what seemed to be a way to pump us in and out.

Our final primary course of steak was what really pushed us over the edge and upset us. The course calls for a bacon wrapped sirloin with leek, robuchon potatoes and creamy kale. No leek was on our dish to start with, it was replaced with a baby carrot instead. Both the potato and baby carrot were used identically on the dish prior. This felt extremely lazy. For only 5 courses to wow a customer and you chose to repeat ingredients several times. We felt the lack of attention to that detail on a more expensive and smaller menu was shocking. On top of all this, on one of our steaks the bacon was undercooked, rubbery, and chewy. In the picture below is the dish, hard to believe that this was served in two star michelin restaurant looks a lot more like a middle of the ground steakhouse dish.

We had such excitement and expectations going into our first two michelin star experience. We left this dinner feeling scammed by the restaurant who was taking advantage of people wanting to splurge for a special occasion. Never have a felt like I was taken advantage of at a michelin restaurant let alone a 2 star michelin restaurant.

Would personally recommend Elske or Topolobampo if you’re in Chicago looking for an outstanding tasting menu.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing really wow'd me, it was very well done but not as innovative as I would've hoped.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year wedding anniversary

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary and had a spectacular meal with superb wine pairings an unparalleled service.

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v
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We absolutely loved our experience at Acadia. The food is unique and the waiting staff is impeccably polite

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Winter menus started out amazingly delish but once potato hoshposh was served something was off. Wagu beef was to fatty.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal versions of super relatable dishes with great stories behind them. Perfect mix of technique and creativity but all in service of flavor and what’s best for the dish, never for show.

2 stars is not enough

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such an awesome experience ,I took my daughter for her birthday.The entire wait staff was in point,such great service.If course the food was the main star me an my daughter were over whelmed best dining experience ever!!

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was wonderful. We also enjoyed the wine pairings that went along with it. Every course was delicious. There were no misses. Can't wait to go back!

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M
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Timing of when food came out was inconsistent. Not as quiet as I expected for a 2 star Michelin food. Food was amazing though.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With exceptional service and phenomenal food I can not recommend Acadia highly enough.

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IE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

unique food and beautiful presentation.

A bit disappointed the table wasn't ready on time and had to wait at bar

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LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service, horrendous music selection (Red Hot Chili Peppers? Seriously?)

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PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Belle expérience gustative, parfois déroutante (peut-être trop sur les desserts)
Seule proposition en menu dégustation 10 plats (petites portions).
Beaucoup de créativité sur les gouts, certains excellents, d'autres audacieux mais a à affiner.
Excellent service digne 3*
Salle trop "froide" à notre gout, pas assez cosi.

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

A culinary journey featuring delectable flavors, textures, and techniques. Our main server Michael was a pleasure to dine with.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was superb! Food was unquestionably delicious. I’m going to send anyone who asks here.

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TA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Deserving of another Michelin star. Service was better than 11 Madison Park. Food was like a party in ones mouth. Will return.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly well thought out and inspiring menu, every single dish in the tasting menu was a delight. Great service and ambience as well.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a good fine dining experience, the only flaw was the Chinese inspired duck with XO sauce... Chinese taste buds are very demanding when it comes to anything that is “Chinese”/“oriental”

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

Best food I've ever had in my life! Great service, everyone was so knowledgeable and helpful. Loved this place so much!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. It’s funny that the fact that the waiter used my name when he greeted me made that much more of a difference. Something that small made me feel good about this place.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been enjoying Acadia since the chef first opened (Wow, what value then: $110 for 10 courses) and his food is still top-notch and his creativity is amazing. The service and wine-pairings have, unfortunately, declined. Some of the outstanding dishes were the peekytoe crab to start, the scallop, tagliatelle pasta (yummy — wish I had 2 servings) and breads (those are all separate dishes). I cannot remember them all —and I do not take pictures — but they were tasty! The service, though, left a lot to be desired and, at $950 for 2, the service should be as outstanding as the food. At one point, the waitperson refilled my water glass and rather than walk around me, she reached directly over me (while eating) and the table to refill my date’s glass. She said ‘excuse my reach’ but there is no excuse — she should have walked to the other side of the table to refill his glass — and that is just basic service not even high-end service. The table was not even in a corner (where it may be difficult to reach the other side) as we were seated in the middle of the room. The wine-pairings were NOT good — actually, worse than the service. I really dislike saying that but there were more than a few glasses that I took one sip and could not even drink it. Usually, the staff will notice if you are not eating or drinking your food or beverages — particularly with a tasting menu —and inquire why but not a single server commented, nor asked, about the full (undrinkable) glasses of wine left untouched - we had to ask them to remove the glasses and they still did not ask why we were not drinking them. I do not pay that kind of $ to not enjoy the wine. The guy serving the wine described every glass as “amazing” — none were and only a couple were drinkable. To sum it up: Food = Amazing! Everything Else = Not so Much. The chef is creative and knows how to please the palette. Go for the food but order a glass of wine (or two) of your own choosing and you will enjoy it more.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do experience! Everything was perfect from start to finish. Impeccable service and every course was unique, surprising, delightful and delicious. The wine pairing was spot on.

If you’re open to trying new things, enjoy unique dining experiences and are good with the high price point, Acadia is a wonderful place for any special occasion.

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LS
Chicago
163 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Acadia was so good. We added oysters as a starter to go with some champagne for the holidays. The courses were all delicious - very oriented to Maine and the sea. Well-sized with good pacing. Our group favored the cod entree along with the vegetarian (nice to have the option). The Chateneuf de Pape that we reviewed with the sommelier and selected was delicious - easy to drink and worked well with seafood.

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AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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CF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our 41st anniversary. I picked it based on the ratings without knowing much about it. When we arrived I wondered if I was in the right place. There isn't much around and it looked closed from the outside, but we forged on and into the restaurant. From that moment on everything changed. We were greeted immediately and provided a wonderful warm drink with flavors I do not think I could re-create. We were immediately seated and the service and continued at such a high standard. Even as courses were presented, it was like watching a dance choreography. Every course was delicious and unique. Not only was the presentation flawless, but the flavors were amazing. The chef put together flavors that I would never have considered, and they complimented each other perfectly. We have eaten at many fine restaurants but I can say that this meal was easily in our top 3. We would like to thank the staff and Chef for making this anniversary very special!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
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
8 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
142 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
17 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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A
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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