Acadia

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Contemporary American
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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been to other Michelin restaurants and was skeptical after booking this one and seeing the reviews. They seemed inconsistent but after going I was happy with the experience. We came when the restaurant first opened for the tasting menu and though the meal did take long itself (about 3 1/2 hours start to finish) it had nothing to do with the service but rather that it was a 13 course meal. The waiters were very good and brought everything out in a timely manner. We loved the ambiance and the experience the only negative thing I can say is that I expected the food itself to stand out a little more just because of the price. I’ve been to other Michelin restaurants ( some 3 stars) and just felt the food was better for around the same price . But all in all great experience next time we will definitely check out the bar as well since we hear their food is really good too.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space. The staff were excellent. The food were exquisitely presented with precision.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While the food was delicious, there were several notches for the New Year’s evening. For starters a bunch of us (6-8 couples) were locked out of the restaurant before entering and despite the valet knocking the door only was opened by the partner of a smoker (after she called him on her cell); after finally getting in we were completely ignored by the bar tenders, then about 15-20 minutes later offered a glass of champagne. The wine sommelier was AMAZING but service was somewhat pretentious and not as top collar as one would expect! Not likely to return nor will we recommend. Sorry.

DK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

It’s important to understand I don’t leave such a review lightly. Nor do I normally take notes while dining. But this was such a poor experience given the expectations (2 Michelin Stars, special NYE dinner at $350 per person without wine, tax or tips).

We’ve been to many Michelin-Starred places before, and several in Chicago.

After this poor experience I cannot fathom how Acadia got such a prestigious culinary accolade.

Detailed notes:

* Perhaps because they were serving the same thing to everyone in waves, most dishes didn’t feel freshly made and instead were a bit like someone left them under heat lamps, so they all come out at once. If anyone from the restaurant reads this - please reconsider your NYE organization in the future. I get it that you’re trying to finish close to midnight so everything is timed, but if quality becomes sub-Michelin-Star, what’s the point of coming here?
* Someone from the restaurant was videotaping and photographing constantly while we were dining - it was not conducive to a relaxing meal. Maybe this is OK in a club, but not in a fine dining establishment.
* Rock hard macaron, if anyone made that in France they’d be fired (was chocolate mixed with caviar, but the dryness and hardness was the problem, not the flavor profile).
* Weird scallop/truffle/yuzu dish - had what tasted like really bitter pieces of orange peel. I didn’t taste scallop nor truffle. Mostly what tasted like a less sweet orange marmalade with herbs added.
* Waiter didn’t describe one dish, said “you heard it from the other guy next to you” - we hadn’t heard actually but he left before I could say anything.
* Overdone octopus for the DIY tacos (the very spicy mole had a very good taste though).
* The veal cheeks themselves were very tasty, but dry and cold.
* Incredibly bland foie gras - how did they manage that?
* The venison with the tamarind sauce was good but the venison was cold and the sauce almost ice cold

Could say more but not enough characrers.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great overall New Year’s experience

BL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall I loved the ambiance.Some courses are delicious and a couple of them average.I think it is worth it.

RD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was good, but not worth the price we paid. I confirmed my menu for me and my wife before hand and then was informed at the restaurant, that my menu (non veg, no beef or seafood) could not be accommodated and had to have the vegetarian menu, even though i had confirmation via email that it would be okay. This was something i had confirmed twice before coming to the restaurant. With that being said, the vegetarian entrees that were served were good, but not worth the price.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Food was good but somethings better than others. Was not nearly the 2 Michelin star we expected though. Service was slow and we only had 3 courses after being seated an hour. Dragged so long we left before dessert: maybe we are too old but by 1030 we were tired and just wanted to leave and weren’t even close to done. Had an 8p reservation.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The wait staff were rude. They did not respect our religious dietary requirements which were notified in advance.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not awful, but aside from excellent service, was not nearly on or with other 2 Michelin Star restaurants.

W
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience all around! Beautiful setting. Stupendous service, not only attentive, but exceptionally engaging. The food was delicious. Each course was enough to savior the taste, but no so much that we were stuffed at the end of the night. A special place indeed.

S
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I appreciate the South loop location which is both very accessible and makes it easy to park. The space is elegantly understated. Tables are spread far apart so there is a feeling of intimacy. My wife and I dined on a Wednesday evening for her birthday. The space was about 30% full, so it was very quiet. Food is what you would expect from a Micheline 2 star restaurant---highly creative, elegantly presented and flavorful. Portions are a bit precious. Wine pairing was spot on. For a 2 star restaurant the service was good but not to the standard of the food; it felt like they knew how to deliver outstanding service but could't pull it off due to lack of experience. Some of the wait staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes and others were fumbling with how to pronounce Pho and the ingredients. Also, I'd like to know with a wine pairing if a wine was paid with one dish or two consecutive dishes. The funny thing was that we were given a breakfast muffin as a present upon leaving. Looking forward to it the next morning we discovered it was literally rock hard and could not even get the paper wrapper off it.

f
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was stellar and the ambiance was lovely. The food however didn't reflect the price. A lot of the dishes didn't deliver on flavor or uniqueness. There was a particular dish that made us feel like Acadia was wasting food – the squash dish. I would sadly not return to Acadia for another dining experience.

JM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Food was fine but honestly not that great or memorable. Staff was mostly attentive. Waited over 30 minutes for our table. Entire experience was painfully slow. Certainly not worth the price. I would absolutely NOT recommend.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very good but a little too long

F
Charlotte
52 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had! And a wonderfully attentive wait staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Was expecting a lot more out of a Michelin 2 star restaurant. Dishes were eye-catching but very average tasting. The Wagyu was awful and none of us finished it. And many of dishes made us look at each other and say “meh”. The wine pairing was not so much a pairing as a series of wines poured when you had empty glasses. The wines were not “paired” to the dishes in any way, especially with regard to the timing of the wines poured. We were so disappointed with the whole experience. Not to mention the service was super slow. Our dinner started at 8:00pm and ended at 12:15am. We kept hoping as the restaurant emptied out that our service would become quicker, but no. We almost asked for our check early just to prompt them to speed up, but decided we didn’t want to make a scene.

For the money, this is a hard pass.

AM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and impeccable service. Overall an exceptional experience.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food was unimpressive. Wine pairing was strange in that the wine actually got worse when tasted with the food.

Not sure where any stars came from.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal. Wine pairings best I've ever had, including multiple 3 star Michelin restaurants. Highly recommend

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Creative food, nice presentation. Temperature issues.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service and ambience. Staff very friendly, and chef Ryan was very nice .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Not a great experience this time around. I am a frequent diner at Michelin stars and have been to Acadia before. This time the food was missing character - the quantity was not up to the mark - came back with half stomach full .
Only a couple of items were satisfying in terms of taste but most were not week thought through esp for someone with shell fish allergy eg replacing lobster with shallot —- like seriously, they couldn’t find any fish to replace lobster. My experience from a couple of years back was amazing - this time not so good rather disappointing

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

HJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I've been to Acadia before, several years ago. I remember it as a terrific little spot trying to punch a hole in the universe from the near south-side of Chicago in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

It was a good meal, and I bookmarked to myself that I needed to come back here when they've had a few years under their belt.

For a series of uninteresting reasons, this year we decided to go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving instead of doing it at home, as we've always done...Acadia, I've heard and read had a terrific Thanksgiving tradition...so why not? Right?

How Acadia, which when I previously visited had a single Michelin star, had garnered TWO stars is beyond me.

Service - cold, impersonal. We had an afternoon reservation, we were seated promptly (kudos there!), and that was pretty much the highlight of the afternoon. The service was inconsistent at best. Wine would be poured at the wrong moment in between courses. Silverware would be practically thrown on the table and not placed where it should be - again we're talking about a TWO MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT here. Setting silverware properly should be de rigor here. Water preferences were not inquired about (still or sparkling is a standard line at even no-star restaurants in 2019!).

The pacing was horrendous. We felt exceedingly rushed. Dessert arrived within 5 minutes of us finishing the last bite of our mains. What. The. Heck. Again - this is a TWO MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT. Typically, in between mains and dessert courses there's a question that's standard - would you like an after dinner drink? Coffee perhaps? A dessert wine maybe?

Nada.

Even when I specifically asked for the wine list after mains...it showed up after dessert (which included some ice cream, so time-sensitive dish here)...at which point you're so disheartened as to be done with
the whole experience.

Food wise - it was okay. It was not two-star cuisine, by any stretch. Completely forgettable.

PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Thanksgiving meal was good but not memorable. It was an enjoyable experience overall but I’d only do it once.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was ok I have certainly had better food at a 1 star Michelin restaurant and other non Michelin restaurants. Being that it was a 2 star I expected the food to be the best I had had. It was most certainly not. One of the courses served was nearly inedible, a simple clash of bad flavors that worked against each other. I felt it was exceptionally over priced given the quality. I was quite disappointed.

MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful!

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great tasting menu dinner. The service was as expected for two star restaurant and the main courses were amazing. Wagyu was amazing and seafood selections were great as well. Wine pairings had some real winners in main courses. The reason for four stars and not five were the last two desert courses. Not sure what the attempt was but was disappointing compared to earlier courses.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Service was abominable. Even after we complained about slow and indifferent service. It took 30 minutes from being seated to get my wife's drink and to get any food. Several times our wine glasses were empty for quite some time and no one came to ask if we wanted more -- which we did. This should never happen at a restaurant of this quality and expense. We will not be returning.

O
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With expectations higher than the actual experience, Acadia disappointed me. The food, while often lovely and inventive, never crossed the line of totally sublime.

SB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This was a wildly disappointing meal. Two dishes were texturally unpleasant goop. The lobster was rubbery. Nothing stood out as memorably good. Perhaps the flavor and texture profile was incompatible with my tastes and those of my companion, but it was a mediocre meal.

d
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at Acadia. I sat for the new Fall tasting and it was simply spectacular. Inventive combinations, perfect execution and beautiful plating. Particular standouts were the Thai snapper and Rohan duck dishes. Both were amazing booth in their execution as well as their flavors.

Acadia is a beautiful room, featuring attentive and warm service. The wine program featured a number of smaller, less known European producers very well matched to the dishes and I learned quite a bit about the selections.

All in all very deserving of their 2 Michelin star rating! Just a superb meal with a Chef and Team that obviously care. Bravo!

MP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nothing about this restaurant is worth spending money on. The ambiance didn’t match the menu, the menu itself was unimpressive, and nothing about the experience was special or even worth mentioning. I refuse to believe it’s an actual restaurant with TWO Michelin stars.

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I can not believe they have 2 Michelin stars, just normal restaurant.

K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are special occasions when only a restaurant like Acadia fit the bill. And Acadia does not disappoint. Service is attentive and thoughtful without being stuffy or obtrusive. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful -kinda zen-like. They fixed menu takes you on a journey of texture, beauty, and flavor. The food is impeccable everytime.
Ive been to a few Michelin starred restaurants and while they are all good some leave you feeling less satisfied than Acadia. Beautiful place for a date and the lounge in front has a more casual menu with one of the best burgers, fries, and lobster rolls you can find anywhere. The drinks and wine list are also very well curated.

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a great fine dining restaurant!! Head and shoulder above other Michelin 2 star restaurants in Chicago!!

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The food and the service and the overall experience was amazing.

OT