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Acadia is a two star Michelin restaurant in Chicago's South Loop Neighborhood. Chef Ryan McCaskey's five and nine 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, 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
Acadia is in a beautifully designed and open space. The service for our five-course tasting menu was excellent (if perhaps a bit overdone with regard to number of servers and length of description) and leisurely enough for a real dinner conversation. The real star at Acadia, however, was the food. All five courses were creative, made from fresh ingredients, and really delicious (something that does not always go along with "creative"). I disagree with those who complained about small portions. Tasting menus should have small portions. The idea is to taste a variety of delicious dishes, not to end up stuffed. (For that, there are pizza joints, which I also love!)
Took my foodie wife there who had to do to a new but great restaurant. Acadia was awesome. The food was awesome, the presentation was very professional and the service was knowable and very polite. My wife and friends had a spectacular time. I am not a foodie at all a but loved the lobster and the mini biscuit.
Excellent food - but the portions during the 5-course tasting menu were miniature.
I've enjoyed tasting menus at dozens of fine dining restaurants before - but Acadia truly had the smallest portions / overall quantity of food per $ of anywhere I've ever eaten. I feel bad saying that, because I did enjoy the overall experience, but I left feeling hungry, not "satisfied."
One of the best meals I have ever been served. Service is extremely professional and a first class dining experience all the way! Be prepared to take your time to enjoy every single tasting course and it is well worth the entire dining experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to someone who wants to experience a tasting experience with wonderful wine pairings to match in a very nice environment! This is a winning combination and should be experience by anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience!
Acadia was good, but not sure if the value is there. We did the tasting menu. A couple of the courses were small. I was satisfied at the end of the meal, but wished I would have had a few more bites. The amuse was delicious. The pork belly was very good. The dessert was underwhelming. Service was great, but they did miss a pour on one of the pairings. After 1 wine pairing, 2 5-course tasting menus, and tip, the bill was over $300. I have been to and worked in many restaurants. I would expect at least a copy of the menu or the offer to have a copy of it. Some of the wines were exquisite and unique. They were the highlight of the meal and perfect. I'm a food lover and like to remember great dinners. Acadia must think their food is forgettable
A party of four, we opted for the "five course pairing." The portions of food are so small (really, a bit too small, and I am not a big eater) and the wine glasses are not small. It was way too much alcohol with so little to eat. If I just wanted to get soused I would have spent a lot less money doing it.
My wife and I tried the chef's tasting menu and it was excellent! The wines were paired perfectly for each course. The flavors of each course were carefully selected and well orchestrated. This mealeasily ranks in caliber with established fine dining restaurants I've been to in Chicago such as Tru, Next, Ria, Charlie Trotter's, etc. We will be back over and over again!
Acadia definitely exceeded our foodie expectations. From the drinks, to the food, to the service, everything was top notch. We've eaten at several other fine dining establishments in the city and Acadia really shined. We live in the South Loop, so that's a bonus. We will definitely be back -- even if it's just to sit at the bar and sip delicious cocktails with a lobster roll.
Food is interesting and inventive, but seems a bit labored and portions are very small - it took almost as long for the waitress to explain each dish as it took to eat. Service is very attentive and they try hard to create a fine dining experience through service and small touches. The room is beautifully minimal and sleek. The great experience should have been matched to even better food, but it just wasn't.
Food and drinks were great. REally great flavore, ingredients and solid overall. The only criticism I have is the portions were too small. We did a 5 course tasting and added a risotto course and a cheese plate and without those two add ons I would have left hungry by just doing the straight tasting. But the restaurant was lovely and staff very professional and first class. Just need to be a bit more generous on the portions.
I think the biggest shock is that a restaurant of this quality is hidden on a nondescript block of Wabash. The maestro's at the bar are absolute artists and can't wait to sample more of their concoctions. They whipped up a perfect mocktail for my pregnant wife and the gins/tonics/limes with cucumber ice cubes was great for a hot day. We had the 5 course tasting. The standout was the lobster and porkbelly. The potato "risotto" was interesting as there is an initial surprise at experiencing the crunch of the potato instead of the creaminess of a soft rice. The service was fantastic and decor was clean and modern. We can't wait to go back, as this is easily the best restaurant in the south loop by a wide margin.
This place is amazing. The food was outstanding and had the service to match. I put a note that we were celebrating our anniversary and both the host and our server acknowledged us and gave us free champagne. It's a fine dining restaurant so the service is very professional, but our server realized we were very laid back and started having some laughs with us. The bar also has some great drinks to sip on while you're waiting for your table.
excellent food, beautifully presented. 5 course tasting menu offered a well balanced selection even accommodated a request for a substitution which was most appreciated. outstanding and knowledgeable/confident service.
Front of the house was welcoming as was the dining room host who attends to detail with expertise and an appropriate level of humor.
Great food. Waiter was a newbie but did his best to provide great service. Loved the wine pairings. Huge buzz kill when we waited 45 minutes for a cab! They will have to address the "cab" issue after a great dinner or it won't be worth it to go that far south for dinner. Website is hugely outdated so that needs to be addressed ASAP. Big group the night we were there and the noise level was significant. We had to ask the waiter to speak up because the noise was so loud.
The ambience is minimalist. Though not an easy menu to decipher, the server can help discover what to order. I liked that there were only two courses with limited choices. The presentations were artful and everything tasted marvelous. We left quite satisfied and will be back.
This was indeed an outstanding experience. We were sad when Rushmore went away, but are
now very happy to have rediscovered the chef and his creative approach to excellent dining. The waitstaff was outstanding +; helped us make good decisions in a friendly and
We had a superb experience from start to finish. Started with specialty cocktails at the bar (excellent), and then were seated in the beautiful main dining area for our meal. The food and the service were phenomenal. We even got a few extras sent to us after we mentioned how much we loved the food. The chef even came out to greet us. I can honestly say, one of my best dining experiences in the city, and perfect for a special occasion!
We went in for the lobster pot pie on Chicago magazine and met up with friends. Everything was excellent from the moment we walked in. The service was amazing, especially for Chicago. Comfortable seating and ambiance. Very clean decor. I personally felt like a celebrity here, as we had so many nice waitstaff anticipating our every need. The risotto came with fresh herbs in a ream sauce, delicious and light. Maine lobster pot pie... I have been dreaming about it since our dinner Saturday. And the fresh milk chocolate pudding dessert with French pressed coffee, oh my! The portions are just right. I left just the right amount of full. Highly recommend. I would not bring kids here though.
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