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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MK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Being a Former Chef and Culinary Instructor I found that the present culinary trends have taken a wrong turn and have drifted into a psychotic realm. No longer is food a warm experience where the senses are fulfilled with the eyes but more importantly with the stomach. It became Blaspheme to all the chefs who came before, like Charles Randhof, and Escoffier who were artists but knew that taste and sizable portions were the experience. There is no reason to go to Chef School to create untasty and cold food with no cooking involved.
Mark

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

we always enjoy Acadia. I prefer Acadia without children Mothers Day is not your fault.

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TB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had an outstanding birthday dinner. The food was excellent and the pacing was perfect. In particular Jason our lead server was gracious and attentive.

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Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of the micheran two star restaurant in Chicago.
The chef's creation is wonderful, but two things we have noticed as the reason for one missing star.
One: seasoning is little too salty for all the dishes. Each plate was prepared carefully with the fresh ingredients, creative presentation and flavorful sauces. Almost all dishes, however, has too much salt in sauces. Salt overpowers everything. It is a shame, because all sauces has such wonderful flavors.
Two: Some servers are not trained well enough to get one more star. They misplaced the dishes on the table and it is ruining the presentation of the plates. Few plates were served as the wrong side for the front.
Other than that, this is a wonderful restaurant for special occasion.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

underwhelming in reference to no less than 6/10 dishes with too many pre-prepared blend non-exciting dishes. Service was prompt but alienated and unengaged

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TT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was Asian-influenced and the combination between source/broth and ingredients were very well organized. I have not seen such a delicious Asian-influenced dishes in the U.S. Also, the atmosphere was good in terms of ceiling being very high and plenty of spaces from table next to us. The hospitality of servers were very high. We are pleased with the service as well as food provided by this restaurant.

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IM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was outstanding, albeit quite expensive. The wine pairing was absolutely worth it - each wine matched its dish perfectly and really enhanced the flavors and the experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Worst tasting menu I’ve ever had and hence horrendous value. While presentation was great, the food lacked flavor and was highly disappointing. Some dishes were undercooked or served cold to the point that it seemed like it had been sitting around for a while. Unimpressed by even a single course. The wine pairings were not great either and the pours were tiny. Baffling that this place has 2 Michelin stars.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Excelent staff team, since I entered there. The food not tastefull, ordinary taste but very beautiful apresentation. U$ 450,00 doesn’t worth. Don’t deserve a single star by the food, only by service.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety with innovative presentation. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Paid $100 per person for the Easter Brunch special. The food was nothing if not completely ordinary. We were served eggs, bacon and some seafood but nothing fancy or elaborate; exactly what you’d get at a hotel buffet. Very unsatisfied with the quality of food I was given for the price I payed.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our server forgot our drink order and never checked in with us. At times the choice of music was peculiar.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

TOO much time between the 10 course experience!!!!! Some courses came cold, to expensive for what it is.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was very slow.

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Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had higher expectations for a restaurant currently being considered for a 3rd star. The service did not ask (when glass was clearly empty) if another drink was desired. No introduction of tasting pairing options. Food was adequate but not much inspiration/innovation to excite me.

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal great

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

Everything was going well until the 6th course when my wife (who I joke is a bean pole and has the appetite of a bird) said to me, “I’m starving!”

The bare minimum standard for eating at a restaurant is to walk away satisfied - not stuffed - but at least satisfied. That goes for a Michelin started restaurant too.

After making it clear to the waiter we were disappointed we made our way to the door. When we explained our disappointment again to the front of house staff and joked that we were going to shake shake after we left, they joked back that “next time” we should try the burger that they serve in their bar.

What a slap In the face. Had they offered to cook us a burger they actually could have turned a bad night into a great night. Instead they just laughed it off.

And it wasn’t just us who felt this way. The couple next to us heard our joke about shake shake and joked with us that they were on their way to “the wiener circle”. They felt the exact same way we did.

The young kid that showed us to our table also spilled a glass of Prosecco all over himself and us when seating us. That stuff happens, but coupled with the food and insensitivity from the front staff I just had to mention.

On the plus side the wine was incredible as was the sommelier. Was surprised to see so many organics on the menus. We went with the pairing but could have our pick of many bottle under $100 which is a great value for this type of restaurant.

The food was also top notch. Just not nearly enough of it. We thought the portion sizes were fine in the beginning...that it would be death by a thousand cuts...but in the end we walked out hungry.

We wanted more of your amazing food.

You left us wanting more, but we won’t be returning nor recommending.

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia is more than a meal, it is a complete sensory experience. The food is selected, prepared and presented with incredible care. Every bite it to be savored. The only match to the food, is the service; incredibly professional and informative. This is a Chicago dining experience not to be missed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and friendly staff!

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Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. 10 courses, but just the right amount of food for a leisurely dinner.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Impeccable service and Food.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un établissement haut de gamme, la nourriture est parfaite, tout est pensé et orchestré pour nous faire passer une soirée inoubliable. Le staff est remarquable, hyper attentionné et très professionnel.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Was a wonderful experience

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Having tried many Michelin starred restaurants around the world we came away from Acadia very disappointed. The food was nice but we were not blown away with different tastes that we would have expected. It started well with a crab tart with jalepeno. The casing was light and crisp and the filling was tasty but no hint of jalepeno, unfortunately it tappered off from there. The service was poor, having to wait and prompt several time for our wine to be topped up and water to be refilled was disappointing. We also had to wait a long time between a course, we don’t like to be rushed but when the course is a bite there is no need to wait over 25 mins. Guests came in over an hour after us and ended up a course ahead of us. When the tip is added for you to a large bill we expect the service to be on par and sadly this was not.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and overall an excellent experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

21% Gratuity without guests’ permission, missing one dish.

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Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The pescatarian tasting menu was so so. One of the dish was like Japanese Sunomono with Enoki mushrooms and kelp. The chef’s recommendation was to drink the broth after finishing the mushrooms. I know the Japanese food extremely well as I’ve lived there. Drinking the broth of Sunomono was like so rediscutons. First of all, the broth was too strong as as it was made like Japanese like sunomono. When I compare other French chefs in France and US such as Jean George, it was not worth in that much price.

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G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite and the presentation was impeccable. The seafood was very fresh and the wine pairing was generous. We have been to a lot of Michelin restaurants and were very impressed with this one. Thank you, chef McCaskey!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service and the presentation of food is very poor, and the portion of the food should be little bit larger. And I do not know why this restaurant deserves Michelin 2 stars.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Top to bottom, cocktails were excellent also.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and inventive food, inspired wine pairings, and service that redefines outstanding.

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MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year wedding anniversary

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 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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