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About Acadia

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.

1639 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60616
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
16th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 360-9500

Website:
http://www.acadiachicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking and some street parking is available.

Public Transit:
Roosevelt El Stops- Red, Green, Orange lines

Bus to either State St./16th or Michigan/16th or 18th

Executive Chef:
Ryan McCaskey

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
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Romantic (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Cozy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Spectacular culinary experience. Unique dishes with superb service and environment that is perfectly set for this type of dining.
Some other michelin places in Chicago are clearly overrated when compared to Acadia.

It should be on the "must-do" list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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).

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Jason the Sommelier gave us outstanding service and education.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It is completely a whole experience, even more when you have the wine pairing. We would only change the music. Everything else was excellent!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

2nd time there. Presentation and service was great. Food was a little bit better the 1st Time. Did 110 wine flight which not sure worth it but they did put on a good show. Going to sit in bar next time and give that a try.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Believe the hype. It is worth 2 stars!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The whole experience was good. Servers are very nice. We went there for our anniversary and after meal, the server took us to have a photo with Chief. Wonderful food, of course. After meal they also got the meal printed out for us with the date. 5 stars!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely HORRIBLE. Horrible service. Horrible food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Birthday. Great food and presentation. Worth a third Michelin Star

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. Food was salty and uninteresting. Thanksgiving was a buffet. Our experience is probably not representative of this restaurant's regular fare.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Best meal of my life to date. Incredible!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Sensational service to match the fantastic foods and superb wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and excellent service which is to be expected at this lofty price point.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I think pre charging a credit card $150.00 is out ragous and automatically including a 21% gratuity for two people is very presumptuous. I will not go back and i plan to tell my Face Book friends about my experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing five course tasting meal with creative delicious food. Nicely crafted wine pairing. Loved it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The pace was very slow, over 5 hours. A few dishes tasted a bit too similar and almost everything needed a touch of salt. That being said, I say this because our first meal was ( in May )and was exceptional from food to pacing to wines!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

30th Birthday

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 (München)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

They charged me 150$ for deposit and didn’t return to me. I called them hundred times with no answer. Poor service!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Phenomenal service and delicious food! Truly worth every point of those Michelin stars.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The serves is outstanding and so amazing! The food is also unpredictably good

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Acadia is all about local foods prepared well. We elected the 5 course menu and found it it to be just right. The ingredients and prep were suberb. The wine steward helped us select the right wine. A lovely experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

土曜日の晩ということもあり、超満席状態です。ワインペアリングはやめて、自分でグラスワイン選びました。シャンパンが出て、白ワインが出ているのにアミューズが出て来ない、、(>_<)、、忘れた頃に出てきたけど作り置き、、ちょっと残念です。そのあとのお料理はなかなか良かったですが、、

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Superb customer service and friendliness. We wouldn’t expect any less. Do expect to pay a pretty penny since the highest qualities are all experienced here (food, service, attentiveness).

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2016

We had a fantastic experience at Acadia. I and my husband had the 10 course Tasting Menu. The food was amazing and brimming with white truffles (which were the specials for the day). The staff was super attentive and courteous. The napkin was folded every time either of us went away from the table, the plates were picked efficiently and the next course was brought out promptly - all in all Michelin class service! The staff also seemed knowledgeable on the dishes they were bringing out . The sommelier offered great wine pairings and even topped me for free a couple of times (perks of being the Birthday girl I guess!). They even gave us personalized Menus to take home and some granola (yummiest granola ever!) for breakfast the next day. Overall, we had a lovely dinner and I would highly recommend Acadia!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Wow. They blew us away. Phenomenal food, lovely service,
Creative food prep - the total package.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2016

I emailed the only address they have on the website to report our dining experience and got no response - not a good sign.

We joined to celebrate my wife’s birthday, and that was mentioned when I called to confirm the reservation. While we were not expecting any special treatment for the celebration, we would have at least liked some sort of acknowledgement from the staff otherwise there is no point in asking if the dinner is for a special occasion. In addition to that, a couple that was seated after us right next to our table was apparently also celebrating a birthday and was warmly welcomed and offered two flutes of champagne. Really not happy about the disparity in service.

Some of the wait-staff who did not appear very knowledgeable about the food and wine they were serving. There was clear difference between one waiter who clearly understood the wine pairings and another who seemed rushed and unprepared. In general, everything sounded extremely rushed and didn’t convey any excitement about what we were about to eat or drink.

Maybe a bad night but I would not expect such a miss from a 2-star restaurant.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Michelin 2 star restaurant. Had the 10 course meal with the wine pairings which is expensive but totally worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2016

This is my first online review, I never bother but feel compelled to weigh in on a place that has earned awards and a Michelin star.

I have been fortunate to enjoy meals at several fine dining establishments in Chicago - Alinea, Next, TRU, Grace, Trotter's, Trio, and now Acadia. While there are several similarities with these heavy-hitters, the difference (and shortcomings) between Acadia and the others were quite evident.

- Food - inventive and creative. But plating was occasionally overly-styled.

- Ambiance - attractive and on par with other fine eating, but music was louder than necessary and unusual, with song choices like Led Zeppelin (for example) a somewhat incongruous match with the trying-for-elegance vibe of the place.

- Service - the biggest shortcoming here. They tried real hard but seemed like they were less seasoned and at ease than one would expect at a well-established restaurant. The delivery of courses were inconsistently brought by 2 servers (we were a party of 2) and poorly synchronized. The explanations were delivered well enough but seemed memorized vs. well understood. Plates were still damp with dishwasher moisture (eew), napkins were not re-folded when we made brief visits to the restroom, and the biggest gaffe was when an obvious spill from a complimentary cocktail served table side was NEVER wiped up. I left the wetness for most of the meal just to see if anyone would think to clean off the table; they didn't.

There was a small potted plant on our table that was moved around countless times over the 10-course meal. Totally silly and unnecessarily fussy.

The 10 course meal took more than FOUR hours to complete. Pacing was painfully slow, with pairings that were poured 10 minutes ahead of the next course so the odds were good the wine would be consumed by the time the next plate arrived.

For the cost of a flight to Europe, and nearly the duration, I wish I were in Paris instead right now.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Well worth the expense. We had the 10 course meal with wine pairings and everything was just delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2016

German Chocolate Cake

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2016

This is simply not fine dining. How this place scored a couple of Stars is beyond comprehension. Food was a triumph of style over substance with minimal style. I ate at Aan de Poel last year in Amstelveen and that restaurant was a one star at that time. Wary as I am of comparison, this Chicago eatery is not even close to being in the same league as the Dutch restaurant for food quality, a menu with verve, portion size or service. Extremely disappointed as we'd travelled from Australia and this was to be our 'special' family dinner but we all walked out 1000 Australian dollars poorer and a hell of a lot wiser when it comes to a return visit.

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