Ada Street

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Ada Street is a bar & restaurant from DMK Restaurants (DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar) founders David Morton and Michael Kornick.

Located in the Elston Industrial District--not quite Bucktown, not quite Lincoln Park--Ada Street offers dinner and late night service six days a week.

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P
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael served us dinner at the bar as was great. Food was delicious.

KM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing meal all around!

CT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and the service was great. They had great recommendations as well! I indicated the reservation was for a birthday and they threw in a nice touch for it. I would definitely go here again!

P
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely early evening at Ada Street. Drinks were excellent, food was great, and the ambiance lovely. We are definitely coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is very unique. Walking down a long dimly lit corridor that opens up to a beautiful bar and open kitchen. We were greeted by the chef on our way in and on that high note the service was personable and informative. We enjoyed every course. I would recommend it to everyone looking for something hidden and intimate. The patio looked great for large groups.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ellie was amazing

VD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Ada Street is located in an area more for a warehouse than a restaurant, but that's part of the charming edge. Once you figure out the entry door, you enter a long dark hallway that is a bit off putting, but hey. . . Down the hall is the dining room with a candle lit, dark industrial vibe. We were seated at the bar which is usually our choice for dining anyway so that was great. We started with Titos martinis-always great. The bartender was very helpful in placing our order. We had the ahi tuna ceviche, steak tartare, seared scallops and house made pasta with bolognese sauce. All were outstanding. Dishes were coursed out perfectly as well. We will definitely be back.

CN
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with four friends last Saturday night. It was absolutely amazing. We loved the gnocchi, elote and steak and killer cocktails. Our server was great. She made good recommendations and was always nearby to help out. Wonderful place on a crazy looking street! I plan to return for sure.

c
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite hidden gem in all of chicago. Amazing staff. Incredible cocktails and fun menu.

m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a good meal there. I like the intimacy of it and the people who work there are the best. Always friendly and knowledgeable

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

always delicious! this time, after an early sunday show at the hideout, we got a favorite corner perch at the far end of the bar, had a few yummy snacks (gnocchi and meatballs) and a couple of glasses of wine... perfect way to eek out the last bit of a weekend. here's hoping the new development coming in doesn't destroy this perfect pairing.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Chicago, one of my favorite places for any occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought my cousin and her boyfriend who had never been to Ada before. Cameron was prompt, nice, and funny. We love Ada and will always be back!

JW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

found ada’s house while searching Yelp for a great place to have dinner in Chicago. it did not disappoint. the food and drinks were excellent!

CN
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food. The shishitos were delicious and the bourbon glazed ribeye was great. Elote dip, we could have had two orders! Loved the wine list and the Lambrusco especially. Service was excellent. Only issue was it was a hot night and no air inside. Really sticky. Everything else was marvelous.

EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard good things about Ada Street (and our daughter is named Ada) so we decided to try it out for our anniversary. We were a little hesitant when our Uber driver dropped us off and we walked inside but were pleasantly surprised once we made our way in. The beautiful patio was open, the restaurant was empty when we arrived but quickly filled up, the service was fantastic, and, best of all, the food and drinks were absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great anniversary celebration, Ada Street!

OT
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, yummy food. Fried green tomatoes=yum!

m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very interesting restaurant on the edge of Lincoln Yards. We enjoyed the food and service.
Ada Street was a bit difficult to find but worth the effort.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

plates came out a little too rushed so we had everything at once and it should have been better coursed out.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every category. Incredibly cool ambiance, killer drinks, and the food speaks for itself. Get the tar tar. Love that this is in Chicago! !!

LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and ambiance at Ada Street were fantastic, however this particular night it appears as if the air conditioning was broken. it was one of Chicago's recent 95+ degree days, and it was sweltering inside the restaurant. no mention was made of why is was so uncomfortable inside the restaurant which was unfortunate. we would have stayed longer were it not for how oppressively hot it was in there.

L
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love how interesting the menu is! Love portions encouraged to share!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night was a success. First time here and it was stellar.

Food crushed.

Michael destroyed the cocktails.

Can’t wait to return.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the patio! So unique and lovely. The food and service have always been consistent and great every time we’ve gone over the years.

KG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night! Great suggestions from fun waitstaff! We all loved it! Thanks!

m
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Service was great and we enjoyed our dishes and drinks.

CA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was absolutely delicious. I could have ordered a second plate of just about everything (and did for some of the dishes!).

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The experience and ambiance of Ada Street is fantastic. However, service was very slow and it took a while for the server to take our orders. Will likely grab a table next time rather than sitting at the bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. Great small plate options, good drinks, and a very nice bar manager who gave us great service. Would definitely go again. Also, for people coming from the burbs, the parking is easy peasy.

S
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had been to Ada Street several times before, but it had been about a year since we last tried it and were wondering whether we'd like it as much as in the past. We were as impressed as ever - and probably even more so - by the food, service, everything. We sat at the bar, and our bartender (I think his name was Jesse), couldn't have been friendlier, and he recommended drinks that suited our tastes perfectly. Everything we ordered (tuna tartar, buratta, little gem salad, scallops, pasta) were really awesome, and we are pretty particular about good food. Also, the ambiance is really nice and dim with terrific tunes playing. I can't wait to go back.

LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have just moved to Chicago from New York, and I have to say one of my greatest challenges so far has been finding restaurants that match the culinary experience I've grown accustomed to. Ada Street exceeded both my, and my fiancé's expectations.

The ambiance itself is trendy, yet warm and romantic. The service is top notch (holler to the bartender who made stellar recommendations, was an entertaining and genuine dude, and who hooked us up with a free pretzel bread pudding because our food was a little late). The food itself is incredible. I would rate the pasta (the market pasta of the day we had the privilege to enjoy was a house-made tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce) and the meatballs as some of the best we've had in the city --and that outranks nearly all the Italian restaurants we've visited to dates. The flavor of the pasta was like no-other, and although a significant portion, it still didn't feel overly heavy. The meatballs melt in your mouth, and the sauce (accompanied with some jalepenios for a bit of a kick) was so delicious that my fiancé literally licked the bowl (--sorry for the social faux pas!).

We also enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the steak tartare. The fried green tomatoes were well balanced with fresh corn, tomatoes and cheese scattered on top, and the tomatoes themselves were perfectly crispy and not overly fried. The tartare is by far the best I've had in the city.

I don't understand how such a well executed restaurant could have open availability on a Friday night (but we're not complaining!). Great for a date night or for a night out with friends.

Top notch all around. We will definitely be back (frequently ;)).

JW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat space friendly service. Particularly good food. Foodies will like

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks. The ambiance is perfect for a social date, dinner or just grabbing drinks. Definitely going to make this a regular spot!

BM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is off the beaten path, but the restaurant continues to excel in its creative cuisine and beverages. With a smaller menu, more attention can be given to each dish, and it's a terrific menu top to bottom. Our group enjoyed the creative cocktails and broad wine list. It is relatively hard to find, but persistence pays off.

KV
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always brilliant food and service. Ada Street is a rare place to go where you can put all your trust into the knowledge of the server and be rewarded with a stellar experience!

TR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere - loved choosing albums to play, delicious food and reasonable prices. Took friends here for the first time and we'll all be back very soon.

MD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience was outstanding. Everything we had was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back soon to try more dishes.

ER
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade pasta was AMAZING. There's also a private room in front that would be great for a small dinner party.

GE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great time!! My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Ada Street. We love the drinks, the food and the ambiance! Service was on point! Autumn took care of us and was not ruffled when friends joined us for drinks unexpectedly. She made great suggestions for our meal and served me a glass of Champagne with a candle on the base of the glass for dessert when we decided not to have any. Super cute! We loved everything about our experience! We will be back!
We ordered the chicken wings, the little gem salad, the mashed potatoes, the homemade pasta and the steak. And everything was delicious!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! Now one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an exceptional meal, great hospitality, and a good time! I will definitely be back.

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