Ada Street

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$31 to $50
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American
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.9
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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents here for the first time— had such a wonderful meal by perfect candlelight with the most delicious cocktails!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was really salty. It has been better in previous visits. We sat at the bar and the server was more concerned talking to the manager who was eating there with his date.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

So I have had hit or miss experiences here. Our visit on NYE was a miss for me. The gnocchi was SO salty (and I freaking love salt) I could barely eat it. And, the radicchio salad...it's a lottt of radicchio, but like the hard white-ish/bitter parts, and not much else. It needs more balance and a better dressing for that as a base. My partner got the salmon which he liked a lot.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town and decided to go to here for New Years Eve. The food was amazing, and the service was outstanding. Will go back whenever we are in town!

w
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Off the beaten path somewhat, but well worth it!
MK owed restaurants always somehow knows how to bring that uniqueness to all their meals.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food (per usual), and ambiance. Love this place. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

My husband and I had dinner at Ada Street for NYE and were very disappointed. This was our second time dining at Ada street. The first time was a couple years ago and we were very impressed but sadly that was not the case this time around. We did the tasting menu and had to ask for each course after waiting for at least 30 minutes. We saw other tables around us get served well before us despite them coming much later than us. We felt very ignored during the entire evening, definitely not how we planned to spend our NYE dinner. The food was good but not outstanding. The burrata was cold (would recommend warming up a bit), the brussel sprouts were drenched in sauce, and the steak (I asked for medium well because I'm pregnant but it was quite rare, which made me nervous eating it).

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary, and right as we sat down we were given some complimentary bubbly to celebrate. As always, the service from Michael was incredible and the food was delicious. This is the spot to be for the best service and incredible ambiance for any occasion.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, the food was quite good, creative. Food was heavily salted; all of our group commented on salt.
Service started out well, then became very very slow.
Temperature in room was warm; waitress said there had been problems with controlling temperature.
Room was noisy.

A toss-up as to whether the food outweighed the other issues, might not recommend for a return outing.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and loved it. The service is great! Explanation of the menu as well as some favorites were given and we loved every single one! Smaller portions allow to try multiple dishes. The drinks are delicious, as is the food! Very nice vibe! Will definitely be returning!

AA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I’ve been to Ada Street (twice) everything has been absolutely amazing from the food to the service.

w
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious. Lil’ salty. Lotta nice.

BL
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, nice room/location, easy on street parking, can not go wrong eating here..........we enjoyed the food and the service and would gladly return and reccommend

FH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Only complaint was that the exhaust fans from the kitchen didn’t seem to be doing their jobs. Was pretty smoky and smelly in there. Not terrible but enough to notice.

PG
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Loooooove Ada Street!!

LP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and I wanted a special dinner together and we got that and then some. Love your place!

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small plates, the appetizers were really delicious one entre the scallops were good just a little salty. We also had a steak it was ok. The drinks were very good. Great atmosphere! Nice place, romantic. Would go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, ambiance and food were all exceptional. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or just have a fun date night.

VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very cool space. The menu was pretty limited. Food was fine but per the reviews we were expecting more. with all the restaurants in Chicago, we probably won't be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pyrotechnic cocktails and food (cabbage rangoons, Brussels sprouts, mussels, gnocchi, and scallops) were excellent.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The gnocchi is to die for!!! Loved this spot! The ambience was very speak-easy-esque. Bartender took great care with the drinks, which were also delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, wonderful cocktails and great food! Portion sizes are generous. Friendly and knowledgeable bartenders.

OT
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off with the burrata which was an interesting and very good presentation. For dinner Laura had he sea bass which was cooked to perfection the skin was broiled fish than cooked. I had the duck dish which was an unusual preparation, and delicious. For dessert Laura ordered a mousse cake which she devoured.

SS
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, and Autumn was a wonderful server!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Delicious food. Especially the Gnocchi and great French Martini. Our server Mike was really cool and knowledgeable

T
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, ambiance and drinks were all amazing! My girlfriend and I were thoroughly impressed! I already have and will recommend to others!

JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, unique cocktails and a great date night atmosphere.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I mentioned it was a special occasion, my Moms Birthday. I was hoping they’d bring over a dessert or something. My sister ended up complaining to the hostess after we had paid. They sent over a glass of Prosecco.

BA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The gnocchi, salmon, and snail toast were some of my favorites but we loved everything we ate. They were so nice to my husband on his bday too.

DC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The duck cassoulet, salmon and scallops were fantastic. Excellent service from Laura.

P
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing meal all around!

CT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie was amazing

VD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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