Ada Street never disappoints. The food keeps getting better and the staff is friendly and helpful.
My boyfriend and I dined on May 31st, the food was good but the cocktails and service was even better. We were seated at the bar and it turned out to be great. The bartenders were able to make suggestions and compose ddrinks for us off the menu. All the cocktails we had were amazing. It is a small plate restaurant and the plates are small, we shared six and it was just right. Will definitley go back.
Enjoyed Ada Street with four friends on Friday night. The minute I walked in I loved the private, exclusive hidden feel of the restaurant. We shared several dishes with the following being my favorites, Duck, Manchego bites, Salmon Spring Rolls and the Tomato/Avocado Panzanella Salad. The Chocolate Dessert was also amazing! All of my friends loved this place and all of us agreed we can't wait to go back. Also, they have great Pisco Sours!
Always a good time, consistently amazing on all fronts. Thanks Ada!
Great spot! Finally went with my girlfriend for our anniversary and it was incredible. Great cocktails- try the bourbon smash and fistfull of dollars. Outstanding food- try the lamb ribs, dry aged strip loin, and poached prawns! Love this place and can't wait to go back!
You'd never know what was behind that door, looking at it from the street. Had an enjoyable small-plates meal. Loved picking out the vinyl & handing it off to the bartender! Really enjoyed the fried manchego cheese, the lamb ribs, and my husband especially liked the chocolate dessert--which was a heap of chocolate served with salty bread--totally delicious! Turned out that friends of ours were meeting up later for a party out the back/open-air space...was a nice warm night to be outside. We had a table against the wall (across from bar) for our dinner, which was prime seating. The tall tables lining the hallway might be kind of a bummer...due to the constant foot traffic.
Ada Street is simply a place that I have always wanted to own as a person being in the industry. Dim lighting, stiff drinks and good conversation is what it's all about.
This is a good restaurant however I do not believe it to be fabulous, nor worth the money. This was the 2nd time we've dined here in 10 months and it was a very different experience from the last. While the food was tasty, it lacked palatable distinction from one plate to another ( at least in the sharing menu where many items are fried). In essence what was a big turnoff was a line item on the menu for a '6pack to the kitchen staff @ $10'. The audacity this chef has - if her culinary menu was twice as tasty or the scene twice as cool- maybe she could get away with it. Yet not currently, nor in my previous experience. I think this is a trendy spot for patrons just getting into the culinary experience.
Our second visit to the great place. Just as good as our first. I find it hard to find faults with this place or it's food/drinks. Cocktails are inventive and perfectly balanced. Food is creative and because they are small dishes it's easy to try a lot of selections on a single visit. Most of all, the bartenders and, in particular, the wait staff make you really feel that they are glad to have you there. I haven't found a place who's staff has a better attitude.
I highly recommend the deep fried black eye peas and hot donuts with caramel dipping sauce. Everything in between too!!
First time at Ada and we loved it!!! Food was amazing and staff was even better! Only thing that wasn't perfect was the fact that the plates are really small and my friend (who is 6'7) wasn't full even after 7 small plates. Otherwise, AWESOME!
The food and service were awesome. Very hip and fun atmosphere.
This is my fourth time to Ada Street and it may be my last --we love the space, love the food ....but the place is way too loud. Despite multiple requests to turn the music down, it seemed to get louder and by the end of our meal I felt we were literally screaming at each other. Everyone else in the restaurant must have felt the same way because by the time we left...when the room was full the noise level was at a fevered pitch. The food is terriffic, the waitstaff superb BUT most people come to restaurants to enjoy the food and the company they are with and it is almost impossible to do the later at this place. Music should be used to enhance the mood of the space not to detract from it.
For this type of place - hip, foody - Ada has something to offer. Cool location, a fine menu with craft cocktails, polished service and a great soundtrack. And Ada deserves credit for the design - beautiful inside. The place was packed on a Monday night, so it's drawing a crowd. But the experience is not extraordinary. Tasting more than 10 things on the menu, nothing jumped out. It's fussy without being innovative. And not well focused. In the current scene - with great gastro places all over the city, I expect Ada will find its place among those looking for something off the beaten Bucktown path. But I think it could be an destination restaurant if the menu was more distinctive and the food more memorable.
My boyfriend and I went to Ada Street on a Saturday night. They played some Bruce Springsteen for awhile and he was obsessed with that. I had been there before, so I was happy he was impressed right away.
Ordered cocktails, they were perfect.
We ordered 6 things, two from each section. The highlights were: baby carrot salad--don't leave without having this. Super light and very tasty vinaigrette. The Duck confit, I think it had me at 'poached egg'. And, the Scallops were probably his absolute favorite. The donuts and chocolate for dessert...phenomenal.
Also, had a couple of their house margaritas, some of the best in the city. Fun to watch them make it too!
This was my second time to Ada St. after a truly great first experience a few months ago. Our server, Sarah, remember us and even remembered which bottle of wine we had ordered the first time, took great care of us, and made the night really special for our family. I could go on a hyperbolic rant about all of the wonderfulness at this place, but let me just sum it up by saying this restaurant is perfect: the food is perfect, the service is perfect, the price point is totally appropriate, and the space is lovely.
At a distance now of a week, what really comes to mind, and what the owners must have intended, are the "classic rock" records that are spun on a turntable--from the 60s and 70s. I would say that this is a mixed bag; not all of this music was great, and I'm not certain why contemporary music is not played. I think it should! Ultimately, I think that this is a limiting factor, although it helps define the restaurant now. However, the food is really great; very contemporary, and very skillfully prepared. Hats off to the kitchen! The staff is similarly wonderful, and the space beautiful. I also like its urban location. We will return.
We really enjoyed our food and drinks. The staff was friendly, and we would recommend this place.
This hot spot is a little gem that not many would ever think you would find behind Home Depot and by the Hideout. Fantastic food amazing whiskey list. Highly recommend it!
The entire experience was spot-on and made our anniversary dinner a night to remember. The black-eyed peas and dessert doughnuts are not to be missed.
The best dinner experience I have had in a long time! Came in for date night with my boyfriend and had the pleasure of sitting at the bar. Tim took care of us and his service was outstanding! Very informative and friendly. We shared 7 dished total. EVERYTHING that came out of the kitchen was amazing. My boyfriend had very big eats, so we usually shy away from small plates because he leaves hungry. Not this time. I love everything about the atmosphere. The space was intimate but still vibrant. Will definitely be back!