About Aquitaine - Chicago
Aquitaine is a comfortable bistro located in Lincoln Park focusing on European influenced fare, perfect for intimate dinners or small get-togethers. .
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Chicago, IL 60614
Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered parking is available on the streets immediately in front of the restaurant. On Webster and Larrabee on the SIDES of the street bordering Oz Park, parking is meter free. Lincoln Ave the block East of Webster is also meter free.
Red/Brown/Purple lines located three blocks west of restaurant. Local buses available as well, notably the 8, 11, and 74.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We've provided memorable rehearsal dinners, showers, business dinners and more. We are very flexible and look forward to working with you to present an experience to remember and impress.
Aquitaine - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
Frequently dine at Aquitaine when we attend theater at the Greenhouse and always enjoy it very much. The ambiance immediately takes us to France; it is very well done. Friendly and elegant.
Our main issue on this occasion was the service. We had to ask for clean cutlery between the first and second courses. It seemed that every time we took a bite the servers was asking how it was. Relatively small matters and we again enjoyed the meal, but for a restaurant that gets so much right, fixing the details is all that remains.
Authentic French fare in a cozy environment. The turbinado glazed salmon, duck breast, and smoked mushroom soup never disappoint - absolutely scrumptious. Scallops were a hit as an appetizer.
The fois gras could have been warmer, and we were disappointed that the Chinon, an old fave French red, was no longer available. We 'made do' with the only (actual) bottle of champagne, which washed everything down with sparkling gusto.
All in all, Aquitaine is always a great experience. We've been there many times and will return again soon.
What a find!
Thoroughly enjoyed our first experience with this restaurant. This was a pre theatre dinner with friends. Food was amazing. The short ribs fell off the bone. Salmon was full of flavour. would highly recommend this place. Well worth the drive from downtown Chicago!
Learned about the restaurant on a theater's web site. Simple, but refined small interior; great, classic-plus French menu, terrific servers, and delicious, well prepared food. The only downside was that there was a party of 22 that stood right near our table, even though their table was set and the staff encouraged them to be seated. Our waitress had us move to another table and they gave us a round of drinks on the house. Will definitely return!
Aquitane never disappoints. The food looks simple, but always packs a huge flavor punch. I had the salmon and it was so yummy, I used a spoon to gather up the broth. My husband enjoys getting 2 appetizers there as there is a nice selection. Chef is really terrific with duck! Wines are yummy and the service is terrific. Great go to place before theater or just being in Lincoln Park.
Stopped here after theatre and got a 10% discount, but that was only an added value. The real 5 star reasons are the excellent food, the amazing service, the beautiful decor, and the overall sense of escaping to a special place! This is an awesome dining experience. Try it & I know you'll love it.
The perfect bistro. Cool retro music from Pomplamoose to Edith Piaf, just loud enough to listen to if you're inclined but quiet enough to not intrude at all in conversation. Diverse and delicious menu: ghocchi appetizer is outstanding, as is the duck entree; my wife loves the salmon. Charming and efficient service. It's become our go-to place for special evenings with friends.
This place have everything going for it except good food! How is this possible? The setting is a cozy bistro decor with banquette seating, a great bar, creative menu and excellent service. Granted we were the ONLY couple there after a movie but the soups were watery and lacked flavor, my fish was fishy and we chose not to be disappointed in dessert too. Hopefully, this was just an off night and I will return to try again.
Although the menu sounded good, the food was really mediocre and disappointing. I had the scallop appetizer and the trout. The scallops were tasteless and covered in a caper sauce that tasted like goo. There was some califlower added to the plate because it is an "in" vegetable, but it added nothing, and as califlower is bland unless perked up, it was like the rest of the dish, bland.
The trout was fishy smelling and also was covered in the same sauce as the scallops! The mashed potatoes had no flavor, not even salt, and the worst texture I have ever tasted in a mashed potato. I don't think my fellow diners thought much of the meal either, because no one said anything at all about the food as we were eating it. But we did not complain. Would just never go back.
Chef Holly is one of the finest chefs in Chicago . Aquitaine is a tremendous place to go for food that is innovative, fresh, seasonal and extremely well prepared. Recently, for example, Chef Holly prepared a dish with asparagus, sweet peas and moral mushrooms. You could not find a better spring time dish than this at any price, anywhere in the city. Unpretentious, this restaurant is a true neighborhood gem where one could happily eat every day of the week. Chef Holly shops local farmer's markets for items in addition to those which her hand-picked suppliers provide. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. The wine-pairing dinners are genius and not to be missed. My recommendation: go here soon.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Aquitaine before going to the theater up the street.
Since we were going to the theater we wanted to eat on the lighter side, so we shared several starters and some very good red wine. The service was very accommodating and friendly. We will definitely return for another great meal.
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