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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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2221 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Webster St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 698-8456

Website:
http://www.aquitainerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
Red/Brown/Purple lines located three blocks west of restaurant. Local buses available as well, notably the 8, 11, and 74.

Executive Chef:
Holly Willoughby

Additional:
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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for Thanksgiving at Aquitaine! We will be serving our $44 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Aquitaine - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Cozy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Quiet Conversation (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fabulous food, ambiance and service. Never a bad time. Everything is perfect - down to the beautiful China.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great experience and great food! I recommend this restaurant for an intimate dinner experience 😊

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and service. I like the many good menu choices. Convenient to theater.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been several times since recently moving into the neighborhood. Jenna did her usual outstanding, professional service. Chef nailed it again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was too. We will try it again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, friendly service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Nice place! The waitress had very good tips for us. The food was good. Drinks were great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful food, drinks, dessert! Good times with our dear friend Sharon!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We've never anything but a great meal here. Staff is helpful and very friendly. The restaurant has been here for 7 years, which is a testament to how well they do there job.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent food service and ambience. No hassle excellent dining!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had another wonderful dinner. Chef Holly's dishes are quite delicious and Jess is so knowledgeable and a tremendous host.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were there to catch dinner before a play, and told our server we had to leave by 7:30. She made sure we got out of there on time, and very happy with our experience. Excellent cuisine - a classic bistro, perfect for any occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Aquitaine is great: elegant decor, relaxed atmosphere, and fabulous food! It's our go-to place whenever we go to the Greenhouse Theatre Center.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Everything was wonderful food service and got us out in time for the play we were going to see

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Wonderful place. My husband and I have been twice now, about 6 months apart, and the waitress remembered us (and we're not that funny looking, promise). Every dish was excellent, well priced, nice place. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good food, good service, for a nice occasion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent discovery. Chef has creative dishes and services was spectacular. Setting was warm and welcoming. Bravo!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

I have been dining at Aquitaine since it opened and have been pleased to watch it get better and better until it now ranks as one of my favorites. As a result I find myself dining there more frequently and enjoying it completely.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, perfect ambiance. Terrific for pre- post-theater dining.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 27, 2017

The restaurant is lovely and our service was great. As in the past the appetizers were quite good, though the pea soup was inedible. Both entrees, the pork and the lamb,were seriously overcooked

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

A real French restaurant with a real chef capable of modifying dishes around food allergies. The scallops were perfect, the duck breast was succulent, and the braised pork shoulder/cassoulet was the best I've had. We'll be back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Chef is very accommodating. She was not resistent when asked to serve entrees without planned sauces......I just by happen to like my meat very rare and naked. Service is very quick to adjust to theater schedules.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great value especially considering the quality of the food. The chef/owner's personality comes through very positively in the cocktail and wine selection as well as the food

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, intimate setting, friendly and professional service, delicious food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The food ranged from mediocre to truly bad. The room is very loud--needlessly. The prices are high. The service was uninspired. This is the worst dining experience I have had in s long time, and we eat our 300+ nights a year. Avoid.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2017

I feel like the menu is a little limited, otherwise I like this place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Superb food and service!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Good tasty French style without pretense

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We frequent Aquitaine before and after theatre. The food and service is always excellent! Warm and friendly staff, fun and creative cocktails, cozy ambience. We highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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