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Permanently Closed - Aquitaine - Chicago

4.2
729 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 698-8456
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Holly Willoughby
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Webster St
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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.
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Public transit
Red/Brown/Purple lines located three blocks west of restaurant. Local buses available as well, notably the 8, 11, and 74.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and great food

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We were there Saturday night (12/30/17). I believe that was their second to last night before closing permanently. I nice reasonable menu for a high end look. Food was prepared very well. But $2.00 for bread is a bit silly. Next time she tries this, start by paying a bit more attention to the clientele.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

After seven years of fabulous food, wonderful ambiance and a well-curated wine list, this place is going out of business. We will miss you.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant is closing at the end of 2017. A neighborhood's loss!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

We had an excellent meal at the Aquitaine. We have gone there occasionally before the theatre and always enjoyed it. The food is consistently interesting and good and the service is friendly and attentive. We were sorry to hear the chef/owner is moving on and the restaurant is closing at the end of 2017. We recommend that you go there in the next two weeks

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food, great people running the restaurant. Really love the interesting creative food.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food and ambience, as always. Heard that they will be closing in the new year. Will miss it

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Food ranges from good to very good. The room is small and unpleasantly noisy.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Once again Aquitaine and our wait person were delightful. A very positive experience.
They were out of daily special we would have liked.
Overall an fun enjoyable dining experience. We’ll be sure to go back.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice. Thanksgiving Day dinner was excellent. Would make no changes. The unique China was cool. Was worth driving 300 plus miles to have a family dinner there in Chicago. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was authentic and tasty. The service was efficient and friendly. It's a cosy and warm bistro.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, friendly service.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 24, 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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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food service and ambience. No hassle excellent dining!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Good food, good service, for a nice occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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

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