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Acanto

4.7
4.7
2879 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Across from Millennium park and along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Acanto Restaurant + Wine Bar is a treasured destination for those who appreciate authentic and approachable Italian food in a conversation-friendly atmosphere. Acanto serves seasonally-driven Italian cuisine from both regions of Italy utilizing artisanal ingredients from Midwest farmers and producers. Acanto boasts one of the most lauded wine programs in the US, including a 3-star rating by World of Fine Wine and a two-glass “Best of Excellence” rating by Wine Spectator. The libations menu is rounded out by Italian classics including spritzes and negronis along with craft cocktails, beer, and spirits.

The word Acanto is the Italian translation of Acanthus, the flowery leaf featured prominently in Roman architecture. Famed architect Louis Sullivan used Acanthus in his distinctive terra cotta ornamentation found on the facade of the historically-landmarked building that houses Acanto.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 578-0763

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Gawronski

  • Private party facilities

    The intimate dining room is ideal for rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations, showers and post-wedding brunches, while Acanto’s patio on Michigan Avenue is a dream setting for cocktails. Up to 75 (seated) or 100 (cocktail) guests, inclusive of outdoor space.

  • Private party contact

    events@acantochicago.com: (312) 372-4001

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.

  • Parking details

    The nearest self-park garage is the Grant Park North Garage. Enter from Michigan between Randolph and Monroe Streets. Every day we offer a discounted parking rate of $18 rate for parking for up to 12 hours. Please see our host stand for parking discount vouchers. $32 valet parking is also available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,879 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. r

    ritar

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant and dine here frequently. The food is consistently delicious. The staff the best.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for a special occasion. Acanto did not disappoint. We loved everything about it.
  3. A

    Antonia

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, very loud, like everywhere short staffed. Food and drinks definitely make up for it.
  4. C

    Chicagofoodie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and great service! The mussels and the lobster pasta are not to be missed!
  5. MD

    MaryD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to have found this place so close to Symphony Center! Food and drinks were delicious. Our server was swift and attentive. We were able to relax and eat and get to the concert without rushing. We will dine at Acanto again!
  6. LU

    LesleeU

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't let the street appeal fool you! This place is an amazing oasis right on Michigan Ave. Great ambiance AND food AND wine AND service. Will absolutely be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ambiance is great. Pasta just okay.
  8. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for our anniversary dinner and were greeted with complimentary champagne to celebrate the occasion! Food was great, drinks were good, wait staff was awesome. Would definitely recommend :)
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, amazing food, ambiance and service. It’s our favorite date night place in the city!
  10. FI

    FixItMan

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Very nice food, and good service!
  11. C

    Caitlyn

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Acanto was amazing! We went for my boyfriends birthday and they gave us complementary glasses of champagne. On top of that, the food was incredible!!! Would definitely recommend.
  12. T

    Twistedsisters

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are always excellent. Don’t ever get rid of the pane cotto!
  13. GP

    GPaul

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great wine list, Somm (Greg) super helpful And fun
  14. LW

    LindseyW

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    My husband got the rigatoni bolognese. We had to send it back. Most bland italian dish I’ve ever had in my life. The did handle it well and got him another dish quickly, but very surprised an Italian restaurant could screw that up.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  16. F

    Foodie54

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food—layers of flavor. Great service—friendly and informative about the menu. Will definitely return!
  17. F

    Federico

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice casual place, excellent food and service, great wine selection, ideal rose’s for Italian food!
  18. NV

    NorthfieldVic

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go-to place for lunch when I visit Art Institute or attend a symphony. The service is excellent, the room is attractive and the food is always delish.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very good wine experience, food - potatoes under cooked and pasta a bit over, steak was great, very enjoyable night with very good service
  20. LA

    LuluA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Overall average experience. We were seated outside and it was actively noisy. Which is expected for a restaurant close to millennium Park. It is a relatively busy area. With regards to the food, we got the bread selection as an appetizer. The garlic focaccia was a little salty. I got the Bolognese which was pretty good. My partner initially got the chicken risotto but it was a little bland. He ended up getting the Paccheri Nero and enjoyed it.
  21. DM

    DanM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were commendable. Appreciate Greg taking the time to share his ideas on some wines we were considering.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and excellent experience! We had a change in the # of people the day prior, and Acanto was very accommodating with a perfect table for us on the patio. Our server gave a nice recommendation on a bottle of wine. We had one of the salads and arancini for appetizers, which were delicious. All of our pastas were prepared perfectly. Panna cotta was amazing.
  23. T

    Tasha

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your in the mood for Italian in a bit of a fancier setting this is your place. I had on sneakers so you don’t need to dress up or anything but it’s nice and you wouldn’t be out of place if you dressed up the way you would for a date. I came here for a date and it was perfect for that. The food was delicious. Definitely get the mussels as an app. Our drinks were good as well. I had the martini and my boyfriend had the old fashioned. Will definitely come back
  24. EE

    EleonoreE

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere, scenic location. Food was good!
  25. TM

    TracyM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had the frito misti, which was divine! Crunchy, light and not greasy at all. The lemon peel was a revelation. We also shared the seafood fra d’avola. Our only complaint is that they don’t provide bread to sail up the amazing sauce. Yum!
  26. BF

    BarbaraF

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had spent the morning at the museum so we were ready for a restful lunch. The restaurant was almost full with a relaxed lunch pace. We ordered the Caesar salad and the baby kale with roasted peach. The added chicken and shrimp to the salads which were very generous. The salads were delicious with such fresh ingredients and dressed perfectly. Also ordered the bread plate with olive oil facachia and seeded crackers. Wow! The two waitstaff that helped were very busy yet very friendly and efficient. I had been there several years ago in the winter and it was just as delicious with a summer menu.
  27. R

    Ryan

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris the bartender was great. Love the ambience and food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant
  30. L

    Linda

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner with excellent service at Acanto. last evening. Philip was our waiter and gave us some excellent advice about the menu and was very attentive. The food was creative and well presented as well as tasting delicious. Next time we are in Chicago will try to work Acanto into our plans.
  31. B

    Billk

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian, great wine list and fantastic ambiance. Food is exceptional.
  32. BM

    BrookeM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved this restaurant. The ambiance & music was great. Not to mention the food, very generous portions, & so delicious. Highly recommend the pesto pasta & mussels.
  33. M

    Morte4

    Hawaii

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian food with a changing special based on seasonal ingredients. Our waiter and the sommelier were very helpful with the extensive wine list.
  34. DD

    DrDave

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, service and food. We come to Chicago several times a year, and visit Acanto every time. It’s just a nice, relaxing ambiance with stellar service and some of the most exciting dishes.
  35. HE

    HeatherE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic costumer service! I made reservations online, we arrived early and were seated promptly. The food was excellent, we do not know much about wine but my husband enjoyed the two wines suggested to him. I enjoyed the cocktails. Get the bread. Especially if you love bread. Our food arrived promptly. Food was fresh and full of flavor. We will definitely come back if we are in town.
  36. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered 4 appetizers and they were delicious was the wine we ordered. So nice that the owner visited the tables and even bought us a drink. Very nice touch!
  37. D

    Deanravine

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service I thought the menu was a bit limited, but what we chose was very good
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the bruschetta, you won’t regret it (not tomato)
  39. AN

    AliciaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to have lunch on the patio so there was definitely street noise but we felt like the noise level inside was higher. Our server was wonderful and we didn't feel at all pressed for time.
  40. b

    bropaul

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a great dining experience. As a solo diner sometimes you don’t get the full attention of the personnel. Not here. Everyone was appropriately attentive but not intrusive. The menu is relatively small but well curated. I started with burrrata and heirloom tomatoes. Burrata was not ice cold for a change so you could really taste it. The bucatini with meatball was also very good. The fig and walnut crostata was a revelation. Nice selection of wines by the glass. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Cesanese that I drink at home. Great evening.

FAQs

Acanto does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Acanto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 578-0763.

Acanto is rated 4.7 stars by 2879 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Acanto

18 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The nearest self-park garage is the Grant Park North Garage. Enter from Michigan between Randolph and Monroe Streets. Every day we offer a discounted parking rate of $18 rate for parking for up to 12 hours. Please see our host stand for parking discount vouchers. $32 valet parking is also available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Gawronski

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 578-0763

  • Private party facilities

    The intimate dining room is ideal for rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations, showers and post-wedding brunches, while Acanto’s patio on Michigan Avenue is a dream setting for cocktails. Up to 75 (seated) or 100 (cocktail) guests, inclusive of outdoor space.

  • Private party contact

    events@acantochicago.com: (312) 372-4001

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