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.
Always excellent. Great neighborhood local place. Excellent wine list and pizza as well
Always one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, including the best Italian wine selection anywhere in the City.
Went on Valentine’s Day and opted for the preset menu, we felt so rushed and didn’t have time to finish our pairings before the next course came out. Also, menu and pairings were not priced well.
Outstanding meal and wine.
The food was INCREDIBLE! But it should be when it's this expensive. Great restaurant, though I probably won't go there to spend money any times again soon.
We had an amazing experience at Acanto! The food was excellent- short ribs were some of the best I have ever had and the lemon tart dessert was heavenly! Service was impeccable and friendly and I would go back in a heartbeat!
Great food and service at this charming (but small) restaurant. Consistently excellent and convenient to theaters and symphony center. Small place, so reservations highly recommended. Pastas are homemade and excellent.
I had a wonderful lunch in this cafe - excellent location, service, and food!
A wonderful dinner, great service, great location. Met a friend from out of town who really enjoyed it?
Usually I love this place for a business lunch - good food and attentive service. However, this time they were having problems with their sound system and some weird music with heavy bass kept coming in and then going off. It was so annoying! I mentioned it to the waiter and he said they were having problems with the music. So just shut it off!
Food and service are outstanding, have had date nights, family meals and entertained clients and always very happy with the experience.
My wife and I shared four courses: the arancini, the arugula/beet/gorgonzola salad, the rigatoni with lamb ragu, and the olive cake. Each was delicious and memorable. Service from the staff was outstanding from start to finish, and our server, Melissa, was very cordial, attentive and had a total command of the fine details of each selection, including preparation and seasoning. Our wine choice, a 2018 Montepulciano, was a perfect complement to a perfect meal.
Wonderful ambiance, great service. The food and drinks where delicious
Appetizers - bruschetta and potato bombilini - were great, especially the bombilini.
Dinner - mushroom risotto and linguine nere - were quite blah. Shells in the linguine were cracked upon serving making eating the dish a sometimes painful one when shards continually were bitten into. One third of the homemade linguine pasta was cooked and clumped together. It couldn’t be separated and thus became a sort of clump of cooked dough. The bites that weren’t clumpy or painful tasted like a canned tomato based pasta sauce. Just totally unfresh. Risotto was a little better.
Dessert - butterscotch budino and tiramisu - were great. We’d go back just for dessert.
Summary: not worth the $140+ for two. Especially having just come off a 2 week vacation to Portugal and Dubai where we easily ate twice as tasty for half the price (maybe not *that* cheap in Dubai, but definitely much less).
Service was wonderful
As always, the food was excellent, service friendly and efficient and wine list is interesting.
The food is great - slower than expected service for lunch.
Food taste lack of flavor.
My pasta tasted nothing more then buttered noodle.
Last minute meal before a week-long business trip in the area. Dined alone at late on a Sunday evening. It was delicious - the black kale tossed with enough lemon juice to be tart and flavorful. The oxtail ragu was perfect for a cold winter night. And the olive oil cake was moist and the scoop of gelato that accompanied it was worth every spoonful. It was quiet - but likely a full house would be noisier.
Their service was amazing, and they were very accommodating. The gentleman who served the water was very observant and kind. The food was delicious and the quality was apparent in the simplest meals. I did not mind tipping over 50% of my bill. I absolutely recommend going there, by yourself or with friends; the ambiance was next to none.
Restaurant week brunch. Delicious and so relaxing!!
We had reservations, but it was a surprisingly quiet evening on food week. Not many patrons that evening, so it was quiet and intimate. The grilled octopus was excellent as was the makers mark old fashioned. The squid ink pasta was quite good as well.
The three course meal was excellent, except for the desert. I had the cookies and candy which was fine. The creamy desert my wife had was much to sweet. She was not able to finish it. Larry
We thought we'd get there for the lunch Restaurant Week menu, but they declined that service (at 3:58), so we ordered off of the Happy Hour and main menus, with a series of appetizers, all of which were quite good.
Great restaurant week experience.
Perfect for a group of friends’ pre concert lunch.
The food was outstanding. We had two of their restaurant week options. Been there several times. It is the best restaurant for pre-symphony dining in the vicinity.
Can’t believe it took me so long to get here. Took clients during restaurant week and the lunch was delightful. Definitely going back soon.
I visited for restaurant week and the meal was definitely worth it. Service was very friendly and attentive. Would absolutely recommend.
Thanks for a great lunch! Will be back to try more of the menu
Excessively salty meals. Not enough variety for restaurant week. Expensive food, not good value for my money. I’ll not be back :(
Wonderful food and service!
Brunch was excellent. Half-priced bottles of wine made trying something different fun.
Chicago restaurant week lunch - got the shaved truffle salad, campanelle pasta, and candy/cookies. Very good, service was prompt; I got an espresso at the end as well and it was very nice.
This is a cozy, convenient stop along Michigan, close to the Art Institute which we visited before lunch. Sophisticated, quiet, and welcoming. We had butternut squash risotto which was delicious. Service was very good; our waiter was very helpful in making our selection. I think the only downside was the price point; our lunch with a glass of wine was $80 with tip. A little expensive for a casual meal with no extras.
The whitefish panini was one of the best sandwiches we’ve ever eaten - a bit of pickled veggie & caper aioli on perfectly cooked fish within delicately cheese-drizzled ciabatta will bring us back often & hopefully it will remain on the menu. Greens & browned potatoes on side complemented well & the serving was plentiful - my friend ate hers in one very full lunch while I ate half & savored the balance for dinner. Yum!!!!!
Billy never disappoints! Always great service and fantastic menu!
A reliable spot pre-symphony. Service attentive and timely.
We are vegetarian and came here not only for the outstanding atmosphere, but also for the very excellent side dishes we have had in the past. While service was excellent and atmosphere continued to please, the vegetables disappointed a bit with prep a bit off . Next time hoping it will be outstanding!
Went to see a shoe at CSO