Acanto

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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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OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Great neighborhood local place. Excellent wine list and pizza as well

KL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, including the best Italian wine selection anywhere in the City.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

s
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and wine.

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

NC
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

C
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KB
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful lunch in this cafe - excellent location, service, and food!

TS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A wonderful dinner, great service, great location. Met a friend from out of town who really enjoyed it?

MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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!

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are outstanding, have had date nights, family meals and entertained clients and always very happy with the experience.

DA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, great service. The food and drinks where delicious

A
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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).

a
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful

s
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent, service friendly and efficient and wine list is interesting.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is great - slower than expected service for lunch.

W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food taste lack of flavor.
My pasta tasted nothing more then buttered noodle.

K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week brunch. Delicious and so relaxing!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

LJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

BZ
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week experience.

P
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a group of friends’ pre concert lunch.

RA
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited for restaurant week and the meal was definitely worth it. Service was very friendly and attentive. Would absolutely recommend.

i
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great lunch! Will be back to try more of the menu

F
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Excessively salty meals. Not enough variety for restaurant week. Expensive food, not good value for my money. I’ll not be back :(

EK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent. Half-priced bottles of wine made trying something different fun.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

A
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!!

JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy never disappoints! Always great service and fantastic menu!

B
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A reliable spot pre-symphony. Service attentive and timely.

L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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!

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see a shoe at CSO

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