Acanto

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
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.

JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy never disappoints! Always great service and fantastic menu!

B
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see a shoe at CSO

SG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for lunch at Acanto. It was my first time there and it won't be the last! I had an incredible soup with white beans and sausage. I will be going back for another bowl! Very nice atmosphere and wonderful service.

JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We tried Sunday brunch and ordered bruschetta and yogurt as starters and Rigatoni as main dishes. The bruschetta and yogurt were both great. Tender taste and excellent presentation. However, the Rigatoni, which supposed to be their classics, was not impressive at all. The taste was good, but the pasta was too dry and hard to chew. Don't know why it happened to an iconic Italian restaurant located in the best location of Chicago. This kind of flaws were completely unacceptable. Service was great and attentive. I think I understand why not so many people came over here for brunch. But depending on its pasta quality, I probably won't come back for dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food, everything was amazing

L
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and service! Thanks for a great evening!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service! The wine selection was varied and the food was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wanted to try somewhere new for a night out in the city before seeing Mean Girls... was recommended to go here by a friend and it truly was an awesome experience. Staff was great, ambiance was very relaxed but still a nicer place to dine and AWESOME people watching on Michigan Ave!

EM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We each had the salad special of arugula,beets, walnuts, creamed Gorgonzola. Topped mine with the salmon (a bit over cooked), his was topped with chicken. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and the waiter, who was very attentive, treated my friend with a bday dessert of pistachio ice cream topping a lovely cake.

KP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really good food. The guy who dropped our cheeseboard at our table did not even explain the cheeses. Other than that would recommend if you love wine and Italian cuisine

h
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we dined at Acanto and it was equally as enjoyable as the last time. Great service and the food is delish! Reasonably priced with good happy hour options. We are inexperienced with wine (we deal more in whiskey and cocktails) and the server did a great job in assisting our selection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I have been there multiple times, it's one of my favorite places in Chicago; unfortunately today's caccio e pepe was below expectations.

N
Chicago
252 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Years Eve dinner! Food and wine pairings were spot on. You expect to pay premium prices on New Years which often feels like less for more but Acanto more than delivered! Be back soon!

CP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve meal was delicious and varied. The chef executed on making the meal special.

CG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and terrific food. We highly recommend this great place

JK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Perfect for pre theater. Good food, nice ambiance, the seafood salad and pistachio macaroons were particularly good. Kind of pricey- but very good

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was looking for a special restaurant to have dinner at and was not disappointed. Excellent service and amazing food

WS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pizza was a surprise. The crust was amazing. Great location right on Michigan.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have not had the sincere culinary pleasure of dining at Acanto, just once in your life, then please remedy this immediately. Casual upscale dining at its very finest. The Sommelier, Ryan, is the cherry on top of a dining journey here. Stop reading this and go eat there. NOW!

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was not good. Pappardelle tasted bad!

DM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The homemade pasta was superb.

E
Grand Rapids
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. After all the hustle of Michigan Avenue, this is a great respite. Pleasant, warm, cozy room. Great service. Great food. Bruschetta with shaved ham & truffle cream sauce, or Ruth tomatoes & mozzarella: completely different & both great. Lobster with spaghetti had a lovely light yet rich cream cause, other pastas also amazing. Many good dessert and salad choices, nice wines by the glass. Have also enjoyed lunch here on other occasions.

S
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner. The strawberry tomato puree with a touch of cayenne which accompanied the gran pecorino was superb - wonderfully creamy texture unlike anything we had had before. The insalata de mare was good - quite tart (which was to our liking but perhaps not to everyone's). The pasta in both our main courses was cooked just right - you can tell the pasta is made on the premises daily - veal meatballs quite filling as was the lamb ragu. Tables are relatively small, noise level high, service impeccable.

FL
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate for Michigan Avenue. Very happy with willingness to split some items. Upscale Italian from N toS and even Sardegna. Excellent service. Beautiful in house desserts- gelato is the deal of the menu. We’ll be back

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great Service.. food was good.. but not great. We would give it a second chance. Cheese board was the highlight of the meal.

R
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite neighborhood restaurant. We live in a touristy neighborhood. Acanto is the only neighborhood restaurant where they remember you and greet you like friends. The food is delicious and the restaurant is warm and welcoming.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate room with delicious food and attentive service. Not what one would expect right on Michigan avenue. Great choice in the Loop.

d
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best in Chicago at the upper mid range price point. overall outstanding

RT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! The atmosphere was incredible!

JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food alone would bring me back. The ambiance was stylish and warm - a comfortable place for our date.

j
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager and staff were great. Had a wonderful time!

MP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner before symphony which ne

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best service we have had in our 50 years of fine dining! Tony is a true gem! We came back for the food, and in the future we will request to be seated in his section. All other staff very attentive as well. Food was first class. A little noisy/congested sitting near the bar and kitchen entrance. Great place = very busy.

SC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and tasty meal!

BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before Hamilton

CV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The variety of olives for appetizer were great. We also loved the apricot polenta cake for dessert--it was a gourmet treat.

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