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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The restaurant was closed!!!!! Why did it offer this time if it was closed. We ate at shake shack next door. They need to not offer times that aren’t available.
A solid date spot. Limited menu but a great wine selection. Great location and overall experience. A bit more expensive than other similar places (food wise) but the wine helped bring it up.
Had a delicious meal - arancini, lobster pasta, and a special carbonade. Drinks and service were top-notch. Its a small dining room and so quite good for conversation. Really enjoyed the relaxed experience. It is a bit pricey, so could be more for a special occasion depending upon your price point.
We had a lovely dinner at Acanto, after having driven for 3 hours to get to Chicago in time to attend the symphony. Found out two hours before the curtain that the concert was cancelled, but the food, the attentive service and the general ambiance at Acanto made up for most of our disappointment.
This is a good reliable restaurant and a nice place to have lunch.
Good food but portions are the size of an appetizer. Too expensive in that sense. People who work there are very friendly though.
This was our first visit to Acanto. The food was wonderful and the service and ambiance were very nice. We will return soon.
Superb food and service
I took my wife to Acanto for her birthday after a day's visit at the Art Institute. It was very convenient to the Art Institute, and we had been there once before. Our reservation was for 4 pm and I am glad we got there early. Bottles of wine were half price until 4 pm, so we got our order in just before 4 pm. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list and very helpful in identifying a bottle that we both liked. We each had some pasta which the waiter helped us select since he knew the menu well. Unfortunately, we were sitting next to a table of eight younger adults who had just come from a Bernie Sanders rally in Grant Park and were still fired up from being outside at the rally. As they got a couple of bottles of wine in them, they began to settle down and talk more softly. My wife and I shared a wonderful chocolate dessert that the chef could modify so that my wife, who is gluten-free, could eat it. It was delicious. We enjoyed the afternoon immensely.
We had a very nice experience at Acanto. Food is solid and service was on point. We were impressed that the sommelier allowed us to return a bottle of wine that wasn't quite tasting right. He allowed us to pick another bottle and our dinner was delightful. Acanto is a great choice is you're going to the Chicago Symphony Center, as it is conveniently located down the street.
Great location on Michigan Avenue near the Art Institute and Chicago Symphony Center. Our server was attentive at the beginning but then we never saw her again. We could not get our water glasses filled nor get anyone's attention. Another server closed out our check.
Food was just ok.
Best restaurant near Millennium Park. Superior food and service. Welcoming and warm.
Wonderful service and food
Came here before a show at Auditorium Theatre. Enjoyed the roasted cauliflower, and the lobster spaghetti was fantastic! My husband ordered the porkchop on special - it was huge! The delicata squash served with it was the real star of that dish; porkchop was tasty enough, but a little overdone. Also, felt like the server was disappointed when he realized we weren't there to "dine." He was nice, but definitely felt like the air went out of the room and it showed on his face when we told him we were on a schedule. I would come back again.
Great location and an excellent menu with a good wine selection. We have enjoyed both lunch and dinner at Acanto along with our college age sons. Thumbs up!
Always great reception. Coat check ! Ambience is top notch. It’s an amazing wine bar but want feeling wine and asked for margaritas. Outstanding! Great table service and tried a new menu offering and fell in love.
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Delicious!! Highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates, bruschetta and mushroom risotto. Great service and wine selection too!
Lovely ambience and food was delicious. Service was a little speedy and so we felt under pressure to finish, and the wine was on the pricey side, but on the whole a lovely venue for a special occasion.
Acanto was one of the best meals I’ve ever had and the service was truly incredible. The space is gorgeous and I will dream about the ricotta and prosciutto toast for as long as I live!