Acanto

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Across from Millennium Park and along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Acanto Restaurant + Wine Bar is a favorite destination for those who appreciate approachable and authentic Italian food, an award-winning wine list featuring selections from each of Italy's twenty regions, and an inviting, conversation-friendly dining experience.

In 2017, Acanto received a Jury Prize and 3-Star rating in the World of Fine Wine "World's Best Wine List," and a 2-Glass "Best of Award of Excellence" rating in Wine Spectator.

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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of us enjoyed all aspects of our meal. Wonderful!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, truly authentic al dente fresh pasta, delicious sauces with quality ingredients. Excellent.

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will eat here everytime I'm in Chicago. With the location, I figured it would be touristy and not great Italian, but it was so delicious I ate there again the next day. Outstanding Italian wine list with a wide variety of cost options. The bartender was also very knowledgeable. I had the lamb ragu sauce and my wife had the cacio e pepe (best I've ever had). Can't recommend enough.

m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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ES
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Chicago for the Marathon & a friend recommended Acanto. We loved it: the warm intimacy, relaxed air, wonderful food, cocktails & wine list. The food was creative & prepared with care. The portions were the perfect size - not overly large as in some Italian restaurants. I had the swordfish with a lovely orange sauce with roasted onions & crispy spinach. We felt like we were in a country Italian villa - very relaxing. This was our favorite meal in Chicago.

PW
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo

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OT
Boise
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago marathon pre race meal

E
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant

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JP
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress. The cocktails are always well crafted and the food is caringly prepared. My favorite “let’s go out for your birthday”spot.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service

JL
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. They were able to get a party of eight out in time for a concert without anyone feeling rushed. We’ll be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go to Italian place in a very convenient location. The bucatini is where it's at.

RH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cheese plate was wonderful, and the bottle of wine we chose (which was the wine of the week) was perfect. The homemade pasta was tasty, and we enjoy our fish entrees. The sole was a bit overpriced for the portion size.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. Wine and food was outstanding. And we enjoyed ourselves.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

ST
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We initially enjoyed our meal at Acanto, but despite letting the restaurant know ahead of time & informing our server that my husband has a dairy allergy, our salad was presented with Parmesan cheese. It was removed and replaced once we pointed it out to the staff. We were assured that the Salmon dish would be safe for him, but later that night he became ill and displayed symptoms due to dairy intake. We are not sure if it was the salmon, the vegetables that were plated with the salmon or the salad, but it certainly made a downward turn to an otherwise pleasant evening.

EA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, good food and great service!

LT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Dined early evening before a show. Restaurant is small but has indoor and outdoor seating. Nice decor. Lots of menu items and drinks to choose from. Lemon cocktail I had was not good. Returned and replaced with one of many specialty wines that was good. Had the fennel sausage pizza and black kale salad. Pizza was spicy but not flavorful. Salad was bitter and needed more sweetness. Caprice salad looked good. Fare was ok. Service good. Food didn’t impress. Passed on desserts. Nothing impressive and dinner made us wary. Also kind of pricey. Over $80 for 2 cocktails, 2 salads and 1 pizza. Didn’t experience what reviews suggested.

k
Chicago
172 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here a few times now and it is always great food and welcoming staff. I recommend the mushroom pizza- delicious. but everything I've had there (including tasting friends food :) has been excellent. Recommend

RD
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business dinner with a group of 11 at this place. The food and service were wonderful! Even with a larger group, the staff was on top of making sure we were taken care of throughout the evening. The food was delicious as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

RR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about Acanto! The ambiance, cuisine and service were fantastic. The decor and lighting was warm and inviting. I had the chicken piccata, which was lemon fresh with asparagus. Our server was professional and personable. A great dining experience!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waiter, amazing food with amazing wine ! Just go with amazing friends and enjoy 😉

MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was held for us even though our concert was let out late. I called and the staff couldn’t have been more understanding. Our friends had never been there before. They all loved the food and wine suggestions made by our server (Sadly I didn’t catch his name). I will continue to return to my favorite eatery on Michigan Ave.

CB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Insalata di Mare - one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good except the quantity of food in plate was too small.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Brought me the wrong dish and immediately knew it and said mine was coming. We all enjoyed the extra dish. Waiter was friendly. Never felt rushed

ME
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. Change in waiter early in the visit without issue. This was a second visit, and food was even better than I remembered. We shared several dishes, and everything was exquisite. Instalatta di polpetta, ribollita, risotto day special. We were satisfied with our late lunch selections, but couldn’t resist the apricot polenta dessert! Delighted beyond expectation!This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Can’t wait to go again.

KC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. Nice atmosphere. The only complaint I have is that the server did not refill our coffee.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Every single dishes we had was very salty and the food in general was flavorless.

SC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, they hit it out of the park. The 3 liter wine pour that night was a treat. The almond cookie for dessert, is a thing of beauty. Pair the cookies with the reasonably priced gelato. Favorite restaurant for pre-symphony dining.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read quite a few reviews of this restaurant which included occasional complaints of mediocre service. But we went anyway, partly because of the many comments on atmosphere. Our service was absolutely excellent and the food superb. Looking around, everyone seemed to be having the same experience. Hence I recommend you ignore past negative comments in reviews and focus on food, service and atmosphere. This was a superb and relaxed dining experience, even by high end Chicago standards.

AH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, libations, excellent service, wonderful hospitality.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Bartender was great. Server was excellent. Food was perfect. Couldn’t have been any better. My date and I loved it. Phillip was fantastic!

MG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Acanto and we loved it! The food was delicious and not overly expensive. They have a wonderful gluten free selection and I just loved the peach semi-freddo. It was my birthday and the restaurant gave me my dessert free. Oh, and our waiter was wonderful too. I will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as was good and ambiance

UH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice selection of Italian wines, and delicious menu. Went on a Friday night and it was crowded and had a good vibe.

A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and food was excellent

H
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Daily salad a bit boring. Pizza great as always. Very nice place for lunch or dinner on michigan ave

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