Acanto

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$30 and under
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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
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

MP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

H
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

H
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a good reliable restaurant and a nice place to have lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good food but portions are the size of an appetizer. Too expensive in that sense. People who work there are very friendly though.

b
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Acanto. The food was wonderful and the service and ambiance were very nice. We will return soon.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service

r
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

VR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

R
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant near Millennium Park. Superior food and service. Welcoming and warm.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food

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