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.
Our waiter was very nice, helpful and efficient. The Happy Hour drinks were great, the food was excellent and the waits were short. A very pleasant experience on a Tuesday afternoon, following the Warhol exhibit. A very Chicago experience.
Great experience overall. I wish the portions were larger
Went for brunch for the first time and it was outstanding! Baked egg and polenta was my favorite. Just delicious. Wine half price too. Service was outstanding. Fun with our group of 7.
Love this place and the staff is top notch. We will return!
It was our first time there. The place was pretty quiet and the food was absolutely amazing. I definitely would recommend the rigatoni. Will be back! 😊🔥
We LOVE Acanto! It is one of our TOP go to places when we are in the city! Our server was excellent! I don't know his name, but would like to commend him for his superb service. We look forward to our next trip to Acanto!
Cute little place right on Michigan Ave. Great wine list and excellent food.
This was our first time at Acanto. We found the service, food, and ambiance to be fantastic. We will definitely come back.
Cozy and perfect on a cold night...
Cozy atmosphere, great service! The waiter made recommendations and my dinner and dessert, both were fantastic.
Acanto is lovely but- a pleasant room with an appealing level of peace and attentive service.
I'll start with the positive: very good, efficient service delivered in a beautifully designed, well situated space on Michigan Avenue. The food was hit or miss. Our cod croquette fritters were outstanding, the ribollita soup was good (but is was not the Tuscan version I was expecting... should be called Tuscan white bean soup), but the mains (an over-dressed salad and a soggy panini) were woefully disappointing. And the worst-- two Negronis of the same kind which when served barely amounted to a single drink but cost the same as the least expensive bottle on wine on the list. I should also mention that after arriving at noon on a holiday for a leisurely lunch we felt some pressure to place our order, eat and then make room for another set of guests. I wanted to love this place, but walked away with mixed feelings.
We had lunch here prior to the play at the CIBC theatre. We had a nice glass of wine and shared some cheese and prosciutto, the mista salad and the sausage pizza. Everything was yummy. Pizza is spicy hot so I’d recommend a different one if you don’t like it hot. The waiter did warn us. The location was perfect to a walk from parking garage and to theatre.
A highlight of our Chicago trip. Wonderful hospitality, wonderful food. Truffle pasta to die for, delectable lobster spaghetti, everything perfectly prepared and delivered with grace and good cheer (served to us by Tony!) in an ambience that is warm, cozy, dimly lit (nice!), and tastefully lovely. We’re big fans of Monteverde... but Acanto is now sharing the #1 spot at the top of our Chicago list.
Our table was in a hallway. Clearly put there do to overbooking. Service was good but food was a mixed bag. Apps were poor (crab cake was more cake than bran) but steaks were good.
Our party of four had an excellent dining experience on Sat Nov 23 as we all had excellent meals & glasses of wine, as suggested by our server. Lastly, we shared amazing desserts as it was truly a wonderful experience at our favorite restaurant in Chicago!
Excellent food and service! Loved the ambiance and view at the table.
The pasta was delicious! You can tell it’s freshly made. The desserts were wonderful as well.
Service was incredible here. Very attentive, constantly checked in, and didn’t rush us when we were finished with our meal. Food was also amazing! Pasta was perfectly cooked and the portions were the right size. Will definitely be back!
Service was great. Received us with two glasses of Prosecco for our anniversary.
Octopus and oysters were great starters.
The veal meatballs spaghetti were very tasty and well presented.
Pistachio ice cream over a polenta cake was delicious.
Wine of the was a 2015 Palazzo Della Torre which was very smooth and full bodied.
Definitely enjoyed it and recommend it
My friend and I loved the dinner we had at Acanto. The food was excellent. The selection of wine by the glass was ample. Our waiter was very attentive and charming. I would definitely dine there again
I haven’t been to Acanto I quite a while and was looking forward to dining there again. I was so disappointed as our waiter was inattentive and the quality of food was poor. I always loved their pasta, but it was thick and chewy this time. Time to find another restaurant before the concert.
I like Acanto very much. Of all the meals I have eaten there, this was one of the best ever! Also, the service was excellent and very helpful in getting us out in plenty of time to get to the theater. Thanks!
The food and service was great, I was just underwhelmed with the truffle sidecar. I did not really taste truffle at all, neither did my friend despite the truffle being shaved onto the cocktail table side. The only time I knew there was truffle was when I had pieces of it in my mouth but even those pieces were lights in flavor $38 is a very steep price for basically just a side car.
The octopus & potato dish was good, but wayyy too much arugula & teeny pieces of octopus.
This very tiny but superb restaurant is located close to the Michigan Avenue cultural hot spots including: The Art Institute; Symphony Center; The Auditorium theater and near to the major theaters in the Loop. Service is friendly, food is excellent and beautifully presented. Wine list is thoughtful and includes many unusual and delicious Italian selections. This place is quite small so reservations are a must. Open for lunch and happy hour. Highly recommended
We were pleasantly surprised! We loved everything we ordered. The octopus appetizer, risotto and scallops were to die for. Perfect place for any future concerts at the Chicago Symphony Center.
I have had a number of meals at Acanto and the dishes have been consistently delicious and interesting. We had excellent service and were delighted with a birthday dessert for my husband.
We found it last year and have been back a few times before the Symphony
Small and intimate
Very different from the Gage next door
Arancini was to die for! Don't know how the managed to keep it light and crisp yet creamy on the inside. Loved the bit of lemon in the tomato sauce. Also loved the chicken picata, lobster spaghetti and our waiter's wine recommendations. Perfect pre-symphony restaurant and more intimate than its sister restaurant, The Gage.
Delightful, good food, good service. Highly recommended!
Food was good, pace was a bit slower than I expected but not intolerable. Oysters were tasty and the bucatini was very nice
I regularly come to Acanto for business lunches, and it never disappoints! Vibrant atmosphere, but quiet enough to talk, and the food is always excellent.
This was such a fantastic evening. Our waitress was exceptional. She let us go at our own pace (which was slowly - I think we were there for nearly three hours).
The food was comforting, flavorful, and generous. Our cheese board to start was thoughtfully prepared with accoutrements to compliment our selection. Our cocktails were well crafted - I had a classic cocktail (a martini) which was served ice cold and with perfect proportions, and my boyfriend had one of the specialty house cocktails which was fruity and fizzy, but not overly sweet - both were excellent. For dinner, we had the bucatini and insalata di mare. The veal meatballs were savory and moist, the pasta was fresh and textured perfectly - not too heavy. I didn't try the other dish, but I can assure you there was nothing left! Our waitress also recommended a Chianti which was so good I took a picture of the bottle so I can buy it myself.
Finally, we had a dessert that was offered as a special that night - I can't remember exactly what it was called; it was a fresh take on key lime pie - but so much better! Ice cream instead of custard, with a buttery crumble as the base and topped with fresh mint and whipped cream. It was sweet, savory, light, and delicious.
We had such a nice night, I would go back to Chicago just to visit this restaurant again! Acanto delivers the classic Italian dishes you crave, with originality and inspiration sprinkled in here and there - enough to be comforting but also exciting. And the atmosphere was sophisticated, but not intimidating. I felt welcomed, well fed, well cared for, and so relaxed. Thank you for delivering an unparalleled experience.
After several visits to Acanto I have decided to raise my rating to the top. This wonderful restaurant achieves great success with all facets of its menu. The cheese plate is a great choice as is the bruschetta. Cocktails are interesting and the wines are reasonably priced, especially for Michigan Avenue. Make sure you try the specials, both appetizer and entree. The desserts are delicious and creative. Acanto is my go to restaurant on Michigan Avenue.
Food is very good. Wonderful service
Our party of four loved the food and ambiance of Acanto. The only dings would be a too-long wait for the entrees, and a too scanty portion on two of those. Noise level was surprisingly pleasant for a Saturday night.
Wonderful as always! A great place to eat dinner before a show at Harris or Auditorium Theater or the Symphony!
We have eaten at Acanto several times.
Have never had a bad meal and always excellent service.
Excellent as always. One of my favorite Chicago restaurants.