Acanto

4.8
2265 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service

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JennyS
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta, great views! 100% recommended! It’s a most if it’s your first time in Chicago

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vipKeith
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. The server was fantastic and really made us feel welcome. He should be commmened. We will return the next time we return to Chicago.

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paigeb
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved eating at Acanto! The restaurant itself was small but in a good, cozy way. It was super pretty and the vibe was great. The food was really good too - we got the ravioli and margherita pizza, and both were reallt good. My only complaint is that the food was a bit expensive for the size of the portions, but I also think that’s pretty typical for Chicago. Overall great experience!

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ronm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Excellent food but very pricey, especially the wine. Noisy, both inside and out. Inside it was freezing, we were glad to sit outside.

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vipLawrenceR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Josh was a terrific server

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Alice
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. Too hot to sit outside but had a wonderful seat by the window on Michigan Ave. Service not overbearing but never had to look for anyone. Server friendly and helpful with recommendations. Great pear salad (just a tad salty). The chicken piccata was delectable. Nice bar area in the same room.

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Crazyjohnni
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location, food was good, service a bit slow. Had to request bread even though we all ordered meals not lunch sandwiches.

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OpenTable Diner
Switzerland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We came to Chicago for a family vacation and chose Acanto for a family dinner. Unfortunately, this restaurant did not meet up to our standards. Service was so slow that it took 40 minutes to have our drink order in hand. After ordering our appetizer, it took another 30 minutes to have our order at the table… a plate of 4 ciabatta slices and 4 grain crackers. Why did it take so long? We were told “the kitchen was baking the bread fresh.” This would have been nice, but the bread received was barely warm, so it could not have been freshly baked.

The food was mediocre. The marinara on the ravioli and kids pasta was bland. Basic Ragu from a jar had better flavor. The spicy pizza had a soggy crust and was “just spicy”. No other flavors were distinguished. For this being an Italian restaurant, it feels like the chef had never been in Italy or was just passionless in his cooking the night we were there.

Lastly, we had a table outside, knowing there would obviously be some pedestrian and traffic noise. But, it was unbearable due to the “young and verile” kids revving their engines and drag racing down Michigan Avenue, with their stereo systems blaring so loud that you felt your heart skip a beat with every bass-thump played. Yes, we understand this is out of the restaurants control, but the noise made our experience that much more unpleasant.

The next time we are in Chicago, we will definitely be searching for another Italian restaurant. (They have all of their Zagat, Michelin, OpenTable stickers displayed on the front window. Maybe we should have noticed the last one received was in 2018!) Sorry A-CANT-O… our recommendation to others is UH-DONT-GO!

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Yumic
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent!!! We enjoyed all delicious food too.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST restaurant in Chicago

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vipHappy
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 4 pm reservations but arrived at 330 and were seated promptly. We started with the luch menu, until 4, and then switched to the dinner menu. We had the bruschetta which is 4 pieces with cheese and prosciutto. Very tasty. we next had the salad special. It was followed by the sausage pizza. I wanted to order the lunch special risotto but since it was after 4 pm it was not available. Disappointing. We ordered our main course from the slightly different dinner menu. The panini is also not available for dinner and there are some other changes. I would prefer to have the lunch options available for dinner. We had two different gelatos for dessert which come with a cookie. Our drinks were a cocktail, Italian draft beer and two glasses of wine from the wonderful wine list. Cost was $150. A perfect place for dinner before the Grant Park Music Festival, concert at Orchestra Hall, or the theater. Nice outside space on Michigan Avenue although eating inside is fine during the winter. Wonderful dining experience.

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vipCarolynM
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was excellent....

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DeeW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a GEM! Beautiful atmosphere, lovely service and outstanding culinary expertise! Please support, you will not be disappointed! P.s. Hannah was knowledgeable, kind, funny and genuine, thank you Acanto Team!

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vipSusanCT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service was terrible. I asked for some lemon for my fish and it did not show up until the dinner was over. My friend had ordered a cocktail and they gave her the wrong drink. She returned it and didn’t get a new one till after dinner was over. The waiter just didn’t seem to care

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RitaB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat outside, knowing it would be noisy at 6-7 pm on Michigan Avenue, and it was, but the service and food were excellent. Our waitor was knowledgeable and charming. The appetizers, arancini and fritto miso, were especially good.

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viponadate
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at Acanto! Great service, ambiance, and food. The Bruschetta and Arancini are amazing as is the lamb ragout rigatoni.
The Pasticci di cioccolato was incredible - a must order if you love dessert.
Will be back!

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LAKG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience. Great people watching from our outside table, looking over millennium Park. The food and service were phenomenal, our waitress was kind and very helpful. Just an overall lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is fantastic!

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vipLaraineS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and the atmosphere inviting and fun. We will return.

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locals
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took this reservation because it was one of the only ones available. We were a little nervous but it was fabulous! The Branzino was wonderful, wine list is extensive and the service is 5 star. Almost don't want people to know about it so it is easy to get a reservation!

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vipSearcher
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful find. Very delicious food and great environment- easy to have conversations. Staff if helpful and well informed.

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vipMicS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in along time. Bruschetta was amazing, as was frito misto. Chicken piccata was delicious, and the pasticcio dessert was so decadent and unbelievably good. Highly recommend this restaurant. Was one of our favorite restaurants before the pandemic, and we’re so glad they’re back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s 23rd Birthday. A anti is always excellent.

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Deborah
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Perfect location near the Art Institute and park.

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vipJsly900
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between the five star service, delicious food and excellently curated wine list, it is always an incredible experience at Acanto.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Okay food, uninspired service

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vipStarsurfer
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some favorite staples here such as a cheese plate, carpaccio . . . bolstered by inspired salads . . . but for the rest, meh . . .

MJ
MJQ1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ingredients, excellent preparation. Across the street from art institute of chicago

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vipNicoleF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried Acanto for the first time and it did not disappoint. Food was great with gluten free options, wine list was extensive, ambience was quiet and quaint.

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dessert I have EVER had. Service was excellent as well

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LYNNET
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are visiting Chicago and had dinner at Acanto on Saturday evening - we had cocktails at the bar and transitioned to a table served by Chris the bartender! Everything about our evening was wonderful! The food, the ambiance, the service, all top notch! Great experience which we highly recommend!

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic, delicious food with very good but unobtrusive service. Ambiance was energetic and busy. Music was good but maybe could be turned down a little. One of our favourite places in Chicago 😊

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vipLauraC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Acanto has great ambiance and vibe!
Food delicious, great wine list and server was excellent.
Try the Beef Carpaccio - Amazing!

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vipJovanaV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Food was amazing service even better 💓 Thank you so much .

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EllenG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loved trying something new. Great food with outside and inside dining options. Recommend!

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Atb1
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, inventive Italian food and drinks in an intimate setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

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NatashaZ
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. So was dessert. Portions on the smaller side.

AV
AndyV
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service even with chaos outside. Josh was a great server

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You can order delivery directly from Acanto using the Order Online button. Acanto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 578-0763.

Acanto is rated 4.8 stars by 2265 OpenTable diners.

Acanto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gagehospitality.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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