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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.
Chicago, IL 60603
Italian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
$30 and under
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We are on the west side of Michigan Avenue between Madison Street and Monroe Street and next to The Gage, our sister restaurant. Valet parking is available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.
To self-park, we recommend the Grant Park NORTH garage, accessible from Michigan Avenue. The Monroe Street / south end of this garage is the section nearest to our entrance.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Acanto Ratings and Reviews
Loved Acanto! Billy Lawless (the dashing owner) even stopped by our table to chat and check on our enjoyment level: High! We started off with the cod croquets in a saffron aiole sauce...it was delicate and lovely, not fishy at all. And on a cold day, it was the perfect starter. Followed by the Kale & Chicken salad: the greens were fresh and crisp; the chicken was tender & juicy with a crispy exterior and the dressing gave it a nice flavor, not overdressed at all. The environment is warm and energetic; it feels like a place you could be 'regular' very easily. Next visit, I want to check out the intimate bar area...enjoy a glass of wine with some Bruschetta! Thanks.
Fantastic restaurant. Walked in and the owner met me and handed me a glass if sparkling wine, The wine list is heavy on Italians, which is out of my comfort zone, but the waiter was VERY knowledgeable. Homemade pasta was like Italy. loved it so much going back today for lunch with my husband.
If you're looking for a good quiet-ish lunch or dinner near the Art Institute of Chicago Acanto should be at the top of your list. Seating is a bit limited and a bit crowded. But the food and service will help you ignore it. Menus are partly seasonal but always delicious, with a slant toward comfort. And the prices won't mean that your kids can't get a higher education. Just give Acanto a try.
Our server was knowledgeable and obviously had a passion for the food and our dining experience. Everything about our dinner was pleasant and super tasty. Our waiter gave us recommendations on food and desserts that were amazingly delicious. I will be back again to sample our favorites in the near future!
The room and service are warm and polished. The location is very convenient. But a fine Italian restaurant of this caliber in the year 2017 should offer a few vegan items and keep dried pasta without eggs in stock — or risk seeming unenlightened and insensitive.
We have dined at Acanto on two recent trips to Chicago - both experiences were delightful - restaurant is cozy, drink list is comprehensive, staff is very knowledgeable about the wine list & food - noise level low - really great space for delicious food & quality conversations
For a heavily touristed area of Michigan Ave, Acanto doesn’t have that really touristy feel. This is a cozy, warm room for a tasty—and pricy—meal. Amazing wine list, which may be their strongest suit. I ordered swordfish, which was overcooked, but others thoroughly enjoyed their food. Try the chicken Marsala.
This was my third time dining at Acanto. Each time I go, I get reminded how much I love it here. Service was on point, food was delicious, and the intimate, beautiful decor is lovely. This spot has the tendency to miss the mark in so many ways, with the many tourists nearby and the pre-theater crowd, but they get it right almost every single time. I almost don't want to tell my friends about this place, as it feels like a secret spot that we have found. Amazing vegetables on an always fresh seasonal menu, fantastic gluten free pasta, and delicious wine!
We chose this spot for its proximity to the Symphony. It was truly a perfect fit for our evening.
Acanto has a classy, masculine, perfectly lit ambiance. The bar and lighting were gorgeous and created a romantic, almost surreal feel. Our group was largely pleased with the quality of food. Everything we ordered was a mixture of healthy and flavorful. The cocktails were good.
Presentation of food was what you could expect from a $$ restaurant. But that's also exactly what we were looking for. A beautiful scene at reasonable price point, with a sharp wine list... and that's what we were delivered. No surprises, everything we hoped it would be.
Service was prompt and professional without being overbearing. Noise levels were great to drown out the conversations of others while being able to hear conversation at your own table.
A++ on everything.
Went to celebrate my sisters birthday. We had a wonderful meal with great service. We started with a roasted beet salad which was large enough to share. Our entrees, wild mushroom lasagna and their dinner special, House
Made pasta in a cream sauce were delicious. They even brought out their special tiramisu to celebrate her birthday. I would definitely go back.
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