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About Acanto

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.

18 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 578-0763

Website:
http://www.acantochicago.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Chris Gawronski

Additional:
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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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Mon - Thu 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM

Fri 1:15PM - 3:45PM

Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM

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Acanto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (51)
Pre/post Theatre (50)
Notable Wine List (49)
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Good for a Date (48)
Cozy (42)
Special Occasion (39)
Business Meals (37)
Romantic (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Authentic (29)
Great for Lunch (29)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Casual (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
People Watching (21)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Scenic View (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Friendly and attentive service. Great food! Nice wine list. Small venue but pleasant and nice on request they sat us away from the bar. Will definitely return

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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing place with an amazing food. Excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We had wonderful food, wonderful service. This place is a winner!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Service and food were both top notch. Server offered 2 wine tastes when we were unsure of a selection. Arancini, capiletti, chicken marsala perfectly prepared and tasty.
Very near the theater district. Easy to get dinner in just over an hour.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of our neighborhood favorites. Vast and very good wine list.
Very comfy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing! Comfortable seating. Everyone working was super nice even though it was super busy. Amazing birthday dinner with friends.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The young woman who took our orders was not only beautiful, she was also smart, funny, and well-informed about the food, which all added an extra element of pleasure to the meal. The food is authentic and delicious. Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

they always do right by us! delicious food. Very fresh!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The bruschetta was amazing, ambiance was too quiet

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have dined Acanto before and been very pleased, but my recent experience was disappointing. The food and the service did not meet my expectations. Maybe it was an off night. I would go again based on my previous visits.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The pasta was delicious. I had the gnocchi, it was very light and tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent Italian food and a great wine list. Service staff is very helpful with food and wine choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Cozy quiet setting for a pre theater meal. My wife’s dish was good, mine was so-so. Our waiter was a little rude. He seemed to be in a rush even though the place wasn’t crowded. I would consider trying it again but wasn’t a great first experience

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is top notch, absolutely delicious!! Literally everything our table got was phenomenal. The only thing is that our waitress took 20 minutes to take our order, and wasn't very inviting or nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Just tried this out as a last minute dinner. We enjoyed our dinner very much. The wait staff was great. The pizza was good as was the pasta and meatballs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Best service in Chicago. And always excellent food. Very convenient to theater. I go to Acanto every time I am in Chicago.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was our second visit to Acanto. Our server was excellent: very knowledgeable as well as friendly and attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Acanto was wonderful as usual. My guest had severe food allergies, and our waiter was very knowledgeable about ingredients. The kitchen made adjustments to the risotto special so she could have it. Lovely table by the window for people watching.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Ambience was terrific as always. Disappointed with the risotto special, combination of ingredients and cooking process left it rather gummy and heavy. Would return to try something else. Great place to dine, and especially outside in warm weather

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The menu is quite restrictive for vegetarians. The service was accommodating, but there is only so much they can do with the menu in place.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

This restaurant could be my favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago!!!
The Pizza here is amazing~~~~ I ate it every time and no matter which pizza it is, the taste is sooooo good!!!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We enjoyed the black kale Caesar salad and sausage pizza. The wait staff was very attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very pleasant environment with superb service. The menu offered many creative and appealing dishes, supplemented by very good specials.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were treated like regulars even though it was our first visit. Every sip and bite were perfect and the service was stellar. We wanted for nothing. The mussels were especially memorable as was the Kind of Blue cocktail. Thanks, Meghan.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good lunch place for business or other purposes where calm, quiet and comfort are important rather than glitz / hype. Excellent service. Olive oil, chicken & kale salad stand outs relative to other places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good food and service. Perhaps a bit loud but we would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Short walk on a cold night from the Palmer House. Great service and food including a unique dessert. Then on to the play Hamilton. Great start to a wonderful night in Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, excellent wine selection

Only wish they had valet parking !

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great lunch deal: 50% of all bottles of wine! A nice lunch place on Michigan across from the Art Institute.

Tags: Casual
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