Acanto

4.8
2381 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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vipRayW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We usually order the cheese and salami plate along with olives and bread. For two it is enough food for a meal. We totally enjoy that and can take our time leisurely enjoying the array.
The one negative for us was the limited beer options. No draft and only three bottle options.
I know the wine list is huge. A few more beers would help us beer drinkers.

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vipgrtrx
Las Vegas
138 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exception food (misto frito - perfectly cooked octopus and squid; whole fish was outstanding, and the caccio e pepewas the best I have had). Great wine list with an exceptional rare bottle, and enthusiastic help from the somm. Solid unobtrusive service on a busy night. Appreciate them seating my party early very much. Highly recommned.

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viptcmman
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place with heart warmingly delicious food.

And the service was exemplary - truly perfect.

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vipScottS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food and service!!

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vipMichael31
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with the perfect wine thanks to our waitress/sommelier Allison who was charming and wonderful!

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TrishaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

EXCELLENT bruschetta! And the Chardonnay was superb—clean and refreshing as a spring rain! Our server was personable, efficient and made great suggestions! I’d come again…and again!

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vipDana
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our 35th wedding anniversary. We sat outside. Our server was delightful and the food delicious.

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vipUffa1
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server and the restaurant Manager (Maggie Smith) provided exceptional service!

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vipJohnS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful. Shared plates.

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MNFoodie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Walked past this restaurant many times while going next door. This is the place to stop.

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vipimagupy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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vipRobertM
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Verrry enjoyable! We were mistakingly early for our reservation and they accommodated us. Food was absolutely delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this conveniently located restaurant! The setting is private on very busy Michigan Avenue. Try the rigatoni and a glass of wine from their great wine selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great environment! The Polenta and Focaccia bread are a MUST!

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vipGoodKarma
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric at the bar was exceptional, great wine list, food was fantastic and portion sizes were appropriate for a multi-course meal.

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vipfood4life
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is so so and also the service. The location is good for Orchestra Hall so it’s too bad that it’s not a better meal. We won’t return.

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MarciaO
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acanto has been a favorite restaurant of mine for several years and it never fails!
Lunch outside during these challenging times has been a delight and a safe place to meet friends.
All servers are friendly, helpful and patient! I recommend them all.
Thank you Acanto - I will be back and will spread the good word!

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CatchHerifYouCan
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great ! Excellent pizza! Great wine and super service.

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JakobA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always, perfect place to celebrate and wind down the day!

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LilianG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food post-marathon! Quick service as well. Loved that the waiter knew the menu and helped us decide on wine.

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vipJohnZ
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good! Eating outdoors was lovely!

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vipFoodiebob
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, definitely going back! Food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon weekend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Josh was a terrific host.

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vipPthree
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Great service… friendly but never intrusive. Yummy food and drinks

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YvonneU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside. Noise level better than dining inside. Still, our conversations did compete with the Friday afternoon traffic and ambulance sirens.
What made up for the noise was the delicious food. Your appetizers were stellar!! Loved the bread/crackers (hope you don’t replace them). The fritto misto was tantalizing.
I’d come again for the menu offerings. Oh, Phil, our server was outstanding!! Patient, professional and friendly.

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vipckchicago
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a delicious meal, our server was very good. My only problem was with the seating- we arrived on time for our 5 pm reservation, 2 other parties in the entire restaurant, and had a choice of 2 tables - I didn't realize that both would be on the path of the servers and others. Try to avoid the small tables along the west wall.
Also, the bus boys were over-anxious to clear plates while we were still eating, we had to ask them not to 3 times. (I guess this is a preference for some people who want the plates cleared while others are still eating)

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SueF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious black pepper rigatoni and Super Tuscan wine! Great service at our outside table.

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vipVisitors
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I was a little bit annoyed, small thing, but really damaged my experience at your restaurant. My spouse is going Keto diet, he requested not potatoes on his seafood appetizer and just increased the amount of vegetables. We got punished with $4 for such request. It’s not the $4 dollars at all what bothers me, it’s the lack of good judgment.
But overall a nice experience.
All the best
GR

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Pranav
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Service was good and wine collection is amazing. Great value for money!

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MaryT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was delicious and the restaurant is quaint. Loved my meal and will definitely return!

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vipSouthloop82
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here multiple times and every time it gets better! Atmosphere is lovely, service is stellar, wine list is spectacular and the food is unbelievable! The carpaccio and penne with lamb ragout is a must! Steve was delightful last night and even brought out a birthday dessert for my husband! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a tad too attentive, I’m sure she will learn how to read the table.

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AnastasiaA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in their covered sidewalk area. It was separated from the Michigan Ave foot traffic by lovely planters. Even though it was raining quite a bit we stayed perfectly dry and felt safe because everyone was following Covid restrictions. Can't wait to go back!

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DinerCCW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Grilled branzino was a standout. Loved the ability to dine al fresco.

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vipDowntownDiner
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dinner with responsive and congenial wait staff. Excellent starters including an unbelievable frito misto. The pasta is always top notch. The protein courses are a select few delicious options. Great wine list - and the bread is wonderful too.

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GeorgiaK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 4 shared appetizers, salad main, courses and sides. Each dish was expertly prepared, beautifully served and most importantly delicious- and accompanied by the Sardinian vermentino bubbles, Aragosta. No words for the delicious polenta and mushrooms! Bravo Acanto for always exceeding expectations!

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Cece
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit in as many months and still a perfect evening. Lovely service, enjoyed a new main course and also a long time favorite. Wonderful wine selection, enjoyed bottle of a completely new varietal. Ambiance was lively but not at all loud or intrusive, so happy to see diners back out enjoying wonderful meals such as those offered by Acanto.

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JoanP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We had risotto made with preserved lemons, which was so great I told my chef sister about it and she made it for herself the same night!

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Downtowndiner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this restaurant! The staff is very accommodating and the food is excellent!

FAQs

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 2381 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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