Acanto

4.8
2325 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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LeeB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

ordered polenta/mushrooms -- way too salty; tiramisu heavy and huge portion
chicken picatta was meh

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vipGGGG
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Risotto cost $30 and was entirely underwhelming. Fish was good. Lunch cost more than $100. Not worth it

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CharlesS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Very Noisy room. Difficult to carry on a conversation at our table. Server didn't get our order correct. My Veal was overdone and tough. The mushrooms were uneatable.

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vipJoeB
Naples
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Josh, our server, was great. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Chicago.

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Pwaquae
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience very good food. Lovely ambiance. Attentive service.

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chilantafoodie
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, friendly staff. Food was great but entree came in a very small portion and the pasta I ate tasted a little undercooked. Overall an excellent experience!

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vipBob13w
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. The bus service people were quick to clear your dishes. So quick we had to say no a few times. They removed our bread board that we paid for with bread on it and did not ask.
All in all we had a nice dinner.

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vipsromero
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food was delicious. Would definitely return to this restaurant next time I am in Chicago

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, start to finish! Food and service were exceptional! We now live in the area and we will definitely be back

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vipRodrigoG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diego and gis staff always great. We 100% recommend it. Best italian restaurant in Chicago

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amberm
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a favorite restaurant for us whenever we visit Chicago. The food is fantastic, and their wine selections are extensive with Italian varietals. Every course in our meal was amazing: appetizer, salad, pasta, and dessert. Our server was top notch: informative, attentive, but not bothersome. The traffic noise on Michigan Avenue was sometimes loud, but did not spoil the overall atmosphere of our meal. We look forward to our next visit.

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vipSpecial
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Handmade pasta, great salads, great wine selection. One of my favorites when downtown Chicago

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vipMushie1
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend & I had a lovely lunch seated outside Acanto. They have installed nice planters between their diners and the sidewalk which provide ample privacy. My friend ordered the pizza & I had the salad of the day. Both were delicious. Our server was knowledgeable, professional & friendly. I highly recommend Acanto!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very accommodating to us to sit our group together. Service was prompt and they were very attentive. Most importantly the food was delicious!

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AndreaA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy home made pasta dishes and thank you for also having gf pasta!

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feffun
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, ambience was intimate. great service. can’t say enough good things.

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YeseniaV
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff were amazing! We will be back!

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ForkYeahLadies
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute dinner decision was the best decision we made all day! Ask for Josh, he is amazing and definitely get the spaghetti off the summer 2021 menu. Home made pastas are just like Nonna used to make and marinara is on point.

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vipAbh28
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. I would definitely go back.

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vipNorthfieldVic
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this restaurant. If you have not tried it, be sure you do.

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Rickinchi
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Two blocks north of the Art Institute, it was a comfortable walk from Symphony Center. Very good food, excellent service on our vist, and given the neighborhood, a good value for a sit down restaurant with some creativity in it's cuisine and an impressive well chosen wine list.

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KerryL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was better than a place to eat. It was an experience. The dinks were delicious; the food was made with care; the atmosphere was inviting. It was divine. I will return.

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Pat84
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was great.

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ZachM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, and the staff was amazing to us. Our waiter especially, Alex, was phenomenal and made the experience so much better. I will be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to spot in the neighborhood!

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RebecaFour
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS and the service was EXCELLENT. As a vegan, I was able to find plenty of options and the chef was quite generous in accomodating my dietary restrictions. Definitely recommend this hidden GEM!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and service. Definitely recommend if you love Italian. Definitely special occasion

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DebA
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has a variety of fresh food…we especially love fresh pasta dishes!

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vipKuehner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phillip was an outstanding guide throughout our amazing meal

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StephanieL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Italian pasta dishes, get the lamb pasta and good cocktails

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vipBraseGiganti
St. Louis
162 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Deeply disappointing. The kale salad tasted of nothing at all, not even pepper or salt. The veal ragu had been reduced to a sludge, and the rigatoni was almost raw.

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vipBullwinkle
Anchorage
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine cellar is well stocked.

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vipCarolynM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious fresh food; outstanding service; beautiful room; covid compliant.

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TeodoraT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!
Food amazing!
I will definitely come back!

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GerardF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food with great service. Sat outside along sidewalk separated from passerby’s, the only thing that was unpleasant was the street noise ie passing cars and motorcycles that occasionally have blasting music or load engine noice. That said, overall it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Acanto was very good. The food was great and the service was exceptional. The only negative for us was the street noise from people frequently revving their cars & motorcycles. Certainly out of Acanto's control. We would definitely dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had an excellent time at Acanto Friday evening after the concert in Grant Park. The food is always amazing. We shared the frito misto and each had a pasta dish. Our server, Philip, made excellent recommendations. The tiramisu is perfection.

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davidf
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dine at a lot of really good restaurants (we enjoy a good meal), but this was a truly exceptional meal. The service was friendly and helpful without being oppressive. The food was truly exceptional - not only authentic, but the tastes were spot on. Our salads were fresh and came well prepared and tasted exceptional. Both of the pasta plates we ordered were wonderful, and the dessert was the perfect endpoint. It was a wonderful meal. We would highly recommend this place to anyone that wants a really nice meal.

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vipRosie
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place. Food is terrific, the staff is friendly, and the room is beautiful. It is a real pleasure to eat there.

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 2325 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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