Ada Street

4.8
265 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Ada Street is a bar & restaurant from DMK Restaurants (DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar) founders David Morton and Michael Kornick.

Located in the Elston Industrial District--not quite Bucktown, not quite Lincoln Park--Ada Street offers dinner and late night service six days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 am–11:00 am
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Phone number
(773) 697-7069
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Ryan Bair
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Private party facilities
Ada Street hosts private events from 10 - 100 guests. Reserve our private dining room for the evening, rent out our backyard for a birthday, or reserve the entire space for a rehearsal dinner. Whatever the occasion may be, we'd love to host you!
Contact Liz - lnaquin@dmkrestaurants.com
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Private party contact
Liz Naquin: (773) 697-7069
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Cross street
W. Concord Place
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Parking details
Plenty of unattended street parking
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Public transit
72 Bus to North Ave. & Throop
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Entertainment
Tuesday: Industry Night - 50% for restaurant industry professionals
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Special events & promotions
Ada Street can host private events from 10 - 100 guests. Reserve our private dining room for the evening (up to 15 guests), rent out our backyard for a summer birthday (up to 50 guests), or reserve the entire space (up to 100 guests) for a rehearsal dinner. Passed hors d'oeuvres, stations, multi-course dinners - no matter what your desire, we can do.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 265 People Are Saying
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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even our cynical and superior New York friends were wowed by the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and had a wonderful time. The staff was extremely friendly, providing us with great recommendations and creating drinks for us on the fly based on our likes. I could eat the black rice every day, but everything was delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

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v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

This is the kind of Chicago restaurant that is cool by comparison to local peers but wouldn’t last a hot second in NYC.

Everything was oversalted, one dish to the point of being inedible. Format was odd - you can order a steak, but you can’t specify how you want it cooked and then it arrives with no sides but drenched in balsamic glaze (and oversalted).

Cool vibe inside, but the food is total crap.

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary at Ada Street. The food was excellent and we enjoyed the tapas style.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good spot - dark - mysterious. But fun. Plenty of free parking too!

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Clever, inventive and varied cuisine mostly in the form of small plates for sharing. Some good creative vegetarian selections in addition to the meat fare. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and helped us make very satisfactory selections. The service was attentive and well paced and did not feel rushed.

It looks they have a nice outdoor patio for warm nights, but we were there in late October so it was too cold for the patio.

A couple minor negatives: the bench seats are a little uncomfortable and need padding. I could use less music background, but then again, I feel that way about most restaurants these days. The facade needs better signage; it looks like you are about to walk into a private residence... Or a speakeasy. But these are minor points. It was a very pleasant dinner and recommend it.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ada St and always come for date night. This time we were celebrating with family and loved bringing them to our favorite restaurant in the city. Thank you Ada for always serving the best meals and the best dining experience!

Michelle

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is very random but the food and ambiance are terrific! Both times I went, I sat at the chef's bar, which I highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent, took such good care of us. Jesse was awesome and one of the best servers I’ve ever had.

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CF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good food. A little too dark and music was turned up at some point and I felt like I was screaming.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food came too fast, need better spacing of dishes. They did let us sit for a while to finish our drinks, so we didn’t feel rushed. Overall, food was delicious and service was friendly.

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RK
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great add to Fishtown - terrific ambiance, spacious seating, excellent sharing menu

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GG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just a solid meal with some interesting presentations. Unique location in an industrial setting and the interior exudes hipster/cool. Highlights were the shishito peppers (that seem to now dot every menu in Chicago) which were blistered perfectly and the miso butter they bathed in was phenomenal. The steak with balsamic was great too. I enjoyed the gnocchi dish that included dates, honey, carrot and ricotta and tasted like fall.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Ada St and it was even better than our first time. We sat at the chefs counter and had a lovely meal - they even gave us an extra small plate of the chocolate toast dessert! Love this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my boyfriend for his birthday. Was outstanding from the drinks to dessert. Gnocchi Is a must as well as the elotes dip.

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem of a place in Lincoln Park. The risotto and fried green tomatoes are excellent. Highly recommended!

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SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

It was good but small plates. I had no idea it was small plates so I left hungry. Each plate was tiny and expensive but good. The salmon was good, my friend had the ribs and said they were meh the slaw it came with was not good. My other friend had the scallops and said it was good. The elote was good and the bread was good but not $6 good...honestly I would not come here again just got good value.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We will be back soon. One of the better small plate restaurants around. Fried green tomatoes were amazing. The vibe is great! Went to the Hideout after for a concert. Great night.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are on the back patio which was very nice, though there were a lot of mosquitos. All of the dishes we tried were very well prepared and flavorful. My favorites were the heirloom tomato salad, the elote dip and the steak with a balsamic glaze.

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LT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy place in Goose Island with great, creative food and cocktails and even better service. Cute little outdoor patio inside of the building... wish we could have sat outside, but it was to chilly, so will have to save it for next time. Definitely recommend!

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ada street is always a great spot to grab some sharable plates with friends or for a date. The lighting, food, and service are all top notch for a good time.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool and surprising location. We had great service and great food

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CM
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My second visit was as good as the first. Interesting menu, excellent service, and a quiet outdoor patio on a lovely evening.

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable dinner at the bar with friends before the Hideout. Good cocktails. Good liquor selection. Knowledgeable and friendly bar staff.

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EH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Food was delicious and service was outstanding! Drinks were fabulous!

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm glad that Ada St. now takes reservations! My husband and I had an impromptu date night so we decided to head over. I love places that have "sharing plate"/tapas style options, as you get a little bit of all their great flavors. From the elote dip... to the steak tartare... to the black rice... to the coulotte steak... to the glazed ribs ... to the bread pudding dessert (you get the point)... Every bite was amazing!

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was not good / too greasy & the drinks were way to fruity / sweet.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Atmosphere is great, as always. Food is just okay, as always.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We stopped in for drinks. Wanted to grab a small bite but the menu was pretty limited. Great ambiance though.

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AB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Going away dinner with a friend

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful place for a meal! Ambiance was subtle and tasteful. Not too loud, good for conversation and enjoying the music, too.The service was outstanding, the food over the top.
Some dietary restrictions for us (No gluten) and the menu was perfect.

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m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot with an interesting setup, the food was excellent and the drinks were well done.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocked rocked rocked rocked rocked rocked

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool, cozy and dark atmosphere. Bartenders were excellent and knowledgeable! Fried green tomatoes were the best we've ever had. Gnocchi melts in your mouth!

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AE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really interesting location, food and drinks. Not a long memo but everything we had was very good. It is pretty loud.

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CM
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took a friend here for her birthday. Everyone was extremely friendly and our server was terrific. She gave excellent advice and we loved everything we ordered. I can’t wait to go back.

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MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, liked the environment, is like a speak-easy version of a restaurant.

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FF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. An absolute must.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Ada St. is always an adventure. Love to take friends to “wierd location for a restaurant “ and walk them thru unmarked door and down dark hallway to lively restaurant/bar. Cuisine is always unique and delicious. Fried green tomatoes on last visit was a real winner!

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