Acadia

4.6
1045 reviews
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Contemporary American
Acadia is a two star Michelin restaurant in Chicago's South Loop Neighborhood. Chef Ryan McCaskey's ten course menu is seasonal with contemporary takes on classic food. Most roots come from classic American, French and Italian influences. Seafood and shellfish products will mostly be sourced from the area in Maine where Chef McCaskey spent his summers, but also which happens to be a source to some of the highest quality shellfish in the world.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Staff was more then generous! The ten course tasting experience is definitely worth it! Thanks to everyone at Acadia!

JP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great. 3.5 hour meal with Wagu. $900 with only 2 drinks.
Would do again in 5 years.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good. So much food and each bite was a different experience. The staff is pretty knowledgeable and very nice as well. It was fun and I would definitely recommend a friend to check it out!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great value for a 2 Michelin star restaurant. Chef McCasky is doing some great things behind the kitchen and presenting the experience in an inviting way. Acadia is one of the few restaurants I can enjoy fine dining with a relaxed environment that came out to a shockingly affordable price. the gratuity added didn't feel like it was enough based on the whole experience. voluntarily increasing the tip was no problem, and anytime I can enjoy something elegant like diver scallop and trout roe while listening to a tribe called quest, gets bonus points from me. definitely a must try in Chicago.

W
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better food experience for every single course than our last few visits to 11 Madison and Per se. Fantastic presentations, portions, and flavors!

CW
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Acadia was amazing. I loved the presentation of each course - each having its own story. This made for a very special evening. My reason for the 4 stars is that the service felt very rushed at the beginning. We did the wine pairings and the next course would arrive before we finished our wine pairing. At the end of the meal we had the opposite- sitting and wondering when they would bring us the next course. If the service had been more consistent, this would be a 5 star review

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are familiar with Acadia in Maine, you can see and taste the inspiration in every dish. There were no misses and the meal was perfectly executed and timed. Absolutely worth a visit, or two, or three...

OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food in the 10 course tasting menu was excellent. Wine pairings were not as good as the food. Wonderful ambiance.

E
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia is an excellent restaurant in every way. Everything is understated, subtle. Unlike many Tasting menus, you don’t feel stuffed. Desserts are not overwhelmingly sweet, a marked and positive contrast with other restaurants. Wine list is modest and not overpriced. We would go again.

JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted amazing and looked even better. Wine was paired perfectly.

C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia is currently hands down the best dining experience in Chicago. While I wouldn't consider myself a foodie, I have been to several Michelin starred restaurants in town. From the moment we arrived, to the time I was in a cab, I felt that my wife and I were cared for. The food was beyond excellent, and the service was top notch.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible. We chose to add two of the optioned courses to the 10-course menu. It was too much. 10 is just right.

F
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Be aware they include a 21% gratuity and a health insurance charge on top of the taxed amount so your bill we be higher than expected.

p
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another stellar array of food. Ten courses really adds up and each course was carefully layered to create a beIriful tasting palette. Our somelier Mai uses brilliant and original pairings to highlight the foods.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service exceeded our expectations! It was wonderful!

CR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best meal I have ever eaten. Incredible from start to finish.

DG
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A modest exterior makes room for a sober, understated interior. Minimalist décor, simple, modern furniture, high ceilings, subdued lights. Service is self-effacing and almost unnoticeable. We found it unusual that we had been seated for over 20 minutes before anyone asked us about beverages. We chose the wine pairing option, so our first beverage was served to us more than 30 minutes after arrival. The food was very good and the presentations quite artistic. Some of the flavors we found not well wedded: we love contrasts and we also enjoy flavors that come together. Some of the dishes provided neither contrast nor harmony. I found my oyster dish hard to eat: thin, yet firm slices of curly zucchini (?), with a small, albeit quite flavorful oyster in a delectable sauce. While beautiful, it was hard to eat the vegetable with the instruments provided. The wine pairing was quite successful. I believe there is clear potential for this place to continue to improve to the next level.

C
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb tasting menu and impeccable service.

KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!! Cody made it immensely enjoyable and made the entire dinner/wine pairing experience one of a kind. Total bucket list to-do when you are in Chicago!!

CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. If you haven’t been to Acadia yet, do yourself a favor and let the chef take you on his culinary journey. The detail and attention given to every aspect of the evening was impeccable.

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was primarily mediocre. The service was actually bad. 10 courses in and the waitress wasn’t even aware that we were unhappy with the mail and it service. I would certainly not spend the money on this restaurant which is sure to lose its two Michelin stars.

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

There a total breakdown with scheduling causing our group to stand in the lobby for over an hour. Drinks were provided, but we were stuck in the lobby, as the bar was already at capacity. To compound the issues the service staff seemed oblivious to any of this. They were arrogant and just simply rude throughout the evening. One server even removed a plate before we finished because he was upset with us. Night was a disaste, no way worth the price or the rating

DE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason was amazing quite attentive without fawning.
Mia the sommelier was gracious and knowledgeable.
Everyone on staff from Michael to the host was very accommodating.
I love Acadia and will return soon!

MK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Being a Former Chef and Culinary Instructor I found that the present culinary trends have taken a wrong turn and have drifted into a psychotic realm. No longer is food a warm experience where the senses are fulfilled with the eyes but more importantly with the stomach. It became Blaspheme to all the chefs who came before, like Charles Randhof, and Escoffier who were artists but knew that taste and sizable portions were the experience. There is no reason to go to Chef School to create untasty and cold food with no cooking involved.
Mark

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

we always enjoy Acadia. I prefer Acadia without children Mothers Day is not your fault.

TB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had an outstanding birthday dinner. The food was excellent and the pacing was perfect. In particular Jason our lead server was gracious and attentive.

u
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of the micheran two star restaurant in Chicago.
The chef's creation is wonderful, but two things we have noticed as the reason for one missing star.
One: seasoning is little too salty for all the dishes. Each plate was prepared carefully with the fresh ingredients, creative presentation and flavorful sauces. Almost all dishes, however, has too much salt in sauces. Salt overpowers everything. It is a shame, because all sauces has such wonderful flavors.
Two: Some servers are not trained well enough to get one more star. They misplaced the dishes on the table and it is ruining the presentation of the plates. Few plates were served as the wrong side for the front.
Other than that, this is a wonderful restaurant for special occasion.

TO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

underwhelming in reference to no less than 6/10 dishes with too many pre-prepared blend non-exciting dishes. Service was prompt but alienated and unengaged

TT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was Asian-influenced and the combination between source/broth and ingredients were very well organized. I have not seen such a delicious Asian-influenced dishes in the U.S. Also, the atmosphere was good in terms of ceiling being very high and plenty of spaces from table next to us. The hospitality of servers were very high. We are pleased with the service as well as food provided by this restaurant.

IM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was outstanding, albeit quite expensive. The wine pairing was absolutely worth it - each wine matched its dish perfectly and really enhanced the flavors and the experience

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Worst tasting menu I’ve ever had and hence horrendous value. While presentation was great, the food lacked flavor and was highly disappointing. Some dishes were undercooked or served cold to the point that it seemed like it had been sitting around for a while. Unimpressed by even a single course. The wine pairings were not great either and the pours were tiny. Baffling that this place has 2 Michelin stars.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Excelent staff team, since I entered there. The food not tastefull, ordinary taste but very beautiful apresentation. U$ 450,00 doesn’t worth. Don’t deserve a single star by the food, only by service.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety with innovative presentation. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive. It was a very enjoyable experience.

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Paid $100 per person for the Easter Brunch special. The food was nothing if not completely ordinary. We were served eggs, bacon and some seafood but nothing fancy or elaborate; exactly what you’d get at a hotel buffet. Very unsatisfied with the quality of food I was given for the price I payed.

B
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our server forgot our drink order and never checked in with us. At times the choice of music was peculiar.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was amazing. Cavier on a buffet!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

TOO much time between the 10 course experience!!!!! Some courses came cold, to expensive for what it is.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was very slow.

e
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had higher expectations for a restaurant currently being considered for a 3rd star. The service did not ask (when glass was clearly empty) if another drink was desired. No introduction of tasting pairing options. Food was adequate but not much inspiration/innovation to excite me.

OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal great

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