Acadia

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997 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for an open house buffet with multiple stations for $85/person. Please note there is a nonrefundable $25 per person deposit to secure your reservation.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un établissement haut de gamme, la nourriture est parfaite, tout est pensé et orchestré pour nous faire passer une soirée inoubliable. Le staff est remarquable, hyper attentionné et très professionnel.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Was a wonderful experience

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Having tried many Michelin starred restaurants around the world we came away from Acadia very disappointed. The food was nice but we were not blown away with different tastes that we would have expected. It started well with a crab tart with jalepeno. The casing was light and crisp and the filling was tasty but no hint of jalepeno, unfortunately it tappered off from there. The service was poor, having to wait and prompt several time for our wine to be topped up and water to be refilled was disappointing. We also had to wait a long time between a course, we don’t like to be rushed but when the course is a bite there is no need to wait over 25 mins. Guests came in over an hour after us and ended up a course ahead of us. When the tip is added for you to a large bill we expect the service to be on par and sadly this was not.

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

Outstanding

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and overall an excellent experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

21% Gratuity without guests’ permission, missing one dish.

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Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The pescatarian tasting menu was so so. One of the dish was like Japanese Sunomono with Enoki mushrooms and kelp. The chef’s recommendation was to drink the broth after finishing the mushrooms. I know the Japanese food extremely well as I’ve lived there. Drinking the broth of Sunomono was like so rediscutons. First of all, the broth was too strong as as it was made like Japanese like sunomono. When I compare other French chefs in France and US such as Jean George, it was not worth in that much price.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite and the presentation was impeccable. The seafood was very fresh and the wine pairing was generous. We have been to a lot of Michelin restaurants and were very impressed with this one. Thank you, chef McCaskey!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service and the presentation of food is very poor, and the portion of the food should be little bit larger. And I do not know why this restaurant deserves Michelin 2 stars.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Top to bottom, cocktails were excellent also.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and inventive food, inspired wine pairings, and service that redefines outstanding.

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MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The service was exceptional. Very interesting flavors. The wine pairing was on the spot. Highly recommended.

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PW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

ate here on Saturday 2/16. I ordered their specialty Valentine’s Day tasting menu.

The tasting menu costs $115 for 5 courses which is more expensive per course than the 10 course tasting menu offered all the time. With the specialty menu being more expensive we expected the courses to be even more exciting and fulfilling. Instead we were rushed through each course at what seemed to be a way to pump us in and out.

Our final primary course of steak was what really pushed us over the edge and upset us. The course calls for a bacon wrapped sirloin with leek, robuchon potatoes and creamy kale. No leek was on our dish to start with, it was replaced with a baby carrot instead. Both the potato and baby carrot were used identically on the dish prior. This felt extremely lazy. For only 5 courses to wow a customer and you chose to repeat ingredients several times. We felt the lack of attention to that detail on a more expensive and smaller menu was shocking. On top of all this, on one of our steaks the bacon was undercooked, rubbery, and chewy. In the picture below is the dish, hard to believe that this was served in two star michelin restaurant looks a lot more like a middle of the ground steakhouse dish.

We had such excitement and expectations going into our first two michelin star experience. We left this dinner feeling scammed by the restaurant who was taking advantage of people wanting to splurge for a special occasion. Never have a felt like I was taken advantage of at a michelin restaurant let alone a 2 star michelin restaurant.

Would personally recommend Elske or Topolobampo if you’re in Chicago looking for an outstanding tasting menu.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing really wow'd me, it was very well done but not as innovative as I would've hoped.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 year wedding anniversary

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary and had a spectacular meal with superb wine pairings an unparalleled service.

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v
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We absolutely loved our experience at Acadia. The food is unique and the waiting staff is impeccably polite

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Winter menus started out amazingly delish but once potato hoshposh was served something was off. Wagu beef was to fatty.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal versions of super relatable dishes with great stories behind them. Perfect mix of technique and creativity but all in service of flavor and what’s best for the dish, never for show.

2 stars is not enough

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such an awesome experience ,I took my daughter for her birthday.The entire wait staff was in point,such great service.If course the food was the main star me an my daughter were over whelmed best dining experience ever!!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was wonderful. We also enjoyed the wine pairings that went along with it. Every course was delicious. There were no misses. Can't wait to go back!

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M
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Timing of when food came out was inconsistent. Not as quiet as I expected for a 2 star Michelin food. Food was amazing though.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With exceptional service and phenomenal food I can not recommend Acadia highly enough.

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IE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

unique food and beautiful presentation.

A bit disappointed the table wasn't ready on time and had to wait at bar

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LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service, horrendous music selection (Red Hot Chili Peppers? Seriously?)

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PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Belle expérience gustative, parfois déroutante (peut-être trop sur les desserts)
Seule proposition en menu dégustation 10 plats (petites portions).
Beaucoup de créativité sur les gouts, certains excellents, d'autres audacieux mais a à affiner.
Excellent service digne 3*
Salle trop "froide" à notre gout, pas assez cosi.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A culinary journey featuring delectable flavors, textures, and techniques. Our main server Michael was a pleasure to dine with.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was superb! Food was unquestionably delicious. I’m going to send anyone who asks here.

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TA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Deserving of another Michelin star. Service was better than 11 Madison Park. Food was like a party in ones mouth. Will return.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly well thought out and inspiring menu, every single dish in the tasting menu was a delight. Great service and ambience as well.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a good fine dining experience, the only flaw was the Chinese inspired duck with XO sauce... Chinese taste buds are very demanding when it comes to anything that is “Chinese”/“oriental”

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I've ever had in my life! Great service, everyone was so knowledgeable and helpful. Loved this place so much!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. It’s funny that the fact that the waiter used my name when he greeted me made that much more of a difference. Something that small made me feel good about this place.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been enjoying Acadia since the chef first opened (Wow, what value then: $110 for 10 courses) and his food is still top-notch and his creativity is amazing. The service and wine-pairings have, unfortunately, declined. Some of the outstanding dishes were the peekytoe crab to start, the scallop, tagliatelle pasta (yummy — wish I had 2 servings) and breads (those are all separate dishes). I cannot remember them all —and I do not take pictures — but they were tasty! The service, though, left a lot to be desired and, at $950 for 2, the service should be as outstanding as the food. At one point, the waitperson refilled my water glass and rather than walk around me, she reached directly over me (while eating) and the table to refill my date’s glass. She said ‘excuse my reach’ but there is no excuse — she should have walked to the other side of the table to refill his glass — and that is just basic service not even high-end service. The table was not even in a corner (where it may be difficult to reach the other side) as we were seated in the middle of the room. The wine-pairings were NOT good — actually, worse than the service. I really dislike saying that but there were more than a few glasses that I took one sip and could not even drink it. Usually, the staff will notice if you are not eating or drinking your food or beverages — particularly with a tasting menu —and inquire why but not a single server commented, nor asked, about the full (undrinkable) glasses of wine left untouched - we had to ask them to remove the glasses and they still did not ask why we were not drinking them. I do not pay that kind of $ to not enjoy the wine. The guy serving the wine described every glass as “amazing” — none were and only a couple were drinkable. To sum it up: Food = Amazing! Everything Else = Not so Much. The chef is creative and knows how to please the palette. Go for the food but order a glass of wine (or two) of your own choosing and you will enjoy it more.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do experience! Everything was perfect from start to finish. Impeccable service and every course was unique, surprising, delightful and delicious. The wine pairing was spot on.

If you’re open to trying new things, enjoy unique dining experiences and are good with the high price point, Acadia is a wonderful place for any special occasion.

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LS
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Acadia was so good. We added oysters as a starter to go with some champagne for the holidays. The courses were all delicious - very oriented to Maine and the sea. Well-sized with good pacing. Our group favored the cod entree along with the vegetarian (nice to have the option). The Chateneuf de Pape that we reviewed with the sommelier and selected was delicious - easy to drink and worked well with seafood.

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AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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CF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our 41st anniversary. I picked it based on the ratings without knowing much about it. When we arrived I wondered if I was in the right place. There isn't much around and it looked closed from the outside, but we forged on and into the restaurant. From that moment on everything changed. We were greeted immediately and provided a wonderful warm drink with flavors I do not think I could re-create. We were immediately seated and the service and continued at such a high standard. Even as courses were presented, it was like watching a dance choreography. Every course was delicious and unique. Not only was the presentation flawless, but the flavors were amazing. The chef put together flavors that I would never have considered, and they complimented each other perfectly. We have eaten at many fine restaurants but I can say that this meal was easily in our top 3. We would like to thank the staff and Chef for making this anniversary very special!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acadia's service was incredibly polished, accommodating, and individualized. And the food was amazing- interesting combinations, innovative presentation, delicious in every respect! We will return when the occasion of another special meal arises. Many thanks!

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LB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Didn’t live up to the expectations! We added the wagyu to the dinner experience and it was soooo rubbery and blah not even close to the amazing wagyu we had at Oriole. We have almost finished covering the 50 best restaurants in Chicago from the Chicago magazine and this has been one of the very few disappointments.

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