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Downtown / The Loop
0.2 km from The Art Institute of Chicago
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Across from Millennium Park, Acanto is a favorite for those who appreciate authentic, seasonally-attentive Italian food and an award-winning wine list. Acanto’s patio on Michigan Avenue is a dream setting for cocktails and mingling. Ideal for: conversation-friendly lunches, dinners and brunches, and happy hour wine gatherings Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch and Happy Hour. Acanto is a Gage Hospitality Group restaurant. Other GHG restaurants include: Beacon Tavern, Coda Di Volpe, The Dawson and The Gage.
US$25 - US$50
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 March 2022 via mobile

First class service, great wines, and comfortable ambiance, make thus a worthy pre-theater restaurant. Of the two entrees we had, one was great (the Veal) and one was too salty ( Pasta Vongole). The Tiramisu was perhaps the best we’ve ever had.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

Atmosphere was warm and inviting, service was exceptional, cocktails were generous, and food was fantastic. Pricy but worth it.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 26 February 2022

Beautiful restaurant, feels like an old Chicago atmosphere. Our server was also the bar tender and did an excellent job at both. The food was outstanding especially the Rigatoni and Veal Marsala

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 6 February 2022 via mobile

Exceptional service in a small busy fun restaurant very near the art institute and millennium park. Food is very Italian very good and very well thought. Fresh made pasta is outstanding. The misto frito disappeared quickly. Apple salad is superb. Gnocchi with short rib was...comforting and a brutal work week. Wine list is short but extremely worthy of exploration. Somm is on his game (as are front and back of house). Bar is a great place to sit for cordial and kid service and their old fashioned is the best I’ve had in some time - exceptional spirits make exceptional cocktails. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

It was New Year’s Eve, we decided to go to Chicago on the last minute and finding a restaurante to have a good meal without breaking the bank wasn’t very easy. Acanto had only 1 slot available to make a reservation and we d coded...to risk it. We were all pleasantly surprised!!! It was a pre fixe menu for the night with 3 courses and dessert. We were 3 and we had the grilled octopus, cheese torta to start, pappardelle, truffle risotto and mushroom cappelletti for second course, beef tenderloin and veal osso bucco for the third course. The isso bucco was the only dish that didn’t amaze us, everything else was perfect.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 25 November 2021 via mobile

After a delayed trip, we were in need of a good dinner. The restaurant looked like a true Italian and it was indeed. The food and the wine were delicious. Good advice and very helpful service with our family. Thank you!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 11 November 2021

I just walked into this restaurant, because it looked original italian. I had some great Black Pepper Rigatoni and an excellent espresso. Just what I needed for a great dinner.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2021 via mobile

We stopped by to have a leisurely lunch at the upscale Italian restaurant. The server help guide us through the menu and wine list with good suggestions. We shared the generous pear salad and followed with lamb sausage rigatoni , seafood spaghetti, chicken piccata, and...ravioli. All delicious. We filled with good coffee; the ending to any great meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 11 October 2021

This was an amazing experience. The athmosphere was relaxing, and service was amazing. I had the spicy capprichese pizza and it was delicious. My mother had the mushroom pizza and I felt that it was better than my own. Exceptional food. We went on to...have dessert and it was incredible. We had the tiramisu, and it was one of the best I have ever had. I would come back any day of the week.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Acanto our first night in Chicago. Very tasty, authentic Italian food and nice service!

Date of visit: August 2021
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If your children are well behaved and stay at the table yes...but it is a relatively small place and if they tend to be loud or need to move about I would say no.
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Yes, Acanto offers takeaway services.

Acanto is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5