Acadia

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Overview

This South Side eatery, which has earned a Michelin star every year since opening in 2012, features acclaimed chef Ryan McCaskey’s contemporary take on classic American cuisine. The setting, elegant and inviting, is true to its name – derived from Arcadia – meaning refuge or idyllic place.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“McCaskey's plates are camera-ready gorgeous, each component getting its own space on the plate. A medallion of foie gras torchon, topped with crunchy malt, is flanked by cubes of jelled apple toddy, dots of intensely tart lemon and compressed apple slices, representing a three-pronged attack on the liver's fatty richness. A pair of jumbo scallops, which taste as though they were harvested an hour ago, are topped with a cardamom-coffee froth that mimics the look of sea foam, set amid upright pieces of turmeric-poached carrots. Among larger plates are two don't-miss dishes. One is the so-called lobster potpie, placing butter-poached pieces of lobster among Tokyo turnips and crispy potato-dauphine balls flavored with tarragon, topped with a sour-cream pastry cap and dressed with a judicious table-side pour of classic lobster bisque. The other is the black cod, as spare and restrained as the lobster dish is crowded and indulgent , presented against an airy pillow of clam-chowder foam, near a trailing curve of fried clam, Brussels sprout leaves, leeks and pinpoint dabs of bacon vinaigrette.” – Chicago Tribune

“When presenting minimal ingredients, the impact of each needs to be big—and this is wonderfully clear in the mushroom consommé with sage oil. Flaky biscuits with squiggles of luxurious whipped butter and flecks of black Hawaiian lava salt mean that even bread service is far from typical. Whether dining à la carte or prix-fixe, highlights of any menu may include halibut, which arrives as a deconstructed plate of clam chowder starring the butter-poached fish and adorned with a single shelled clam. Pleasant and deeply warming ravioli might be stuffed with pheasant farce and swimming in an intoxicating jus, alongside shaved Burgundy truffle, chervil, and sautéed chanterelles.” – Michelin

From the Chef

“The first half of my career was rooted in classical cuisine, technique-driven, the fundamentals. Recently, my focus shifted to sublety, layering flavors and using contemporary techniques. But one doesn’t overshadow the other – they work in harmony, balancing out one another.” – Chef Ryan McCaskey

Ambience

From the outside, the building is nondescript save for the street-side frosted windows offering a glimpse inside. The interior – a lounge, dining room, and private room – is airy and sophisticated, awash in warm neutrals and clean lines. Natural elements, like tabletop stone vases holding sprigs of greenery, add a tranquil note, while ceiling-hung metal bead curtains elegantly divide the space.

Accolades

  • Ryan McCaskey: Semi-finalist, James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes 2015
  • Two Michelin stars 2016
  • One Michelin star 2012-2015
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
  • Number 8: Phil Vettel's Top 50 Restaurants 2016 - Chicago Tribune
  • Three stars from the Chicago Tribune 2012
  • Three and a half stars from Chicago Magazine 2012
  • Five Diamond Award from AAA
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

Menu for Acadia

Main Menu

Bar Menu

  • Oysters mignonette, lemon, sriracha
    (3) $10.00
  • Garlic Dill Pickles
    $4.00
  • Kennebec Potato Chips salt/ vinegar
    $5.00
  • Stonington Lobster Roll buttered bun, paprika, chives, salt and vinegar chips
    $18.00
  • Mussels allagash beer steamed, grilled foccacia, aioli, garlic, shallot, herbs
    $10.00
  • Vietnamese Meatball banh mi, pickled daikon carrot, jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro
    $8.00
  • Acadia burger double patty, housemade applewood bacon, double creme gouda, "special sauce", garlic dill pickles, potato salad
    $18.00

A LA Carte

1st

  • Celery Root Risotto burgundy truffle, leek, pear
    $15.00
  • Charcuterie wild boar terrine- curried quince butter, marcona almonds| chicken liver mousse-riesling jelly| lsurryano ham- fig mustard
    $18.00
  • Foie Gras Gateaú lemon black pepper madeleine, maine blueberry gelée, lemon confit, baby artichoke, basil
    $20.00
  • Butternut Squash Soup almond milk, cardamom, broccolli, pomegranate
    $14.00
  • Veal Sweetbreads chestnut, bacon, crème fraîche, brown butter
    $18.00

2nd

  • Painted Hills Ribeye potato pave, granola, rutabaga, cardamom, soy milk, expresso
    $44.00
  • Cobia leeks, penobscot bay clam, marble potatoes, orange, braised bacon, chowder, lobster butter
    $34.00
  • Stonington Lobster kale, pearl onion, matsutake, endive, horseradish, prune purée
    $40.00
  • Indiana Duck Ham compressed plum, pickled mustard seeds, rye crumble, swiss chard, brussel sprouts leaves
    $32.00
  • Wild Coho Salmon cauliflower, pickled beets, quinoa, brown butter golden raisin purée
    $30.00

Tasting Menu

  • Hamachi red curry, coconut rice, shiso
  • New Bedford Scallop parsley root, salsify, orange, matsutake, mastic
  • Butternut Squash root beer, hoja santa, black garlic
  • Veta La Palma Lubina spaguetti squash, pork belly, green tea milk, soy caramel
  • Squab anson mills oats, celery, truffle, green peppercorn, sauce au poivre
  • Australian Wagyu lobster, artichoke, parisian gnocchi, maitake
  • Sweet Potato Custard milk meringue, pomegranate reduction, maple ice cream
  • Caramel Apple bay leaf bavarois, pumpkin seed crumble, olive oil ice crea
  • Chocolate Pudding Cake coconut geleé, rum caramel, black walnut ice cream

Wine List

Forager's Cocktails

  • Posh Paloma tequila ocho blanco, combier pampelmousse rose, citrus, achiote, hibiscus & chipotle bitters
    $13.00
  • Local Agent next star vodka, death's door gin, acadia's own pale vermouth, preserved lemon, orange peel, olive ice
    $13.00
  • Gins / Tonics / Limes botanist gin, homemade lemongrass tonic, kaffir lime & cucumber ice cubes
    $13.00
  • Rouge calvados chateau du breuil, black currant, beet powder, eucalyptus, dill, coconut
    $13.00
  • Bellinimo aperol, sparkling vouvray, pink peppercorn liqueur, grilled peach ice cubes
    $13.00
  • Maine Campfire high west rye, los nahuales mezcal, cocchi, cedar, juniper & honey elixir, tobacco, juniper & cocoa nib tincture
    $13.00
  • Crimson Blossom english harbour antigua rum, averna amaro, st. germain, lime, creole bitters
    $13.00
  • Speechless luxardo maraschino, green chartreuse, wodka vodka, aperol, lime
    $13.00

Hunter's Cocktails

  • Hemingway Daiquiri rum, luxardo maraschino, grapefruit, lime, grapefruit bitters
    $14.00
  • Pisco Sour pisco, lime, bitters, egg
    $14.00
  • Pimm's Cup gin, lemon, ginger, cucumber, basil
    $14.00
  • Sazerac rye, armagnac, demerera, bitters, absinthe
    $14.00
  • Moscow Mule vodka, lime, acadia's own ginger beer
    $14.00
  • Old Fashioned bourbon, smoked vanilla-saffron syrup, lots of bitters
    $14.00
  • Negroni gin, sweet vermouth, campari, cherry bark bitters
    $14.00

Sparkling by the Glass

  • Nv Ch. Moncontour, Tete De Cuvee, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France
    $10.00
  • Nv A. Charbaut & Fils, Cuvee De Reserve Brut, Champagne, France
    $20.00
  • Nv La Maison, Crement De Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy, France
    $14.00

White by the Glass

  • 2011 Ch. Guiraud (Sauvignon/Semillon) Bordeaux, France
    $15.00
  • 2009 Palmina, Honea Vineyard, Arneis, Santa Rita Hills, Ca
    $10.00
  • 2008 Baumard, Savennieres (Chenin Blanc) Loire Valley, France
    $13.00
  • 2010 Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, or
    $13.00
  • 2008 Scholium Project "Marcher Sur La Lune" Verdehlo, Ca
    $14.00
  • 2010 Berthenet, Montagny 1er Cru, Vielles Vignes, Chardonnay, Burgundy, Fr
    $14.00

Rosé by the Glass

  • 2009 Clos Cibonne, Tibouren, Cotes De Provence, France
    $12.00

Red by the Glass

  • 2010 Lange Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, or
    $15.00
  • 2008 Casaprimicia, Graciano, Rioja, Spain
    $14.00
  • 2009 Domaine Guiberteau, Cabernet Franc, Saumur, France
    $13.00
  • 2009 Valgiano "Palistorti" (Sangiovese/Syrah) Tuscany, Italy
    $14.00
  • 2005 Clos Du Pere Clement "Visan" Cotes Du Rhone (Grenache/Syrah) France
    $10.00
  • 2009 Terre Valentine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, Ca
    $16.00
  • 2007 Querciola "Sori" Barolo, Italy
    $20.00

Sherry & Aperitif Wines

  • Emilio Hidalgo, Fino Sherry, Spain
    $9.00
  • La Cigarrera, Manzanilla Sherry, Spain
    $8.00
  • Gutierrez Colosia, Amontillado, Sherry, Spain
    $10.00
  • Imbue, Pinot Grigio, Vermouth, Willamette Valley, or
    $10.00
  • Cocchi Americano, Italy
    $10.00

Champagne and Other Bubbles

  • Nv Mont Marcal "Extremarium" Cava, Spain
    $58.00
  • 2009 Emilio Bulfon, Sciaglin, Friuli, Italy
    $54.00
  • 2007 Emmanuele, Scammaca Del Murgo (Nerello Mascalese) Sicily, it
    $58.00
  • Nv Ricci Curbastro, Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy
    $60.00
  • Nv Ca' Del Bosco "Cuvee Prestige" Brut, Lombardy, Italy
    $85.00
  • 2004 Schramsberg "J Schram" (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) Ca.
    $180.00
  • Nv Michel Roucourt 1er Cru, Blanc De Blancs, Champagne, France
    $95.00

Aromatic Whites

  • 2010 Woollaston, Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, Nz
    $34.00
  • 2011 Runnymede Estate, Stitch Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, Nz
    $45.00
  • 2011 Isabel, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
    $48.00
  • 2011 Casa Rivas, Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva, Casablanca Valley, Chile
    $42.00
  • 2009 Scarbolo, Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, Italy
    $36.00
  • 2010 Branko, Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, Italy
    $45.00
  • 2010 Venica E Venica, Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, Italy
    $54.00

Chardonnay

  • 2009 Bichot "Secret De Famille" Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France
    $42.00
  • 2009 Ch. Vitallis, Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France
    $68.00
  • 2009 Bachey-Legros "Sous La Roche" Santenay, France
    $62.00
  • 2010 Billaud-Simon, Chablis, France
    $58.00
  • 2009 Long-Depaquit 1er Cru "Les Vaillons" Chablis, France
    $72.00
  • 2009 William Fevre 1er Cru "Fourchaume" Chablis, France
    $110.00
  • 2009 Dme Du Prieure, Savigny Les Beaune, France
    $56.00

White Rhone Varieties

  • 2008 La Diligence "Stagecoach Vineyard" Marsanne, Napa, Ca
    $68.00
  • 2009 Vinas Del Vero, La Miranda De Secastilla, Grenache Blanc, Spain
    $36.00
  • 2009 Esporao "Private Selection" (Marsanne/Roussanne/Semillon) Portugal
    $60.00
  • 2008 Francois Villard "Mairlant" Saint Joseph, France
    $85.00
  • 2009 Dme. Mathieu, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc, France
    $80.00
  • 2010 Beaurenard, Chateauneauf-Du-Pape Blanc, France
    $85.00
  • 2010 Yves Cuilleron, Vdp Des Collines Rhodaniennes, Viognier, France
    $72.00

Other Whites of Interest

  • 2010 Ostatu Blanco, Viura, Rioja, Spain
    $34.00
  • 2011 La Chenille "Picarela" Picpoul De Pinet, Languedoc, France
    $42.00
  • 2010 Huguet, Can Feixes (Parellada/Macabeo/Xarello) Penedes, Spain
    $45.00
  • 2010 Argo De Bazan "Granbazan-Etiqueta Verde" Albarino, Spain
    $42.00
  • 2010 Marchetti, Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi, Marche, Italy
    $38.00
  • 2010 Defalco, Beneventano, Falanghina, Campania, Italy
    $32.00
  • 2009 Pieropan "Calvarino" Soave (Garganega) Veneto, Italy
    $60.00

Pinot Noir & Gamay

  • 2007 Dme. Saint-Martin "Les Echezots" Marsannay, Burgundy, France
    $54.00
  • 2010 Frederic Esmonin "Les Genvrieres" Bourgogne Rouge, France $42
    $42.00
  • 2008 Roblet Monnot, Volnay-Santenots, Burgundy, France
    $98.00
  • 2007 Domaine Des Croix, Beaune, Burgundy, France
    $65.00
  • 2009 Dme. De Montille, Les Lizies 1er Cru, Beaune, Burgundy, France
    $125.00
  • 2009 Dme. Dujac Morey St. Denis 1er Cru, Burgundy, France
    $300.00
  • 2005 Dme Cortochot, Gevry-Chambertain, Champeaux 1er Cru, Burgundy
    $170.00

Rhone Varieties

  • 2009 Chave "Offerus" Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
    $58.00
  • 2009 Pierre Gonon, Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
    $110.00
  • 2009 Bernard Burgaud, Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
    $145.00
  • 2008 Franck Balthazar "Chaillot" Cornas, Rhone, France
    $98.00
  • 2009 Dauvergne Ranvier, Hermitage, Rhone, France
    $185.00
  • 2009 Vin De Vienne, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
    $45.00
  • 2006 Ogier "La Rosine" Rhone, France
    $78.00

Bordeaux Styled Wines

  • 2009 Martino, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
    $40.00
  • 2008 Ch. La Caminade "La Commandery" Malbec, Cahors, France
    $40.00
  • 2010 Dme. De La Chanteleuserie, Cabernet Franc, Bourgeil, France
    $38.00
  • 2009 Marc Bredif, Cabernet Franc, Chinon, France
    $45.00
  • 2009 Mas Des Bressades (Cabernet/Syrah) Costieres Des Nimes, France
    $48.00
  • 2007 Ch. De Tiregand "Grand Millesime" (Merlot/Cab. ) Pecharmant, France
    $65.00
  • 2000 Ch. Jander (Cabernet/Merlot) Listrac-Medoc, France
    $52.00

Italian Inspired Red Wines

  • 2007 Elio Grasso "Martina" Barbera D'alba, Piedmont
    $62.00
  • 2009 Cigliuti "Serraboella" Barbera D'alba, Piedmont, Italy
    $64.00
  • 2011 Emilio Bulfon, Forgiarin, Friuli, Italy
    $45.00
  • 2009 J. Hofstatter, Lagrein, Alto-Adige, Italy
    $48.00
  • 2007 Dorigo, Refosco, Colli Orientali Del Friuli, Italy
    $90.00
  • 2008 Isole E Olena "Cepparello" Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy
    $135.00
  • 2008 Terrabianca "Campaccio" (Sangiovese/Cabernet), Tuscany, Italy
    $60.00

Other Red Wines of Interest

  • 2009 Peter Schandl, Blaufrankisch, Burgenland, Austria
    $38.00
  • 2006 Beronia, Reserva (Tempranillo) Rioja, Spain
    $45.00
  • 2007 Marques De Murrietta "Finca Ygay" Reserva (Tempranillo) Rioja, Spain
    $56.00
  • 2009 El Brozal (Tempranillo/Graciano/Garnacha) Rioja, Spain
    $68.00
  • 2009 Alejandro Fernandez "Tinto Pesquera" (Tempranillo) Spain
    $72.00
  • 2005 Dama De Toro (Tempranillo) Toro, Spain
    $48.00
  • 2008 Numanthia "Termes" (Tempranillo) Toro, Spain
    $58.00

Digestifs

  • Jean-Luc Pasquet, Pineau Des Charentes, France
    $12.00
  • Fernet Branca, Italy
    $10.00
  • Green & Yellow Chartreuse, France
    $14.00
  • Ettore Zucca, Rabarbaro (Rhubarb Amaro) Italy
    $12.00
  • The Bitter Truth "Exr" Krauter Liquor, Germany
    $10.00
  • Distilleria Varnelli "Sibilla" Amaro, Italy
    $12.00
  • Distilleria Varnelli Amaro "Dell'erborista," Italy
    $12.00

Vodka

  • Next Star, Chicago
    $10.00
  • Death's Door, Wisconsin
    $10.00
  • Wodka Vodka, Poland
    $8.00
  • Medoyeff, Oregon
    $9.00
  • Boyd & Blair, Pennsylvania
    $10.00
  • Karlsson's, Sweden
    $10.00

Gin

  • The Botanist, Islay
    $9.00
  • Journeyman "Bilberry," Michigan
    $9.00
  • St. George "Terroir," California
    $10.00
  • St. George "Rye," California
    $10.00
  • St. George "Botanivore," California
    $10.00
  • Hayman's Old Tom Gin, London
    $8.00
  • Bols Genever, Amsterdam
    $12.00
  • Seneca Drums, New York
    $9.00
  • Death's Door, Wisconsin
    $10.00

Bourbon

  • Buffalo Trace
    $8.00
  • Eagle Rare 10-Year, Kentucky
    $10.00
  • Willet Reserve, Kentucky
    $10.00
  • Breaking & Entering, California by Way of Kentucky
    $11.00
  • Pogue 9-Year
    $11.00
  • Noah's Mill 15-Year
    $12.00

Rye

  • Templeton, Iowa
    $10.00
  • Michter's 9-Year Single Barrel
    $11.00
  • Michter's 25-Year Single Barrel
    $45.00
  • Willett Single Barrel, Kentucky
    $12.00
  • Whistle Pig 10-Year, Vermont
    $15.00
  • Masterson's 10-Year, Sonoma by Way of Calgary
    $15.00
  • High West "Rendezvous Rye," Utah
    $12.00
  • Mckenzie, New York
    $11.00

American Whiskey

  • Michter's "Unblended American Whiskey," Kentucky
    $10.00
  • Low Gap, California (White Whiskey)
    $12.00

Blended Scotch

  • Monkey Shoulder
    $11.00
  • Compass Box "Spice Tree"
    $15.00
  • Ballantine's
    $9.00
  • Black Bull 12-Year
    $14.00

Single Malt Scotch

  • Stronachie 12-Year, Speyside
    $12.00
  • Duncan Taylor 10-Year, Lowlands
    $12.00
  • Amrut, Peated, Cask Strength, India
    $15.00
  • Springbank 15-Year, Campbeltown
    $18.00
  • Lark Single Barrel, Tazmania
    $27.00
  • Bruichladdich "Black Art" 1989
    $35.00
  • Bruichladdisch "Octomore" 4. 2 Sauternes Cask
    $25.00

Rum & Cachaca

  • Smith & Cross "Navy Strength," Jamaica
    $9.00
  • The Scarlet Ibis, Trinidad
    $9.00
  • Rhum Jm Vsop, Martinique
    $14.00
  • Rhum Jm 1997, Martinique
    $20.00
  • Zafra 21-Year, Panama
    $12.00
  • English Harbour 5-Year, Antigua
    $9.00
  • Pampero Aniversario, Venezuela
    $10.00
  • Novo Fogo Cacacha, Brazil
    $10.00

Tequila

  • Tequila Ocho Plata, Jalisco
    $11.00
  • Tequila Ocho Reposado, Jalisco
    $13.00

Mezcal

  • Los Nahuales, Oaxaca
    $10.00
  • Illegal Joven, Oaxaca
    $11.00
  • Illegal Reposado, Oaxaca
    $13.00
  • Los Danzantes "Los Nahuales, Oaxaca
    $15.00
  • Fidencio "Madrecuixe" Joven, Oaxaca
    $20.00
  • Mezcalero, Oaxaca
    $15.00

Cognac & American Brandy

  • Germain Robin "Craft Method," California
    $15.00
  • Osacalis Xo, California
    $18.00
  • Maison Surrene, Cognac, Borderies
    $15.00
  • Vignoble Grateaud "Essence Des Borderies, Cognac, Borderies
    $20.00

Armagnac

  • Tariquet, Bas-Armagnac
    $12.00
  • Chateau De Busca Xo, Tenareze
    $19.00

Calvados & Apple Brandy

  • Chateau Du Breuil, Normandy
    $13.00
  • Germain Robin Apple Brandy, California
    $15.00

Brunch Menu

Sunday Brunch

  • Scotch Egg violet mustard, watercress
    $8.00
  • Chanterelle Mushroom leek tart, ramp emulsion, grilled spring onion
    $9.00
  • Seared Diver Scallop asparagus potato hash, truffle vinaigrette, fried quail eggs
    $12.00
  • Greek Yogurt granola, seasonal fruit
    $7.00
  • Lobster Eggs Benedict truffle lobster hollandaise, serrano ham, country potatoes
    $19.00
  • Werp Farms Lettuces baby beets, heirlooms carrots, shaved brussels sprouts, ricotta salata
    $14.00
  • Acadia Burger over easy farm egg, house made slab bacon
    $15.00
  • Belgium Style "Liege" Waffles mixed berry compote, whipped creme fraiche
    $15.00
  • Grilled Flank Steak radishes, over easy farm egg, ramp chimichurri, little gem lettuces
    $20.00
  • Country Fried Pork Neck and Eggs country potatoes, saw mill gravy, english peas
    $17.00
  • Tart rhubarb, almond, mascarpone sorbet
    $12.00
  • Creamuex caramelized passion fruit, coffee, cashew
    $12.00

1639 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (312) 360-9500
  • Private Dining Room: Yes