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Ada Street

American Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, and Bar$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
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  • Molly F.
    "highly recommend ordering the polenta fries"(4 Tips)
    Esther A.
    "Loved the Black Eyed Peas, fried Brussels and the steak!"(2 Tips)
    Chicago magazine
    "... to steal the show, but chef Zoe Schor's clever menu holds its own with crispy..."(2 Tips)
    Santiago G.
    "Great service, amazing food - have to try the Octopus."(9 Tips)
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  • Ingrid S.
    Ingrid SilvaNovember 25, 2014
    We arrived at this secret romantic place and the restaurant it was beautiful best food I've had in Chicago, the bartender Sarah it was so sweet. This place is amazing in service and food quality!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    It's isolated from the street (no diesel exhaust in your drink) and covered with picnic tables. Grab one of their great cocktails, maybe play a game of ping pong and enjoy your summer evening. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    This modern yet rustic bar features enough drinks to satisfy even the pickiest. Get going with one of their numerous craft cocktails, or something off their extensive beer and wine list.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsFebruary 27, 2013
    There’s no going wrong here: snag a seat in the back and try the grilled octopus with spiced carmellini beans or the incredible polenta fries. For more, follow us on 4sq or at www.renhotels.com. Read more
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 15, 2012
    Step through a former freight elevator shaft to find one of the hottest bar and restaurants in Chicago. Try the Winter G&T along with one of the many sensational small plates for a truly perfect meal. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 19, 2013
    Deep-fried black-eyed peas are the perfect drinking snack, steak (dressed in nothing more than brown butter), salads and even doughnuts make sense with the food-friendly cocktails from the bar. Read more
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BudejenJuly 5, 2015
    Great food. Hard to find but once your in you'll want to come back. And you can suggest music from their vinyl collection but it's up to them if it fits the vibe that night.
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Candice T.
    Candice TanJanuary 28
    Great service. Got brussel sprout and kale salad from the chef Joanna Stachon. Shrimp cake and chicken tikka masala pie from restaurant week menu inspired by famous concert rider request.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 4, 2015
    The dinner menu here is inspired by "last meal" requests by infamous (and executed) criminals, though it's unlikely any death row inmates actually got wagyu hanger steak, one of the entree options. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 9, 2012
    Goofily named cocktails threaten to steal the show, but chef Zoe Schor's clever menu holds its own with crispy black-eyed peas, supremely fresh salumi and cheeses, and daring Southern-fried quail.
  • Smitch
    SmitchMay 11, 2013
    Fantastic cocktails - get the moscow mule or the champagne/angostura bitters combo. Amazing food - highlights were the lamb popsicles, steak tartare and fried manchego cheese balls.
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OjedaDecember 9, 2013
    Absolutely perfect and delicious. Plus, our server was so gracious, he made sure to bring a special dish for our dairy/egg-allergic daughter. A truly magical experience.
  • Shanon H.
    Shanon HounshellAugust 26, 2013
    Taste why Chocolate has been called the best chocolate dessert in Chicago! Whether you saved room, you can't stop. http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2012/07/sugar-rush-chocolate-from-ada-street.html
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 14, 2012
    You can't go wrong with the poached-egg-topped duck confit pasta and the the "Tangled Up In Blue" (Pig's Nose scotch, yellow chartreuse, orange bitters). Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 12, 2012
    Michael Kornick, the man behind MK, Fish Bar and DMK Burger Bar, is the brain behind the concept here, where the food is taken as seriously as the booze. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    This hidden gem offers a masterful menu inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. We recommend their infamous and appetizing black-eyed peas. Read more
  • Colin R.
    Colin ReynoldsOctober 25, 2015
    Absolute must go. Everything on the menu was deliciously flavorful and prepared to perfection. Oh yeah, and the cocktails are on point! 10/10
  • Lura M.
    Lura MccraryAugust 10, 2014
    The sliders, the shrimp, the short ribs, and the pork chops (with the chipotle sauce) are amazing, but the bread pudding is orgasmic!
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Executive chef Zoe Schor uses house-cured Atlantic salmon as the wrapper for their Salmon spring roll. Read more
  • Missie
    MissieFebruary 10, 2014
    Really small restaurant but great ambiance. Crispy black peas, fried brussel sprouts, and especially the lamb rack are not to be missed.
  • Bobby K.
    Incredible cocktails, arranged on the menu from lighter to more robust. All the food was superb, with the squid as a standout.
  • Christine K.
    Christine KatzMarch 8, 2013
    Simon and Garfunkel after 10 on a Thursday night!? With the amazing collection of LPs to choose from!? The food was excellent but this just did not work for me...
  • Katy N.
    Katy NielsenMay 3, 2013
    Scallops are not worth trying (coming from a scallop lover) but the friend cheese was like a desert! Also the chicken liver is amazing.
  • Aleah S.
    Aleah SahsOctober 20, 2013
    A must try! Smaller portions make for great taste testing and sharing. The lamb fell right off the bone, delish!
  • Molly F.
    Molly FriedlichOctober 5, 2012
    I highly recommend ordering the polenta fries, black eyed peas, lamb ribs, duck confit, and veal. Great spot!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    This joint serves delicious small plates (try the crisp lamb ‘scrumpets’) and craft cocktails.
  • Angela G.
    Angela GMay 28
    Delicious little hidden gem! Try the squid, sea scallops, linguine, and spicy chicken wings.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 26, 2012
    Already popular for its seasonal small-plates menu and intelligent cocktails, it's a great place to dine alfresco! Read more
  • Lisa
    LisaSeptember 10, 2012
    We tried so many dishes tonight and all were amazing. Drinks were fantastic. Cannot wait to go back.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BrillMarch 9, 2012
    The south beach of restaurant crowds. And waits. Kudos to Michael on finding and developing this great space.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    order the chocolate and have this smooth and melty deliciousness with the ciabatta
  • Santiago G.
    Santiago GMMarch 17, 2012
    The cocktails are terrific! Great service, amazing food - have to try the Octopus.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 14, 2013
    The roasted summer squash with chile and mint is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. http://tmout.us/rLOtk Read more
  • Alison
    AlisonJune 29, 2012
    Fantastic cocktails. Small plates were all well-executed. Music is loud!
  • Courtney S.
    Courtney SpritzerJuly 13, 2013
    One of my favorites in chicago! Get the oyster sliders!
  • J
    JSeptember 21, 2015
    Very loud. No bar to drink at while waiting for a table. Food was good, though a little spicy for me.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaJune 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A cozy and romantic place, and the hideout is right there
  • Tim M.
    Amazing cocktails and great range of small plates!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TuqueroSeptember 15, 2013
    Great space. Order the octopus and the po boys
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadMarch 12, 2014
    Loved the Black Eyed Peas, fried Brussels and the steak!
  • Mary B.
    Mary BittnerJanuary 26, 2014
    Seats at the chef's table are amazing if you can get them!
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnFebruary 27, 2015
    Such a great spot. Menu changes regularly.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MelilloMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Literally everything is great. Octopus is a must try.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 2, 2012
    Try the grilled octopus, served with a brash Tabasco mash. Read more
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WelterFebruary 17, 2013
    Polenta fries. That's all you need to know.
  • Hank C.
    Cocktails are great and the vibe is unbeatable
  • Yu
    YuAugust 24, 2014
    Three words: Denver lamb ribs.
  • Eli S.
    Eli SpeigelAugust 1, 2015
    The polenta fries and the grilled octopus.
  • Yu
    YuAugust 24, 2014
    Three more words: pretzel bread pudding.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji Kuwayama5 days ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, good drink, good vinyl
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