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I have been here numerous times (all the way from the Charlie's days) and my overall experience with Acre is that it is 'okay'. The service has been okay and the food has been okay. Of course, there are times when they food is great and the service is great, but there are also times when both are the opposite - which is why I have to give this place 3 stars. The location, ambiance and beer selection are superb...but I would rather go here for drinks than a meal.
I sat at the crowded bar a few Fridays ago and had a stout and a dozen of the best oysters I have ever had in Chicago. They're a buck a piece if you arrive before seven. I ordered mine with five minutes to go. They've got an okay selection of brewskis on tap and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I'll be back for another quenching brew and more oysters.
Guess I should've consulted yelp before trying... I actually thought the food was really tasty. The mussels were pretty great but the few they give you leaves you wanting more. The flank steak was really flavorful but good thing I ordered it medium well because it came out medium rare. My friend got the fried rabbit that was really good as well but again the portions were just a hare small. (see what i did there?) The appearance of Acre makes you think of a brewery that will give you what you're paying for. But instead it feels as though they are all small plates presented on a white platter giving it an awkward high end feel.
I was excited to try based on reviews, I think they just had an off night. Ordered a dozen oysters for my meal but it came after everyone was already done eating..they comped it which was nice. Didn't get drunk refills, appetizers were a bit underwhelming. Just an off night I think, hope. I will try again sometime:)
We must have forgot about the time we stopped in and saw flies laying eggs in the buffet-style dishes. This time we made a reservation for some steak and fish. The service was not great, there was at least some miscommunication about the order, which is ok. But when all this accumulated and I spoke with the manager his attitude was an equivalent shrug. So, to share with all of you, your business as was mine, is a shrug to Acre. We tipped and left unhappy.
Went early for dinner with 2 others. We ordered a few of the small plates to share to start: The sausage potatoes were delish, and the pierogis were sooo good, but not at all what I was expecting for a pierogi. Beet salad was ok. Oysters were excellent! For entrees we had the flank steak, BBQ pork ribs, and the griddled cheese with tomato soup. All 3 were good. Not great. Tiramisu and coffee drinks for dessert. Good. Not great. Food and drinks were overall 3 stars, but I gave an extra star just because the staff was so friendly, very knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to be served by :) We stayed for hours and they didn't mind one bit. Would go back, but after checking out some of the restaurants around that lil gem of an area
Staff was great and had a lot of beer on tap. Bartender was very knowledgable about beer. Oyster bar connected to the bar. Small plates that were perfect for sharing
Acre reminds me of the old adage, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Everything on their menu is a classic that they tried to make better and failed. Ketchup! It's been perfected! Why f*ck with it? But Acre did. The burger! It's been perfected! Why f*ck with it? But Acre did. If it's a classic, just do it well, don't change it. Also, a lot of reviewers said their service wasn't the best. This was also my experience. If it's not busy, I shouldn't have to hunt down my server for more water or the check. Nothing will turn people away from your establishment quicker than poor service, well maybe rat droppings, but rat sh*t shouldn't be the baseline for your service. I brought my mom here for Mother's Day and now its going to take a Cartier Watch to make up for this. #ThanksObama Serious though, there are a lot of great places to eat in Andersonville, it's a shame Acre isn't one of them. Also, don't f*ck with ketchup!
A staple of Andersonville, this locally sourced restaurant kicks serious butt with pork and beef, and an ever changing menu based on seasonally available product. Brunch is a must. Try the salads, they're delicious.
We dined at Acre anticipating a nice food experience at a farm-to-table restaurant but the overall experience, and menu, is much more akin to a pub than a culinary experience. Check-in for our reservation was smooth and a table was immediately available. Impressive list of beers, and a beer flight, which I tried. Wine list is less extensive but adequate. Hence, the beginning of a more pub-like experience. Tables are pretty close together which, again, is okay for a pub. Menu has a nice variety of small plates. We tried the spicy cauliflower and the mac n cheese. The cauliflower, frankly, was disappointing. We were expecting crispy oven-baked with a tangy dipping sauce and what was served was coated cauliflower in a hot sauce. The mac n cheese was good but not particularly memorable. Oysters are a big feature here but not really our thing so can't comment on them. I bet the best items on the menu are the burgers, chicken sandwich or roast chicken. We both had the trout dish which was served on spinach with fried potatoes. The flavor of the trout was very good but, yikes, the spinach and potatoes were super salty. Good thing that I had beer to relieve the salty taste. Food service was fast but not particularly careful. Waiter was friendly and available. Also disappointing were the dessert choices - chocolate cake with strawberry sauce, tiramisu and bread pudding. Slim pickings and nothing particularly inventive. Again, okay for a pub but we were expecting something else. No dessert wines are available. Only street parking is available. We found a spot within 3 blocks on a Saturday night which isn't so bad for the area. Glad we tried Acre but I don't think that we'll be back again, unless we're craving a burger and beer.
I like Acre. I met up with some folks there over the holidays and aside from the terrific beer selection both draft and bottle. I seriously got some street cred with some beer aficionados. The oyster special was delicious enough that I managed to stuff myself with the bivalves and drank my fill for under 40 bucks. I had a whole bunch of fresh oysters and drank my share of Half Acre and Love Child before we headed out.
Popped into Acre today for the first time. Sat at the oyster bar and was pleasantly surprise to find great oyster, unique menu and good Bloody Mary's. Ordered the buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dressing and fresh crumbled blue cheese. Wow what and awesome mid afternoon snack to go with our bloodys and oyster. Cant wait to come back for Sunday Brunch! Was eyeing the griddles cheese for next time...
Something about this place is just not quite good enough. Bf and I had a few dinners here when we moved into the neighborhood but always left rather unimpressed. It's overpriced and the entree selection is strangely limited and not that good. Their ketchup is horrible for some reason. Service is slow as well. I think this place is better for drinks than dinner. They do have a nice bar and pour a nice glass of wine. They have some small plates that seem a little better than their entrees in our experience. Not all are that great but maybe a little nosh with a drink is the way to go. I cannot ever see us coming back for dinner unfortunately.
Since it's in my neighborhood, I got tempted to try it. This easily became one of my least favorite restaurants. We ordered the half-shell oyster and mussels with bacon, tomatoes,etc.... These are the smallest oysters and mussels I ever had in my life. the pictures they posted here are for marketing purposes. I did not try their burgers but we're glad we did not. We saw the servers carrying what looked like slider-sized burger.
I didn't eat here but their drink selection was pretty good. Decent prices for the neighborhood and you can sit outside and watch the world go by. I suggest going for a beer on a nice day.
We went here for a Sunday brunch. Man, it was great. I had the corn bread cakes, topped with shredded pork confit and poached eggs. We will def be back.
I feel like Acre is a bit under rated. They are great for lunch, brunch, dinner and appetizers. The oyster special is also a must do! I also really like that they have oyster wine flights. Never had anything there I didn't like. The pierogi starter, calamari, buffalo cauliflower, pork burger and shrimp are my favorite items. The service is always good and I don't know that we've ever waited for a table!
Clearly, I'm not the only one who feels poorly about this place. Especially the service. Wow. Took about 15 minutes before the waiter came to our table. Kept saying, "I'll be back" or "So sorry". I got the vibe he was new. Never confirmed, but more happened through the night that confirmed this. Since it took so long for him to come, we were ready to order everything at once when he did come. We ordered drinks, oysters, small plates, and dinner at the same time. It took another 15 minutes for drinks to come. We actually were sitting near the bar and saw our drinks sitting on the bar for a while. We contemplated going up to the bar and grabbing them. But we knew that'd be uncool. Ok, finally, food. I did not eat the oysters but was told they were great. Great. We ordered pizza and that was okay, nothing special. Same with crab cake. The sausages were good, although my friend wasn't impressed. The best part of the meal actually were the cheese curds. Some of the best I've had. But everything else was average. And yeah, the service was pitiful. There were several empty tables around us so it wasn't that he was swamped. And we watched him stare at our oysters at the bar before he brought them, looking at a menu making sure he knew which was which. Rookie move, right? I remember my first day working in a restaurant, but come on now. I never really complain about service, but this was terrible.
I wish I lived closer, so I could come here every day. The oysters are AMAZING! And you can't beat the price either - $1.50 each. They have a great variety and I've probably tried all of them at one point in time. Their menu changes often but that's a good thing because you get to try different things. Some of my favorites include mac & cheese with crimini mushrooms, wood-oven pizzas (from prosciutto to squash), and the grilled Scottish salmon. They have an awesome beer selection, too! Can't go wrong! Definitely a neighborhood gem!
I've gone here a few times with my young son. Not the most kid friendly place, but they are always welcoming and accommodating when I bring him since he's rambunctious. Although they do have a children's menu, which is nice. I have always gotten the burgers when I've come. Which were always cooked perfectly and come with a side of fries. I order the cheese curds every time, and they're such a delicious sin! Beer selection is just okay, mostly local breweries, which matches there local menu. I want to try the oyster bar, but have yet to do so. You'll end up spending $10-15/plate plus $5-15 for appetizers. So reasonable given the quality. Love the staff here. Love the atmosphere. To the guy complaining that they were expecting some farm-to-table experience, but instead got more of a pub feel...go to Cracker Barrel for that. It might have farm dÃ©cor, but it's an oyster bar. It's good pub food...Also, of course there is not a parking lot....this is the city and it's a congested neighborhood. What do you expect? There's always plenty of parking along Clark, even if you have to walk a bit. Maybe you should have read reviews before stopping in, or maybe called the restaurant to see if they would meet you dining atmosphere expectations. This is why they have Yelp reviews and menu's available online.
After moving to Andersonville last month I made a vow to try every brunch so it was only a matter of time before I made my way to Acre. My husband and I invited some friends of ours to try the place. We'd all been hopelessly monotonous going to Lady Gregory's every week and needed a change of pace. I could easily see Acre becoming a regular brunch spot for me. I ordered the chicken and waffles. I've never ordered this dish anywhere before. Honestly, growing up in the South I'd never seen it on a menu. I've always thought of it as something Northerners think Southerners eat. However, that day my personal bias was relaxed and I gave it a try. It was delicious! The waffles were fluffy and crispy at the same time. The chicken was very good as well, though it was deboned. I don't know who started the deboning trend but it needs to stop. The sole reason this place isn't getting five stars from me is that fried chicken should never deprive one of the delicious sensation of licking the meat off the bone. A friend ordered the fried green tomatoes benedict and it was very good as well. My husband and her husband both ordered burgers. I suppose they liked them as they devoured them leaving no trace of their existence. The cocktails were also quite good. The prices were surprisingly low for brunch in Andersonville. Although, maybe the high price point exists only in my mind because I've never broken my budget on a Sunday morning in this neighborhood. I can't wait to go back and try more of their selections...if I can manage not to order the chicken and waffles every time. UPDATE: I've been back and ordered the corn cakes. These were amazing. They were rich and delicious. They almost reminded me of pineapple upside-down cake. They paired really well with the chorizo and pork confit. The deviled eggs are really good, too and they give you four halves! Also, the service was amazing. They brought share plates without us asking.Go to this place for brunch. DO IT!
Still a fan of this place! Came here on Easter Sunday for brunch and had a lovely experience. The bottomless mimosa's are $18 and worth every penny. I had three in a wine sized glass and they do a great ratio of OJ to bubbly. Brisket has was great but the friend chicken and waffles were our favorite.
I am flummoxed. Are we all talking about the same restaurant? Friends and I wound up here the other night -- we'd never been, or really heard of it, but by the end of the meal, we were all convinced we had "discovered" something. We were seated for dinner immediately. The menu was succinct, so we shared a bunch of plates to get a good sampling of what was on order. The oysters were lovely, the sausages snappy, the squash pizza delightful (I don't even like squash), the pate smooth, and the beet salad...well, it was a beet salad. Our waiter was warm, friendly, and efficient. The place was clean, nicely laid out, and the lighting was correct -- low enough to be cozy, but not so dark as to make reading menus difficult. I basically took away one star for the tv (tvs are not for dinner time) and the mustard, which was a bit overpowering. But that really should only be half a star. Perhaps we went on a good night...but they certainly seem to have it in them. I'm only sorry for them that they haven't managed to be more consistent!
Oysters. Yep, oysters. I love em. Don't know that I've ever had my fill. Usually my oyster consumption is limited only by my wallet. But Acre has $1 oysters nightly from 5-7! Nightly!! And not just those mini oysters. No, these are sizable. There's a great selection and they're all fabulous! We went here the other night just to eat oysters and man, it was awesome! I can't vouch for the food but the oysters? Oh yeah!! My mouth is watering even now thinking about them. We ate dozens and dozens! Out waiter told us a table he served ordered over 380!! Now that's some eating! I felt sorry for the guy shucking! But I've put Acre on my must visit again list. And I will. I'm ordering oysters! Oh, and the beer selection is great too! What more could you want! Even Jimmy Buffet would be a fan - gimme oysters and beer, for dinner every night for a year!
First time I've been here. I had a pierogi and it was decent. My friend ordered pancakes but they tasted like oysters. It was like they had cooked some sort of seafood on the grill and hadn't cleaned it and then just cooked the pancakes there. It took awhile to get water and the check. My friend remarked when we sat down that there weren't very many people here compared to every other brunch place. Now we know why. As we sit here waiting and waiting to pay, I've had time to write this review.
What a shame. They let go of one of their best bartenders, aka the one that knew the most about beers and drinks and consistent with his customer service. I sat at the bar and the new bartender DJ kept trying to entice flirtatious conversations with my friend and myself. If I ever go there again, I'll make sure not to sit at the bar.
We really wanted to like this place, but you gotta question why some of the food was allowed out of the kitchen. Chicken pate - Served in a jar that had just come out of the fridge and was rock hard. After chiseling it out it tasted fine but had a grainy texture. Half the toasts were burned black on one side and untoasted on the other. After asking for more to replace the burned ones, we were brought (more) freshly burned toast. Shrimp cocktail - The cocktail sauce wasn't properly mixed, it was straight horseradish on the bottom. Sausage plate - Driest sausage ever. Had to ask for the mustard the goes with it. The cocktails were meh. Two stars because the waiter was good and the cornbread was tasty.
I want to give this more stars but the prices were a little nuts. I work at a highly rated oyster bar so I was coming in armed with some knowledge. The bad: - walked in for brunch at 2:30. Asked when oysters would be available. Hostess said 5pm. Was so disappointed until I learned it would be 3pm in reality. -My mom got the steak and eggs, steak was rather tough (however potatoes were good). -maybe it was plated strangely but the portions looked very small -my green salad was decent, nothing mind blowing. For the prices of both I expected more. -the cocktail sauce and mignonette were both kinda bad. Cocktail was flavorless and mignonette just tasted like straight up red wine vinegar. The good: -the service! I didn't catch our servers name (gentleman with a beard) but he was wonderful! Drinks refilled fast, checked in when needed, chatted about oysters. Great all around! - they shucked and served the oysters as soon as he was set up (right at 3). They were fresh and very reasonably priced. - decor is great. Overall the highlights were service and oysters themselves but for a $75 brunch for two (without booze) I expected more from the actual prepared food.
Walked in to experience something new. The brunch was excellent. I recommend the House sausages, thatwere outstanding. The chicken and was delicious. I definitely recommend this Restaurant.
I really want to like this place but continues to disappoint. Stopped for brunch Sunday. Limited options with an attempt to be creative, but nothing jumped out as "oh that sound great". I opted for cornbread with some pork topping they gave a fancy name to with soft boiled egg on top. The cornbread was very dry and crumbly, the little bits of pork consisted of mini chunks of fat and leaner bits. About 50/50. Could not even eat the fat bits and the lean bits did not have a good flavor. My son had breakfast burger that he said was ok. Had an egg on it and a tomato relish. His friend had chicken and waffles. Waffles were dried out but said chicken was flavorful. It was a boneless breaded breast. Service is always friendly and attentive but the food has been inconsistent. They should take some cues from the Bongo Room. There is a reason there is always a long wait there!
I've been to Acre twice, once as part of a burger crawl and then on a date. The first time, it was a pretty slow day with a bigger group. Service was great and we only had the burgers--which are delicious! Both the regular beef and the pork. The second time I came here was on a Saturday night. The place was pretty busy, but our server Tom didn't skip a beat on checking in on us and assuring we had enough to eat and drink. We started with the jumbo shrimp which are FANTASTIC. They're a bit of a splurge at $3 a piece, but worth it for a special occasion. We then got an order of fried cheese curds. Can you really go wrong with those? Didn't think so. For actual dinner, we both got burgers and yep, consistently good. And although primarily a beer spot, the Manhattans here are divine.
I have no idea why this place is only 3 stars! I've been here twice and I absolutely loved everything I had. They also have this amazingly retro cocktail list. They make a MEAN old fashioned! Everything on their menu is tastefully chosen and very interesting. This isn't really the place to go if you just want a burger (although they have a great pork burger) or a steak, but if you are in the mood for being a bit adventurous, this place is amazing. I'm very biased because I love Anteprima, also owned by the folks who own Acre, but I really did enjoy my meals here. I can't wait to go again!
So I was walking down the street one day with my boyfriend and my dog when the Acre sign for some reason caught my eye. I asked my boyfriend if he was familiar with the spot. A good sir overheard my question and told us that the place was pretty nice. He especially recommended that we try the chicken and waffles. In his words, "They have the best chicken and waffles in the city." I thought, "Oh great, its been awhile since I had some, now I got a cravin!" They had outdoor seating and allowed dogs so we went over then and there. My boyfriend wise in his ways knew to be a bit skeptical of this claim, so he decided to order something else. Since my stomach had already made up its mind I went for it. It turns out that this good sir we met on the street was but a poor lost misguided most likely north sider soul. This place did NOT have the city's best chicken and waffles. In fact, I would hope that these would appear on the list of the most bland chicken and waffles you can possibly order in the city. I might have made a doctor's appointment to make sure my taste buds were still intact but thank goodness I ordered a beer because drinking it was the only proof I had my buds were indeed functional. I should start a change.org petition to request the item be removed from the menu so as to not tarnish the good reputation of this usually tasty cuisine. I can't really comment on any other items on the menu as this was all I had, though I can say for the price my boyfriend wasn't too impressed with the meal he got.
DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS PLACE. What a disappointment. The waiter did not know his menu. He did not know what their signature chow chow was made of. He had to take my menu to look if the fish and chips came with tarter sauce. He looked at the menu, said no it does not. When I looked at the menu it clearly said, yes, it came with tarter sauce. I asked for no dairy in my meal. My steak arrived with butter on it. I specifically mentioned to the waiter no butter on my steak. The two other people I was dining with had the fish and chips. The portions were totally different. This was brought to the waiter's attention. He came back from the kitchen to tell us that we were mistaken because they weight the fish. We could see that this was not true. Upon leaving the restaurant, I passed our waiter, who walked right by me and turned his face away. DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS PLACE.
Booked an open table reservation. Rode our bikes 45 min to get here. Thought we would reward ourselves with a nice brunch. But unfortunately it just was not good. Salmon hash was greasy and soggy and flavorless. The accompanying salad way to salty. Chilaquiles was average at best. Had to ask for water. Had to ask for coffee refills. By the way everything is a little overpriced. the coffee is 4 bucks. Perhaps this is better place for a beer and oysters? Cute name. Good location. Bad execution.
I've been here for drinks several times and most recently the oysters and beer I had were great. Nice beer selection and I'd recommend getting a dozen oysters without hesitation. As to the other food, I've eaten at Acre 1-2 times but don't remember much, either good or bad, to comment on it. Sitting at the bar, service was attentive.
If YOU ARE paying Acre is definitely worth visiting for the oysters and drinks. If SOMEONE ELSE is paying definitely leave room for the eclectic small plates. This is the hardest review I've written thus far. I've been to Acre a few times, but they are constantly changing what menu items they offer and to a lesser extent their beer selection. This leaves me in a classic 'one hand' vs. 'other hand' conundrum. On the 'one hand', Acre definitely deserves credit for going for it. On the other hand, Euro Disney went for it. The movies John Carter, Waterworld, and Howard the Duck went for it too. Master P went for it when he started 'No Limit' representation, and we all know how that worked out for Ricky Williams (if you don't know - poorly). Sometimes our friends and SOs go for it. They have a dinner party and serve you something and when you ask how they found the recipe - they confess to just going for it. [Not you baby. I love when you take chances with your dinner parties by trying to imitate something done really well somewhere else without the benefit of the recipe or all the ingredients.] In short, going for it does not always yield rewards. So what can you count on? 1) Oysters. They are cheap (nightly 1$ specials) by comparison to anything else on the menu, of good quality (all types offered), and they are the one constant in an ever-changing kitchen. Plus, they might get your date horny. 2) Beers. The selections may vary, but you can count on finding some serious connoisseur-worthy choices. The beers are not cheap but not unreasonable unless you really go for it - there were some over my visits that approached 20 bucks a serving. Plus, they might get your date horny. 3) The atmosphere is hip but not too pretentious. I suppose it too, could get your date horny. 4) Small plates. Again selections vary. More so than the beers. So you can count on being pleasantly surprised and mildly disappointed if you visit often enough and try enough options. Most are not breath-friendly and will probably not get your date horny - unless your date is really into head cheese or liver... During my most recent we shared small plates of the deviled eggs and charcutier, pictured below. The deviled eggs cost 8 dollars amounted to about 2.5 boiled eggs with some smoked whitefish on top. Not bad - but definitely coming up short. It had so much lettuce, which I'm still not sure was intended as a garnish or part of the plate. I think they'd do better to market that plate as a salad. The charctuier was 14 bucks. Not cheap, but they had generous portions of 4 different types of meat (chicken pate, goat head cheese, pork liver pate, and pork rillete). It also came with pickled onions/peppers and THE BEST MUSTARD EVER! Sounds like a hit right? - it was - except for the tiny amount of bread. Have you people heard of baguettes? Fortunately they brought more by (and mustard) and I left all warm and tingly after finishing it (though it could have been #1-3). Overall I'd call it a 4, but if we guessed wrong on the small plates we chose it'd be a 3. If you don't mind going all food voyeur, you should be able to avoid mistakes by ordering something that looks good from a neighboring table. Otherwise, you may end up slightly disappointed for the money you spend. [Though this can also be avoided by being the one taken as opposed to the taker.]
We always really want to like this place. It has so much promise--a good selection of beers, the food is pretty solid, and the space is nice. The service, however, is awful. We went tonight for dinner, and the service was a disaster. The beers were slow to arrive, but the real problem was the food arrival. My boyfriend's burger arrived fifteen minutes before my flatbread (it was later explained that the flatbreads are cooked in the nextdoor kitchen so they can't be timed, but the waiter should have explained this issue when we ordered; I could have ordered something else). By the time mine arrived, my boyfried was just about done eating his, which was a little awkward. The thing is, it always feels like the service stinks here--we've tried it a few times, and have often had similar issues. Not a bad product, nice space, but not a place we like to go.
They have $1.25 oysters daily now. Let me know if you find a better deal in the city. It used to be a happy hour thing and now its all the time. The service can be amazing at busy times and slow during slow times. If you want to sit outside there is great seating. Great beer selection. Also enjoy the fried cheese curds. They will change your life.
My 3 friends and I wanted to try a different place, so we landed on Acre after looking at the menu online. We sat on the patio and decided to order small plates. This ended up being a great choice! First round: Jumbo shrimp - (count 4) a little on the small side but tasty House sausages - a plate-full of flavor Buffalo cauliflower - added a bit of crunch (being battered) Second round: Wood oven corn pizza - this has a nice, spicy cayenne kick to it Pierogi- (count 4) creamy and a good palette cleanser Carnitas tacos - (count 4) I could have eaten all four, really good Ordered the Chinon Cuvee Mathilde - such a beautiful rose that we ordered three bottles! We had a bit of a wait once we first sat down before our waiter officially greeted us and took our drink order, but then he was more attentive throughout the meal.
The smoked trout hash (+ eggs benedict) was great. It helped with my slight hangover and was light enough not to regret eating it.
I had heard good reports about Acre ... but was very disappointed. Went for brunch..the Bloody Marys were just awful...there is no excuse for a bad bloody mary in my opinion...sent them back...my friends corned beef hash was terribly greasy with very little hash and my chilaquiles were ok. Coffee was good. Server was very nice (Charles). I know they were finishing up brunch but I couldnt help but feel the place was a bit dirty...sorry...no way would return.
I like the atmosphere here and our service was top-notch. However the food was all bland. We got a few small plates (tartinas, crudo, crab cake) and shared the pork burger. All of it was unbalanced (lots of fat, little flavor) and forgettable. Also, while I'm aware that people don't go there for cocktails, they were still "meh" enough to warrant mentioning that this is an area of weakness for Acre. Stick with the beer. I may go again, if I'm in the area, because of the atmopshere and service, but for the food or drink.
I came here for the Dark Nights, Darker Beer tap takeover that they were doing. And, I have to say, I'm extremely glad I made my way up here. I liked the whole set up of Acre. The bar curls around and even at it's busiest on a thursday night, I was able to grab a seat at the bar. Hell, by the time that the rest of my friends got there, we were able to get a decent sized table. Score! I mostly focused on the smaller plates as I wanted to drink most of my calories. Granted, I still was hungry enough to get a crab cake and some welsh rarebit later on. I was definitely a fan of the crab cake. Granted, for me not to really like a crab cake you kinda have to screw it up pretty badly. Still, this was a good sized cake with a good amount of meat in it. The rarebit was absolutely delicious. Welsh Rarebit is one of those treats my mom used to make every now and then when I was younger, and this one lived up to my good memories. I loved the selection they had going for the takeover. While I did mostly focus on stouts, I have to give it up to them for also including a schwarzbier and a dopplebock on the list as well as a black saison. There were about 20+ selections and it was tough to decide on which one to get. This is how to do a list people, it's not about having a bajillion taps. It's about looking at the list and thinking to yourself: if I'm gonna make my way through all of this list, I'm absolutely screwed tomorrow. I wanted to try everything, but that wasn't going to happen. I also loved that they had a BCBS vertical in there and all were on tap. The service was absolutely great the whole time, and the prices were killer. It was only $6 per pour on everything with a lot of very tough to get brews. I need to put Acre on my rotation now for when I venture up to A-ville. While Hopleaf is a holy grail bar, Acre certainly does their thing and did it well. I'm glad I used this event as my excuse for finally coming here.
Some friends and I went here for an after dinner drink. The place was a little slow which was great since we had a party of 5. We had a nice big booth in the back. Our waiter was good. He was fast with the drinks. They had a great beer list. They don't have Dogfish Head beer at a ton of places and they had it here - I was pretty excited about that. I would definitely go back to this bar.
My hubby and I had a gift certificate for this restaurant, but after reading some of the reviews we had average expectations for the night. Boy were we pleasantly surprised. Great, cozy atmosphere, perfect for chilly Chicago nights. Amazingly attentive service - Mike C. was beyond helpful, funny and charming. And we had great food to boot. Cheese curds are always good, but these are exceptional. Light batter crust and melted cheese inside that is very close to liquid gold. Grilled marinated shrimp - might seem like a weird flavor combo in writing, but it is so interesting in your mouth. Porkburger is great and, again, different from what we've tried at other places. I had the brisket. There is some secret chef maneuver in that brisket and it is amazing. Don't be scared by the horseradish cream, it is nowhere near overpowering. My best advice: Give this place a try. You will not be disappointed.
I live in the neighborhood and I really want this place to be good. But it is not. Instead of a long review of good and bad, I will just leave you with one piece of information- my burger had carrots on it....yes...fucking carrots...that were sliced too thick, that were too hard in the middle, that were too cold...and tasted like fucking carrots would taste if you put them on top of a delicious warm burger. Enough said. ....1 year later. You get another shot Acre. Carrots are gone from the burger and burger is decent- good start. Tingo tacos are bland. Appetizer Puffs are good. Mac and cheese appetizer is great. Except that someone decided that in addition to velvety texture of cheese, macaroni and mushrooms, this entree needed garbage disposal-destroying, tough as shit...leaks! Who is it that works at this restaurant that keeps sneaking one extra ingredient into entrees that is way the fuck out of the left field. Salads were solid. Although lettuce is shit quality- not really Chicago restaurant standard. But service, drinks and vibe of this place is pleasant. And for that, you get another star Acre!
Good food and Beer selection and great atmosphere. We tried this place despite all the poor reviews for service. We didn't have any problems with our server, he even talked to us for a bit about the other restaurants the owner of Acre owns. We started with oysters and the server took the time to tell us where they are from and how they are different. For my entree I had the pork burger and it was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. We will go back.
We are so happy we came here for brunch! The service and food were phenominal! I would definitely come back for the breakfast tacos and my wife loved her shrimp and grits! Come here for a great dining experience!
A small plate haven in Andersonville. Beer is fine, but so are cocktails. I had a very generous Manhattan, well made and boozy. So large I never got to the wine flight I hoped to sample. Then a succession of small plates. The artisanal salad with avocado was well-dressed and salty (in a good way). The fried green tomatoes came with a nice aioli sauce and two large shrimp. Corned beef tongue was tasty, but the edges were kind of hard and dried out; it came with sour green tomatoes. Service from Justin was great. The one miss of the night were Great Lake smelts-- they weren't so great, in fact they were so teeny that they were completely lost in their fried batter coating--you couldn't tell there were any fish in there. It adds up to 4 stars, because even if some of the food is just 3 stars, you have to give credit for a menu loaded with offbeat choices (deviled eggs, smelts, tongue, duck confit, etc.) This extends to the wine list (check out the Furmint Tokay from Hungary). I'll be back to sample some more of them and try some wine flights.
Despite the negative-leaning review, I tried Acre, and felt I gave them the benefit of the doubt. But try as I might--and its not due to their lack of effort--but the food just doesn't live up to any hype, if there is still any remaining. For what I paid, it just wasn't good at all.
This interesting and friendly establishment is full of indecision. The decor is partly authentic turn of the last century (the bar is absolutely beautiful), with some odd ironic plaster animal heads on one wall, tractor seats on another, postmodern lighting mixed with antique art deco and art nouveau/craftsman lights, beautiful old bar booths with relatively cheap looking tables that don't match the chairs, and big screen televisions tuned to March Madness that make you wonder, sports bar, bar with food, seafood restaurant or neighborhood tap? On a Saturday night the place emptied out for us to come in here for a group night cap, the waitstaff had collectively settled into a "whew, we got slammed," mode. At times it was hard to get our waiter's attention, on the other hand, some in our group gave some annoying orders (some given after the kitchen closed), and there were no mistakes. Satisfactory selection of beer, wine, and bar drinks, but being the designated driver I can only report that the soft drinks were fine. We arrived late, after having had dinner around the corner, but they had sold out of oysters. They sold around a thousand oysters, which is a bit unimaginable to me, but looking at some of the other reviews, it might happen here more than it should. The prices seemed a bit high, but maybe not at all atypical in Andersonville.
Food was just ok, I think is overpriced. I had a couple of small dishes with my girlfriend, the crab cake was ok, and the pierogi was good, nothing special. We also had a salad (artisanal greens), it was a shame for 7 dollars you get a very small salad with two tiny pieces of avocado a couple of radishes and the lemon vinaigrette but they put it for you and it does not have any special flavor. Then the BBq ribs were ok, but 20 dollars for just three bones, that's an assault specially when their recipe is nothing awesome. Positive: the service was very good, and the cocktails too.
Great neighborhood place! $1 oysters after work and a nice Manhattan. Burger is good as is the Mac n cheese, the pierogi filled with potatoes, and the charcuterie board.
Made Valentines reservations and were seated early and immediately. Right now, we're at a 10 star rating amiright? Wrong! While our server Charles (ask for him!) was amazing, accommodating, ebullient, and affable, it seems management and ownership does not understand that oysters are aphrodisiacs and that perhaps there may be a surplus ordered on valentines day. Our first course (shrimp cocktail) arrived. Then we waited. After 20 minutes we ordered the charcuterie and cheese platter. 5 minutes later they came but our oysters still hadn't. When we complained, we were told that the delay was due to the oysters being hand shucked. Well duh. You're an oyster bar. We were never delivered our salad, but out server did an excellent job making up for the kitchen and managements misstep. This is NOT am oyster bar. Don't go expecting otherwise. The poor things were mutilated beyond recognition and the shells were shattered enough to reconstruct your face.
I live close to here so, I have been able to eat at Acre several times. I was debating for a while to whether it should be given a rating of 3 or 4. I decided for the later because the beer list is great and the oyster bar is amazing! If you're a fan of oysters you definitely need to go here. Any given night they have 5-6 different types from different regions and certain nights they're only 1$. The wine list is so-so and drinks are decent although not consistent and quality depends on who is working. The food is good, depending on what you order. I have had the pork burger and the fried chicken and waffles. The most negative aspect of this restaurant is that the service isn't all that great. The bar tenders always seem kind of cranky and the servers always seem rushed. High point of the service is the oyster bar-bartender(they have it set up right next to the bar) was great. Gave me a couple recommendations on oysters, personally introduced himself. I wouldn't go back so often if it wasn't for the oyster bar. Price I chose was including one drink, an entree and a few oysters. Hope this helps!
I wasn't sure how Acre would go since the reviews are very mixed, but we went and enjoyed our time. Some plates were awesome while others fell flat. The best part of dinner by far was the service. Everyone was great - especially our server, Mike C (hopefully I remembered the name correctly!). Mike was knowledgeable on the beer selection and the plates. He was fun and attentive too. The restaurant decor is done well also. To sum it up - I'd say the food was overall a tad above average but the beer and service helps it even out to a solid four stars.
Acre has a really great beer list. They have had some special beer events you can see mentioned by others (Dark nights darker beers and a Three Floyd's tap takeover). Unfortunately, Acre has always had a bit of an identity crisis to me. Are you a beer bar or a farm-to-table restaurant? The food plates are small - with the excuse that everything is locally sourced and farm-to-table - but so are many restaurants on the same strip of road and I never feel shorted at those. Acre is great for a nightcap, but if I want to eat I go elsewhere. You should try the food out for yourself, though, because a couple of the dishes are pretty good and they have a good oyster special. For me, over time, Acre is no longer a go-to food place.
My partner and I ate here for the first time tonight and I'm torn about how to rate. We started with the cheese curds and pirogies which were amazing. I had the beef burger with the fried egg which was also very tasty. My partner had the pulled pork sandwich that unfortunately had no flavor along with flavorless coleslaw and the cold bun on which it was served - maybe it was an off night for that particular item. The fries served with our meal were delicious, but a little heavy and greasy. Our waiter was very polite and engaging. The host asked us how the meal was and we politely gave him honest feedback. He apologized, which was nice - but we're not sure if we'll come back. I didn't care for the music they were playing - sort of sounded like some indie burnout/depressing music - it did nothing for the ambiance. As well, the menu selection is quite limited so if we do go again, it will probably be for drinks and appetizers. Maybe not.
My first time at Acre, they were playing Tool (be still my nostalgic heart) and served Founders' Keepers -- something like an 8% cider aged in bourbon barrels. This was last year. Founders' Keepers hasn't been founders'd ever since, but Acre has a special place in my heart for introducing me to that alone. And then there are oysters. $1 oysters from 5-7 and 9-midnight EVERYDAY (or something, those might not be the exact times anymore?), with a selection which changes daily. God. So good. And thennn there is the food. Everything I've had has been wonderful, I'm surprised to see so many negative comments. I love that it's a daily menu, too. -1 star because I do agree that service has been awfully slow at times. The hospitality of the bartenders more than makes up for it, but that only works when you're actually sitting at the bar, which I haven't done often. I have been here more times than I can count and I'll continue going back for the oysters and amazing drink selection alone. This is always one of my favorite places to bring guests.
We decided to try their fixed price promotion this evening. It was $29 for an appetizer, entree and desert. I had the mushroom barley soup which is very hearty- nice size portions of mushrooms and barley. The soup was hot perfect for a winter night. My entree was the trout, well prepared but I didn't care for the yoghurt sauce on top. My friend had the chicken liver tartines and loved them. Her entree was the Char with farro and it was really good. I thought the chocolate mouse was ok. Not great and not bad. THe pear goat tart was outstanding. Our server was great. His name was Charles. He was attentive to us. I would go back and try some of their oysters. They have a promotion at certain hours where the oysters are $1.
I just can't with Acre. The food is not good. I ordered a burger recently (after having not been in there for AGES because there are better options around) and asked for medium rare. It came so well done it was basically burned. I had been traveling all day for business and just wanted some food. I let the waiter know it was terrible, but didn't kick up a fuss- not his fault. I ended up only eating 2 bites but still paying for the terrible food. If you go for drinks fine, but this place is a waste for dinner. Sad.
A couple gal pals and I stopped in for a little snack on a Saturday shopping run through Andersonville. The menu didn't look very appetizing. We decided to just order up the grilled veggie flatbread. Mistake. It arrived barely warm. We questioned whether or not the mushrooms were canned, as they had that unavoidable grayish tint. The cheese on top was barely melted and the flatbread itself was hardly cooked. Ick. We poked at it, paid the bill and scooted on out. I would avoid.
Went for brunch on a Saturday morning right when they opened at 11am. We were actually let in a few minutes early since we happened to walk by and were therefore waiting in the cold. seated right away - attentive wait staff for the whole meal. thumbs up there. i got the chicken and waffles - it was phenomenal. the chicken was lightly fried dark meat and the waffles were well done. the sunny side up eggs really sealed it all together, along with the handmade butter and syrup. my wife got buttermilk pancakes with apples - they were merely passable.
This could very well be the best brunch I've had in Chicago (and that's saying something!) Made reservations through OpenTable for a Saturday morning when my family was in town. I was surprised that the place was basically empty at 11am, but we got a great booth in the back. Decor is simple and a little rustic with comfy booths and plenty of light. The brunch menu has a number of large and small plates, and we all selected large plates. I had the cornbread cakes and it was absolutely delicious. The dish was a large piece of cornbread (more like 2 pieces) topped with plenty of pulled pork and chorizo, 2 poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. My only teeny tiny nitpick was that the pork and chorizo could've been a little juicier, but the cornbread was plenty moist and the hollandaise and runny yolks brought it all together. Seriously, it was phenomenal. Definitely not a well-known brunch spot, but I would bring people here again. Worth the jaunt up to Andersonville for sure!
Well decorated, great beer selection, and an appealing menu. Service at the bar was frosty at first, as my friend and myself are not learned in the nuances of world-class beer, and I believe we were pegged as rubes. Music's too loud. Beer is tasty.
Service was top notch except when we told the waiter that one of our meals was less than desirable. Frankly..he didn't care. Meal in question: tempura avocado and shrimp. The shrimp was to door and over cooked and the avocado was bland. The vegetarian risotto was bland and even though the lamb confit was tasty, for the price of $11 there should have been more than one piece. We'll go back for the fine beer list and burgers, not the other food.
I was surprised by how not-great this place was. The service was bad--lots of booths were free when we got there, but we couldn't sit at one because they were covered with messes from the last people eating there. Our water glasses were dirty, nobody picked up our used plates, and we had to hail the busser to get our check after our waiter straight-up forgot about our last round of drinks. All of the food (besides the cheese plate, which was good) was pretty boring. I tried to order the only interesting cocktail on the menu only to be told they'd stopped carrying it. All in all, it wasn't a memorably horrible experience, but with all the great restaurants on Clark street, I wonder how this place is still there.
Need another excuse to hit this North Side neighborhood? You got it. It's called Acre. Acre is cool restaurant with a sleek atmosphere inside and nice view outside (mostly for people watching). Awesome beer selection (i think they have 30 beers on top - mostly great quality craft beers, like the Mud Puppy Porter and Chocolate Yeti Stout, but also have a full bar). Food is descent too. Most of us ordered apps which are all good - like the ceviche, homemade sausage plate, and scallops. But try the memphis style burger - nice southern touch to this beauty. The one thing that made this a not-so perfect experience was the service outside. We ate and drank outside when i went and it was severely under manned. One waiter covering 6 tables and he just couldn't keep up. He really didn't seem to get it either. Nice enough though and i'll let it pass given the beer and food offering. You have to try it.
The hubby and I came here for date night and we had such a fabulous time there. Parking was easy enough to find. We came on a Thursday night around 6pm and were seated promptly. We definitely took advantage of Acre's Raw bar one buck oysters which is 5pm - 7pm and 9pm - midnight. We love the concept of farm to table restaurants and using local farms and breweries. The hubby had a glass of Few Spirits whiskey (from our local Evanston). We realized that we could take advantage of their fantastic prix fixe menu which was 3-course menu for only $29/person on Sunday - Thursday. The hubby had the fried cheese curds which were delicious (not as good as Farmhouse but pretty close) and I opted for the charcuterie which was delectable. For our entrees, the hubby opted for a salmon and I had the grilled cornish hen. Both were cooked perfectly and the freshly sauteed vegetables were delicious. Overall, we had a wonderful date night, Acre - thank you and we look forward to coming back again.
Ugh, want to like this place but too many problems. Ordered a bottomless mimosa only to be told that they were nearly out of Prosecco so it wouldn't really be "bottomless." Then, after waiting forever, our brunch came out both cold and overdone. The staff is doing their best but the kitchen clearly needs to up their game. Disappointed.
I always passed by this place when I am walking on Clark St. Finally came here for brunch and had the Chicken and Waffles. It was delicious, the waffles were nice and crispy and the Chicken was moist and crispy. You also get eggs, sunny side up. Thumbs up! The service is great too, they are really nice. We will come here to try the oysters in the future. Thanks for a delicious meal and great service!
I wanted to like this place because of it's great location and promising menu, but it was just not good. Went on a Friday for dinner with a girlfriend and sat at the bar. We both ordered fish tacos and then the warm olive appetizer. The olives were inedible- I have no idea what they are marinated in but it was straight up disgusting. The fish tacos were just plain corn tortillas, what looked like bagged cabbage and pickled jalapenos from a jar and one piece of fried fish. Super bland. They were served with a green salsa which was not spicy or flavorful. This was one of the most boring meals I've had at a restaurant in a long time. By no means am I a good cook and I am confident I could make a more creative taco. The beer list was decent and the service was good. That earns them an extra star. I watched the bartenders waste SO MUCH BEER by pouring off the head of each beer sometimes 5 or 6 times per pint. I don't know if their keg line is too warm so that it makes the beer too heady or if they just don't know what they were doing- but as a former bartender I was annoyed by their wastefulness.
Terrible food and service. We waited forever for the waiter. The food was so bad my 9 year old could have made a better meal and I'm not kidding!
From the outside Acre seems like a place where you'd like to eat, maybe grab a pint or a few oysters. The inside is pleasant enough with tall ceilings, an inviting bar and plenty of TVs to watch that week's game. The menu, however leaves little to be desired. My wife and I first popped in here during an Andersonville street festival, basically because we were hot and looking for a place to cool down for a bit with a cold beer. While the beer was fine, the appetizers left little to be desired. This weekend we were in the neighborhood and went back there for brunch, not having realized that this was the place with the less than appetizing appetizers. The brunch menu is plentiful, that's about where the positive comments end. Items ranged from buffalo "chicken" (fried cauliflower smothered in Franks Hot Sauce and bleu cheese) to a frittata to pumpkin pancakes and everything in between. What's not on the menu is an egg any way you want dish; something I'd think would be a staple on any brunch menu. We ordered the buffalo cauliflower, the BLT and the house made sausages. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the best dish was the fake buffalo chicken. I ordered the BLT with the egg. The fried egg not only arrived cold, but on a different plate. I wasn't aware this was a build your own sandwich kind of place; if I wanted that, I'd head to the nearest Build-A-Bear store and see if they could offer that to me in addition to a stuffed animal. Now, the sandwich...it looked like the chef picked up a huge handful of arugula and just shoved it between the bread. Apparently they also had a large stash of the tomato jam they were looking to offload on to my sandwich because that was globbed on as well. Lastly, the bacon...oh the bacon...it was great...great if your thing is being able to grease your car with it, because that's about how much grease each piece of bacon had on it. The BLT came with a side of fries, decent enough and a dipping sauce. Get this....MORE TOMATO JAM!!! You know what it's like to think you're getting ketchup, but instead being greeted with more of the jam you didn't want on the sandwich?! Next came the home made sausages. Apparently our waiter told the kitchen we had a toddler in tow (we did not), because the sausages came out pre-cut and pretty much, aside from the chicken sausage, indecipherable. There was a blob of "mustard", that was chock full of vinegar, needless to say it tasted awful. There were mustard seeds, that was the only we knew it was "mustard". My wife suggested I try something that she described as scrapple. Now, to be honest, I've never had scrapple, but I'm willing to bet that scrapple is better than whatever other version of sausage they were trying to serve us. The beers were fine, probably because the kitchen couldn't get their hands on it. Oh, also, remember how I said it's a decent place to come in for a beer and catch the game? Plan on only watching one game, because every TV was tuned to the same channel; it was Sunday, we all know there are no less than half a dozen games you can watch at any one time. Obviously that last part could have been changed if I asked, but I was too focused on trying to get out of there at that point. We didn't have the oysters which is what they seem to like to be known for, but to be honest, there are a dozen places I'd head before sampling their oysters.
Unclean dishes: Two sets of our silverware had food residue on them and there was some sort of saucy substance on the rim and the bottom of someone's cup of coffee that was NOT coffee. Eggs were also undercooked.
Surprised to see mixed reviews regarding Acre - but everyone has an opinion and different tastes and preferences. My wife and I went here awhile back and I've been meaning to post a review. First off, I love their food and the different items you can order. I had their steak which was soooo good my wife and I ordered another one to take home. All the different options and appetizers are insane, and I feel this would be the perfect place for a group. The beer list is insane. Has everything from everywhere and you really can't go wrong. But what I most liked about the place was the atmosphere. Charmy, warm, fun, lively, cosy, you name it. Good music, full bar, crowded but not too crowded, and the server we had (so sorry - forgot name) was fantastic. People mention prices, but I feel their prices are normal. I mean heck, we are in Chicago - the third largest city in the U.S. and Edgewater is a nice area. It drives me nuts when people complain about prices in the city... I mean rents are high, taxes high, so how the heck do people expect businesses to stay around? Anyways - sorry for digression. But I love Acre. I will be back soon to eat and also to drink some more of those yummy beers!
Love this neighborhood spot. Oysters daily, great, clean food. Healthy portions, no huge plates which is nice. Been here many times and always consistent. Fantastic beer selection, imports & craft.
Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! I'm one happy happy happy lady.
I've been to this place a number of times for brunch (bottomless mimosa, anyone?), dinner, and just drinks as well. The food is good and there's plenty of wine and beer to choose from.
I really liked this place. The food is different. I've eaten a ton of ethnic foods, but the food here tastes like something super exotic. I like how the portions are small too so you can try a little bit of everything. As for ambiance, we dined outside and it was great. It would be nice if our culture were open to sharing their plates instead of keeping the plate for themselves -- just sayin'!
Very disappointing. Stopped in for lunch last week, there were 2 tables seated - and we were the third. It took 3-4 minutes for our waiter to arrive, we ordered 2 glasses of wine, and those took about 8 minutes! The waiter kept disappearing! I had the swordfish sandwich - it was very small and smelled fishy, and the fries were not great that came with it. My friend had a nice flavorful flatbread. They have a huge beer and wine selection. When we left, I asked the other waiter on duty, if our waiter was new or something. He said, "No, he has been here a while - I think he was helping in the kitchen also today. You can NOT help in the kitchen AND wait on tables.
It's just not good. Service and quality of food leaves much to be desired. Should have known better when we walked in and were sat immediately for Sunday Brunch.
Our initial impression of this restaurant was great. The menu looked delicious and the ambiance was decent. However, I prefer to eat and not just stare at my menu and drink warm water. We left after 15 minutes of not being helped or acknowledged. If you like reading menus, check this place out. If you like eating, pass.
We sat outside and everything we ate was very good, actually. Short review because the atmosphere wasn't spectacular or anything and the prices were tad high considering the entire experience. The food was very tasty across the board: WOOD GRILLED CALAMARI lentils, spinach, knob onion, spicy pepper vinaigrette FLATBREAD tomato, spence farm sweet corn , mushrooms, swiss chard, chihuahua , parmagiano ARUGULA SALAD red onion, pine nuts, pecorino romano, strawberry -rhubarb vinaigrette PANCETTA-WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN farro, cauliflower, asparagus, rhubarb-ginger chutney (Although, ours wasn't with Pancetta. Not sure if this menu is old)
I visited Acre with some friends on a recent sunny weekday evening. We had a baby with us but we just couldn't bear another grease-filled meal at Hamburger Mary's or Lady Gregory's. Acre to the rescue! The week-day oyster special is a great deal. We ordered a bunch and they were all delicious. We also had several small plates, including the smelt, sweetbreads, and calamari. All were tasty, although the calamari was too salty. We were in the mood for a nice white wine and their selection gave us plenty to choose from! Although they were unfortunately out of my first choice. Best of all, the service was excellent! No one gave us the stink eye for bringing in a hungry baby, and everything was friendly and prompt. I'll be back for more $1 oysters!
I love Acre because it is located close to my house, but also I love the chicken and waffles for brunch. The food is good, no complaint with the food. I don't usually like any of the options for the pre-fixe dinner, but I'm a really picky eater so I won't hold that against them. They have an $18 bottomless mimosa brunch, which I've done several times. They also have a $1 oyster night if that is your thing. The one thing to mention is that I've been several times and I always seem to get the same server, except for twice. The one guy I get the most is kind lackidasicle and comes and go, mostly he's gone. I like when there is a good balance between the server who is always missing, and the server who seems to never go away. Just check in a little more frequently dude...but otherwise I enjoy the food, drinks, ambiance, location.
Tasty fresh farm to table style American food updated seasonally. Outstanding beer selection, affordably priced wines. Service is prompt and very professional. Figure $40 per person with an appetizer, main and a few drinks.
This place was really cool to hang out with friends, try a bunch of Italian Tapas and enjoy a bottle of wine. The lamb entree and short ribs were pretty much perfect! The lamb was so tender you could cut through it with your fork. The short ribs were cooked to perfection, but I liked the Lamb much better. Mussels were as expected. Rapini greens were excellent as well. Great place for a date night or a great place for a group of good friends to enjoy wine, tapas and good times. Their is also a bar next door that looked awesome and had one dollar oysters.
This review is for the oyster happy hour! The oysters were only a $1 each and they were very fresh, cleanly shucked, abundantly tasty! Our bar server was very friendly and entertaining!
This is a brunch review, so keep that in mind. This past weekend was brunch-a-palooza for me. I had brunch both days at two new places. Acre was the second place. I know the reviews have been quite mixed, but I have to say that I loved it. LOVED IT! I'll explain why I didn't give five stars momentarily. So, yeah, the food was very tasty. I was really torn about what to get, because the chicken and waffles sounded so good. A girl sitting at the table next to me had it, and it also looked amazing. I decided to go a little different though and instead got the smoked salmon hash. Good call. It was deeeeee-licious. A bit salty, not surprisingly, but seasoned really well with a nice kick in each bite. The eggs were cooked perfectly, and the potatoes were chewy and crispy to perfection. My friend had the chilaquiles, and while I actually forgot to ask her if she liked them (too busy stuffing my face), she did clean her plate so I can "assume" she loved it. Our server was friendly, and I loved sitting facing the window so I could people watch while I scarfed. The one star came off because the end of our meal was a little weird. We finished our food and they took our plates. The server asked if we would like anything else and we said no, thinking he'd bring the bill. Then we waited, and waited, and waited. It was okay, because it was nice catching up with my friend, but if they weren't in a hurry to bring our bill the least they could've done is offer a refill on our coffee or water. We sat for a good 10 minutes with empty coffee mugs and water glasses before our server finally came up and asked if we wanted our bill.
2 years ago, I would have given Acre 2 stars for their high prices, bad service and limited menu. Thankfully, I gave it another try. It's clear that this place has had some growing pains, but I think they have finally found their way. With their improved service and menu, Acre has become a goto spot for me. I usually go for dinner, but I've also had a nice time just having apps and drinks. The beet salad is fantastic!
Food is pricey for what you get, but it tasted decent enough. Im interested to see how it is with their new chef. I have not eaten here since January 2011. I give it high ratings for the drinks. The wine is fantastic. Great selection and portion. The mixed drinks are always very well done. The bar tenders and servers have all had great customer service whenever I have come here.
Worst service I have ever experienced. The worst part is I wanted to like the place and food was good. The waiters behavior was the worst I have ever experienced. The waiter lied to us and didn't come to our table except for every 30 minutes when we had to wave him down or have someone else grab him. I wish there was a 0 star rating because they deserve nothing but that. I don't usually write reviews but when I do it means the place was unbelievably good or unbelievably bad, I'm sure you can guess the rest.
I go to Acre for the oysters. I love the raw oyster bar. I usually go during the week and so I haven't run into an issue with getting oysters quickly. I also sit at the bar so that might expedite the order. I haven't tried much from the kitchen, but the few items I have tried were okay. I would recommend Acre if you're looking for a good deal on raw oysters.
This is a drastic improvement of their former self Charlies. Have been here several times since the transition, and after a couple small bumps in the beginning they have settles in. Try the $1 oyster special, and have a few of the small plates at the bar. You won't be left hungry or unsatisfied. The oysters they have are somehow always fresh and they have a great seasonal beer selection now. Bar staff is much better as well, even the shuckers are good to talk to.
So, we live in the hood, and we've been to Acre many times. The usual service is great...I'm terribly sorry, but I don't know the name of our usual bartender. He (our usual bartender) is great. We've had the oysters, which we've never had any complaints about, and the beer on tap changes weekly (nice addition). Today, however, we had a less than lovely experience. Chelaea, our bartender, obviously didn't want to be at work today. I get that today is St. Patrick's day - the bar wasn't busier than usual - and perhaps those who had to work would rather be out drinking; however, when 1/4 of my pilsner is head and I'm told, "The beers are foamy today." I'm a bit turned off. Approximately 3 minutes after being asked if we want food, Chelaea says (verbatim), "To answer my question, do you want food?" No Chelaea, we don't want food...in fact, we don't want the drinks we just ordered. Will we be back? We will, but if that bartender is serving, we will certainly leave and go elsewhere. Sad, cause we used to enjoy this place.
Always go for brunch have an amazing food experience. I love when they change their menu and find new things to try, they never disappoint. One if my favorite dishes are the chilaquiles and the chicken & waffles.
Been there twice, wonderful both times. Nice atmosphere, excellent service, and most importantly great food. Smelt appetizer was sooooo good. Lamb, great, Cocktails yummy......tad expensive...
I APOLOGIZE! I AM SORRY! to any other business I have ever given a one-star reivew to in the past. I was wrong. Compared to Acre, every single one of you is at least a 2-star. I was wrong and I am willing to admit my mistake! ACRE is , without a doubt, THE ABSOLUTE WORSE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME IN ANY CITY, PERIOD. I do give them some credit, they are consistent. Not only is their food horrible, and it really is - I mean just awful across the board - but the service is arrogant and non-existant. I cannot posssibly hope, even in my wildest dreams, to give you my thoughts and opinions on how awful this place is minus writing a book. And as I already have wasted 3 hours of my time on this place (including over an hour from the time I ordered an appetizer to the point the sad item showed up in front of me, the waiter going missing for 20 minutes at a time, not taking drink orders, forgetting menu's for over 30 minutes, some of the worst, most over-priced food I have every had placed in front of me, etc...but I digress) I am not going to give ACRE any more of my precious life. I can heartily suggest going approx. 5 blocks north to the White Castle at Clark and Peterson... the food is astoundingly better and the employees infinitely more talented and caring....
I've been here twice for dinner and really enjoyed my food both times. I first came here during the summer and just had two appetizers for dinner: a pickled beet salad and an heirloom tomato salad. I love beets and heirloom tomatoes, so it was hard to go wrong with those two choices. My only complaint was that the beet salad also included an assortment of fruit (strawberries and such). The sweet flavors of the fruit mixed with the pickled taste of the beets was a bit odd. I think I would have preferred the beets by themselves. When I came here more recently, the menu had changed for fall and I had the pierogi entree, which included three or four large pierogis filled with pumpkin puree and cheese. Mushrooms and pears came with it. All were delicious. There are so many enticing dishes on the menu here that make me eager to return soon. It's also really nice that this restaurant gets its food from local and organic farms. Another plus is that I've never had to wait to get a table here, even on a weekend. I like that you don't have to make a reservation to get in.
Service was terrible. The bartender was a huge douche. I do not recommend this place. As I am here now and just waiting for my bill. I will never come back
Stopped in on a Saturday for lunch. We were seated right away. The beer menu was impressive and the dishes sounded quite good. The place was cold enough that I ket my hat on and considered a jacket. Our waitress did come over quickly and take our orders. We started with the empanadas apps hitch was very good though there were only two. My wife had the vegetable tart and I had the trout hash. None of the portions were adequate. The empanadas were decent but there were key two- for $10.00 The tart was about 6"x2"x1/4" and came with 10 baby spinach leaves. The trout hash was greasy and i will admit that there were visible trout pieces, there were only about 3 of them. The egg soto of the hash were sunny side up on the runny side. It's a matter of taste i know but I believe white should be solid and yolk runny. That aside I could taste the trout which was nice. That's about all that was nice. The coffee was mediocre but pleasantly strong but cost $3.95 (not listed on the menu). The waitress took 20 minutes to return with coffee after my wife asked for a refill despite only having four tables to serve. over all the experience was disappointing and at $42.00 was extremely over priced for the amount of food. Seriously...$4 coffee? I'd expect that at the over priced koi across the street but then that'd be a bottomless cup of super strong bitter black. Skip this place.
Great atmosphere! The food was delicious! We had oysters, deviled eggs and a burger!The oysters were fresh and affordable. The eggs were so tasty and our burger was done just right! Our waiter Tom was really helpful and made great suggestions on beer! Check this place out!!!
I was disappointed. The menu was sparse. I had to settle on a risotto because it was the only thing available that sounded edible. I was looking for something a bit more unique. The menu also changes daily. The service was good though. Our server was very knowledgable and friendly. Our drinks were good too. My date was happy with his Manhattan, and he is EXTREMELY picky on his Manhattans. I had a beer and liked the selection.
Acre... What can I say, except we enjoyed an excellent evening of Oysters and beer.. My cohorts and I arrived late Monday night after a card game since another friend suggested it to us with the promised allure of dollar oysters, and a complimentary beer and whiskey selection. The joint is nicely decorated and the music was audible but not overwhelming. Our bartender for the evening was a gentleman named Martin who was able to verbally recite their current whiskey selection, which included a variety of well known ryes, scotches and bourbons, which I should add is sort of out of sorts for 99% of bars in the city that aren't display bars. Well anyway, Martin was extremely attentive and offered a refreshment as soon as a glass was empty. Now for the oysters... Our chef for the evening was an entertaining fellow named Jeff. Jeff could have passed for any master sushi chef in the city with his confident and laid-back style. After the first couple dozen, we asked Jeff to keep them coming, and to make it chefs choice. With the speed and confidence of a real professional Jeff delivered a never ending flow of shucked oysters and was kind enough to explain to us the difference between the 4 types of oysters being consumed. All in all I'd say we had an amazing experience, and I am seriously going to try this a weekly Monday night event. Kudos! Tip: try the oysters with Alegash White on tap.. You can't go wrong. :)
I went here on a Monday night, just barely catching the tail end of the 5-7 p.m. Oyster special. (It restarts at 9 p.m., but we didn't want to wait that long.) It was cool out, but we sat by the open windows for the fresh air, though it was later closed due to a request from another table. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the atmosphere problematic or to be overly noisy. I noticed the music, but it wasn't making conversation difficult, and while there was baseball on the television over the bar, my back was to it so I didn't really take notice of it except for when I walked to the bathroom. We started our meal off with oysters. I'm not a big oyster fan, but I did like one of the three different oysters I ate, and my friend happily polished off his share. The waiter was knowledgeable and super helpful in helping us decide on beers - my friend wanted something new, and I was unfamiliar with the selection. (We decided on a Boulevard Rye on Rye and Founder's Backwoods Bastard.) My friend mentioned the cheese curds to me before we arrived, and I was excited to try them. They went deliciously with my beer, though $9 for fried cheese curds, no matter how tasty, still strikes me as a bit pricey. The seared pork belly was tasty, but I've definitely had tastier pork belly before, and perhaps this is my own fault for having just eaten cheese curds, but I couldn't handle the fatty richness of pork belly at that moment. I would gladly visit Acre again, though it may be a while before I do. And next time, I'll probably get a less ridiculously rich meal.
Inspired wine and beer list, excellent service, and an impressive menu. The menu is small and printed daily with some very tasty and original offerings. Flavorful and unusual fare! We started with appetizer of a sausage medley served with intense grainy mustard. We also had the pierogis, very good, comfort food of the first order. My fellow diners had the salmon and the trout, and they did rave about them. I had the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and it was delicious. They definitely add a bit of flair to the basics, perhaps too much flair for some palates. My palate enjoyed it all 100%. With our check we also received a coupon for brunch, which I will for sure be using on a return visit soon.
Acre gets by on the fact that it's a beautiful bar inside. They've tried to upgrade their food since transitioning from Charlie's Ale House, but it comes across like they're trying too hard. Stick to the basics and do them well. Don't put arugula on grilled cheese. Don't put pickled carrots on your burgers. Don't try to make your own ketchup. Don't have beef hearts and chicken liver and other "gourmet" items on your menu when you can't nail them. Same with the "snacks" and appetizers. Leave the trout out of the deviled eggs. Don't try to do fried green tomatoes when there's a southern restaurant down the street that runs circles around you on FGT's. Cut the menu down to a dozen really well done items, keep your extensive beer list and keep up the great atmosphere in the bar (and pleasant waitstaff and bartenders) and Acre could easily be a 4 or 5 star place.
This could be such a good restaurant. But it's not. Food was meh. Service was slow. Seems as though no one is minding the store. Such a shame.
Glad to see that this place is only 3 star, that is accurate. we ate there last night. i like their concept in sourcing local, seasonal, and making their own ketchup for example. however, the food missed. the squash soup lacked flavor. the potato au gratin the potatoes were hard and undercooked. burger was not all that good. Lady Gregory's has much better food on that same stretch.
I have been here many times and LOVE this place. Service is relaxed and friendly while giving you your space and we always get great and spot on recommendations on beer, cocktails, oysters, etc. as well as just fun and interesting conversation (I can't say that about any other restaurant in Chicago!) we get the pork burger every time. it is ridiculously amazing. the jam, greens, bacon bread, pork and cheese come together to make the perfect flavor/texture combo. The $1 oysters are delicious and they have a great selection of briny and not so briny oysters. I really enjoy the atmosphere too, busy but not too loud, nice and upscale but not stuffy. My crazy picky parents are coming to visit next week and I cannot wait to take them here. Trust me, that a big deal! I highly recommend Acre for after work wind downs, weekend dinners and group brunches!
went for brunch good eclectic menu sometimes you just want some eggs and bacon..they should show that on the menu. the b-l-t was ok...it came with no bread or toast...which was a little odd..so would prefer some toast or something crunchy even though the tomatoes were fried green tomatoes, it still needed something crunchy. overall a good experience..
BRUNCH: I had the chicken and waffles. my girlfriend, some sort of Mexican egg dish I can't be bothered to look up right now. The chicken was incredibly tender and juicy and the breading was crunchy, however it could have used a little more seasoning. The waffles were good but lukewarm, and not aided by the chilled butter which didn't melt at all. It came with sunny-up eggs which were quite good. I had an orange juice, which was fairly orange-juicey. My girlfriend didn't comment on her thing so I have to assume it was good-not-great. she loved the bite of chicken I gave her though. she also had a bloody mary which she thought was pretty okay. service was good. speedy sans theatrics, which is probably what you want at brunch.
Brought my Man here for his birthday. Knew he would enjoy the variety of beers and the Oysters. Missed the timing for the $1 Oyster special, however, we still Indulged. The Oysters were delish. We tried all four kinds and our favorites were the Malpeque P.e.i and Old 1871. There are sooooo many beer selections---HEAVEN! I had a grapefruit beer, that isn't the name of it but Goooooood. Like the spot, will definitely go back during the Oyster special. Tip--Try the house made Ice Cream...New Favorite Flaaaaaaaav, *Balsamic ;)
My friend and I were dying to eat and have drinks at Hop Leaf, but the line was ridiculous so we ended up going to Acre, bad idea. The waiters were kind of how you say... all up in our business, I mean if you like waiters like that, go ahead, but it was just awkward. Anyways, I ordered the burger, it was alright, I've had better. Their beer selection is pretty nice. I had an Allagash White for the first time and was not disappointed. The time I had there was just, awkward because of the staff that works there in my opinion. And the food, meh.
I really want to like this place, I really do. It's a block from my office and they have a phenomenal beer selection, which keeps me coming back, but the food is just not there. Last time I was there I had the fig and cantaloupe salad and it just did not taste good (the presentation was excellent however). Every time I visit, the place is half full and the service is slow and I've never had a polite waiter or waitress. Hopefully they improve, otherwise, I can get good beer elsewhere.
I can't recall the last time (perhaps because it never happened before) that I've left a restaurant in Chicago really hungry. Full disclosure: I'm NOT a hearty eater and typically leave half of my meal untouched...if that says something. I ordered the cucumber salad ($9) off of their lunch/brunch menu. Without exaggeration, my best estimate is that the salad consisted of half of a cucumber cut up, a quarter of a tomato and feta tossed in some type of dressing. I was left a bit perplexed that what was before me constituted a meal. Again, I realize most restaurants go crazy with large portion sizes (hello obesity epidemic), but this was really small. The other people in my group had great meals (burger for one and a sandwich for the other).
Such a fan. Really enjoy the atmosphere of the place...awesome beer selection and great place for tapas style eating. Great spot for brunch as well...bottomless mimosa and super yummy food. Fun stuff...Gastro pub style at it's finest. Love this place. wonder if they have wifi??
Ok. So we tried the food. My husband and I went here on Friday and got some beers and a little bit of food. There was a mixup with my beer (they gave me the bruin instead of blonde), so I got a free beer. Which was nice of them. Ah, the food. We had eaten the cheeseplate at In Fine Spirits so we decided to split a griddled cheese. Beers were good. Grilled cheese was pretty meh and generic. It was on pumpernickel, which was ok...but you couldn't really taste the cheese. I did like the fries. In the end I probably wouldn't go back here to eat, but I would go for drinks.
Last night I dined at Acre for the first time. Their dining room has the same handsome grey/white scheme as the bar area, but also many eclectic pieces of art. Some are excellent and complement the room, while others are uncomfortably incongruous. But I like that they are jazzing it up a little in there. The beer list this time seemed weighted towards hops worship and beers that I would prefer to drink for dessert (i.e. porters, Belgian trippels, other high-abv or otherwise potent brews). A lot of those beers are great, but I wanted something medium-bodied and neutralish to drink with dinner. Krankshaft Kolsch and Victory Prima Pils are good beers but a little too plain (and dare I say anemic for a damp, cold night). The Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' is a truly excellent beer but was the only candidate fitting my profile. Eh, c'est la boire. The menu changes every day and featured some good choices. I may have erred a bit in my selection. While executed well, the dish's concept was puzzling: a pork chop with mole sauce, corn cake, and peppery cabbage slaw. The chop itself was delicious, but I felt that those elements simply do not match up well. The mole with the corn cake, sure; the cabbage with the corn cake, maybe; all three together, especially the slaw and the mole? No way. I tried a few bites of the arctic char with parsnip puree, mushrooms, and leeks, and got the same impression. The whole dish was too sweet, and that trio of vegetables is great for winter but just didn't complement the fish at all. The service was fantastically friendly and helpful, and the menu has enough variability that I'm sure that I will visit again.
Acre, has outstanding food, unfortunately their service is absolutely terrible. They tried to scheme us on Oysters by replacing the ones we requested with other leftovers. Then tried to bill us for the oysters we never received. The manager has absolutely no idea what his waiting staff is doing and somehow defends them after this unbelievable service. Do not come to Arce! Unless you want to be completely disappointed.
Seeing all the negative reviews makes me want to be my positive one up here right away. Based on the feedback here I would probably have picked a different place...good thing we stumbled upon Acre while walking down Clark instead of researching it first. I would have been sad to miss out on a such a great experience so I am grateful for that. I have a feeling that they do a better dinner than brunch. The spend $100 get a $20 coupon toward brunch is the first clue. Here is what I say to that....let the breakfast places to brunch. Every restaurant doesn't need to offer brunch if they do dinner right. Look at all the bad brunch reviews on here and stick to what you do best. A bit about my visit.... We dined here for an early dinner on a Sunday. I had friends in town and we stumbled upon Acre while hungrily strolling down Clark. Based on the (daily) menu posted outside we decided to give it a shot. The wine selection was good. We had a bottle from a local Michigan winery and enjoyed it very much. The food was inventive, fresh and flavorful. Between four of us we shared a about five small plates, a risotto and two desserts. It was a large enough amount of food for all of us to share and be nicely full. It sounds like some of the items on the menu don't change daily - the Fried Green Tomatoes for instance appear in other reviews. I'm not sure why this is a staple menu item because it was by far the worst and truly the only bad thing we ate. If I am going to eat a Fried Green Tomato it better be delicious. What did they do right? the wine, the goat cheese strawberry and arugula salad, the corn and tomato (trust me on this) risotto, grilled shrimp with couscous, grilled calamari, pumpkin brulee and the hazelnut brownie. The service was also great. The shared plates were timed well and the waiter was attentive without being annoying. Between four of us we really enjoyed the food and would recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a good dinner spot. I'll get back to you on brunch after we check that out.
Pros: Good beer list. Cons: Poor service, unpleasant atmosphere, and overpriced food. The food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great, and it was definitely overpriced. We've had very poor service when we've gone, and I don't know what the decor is supposed to be, but I found it decisively unpleasant. As others have said, Acre has put together a really attractive beer list. For me, that's not going to get me back in the door, especially not in a neighborhood with so much to offer.
This place might have the best beer selection in Andersonville. It does get busy on certain nights. That doesn't discourage me from pulling a stool up to the bar.
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