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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.