Ada Street



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1664 N. Ada St. , Chicago, IL 60642
Noble Square
Style:Zoe Schor


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profile image Love the atmosphere and the food

The Ada Street entrance sets a great tone for the place. You walk down a long dark hallway before you get to the restaurant, bar, and open outdoor area. We sat at the bar and had some excellent dishes. The octopus was one of my favorites, it was cooked very well. We also had the tuna tartare which was very good. The atmosphere in this place is fantastic and I can't wait to go back and try several more dishes!

profile image Great Atmosphere!

Don't let the simplistic entrance fool you! Ada Street is the perfect example of a hidden treasure. I will admit I missed it at first, but just look for a large, dark oak door with the restaurant name. This Bucktown gem was originally a welding shop and it stays true to that history with its industrial feel. After walking down a dark hallway, you'll find yourself in a dark, retro bar opening up to a large outdoor dining area. The great wait staff and manager told me the patio was originally intended for picnic-style dining. While there are tables and chairs now, it still has a summer picnic vibe, complete with red and white checkered tablecloths. We started out with the soup of the day, a Tomato Gazpacho, which was fantastic! It's creatively served in a shot glass which was the perfect start to an amazing meal. Every bite was bursting with flavor. Next we had the Polenta Fries, which were nice and spicy. They were served with a chipotle sauce if you were feeling even more adventurous, but I loved them with or without. Our fabulous waitress recommended the Octopus, which I must say I was wary of, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot. It was nice and tender with a tabasco mash giving it a nice barbeque taste. My favorites of our shared plates were the Green Beans and the Flatbread. The beans are completely perfect in all their simplicity. The light dijon dressing and breadcrumbs make a standard, but very fresh vegetable feel like a main course. I was about to order another helping when we got our flatbread. This treat is ever evolving, just like the menu, and today it was plum tomatoes and corn on an avocado puree. It was like a sweet corn salsa on a crispy cracker. Definitely don't skip this when you check out Ada Street. Another thing not to pass up? Their fresh and fruity desserts! We were torn between the Donuts with blueberries and the Buttermilk Panna Cotta with blackberries and they were both incredibly delicious. The donuts were so soft and warm accompanied by such sweet blueberries. While I'm a huge fan of panna cotta, this version was spectacular and I finished it in minutes. It was so light and creamy and both the blackberries on the panna cotta and the blueberries with the donuts were so fresh and unbelievably sweet. Everything at Ada Street is a must-try and I suggest heading over there ASAP!

profile image Intimate, birthday dinner fun

We came here on a Thursday night for a birthday dinner. We got here a little early but they take resos for the bar seats (walk-ins) so you can't really wait at the bar. They do have a small space up front you can wait - which is where we went. The cocktails were well-thought out, you could tell when you tasted them. Kudos to the mixologist behind the bar, he was really friendly! We were a group of five so we ended up ordering a bunch of different dishes from the menu and sharing. We started with the steak tartare which was perfectly delicious - it went fast! We also got the cheese plate, mussels, black eyed peas, salami plate, polenta fries, gnocci and asparagus. The asparagus and black eyed peas are a must! We finished with dessert (buttermilk panna cotta), which I couldn't even take a picture of because we pretty much inhaled it. This spot reminded us of somewhere you would find in NYC, it was def. a cool vibe. The chefs were pretty cute too ;)

profile image Great new concept from MK and David Morton

Went to Ada St. on a Wed was busy. Love the comfy, cozy decor...very nice layout of the place. The menu is small but offers variety of choices for everyone...the octopus was super favorite item on the menu. Also tried the gnocchi...buttery and delicious. The bar is beautiful and offers a nice cocktail selection crafted by a great mixologist. I ordered the Rhum Clemente based martini and I loved it. Nice selection of craft beers and glass pours. Our server, Anna, was helpful and friendly. The managers were welcoming. Will definitely be back.