Portland >Acadia - A New Orleans Bistro
This candle-lit Southern eatery dishes out creative, comforting takes on New Orleans classics. Must order: barbecue shrimp in a lick-the-bowl-clean-it’s-so-good sauce of white wine, pepper, Worcestershire, lemon, and plenty of butter.
Tasty Cajun in classy atmosphere!. I lived in Dallas in the early '90's. Cajun was the rage. I have also had good Cajun in New Orleans. After leaving Texas, it has always been hard to find really good authentic Cajun food. I tried Arcadia after reading positive reviews. Arcadia sits in an older Portland neighborhood. The old building has simple but very tasteful decor. I think the dim lighting and cozy feel would be nice for a romantic dinner. We were seated and served right away. We had a Cajun seafood dip with bread for the appetizer, which had a very nice distinctive creole flavor. we both had the soft shell crab and crawfish etouffee. Very nice flavor. Not as spicy as my favorite, but that's ok, as you can always add some hot sauce. Went very well with a Montana micro brewed lager. We did not have reservations, but did not need them as it was Monday evening, but still pretty busy! You may need them on other nights. Very nice place, and good food.
Authentic New Orleans dining! Great food, wine, atmosphere & service. First time there. Had the Soft shell crab and crawfish etouffee. This dish was fabulous! Not too rich and just the right amount of flavor. We topped our dinners off with some bread pudding which was out of this world! When we received our bill, the server also brought out 4 pieces of pecan Pralines that melt in your mouth. They were ontime with our reservations, staff was friendly, food was outstanding (great portions too)and atmosphere was just right. It was a smaller and quaint restaurant but I did not feel too crowded. I'm already thinking of when I can go there again. Hopefully very soon!
I loved this place. My husband and I went to this last night for a post valentines dinner. What makes this place one of my favorites is that they spread out the meal like it should be , dinner is an event (2hr event) which ables you to eat / drink from appeitizer, salad, dinner and dessert without feeling overstuffed. Staff are very attentive. It is difficult to pick what to drink and eat on the menu because everything sounds good. This is a great place for couples or small groups, it is noisy but Im sure everyone is talking about how good the food is and what does that dish look like. My only complaint and only is that the candelight was however romantic but i would have loved to see in full light what my dinner looked liked because it was probably the best meal I have had in Portland so far. Acadia is one of my favorites and I recommend it. The chefs need to be recognized! I 'll be back thank you and i will be telling my friends/family
What a Wonderful World. I returned to Acadia for dinner after a long absence. My prior visit had been good, though perhaps not overwhelming. Some magic seems to have infused the place since. From the moment my partner and I walked in, we felt as if in a wonderful world apart. We were seated promptly, and the staff equally promptly attended to us without cloying solicitude. And the food: Oh, my, the food. I had the jambalaya. This was no shy, uncertain version of the dish, but a rich, spicy galluping delight. We ended with bread pudding. I love bread pudding. I really love bread pudding. I really, really, really love Acadia's bread pudding.
was hoping for more.
I have been wanting to try Acadia for some time now. I finally did it. My wife and I ordered a variety of items off the brunch menu. The pheasant/veal pate was awesome. Full of flavor, it did a little dance in my mouth. Then came the other food, 25 minutes later and not worth the wait. We had some seafood gumbo that was well....not like any gumbo that I have ever had. First of all it was luke warm, unseasoned, and seemed like it was just thrown together and not cooked all day with some love. The okra still had the seeds in it. I have cooked my fair share of gumbo and the seeds are the first thing to dissipate out of the okra.
We also ordered the Boudin cakes. Now this makes me a little sad. I love boudin and to deep fry it like that. WHY? Why would you do that to such a great food? First of all to find boudin in Portland is a rare thing but then to do that to it...well I just don't see the point.
We also had the andouille benedict and it was al right. I liked the flavors and the sausage was great. We ended the meal with a beignet....WOW...GREAT.....it almost saved the meal....best beignet I have ever had...I think even better than Cafe' Du Monde'. I will return for another but I think I will stay away from the other things. Service was great, music was great, and loved the atmosphere.
Absolutely at the top of our restaurant rotation in Portland. Took a friend from out of town to Acadia for dinner Friday night. I thought he'd lick his plate clean!! The salads were crisp and cold, the jambalaya was spicy and fresh and full of shrimp, the duck breast was served with tasso gravy to die for and the grits....oh, the grits! The cocktail and wine list is superb. And the veal/pheasant pate - absolutely delicious...
The Sunday brunch is yummy and reasonably priced - and live music, too. The space is comfortable and a great place to meet up with a large group for dinner. The service shines.
I can't wait to go back.
Just go there!. I can't say enough good things about Acadia! The food is ALWAYS perfect, no matter what I order on the menu - not many places I can say that about. It's a tough decision for me to try something different when the pork-chop is so outstanding, but I can honestly say I'm never disappointed here. Great original cocktails, and a good wine selection too. If you're considering going, just get up and do it! They also started serving lunch on Wednesdays, which makes this a great lunch meeting location. Reservations recommended though, except for lunch.
Something for everyone ? an evening to remember. Acadia has become one of our favorite places to eat. Whether we visit for Sunday brunch, Wednesday lunch, Cheap eats Monday evening, or any other night of the week, the food and service leave nothing to be desired. It?s clear that the owner/operators take great pride in their product and service and demand very high standards from the kitchen and wait staff. On our many visits to Acadia on different days of the week and different times of the day, we?ve seen families with small children, businessmen and women with high profile clients, romantic twosomes, and big parties. We?ve seen everything from jeans and flip flops to evening wear, and never seen anyone, regardless of apparent ?importance? treated with anything less than respect and consideration. The owner and staff know many of their regulars by name and treat everyone like family whether it?s your first or fiftieth visit. The menus are all varied in selection and provide options that allow anyone to find something they will enjoy regardless of their preference in foods. From appetizer to dessert and the unique and delicious selections at the bar you?ll enjoy anything you order. To complete an evening to remember, take a stroll down the streets of the wonderful little Portland neighborhood and visit the neighboring shops. The experience will have you coming back for more.
Never leave hungry or unsatisfied. A must visit for Portlandites and visitors alike.. We visit Acadia every time we're in Portland, and never leave hungry or unsatisfied. There isn't a dish they serve we haven't tried, and so far we haven't found one we haven't loved. The chef creates unique and delicious dishes that are presented beautifully, and the staff is attentive and friendly every time we visit. The bar serves lots of local wines and has their own special line of martinis and specialty drinks as well. Whether you like something that is definitely Creole or you prefer more "Americanized" cuisine, there's something for everyone at Acadia. The pork chop is to die for and the steak absolutely heavenly. Even our teenage kids found something they liked on the menu. We've taken our extended family to Acadia when they have joined us on a visit to Portland, and we recommend Acadia to any of our friends that are visiting the city as well. My husband also makes Acadia a regular stop with clients when he?s on business in Portland. We've never had anyone come back and tell us they were anything less than thrilled with both the food and the service. This is a "must visit" place for anyone visiting Portland and should be added to the list of "favorites" for anyone that lives in Portland. Our experiences have always been relaxing and enjoyable and there isn't anywhere that provides a more satisfying and enjoyable menu, from the main course to dessert and the unique and delicious selections at the bar. You're sure to be delighted when you visit this wonderful little restaurant.
An evening to remember!. Acadia is a must when my husband and I make our frequent trips to Portland. We have always enjoyed good service and great cuisine. My fantasy meal, if I could eat it all, would begin with the oysters en brochette and the ceasar salad with the best ceasar dressing I've ever tasted. Follow that with the amazing pork chop and finish with the gooey butter cake or the bread pudding to die for! It all makes an evening to remember.
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