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Perennial Virant
Perennial Virant

Perennial Virant Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://perennialchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 981-7070
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm

    Breakfast Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-11:00am

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Paul Virant
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special event options available. Please contact Taylor Crowley at 312-479-1434.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells & Clark
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered at $11 per vehicle and is located on the Clark Street side of the restaurant
A word from Perennial Virant
Perennial Virant is a collaborative effort between Boka Restaurant Group and acclaimed Chef Paul Virant. Paul won Food & Wine Best New Chef America 2007 and was a James Beard finalist for Best Chef Great Lakes 2011. The modestly priced menu is comprised of small, medium, and large plates.
Perennial Virant has one of the most magnificent patios in Chicago located right across from the Green City Market. Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Go for the great food and then take the elevator up to pair with the J. Parker's rooftop views and your out of town guests will love it!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this meal. We started with a grilled wheel of Camembert-- topped with blueberries and served with a sweet zucchini bread. It was out of this world good. I couldn't imagine a much better taste combination. I had salmon (best I've ever had) and my husband had scallops. Everything was beautifully presented and incredibly delicious and fresh. Service was great and they could not have been nicer when I called and said we ran into some kind of traffic issue in the south loop. That was so relieving! Only minor complaint: tables are very close to one another. There was also a rowdy wedding group that appeared to be having cocktails prior to the reception. Not ideal when I was trying to have a nice dinner with my husband"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "More tempting items on the menu than we could order. What we ordered was very well presented, delicious combination of flavors, ample portions. The service was upbeat and efficient. The server was knowledgable and her recommendations were right on the mark. Will definitely return to this fine eating spot."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We hadn't been here in several years although we live in the hood because the price point per value matrix was off kilter but decided to give it another go. The restaurant is located in the recently renovated Lincoln Hotel with its hipster roof top bar. Across the street from the park with a spacious sidewalk cafe on a relatively quiet side street it enjoys a great location. The crowd on a slow August Friday night was older casually dressed tourists and young locals teetering in stilettos. The menu was the usual farm to table array but super heavy on the pickled briny palate. Everything had a slightly sour taste, not in a good way. Nothing was that great. And prices were about 25% higher that many competitors. Skip it."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Went for brunch this past Sunday. Great food, subtle and unique flavors. Outside seating and open window seating. Convenient to Lincoln Park Zoo. Noisy but not totally deafening. Will return when in the neighborhood again!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Gnocchi was stellar Paul vs bread is perfection. Just go go go baby"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "For all 7 of us ladies who make up our ladies supper club to say we rate the overall experience 5 stars is saying a lot. From the moment I made the reservation the service was fantastic and on point, the ambience was beautiful yet simple and unpretentious, and most importantly the food was so delicious! We ordered a bunch of different appetizers and entres but some of the favorites were the rice cake and squash appetizers. For entrees definitely need to try the salmon, whitefish or pig dish. We would absolutely come back to this restaurant again!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The restaurant was very busy, service was very slow, which would have made the expierence better. Drinks took a long time to come. Maybe, dinner would be better."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I like the location, and love that they take reservations, but wasn't overly impressed with the food. The omelette was kind of bland, the biscuits and gravy were okay (although the mimosas were good). I expected more from the menu. Also was disappointed that they took shrimp and grits off the menu (apparently awhile ago), but left it on their website. With all of the other brunch options out there in Chicago, I think I would try something else next time, unless we really wanted a place that would take resos."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The biscuits and gravy and French toast were gone from our plates quickly because of how well we enjoyed them. This is definitely a popular spot that I think anyone would appreciate."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • " Food was tasty. The noise level was too high for any conversation."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I had a blast because of the occasion. And service was very friendly and attentive. I received a complimentary drink and desert. But food was just alright (biscuits and gravy was more of a biscuits in gravy soup), and our 6 entrees each arrived about 5 minutes apart. Awkward..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I was referred to Perennial Virant by a friend as a romantic restaurant for my wife's birthday. We could not have been happier with the service, food, and atmosphere. We loved our meal so much we even bought Paul's cookbook so we could attempt to make his apple butter and jams!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were seated promptly; drink orders were not taken in an expeditious manner, as our server was "held up" at another table ACROSS THE ROOM. The manager finally noticed & stepped in to assist. One cocktail was well made; the other required a do-over. Again, not performed expeditiously. The food was fantastic start to finish! Synergistic blends of local, seasonal deliciousness. The wine list is underwhelming & not at all user friendly. We would have ordered a bottle with dinner, if an offering was made. With our (DELICIOUS) desert we opted for a glass of bubbles & one of grappa. Both were very disappointing (as our first choices were unavailable, we accepted a recommendation) which did nothing to enhance our desert. The coffee was decent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I was looking for a unique but moderately priced dining experience for a business dinner. We arrived early and had drinks at the bar. The server was attentive and friendly. Our table was ready when we were and the service remained outstanding throughout dinner. The server was very knowledgeable of the restaurants philosophies and knew the menu well. She was quick to offer suggestions based on preferences and taste. She also queried each guest about food allergies (nice touch and is a nice reminder that each dish is prepared to order). I had the Beef Loin which was cooked to perfection. The dish was so exceptional, I only was able to eat half, the rest went to "tasters" at my table."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great spot in Lincoln Park, very good food and exceptional service. One of Chicago best."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Fulfilled our brunch requirements very well. Timely seating, delicious selections."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The patio is beautiful and the food is delicious. I love the 'farm to table' approach and the fact that the restaurant wastes nothing. I had been looking forward to my dinner here for a long time and I was not disappointed."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My husband and I have been several times now and we absolutely love it. Brunch was OK, but dinner is delicious. The wait staff is very attentive and the food is very fresh"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was our first time at Perennial Virant and it did not disappoint! We chose to spend our 8 year anniversary here because we'd heard great things. The food & service was excellent, and the staff went out of the way to make our evening special. The food was incredible-unique dishes that were so flavorful. It was first class service and I'll definitely be going back & recommending to others."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great location. Limited options on the menu, but all are good. Best sticky bun I ever had."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I went with my 3 sisters and typically it's hard to please everyone. Not this time. Perennial Virant was perfect in every way for what we were looking for which was a great food experience in a great location with great ambiance. PV hit on all three with the first - great food - being the real perfection of the evening. I will be back with our without the sisters."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was my second time here and the food continues to be terrific. I love the seasonal selection and a couple girlfriends and I split a few small plates and each was better than the next. Our waitress wasn't incredibly friendly but brought out a special birthday dessert for my friend which was really nice. Skip the chocolate chip cookies, and go for the cocktails."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was fresh and flavor-filled! We enjoyed the melding of textures and complimenting flavors in the dishes we ordered. Our server was friendly and knowledgable, and we were more than pleased with the dishes she recommended! Living in Western Springs, we've cocktailed/dined at Vie (also excellent) a number of times, but it was fun to escape the suburbs for the city-feel of Perennial Virant. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been coming here for about 3 years and I have never had anything but a phenomenal experience and meal. The staff is always well timed and super friendly. On top of that, you would be very hard pressed to find a more professional and wonder person of a Chef as Paul Virant, he is awesome!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "4 of us went on a Saturday early evening. All 4 of us were ecstatic with the delicious food and impeccable service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were so pleased that we returned. All the dishes have many interesting components and were well balanced with little surprises that showcase the Chef's creativity. Wonderful shared starters: Beets & strawberry salad, pickled fish, green tomatoes. Chicken Ballantine. Pike. Just scan the seasonal menu. Everything was great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "waitress was great and very patient with our indecisive group of 6"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great service. great location. conversation was a bit difficult due to the noise level. Cocktails very yummy."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not inexpensive, but well worth the cost for a great dining experience. Lively bar scene, creative bartender, fine dining, inventive cuisine using local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients in the hands of a top chef. Great location in Lincoln Park in the edgy Hotel Lincoln."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "wonderful cocktail creations. fish cooked just right."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The interior is simple and elegant, the service warm, attentive and knowledgeable and the food fresh and inventive. I would definitely return to Perennial Virant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I had brunch on the patio with a couple of friends this past weekend... We had a reservation for 11:30, but they made us wait an additional 15 to 20 minutes for a table outside. The food was great and they were very accommodating to my gluten allergy. We had the omelet, fried chicken sandwich, and homemade sausage - the sausage was the best. The service was really slow, and they never brought us the side of bacon we ordered. However, it was still nice to sit outside and enjoy the good weather."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Different, but yummy choices for a weekend breakfast. You have to try the mini homemade doughnuts! Love their special drink options."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved the food there! Very special, fresh, seasonal, pickeled, simple and authentic!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "If you want to get away from the ordinary, Virant's Lincoln Park restaurant is the place for you. A foodie's paradise for both carnivores and vegetarians."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food is a mix of local, fresh and interesting ingredients that are prepared and presented beautifully. The staff is attentive. The owner cares. It was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I took my mom and grandma there for brunch. My grandma is 92 and was able to walk around a little and enjoyed her meal."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "this is an LP gem; great food great ambiance! Lots of menu options, extremely fresh tasting food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "So pretty, so lovely. The food was delicious but the offerings are VERY heavy (my fault I should have checked the menu before making the reservation). Staff is friendly but service is a bit slow. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014