Perennial Virant
Perennial Virant

Perennial Virant

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://perennialchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3129817070x
  • 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: Organic, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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.
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Perennial Virant reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (129)neighborhood gem (90)great for outdoor dining (82)special occasion (81)great for brunch (70)good for groups (54)romantic (53)hot spot (34)scenic view (33)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (18)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)Show More
  • An Old Town favorite
    FlavorAddict
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed sitting in the expansive outdoor area and watching the vibrant scene. The Midwest cheese board was a highlight. Located directly across the street from the Green City Market, all the food was delightfully fresh and the service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited flavors
    Barney100VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was disappointed in my dinner here. If you like the flavor of olives, capers, and/or vinegar, this is your place. They are inescapable, incorporated into almost every dish. I personally do not like these flavors, so probably picked the wrong restaurant to go to. The staff mentioned with pride that the chef made his name pickling anything and everything. Good for him, but he needs to broaden out into other flavors. My husband enjoyed his meal, and I could see that there was talent in the kitchen. However, I just did not like the way anything tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perennial Virant DOES IT AGAIN!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outstanding wine, main course and yes desert choices as well Excellent service in a packed restaurant, very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a great birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We hosted a 30th birthday brunch here, and the staff could not have been more accommodating! Thank you for making it such a special day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Signature apps
    dabrewst
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our family made a last minute reservation, which was great. Unfortunately we were seated very near the lobby entrance from the Lincoln Hotel, which made of any number of people and groups disrupting our dining. On the other hand, the food and cocktails were generally amazing, and the plaudits this place has earned over the years are well deserved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Farm to Table Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Genius! Locating a restaurant right across the street from Green City Market so Chef can take advantage of all the fresh and local food. Perennial Virant was amazing with food that is so unusual you need extra table time to study! Ingenious combination of foods like the Green Bean Salad... green beans over cottage cheese (Trader's Point) drizzled with sumac honey and garnished with chunks of grilled peaches and almonds... amazing start to a fabulous dining experience. Jessie was engaging and shared all the pertinent background re: Chef Virant and his creations. Service was superb, atmosphere relaxing, memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • drsoupVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perhaps my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I just moved to Lincoln Park and had noticed the restaurant on several occasions, but had not ventured in. Took a chance this weekend not expecting anything "special." However, I was terribly surprised. The food was second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    csHungry
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Chose this restaurant for our out-of-town cousins to provide a chance to dine outside of the typical loop and North Michigan Ave establishments. The table suited the six of us, and the dinners were good. We enjoyed it, but the food was a bit slow to arrive, and we were sometimes left with no food or drink on the table. Service was very nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Groups
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    limited vegetarian options.Restaurant owned by same Chef as two other notable restaurants in Chicago metro area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not their fault but,
    Hungryhungryhippo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The AC was out in the adjoining hotel and so there was no AC in the restaurant. Given that I had made a reservation, the restaurant could have called to inform us. It was so hot in the restaurant it absolutely ruined the dining experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 star - with one big caution
    BBChicago
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    4 diners had an outstanding meal on a Saturday night - every dish was superb, as was the service. 1 big caution - we sat by the open window facing Wells St., late in the evening a garbage truck pulled up next to us, loaded garbage from the adjacent hotel, and then spent the next 15 minutes compacting its load. Noise and smell were overwhelming - no way to speak or eat until it was done, and the room clapped and cheered when the truck finally left. Since this was obviously a private contract, I guess that this is a regular exercise. If so, the hotel could easily arrange for a pick-up some other time, and the restaurant (with encouragement from patrons) should insist on it. But for this problem, the experience and the food were 5 star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and presentation. Wholeheartedly recommend it to food lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious again
    HPMom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have brunched at PV twice now, and both times the food has been outstanding. They have traditional brunch food but with their own unique take. Everything is fresh and local when possible, and they do lots of canning and pickling. Service is very friendly and attentive. It's a bit on the noisy side, at least when they have their giant windows open to the street/park. But this was good for us with two kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for out of town guests
    Hard2Want
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Sarahchi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious original foodfest
    4theloveoffood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendoid takeover
    2muchmediaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    MikeandMo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liveoak
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Gnocchi was stellar Paul vs bread is perfection. Just go go go baby
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Stars from Ladies Supper Club!
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gizmoVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not worth a trip
    Jlynn41
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch B-Day celebration
    ChiryanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was tasty. The noise level was too high for any conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wedding Day Brunch With The Boys
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing for Wife's Birthday
    andrewjhodges
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food! :) ... Beverages :(
    NYNCTX
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perennial Virant did not disappoint
    Forks
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Emmettsreviews
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great spot in Lincoln Park, very good food and exceptional service. One of Chicago best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fulfilled our brunch requirements very well. Timely seating, delicious selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Summer dinning experience
    Erin2044
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect experience!
    PSUgirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breakfast celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great location. Limited options on the menu, but all are good. Best sticky bun I ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Perfect
    ptfoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • still great
    NYCfoodiesnob
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From signature cocktails to dessert
    datenite
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great at Perennial Virant
    WordUp
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Perfect
    DwpLjpVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    4 of us went on a Saturday early evening. All 4 of us were ecstatic with the delicious food and impeccable service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Keeps getting better
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.