Red Violet
Red Violet
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Red Violet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redvioletchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128280222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Rocky Law
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Our lower level features a 10 to 12-seat private room for special occasions. Special pre-fixed menu available upon request. Reservation is required for private dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle
  • Public Transit: Red Line on Grand
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and Valet. VPS Valet across the street.
A word from Red Violet
Red Violet is the first major, affordable upscale, Chinese-Themed dining establishment in downtown Chicago in 15 years. Red Violet is a new "modern Chinese" restaurant and lounge, offering the first true, affordable upscale Chinese restaurant option to the bustling River North neighborhood in downtown Chicago.

Red Violet's sibling is the popular Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge, located in River East.

Red Violet features a stunning-but not intimating 250 seat dining room with an emphasis on clean lines and modern design fused with traditional Chinese elements and antiques, plus an elegant bar/lounge area.

Red Violet delivers inventive Chinese fare with an unrivaled menu that fuses together the most authentic Chinese influences with contemporary elements, like foie gras and black truffle. The menu mainly focuses on Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing cuisine. Non-spicy stir-fries and sides, plus vegetarian options are also available.
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Red Violet reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Delicious Gluten Free Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Salt and Pepper Calamari-AWESOME! Fried Rice-AWESOME
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Red Violet Vs. Red Curry
    LoriKVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Food was wonderful! Just be careful to ask questions as some of the items are spicy
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  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    We've been coming to red violet for about a year and love the food. This place is great overall and highly recommend.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant tasty food, but nothing
    MaddyVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Pleasant tasty food, but nothing about the evening was exceptional, we had to go thru 3 wine request to find a selection that wasn't out of stock??
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was good, not great. And
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    It was good, not great. And in that area--so restaurant heavy--you can't afford to be good. You need to be great. Service was attentive without overbearing.
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  • Took a friend here for a special
    ChicagoSueVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Took a friend here for a special lunch and she was completely wow'd. She had the lunch special and loved every aspect of it from the way it looked to the way it tasted. I had the wok-seared pork dumplings to start and then enjoyed the shrimp fried rice. We both ordered this heavenly dessert -- it was chocolate cake, served in a bowl with a creamy pudding on top then covered by a thin layer of hard chocolate. When served, it comes with hot fudge which is poured on top and melts through the hard chocolate making it slightly easier to eat the dessert. I thought I would leave with a food coma. The entire bill, including hot tea and coffee with dessert, came to about $25 per person before tip.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent First Impression
    LoyalCoopersHawkDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    A group of 4 of us went for lunch. The ambience of the restaurant was really nice. The service was excellent. We did not have to ask for anything as everything we needed was provided before we had to ask. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the entrees and drinks, even the glassware that our beverages were served in. The food was excellent. The prices were great. You can have a business lunch or a romantic dinner at this restaurant. The desserts were absolutely heavenly. I will definitely go back to Red Violet. It was a wonderful experience overall and it was mFiry first visit.
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    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food was delicious. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food was delicious. We had a large party for a birthday and our server was very patient with us. I do appreciated there was a separate gluten free menu for my dietary needs.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • The food was really delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    The food was really delicious. I ordered the tuna tartare on taro chips and I could have eaten an entire tub of that tuna - it was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • I booked this for my daughter'rs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    I booked this for my daughter'rs 18th birthday and called the restaurant myself. I was assured flowers and a cake were available and that I would not need to supply same. I also requested a cake when i made the open table reservation. I received a call the day of the reservation--Aprl 6--to be told no cake and no flowers. The staff apparently did find some flowers, but no cake--altho they made a nice presentation re a normal dessert, which was fun. The person I spoke to on the phone did not comnvey the message to the manager and as a result, the things I asked for were not done. I would not recommend this resturant
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  • Our new favorite Chinese place
    DrDaveVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We were amount those who were disappointed when our favorite Chinese restaurant, Ben Pao, was replaced by a celebrity Italian place. This was our first visit to Red Violet and we have a new favorite Chinese place. Very different style and menu than Ben Pao, but as good or better in executing what they do. Although they have a list of classic (cliche?) Chinese-American dishes, the good stuff is on their "modern Chinese" menu. The Wonton Soup was extremely flavorful with beautifully made dumplings. Imperial Hot and Sour Soup is top notch.The Sha Cha Shrimp was different - a spicy dry rub rather than a sauce. Delicious! We also had Red Snapper with the sauce from the Red Chili Chicken - also outstanding. Only the fried rice was rather ordinary
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    fit for foodies
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  • Red Violet has become one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Red Violet has become one of our regular destinations. Food is always very good. Great decor and very friendly service. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Our server made the experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Our server made the experience extra amazing. Would def come back again
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The concenpt is perfect but
    IggyVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    The concenpt is perfect but the food needs a touch of excitement. Cocktails are great but the menu needs attention. Servers are friendly and helpful. Hostess needs training. Seldoms asks to hang coats. Seated me facing the kitchen door when restaurant was half empty as it was a Monday night.
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  • Great great great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Great restaurant. Great food. My wife really enjoyed the whole lobster. Will definitely return
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Service and food are fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Service and food are fine but a bit pricey for Chinese food.
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  • Foodies and Vegetarians!
    Adam
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    I'm a vegetarian and they had a fantastic special vegetarian menu. Service was terrific, the place is beautiful. I enjoy taking out of towners there for a long evening out.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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  • Awesome Peking duck
    foodNdrinkQUEENVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    We found this place in our way to another and decided to try it out. The food was fantastic and the staff was on top of it. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend the Peking duck and the calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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  • Overall, the experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Overall, the experience was good. No complaints on the service whatsoever. It was a Thursday at 730 and the entire restaurant was basically empty. For being an Asian restaurant, most of the food was quite bland. Nothing was properly flavored. Either it was bland or spicy. We ordered the tuna tacos which I thought was the winner of the evening. Other items ordered were Chinese buns filled with Spinach and Mushrooms. I thought they were ok, others liked them a lot. I feel like it needed a dipping sauce. Dan Dan noodles and Tofu fried rice was good, I've had better. Halibut also was just right. I had a pear martini and that was delish. If I came back, it would either be for pre dinner drink or late night. Overall...meh!
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    good for groups
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  • Food/service was good -- (chocolate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Food/service was good -- (chocolate) dessert was my favorite thing of the evening - kudos to the pastry chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great food all the way around,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Great food all the way around, from the spring rolls, to the hot & sour soup and the red snapper. Dessert was fabulous too - the chocolate creme cake.
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  • Love this place. This is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Love this place. This is the second time I have gone and I love it every time. They have a vegetarian/vegan menu in addition to their regular menu. Its quality chinese. I definitely recommend it. It is never super busy and the dining area appears pretty small...
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  • Red Violet by Zach and Taina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Not going to change your life if you are an Asian food person, but adequate for a nice night out. Good hybrid of old and new world tastes. Tries a bit too hard.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Ambiance was nice. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Ambiance was nice. Food was good. Waitstaff was helpful and pleasant. Nothing particularly "modern" about their Chinese food.
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  • Good for dinner, even on Tuesday
    MGeatgood
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    I brought cousins in from Toronto there on a recommendation from a colleague. It was very good, although quiet on a Tuesday night. I hope they get more business, because the food and value is great.
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    good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Red Violet turned out to be
    fujiappleVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Red Violet turned out to be a great option for more upscale Chinese cuisine. The decor had a trendy twist. The food was fantastic. A huge draw was the fact that the menu had both xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and peking duck. The duck was phenomenal! Will definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Same group that brought us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Same group that brought us the Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge at 332 East Illinois Street. Visited on a quiet Wednesday night. Intriguing menu and an engaging waiter made for a great night.
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    fit for foodies
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  • we have been to red violet
    Gramdmom2014VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    we have been to red violet four times in the last four months. the food is varied and interesting. The seasonings are each specific to the dish; no cookie cutter approach to cooking. we have never had a bad soup, appetizer, or entree. we don't eat desserts--so no comment. there is an extensive drink list. those that prefer tea will be rewarded by the choice of teas and the presentation of the tea. the decor is lovely. most importantly, although there is background music, we have always been able to talk easily when there. Heads up: we go early in the evening; I have heard it is a very lively place later.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • The Dim Sum Brunch was a delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    The Dim Sum Brunch was a delightful surprise at an unbelievable price! We loved every delicious bite and the Cucumber Vodka Bloody Mary's are a must. The upbeat new age music complemented the beautiful and fresh decor and the service staff were attentive, pleasant and timely. This was our first visit and we will definitely return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    GoHereNowVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Went for lunch as an alternative to our usual spot. Nice to have a prix fixe menu, especially for people not overly familiar with Chinese food. Looks to be a scene at night but was a nice, solid lunch spot. Nothing really knocked our socks off, but we were pleasantly surprised and would return.
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  • This was our third trip to
    Gramdmom2014VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    This was our third trip to Red Violet. Each time with a different group of friends. The food and service has been consistenly wonderful. By now, we must have sampled about one third of the menu and have not yet had a dish we did not like. The food comes out at a reasonable pace--not too slow or too fast. The servers have been attentive. The drink list is extensive and for non drinkers the tea service (with both caffeinated and decaffeinated choices) are a surprising option. Background music is present but does not interfere with conversation at all, especially since tables are well separated from each other
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Shrimp toast (which came on
    clp126VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Shrimp toast (which came on an asparagus spear instead of toast) was greasy. Crab and pork dumplings were okay, but couldn't detect much crab. Dan dan noodles were okay, but a bit oily. The soup dumplings were good. What saved the evening was the exceptional service.
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  • Went for New's Eve 2013 -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Went for New's Eve 2013 - Bad Choice - While the food was good and our service at the table was good, the overall experience for service was very very disapointing. We had to wait more than an hour for our 8:15 reservation to be honored, had a difficult time getting a cocktail at the bar, let alone a refil. When we checked in, the hostess seemed confused that we wished to check our coats; after we waited an hour for a table we inquired how much longer and were informed that a our table was available; but the table was in the bar not the dining room, when I complained we were shown to a table in the dining room. To add to the insults, at 10:15 we were informed that the dining room was closing at 10:30. Won't go again.
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  • We started with the calamari
    LynnieP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We started with the calamari and tuna tacos which were incredible. For our main dishes we stuck with items from their traditional menu, kung poa and general tsos chicken... both were good, but nothing special. Loved the atmosphere, will defiantly be coming back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food is great. The dan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food is great. The dan dan noodles, basil duck and the boiled beef were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • While the food is well prepared,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    While the food is well prepared, it is uninspiring and lacks creativity, particularly with respect to the entrees. We were a group of 7 and only one person had an entree that was unique. The traditional Chinese menu on the back is better than the more modern menu. For example, I had a shrimp dish that was nothing but shrimp! While it was well prepared, eating a dozen shrimp is not my idea of a great entree!
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    good for groups
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  • Excellent and original take
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Excellent and original take on Chinese/Asian food. Nothing is a recipe you remember from the neighborhood and everything is first rate. They haven't caught on yet, so it's usually pretty empty, but don't let the empty tables suggest anything about the quality. Run, don't walk.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Our first experience here--some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Our first experience here--some of the best fish we've had in a long time. Very enjoyable experience and a great addition to the area.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great food. Ambiance was fine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Great food. Ambiance was fine. Understandably, it was very quiet on a Monday night, but I'd love to go back when things are happening. The downstairs lounge looked very cool.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Very Good
    FuzzballVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Food is great. Had spring rolls that were scrumptious. Soups were full of flavor. This was our second time and will be back again.
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