Saturday Date Night Dinner
I was a little scared to come here on a first date due to some of the reviews. The reviews had Vermilion a hit or miss. And I hadn't been in years so I couldn't base it on my last experience which was very good, things could have changed. Well I am glad that I took the chance, they were definitely a HIT. Service was perfect throughout the night starting from the moment we walked in. The table we sat at was for 2 right upfront near the window. The table was extremely eclectic and was perfect for trying to impress the lady I was with. The candle on the table had real rose pedals around it. It was awesome. Finally the food was really good. We thought that our appetizers were just good. But the main course and dessert...OUTSTANDING!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprised my NYC Visitor!
I picked Vermilion to entertain a friend and frequent restaurant diner visiting from NY. As I hoped, the unusual fusion menu piqued his interest and his taste buds. Hard to impress these NY folks but Vermilion did it well. Could use a little more atmosphere, especially for early diners when one walks into an almost empty space. Some music could help a lot.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Party of two birthday dinner
Just wanted a private / romantic birthday dinner and it was delivered. The food was amazing as we split some entrees and appetizers. I will be going back, and bringing others back with me for sure. If you have not been, I would really reccomend. The mix of latin / indian fusion mixes so well together.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second time eating her...
Our second time eating her... It was just as wonderful as the first time. The seafood stew was awesome and the spiced eggplant dish was totally thumbs!! Yummm!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful place,
This is a wonderful place, with some great food. It's a bit loud so not ideal for a first date but nice for a date night. The ribs are amazing. The food is prepared with authentic taste but without the ton of carbs seen in traditional Indian food. Overall it was a great experience and I plan to return soon.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and interesting
Our service was prompt and the server was very helpful in reviewing the various menu items and the ingredients in each dish. The favors were fresh and exciting. The service was friendly and prompt. Appetizers were brought quickly and the remainder of the meal followed soon after. I would definitely recommend.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Vermillion twice. We are from NC and do not get to Chicago often. But the most recent visit to the restaurant ended with us eager to leave because it was so noisy! The food and service were good.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saturday dinner date
Overall the place was nice. We had a 7:30 reservation and the place was only half full. I have heard mixed reviews about the service albeit ours was pretty good. Ambiance is nice. Great decor. I am torn on the food. Had the scallop appetizer which was fantastic. My gal had the vegetarian chili-glazed blackened eggplant. Also a very delicious dish. I had one of the monthly specials...lamb enchiladas. Bland. Lacked any flavor (even wasn't properly salted). It had been overcooked. The tortillas were crisp (burnt) on the bottom. They reminded me of a microwaved meal. For a place that is Indian Latin infusion nothing should be "bland". Service was pretty good. Overall they nailed 2 out of the 3 dishes and everything went well.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful fusion of indian
Wonderful fusion of indian and latin american flavors! My friend and I had an appetizer size of one of their latin american/indian fusion dishes (skirt steak), and it was fabulous!! We didn't have any of the small plates, but they definitely looked appetizing as well. We dove right into their "classic Indian dishes". We had the spinach and other greens dish and the lamb shank dish- both were good, but perhaps under seasoned especially for classic indian dishes...the traditional indian dessert with rice pudding/custard was very yummy as well as the "cardamon flan"- both didn't disappoint. BTW- their cocktails are extremely creative- we had enjoyed yummy cocktails...
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Adventurous flavor pairings
The uniqueness of the menu was quite intriguing. I found the artichoke pakoras to be excellent. The main was good, but teetered dangerously close to having too many flavors competing on a single plate. The mole on the duck was quite delicious, with the tamarind adding a zingy tartness to the traditional, tasty mole sauce. The cucumber slaw was very nice, but the quinoa was more salty than I prefer. Overall, a nice dinner and could be improved even more with a little editing of flavor pairings.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
For an elegant sophisticaexperience
I have been going to Vermillion for over 6 years, always more than satisfied with the quality of customer service, individualized experience, ambience, and food and beverages. Never dissappointed!!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb phenomenal delicious
Our favorites were the steak and chimichuri, Bombay Frankie, their Cabernet, panipuri margarita and the shahi tukra was heaven in your mouth. The drinks are over priced and portions were small but the food was incredible!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for special occasion
Great Indian, but didn't get much of the Latin influence. The scallop appetizer was out of this world and the Lobster Portuguese was amazing. Not a very extensive wine list, but decent wines. Service was very good.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
We picked this restaurant based on the unique concept of Indian Latin fusion and we were thrilled with the combo. The ribs were to die for and the steak special was one of the best my friend has tasted. The waiter was charming and attentive and knew how to describe all the dishes. All in all it was delicious.
My only request is to go more exotic on the cocktails to match that of the food.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finding Something Different To Eat
This is the second time I've been here. The food is unique and excellent. The mixed drinks are excellent as well. My only issue this time was the service as it relates to how long it took to get served. However, that will not deter me from returning at all. I highly recommend this restaurant!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable surroundings. Very good service but did not have the feeling that his heart was in his job. We frequent our favourite restaurant at home in KIngston Canada a few times a week - the food is the best & we always receive a warm welcome from the staff. We chose the most expensive items - the seafood & vegetarian tasting menus after discussion with the waiter. The food was interesting and well presented but did not live up t our expectations of "gourmet". Certainly some items were delectable, others mediocre. Desserts were very good. I would recommend this restaurant as an option but would probably suggest choosing a few interesting items from the main selections.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've dined at Vermillion before, and I will again, I hope! This is one of my favorite things about Chicago, and that's saying a lot, because I love Chicago! I've taken friends who enjoy creative cuisine, and they were instantly fans also.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good dishes. We'll be trying to make the artichoke pakoras at home.
Claims to be indian-latin fusion, but we didn't have any latin elements in our dishes. This was fine. Also one cocktail was made from a mix which was too sweet, but they remade it from scratch upon request.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful dinner experience
We enjoyed everything we tasted - the eggplant chili coconut sauce served with the artichoke pakoras, the pani-puri, the mussels in coconut broth were all delicious. The Keralan fish curry was a too spicy to enjoy as served (I have traveled a lot in Kerala, and am aware of the spice level of the fish curry served there). I had to get a side bowl of rice to temper the heat, and with the rice it was truly enjoyable.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Latin-Indian fusion thought it was very interesting loved the Lamb Chops. If you like trying new food, Shredded duck was Different. Usually tapas you end up eating a variety of dishes but here 2 with one entree was plenty for me and my boyfriend and he's a big guy so if your ordering just be a little cautions and order as you eat!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
River North Gem
Very interesting, delicious food. Excellent service. Great location.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very tasty. Service
Food was very tasty. Service was friendly, but a little too "hip.' Place was half empty on a Friday night, which was perfect but probably an indication that it will not be around too much longer. Glad we checked it out.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The indian-latin fusion cuisine
The indian-latin fusion cuisine is taking you on an amazing journex of different tastes. I have never eaten anything not tasty in this restaurant and I have never seen such a restaurant in any other place I have been travelling to.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. I eat here everytime i come to Chicago. Food is so awesome and very unique. And the drinks are amazing as well!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic and creative
I know that fusion cuisine is now a common occurrence these days, but Vermillion was a deliciously unique blend of Indian/Latin without ruining either one. The Lobster Portuguez was the highlight of our group, but everyone was happy and the service was both friendly and knowledgeable.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dark, rich colors/spicy, rich food
We came in a large group and were given a great space - a partially secluded oval-shaped room that could be separated from the rest of the dining space by a ruby-red curtain. We could hear each other well and shared many of the tapas in an effort to try everything on the menu. Great, fast service. We went very early, and it was both quitter than usual and the food came out faster. The fruit drinks were great, and we tried most of the Indian-influenced things. The coconut rice (small side) is amazing, and all sauces were incredible.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Go at lunch!
Went on a Monday for lunch. Had the restaurant pretty much to ourselves. Amazing food, and great service.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server was outstanding
Our server was outstanding and very helpful. I was surprised the place was not busier for a Saturday night. People don't know what they are missing!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had clients to impress and Vermillion did a great job. The food was excellent and interesting with great flavor. Their vegetarian selections are incredible.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time's a charm
The Frankie's disappointed me this time because they were oily and soggy but the rest of the food lived up to my expectations. It was our anniversary and the set aside a romantic window table and a complimentary desert - shahi tukda which was Devine! The caipirinha was yummmm and went well with the duck vindaloo arepas. Finally the strip steak was heaven with the cab to wash it down with. Thanks for a great anniversary dinner!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and ambiance was great,
Food and ambiance was great, but for a Saturday night the restaurant was not very busy. Will definitely go back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Notable vegetarian menu included
My husband ordered a steak and myself two vegetarian options. I am not a vegetatrian, but really enjoy vegetarian food. i most especially love all of the flavors that are incorporated. THERE WERE MANY OPTIONS FOR ALL AND ALL WERE COOK AND PREPARED PERFECTLY.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sampled numerous Chicago restaurants during our 5-day stay and all were very good. The thing that set Vermilion apart was how uncrowded it was on a Saturday night. Come on Chicago, please support this local gem! The food is fabulous, it perhaps suffers from being a fusion of Indian and Latin tastes. I find that many persons expect traditional Indian and get disappointed without giving the fusion concept a chance. If you try to understand the restaurant's mission and come with an open mind, you will not be disappointed.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decent food, but overly priced
Great service, food was good but not worth the prices. The duo was $55 but I received very little food. I've spent $60 on a meal at another place and the food was MUCH better.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderfully creative Latin/Indian selections that were beautifully presented and delicious.
Service was terrific.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant serves an unusual,
The restaurant serves an unusual, and generally very successful blend of Indian and Latin American cuisine, in addition to traditional Indian dhaba (roughly, truck-stop) food. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu options are offered. I discovered this gem of a restaurant while walking through the area several years ago, and I have come back every time I visit Chicago.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I always dine
My husband and I always dine here when we are in Chicago. The menu has changed a bit from our first visit in 2009 but the popular items are still yummy and available on the list. We do recall a wonderful Gulfi (indian ice cream dish) in 2009 which we still havent seen on the menu and but was amazing! Really cool fusion food. On our last visit we ordered so many items of the menu I am sure the waiter was shocked! Their lobster curry, and latin indian chimichurri type steak are soooo delicious. You really cant go wrong with their appetizers and deserts are so unique. A real treat and we will continue to go there every chance we can!
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food as always!
Good food as always and the waiter knew his dishes - so happy with that.
Unfortunately, bit awkward when first arriving to the restaurant. There was noone there to greet us when we first entered the restaurant. We waited until someone came.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place for a date
I went with my wife on date night on a Wednesday night - the food was great, the cocktails fabulous and most of all the place was quiet so we could sit there and talk. Loved the experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and Delicious
My boyfriend and I tried Vermilion because it sounded like an interesting Latin twist on Indian cuisine, and we weren't disappointed. They have dishes and flavors from different regions of India, which can be hard to find, and we were excited to try a variety of dishes. We particularly enjoyed the crab empanadas and Portuguese lobster curry (a mild coconut-based curry), and the Keralan red fish curry that I ordered was also deliciously spicy and savory. I drank a pani puri margarita, which had a mildly spicy kick and was topped with a puri - both fun and tasty. The service was also friendly and attentive, so we will definitely visit again!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
A unique menu, combining Latin with Indian, makes for a delightful evening. Highly recommended.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Women's Weekend Choice
Vermilion is a great choice for anyone interested in a festive atmosphere with creative/interesting food! Cocktail choices set the tone for unusual taste sensations and celebrations with friends. Appetizers and main dishes were interesting and wait staff was helpful with recommendations and info regarding spice ratings. This type of dining experience keeps Chicago's visitors coming back for more!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great mix of cultures
Went here on the recommendation of a friend in the restaurant business with another couple, to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. We got there just as it opened and told our waitress we had a show to get to at 7. She immediately got us started on drinks and kept us on schedule throughout the night, along the way explaining many of the dishes and drinks to us (Indian/Spanish fusion is a pretty rare combo, so there's lots to explain). Food was fantastic, drinks were all amazing, and they made a nice gesture of bringing out complimentary soups to acknowledge my wife's birthday. Would recommend to anyone with adventurous tastes!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food for the adventuresome. Not exactly traditional Indian but with a mix of latin spices and ingredients works very well. The appetizers or Tapas are a home run
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd time there and it still wowed
We really enjoyed our first visit to Vermillion last year and hoped our 2nd visit wouldn't disappoint. It didn't!! We had the "meat" tasting menu and it was delicious. It also included several side dishes and we really enjoyed the lentils. Well-priced wine is also appreciated.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a Find
In a city known for its Steak house its nice to change it up.
The eclectic menu with its vegetarian meals is ideal for none meat eating customers. My wife totally enjoyed her veggie dish.
Everything was awesome. The shrimp app was a bit weak , but the rest made up for it.
Staff was super friendly and very helpful with the menu which was nothing we were familiar with.
The waiter even recommended an awesome after diner scotch bar, Palamar. Thank you.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Inventive AND delicious
I am raving about Vermillion. I want everyone to go! Worth every penny. My husband and I were having a special night in Chicago, and this dinner made it perfect. It is Latin/Indian fusion and the fusion is great!we shared a variety of small plates which I highly recommend because we got to taste a wonderful variety of dishes. Our waiter was extremely helpful re: choices of drinks and food. Really, this is a restaurant NOT to miss!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food that has been superior each time we have gone. Waiters that know the food and seem to be encouraged to go beyond....they know ingredients, how tastes support each other and have great suggestions. The atmosphere is pleasing and the service has always been impeccable.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate here for Thanksgiving Dinner - a fixed price meal. It was simply outstanding. Such inventive cuisine & SO good!! We will be back!!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simply outstanding food with one of a kind combinations. Ask your waiter for suggestions based on your taste.
Among best in Chicago
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM