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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    waitress was great and very patient with our indecisive group of 6
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great service. great location. conversation was a bit difficult due to the noise level. Cocktails very yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Put it on your bucket list
    anniversary
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    luv2VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    wonderful cocktail creations. fish cooked just right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic and wonderful
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    PV does farm to table amazingly well. The menu speaks to fresh and the food is spectacular. If you have never tried this spot, its a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Brunch on Patio
    EmilyRiverNorthVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthwhile
    CathyBeth
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seasonal pickeled
    Jerome
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Loved the food there! Very special, fresh, seasonal, pickeled, simple and authentic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets.
    franko
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    salsa
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great LP spot
    Annie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    this is an LP gem; great food great ambiance! Lots of menu options, extremely fresh tasting food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch at perennial virant
    Happy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience all around
    Foodie25
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I went to Perennial Virant to celebrate a friend'a birthday and it was absolutely perfect. I had never been there before so I wasn't sure what to expect. We had an amazing waitress who gave us her opinion on everything we ordered. We started with the classic charcuterie, which exceeded my expectations. We then had the salmon tartare which was amazing. We then shared the beet salad and salmon entree. It was the perfect amount of food for two. The waitress also have us another appetizer to taste, which added to the whole experience. I will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was probably our 6th time dining here. Food is always seasonal and terrific. Three of us shared the soft shell crab, the fish salad, salmon tartar, Walleye pike and scallops. All were excellent and would order again. Only slight disappointment was the strawberry shortcake. Fruit was not fresh, maybe a little too masturated and not sure where the shortcake was. The bottom part tasted like a frozen custard, but hard. We ate it, but would not recommend. Will be back. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Wonderful, interesting food served by a friendly waitress who took the time to answer our many questions about the unusual dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Place
    greatplace
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This place is amazing! Would highly recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere and Food
    danifrag
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This restaurant is farm to fresh and everything was excellent! The service was great, very friendly. A really great experience. I would highly recommend for special occasions, as it is expensive, but well-worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place but limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This place is great but if you don't like, or can't eat, seafood the menu is a little limited. But, having said that, the food is yummy and the restaurant is nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy and Expensive
    stellablueVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Sadly, Perennial Virant is not what is used to be. We disliked the new, more communal style dining room & decor. The noise level was crazy. Not only the decibel level of the diners but the mechanicals which we were told were the air conditioners. We could barely hear each other speak. The food was OK but for $100/person on average, sub par.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    JayWally
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The seating was comfortable and the staff were organized in taking us to our table. Our server was friendly, professional, and have is intelligent recommendations. The cheese board was a great way to start, and a follow up salmon tartare was a fresh way to change tastes. My fiancé had the chicken and I had the beef loin. Both choices were incredibly rich and flavorful. Smaller portion, but the taste was enough to fill us up. The cocktails were expertly prepared. A great place to go for a special occasion, or a nice Friday dinner before a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    A very friendly atmosphere. Ambiance was wonderful. Our server was great-Jason was very knowledgeable about wine and the food menu. Everyone ( 6 of us ) enjoyed the food and the service. Great atmosphere. Even the servers that did not serve us were very friendly. The only thing I was a little disappointed that they did not carry Belvidere vodka. maybe they can add that to their bar service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Double Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My boyfriend and I met another couple here. It was a great place to do a double date. The variety in food choice made ordering easy, but there was still a great aspect of upscale dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special tastes, lovely place
    blueskies
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by the flavorful and wonderfully-prepared food at Perennial, which bases most of its offerings on in-house preserves and pickled veggies. It works! Everything we tried was unique and delicious. I order walleye pike whenever I can but this version, served with corn relish, olives, meyer lemon, arugula and pickled and grilled tomatoes, raised this fish to an art form. The service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food at this restaurant is stellar! I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 126 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1073 reviews are from the Perennial Virant reviews archive.
  • Always enjoyable
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We've eaten at Perennial Virant many times and always have a good experience. The setting is enjoyable, the servers helpful and friendly, and the food, on the whole also very good. Every once in awhile a dish hits a false note (the grilled ramps were somewhat underseasoned, the chicken a little greasy) but overall they've got an interesting and excellent menu. Breakfast/brunch are particular strengths.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was decent but nothing amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Having been to virant's other restaurant (vie - which is excellent), I was expecting more from the food. Great cocktail list, though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love this place
    amyeats
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    great food and outdoor seating. always great service and you can make reservations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch spot
    Bubby
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Beautiful and not too hectic for brunch with a good range of choices, quality ingredients and careful prep. Great bloody mary! What is critical is that they take reservations which is not often the case for brunch and means you can count at a table at the right time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at PV
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The French Toast with Rhubarb Compote was fantastic. I abandonded my Croque Madame once my mother offered up a piece of her french toast. Really good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perennial Virant Visit May 17 2014
    JorgefromCubaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is my second visit to Perennial Virant and I live in Atlanta. I love this place. Food, service and creativity with the menu are the reasons why. Was honored to have met Chef Paul during my visit. He came out and greeted my girlfriend and I with enthusiasm. My girlfriend bought the last book Paul had written on how to preserve foods. He autographed it for us which was a thrill. He then took us personally to the rooftop and bought us a couple of glasses of wine. He was engaging and we were made to feel special in his presence. Will be back to visit on my next trip to Chicago which will be in July.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I think we may have been there on an off-day, but the service was terrible. It was brunch, and didn't seem insanely busy, but we had to wait almost 25 minutes before a server came to see us. I also asked for cream for my coffee three different times and never got any. The food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What a lovely delicious restaurant. Our waitress was so attentive and kind and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently fantastic
    NancyBVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I've eaten here several times for both breakfast and dinner when visiting Chicago, and it's always spectacular. The menu can be a touch intimidating, I'm not always familiar with the names of the food items or the preparation terms, but the waitstaff is excellent at both translating and recommending. I've never had a dish that didn't taste way better than it sounded on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner but...
    PizzaPassionVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Delicious, fresh, seasonal food and friendly service, but server's knowledge of the menu (and how to pronounce the menu items) was a bit lacking. I'd still definitely recommend this place, and Chef's Vie restaurant out in the suburbs (best butternut squash soup I've ever had). It was a quiet Monday night for me at PV but I've been before when it's busy and loud. A popular restaurant with a great rooftop bar (J Parker) overlooking the park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexibility
    mary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for a graduation celebration. The staff was so accommodating to us. They altered our reservation time on a busy Mother's Day, allowed us to change our table to a quieter section and always took care of any little detail seamlessly during our meal. Our celebration was enhanced by their wonderful hospitality and service and the delicious food!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    suzannerama
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Perennial Virant for Mother's Day Brunch. Did not necessarily expect perfection, as it was a very busy day. However, the food was shockingly poor. Chocolate cherry muffin was inedible (tasted like bitter chocolate and dust). Lemon lavender doughnut was heavy and flavor was nothing remarkable. Not worth $5. Home-made sausage was over-salted, to the point where I couldn't finish it. Potatoes had been sitting under warmer for too long, so pieces were brittle and hard to chew. French toast was luke-warm and way too sweet. The best thing we consumed was the grapefruit mimosa - crisp and refreshing. Our server was very nice, and offered to replace dishes that we were unhappy with. Overall, the meal was a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    lovemykids
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love the location, energy, decor....reservations at 1215...I arrived and was seated early ( terrific), they honored my booth request however the waitress was annoying and impatient...she came to our table at least 5 times after my son arrived around 1220, interfering with our meet and greet chat..ITS MOTHERS DAY, DUH.She was clueless . When we said we wanted a few more minutes she put the pressure on us to order..."you know, theres only TWO more orders of the Shrimp and Grits" my son looked at her and said hmmm bruch pressure. We ordered at that moment...she came back a minute later to tell me "while I was taking to you they ran out of Shrimp and Grits" MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH AND THEY RUN OUT OF A MAIN ITEM.Oh my EGGS were RAW too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellet food, fun staff
    lisa
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I have been to PV a few times now, every time has been fun. The wait staff is really friendly and the food is always excellent. Its a great place to go if you want to hear what your group is saying (meaning its not loud!) The cheese curds in the hash browns is a great touch....yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate