1023 W Lake
Chicago, IL 60607Neighborhood:
SpanishPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.verachicago.com/
- Phone: 3122439770
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Spanish, Basque
- Executive Chef: Mark Mendez
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
A word from Vera
Vera is an intimate, chef-driven wine bar offering an exquisite selection of seasonally rotating wines from Spain, Europe, and The Americas, alongside Spanish sharable plates presented simply yet elegantly. In the spirit of enjoying food and wine at the table with others, Vera’s focus is on quality, artisanal products, made and presented with great pride and care. The warm and inviting décor reflects the essence of Spanish hospitality, including a deep commitment to food and family. Run by restaurant industry veterans Elizabeth and Mark Mendez, this ‘old meets new world’ wine bar welcomes guests to enjoy a piece of Spain by plate and the globe by glass.Continued
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Vera reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (13)notable wine list (11)romantic (8)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)Show More
- DeliciousHowardr48VIPDined on 10/12/2014Our party of three found the food at Vera to be most enjoyable. We started with a plate of olives and a loaf of their bread then made our way thru a series of small plates such as the cauliflower special, mushrooms and their beet salad. All delicious. As it was a Sunday their special was lobster paella. Outstanding. For desert we shared a salted caramel custard. Excellent meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good, not greatGretchenVIPDined on 10/11/2014I'll start by saying the octopus was amazing. Some of the best I've had. The cheese and meat board was also very nice....though you can get a very nice cheese and meat board in many places. Other than that, we go the eggplant, lamb stew, and meatballs. They were all good, but not great. I'd go back to Vera if someone else was planning the evening, but I don't think I'll go back on my own accord. There are too many amazing places in Chicago to go back to a place that was just "good".
- Vera for DinnerGoodEats8Dined on 10/9/2014Came here after continuously hearing about the wine list/great food in various Chicago ratings lists. Was disappointed from the get-go. Strong smell of paint when we walked in was overwhelming. We ordered a variety of dishes across the menu, and simple plates such as a charcuterie trio was incredibly bland and seemingly low quality. The kale salad was great. Also ordered the eggplant dish, which was very average and not well seasoned, and a few other dishes that were not at all memorable. Was disappointed overall, and it was quite pricey.
- Food Quality Mixeddrummer5Dined on 10/8/2014Nice menu. Olives wonderful and was the cauliflower with green romesco, which was more like a pesto. Ropa vieja and paella, were mediocre and therefore disappointing containing the same garnishes...Special Features:
- must have dishesOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014We marveled over the smokiness of the grilled octopus, the delicious and moist meatballs and the barrata was paired beautifully with beets. We also ordered the manchengo which was served with their own concord grape jam. Amazing! Melissa was our server and took great care of us. Even starting us off with a complimentary glass of champagne because it was our anniversary.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 9/26/2014Excellent food but the restaurant is excessively loud - to the point that my wife and I couldn't hear one another despite sitting side by side.Special Features:
- Good casual diningOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 9/26/2014My wife and I used to drive by Vera all the time and we finally decided to check it out. The food was very tasty, but I found it to be more expensive than some of the other Spanish tapas staples in Chicago, such as Cafe Iberico and Cafe Ba-ba-ree-ba. Service was also okay. Despite being "under the tracks" on Lake, you could barely hear the El passing by (the fact the the noise level inside was pretty high probably helped). Now that I have satisfied my curiosity, no much reason to come back soon...Special Features:
- Great wine and great foodZerowantuthriVIPDined on 9/26/2014While I think "wine bar" might be a bit inaccurate Vera is nevertheless a lot of fun. At least to me "wine bar" evokes a kind of place that this really is not to me. Vera is more a restaurant with a really good wine list and that's fine, great even. The food was all outstanding. I am hard pressed to even pick a "must have" dish. It was all really good. While I have seen nothing to suggest this place is a tapas restaurant that is pretty much how it all works. The dishes are relatively small and ordering multiple items and sharing is the way to go. The only downside being the tables for two (of which there are, thankfully, plenty) get a bit crowded. The ambiance is very nice although it did get pretty loud at times (not horrible).Special Features:
- Happy Out-of-townersMissBDined on 9/20/2014Nice looking place, simple and stylish. Hadn't quite adjusted the temperature for an early Fall night and it was very cold inside. Friendly service with good wine recommendations and feedback on our choice of dishes. Everything we had was excellent and enough to share tapas style. Started with a 3 cheese board with good, crusty bread. Breaded eggplant was light and delicious but best of all was the Haloumi cheese with beets.. That was the dish we talked about afterwards. Would definately return on a future visit to Chicago.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Total PackageGonzo70VIPDined on 9/20/2014Had heard so much amazing feedback about Vera from others, but only yesterday made it in for the first time. My loss; I am kicking myself for not coming sooner! Vera is truly the total package; amazing food, wonderful wines, beautiful space, romantic vibe, extremely friendly staff all at a good value. While everything was delicious, the octopus is a MUST order; one of my best bites of the year (and while the menu is designed for sharing, definitely order the octopus just for yourself - not that it is a small portion, but it is so fantastic that you will regret having to share and someone might be injured sparring for the last bite). From the moment we entered straight through dessert we were well cared for and had an amazing experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Wine poor foodOmnivorePhDDined on 9/19/2014The wine list at Vera was good. However, the food was uninspired. The best dishes we ordered was the cheese and meat selections.
- Mediocre at bestDrDaveVIPDined on 9/5/2014Food was very salty and service was very slow. With so many really good choices in Chicago, we will not return.
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