Vera
Vera

Vera

  • 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

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Green Line: Morgan St. Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Vera reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
64% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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
  • Delicious
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    GretchenVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I'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".
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vera for Dinner
    GoodEats8
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Came 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Quality Mixed
    drummer5
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice 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:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • must have dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My 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:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine and great food
    ZerowantuthriVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    While 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Out-of-towners
    MissB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice 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:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Total Package
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Wine poor food
    OmnivorePhD
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The wine list at Vera was good. However, the food was uninspired. The best dishes we ordered was the cheese and meat selections.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best
    DrDaveVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was very salty and service was very slow. With so many really good choices in Chicago, we will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 0 reviews are from the Vera reviews archive.