Vermilion
Vermilion

Vermilion

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3125274060x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic, Indian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Three reasons why our catering is better –
    1. Our talented culinary team (Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, CHIC, Kendall) combines their skills

    2. Offer Vermilion’s latin-indian cuisine offsite, also a selection of custom Latin, Mediterranean, and Nouveau American fare. We offer twenty additional global and mainstream catering menus.

    3. Fine dining sourcing of quality ingredients.

    4. Range of experience of full-service catering from upscale private intimate dinners, budget office lunches for over 500, offsite black ties for over 1000
  • Entertainment: Cutting edge fusion music (indian, latin, lounge) plays in the sensual Lounge, ideal for cocktails, tapas or as an after-work destination. Vermilion hosts the occasional DJ – event related.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Public Transit: Red Line at Grand
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public lots & street parking available, valet parking offered.
A word from Vermilion
A global unique melding of contemporary Indian and Latin American cuisines. Lauded by Chicago Tribune 3 stars, Time, FT, WSJ, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, Chicago, Bon Appetit, Esquire. Tapas, fusion entrees, regional Indian fare. Featuring marquis items by eight celebrity chefs for the James Beard Vermilion Women in Culinary scholarship and CFW program, as a woman led entity.

Heart of downtown Chicago, we offer a global wine list, artisan latin & signature cocktails (raves by Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast), a fashionable lounge ideal for after-work. The perfect venue for social or corporate events with an eclectic twist to seafood, meats, tasting menus, and a custom vegetarian menu.

Our innovative cuisine includes tandoori skirt steak, lobster portuguese (#1 dish worldwide USA Today), chimichurri NY Strip, tamarind blackened ribs, seafood saffron paella, regional Indian fare, a custom vegetarian menu of over 20 options, & decadent desserts.
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Vermilion reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)good for groups (18)romantic (16)special occasion (16)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Elegant Lunch
    MamaTemboVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved the black and red decor. Discouraging that on a Friday lunch there were only two tables of diners. Wonderful server, Benjamin. My friend LOVED her pork naan sandwich; I liked my duck one less well (Server said it was pretty spicy and he was right). Nicely served, great fries. HIGH wine by the glass price and we were surprised b/c we thought they were 10 and 12 dollars and they were 14 and 15 - I asked and 10 and 12 were the vintages - confusing way to present on menu - and Very Overpriced (Nobilo, which I had, is usually $14-18 A BOTTLE and often on sale for $9.99. That's just TOO high
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Fabulous food
    donara01
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a must-do in Chicago if you like fusion or indian food. The service was outstanding, they were easily able to accommodate food allergies. One of our favorite places!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • My favorite
    Marc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place has it all: delicious food, cool ambience, great service. My go to restaurant for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vermillion
    anony
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the most creative and stimulating menu in chicago.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My family and I went to my birthday dinner at Vermillion and though we were impressed with the decor and ambiance, we were very disappointed in the food. The portions were very small, our food arrived cold to the table, and we were not checked on once during dinner. I was very upset that I had chosen an upper scale Indian restaurant only to be very much let down. The prices would suggest excellent food and an impeccable dining experience but that was not the case for us. We will not be returning to Vermillion and I surely will not be recommending this restaurant to my Indian and non-Indian friends.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic!
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Latin and Indian cuisine fusion. So good! Attentive service. Very eclectic menu. Tried various appetizers, generous portions. Great wine list and bar. A delightful culinary experience. We will definitely go to their sister restaurant in New York City.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • ChrisdyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The marriage of south American and Indian cuisines was outstanding! The food was Spivey but not overdone. We enjoyed everything we had and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaniM
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was horrible and the drinks were mediocre. The food was good but our waitress constantly mixed up our order. I dine out at many restaurants in the neighborhood and was disappointed.
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  • Delish!
    ClosetfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed the whole fish and it was tasty, though very spicy. We also had the fennel salad and chefs choice appetizer spread. All was extremely flavorful and so different from what I normally eat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service, delicious food!
    LauraV
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We arrived an hour prior to our reservation to have drinks at the bar. The bartender, Sarah, was very friendly & provided wonderful suggestions about the wine list; extensive by-the-glass options, well-priced for the area. Once seated for dinner we ordered a couple of appetizers: Coconut shrimp and a scallop dish. Both were great, though the scallops had quite a kick to them which was not mentioned in the description. Further perusing the menu, I noticed that none of the dish descriptions mentioned the spice/heat factor. When I asked our waitress for dishes that were NOT spicy, she mentioned only three. I had the Butter Chicken, which was outstanding, and my companion had a delicious & spicy lobster. Fabulous, quieter restaurant!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Vermillion 7/19
    Wally
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food. South American + Indian: a myriad of choices of our favorite things. Appetizers: Stuffed hungarian wax pepper with Chorizo, Duckk Vindaloo and a beef skewer thing. All top notch. Lobster Portugese + Steak and Shrimp Curry for entrees. Somewhat overpriced, even by Chicago standards, but an enjoyable meal. (that is the only reason I am not going 5 stars) Memo to restaurant: My wife still wants to know where you get the handsome and comfortable white leather chairs.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disappointing
    andrea
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went with a group of 6 on a saturday night. it was our first visit. it was nearly empty at 8 pm. no one complained about their food, but no one was blown away with anything either. most disappointing was the service. we had to ask repeatedly for refills of water, drinks, pretty much everything. our waitress would disappear for a long time for smoke breaks. for nearly $100/pp i expected better service.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Asian Fusion
    Desifoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The good is fantastic - the Mysore chop melts in your mouth, the artichoke pakora's are a nice twist to an d classic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fusion food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great fusion of Indian and Peruvian flavors. Wonderful spices and variety of foods. Very attentive to vegan and gluten free diets.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the Latin?
    Foodie11
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Don't go there for the fusion food. It's all Indian food. And served barely hot. If you're looking for Indian food go to India garden or Devon. You'll get lots more food at a fraction of the cost.
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  • Absolutely elegant hip spac, .
    Skinman
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Unbelievable. The service was beyond reproach. The food a wonderful mix of Indian Latin fusion. The background music appropriate and proper volume. Layout provides plenty romantic private dining areas.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edwardian53
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Poor service. Hard upwelling efforts by server was off putting and insulting. Menu was not good. Too much fried food. Not imaginative. Just a hodgepodge of unplesant tastes.
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  • Latin-Indian fusion cooking
    Elmo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was my second time to Vermillion and this time I had 3 guests all of whom were very impressed by the food; creativity and taste. The pani-puri martini was very delicious and both the vegetarians in our group enjoyed the vegetarian selections and varieties
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A flurry of flavors...
    vedge
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Vermilion was one of the most palate-pleasing restaurants I have been to in a long time. The blends of spices used in the dishes were delicious. As a vegan, I was given the vegetarian menu and the waitress indicated which items were vegan-friendly, which was much appreciated. However, since there were so many dishes that were vegan-friendly, it was a little hard to keep track; it could be nice to have an indication next to items on the vegan menu as to whether they are vegan-friendly or not. The service was good. We did not go thirsty and the waitress was attentive and willing to provide recommendations. I was disappointed though that when we arrived our wine glasses were dirty. Not the best way to kick off an experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old, tired, and expensive
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant seems to resting on its laurels. Whereas the concept was new and innovative when Vermilion opened there are now many other restaurants that does it better. Had some fenugreek nan with 3 "dips". At $16 total this was more an appetizer, albeit tasty the bread wasn't naan quality and there wasn't much of it. The Brazilian seafood stew was piping hot, so much so that it took quite a while for it to cool enough to eat. There wasn't much seafood but lots of salt. Service was spotty although our server was friendly and the barista actually came to the table with some suggestions. I guess eating early, 6:30, was a bonus on that front.
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  • Very disappointed
    Christine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We took our family here for a niece's graduation dinner and our daughter's 17th birthday. The moment we stepped foot in the restaurant, the staff pushed alcoholic beverages. After about five offers of bar menus and drinks in 10 minutes, it became a joke at our table. We started to count the drink suggestions. We stopped counting when it got over 52. This behavior continued with a ridiculous $100 "prix fixe" gimmick. The dining room was cramped and noisy and the service was limited to intrusive up selling. We found the food ridiculously priced and the slamming together of two continents' cuisines silly. Most of the food was tasty but ordinary. We've had much better food at restaurants in little India. .
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  • Cold, boring, mis guided food
    CanuckInChiVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I'm not one to complain ever. But this was bad. It seems like they picked up the worst of both cultures and mixed them on a menu. Spices weren't cooked before they were put on food, food was served cold, felt like most of the protein was from a freezer, cocktails and wine were over priced and it was expensive. Expensive meal. Stay away.
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  • A Decade of Culinary Uniqueness
    BadBax
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I have been eating at this restaurant since shortly after it's opening 10 years ago, and I still return again and again. Though I no longer live in Chicago, I still return here on every visit and have often brought guests from both the area and from out of town. All aspects of the experience are always a winner for the evening, regardless of time or company. The food and drink selections are delicious and unique, the atmosphere embracing and the service reliable. And for those with a flair for the spicy, I cannot think of any other establishment that adds so much flavor to the infusion of heat. Without a doubt, the restaurant has become my "go to" comfort place replete with unforgettable memories in the great city of Chicago.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1350 reviews are from the Vermilion reviews archive.
  • Enjoyed small plates
    mmbtu6
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We elected to do several small plates instead of full dinners which was a nice way to try a variety of items. Some were excellent (cocconut shrimp, duck arepas) some were so-so (banana peppers). Service was very good and staff's wine suggestions were excellent.
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  • Adventure in food
    Mlash6
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wonderful fusion of flavors, spices and aromas. The food is the star of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out.
    Chshdfoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a group of 5. One ordered a tasting menu. The others ordered off the menu. One was a vegetarian. We shared everything. The food was great. Service was OK. Everyone enjoyed the evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the Mark
    chuckles
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The menu is exciting to read, but the food was inconsistent. The Brazilian rum cocktail was excellent which made me think dinner would also be. The appetizers were quite expensive for literally 2 bites, one for each of us. The crab empanada was tasty, but the scallop read better than it actually tasted. The Lobster Portuguese had a delicious sauce, but the lobster wasn't sweet, but rather fishy. Disappointed. My companion's entree was butter chicken. Outstanding and the presentation was really neat. The problem with this was after disassembling the pot it came in,you should have received a plate to put things on. I would have used a plate to put a scoop of rice topped with the chicken and a bit of mint sauce using the naan to scoop it up.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, tiny portions
    bvwassen
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Tiny portions, both for the tapas and the mains, food lukewarm upon arrival and spotty service. Spent $76 here and left hungry.
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  • Stravinski
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great place wonderful food menu has been changed since lst time and is exeleent.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • What a night!
    GBFBBCVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As out-of-owners, it was our first time. We were blown away. The fusion really works. Our appetizers and mains were delicious - and good looking. Our server was very knowledgeable about both food and drinks. Highly recommended.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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  • Tasting menu....
    Tuttay42VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    It is all about the tasting menu...so good. Typically the tasting menu portions are small but here you will leave full. The food is great quality.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Very slow service but great food
    Socialite
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    If you do not mind waiting more than half an hour in spite of having a reservation, Vermillion offers great food. They definitively need to work on the service though. We ended up waiting in the lounge half an hour and 15 to 20 more minutes to get our food when we were sitting at a table! The food is wonderful, very tasty, and elegantly presented.
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  • Great food but slow service
    Sociologysal
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We went here with a group of 8. We loved the food, esp the pre-fixed menu allowing us to sample much of the menu. We had vegetarians with us and they were happy with the choices. Our service was extremely slow. We sat for nearly 30 minutes before getting drinks. Then when the check came - bam! 20percent service charge included! Maybe it's because we were a table of eight. Creative cocktail list to match the Latin-Indian theme.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experiment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Place is located in a very upbeat neighborhood. Ambience is great with great lighting. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Food wascgreat. Dessert options are limited and did not meet our expectations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food. Not great service.
    Wexie2VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Folks were friendly but the timing of the food was poor. Perhaps not enough staff. Hard to say. Tried to cancel orders that were late (ie 10+ Mins after everything else).
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    Good for Groups
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  • Must go
    FreqdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Superb use of ingredients to create unique and memorable dishes. Great attention to detail. Helpful and knowledgable staff.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Chicago!
    TaraN
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Vermilion's fusion of Indian and Latin American is divine! Rich flavors, just the right amount of spice and creative preparations that are unlike any other. My fave is the duck vindaloo arepas, but also love the blue corn crusted scallops with pumpkin puree and the tandoori skirt steak. The cocktails and desserts alone would be worth my trek from the suburbs! The desserts are all fantastic...my fave is the shahi tukra. The cocktails are all unique and delicious...my fave is the Cardamom Saffron Creme. Service is always great. The wait staff are all very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu. I always take my out-of-town friends to this restaurant....always been a hit, even with the "meat and potato" lovers!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner before Symphony.
    RobbyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Early dinner before Symphony. Had only the Tapas, two of us shared 5 (a larger group would do well sharing more). The fennel salad, artichoke pakoras and Peruvian beef were truly outstanding. A wonderful mix of flavors. The cilantro mussels and scallops were very good, but were not quite at the standard as the others. The wine list is small and tries to have a variety, but it is not that imaginative. The service was excellent, including automatically splitting the one salad order into two portions.
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  • Inventive fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The Indian-Latin fusion is a natural pairing. The flavors are vibrant and even aggressive with a slightly lower heat-level than traditional Indian offerings. The less adventurous might appreciate more detailed narrative on a menu but the staff was perfectly able to describe the dishes and their preparation. If either Indian or Latin cuisine holds any appeal, Vermilion should be at the top of your list.
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  • Interesting
    Walkthelight
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    At first I thought I would find the portion sizes too small but the tasting menu, reasonably priced filled me up impressively. When I offered some feedback (the steak was medium well not medium rare but still delicious) they brought me another one. I was definite full then. I could have done with wine pairings that were different for each of us as we two had different meals. But fantastic all around.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.