Vermilion
Vermilion

Vermilion

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (312) 527-4060
  • 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
65 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)special occasion (30)romantic (23)good for groups (19)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (7)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • 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.
  • Potential... but let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The concept is amazing... the food sounds delicious... besides the fact that our server took forever to take our order, and our food took longer than usual to arrive (over 45 minutes), the dishes were barely edible and the flavors weren't working together. So disappointed, I was looking forward to the concept!
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  • Personal Favorite
    ultradan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Really unique menu and blend of flavors. One my favorite "go to" Chicago stops!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    special occasion
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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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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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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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.
  • Cool, modern decor, Indian fusion
    polsondesign1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The decor is very modern - red, black, white. Love it! The service was pretty good. My food was outstanding (buttered chicken)!!! My friends who had the snapper and empanadas thought they were just OK. The food is an Indian/ south American fusion. Loved the music being played by the DJ. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting indian-latin fusion
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    the menu had so many interesting choices, it was hard to decide what to eat. good mix of indian and latin cooking. i need to go back and try the rest of the menu :)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great meal
    Donald
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I went to Vermilion with 3 friends. We all loved our meals. As one person put it, a 10 out of 10. Everything was bursting with flavor. We decided to share everything, so we stuck with small plates (tapas style). This turned out to be a great way to go. The food was innovative and I would definitely return again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Explosion of Indian-Latin Delights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I hosted a private dinner at Vermilion in Chicago and couldn't be happier. The space is modern and warm, our table was relatively private, the staff was helpful and knowledgeable and the food was outstanding. I started the night with a pear chili martini (which was tangy and hot) and moved on to sharing several tapas style dishes. We opted to taste a number of things on the menu rather than order entrees - a great decision for our party. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday Dinner
    OxannaVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was outstanding, especially the crusted whitefish and other dishes. The service was lacking and slow especially for an early Monday dinner. We waited for around 45 minutes for our food to be served and there was only one other table of customers.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thought some of the dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We thought some of the dishes were good but others not so good. I thought it was expensive for what we got. In fact, I thought we could have gone to some more highly rated restaurants for the same amount of money. I won't be rushing back as there are too many better restaurants in Chicago.
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  • Great Latin-Indian food
    dragonflyVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We have been coming here when in Chicago ever since this restaurant opened (10 years ago?), and it never fails to be good. The food is always interesting, with a large choice of items to suit any taste from vegan to full-on meat eaters. Will continue to come back whenever I'm in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    Kelly
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was great but service from our server Andrew was not so good. Not sure if they were short staffed due to bad weather that night, maybe Andrew is a barback or runner and had to fill in. Service at the bar was great!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Chabelo
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Dined on a Saturday night and arrived apprx 6:30...restaurant was dead. We had an amazing dinner and service was spot on during the meal. Restaurant got very cold where we were seated/few tables around us put on their coats. Check arrived and we tipped server 25% on bill...after closing out, she immediately walked over and grabbed the receipt. I was stunned. She could have at least waited until we left...not 5 minutes after paying $200 and we felt rushed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent creative cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Excellent creative cuisine in a nice comfortable setting. Loved this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    GaltHawk
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Looking for a unique food experience while in Chicago. The Latin/Indian fusion idea seemed promising. No truly wonderful or horrible moments. It is advertised as $$$, but it is straight up $$$$. Our server was haughty and uninterested, doing little more than grudgingly taking orders.. There was a great deal of smirking and a couple eye-rolls coming our direction. As for the wine, it was served and plopped onto the table for us to deal with. Good wine, I"ll say. Food met most expectations, though one dish stood out as poorly prepared, tough, and without a validating flavor (the Lamb Shank). On the other hand the fish curry won rave reviews. The tip was added for our party of 8, so there wasn't much opportunity to express our ambivalence.
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