Permanently Closed - La Sirena Clandestina

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578 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Nestled west of Chicago's Magnificent Mile and east of the United Center, La Sirena Clandestina recalls the sneak-away beachside joints of coastal Brazil that inspires its name ‘hidden mermaid.’ Chef John Manion serves Latin-local fare with influences that draw on his childhood in Brazil as well as two decades cooking in Chicago. Established in 2012 and given the Jean Banchet Award by the Chicago Tribune for Best Neighborhood Restaurant, La Sirena Clandestina has reviewed in publications such as Men's Journal, Food & Wine and Michigan Avenue Magazine. Its charming atmosphere with candlelit tables makes it an ideal setting for a date. La Sirena Clandestina serves dinner and happy hour seven days a week.
Guests can try a variety of freshly prepared dishes like la bomba rice, grilled hanger steak with chimichurri and head-on prawns. This Fulton Market gem has a full bar that offers various drinks, including wine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Brazilian, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 226-5300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Manion
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Morgan
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Parking details
Valet starting at 5 pm.
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Public transit
Grand Blue Line. Morgan Green Line
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shouldn’t be closing, its a great place. I love everything that I order.

DM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see La Sirena Clandestina leave Chicago's restaurant scene. Wonderful service just adds to the amazing dishes they serve.

h
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so sad to see this place close, one of my favorites in the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best spot in west loop. Now closed

KS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food terrific!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad they are closing

TJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite here in Chicago. Always the best service and ambiance. I am so upset that it is closing. This is a very special little restaurant that cannot be replaced. Such a loss to Chicago.

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Going to miss this place after they close this month!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing meal and stellar service.

KO
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious Brazilian and Brazilian-influenced food in a great location. Some gluten-free options and they knew what to look for. Wish this place wasn't closing soon. Also wish they had a gluten-free, dairy-free dessert.

JT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. The food, the service, it’s all amazing & will be missed when it closes.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great in all aspects. So sad it’s closing!

a
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so sad this place is closing soon. The food is just so darn good! The Brazilian fried chicken is heavenly. Had the pork milanaise and garlic frites today which so delicious! We'll be back at least another time or two before closing.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sirena is consistently outstanding - from the food, cocktails and staff, they' don't miss a beat!

j
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant remains unique as has delivered a consistent experience with creative takes on its menu longer than almost all others in the area. Do not let its size or space deceive you. You are guaranteed a great experience across the board!

JC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nailed it... on all aspects... that’s all..
you better get some while you still can!!!...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Am devastated that it took me so long to find them and that they are closing on January 1. It seems all the independent gems of the West Loop are getting pushed out. I hope they find a new location to set up shop.

BA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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TS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really sad to see this place close. Some of the best Brazilian food I have ever had. Fresh, flavorful, and innovative. It was always a fun night there.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience, sad to lose this place at the end of the year.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very chill spot. great food, lively atmosphere, but not too loud. you can definitely hear yourself speak.

L
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad this place is closing—what an indictment of the more generic restaurant scene around it. The West Loop/Fulton Market área continues to get less and less interesting, and the loss of La Sirena to high rents is a shame.

SC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sirena Clandestina had excellent Brazilian food in a lovely, cozy but airy atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful, with high ceilings and plants hung all around. It feels very warm and inviting. Our server was particularly friendly - he struck exactly the right balance between providing advice and leaving us to our own devices. The food was delicious - the vegetarian "La Bomba" rice was outstanding and the kale salad was really delicious as well. The caipirinha was one of the best I've had!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and the staff was very friendly and attentive!

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! The happy hour deal is great. Overall, pricing seems great. I highly recommend checking this place out.

h
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The drinks were good. The food was good. The service was amazing. I’ll miss this little gem.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food interesting cocktails a bit loud

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in from out of town and we all had a fantastic evening! Great food, great service. We will definitely be back!

CD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to La Sirena Clandestina the day after our wedding for a special date night and were blown away by how great this place was! We liked the laidback atmosphere, great music and very friendly staff. The food was absolutely delicious. We loved the potato empandas and fried chicken the best! We appreciated how the host explained the flavor profiles of their most popular dishes and how they made the evening feel special. They even made us a couple very tasty virgin cocktails, since we had a bit too much the day before and weren't feeling boozy. We can't wait to try the original versions the next time we go- and we will DEFINITELY be back!

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have lived in the city for 35 years and dine out extensively. We try all new restaurants and enjoy diverse and unique dining experiences. The restaurant is very dark and loud. You cannot see the food and miss the beautiful presentation. We had to use our phones to see what was being served. We tried over 6 different dishes. Nothing was special or unique. The worse part was our dessert. We ordered the Brazilian truffles to accompany our expressions. They were tasteless! The three of us took one bite and decided that they were not worth the calories. To our surprise, our server noticed that we had barely touched them and was bon-pluses. She did not ask us what was wrong and included them on the bill. We do not care about paying for bad truffles but, it is an indication of how comfortable they are with their other reviews. We will be just as comfortable in not recommending this restaurant to any of our friends.

S
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came back to La Sirena only after one week. We tried different items this time and it was still amazing. We tried the moqueca and the pork - both were so delicious! We also got the fried chicken (again) and it was outstanding. The drinks were great as well -the pisco sour is great. I'm certain we will be back.

r
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this place. Excellent food and even better service. I can’t wait to go back.

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining there and it was wonderful (again). The food, service, and ambiance were just what we were hoping for. I recommend this place for a casual night with friends or for a date night.

DR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place - The people who work there are fabulous. Very friendly and attentive. I loved the quickness of how they served the food once they took your order. They constantly refilled your water glass without asking. The Brazilian fried chicken, the coconut rice and the squash salad are to die for. I will be back very soon.

JJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Ideal for our anniversary dinner together

KS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service is excellent!

IN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New spins on old time favorites. Always great to see what they have new. Arguably the best Pisco Sours and caipirinhas in the city. They are DANGEROUSLY GOOD.

1
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot with great food. Just a little too loud, but good energy.

b
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality and taste were excellent. The service was top notch with a very supportive overall service team. The food and drink from this Brazilian-inspired restaurant created a unique dining experience with friends.

S
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at La Sirena and it was great! The oysters , fried chicken and the caipirinha were my favorite things on the menu. Our server was so helpful. My only complaint was that it was loud in there so it was hard to hear my group.