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Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

4.8
384 Reviews
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Outstanding Quality - Nirvana procures small-batch wines and menu ingredients sourced from natural, sustainable, biodynamic, and organic producing artisans, farmers, and winemakers, whenever possible
Affordability - We seek the highest quality product at the best possible pricing and pass any savings on to our guests. Nirvana offers exceptional wines at half-off every day. We have established the Nirvana Market, an organic produce collective, and pass savings on to consumers.
Integrity - Nirvana food is simple, fresh, honest and founded on relationships. Our cheeses and charcuterie are crafted by award winning artisans, our winemakers" families have farmed the land and planted the grapes, we support farmers and fishermen who work sustainably with the earth.
Sharing - Here at Nirvana, we welcome guests into our home with food and wine. The Nirvana staff shares through expert, warm, professional and knowledgeable service.
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vipTimNB
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the hidden gems of the northshore. The wine list is beyond "notable" with exceptional values hidden among the great cabs, pinots, red blends and great whites. The food is beyond amazing, and you will never regret a visit!

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vipCoreyP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we've been back since the lockdown and Nirvana is still the best! Great food, great wine, great service. Great live music! Thanks to Mike, Patrick, Alan, Rubin, Greg, and Danny for making our anniversary special. It was really good to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gem of Vernon Hills, IL

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BevH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time eating outdoors. Fabulous Wine!! You always have great recommendations. Service was great. Food was great. Need mother nature to keep up the temp so we can continue to eat outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Started out wonderful but then service was non existent. They did comp us a glass of wine but disappointing! No communication. Wine very good food ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their creative menu and, as one who dines here regularly, appreciate how consistently superb they prepare every dish. Their wine list is probably the best on the north shore! Danny and his staff treat guests like family always ensuring a fabulous experience. Go on the weekend and enjoy the talented guitar player who covers all the songs we know and love. This is a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed!

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Albert
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back! With multiple friends!

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vipSusanR
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Delicious, fresh inventive food with joyful service. And great wine! One of our favorite local spots.

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RoyC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu and wine list. One of the best Old Fashioned's around. Top notch wine club too!

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DMW2
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, good selection of wine

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vipkoconnell
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at this fabulous restaurant! The food, service, ambiance and entertainment is terrific! We highly recommend this restaurant. We’re already looking forward to our next visit!

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TrueDining
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent wine & food selection. Outdoor dining, music, spacious seating. Service Superb. Greg was quite a good host.

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vipMARYK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food . only hiccup was ordered French press coffee and they made it like tea, so weak, not enough coffee. other than that will gladly come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice patio area set up and service was excellent.

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WilliamS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening for dining outside, and the outdoor space was well laid out - no Covid issues from our perspective. Food and wine were, of course, great as always. We haven't been able to drop in as frequently as we did pre-shutdown; it was nice to have a meal there again!

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DavidD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the shrimp and scallops special and the flatbreads.

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viplfgal
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a spectacular evening with Danny and team. They were very accommodating and provided my mom with soft food for her dental issues, me with my keto diet, my dog with extras from my mom, and a tasty meal for my husband. Every bite was flavorful. Our waiter even took the time to teach my husband how to make a proper lemon twist for his cocktail. 4 star outdoor dining with relaxing live music. Followed all COVID protocols. Could not have a better experience during this crazy pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nirvana never disappoints! Always consistently impeccable service, food and wine! Danny and his staff are fantastic!! Will be back again and again.

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vipJeffW1
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience. It was our first time at Nirvana.
The food was very good. Wine was excellent.
The service was outstanding.

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great catch up with a friend at Nirvana. We got to sit outside and were socially distance from other tables. Also had live music! Loved it!

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DaneY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite local places. Great food, excellent wine at good prices. Hidden gem.

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vipAshleyH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best spot in Vernon Hills! After moving to the suburbs from downtown Chicago we struggled to find restaurants of the same caliber! This place takes you to another place. Great wine and the ambiance with the music is perfect. Will be back very often !

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner outside. Food was terrific and service was wonderful and of course the wine was spectacular.

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TerrylynnD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As usual the service and dining was excellent.
The best kept secret in the suburbs for elegant dining!

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vipRdy2Eat
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites.

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EmilyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine and amazing service! Reserve a seat at the bar, the bartenders are very friendly as are the other regulars!

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vipBarbisrunning
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

There is a lot I like about Nirvana. It's comfortable, good menu and tasty food plus live music. However, this visit was off - the waiter inattentive and slow, the food pricey for what we got and the bill incorrect(it was later fixed). It was $4 off all wine by the glass but that was not reflected on the bill until we pointed it out plus they charged us for a higher priced mixed drink than ordered. The first drink order was spilled on the way to the table so it was 1/2 full. We had to remind them several times about that and it was replaced finally. While the food was tasty, the salads use to come with a roll which they no longer do.

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vipRTPD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Music was quite bad

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vipMattD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked in to live music which was a nice surprise! Sat right in front of musician and wasn't too loud to talk and hear the server. The staff was very inviting and checked in on us at the right times and kept the table well. Food was delicious and served at the proper time. As always the wine at Nirvana never ceases to impress.

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vipJodiK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nirvana is one of our favor restaurants! We had excellent service from Ruben. Danny, the manager, is always first-rate. The stuffed mushrooms special was amazing. The live music made for an extra special night!!! We’ll be back again soon!!!

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vipHealthyeater
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation, and when we first arrived they were a little snarky about giving us a table we wanted. We asked for one away from the front door and there were several open. But they said we were assigned a specific table and it couldn’t be changed. So we sat right by the front door on a cold night. However, it wasn’t too bad after all. We enjoyed the food and wine very much. A very nice cheese and charcuterie plate. Not cheap but what we expected. And our server was good. So except for our initial negative impression we enjoyed it.

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DanL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food paired with excellent wine in a relaxing atmosphere. I recommend this restaurant!

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vipSBpac
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food is always amazing, service is wonderful

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Chae
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The charcuterie was amazing. The wine selection is superb and we loved the desserts.

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vipdinout
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was terrific!

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MihirK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

the menu items were plentiful but execution was lacking. The flatbread was not seasoned properly, had to get extra salt. The wine selection was great but overpriced. Service was good there was a live performer who was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening,..,Mike takes good care of us!

Need to add gluten free pasta or rice noodles/pasta to your menu...

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, myself and my staff were looking forward to a wonderful evening getting together for our after-holiday party. Nirvana did not disappoint! It was our third year coming together here, and I am certain we will be back again! Everything was spot on!

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vipAlanH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here! Great to hang out, have awesome food, wine and listen to some mellow tunes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mike is the best ! His title may be server, but really he is the host/concierge/local tour guide/sommelier who makes a nice place seem dynamic and extra fun!! Food was very good - just perfectly seasoned, excellent quality ingredients. We will definitely go again.

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Nirvana Wine & Grillerie is rated 4.8 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.