Parachute

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired cuisine, that we like to call Korean American. Please understand although we strive to serve food and drink with distinction we are still a small independent family run restaurant. No smoke and mirrors here. Just food from the heart. Our space is limited and our staff is small. We believe that we have the ability and resources to make all of our guests happy while dining in our "home" (as we see it). It can get loud in here when we are full but we believe this adds to the convivial atmosphere we provide. We are always happy here and this shows in the spirit of our restaurant. We look forward to serving you with all of our hearts and a smile!

Our sister restaurant, Wherewithall, is right down the street so feel free to walk over for a pre-dinner snack or a post-dinner drink!
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L
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parachute is one of our favorites -laces in Chicago to eat. Not only do you have an amazing meal, but, their cocktails, wine and service are beyond compare. Love, love, love Parachute.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Weekend 💘

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GA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is inventive and absolutely delicious, and the service is stellar. Our server had a note from our first visit a couple years ago that I had an allergy, so they prepared an annotated menu for me ahead of time indicating which dishes would be safe. Wow! Totally impressed. They were friendly, attentive and had great recommendations as well as a deep knowledge of their wines. Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! A bit too pricey to frequent anything more than a few times a year, but I wanted to lick the plate clean for 9O% of the items put in front of me. A superb dinning experience all the way around

SP
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melt in your mouth food. We sat at the bar. We went with the severs suggestions on many of the dishes and were so impressed. Perfectly paced meal as well. We never felt rushed. Cannot wait to go back. The Mackerel is a MUST order.

LR
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our favorite restaurant in Chicago. These people still know what hospitality means, and still serve some of the most creative, yet honest, food in this city. The servers actually know everything about the wine and food and are so warm and friendly. Every trip to Chicago means a trip to Parachute, for sure.

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were 30 minutes early, at 6:00 rather than the 6:30, and sat right away. The hostess was very accommodating and personable. She offered the available counter and took us and showed it to us as available right away, rather than a table for two or community table at short wait time.

The Bing Bread was yummy! So much so, I wish I'd orderered a full, rather than a half loaf for two. It was like nothing I'd ever had, and I'm a breads lover. The appetizer roll was yummy. The clams were delicious and interesting. The mackerel, I enjoyed the sweet onion wababi accompaniment. The brisket was interesting and potentially delicious, fall apart tender, not too spicy, but was soooooo salty, I really would have preferred to send it back, we both thought salty to the point of inedible. The coffee was delicious, Metric Honduras, French Press. The desserts were amazing! We both could have eaten multiples! My birthday, the candle was a lovely and a most appreciated touch in the Tiramisu. The matcha was a delicious and interesting take on Tiramisu, yummy enough to eat a few! One of my favorite gelatoes is black seasame. So the Koreapolitan ice cream trio was amazing! The yuzu citrus third was new to me and a striking counternote to the rich, deep black seasame, and the mellow adzuki bean in between. I wish the menu would have had a few more choices, things to go back and try.

Enjoyed the ambiance. We ate at the counter. One of the owners waited on us while his wife, counterpart, skillfully tended the bar. He was attentive and interesting, a bit too rushing and pushy. I teach middle school, 34 years, with rushing bells all day. And a birthday, I would have enjoyed courses, not ordering all at once. ...Even ten minutes more. Then, our clams would have come out before the entree. Looked forward to the reservation and drove 105 minutes one way. We were out of the restaurant in an hour. The kitchen was fast, serving a full, small restaurant, dishes hot.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely wonderful date night dinner! Food was creative, wonderful, and very fairly priced. We especially loved the broccoli salad, Bing bread, and the stew. The atmosphere was also very quaint and fun. Will definitely return!

TS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Recommendation would depend on friend’s. Expectations and sophistication. Food was fine but not as good as any of 100 restaurants in Korea town in nyc or pal park in NJ. Good service. Definitely not blown away by any of the dishes. Also, too pricey for what it is.

CB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We are regulars and always love Parachute and now Wherewithall. Our visit this week was disappointing. The oysters were too warm, mignonette with Apple lifeless. The pickles all too crunchy not fermented enough. The main dish of brisket and the smoked tofu ssam - was just not that satisfying. Experimentation with a tiramisu held promise but was layered with way too much cream. We just felt the flavors, experiments lacked balance - the entire dinner was off kilter. Hope chef gets back into the groove soon - we love Parachute but not this week!

ZM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was nice to be able to try a diverse of Korean food that is different from your average Korean restaurant. However, the dishes are way over priced for what they are. Our waiter also advised us to order way too much food.

JA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow! What a lovely night! We chose the kitchen’s choice and Easley piece was better than the one before. Food runner took as much pride and care as our server did. We will be back

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Get the BING bread, clams, scuttlefish, broccoli salad.
The scuttlefish was A+
Skip the tuna (covered in weird sauce) and pickles (they aren't cucumbers, but other veggies!)

RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and ambience were outstanding. Our only issue was that there were long pauses between courses where we were waiting for our food -- at one point over 20 minutes.

T
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very fancy, chef tasting menu. But we felt that we filled up on the heavy apps and had to take our mains home. It was good and definitely inventive, but a one time visit for us.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. My husband is vegan and though they don’t do modifications they had plenty of delicious vegan dishes. And all the staff has been informed of him being vegan and were very attentive and knowledgeable. Such a professional yet warm and engaging staff!

a
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautifully thought out food. Good service and great ambiance. Will be back for sure!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the wine pairings. Service was amazing...we can’t wait to go back! Thanks for a wonderful birthday meal for my husband!

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very informed waitstaff. The menu was limited but everyone found something they enjoyed.
The Bing bread complimented the food and we’d recommend it to diners especially if you’re going for a few of their spicy items (i.e. the pickles )

l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant -- just wish it were closer to home and we'd go more often. The food is so interesting and inventive. The absolute standout on this visit was jiap chae (spelling?) made into a nori wrapped and lightly tempura fried with a nice dipping sauce. It was so good I really wanted to have another go at it for dessert. Service is very friendly and informative. Dishes arrive as they're ready. Really good wine by the glass. There were small groups, couples and families enjoying the restaurant. We were there very early so the noise level was moderate.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, tasting menu for NYE was phenomenal and varied and plenty of food, great addition of the hats and horns and champagne toast at midnight. Thanks for an excellent evening!

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always spend our special occasions here and never been disappointed!

M
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal - the NYE special continued to impress. Highlights were the nigiris, the cod and the beef au poivre!

KC
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. I’ve dined there multiple times and the food this time was the best ever.

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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L
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parachute never disappoints! Outstanding food, service & cocktails!

b
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Korean influenced food is simply terrific
Best dish was the tofu
Where do they source these terrific oysters?

s
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I shared 4 plates and 1desert. We had the potato bing bread (very good), the tuna (surprisingly spicy), scrapple ( very good) and cuttlefish (excellent) and black rice pudding (wonderful). The couple next to us was having the 65 pp chef's choice, and that looked even better!
Some communal table, but not an issue, as you can talk and hear easily.

T
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Weird smell in restaurant. Wasn’t food related. Got better as more cooking smells permeated restaurant but still got lingering odor.

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was very excited to dine at Parachute given accolades. I was disappointed. The food was just OK and the value was similar. The tuna and cuttlefish were both really good, but not that unique. The Sondae scrapple was bland and presented in an unattractive manner--a real miss and I like blood sausgae. The short rib also was a miss; the raw cremini mushrooms did nothing for the dish and the chestnuts and radishes were bit players. For the price and (lack of) ambiance, I would not run back.

RL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was just ok. I expected better. Nothing blew us away.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at Parachute is very inventive which makes for a fun, different experience. Our server was very good and made us feel at home. The only shortcoming was the short rib which was a bit tough. Otherwise it was very good.

A
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I highly recommend to go with the chef’s tasting menu. The Wine pairings are also well selected. In addition, we decided to go the extra mile with another great bottle recommendation from the staff to add to our meal.

My only suggestion and or change would be to tone down the glaze crust on the white fish dish and or add another lime wedge.

We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was delicious! Would highly recommend the broccoli salad and the mackerel. Service was great too. Although it is a little far out the city center, it is definitely worth the trip.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parachute is consistently incredible.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parachute is always amazing. Food was so delicious. We always come here for special occasions! Love Parachute!

AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was both impeccable and extremely helpful. The portions were on the small side. Food was extremely well prepared. I'm not sure we enjoyed the Korean-fusion cuisine. Would probably have preferred straight Korean to be honest.

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