Parachute

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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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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Very intimate setting. Unique menu selections. Had one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had - Cocktail #2 with bourbon and tea. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try a new, nice place.

PP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ventured into Parachute on a Thursday evening. The food, drinks and service was exceptional. We started by asked our server Claire for her recommendations. While we enjoyed all the dishes that were served, Claire's recommendations were our favorites for the evening. We started with the baked potato bing bread server with sour cream butter. Think twice-baked potato in bread. YUM! Our favorite dishes were ddukbokki which is pork and plum sofrito with rice noodles and hamachi crudo with plum vinegar. That being said, every dish was delicious and unique in it's own way. We loved it all! Engage your server and let them guide you though the menu as you will not be disappointed!

GS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Though acclaimed with ONE Michelin STAR; it didn’t evoke the quality of one. Our expectations: from what the local community had to say about it, were disappointing. Revered in its concept, our experience with parachute showed a lack of ‘love’ for food and dynamism in its execution. GOOD food: create interesting culinary experiences; GREAT food: create memorable events. FANTASTIC food: give you a sense of longing, and regress you to moments where you wish life was that good.

Parachute? I expected more. Is it worthy of ONE STAR? Sure, why not. But then again, if you line up all ONE STAR restaurants to one another; such as: NEXT, Elizabeth, Band of Bohemia, Roister, etc. Though all unique in their own category; Parachute barely makes the cut.

Mind you, everyone has different experiences and everyone has different standards. However, I say: go to Parachute and give it a shot. Food is GOOD. But is it worth remembering? Worth going again? In my opinion: No.

D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great, but I was underwhelmed by about half of our dishes. As an example, the steak was cooked medium rare but I could barely chew or cut through it, I had to leave it on my plate.

KY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and was a great play on traditional Korean food. The service was great and we felt very attended to. We brought our kids because we heard the food was kid friendly, and we were happily surprised by their kids menu, which you often get have at a Korean restaurant.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They happily accommodate kids and were super nice about pushing back our reservation when we were stuck in traffic. Amazing food and ambience.

F
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner. we had a wonderful waitress who explained the menu to us and offered suggestions. we decide on the tasting menu and we were glad we did. It was a lot of food all of which was delicious. You could tell each recipe was made with care and a careful combination of tastes for a delicious outcome. I would definitely recommend Parachute and I would dine there again

n
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was recommended by a friend from Vancouver. It was a bit out of the way from
our downtown hotel but the food was worth the trip.

N
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

OMG!! So delicious! We ordered what the staff recommended- tempura peppers, the bread, ddukbokki, pork katsu, and matcha tiramisu- and not a single item disappointed! The food was so amazing! Definitely would recommend to anyone!

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

we were very disappointed as we had looked forward to this dinner for quite some time. the menu was quite lim ited and didn't have some of the items that we had read about in prior reviews. the best was the bread...it was outstanding. we had the tempura peppers, there were only 3 and in the review there were 4. they were nicely done but very very spicy. so was the dish that had a pork ragu sort of sauce on
these gnocchi -like things. wish i had a menu now to say exactly what it was called. it was way too spicy for our taste...our lips became numb...and the amount was miniscule for the price. we bhd the tuna bimbambop and thought it was fair...we had two of them and we also had athe steak which was not tender at all. with 3 drinks the bill was almost 200 with a very generous tip. the servie was fine and the hostess was terrific. over priced for sure and no plans to return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience at Parachute! The servers treated us extremely well and the chefs provided food that was unique and delicious.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s “on-the -fly” menu was great

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service staff was fantastic being both knowledgeable and helpful . The food was flavorful.

PE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. I would highly recommend the off the cuff menu. It is a great value, and I was able to try multiple items of the menu that I probably would not have tried otherwise.

M
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a truly amazing meal at Parachute - we went for the Tasting Menu and was overwhelmed in the best of ways. Definitely worth doing this set menu because it was so worth it and also gave the best tastes that the kitchen had to offer - every dish was so unique and unlike anything we had tried before. And the service couldn't be beat! All the staff was so lovely and helpful.

OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came from Alaska to try Parachute and it did not disappoint. We went with the “Off the cuff” menu and asked that they incorporate the bibimbap. Everything was outstanding, the potato bing bread is the best bread I’ve ever had. I highly recommend getting off the beaten path and treating yourself to Parachute.

MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly and overall loved the experience. This was our first time and it did not disappoint. We let the kitchen feed us for the night, instead of picking off the menu. Everything was excellent!

G
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was creative, interesting, tasty food. The server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with planning the meal. The bread was irresistible. The bibimbop with tuna allowed us to eat the tuna raw or cook it as much as we liked. It was fun. There’s no other restaurant like this.

CD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While we all enjoyed our meal at Parachute, I always ask myself if I couldn't have enjoyed a meal just as much at a lower price point. The food was all delicious and I ate Yuba and Jimmy Nardello peppers for the first time and I always enjoy "firsts" so I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner.

C
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fact the people aren’t fighting each other and trying to sell reservations second hand blows my mind.

I’m still in trouble because I told my wife I wanted the Baked Potato bing bread to be my new wife.

I’ve never experienced dishes so perfectly balanced.

JD
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good but not worth the price relative to other places in Chicago. I had read so many great reviews and it didn’t live up to my expectations. For me, some of the dishes were just too offbeat - felt like the effort was to be unusual first versus just a great disk. For example, the bibimbap was not even close to a good one from a Korean place. The tofu sheets - highly touted by the waiter - MEH.
Wine list was sketchy. Mexican wine? And it wasn’t good. I don’t recommend.

w
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service was incredible!! Congratulations, this place is a gem!!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal at Parachute- fantastic food, great service, and unique cocktails. We are sad that we don't live in Chicago so that we could come back regularly. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server did an excellent job describing the wines, especially since a member in our group is a sommelier.

M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the experience, the expense and specifically, the off the cuff menu. Everything I experienced was amazing. This staff is outstanding!

O
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Trust the prixe fixe menu with the pairings every time. Parachute will never steer you wrong.

NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is Sublime! I'd eat here every night if I could. It's just is so fascinating, and plenty without being too much. I love all the Asian influences, and it's about the only place to have fish! This is the perfect restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did off the cuff menu and It was an amazing experience! Recommended💯!!

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the bing bread, ddokbokki, bibimbap, whole trout, bingsu, and matcha tiramisu. Everything was delightful, but I'd say the must orders are the bing bread and bibimbap!

OC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at Parachute and they continue to put out wonderful dishes. Literally, every dish we had (7 of them) was outstanding. We had the Bami Bread, Oysters with pear vinagrette, Pork dish, Flank Steak, and a wonder Mochi dessert (and I usually don't like Mochi).

The service was very attentive. Every dish was served with an explanation, which was helpful.

Also had the tequila cocktail, which was a perfectly balanced drink, not to sweet, and very smooth.

If you like a food adventure, you have to try Parachute.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine. Had a reserscsion at 615 and they served us earlier. Had the off the cuff menu. It was amazing.

PK
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was extremely loud. The menu needed to be explained but it was so hard to hear that it was difficult to determine what they were saying.
Food was tasty.

JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Parachute is not like anything I've had before. We indulged in the "Off the Cuff" chef's tasting menu and we were not disappointed. The flavors and texture combinations were vibrant and unusual. There is an extensive wine list to complement any meal choice. What truly made this a wonderful experience was the service. We had at least 6 different people serve us a dish and each one was completely knowledgeable about the food, engaging, and very easy to talk to. The only shortfall is the noise level; we were lucky to be accommodated and tucked away in one of two off the main dining room four-tops -- the main dining room consists mostly of a communal table and the noise level was very, very high. Not a great situation for older folks like us, but the side table worked great and we had a fabulous evening!

t
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute was absolutely delicious! Service was exceptional. Would have liked to have seen more tables for two, since my husband and I are on a date, but overall we loved it and will definitely go back!

V
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The pickles were good though they tasted a lot less pickled than I expected. The pickled cabbage was our favorite of the selection as I could barely even tell that the bean sprouts or the celery were pickled at all. We were disappointed that they only had one type of soju, and that it was by the glass instead of by the bottle.

The pear mignonette on the oysters was more savory than I'd expected, but paired well with the brininess of the oysters. The bibimbap was delicious, probably the highlight of the meal, and the food runner who prepared it for us table side was super sweet and fun to talk to with frankly more personality than the rest of the staff we interacted with combined. She seemed like she enjoyed preparing the bibimbap as well. I didn't really care for the communal style tables, but I understand their necessity in a tiny, cramped room. The trout was good, but perhaps an overly simple presentation; there was no garnish, or sauce, or anything whatsoever. Just a butterflied fish on plate. Perhaps Parachute is worth another shot, but our first experience was pretty forgettable.

CF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This is a restaurant selling hipster food to white people. And sure that food is competently executed and mostly tasty, but it's overpriced and not particularly korean. Their bibimbap was really small and the addition of tomatoes and eggplant didn't really wow me; the "ddokbokgi" was tiny and sauced with ragu, which I guess is kinda clever but again, didn't wow me; actually, everything was all concept and not much execution. The korean-ish food only made me crave truly korean food. Also, $9 for banchan (which is usually free)? Yeah, not gonna bother with this place again.

TM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very modestly priced. The 'Off the Cuff' menu turned out to be the best way to go. Really filled up our group's hunger. I really enjoyed the fusion of different flavors and would love to visit again on my next Chicago trip.

K
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative Korean-y food. Good staff guidance on how much to order.

m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We took some friends and they loved the place and the food. We were seated promptly and the service was great. As return customers we thought that the potato bread was not as amazing as on previous occasions, but still great meal overall.

CT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of four enjoyed selecting and sharing a bunch of selections. We were lucky to get a private table, as they don’t guarantee this.

The service was attentive, personal and knowledgeable. They suggested 9-12 shared plates for our party and gave great guidance to one of our guests who wanted to eat Keto compliant options, although they couldn’t offer any substitutions.

There were no misses; the fish, pork, beef and other dishes all offered delicious flavors and were perfectly prepared.

They did ask us to give up your table at the end of the meal, a policy they advise ahead at their website so we weren’t taken aback.

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