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Permanently Closed - Vera

4.4
212 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Vera is an intimate, chef-driven restaurant and wine bar which is an evolving vision from the culinary and sommelier teams, in Chicago's red hot West Loop. Vera pioneered the modern Spanish eatery in Chicago, celebrating Midwest ingredients along side Spanish inspiration, presented simply yet elegantly. The warm and inviting décor reflects the essence of Spanish hospitality, including a deep commitment to food and family. Run by restaurant industry veterans Elizabeth and Mark Mendez, this ‘old meets new world’ restaurant and wine bar welcomes guests to enjoy a piece of Spain by plate and the globe by glass.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation


Dinner:
Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 243-9770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Mendez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carpenter
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Public transit
Green Line: Morgan St. Station
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMGauguin (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

I lived in Spain (Madrid and San Sebastian) and Vera is the closest to being at an actual wine bar in Spain that I've experienced in the U.S. Sad to see it go, but wish them success and happiness in whatever they choose to do next.

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JJJJJJ (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Thanks for having us. Vera is closing soon and has been a restaurant we've enjoyed for many years. We wish everyone from Vera the best of luck in their next chapters.

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vipChicagoLisa (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

We will miss Vera's!

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vipMamajoansie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

Vera is one of my favorite restaurants, and the food never disappoints. I was very sad not to have the kale salad which is no longer on the menu. I realize the chef is probably tired of making it, but you know how that goes. Tony Bennett is still singing "I Lost My Heart in San Francisco" because the fans expect it LOL. They used to have jazz playing, now it was not so classy music. I have to be honest and say the waiter is not my favorite. His vibe is a little condescending and I like wait staff who are more helpful and informative when choosing food and wine.

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vipNorShoreGourmand (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

Very low key on a week night but service, food and Vino were fantastic. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

We were so impressed with the delicious food and excellent service. A last minute decision to eat downtown and what a treat. We would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

The food has been better in the past. The service is fantastic as well as the wine. We have been more impressed with the food in the past than we have this visit. I wonder what happened.

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vipnrs4ya (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

I was looking forward to going to Vera as I spent a few months in Spain previously and I was excited to get a reminder of the taste of the food I had there. However, Vera's service was a little too true to form for Spanish dining. My boyfriend and I sat down around 8:20 p.m. and didn't leave until around 10:15 p.m. The service was very slow and it would have been different had the dishes been elaborate or filling, but it took 1.5 hours for a simple dish of bread and manchego cheese, a plate of serrano ham and an order of burrata to get to the table. The ham and manchego were tasty, but there was no reason to wait on them for an hour. The burrata was overly salty and had a strange flavor. The other dishes we ordered came out close together: Spanish tortilla (a simple egg and potato dish) and pork meatballs (we received 2). Overall, the food was fine, but nothing spectacular. The service is as slow as others warn and I left feeling too hungry for ordering over $100.00 of food and drink.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Well thought out restaurant with great food and a wonderful staff. Jordan is the best!

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vipLoftyWong (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

A great neighborhood joint where they remember you and you can grab a few nibbles or get your fill. And Liz knows her wine, which means the wine list is nicely curated. And Jordan makes lovely cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

What amazing food an location. Ok will go back for a afternoon lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

The ambiance was wonderful. The soft lighting and feel of the place sends you back in time. The wine menu is vast and diverse - the staff is more than willing to offer suggestions based on your preferences. Small plates really means small plates here. The good news is that they are affordable and there are plenty of enticing choices.

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BryanG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Excellent first experience. Good food, especially the mushrooms. Splendid garnache. Friendly service

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vipkmo9791 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2017

Excellent tapas! We went on a Thursday night and it was mostly full but not jam-packed, which was nice (so that you could hear yourself talk). Laid back, has a neighborhood feel. A pricey but extensive wine list.

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SJLIII (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Wine selection was great and service exceptional. Food, however, was average at best.

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vipMP7699 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

It was great, but service was a problem. They were short a server, but worked hard to keep on top of everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Good but more expensive than it should have been

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

Vera was recommended by a friend who lives in the neighborhood as a non-touristy spot. I went with a friend from out of town. It was great for getting together since we could take our time and had no trouble hearing each other. I would definitely go again and recommend it to friends.

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vipPeaceHappinessLove (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

I meet friends at Vera's often. It is a gem of a neighborhood place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

This place is fantastic. Food is good, service is very friendly, and wine choices are on-point. The tomato bread is something I crave. Can't say enough about this place.

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