Vermilion

4.1
1853 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic
A global unique melding of contemporary Indian and Latin American cuisines. Lauded by Chicago Tribune 3 stars, Time, FT, WSJ, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, Chicago, Bon Appetit, Esquire. Tapas, fusion entrees, regional Indian fare. Featuring marquis items by eight celebrity chefs for the James Beard Vermilion Women in Culinary scholarship and CFW program, as a woman led entity.

Heart of downtown Chicago, we offer a global wine list, artisan latin & signature cocktails (raves by Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast), a fashionable lounge ideal for after-work. The perfect venue for social or corporate events with an eclectic twist to seafood, meats, tasting menus, and a custom vegetarian menu.

Our innovative cuisine includes tandoori skirt steak, lobster portuguese (#1 dish worldwide USA Today), chimichurri NY Strip, tamarind blackened ribs, seafood saffron paella, regional Indian fare, a custom vegetarian menu of over 20 options, & decadent desserts.
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EB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I had to track down the host to remind them of my reservation, no one greeted us. There were only two other couples in the dining room and yet the service was extremely slow. Every step of the dinner took way too long for the amount of people there.
Then when we got the bill the server told us he forgot to add the drinks, so another 10 minute wait in addition to waiting for our leftovers to get packed up. It would have been nice of them to acknowledge our wait time and maybe comp one of the drinks especially since it was a birthday dinner.
The food was amazing as always, but we’ve had amazing service as well here in the past...so it was disappointing.

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f
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is nicely presented. It is an innovative blend of Indian and Latin taste. Delicious!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

NOt anymore - after 15 years menu is tired and behind where sophisticated fusion is today
Lost its charm - restaurant is big and always almost empty so "dead" vibe - last visit was Friday night 7:30 pm

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I was taken to Vermillion for my birthday dinner. My first and probably last time for me. Though the food was ok, the portions, just the right size, it was nothing outstanding for the price. The service was great! The restaurant itself is just too busy for my tastes. The outdoor furniture inside was a big turn-off . Overall, nothing out of the ordinary here. I will not be back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice decor, not loud at all, drinks were good but food wasn't great

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DC
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice meal at Vermillion. The service was nice and food was good if a bit over-fancy. We particularly enjoyed the scallops; the lamb chops in particular seemed over-spiced.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Latin/Indian fusion food is full of delightful surprise, and the fancy cocktails are fun. At the price point, surely one of the best restaurant values in Chicago.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place.... very frndly service...flavorful food.... a must visit restaurant.... will b returning wit frnds soon....

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed in the service and how slow it was. Staff was rude. Food wasn’t great and over priced for sure especially Valentine’s Day!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my vegetarian daughter. Vegetarian tasting menu was outstanding!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was sub par, food was bland and they were out of the batter for dosas which my friend and I both wanted to order as entrees. The methi paneer had no flavor to it. I will not return to this restaurant.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and family enjoyed eating here. Awesome service and food. We will see you guys soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was average at best. There was a loud party going on when we arrived. The wine I was served was spoiled. I sent it back and was not charged.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our food was spilled and served cold

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c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother food Emma’s amazing. Very special experience

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JS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience! Creative, unique, wonderful tasting food. Attentive service which included explaining the ingredients in each dish. Would definitely return.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant positions itself as a “fine dining” one but starting from the greeting by the host, the seating arrangements , the wait times were ridiculously bad experiences. The price of the food is that of a fine dining restaurant but all the other aspects are anything but that. Will recommend against - particularly for special occasions. This is such a downer.

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EC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a family of 4 and had a great time. Food and service was awesome.

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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We loved the food and service. Will recommend to friends and family.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Specially, the butter chicken and lamb shank was very good. I will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great night with my girlfriend. We loved the food and service. The ambiance was awesome with soft music in the background. It was our date night and we were so glad that picked Vermilion.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

When my brother requested Indian for his college graduation/family celebration meal, I remembered I had been to Vermillion ~8 years ago, and its upscale, Indian/Latin fusion would be perfect. I wish I would have checked current reviews: We walked in at 7:30 on a Saturday night and were the only table in the place. It was embarrassing. The food was fine (thank god), with some hits and misses--and service was fine since really, there were at max 4 tables in the place. But the ambiance really gave a "dying restaurant" vibe, and sadly, wouldn't recommend.

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KH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff were WONDERFUL and some of the food was highly tasty which was encouraging. When we had the appetizers, I was hopeful. The drinks were pleaseant but did not seem to have the standard 1.5 ounce of alcohol rhat a cocktail should have. The entrees received mixed reviews. Two of us were underwhelmed by the seafood stew and the steak; some thought it was good. One person loved the lamb.
Overall, it feels like this restaurant needs an infusion of love. We and one other party were the only patrons. This is a shame for the place has been considerably more vibrant in years past.

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Need more veggie dishes particularly for vegetarians

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ML
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Main Coates’s over cooked. Steak and the lobster and the lamb.

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d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service! Our host Kadir was very pleasant, informative and friendly. Highly recommend it!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Great host, not much else to write about

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The server was nice. The flavors were layered and decent. The price point just didnt match the food items. Our lobster in a coconut gravy came out cold the first time and the second time it was undercooked, for 35$ I would have expected more put of this dish. They seemed understaffed as well the hostess was waiting on tables also. Ot was 3 people serving the whole place. Food is definitely spicy if you like that and the flavors are unique. However, the cost just doesn't match the flavors or portion size.

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JB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butter chicken was excellent (this is one of my favorite dishes). The presentation was great in the traditional lunch box. The starters and cocktails were very good as well.

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B
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have eaten there many times and have loved the food Tuesday night was a horrible experience They had no staff and the one person there was too busy to even bring us some sparkling water. After waiting for 30 minutes with no service we left This is how great restaurants fade away. We are heartbroken to see this restaurant on the way out We would not recommend anyone go there

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my girlfriends birthday. The server who was also, the hostess, the bartender, busser, everything, she was amazing. She made everything very special for my lady. Rose petals on the table to an elaborate decorative plate with a candle for dessert.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butter Chicken was very good (I eat that about everywhere I go, so I have some point of reference). Chef prepared it with some requested heat — loved it! The presentation was really eclectic — preserving Indian tradition with a “lunch box”. Great touch! DeAndra the server/bar tender was over the top friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice and sexy inside. Loved it, from the complimentary amuse to my dessert. We weren’t going to get dessert at first because we were so full but the server raved about the mango flan. Everything was perfect.

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A
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really bad food. Even the basics like palak paneer and butter chicken were bad.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst food ever. Do not go to this restaurant . It’s not worth the money. Very high $ for the worst food .

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Empty and seemed to be dying - service was 2 people total for the restaurant, very nice, only semi-attentive, but made a few mistakes. Really overpriced.

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Z
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We absolutely loved the food! There are plenty of delicious food options. The service was great too. The interior decor/design does not match the amazing food and service. An update of the interior space would greatly improve the dining experience.

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JP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Food was very good with spice but not overbearing. Service was exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We came to celebrate my wife's birthday - this was our 2nd visit but after a long time. They had done a great job in setting a table with rose petals and servers were attentive making her feel special. However, we found that menu was limited and not as eclectic as Vermilion is expected to be. Food was fairly standard Indian cuisine with perhaps slightly better presentation. The prices were exorbitant and one can get far better food at much lower prices.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vermilion was totally different then what I was expecting. Everything we ordered was amazing, the service was wonderful
& the drinks were good. I was disappointed with the Pani Puri Margarita, it’s wasn’t as nice as everyone had described to me. The sweet pepper soup wasn’t very good at all. Presentation was very nice. They gave an amazing decorated plate for my friends birthday. Overall very good experience!!

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