Vermilion

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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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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting combinations of flavors. For the advanced palate. It felt a little deserted on a Sunday evening.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most underrated restaurant in Chicago
Definitely not your normal Indian fare ,
It’s incredible dishes are new to all and all delicious

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great! Portions are mid size, but packed with flavor. Ambience is great, perfect for a romantic date. ❤️

PR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were in Chicago past weekend because my husband ran CHICAGO Marathon and the same evening we decided to dine at Vermilion. I read about the impressive credentials of Chef Rohini and concept and menu sounded very interesting.
Somehow that day their heater broke so the place was so cold we kept our jackets on while we had dinner!
The presentation of food was unique and so did some combination- but overall taste and freshness of the food was not that great. It was very disappointing.
I was super excited to visit this restaurant and it did not met my expectations at all.

KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food at Vermilion is excellent. We have been there numerous times and have our favorites. We were sad to hear that some favorites are being discontinued. My main complaint with our recent visit is that, while we went much earlier than usual (5:15 p.m), when we walked in the door all we could smell was a super strong disinfectant cleaning smell (like Lysol or PineSol). It was over powering and really interfered with feeling great on arriving at a favorite place. But it also interfered with the signals that this is a place with great food - the signal was, rather, that of a recently cleaned public restroom. While we, of course, want things to be impeccably clean, this particular and strong smell was really off-putting. Nevertheless, the food was excellent.

SW
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience2

This was our 3rd visit to Vermilion, and will be our last. It seems that it is trying to ride on the reputation of Chef Chauhan. We visited on a Wednesday evening. The ambiance from before is gone - the lights were bright, the drapes were gone, and it smelled like disinfectant. There were only 3 tables in the restaurant, including ours. The front of house person was friendly, but seemed way out of his element. He was serving all 3 tables and tending bar as well. Service was very slow. We were there for 1-1/2 hours and no one took our entree order. We had a bottle of wine and 2 starters, which were good, but decided to cut our losses and leave. Too many fantastic restaurants in Chicago. I don't expect they will be open for long unless something chanages.

HS
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friends get together - food was good but not enough food for the price. It was very dull on a Friday evening with just two other groups, wasn’t lively

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

extremely rude. didnt even make it cause a guy called me on the phone very arrogant asking if i was coming or not (1 hour before the dinner and VERY rude) this restaurant is always empty... now i know why!

RU
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique food preparation and careful service makes this a special place.

d
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Service excellent. On a Friday evening there were only a few parties in a very large restaurant.

PY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not so great food. Not worth at all.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience.. amazing food very frndly staff... a must visit place

m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!

RA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique Excellent Delicious Indian Fusion food ! Beautiful ambiance ! Great service!!! 👍👍👍👍👍

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. I will definitely visit again when I am in Chicago.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fusion of Indian and Latin food. We've eaten at the Vermilion in NYC and we were sorry to see it closed in NYC. Garlic Naan was crispy and chewy. The coconut rice had just the right hint of coconut. The duck was exquisite.

C
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We waited over two hours for food. There appeared to be only one server, and she seemed bothered every time you asked her for anything. Would not recommend.

KS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is really creepy. Unattractive interior. Ghostly empty when we walked in on a Saturday night Two tables in a very large dining room were occupied. No bartender or servers in sight. A host came up and greeted/seated us. Poured waters. Left menu. Disappeared. After 6 or 7 minutes in an eerily silent room with no sign of the host or any other employee we got the creeps and quietly left. Wont be back.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the food at Vermillion. Its inventive and very flavorful. I was at a dinner for 6 people and everyone loved it. The Ribs with a turmeric sauce was the standout for me. Fall off the bone tender and delicious. I really appreciated that the noise level was modest. There was background music but it was subtle. It made conversation so much easier and more pleasant, even at a large table. I would definitely do back.

k
Cincinnati
90 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. We eat here every time we are in Chicago - once or twice a year. The service is slow, but the dishes are prepared 1 at a time. Everything is worth the wait. We were the only table on a Friday evening. One table was leaving when we arrived and another family was seated as we were finishing. I don't know why it isn't a hopping place like it was years ago.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived on time for reservation, restaurant nearly empty, but we were sat at a table near the far back, at the kitchen door next to a barrier that hides extra things for the restaurant. It was the worst seat in the place.

Ordered a selection of appetizers, entrees, wine and beer. The appetizers were good. The main course - tandoori skirt steak, arrived cold. The wine served from the open bottle tasted vastly different from the newly opened, assume the first bottle was from past day(s). Server mistaken on the contents of a dish, when asked again, server never went back to confirm. We then checked on leaving with the manager, who said server incorrect.

What hurt is that we had a special guest from Tokyo with us, and the experience could not have been worse - only the appetizers and the masala fries were decent. The rest of the experience - and that’s what matters could not have been worse. Not sure how Vermillion received the accolades it did...

CR
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Vermillion is no longer the stand-out it once was..

BF
Dubai
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very disappointing, the food was terrible. We had the tasters menus for Omnivore. First they only brought out one plate, how do you share one lamb chop? One scallop? When we said we wanted the second one it was obvious that they set the one aside while preparing the other. When we finally got it the one we as ice cold. Not that it mattered even warm wouldn’t have improved it. Tried the shrimp curry as well, not good. Would not recommend this place nor will we return.

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails, tasty food, great ambiance.

OT
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really quiet night on Easter so we had the entire restaurant pretty much to ourselves. Latin & Indian fusion is a step out of our comfort zone but we really enjoyed the entire experience. The staff was friendly & helpful with food selections. All dishes were very flavorful. Loved the Lobster Portuguese!! Also, the churros were a great dessert.

EB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

f
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

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

DC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my vegetarian daughter. Vegetarian tasting menu was outstanding!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

a
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our food was spilled and served cold

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother food Emma’s amazing. Very special experience