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Vermilion

3.8
1993 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic

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Good Vegetarian Options
Vermilion is an intrepid and lauded melding of Indian and Latin American fare. We believe in bold flavors and unpretentious real food with finesse. Our cocktails are equally innovative with artisan botanic "herb & spice" and nonalcoholic drinks. We offer a boutique global & Latin wine list. Expect unique dishes like Tandoori Skirt Steak, Tamarind Chili Blackened Ribs, Lobster Portuguese (#1 dish USA Today), Crab Tellicherry. Takeout is offered, as are curated Experiences.

We are lauded Best Restaurants by Travel & Leisure, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Town & Country, Wine Enthusiast, Chicago magazine. We relaunched with a stunning sensual new white interior, dramatic fire table, metal wall, Moorish corner, bar lights curtain, white gazebo dining patio. We are woman led and champion women. Founder of Let's Talk Womxn. Founder/Chair of the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program for a decade.

Safety precautions include distanced tables, dividers, masks, sanitation, weekly testing.
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Experiences

  • Let's Talk Womxn Five Restaurant Feast Takeout

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 3, 2021 only

    Party Size of 1 is a 2-person Meal ($100). MENU IS OMNIVORE. MUST CHOOSE VEGETARIAN ADD-ON IF DESIRED, AS MANY AS NEEDED. Feast on a five course dinner spanning five cuisines and continents for two adults by Found Kitchen (Seasonal American), Saigon Sisters (Vietnamese), NaKorn (Thai), Hewn Bakery and Vermilion (Indian-Latin). No substitutions. A meal cannot be split. Takeout is between 5-6pm at Vermilion. Let's Talk Womxn is an action-led movement of women restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in Food & Drink. Founded a year ago, we are 40+ of us in Chicago and 400+ across 12 cities. Find us on www.letstalkwomxn.com and engage with us on instagram @letstalkwomxnchi. It is founded by Rohini Dey, Ph.D., owner Vermilion.
  • Five Restaurant Feast Dine-In by Let's Talk Womxn

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 3, 2021 only

    MENU IS OMNIVORE - MUST CHOOSE VEGETARIAN ADD-ON IF DESIRED. Feast on a 5 course dinner spanning continents and cuisines by Found Kitchen (Seasonal American), Saigon Sisters (Vietnamese), NaKorn (Thai), Hewn Bakery and Vermilion (Indian-Latin). Meet the 5 restaurateurs. Hear the inside scoop about restaurants. A fabulous informal evening for all who enjoy fantastic food. Invite family & colleagues. Let's Talk Womxn is an action-led movement of women restaurateurs in Food & Drink. Founded a year ago, we are 400+ across 12 cities. Find us on www.letstalkwomxn.com and engage with us on IG @letstalkwomxnchi. It is founded by Rohini Dey, Ph.D., owner Vermilion. No substitutions or dietary accommodations. The event is at 6pm at Vermilion.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1993 people are saying
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MarkB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Poor service, lack of good vegetarian options, and I left hungry

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

One dish was very good, and the other dish was not. Not a great atmosphere is very slow

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Chocko
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Ordered the Indian Regal Experience meal on #OpenTable. The price was outrageous, but said to myself would have a good meal. But turns out the whole experiences was a disaster. The meal does not even come with rice or bread.?! Hv had great meal @ #Vermilion b4.

Also how can Open Table charge me 18% tip without consent.

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SumanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I have been dining out for over 30 years in all types of establishments and have NEVER been this disappointed, angry and frustrated by any restaurant like I was at Vermillion. Longer review and emails to Owners will follow with further details

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vipSurajS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was quite not to the mark . Crab curry was salty . They were kind to take it back and fix, but I wonder how could u remove salt from a already made curry . What came back still was salty . I wasn’t comfortable sending it back again and ate that salty thing . Also other items we got weren’t great either , I asked if paratha was made of whole wheat , we were told yes but it clearly was of maida. Price per piece was also way too much for that unhealthy paratha . We were told the beef wasn’t spicy but it ended up being spicy . So all in all average food for expensive pricing .

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vipChrisB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! One of the best restaurants in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Royal Indian feast. Food well prepared and spiced. Service was really accommodating. We will be back!

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AnnaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy spot with spectacular food and fabulous service!

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Gourmet
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food , eclectic ,different , delicious ,. the ambience very good , classic ,love every thing about this great restaurant .

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NoName
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not clear if the food was made fresh to order and cooked appropriately
Did not have great service..and when requests made the staff was not responsive in the way I would have liked.

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SaraK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Interesting dishes, nicely seasoned, friendly service, pretty surroundings. Also liked the cocktails. Atmosphere was a little too quiet because there were only a few other customers on a Saturday evening,

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robertb
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food & drinks were excellent, but the room was near deserted, lacked energy & character. It felt more like we were dining at a pop-up, instead of an established restaurant in Chicago's swanky River North neighborhood.

Service was attentive, and food came out quickly. However it was upsetting that there was no valet parking offered after seeing on both their website and OpenTable that they did offer valet parking. And for anyone who's tried to park their car in downtown Chicago, you know how much of a life saver valet parking is instead of trying to find a nearby garage or lot.

All-in-all the experience was mixed; great food & drinks combined with good service, but lacking the flair, energy, and extra little things that make a restaurant a DESTINATION spot for nights out.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I usually don't drink but ended up having 2 margaritas they were really good.

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AimeeN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again date night with my babe. Third time is a charm! Definitely now is our top go to fav restaurants! This time we booked the Indian-Latin Experience. From the ambience, food delivery, taste and cocktails, you can’t go wrong. Nevera dissatisfied. A BIG SHOUT OUT to the GREATEST bartender ever, PACHECO!!!! You are a truly know your clients and their taste buds to the tee. You are a true gem. Can’t thank you enough!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Ambience was not good, nor was the food for the price.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food! I am indian and their flavors were perfect and authentic just like back home! Especially the butter paneer, portuguese goan gobi curry, tamarind paneer! Loved all of it. A must visit for Indians and indian food lovers visiting Chicago

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AimeeN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again another hit out of the park! Pacheco you rock!!!

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vipNLH88
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

We never made it to dinner, as we were so turned off by the ambience! For what this restaurant is charging for food and drinks, they really need to work on their surroundings. Decoration was cheap looking, lights were too bright, the furniture was cafeteria style, and the noise level was over the top loud and echoing throughout the place. Just a terrible place to be in when looking for a Good Friday night place to dine. Ended up going to RPM steak instead. Needs major make-over if they want any business!

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BiaN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I wouldn’t want anyone wasting their precious time or money wasted here, took out a friend for a diwali menu. The menu is mentioned on the website when you are reserving but sadly its not the same when they are served. Pani puri had such small amount of pani, never paid for green chatni.. the waiter told me if i need extra chatni(sauce) its $5…. Clearly he was annoyed when we asked for extra chatni, butter chicken had no rice or naan to go with. Thats just the bennning, i can write pages and pages of disappointment. Money wasted!!!!!! I was heart broken … got overly excited to see diwali menu and wasted my friend’s event.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Food was mediocre. Service was abysmal. We needed to ask for plates and silverware. We had to almost shout at the waiter to get his attention in a not very busy restaurant. Went there a couple of years ago and it was great. No more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Would eat here again.

JJ
JasnaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great space and our guests loved the food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Vermilion. It had a nice ambience. The food was very good and the waiter was very nice and helpful in recommending things for us to try.

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Amanda
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was absolutely amazing! All the food had such interesting, spectacular flavors, our cocktails were uniquely delicious, and Alex took such great care of us! We will definitely be back.

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vipEdwardW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu options, while limited, were very interesting. We had a crispy kale appetizer which was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The butter chicken is fire.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was fantastic, it was a great infusion, some of the best curry I have had.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. Had to send the paneer back as it was too salty. Lamb chops didn’t have flavor. Had to sprinkle chaat masala to eat it! Same thing with cauliflower ka and. Tamarind paneer was good.

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TrentC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed everything we had to eat and drink here. However, I don’t think it was completely worth the price. That’s my only complaint. Everything else was outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in this evening due to a friends recommendation, service was a bit slow, but so far everywhere is nowadays days, but the food is definitely worth it. Some of the best butter chicken in the city. I enjoyed the openness of the floor and the music was really nice. Overall I recommend this place.

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always! Wonderful personal service. Thank you.

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vipthww
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Sitting outside, the sidewalk area was extraordinarily noisy, but what was worse was that the seating was next door to a cigar shop where - can't blame them - its patrons were smoking cigars outdoors the entire time we were eating. Food was unusual but ultimately just so-so, and surprisingly heavy on meat for a restaurant with Indian influences. Our server was attentive but the kitchen seemed slow to produce our orders despite there being only a few tables with diners outdoors and another few indoors. (Since it was our choice to sit outside, we also checked out the indoor seating, which seemed extremely harsh and unpleasantly lit.)

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vipTomeav
London
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad to be back after a long Covid lockdown absence. The food was even better than I remembered! The Blackened Tamarind Ribs are my absolute favorite. Sat outside which was a bit noisier than I’d like, but couldn’t pass up the weather, and it did make for some good people watching.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was so so poor. Food was below average. Over priced as well.

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jaiten
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must everything on the menu was beyond deliciously flavorful. I recommend everyone to go now!

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vipDanGoBlue
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were embarrassed to suggest to friends that we should all go there. We completely understand that restaurants are having a terrible time of it now, and I’m not angry. But the entire experience was just low-grade and poor. It must be that they are unconcerned about their long-term reputation and only concerned about making it day to day. Service was slow and, much more important, just uninterested in us. Food came out incorrect, slowly, and piecemeal (and not just that apps came out first, etc.). Really too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was really really slow and the food tasted very bland. The restaurant itself was a little hot and the ambiance was disappointing. Definitely not worth it for the price point.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Server took forever to serve us.
We got there at 8:15 and left at 10 because they kept forgetting or giving our order to the next table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Wow. I have to say that was one of the worst experiences ever. I know everyone has labor shortages due to Covid so I was trying to be supportive but this was by far the worst experience. We booked outdoor dining but they decided to close the patio at managers discretion. We waited for 30 minutes before we got a server to come and ask us for drinks. The drinks came after the appetizers and the cocktail was not good at all. I asked for no sugar but they definitely added sugar. The lobster and chicken were delicious as was the naan. The paneer masala tasted like Campbell’s soup and was disappointing. The server forgot all of our dishes and so we asked the manager to wait on us and he did. He did give us a free dessert to make up for it but it was a three hour dinner. I would not recommend this place! It’s too bad bc I want to support local, Indian, and female as I’m all of those but this restaurant needs to get its act together!

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AimeeN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night for my husband and I. There was absolutely nothing negative I can say about Vermillion. The atmosphere, the staff, the ambience and I have to EMPHASIZE, every option we choose on the menu was so freaking amazing. You can’t go wrong. It’s a delight in every bite. Must I add the cocktail menu…oh my gosh!!!! The Best. And saving the best for last, PACHECO made our first experience the most wonderful ever! Give that man a raise!!! We are definitely returning!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Vermilion using the Order Online button. Vermilion also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Vermilion also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-4060.

Vermilion is rated 3.8 stars by 1993 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.