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Vermilion

3.8
1983 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.

Support Vermilion during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Let's Talk Womxn Five Restaurant Feast Takeout

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 5, 2021 only

    Party Size of 1 is a 2-person Meal ($100). MENU IS OMNIVORE - MUST CHOOSE VEGETARIAN ADD-ON IF DESIRED. Feast on a five course dinner spanning five cuisines and continents for two adults by Prairie Grass Cafe (Seasonal American), Demera (Ethiopian), Jezabel's from Philadelphia (Argentinean), Floriole (European), 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.
  • Let's Talk Womxn Five Restaurant Feast Dine-In

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 5, 2021 only

    MENU IS OMNIVORE - MUST CHOOSE VEGETARIAN ADD-ON IF DESIRED. Feast on a 5 course dinner spanning 5 cuisines by Prairie Grass Cafe (Seasonal American), Demera (Ethiopian), Jezabel's from Philadelphia (Argentinean), Floriole (European) and Vermilion (Indian-Latin). Meet the 5 restaurateurs. Hear the inside scoop about their businesses. A fabulous and informal evening for all who enjoy fantastic food. No substitutions or dietary accommodations. The event is at 6pm at Vermilion. 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.
  • Indian-Latin Flagship Feast

    $70.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Feast on a five courses of our signature Indian-Latin best! With a duo of appetizers, a duo of entrees and a dessert. 1. street masala fries I 2. artichoke fritters (aka artichoke pakoras), spain's thistle with a nuanced rice batter I 3. the lobster portuguese (vegetarian gobi portuguese), rated #1 dish worldwide by USA Today I 4. blackened chili tamarind ribs (vegetarian tamarind paneer) with a seasonal mint lime slaw I 5. mango cardamom flan, Spain's quintessential dessert with Indian flair
  • Regal Indian Feast

    $70.00 per personPrepaid

    Oct 14 - Nov 4, 2021

    Feast on a regal traditional five course curated meal with a duo of appetizers, duo of entrees and a hedonistic dessert. $70 per person. Omnivore & vegetarian choices offered. 1. first course chaat - pani puri, India's most beloved street fare 2. second course kabab - choice of kochi lamb chops or achari spiced cauliflower 3. third course entree - kerala tellicherri crab or spinach fenugreek toran 4. fourth course entree - pindi tiffin butter chicken or butter paneer 5. fifth course dessert - shahi tukra, the mughal's favorite, rich nut cake in saffron reduced milk, dense and sinful. All guests at the table must order this special menu. Enhance your meal by adding an array of accompaniments or more to feast on!!

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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 1983 people are saying
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AimeeN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipNLH88
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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.

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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
2 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

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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
27 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
6 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.

OT
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
5 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!

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vipPratibhaK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was cold and very poor.

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vipAimeeH
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing! We are a family of four and let our waiter pick the best items from the tasting menu! Ate every bite and even doubled ordered the garlic naan!

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vipMichaelH
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

About as bad an experience you can have. Food mediocre. Service was beyond terrible even though there was just a few tables outside and no one seated at all inside.

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CarrieW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was wonderful, but the cocktails were really where Vermilion shined for me and my friend who went here for a birthday dinner the other night. Small plates were served beautifully as were the medium plates. The garlic naan was some of the best I've ever had.
My friend ordered the LSD cocktail, which i would have been jealous of had i not also ordered the wonderful Mango Mint Mojito--both of which were stunningly crafted and artfully mixed.

My only gripe is that the air conditioning was definitely not working in the restaurant and it was obscenely hot--a late august night in chicago! This was clearly outside of the restaurant's control, but some acknowledgement or better handling of the situation would have been nice. However, it was worth it for the food--i would eat here again with working air conditioning. i hope they fix it soon.

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JOHNN
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food great service great drinks. soup was as spicy as advertised, very good.

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JohnS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service started out very, very good, but eroded over the meal. Our excellent waiter seems to have been wrapping up and leaving — for which we have no complaint. But team handoff didn’t happen. Flavors were delicious and presentations fun. Reduced variety in menu relative to past reduced our score. We look forward to expanded variety when the world supply chain and table density can return to more normalcy.

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Kanonima
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We had the crisp kale, pani puri chaat, and the butter chicken and all of it was amazing.

We sat outside and the outdoor seating is in front of the restaurant along the street, so there is *some* street noise. But it was still quiet enough to have a conversation and enjoy the ambiance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service awesome so was the food. Loved the butter chicken and the ribs. Only thing that didn’t make sense to me was that why to have a candle on the table when the restaurant is very bright.

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PatrickC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the dining experience and the service were excellent

HN
vipHelenN
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, served with care. Brit was our bartender and server. She made great recommendations and fixed terrific drinks. We will return next time we’re in Chicago.?

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a nice time here, a little quiet but it was nice, got to catch up with my long time friend. Great food and good drinks. Wish they had a better wine selection though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service,food is really good. Limited menu but whatever we had was really delicious. Achari chicken, butter chicken, skirt steak and the ribs r a must try. Will surely be back for more.

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vipTAnderson
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is simply amazing! The food is awesome, the music, and the wine selection. I normally don’t eat dessert, but you have to try it! We were very pleased!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who knew Indian and Latin food would fuse so fabulously?!? Add to it fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable service, super cool decor, and this was a vegan foodie’s delight!! Many items on menu are already vegan or can be made vegan, our waiter Dominic was very vegan fluent and charming, the drinks were perfect compliments to the spice profiles, and the chef Rahul even made us an unforgettably yummy dessert! We will be back often.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Normally, I prefer to go on a date in a calm and quiet place and Vermilion was not just that bad. The food is 5/5!!! Since the 2 people table was small; servers need to pay more attention to small tables. I recommend the cucumber tequila cocktail is a must try with cilantro

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Every dishes were delicious, drinks menu was very nice and fresh .. the restaurant is too bright.. but then we come here for foods not light .. highly recommended..

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 1983 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.