Vermilion

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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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4.1
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vipFriendlyConfines
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it was not crowded, I have to wind why as the food and service were great!

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vipHirsch
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointed this time, I’ve always had an excellent experience at Vermillion but it was very weak . I ordered the sea... and it was just not the same and we actually was not served all on menu but we just decided to leave after bill and not complain
because I was so unhappy after talking this restaurant up.

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vipChurchill
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I always like the food and the atmosphere here. It did not disappoint. The service was great and efficient and kind since we had a bit of a time crunch. Two small recommendations- a slightly wider wine list would be great- There was a gap in price in the mid-range. Also valet parking or an obvious sign for it would help. I will be back for the food soon!

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vipEvanstonLocal
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - exceptional food, abundant service, wonderful atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was creative and taste. The scallops was the best I have ever had. Spice but yet the taste of the scallops was not masked. The ambience was perfect.

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vipLora
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Plz have ketchup available. Basic sauces are important to satisfy different taste buds. Maybe some Naan bread with dishes that are saucy.
Thx

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CarloI
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went during restaurant week to try it out. Everything we ate was flavorful. The staff was knowledgeable snout the food and was able to explain everything on the menu. The standard menu is very pricey. Would only go back for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had greta time and meal even i was going with some of the feedbacks are not great. We had the restaurant week menu and it was very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Anniversary

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SuzyC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That food is amazing! We went about 6 years ago during a visit to Chicago and fell in love with the food and menu! We were glad to visit again in January of 2020 and it did not disappoint!! Highly recommended!!

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vipMuffin34
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I’ve wanted to eat here for years and was finally able to convince a friend to try it out. The feel of the restaurant is trendy but in a comfortable way. The hostess was very welcoming, great first impression! The menu options were great and the wine menu was impressive. Our hostess took our drink and food orders, but the timing of food coming out and removed from the table was unexpectedly slow - over 2 hours for dinner for two. The restaurant did appear short staffed; 1 waitress, 1 hostess, 1 food runner/table support. The food, thankfully, was amazing! Great flavors, balance of heat and spicy, and wonderful presentation. I’m more than willing to come back and hopefully have a different service experience.

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AlonzoA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. The flavors were out of this world. I'd love to come back for a second bite.

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katie
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

interesting and tasty food, served efficiently and with a smile. would go back. the lychee/jalepeno salsa was AMAZING. don't let the 'no one there' comments dissuade you from trying this unique restaurant. instead, enjoy the quiet pace and friendly staff.

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vipJillianH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't visited in years so a girlfriend and I thought restaurant week would be the perfect time. The food is still as delicious as before! Very flavorful and artistic in presentation. Great service.

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SRP595
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was fine, the service was friendly, the atmosphere was depressing—only a few tables of diners on a Saturday night. No need to dine here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were at Vermilion on New Year's Eve for their prix fixe menu and it was probably our fourth or fifth time there. The food, as always, was sensational. The service, as always, was outstanding. We love the ambiance as well. At $60 for five delicious, creative, and generous courses, we thought it was a good value. I hesitated to give a straight 5-star rating because the wines by the glass were the smallest pours we've ever (ever!) received in a restaurant.

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vipSuji1234
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated early New Year’s Eve and as usual they made it so special! We had a table cloth with roses set up so beautiful! We got an appetizer as compliments of the chef as well! We had amazing drinks and food as usual which were super delicious! Loved our waitress Deandra ! She was our bartender , waitress and hostess extraordinaire !!! Can’t wait to go back real soon !!! ♥️♥️

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rickdawg
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food ranged from good to excellent, and service was solid. So, while I have no regrets about visiting and enjoyed the meal, I would certainly try other restaurants before returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were the only ones there for first half hour. 2 other tables by the time we left. That said food and service were very good. Weird vibe in the place though. We were told that a refresh was coming. May check it out after that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the creative and variety of Indian and Latin inspired dishes. Service was attentive and helpful throughout our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went to a matinee of Hamilton and came here afterwards. We researched restaurants near our hotel that were on Open Table and highly rated. We loved the sound of this one with the fusion of Indian and Latin. It was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not very good food. The butter chicken had no taste like butter chicken. The fish was not good either. It was overpriced. Not very priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavors with a little good heat, funky cool atmosphere

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SwantiS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deandra was amazing! We were celebrating my cousins birthday and she had the table decorated beautifully and took really good care of us! Thank you!

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stephenb
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion of college friends.

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Alan
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If it hadn't been for having to get up from our table to chase down our server after waiting nearly a half hour for the check (dessert had been finished and cleared), it would have been a completely outstanding evening. It was like we turned invisible once we stopped eating and drinking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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. ❤️

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PRaval
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.

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vipKatD
Chicago
6 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.

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vipSteveW
St. Louis
8 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.

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HSK3
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

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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RobertU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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dvash
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.

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PrajaktaY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not so great food. Not worth at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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maggie
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!

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Vermilion does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Vermilion also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 527-4060.

Vermilion is rated 4.1 stars by 1906 OpenTable diners.

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