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Vermilion

3.9
1784 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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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Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Indian
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Hours of operation
Brunch - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm ; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(312) 527-4060
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Catering
Three reasons why our catering is better –
1. Our talented culinary team (Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, CHIC, Kendall) combines their skills

2. Offer Vermilion’s latin-indian cuisine offsite, also a selection of custom Latin, Mediterranean, and Nouveau American fare. We offer twenty additional global and mainstream catering menus.

3. Fine dining sourcing of quality ingredients.

4. Range of experience of full-service catering from upscale private intimate dinners, budget office lunches for over 500, offsite black ties for over 1000
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Public lots & street parking available, valet parking offered.
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Red Line at Grand
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Entertainment
Cutting edge fusion music (indian, latin, lounge) plays in the sensual Lounge, ideal for cocktails, tapas or as an after-work destination. Vermilion hosts the occasional DJ – event related.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Support women in culinary, James Beard Vermilion CFW. Global fusion cuisine & mainstream event menus (prix fixe, buffet, cocktails). Lauded by Time, FT, Gourmet, WSJ, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Tribune 3 Stars. Hold exclusive groups of 8-250 in semi-private areas, restaurant buyouts also.

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What 1784 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very enjoyable

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was very slow and the food was cold.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Interesting take on the fusion, but it did not work for three of us. Indian version was weak in flavor and coming from Miami, we found the Latin version to be below par.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Dining while away from home.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food took waaaaaay too long to be served. Long gaps between items. There were only 5 other people in the restaurant at the time. We were told the kitchen staff was new so that could've been the reason. Waitress was very professional and apologetic but the evening was a disappointment overall.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants to visit when I'm in Chicago, and this was a little disappointing- maybe it was Monday nite! One of our starters was a little too salty, the menu did not have the same latin-indian creativity I had experienced before. However, my company was great and I'll put it down to an off day.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Probably the worst dining experience I have ever had in Chicago, unfortunately. The staff was rude from the time we arrived, and after ordering right away the food took over an hour to be prepared. The worst pet was that when they brought our meals out they gave my girlfriend chicken even though she had ordered paneer. She hasn’t eaten meat in over 6 years and because it was covered in sauce she swallowed it, which not only upset her emotionally but also caused her to be sick. The staff was not apologetic at all and actually surveyed and questioned us in a very rude way, as if they didn’t want to accept responsibility or they were trying to blame her for her for their mistake, which made her even more upset. Their behavior was completely unacceptable. The food was terrible and I wished I had gone to India house or Gaylord instead. Not only will I never be back, I would caution anyone else not to go to Vermilion.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Menu was very inventive and food was very good. Their version of butter chicken was excellent. Scallop appetizer was great, especially if you like spicy.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

At 7:00 on Friday we were the second couple in the place. By 8:00, almost full. Visiting from out of town, we were attracted by the menu - a mashup of Indian and Latin food - with a stronger Indian bias. Kingfisher and Taj Mahal beer from Indian, no Latin beer. An amuse-bouche arrived immediately - light fried dah/garbanzo combination with a red pepper/mango salsa and a delightful warm sauce underneath set us up for a great meal. The coconut shrimp appetizer with a jalapeño/lychee sauce was a great blend of flavors - all subtle coconut, heat and sweet with perfectly done shrimp. Unfortunately they were out of 3 entrees, one of which I really wanted to try, but it all worked out fine - we had the Brazilian fish stew with Indian and the Strip Sirloin with goan chimichuri. The stew was fabulous - not really a curry or an obvious tomato broth, rather a rich combination of flavors that really combined Indian and Latin. If you thought Indian, then it felt like Indian, if you thought about a rich Peruvian fish stew thickened with potatoes, you could feel that. Unique.
The strip steak, medium requested, mid-rare on arrival had no obvious sauce - it was the marinade that left a hot salty almost crust on the steak. Really worked with the rich beef flavor. And between bites there were nice backed sweet potato chunks and a lightly, slightly vinegary spinach salad on the side.
Ambiance - it's DARK. Light over our table was out. Needed the iPhone to read menu. Not ADA compliant - no wheel chair access - important now that my wife is in one.
Definitely will return when next in Chicago.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Waiter service is Horrible! They may be nice people, but they give you BS excuses as to why it takes an hour to get your appetizer, then another hour to get your entrée. Food was decent. Nevertheless, the service is so bad, I give this restaurant about a year before they go out of business. Thank God I was with my wife and sister… I would be terribly embarrassed if I ever took any business client to a place like this.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This experience was way better than anything I had anticipated! My husband and I adore Asian Indian food. We were extremely impressed with the chef’s attention to detail – subtle flavorings and beautifully presented and tasty offerings. Marketa set the tone with her engaging and knowledgeable Welcome, her knowledge of the menu and the history of the restaurant. All in all we considered it to be extraordinary and we wanted to get back the next day for brunch but... meetings ran over and we were unable to. We will do it next time we are in town. Loved it so much! It’s gratitude.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was great

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten! We chose this restaurant because it was close to our hotel and was reported to be vegan friendly. The server was incredibly accommodating and helped us pick out options that fit our dietary needs. The choices were amazing and we are still talking about the meal days later. The atmosphere was quiet yet sophisticated and was perfect after a long day of sight-seeing. We will make an effort to visit again on our next trip to Chicago!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was very good but I agree with prior reviews in that the service was inconsistent and they need to update the decor and vibe. Not the hot happening place it used to be. Almost empty at 7 on a Saturday

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Below average food with insane prices.
Better of ordering indian take out don’t be fooled by the “unique” menu. Tamarind on everything!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The food and service were wonderful. My wife has some severe food allergies and they did a great job directing us to dishes she could eat as well as modifying some dishes as needed. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The fusion of Indian and Latin food really gave our tastebuds a nice kick! We reliahed the food. The quantity was good for two people. The ambience not so much! They need to atleast het their fused lights fixed !
It was a fast service!
Overall our experience was good!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was excellent! Service was very slow, but we received 3 drinks on the house! They were very apologetic and I was a great night

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waiter was very gracious but unfortunately the food service is super slow. It took them over 1 hour to serve food. We were expecting warm/hot food with how long we had waited but unfortunately it was warm at best. Our order was not complicated but still took so long. The menu features fancy dishes with fancy names but actual food served was average e.g. for Gobi Portuguese - coconut rice is regular white rice + cream of coconut served on the side (canned cream) and the cauliflower was undercooked. Also my dish was supposed to come with eggplant chips which they did not include. In short I paid $100 for 2 hrs dining, not all items served and semi cold food. Disappointing for Chicago downtown restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was good. The service was horrible. We sat there for at least 20-25 minutes before a server took our order.

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1.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was slow and unprofessional. Wait staff would disappear for 30 min at a time. Drinks and food brought out 1 by 1. Had to wait 15 min to be seated at a reservation at a mostly empty restaurant. They also have menus with different prices. Either way, over priced and terrible experince. Dont go.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was excellent. Love the food. Service was not. Took way too long. We had three different servers. Food was served and had to wait for 15 minutes for any kind of knife. Ordered wine, but another wine was served. Have no idea why. The server didn’t even show it to me before pouring it in all the glasses at the table. Don’t know if the wine was a different price than the one I ordered, because I never got an itemized bill. At the end, we were told the espresso machine was broken. So we ordered coffee and tea. After paying the bill, which included the coffee and tea presumably, the coffee and tea never came. So we left.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

a good restaurant week trial! not disappointed! saw things on menu (tasting course with EIGHT things! yum!) that convinces us to go back! week night visit. it was slow, but ONE waitress, ONE bartender did dual roles to take care of everyone very well. If you go and service is slow, relax! the food is worth the wait.
never heard of Latin/Indian fusion, but they've done a fine job. Nice people there. hope they're around a long time and plenty of people discover them.
try the duck vindaloo and the tamarind ribs! both awesome! drink called "devil in the white city" is very metropolitan and goes so nicely with those delish churros for dessert! try this place!

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good; however, the service left us little to be desired. While it seemed like there were enough servers, there was a lack of organization and the food took forever to come. Moreover, we didn't seem to have a dedicated server, so it was confusing to figure out which person to ask for our requests.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very creative cocktails. Nice presentation of food. Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Outstanding meal

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3.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Great tasting food but very very slow service from the kitchen. It was a weekday dinner with only one other group of 3 ladies at the restaurant. Yet the food took way above 20 minutes to arrive. We asked for one extra Naan order and that took another 30minutes to come. Wonder how they manage when it’s busier.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is good and so were the drinks, but could do with a change of decor!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

It was amazing

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1.0Dined on November 7, 2017

2nd time in over 12 month period I had the same experience. We were the only customers (4ppl) in restaurant for duration of meal and the restaurant was freezing.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

This place used to be more festive and fun, but was pretty quiet (dead for a Saturday night, relatively speaking). There didn't seem to actually be any waiters or waitresses - just a hostess and another manager type doing these duties. It took 15 minutes to even get someone to come over to us for our drink order. Service was at a snail's pace throughout and the lack of festive ambiance was very noticeable to say the least. Strange since the place only have 3-4 tables full of patrons?

We used to come here for special occasions, and even though the food is still very good (not amazing, but very good)... I'm afraid we can't recommend. They desperately need to overhaul their service, hire an actual bartender, update the decor, etc., if they want to be what they once were (and if they want to avoid closing their doors). It's depressing more than anything else, since it was once such a fun and interesting destination. Not sure if we'll be back, I'm sorry to say...!

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2017

It took nearly 20 minutes to get in our drink order after arriving - despite only 4 tables in use, there were no servers attending us. We had to wave emphatically to flag down a server.

The restaurant had the lighting set at the brightest. When we commented about it, we were told that it was because it was dark during the day (it's now 8PM at night), and they didn't do anything about it.

We used to be regulars at this restaurant. It was one of our favorite places to eat, but the service and ambiance have gone to hell. The food is still great, but quite out of place now.

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1.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Not worth the hype about Latin Indian food. I would rather go to Indian restaurant and get real Indian food.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Very good food. Very nice service (the waitress was alone but lovely). The only thing that the restaurant could do much better is the decoration / ambiance, which is really outdated and a little kitch. Not much would be required to modernize a lot the place.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

We have been to Vermilion many times. They have a very interesting blend of Latin and Indian dishes that are found nowhere else. Often pretty spicey but not all. Very much worth going to. One of our favorite places.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and had dinner here. Absolutely wonderful staff who made us feel special. The drinks were outstanding and the food was delicious. We will be back for more.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent vegan tasting menu. Upscale atmosphere. The restaurant still has problems with timing and inattentive service. Service, when you get it, is always very friendly and wonderful though. I think they are just understaffed.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food, but overpriced. Worth perhaps one trip, but I would not go again for dinner. The service was alsl a bit slow. The cocktails are really good though- recommend the mango and tamarind ones.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Fusion of Indian & Latin Food was flavorful, interesting, & savory. Staff was friendly & nice.

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2.0Dined on October 8, 2017

No other diners at 6pm on Sunday night after the Chicago Marathon when every other restaurant on the street was packed. Good+ food and good+ service but terrible atmosphere. The interior looks like a nightclub rather than a finer dining restaurant. The music was a local radio station with advertisements between songs. The presentation of some dishes is awkward. $10+ appetizers and $30+ main courses demand a better dining room and music.

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