About Vermilion

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.

10 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Indian

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

Cross Street:
State

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 527-4060

Website:
http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/

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.

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

Parking Details:
Public lots & street parking available, valet parking offered.

Public Transit:
Red Line at Grand

Additional:
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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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Private Dining

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.

Vermilion Ratings and Reviews

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53% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Romantic (4)
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Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Spicy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Comfort Food (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Must make a stop at this place the fool was excellent!!
Thank you!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great food, very unique. Great service, perfectly paced

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 (El Paso)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food at Vermillion never fails to excite and pleasure the senses. They were a little short staffed on the Sunday night we were there, but otherwise it was a typical wonderful experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 27, 2017

For some reason the kitchen was really slow but we were not in any hurry because coming here is an event that should be stretched out. Food is always delicious. We come here 2 times a year when we visit Chicago.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Amazing food and wine!

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 (Naples)·Dined on May 22, 2017

The food was as good as the service was bad. Some people even left out frustration for
having to wait so long.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We got our appetizer but waited for an hour for our entree and had to leave with the entrees in bags..This was not what we had planned for a quiet business dinner. The restaurant had an incident with the chef getting injured. However, the waiter was not transparent regarding how much time we will have to wait for our entree, hence this became a very painful experience. To the restaurant 's credit they did not charge for the entree although they packed it, but our evening was ruined. Recommend the wait staff to be transparent and honest with the customers,.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 18, 2017

The food was excellent. I had the Seafood Stew and I truly enjoyed. The octopus was delicious as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food. Service was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Some of the worst service I have ever received at a restaurant. It took 10 minutes for someone to greet us and seat us, our server was drunk, they were out of two bottles of wine we ordered (and it took 10 minutes each time for our server to report the same), they were out of one of the main dishes we ordered, and the server hardly checked in on us. The food was actually quite good, but I don't know if I'd ever subject myself to such terrible service again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I dined on a Saturday night in a party of 3. Server was very nice and attentive, but service overall was slow, especially since the restaurant was fairly empty. The kitchen sent out the same complementary app twice, and then only 2 of our 3 first tasting courses. This made it seem like the kitchen was disorganized. Food was cold by the time the third person's dish came out. Very long gaps between tasting courses. Lobster, beef, and scallop dishes of the omnivore tasting menu were very good; however, I expected the rest to be better. In a city with so many dining options, I would be unlikely to come back here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My family was there to celebrate my brother's graduation from Naval bootcamp and his 25th birthday. We had to wait 15 minutes to get seated even though there were several open tables and no one waiting. I called ahead to ask if there was a wait and they ensured there was not. Service was very slow and after we order we waited for an hour before anyone decided we deserved some free appetizer because our food was taking long to come out; The appetizer were literally 5 pieces of cauliflower and fried pickled artichoke fritters; the cauliflower tasted fairly good, the artichoke was not good. As a navy recruit my brother must be back to base by a certain time and we planned around this for the dinner. We ended up leaving without being able to eat and had to rush my brother back. Needles to say we did not eat dinner and he ended up going to sleep hungry. I'm sure by this post you can imagine how upset I was about this. I do not recommend this place at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Food is great, except for the dreary service. I would not rate is so high for food as there are several other great contemporary Indian restaurants in Chicago with better prices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We had a wonderful server named Manny. She explained the cuisine and ingredients and made sure we had everything we needed. She is lovely.
The food was truly delicious and my husband and I loved that we could talk and hear each other.
The music in the background was light and perfect for the ambiance, the black & white photos very interesting.
We will go back again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 21, 2017

It starts with a menu of the most creative cocktails, you know you are not in Kansas anymore!
The service is paced appropriately with knowledgeable and professional staff...
...but, it's the food that truly transports you.
We had two appetizers, the scallops and the lamb chops, utterly devine!
For entries, we had the fish stew and the skirt steak, the steak was cooked to perfection with a delicious yogurt mint dipping sauce...both entrées beyond belief in flavor! The broth of the fish stew is so delicious and different with the blending of exotic herbs, we wished we had more to savor the next day - yes, that good!
We did not have dessert, so I cannot comment on them.
We highly recommend Vermilion, and will be back again.
Thank you Chicago for supporting such a fused blend of Indian/Latin flavours....your reputation as a foodie town has been confirmed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Tapas, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Delicious tamarind ribs! Very yummy! We ate before a play and enjoyed the meal. It was pricey but the food was interesting.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Very enjoyable meal and atmosphere, friendly and attentive service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We went for a birthday - and were not disappointed. We are a gluten and dairy free, vegan, no meat and lots of meat family so Vermillion worked well. The waiter was attentive and all the food was good. He recommended dishes for each diet. Even the Vegan left full.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Organic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We had a lovely experience at Vermilion. We told them ahead of time that we would be there to celebrate our anniversary. They had a cozy spot set up for us with rose petals strewn on the table. They took very good care of us including a lovely dessert with drinks. The food and drinks were great - really interesting flavors. Highly recommend the artichoke pakora.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Sadly mediocre. We had been assured by a few local hotel concierge that this would be good spot for quality eclectic menu that had multiple vegetarian options. It was eclectic but the quality was missing, particularly given the >$120 per person tab.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

remember loving this place a few years ago- was empty, and service was slow and dreary.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Amazingly creative menu, allowing a foodie experience for a group that included a vegan, someone who must eat gluten free, and two people who really wanted steak and ribs. The Indian-Latin American fusion worked beautifully. Our group especially loved the cauliflower curry, tamarind ribs, and the chili-glazed eggplant - magnificent. Vermilion is an elegant place without being at all fussy, and the generous table spacing allowed for great conversation and a very warm evening. We will be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

If you're very patient or engrossed in conversation you won't notice the terrible service.
Food is a great concept and well executed - once it arrives
I have a feeling the place won't survive much longer

Sad, the food is good

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 (Houston)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Lovely creative food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

A friend of mine wanted to come here. I was a little hesitant to check it out, because the reviews weren't consistent. So the restaurant itself is beautiful, the décor was great. We went on a Saturday night and it was fairly empty. As we sat down one of the glasses still had lipstick on it. It was switched out right away when we brought it up.

Our waitress was very sweet and animated. She made some recommendations which came in handy. We ordered the coconut shrimp appetizer and it was delicious. The food does have a good blend of Latin and Indian influence. The food was good. Even the "mild" food had a bit of a kick to it, so just giving you a heads up.

Overall the everything was fine. I don't think I'll go back. My reason is quite simple, Chicago has tons of great food. For the same price, I know I could've gotten better food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The food at Vermilion is consistently nice. The service has always been slow, and it continued to be that way even on a very slow night. I hope they can fix the problem, but the creativity of the cuisine deserves a bigger audience than it gets.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We wanted to try this place as it was something "new" with a unique concept of Latin/Indian flavors. What we found, however, was that the menu was half Latin and half Indian. The flavors and the dishes are not combined flavors... just the menu was. For that reason, I was less than thrilled with my bland entrees in my thali I ordered. The apps were fine, but the entrees were over-priced and less than exciting. I am glad I went to try it out, but I wouldn't go back...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2017

The food was carefully prepared and had the most wonderful flavors and presentation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

We love Vermillion. Tonight the service was just off. The main course was incomplete. And the time to get drinks and food was unbelievably long. Not usually the case. Hopefully this is a one off situation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Terrible. Terrible bar service. Bar didn't know how to mix a drink. Food was equally as bad. Kitchen was also slow. Friday night an the place was maybe 25% full. Waitress no where to be found.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Had dinner here and spent the next 2 days sick. Service is fine. Food was ok but considering the price I expected a bit more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our lunch. Will recommend this venue. Love the food and service...

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This restaurant seems as though they will be closing soon. They were out of lots of things and not crowded on Valentine's weekend. The service was spotty and the food quality not commensurate with the price. I'm sure it was a great place at one time, but that time has passed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We went here because we like Indian food, but this was Indian/ South American fusion plated creatively and individually. We had the best butter chicken, and spinach with cheese, we have had anywhere along with a chimichurri grilled steak. We ordered two main dishes and split them. It was unusual and greatly enjoyed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We waited for our table for more than 30 mins even after having reservation and the whole restaurant was practically empty !! The person in front was not considerate about the situation at all

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We absolutely loved the creative, delightful and unique vegetarian options. Plan on sharing so you can experience more choices. Creative space and would love to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2017

This was the most disappointing experience that we've come across in terms of "nicer" restaraunts. We went during restaraunt week to try something new. But the horrible experience started almost immediately. My boyfriend and I walked in and stood by the host stand waiting for the lady behind it to awknowlegde us (like you would at any other restaraunt). She had her head down and was writing something so I didn't expect for her to immediately say something, I was patient. But after a couple minutes she kept her head down finished what she was writing and walked away. Never said "we'll be with you in a moment" nothing. We were just standing there awkwardly. It wasn't even busy! The restaraunt was half empty. Anyway finally another man comes up and seats us. The restaurant itself was nice looking and had a decent ambiance. It had nice decor and dim lighting. So there we are waiting for our server and guess who it is?! The lady that ignored us! She never even bothered to introduce herself of course so I don't have a name. Anyway, I ordered a glass of wine and she came back with it, wine dropping all over the glass. It was so sloppy! Red wine all over our white tablecloth! Then, my boyfriend ordered the same glass of Malbec and she brought it over with the same sloppiness. Red wine dripping everywhere! She actually noticed it that time and covered it up with a napkin. I can't believe that she can't take the minute to clean the glass before bringing it to us. So then we order our food and that was subpar AT MOST! The best thing out of the whole three course meal was the butter chicken and it was ok. I've had better at hole in the wall places. The server was rude and would come and interrupt our conversation to ask how everything was but never stayed to hear our answer "How is everything? Good? Good!" And walked away. I will not be returning to this place nor recommending it to any friends. Save your money for a place that's worth it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Wait staff excellent, very helpful in choosing items on the menu. Food well prepared, provided plates for sharing appetizers. Margarita great choice for a cocktail. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I had been to Vermilion once previously for a business meal, and was impressed. So I was pleased to see it listed for Chicago's restaurant week; but this time, I was somewhat disappointed. We went and the food was good and creative, especially my whitefish with a tangy sauce. However, the service was extremely slow, they never came to refill our water glasses, and we had to ask for 4 knives and 1 spoon to be changed, because they were dirty. So the whole experience was definitely not as good as I had expected. I don't know if it was a side effect of Restaurant Week, if the dishwasher was not working properly, or what.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Service was awful. Food took 3 hours to get a full meal. And waiting that long for food, it was subpar. Valet left my car lights on ,which in turn killed my battery. We needed a jump and they still charged us to valet. Overall experience was not worth the money spent!

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