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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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.

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71% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 15, 2010

I come to Vermillion every time I am in Chicago. The food is amazing and very creative. The service is great and the waiters/waitresses really know the menu and take the time to make suggestions and provide excellent service. I have always had a great experience here and would recommend it highly.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 8, 2010

We loved the food and had a great experience with Kenneth our waiter!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2010

We absolutely appreciate all that this restaurant did for us. We had a large group, and we were seated in the perfect spot! The waiter was absolutely wonderful and extremely attentative and helpful. We could not have asked for anything better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2010

We went there to celebrate the medical school graduation graduation of our daughter Dr.Sangeeta Patel. It was fabulous. Our in-laws who were vegetarian were very well taken care of and the rest of us really enjoyed our food too. The ambience and service were great. Highly recommend Vermillion for a special celebration.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 7, 2010

I love this restaurant. On this occasion I took a few friends, one who is a real foodie. Everyone loved it. Mikey, our server, was great. Coming up with special hot cocktails for all of us; surprising one diner with his choice for dinner and taking great care of us all night. We loved all the dishes and Anthony's contributions were delicious as ever. It's a party in your mouth. I am moving to Texas and will miss this place but know I'll be back every time I'm in town. Vermilion is a wonderful dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2010

Very interesting/creative take on Indian food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2010

Absolutely wonderful food but pricey for the overall experience...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 1, 2010

Very nice restaurant, the decor was excellent and the theme and music. Food was very interesting, a nice mix of two types of food, Indian and Latin.

The service was mediocre at best, but the food made up for it.

The drinks were good as well.

I would recommend the sampler, that seemed to be popular with groups and people that really didn't know what they wanted to try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2010

Terrific food, knowledgeable server and pleasant atmosphere. Our server could have had a bit more personality, but our companions made up for it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2010

Try Vermilion if you like complex flavors wrapped in a bit of heat. This restuarant combines Indian and Latin American cuisines that will please your fastidious guest who considers herself to be a foodie while satisfying your significant other who likes a bit of spice but doesn't like fussy food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2010

My Mom watched Iron Chef a few weeks ago and loved what Chef Chauhan made. When my parents came to town last week, they were very excited to try out her restaurant. We had a little bit of everything and loved it all!! Our server was excellent. Everything he recommended was fabulous. From the artichoke fritters to the gumbo, yum yum yum! This place is definitely worth trying if you're willing to expand your palate and try something different.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2010

"Perfect combination of sophistication & comfort. Definitely would return to try more dishes. The duck vindaloo arepa, artichoke pakoras, & mysore lamb chops were an amazing beginning treat. The tandoori skirt steak, shrimp paella, vermilion thali were perfect for sharing. If you love fusion your tastebuds will enjoy this amazing savory experience."

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 24, 2010

The food was just great, everthing! Lamb Shank with a great flovorful sauce. Crusted Scallops as starter. Service was very informed and a very relaxed pace which was fine with us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2010

Unique flavors if you enjoy Indian. Quite tasty.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 23, 2010

Vermillion was everything we hoped it would be and more. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. The pani puri appetizer was a flavor explosion in your mouth. Our entrees were amazingly complex. And, on top of that, the waiter brought us an extra dessert for my boyfriend's birthday. The service also was outstanding. We'll be back again for sure.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2010

The food was delicious. The service was very attentive, but the entrees were extremely slow arriving and one person in our party had to wait even longer for her entree to arrive which was awkward.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2010

We have eaten at Vermillion many times in Chicago and once at the Manhattan location. It is always wonderful. The food is very unusual and always extremely good. We had the tasting menus, one meat and one seafood. Everything was delicious. Service was very slow towards the end of the evening but they were busy for a Thursday night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2010

Was so disappointed! Heard great reviews, but not sure why. The decor was IKEA. The rarely seen waitress told us that they were only accepting cash - after our meal - which was untrue because the manager took our card. Food was unique which doesn't always mean good, and what did taste good was so tiny on the plate...

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 20, 2010

An interesting fusion of Indian and Latin cuisines. The appetizers are much more exciting than the entrees so consider ordering a meal of those.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 20, 2010

One of the best restaurants at which I have had the pleasure to dine.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2010

must like a little heat to enjoy this restaurant .... we enjoyed it very much....a cocktail with a slice of pepper was stimulating

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 17, 2010

I am very easy to please and have literally never written a review for any of the restaurants that I have eaten at via Open Table. The experience was so bad that I feel compelled to state that this is a particularly poor establishment. The food was mediocre, and I believe service can make you accept half way decent food. Our wait staff was indignant and annoyed with us the whole time as if she was the accountant whom the owners asked to wait tables because they were short staffed. This ruined the chances of me thinking I could remotely like the food. There were some bright points, such as the appetizer lamb chops, the cocktails, and the extremely friendly host, however it was all overshadowed by a worker who hates her job.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 17, 2010

Overall Experience Was Uneven, Some Great Hits such as the Lobster Portuguese and the Appetizers, but the Goat and Curries Did Not Work. Noise level was very loud, not a place for a romantic dinner as a result.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2010

This is simply a world-class restaurant. Don't miss it!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2010

Saw the head chef on Iron Chef America and heard about her restaurant, Vermilion. Then saw that it had won a number of awards for Best New Restaurant and that they cuisine was Indian-Mexican fusion. Since I like spicy food, it seemed worth a try. We went on a Thursday evening when the restaurant was about 60 to 70% full. This apparently created problems for them and service was very slow; the bartender did double duty waiting on us. Very interesting menu and drinks that do accent spiciness. I recommend the scallops appetizer in particular. I would not describe the food as Indian-Mexican fusion since Indian flavors and spices predominate. The food was excellent and well-prepared. Overall, good experience, marred only by slow service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2010

Literally a palette party! Great pairings of unusual flavors and textures for a truly multi-sensorial experience. My servers recommendations were all spot on and I only wish I could have tried more things on the menu. Fusion is a big trend for foodies and Vermilion wil not disappoint. Go with an open mind, stomach and wallet. I'm heading to the one in New York in a couple weeks. Not to compare - but to have more!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 12, 2010

How about some absolutely wonderful contemporary latin-indian fusion? You may walk in wondering what is all this about? But, we simply LOVED IT!
My wife and I went there for our wedding anniversary and it was simply gorgeous. Our hostess was gracious and accommodated us with our request for a quite spot. The cocktails were absolutely amazing and to die for....the fresh lime pear chili cocktail - you must try it to believe it"
The waiter was courteous, professional and very knowledgeable with his menu items. He suggested vegan and vegetarian dishes for my wife and I simply loved the lobster Portuguese. The food had finesse and was very well presented. The chocolate hedonism dessert was my favorite... I would say, overall a 5 star experienc

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 12, 2010

I was pleased with Vermillion; I put my dining in the chef's hands. The lamb kabob appetizer was quite good. The lamb was perfectly cooked, but the spices didn't seem to me to be extraordinary, unusual, or something that I couldn't replicate in my own kitchen. The lobster portugues was very nice, but not served as piping hot as I would have hoped. It was as though my plate was finished before my dining partners' and it waited under a heat lamp until all of the entrees were ready. The dessert was exceptional: churros with a beautiful, India-spiced hot chocolate. The dessert was the highlight of the meal. The waiter wasn't terribly helpful with wine; I requested suggestions for the lobster and he demurred, uncertain about the best pairing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2010

Yes, the cuisine is Indian. No, this is not like you have ever had it, at least in Chicago, in the past. The explosion of flavors and elegance of presentation are outstanding. This young lady is an artist, using everything on her palette to the wonderment of your palate, nose, and eyes. The decor is as striking as watching a vintage filme noir. It is quiet. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and service is surprisingly brisk for a fine dining establishment. It is also excellent as a venue to crash the bar and grab something small with a drink when you are doing a crawl in River North. Priced very reasonably for food with a decent selection of affordable wines. A well-designed, well-executed concept.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 10, 2010

The food is eclectic with a delicious fusion of Indian & Latin flavors that is difficult to find. The chef recently appeared on Iron Chef - her creations are just that intriguing. For a wonderful, romantic delicious and a surprisingly affordable (for fine dining)dinner, it is my absolute favorite place to go. For those who like adventure - such as chocolate cauliflower soup (really? yum!), and dishes bursting with flavors, Vermilion is a treat. My favorite server is Michael who is a walking database of food knowledge and will guide you through the menu yielding excellent suggestions based on your input of likes and dislikes. The ambiance is simple yet beautiful - it really is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 9, 2010

My wife and I saw the chef on Iron Chef show and had to go after seeing what she cooked on the show and what we saw on te online menu.
We were not dissapointed. Had the scallops and mussels for apps, I had the surf/turf (forgot what they called it) and my wife had the chimchurri steak. My god as all I can say after tasting all the different ingredients play off each other. Excellent food and place to take your loved one.
We will defintely be going back to check out the restof the menu. Also didn't have babysitter for much longer at home so we couldn't try the desserts but I will someday. :)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 9, 2010

The service was outstanding as was the food. We wanted a different dining experience and vermillion provided us with a unique oppourtunity

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 9, 2010

What a delightful restaurant: excellent food, service and an overall memorable dining experience. Of note were the seafood stew, and the Vermilion hedonism was outstanding!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2010

Worth a trip if you like something different and don't mind the cost. The foo dis flavorful and was enjoyable. Not the most amazing meal but memorable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 6, 2010

An excellent dining experience! Our waiter, Mikey, was fantastic - very knowledgable about the menu and educated us in a very entertaining and engaging way about it...he really added to make our evening even more enjoyable and memorable! Great food with incredible flavors and spices...and terrific and unique mixed drinks! We will be back...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 5, 2010

I tried the blue corn crusted scallops and fell in love! They were to die for! The only problem was that I didn't want to order a side of naan because I wanted to save room for the lamb entree I ordered. My partner loved his pani puris (a dish that he saw the chef cook on iron chef) and he also enjoyed the calderada (sp?). The ice cream trio we ordered was a little quarky, wish we would have orederd the chocolate cake the table next to us had. The service was attentive, without being intrusive, and helped describe the dishes in tantalizing detail. Also, When you go, you have to try the lime jalapeno drink! Aaammaazziing!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 4, 2010

Unique Indian Food....featured on Iron Chef America TV Show. Portions are small...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2010

Re-enactment of the iron chef menu and competition was superb idea. Each course was superb

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2010

Overpriced for what you get. Service was terrible.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 26, 2010

This is one of the most interesting restaurants I have visited in a long time. The Indian- Latin flavors are blended inventively and deliciously. The service was fantastic -- our waiter was friendly and helpful in guiding us through some of the menu items that were new to us. If I lived in Chicago, I'd eat here frequently. It will definitely be on our itinerary the next time we visit that city.

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