Vermilion

3.9
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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SW
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

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.

HS
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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!

RU
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

d
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Service excellent. On a Friday evening there were only a few parties in a very large restaurant.

PY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Not so great food. Not worth at all.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was excellent!

RA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique Excellent Delicious Indian Fusion food ! Beautiful ambiance ! Great service!!! 👍👍👍👍👍

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SH
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. I will definitely visit again when I am in Chicago.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fusion of Indian and Latin food. We've eaten at the Vermilion in NYC and we were sorry to see it closed in NYC. Garlic Naan was crispy and chewy. The coconut rice had just the right hint of coconut. The duck was exquisite.

C
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We waited over two hours for food. There appeared to be only one server, and she seemed bothered every time you asked her for anything. Would not recommend.

KS
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This place is really creepy. Unattractive interior. Ghostly empty when we walked in on a Saturday night Two tables in a very large dining room were occupied. No bartender or servers in sight. A host came up and greeted/seated us. Poured waters. Left menu. Disappeared. After 6 or 7 minutes in an eerily silent room with no sign of the host or any other employee we got the creeps and quietly left. Wont be back.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I love the food at Vermillion. Its inventive and very flavorful. I was at a dinner for 6 people and everyone loved it. The Ribs with a turmeric sauce was the standout for me. Fall off the bone tender and delicious. I really appreciated that the noise level was modest. There was background music but it was subtle. It made conversation so much easier and more pleasant, even at a large table. I would definitely do back.

k
Cincinnati
90 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent. We eat here every time we are in Chicago - once or twice a year. The service is slow, but the dishes are prepared 1 at a time. Everything is worth the wait. We were the only table on a Friday evening. One table was leaving when we arrived and another family was seated as we were finishing. I don't know why it isn't a hopping place like it was years ago.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Arrived on time for reservation, restaurant nearly empty, but we were sat at a table near the far back, at the kitchen door next to a barrier that hides extra things for the restaurant. It was the worst seat in the place.

Ordered a selection of appetizers, entrees, wine and beer. The appetizers were good. The main course - tandoori skirt steak, arrived cold. The wine served from the open bottle tasted vastly different from the newly opened, assume the first bottle was from past day(s). Server mistaken on the contents of a dish, when asked again, server never went back to confirm. We then checked on leaving with the manager, who said server incorrect.

What hurt is that we had a special guest from Tokyo with us, and the experience could not have been worse - only the appetizers and the masala fries were decent. The rest of the experience - and that’s what matters could not have been worse. Not sure how Vermillion received the accolades it did...

CR
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Vermillion is no longer the stand-out it once was..

BF
Dubai
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Very disappointing, the food was terrible. We had the tasters menus for Omnivore. First they only brought out one plate, how do you share one lamb chop? One scallop? When we said we wanted the second one it was obvious that they set the one aside while preparing the other. When we finally got it the one we as ice cold. Not that it mattered even warm wouldn’t have improved it. Tried the shrimp curry as well, not good. Would not recommend this place nor will we return.

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing cocktails, tasty food, great ambiance.

OT
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really quiet night on Easter so we had the entire restaurant pretty much to ourselves. Latin & Indian fusion is a step out of our comfort zone but we really enjoyed the entire experience. The staff was friendly & helpful with food selections. All dishes were very flavorful. Loved the Lobster Portuguese!! Also, the churros were a great dessert.

EB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I had to track down the host to remind them of my reservation, no one greeted us. There were only two other couples in the dining room and yet the service was extremely slow. Every step of the dinner took way too long for the amount of people there.
Then when we got the bill the server told us he forgot to add the drinks, so another 10 minute wait in addition to waiting for our leftovers to get packed up. It would have been nice of them to acknowledge our wait time and maybe comp one of the drinks especially since it was a birthday dinner.
The food was amazing as always, but we’ve had amazing service as well here in the past...so it was disappointing.

f
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is nicely presented. It is an innovative blend of Indian and Latin taste. Delicious!

DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

NOt anymore - after 15 years menu is tired and behind where sophisticated fusion is today
Lost its charm - restaurant is big and always almost empty so "dead" vibe - last visit was Friday night 7:30 pm

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

I was taken to Vermillion for my birthday dinner. My first and probably last time for me. Though the food was ok, the portions, just the right size, it was nothing outstanding for the price. The service was great! The restaurant itself is just too busy for my tastes. The outdoor furniture inside was a big turn-off . Overall, nothing out of the ordinary here. I will not be back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice decor, not loud at all, drinks were good but food wasn't great

DC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a nice meal at Vermillion. The service was nice and food was good if a bit over-fancy. We particularly enjoyed the scallops; the lamb chops in particular seemed over-spiced.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Latin/Indian fusion food is full of delightful surprise, and the fancy cocktails are fun. At the price point, surely one of the best restaurant values in Chicago.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place.... very frndly service...flavorful food.... a must visit restaurant.... will b returning wit frnds soon....

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointed in the service and how slow it was. Staff was rude. Food wasn’t great and over priced for sure especially Valentine’s Day!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my vegetarian daughter. Vegetarian tasting menu was outstanding!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service was sub par, food was bland and they were out of the batter for dosas which my friend and I both wanted to order as entrees. The methi paneer had no flavor to it. I will not return to this restaurant.

a
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Me and family enjoyed eating here. Awesome service and food. We will see you guys soon.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Food was average at best. There was a loud party going on when we arrived. The wine I was served was spoiled. I sent it back and was not charged.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Our food was spilled and served cold

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Mother food Emma’s amazing. Very special experience

JS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great experience! Creative, unique, wonderful tasting food. Attentive service which included explaining the ingredients in each dish. Would definitely return.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant positions itself as a “fine dining” one but starting from the greeting by the host, the seating arrangements , the wait times were ridiculously bad experiences. The price of the food is that of a fine dining restaurant but all the other aspects are anything but that. Will recommend against - particularly for special occasions. This is such a downer.

KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. We loved the food and service. Will recommend to friends and family.

EC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went as a family of 4 and had a great time. Food and service was awesome.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food. Specially, the butter chicken and lamb shank was very good. I will be back.

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