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The Purple Pig

Mediterranean Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
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  • Jeff C.
    Jeff Culpepper2 weeks ago
    Wow this place is hopping. The handcrafted drinks are amazing. Food is spectacular.
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana Voyer3 weeks ago
    Bone marrow, pork tongue and smoked goat cheese were awesome. Insane wine list, yet the server knew exactly which one to recommend.
  • Tanisha R.
    Tanisha Richmond3 weeks ago
    Beets , veal
  • Nana
    NanaApril 19
    Omg never thought I'd say this but that broccoli was delicious! The cocktails were quite amazing. I didn't care for the pork shoulder was salty porky 🐷 if you like that go for it. Next time octopus
  • Mike L.
    One of my all time favorite restaurants of all time
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmFebruary 27
    Everything here is good. Everything. Twice I've ordered the milk-braised pork shoulder and Brussels sprouts. OMG!! The ricotta stuffed bun is also to die for. The cherry bier - loved it too.
  • Besmira H.
    Besmira HFebruary 22
    A must try in Michigan Avenue, Downtown Chicago. Fried stuffed olives Ascolana style & grilled chicken leg kabob with cucumber sauce. The hype is real! 🍷 glad I tried this place!
  • Ana Paula P.
    This was easily the best place I ate at while in Chicago. The service was awesome and the food was amazing - order the Turkey leg, you won't regret it!
  • Ana Paula P.
    The stuffed brioche for desert!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJanuary 31
    Get the pork pate and turkey leg!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MoskovitzJanuary 28
    The lamb is delicious!
  • David C.
    David ChávezJanuary 10
    Chicken thigh kebabs, absolutely spectacular!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Head for the purple awning, set back from Michigan Avenue, for a delirious assortment of protein-rich, Mediterranean small plates from James Beard-award-winning chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 20
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmDecember 30, 2016
    ABSOLUTELY DIVINE. I love the milk braised pork shoulder and the iris bun. The cherry kriek beer is great too.
  • Andre W.
    Andre WilliamsDecember 9, 2016
    Everything is good here!!!!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    The Purple Pig was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraNovember 2, 2016
    I had a great caramel chocolate churro porter! The food was incredible, the Cornish hen, 4 meats platter, and stuffed calamari were divine! One of my favorite eats of all time
    Upvoted Apr 23
  • s h.
    s h .October 16, 2016
    Excellent place for small plate sharing - pork blade steak and roasted broccoli (dressing: roasted garlic and anchovy vinaigrette) are must orders!
  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmOctober 16, 2016
    Life changing. We had the Brussels sprouts, broccoli, braised pork shoulder, and the heavenly fried dough ball filled with cream and chocolate chips. YES!!!
  • Bert M.
    Bert MacQueenOctober 15, 2016
    I had the marrow and it was wonderful. Go easy when sprinkling on the sea salt. I thought it was just fine without the salt. Just.spread the marrow on the bread, top with the cilantro....delish
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubSeptember 7, 2016
    Great small plates but always a long wait. They call you on your phone when your tables ready so put your name in and head to a nearby bar.
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeAugust 29, 2016
    Can't wine and swine without the milk braised pork shoulder!
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserAugust 26, 2016
    On the expensive side, but excellent.
  • st
    stAugust 21, 2016
    vegetarian things are severely underrated. crispy potatoes are 10/10
  • Julianna
    JuliannaAugust 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Yes, they do pig bits well. But they KILL it on their veg dishes.
  • Tomer M.
    Tomer MokedAugust 15, 2016
    Food is amazing, the chorizo is great, fun special menu with crazy pork items
  • Joe D.
    Joe DodsonAugust 13, 2016
    The seafood saganaki was simply amazing.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavelaarAugust 10, 2016
    Enjoy unique small plates, an extensive wine list and community seating.
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackJuly 24, 2016
    Great charcuterie options
  • T B.
    T BJuly 23, 2016
    Tourist and foursquare trap.. avoid!!
  • Felix David M.
    Wonderful small dishes to share and enjoy several of them along your friends. If you are alone, you'll make some new ones.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FetterolfJuly 15, 2016
    Beets, goat cheese and pistachios. I would eat it every day if I could.
  • Liliane B.
    Liliane BorbaJuly 13, 2016
    Very good drinks and "Pig"! 🐷🐷
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJuly 10, 2016
    Awesome vegetarian place to go! Go early to avoid wait or just get a drink and hang out outside of it's a nice weather.
  • Bernardo E.
    Bernardo EstrellaJuly 9, 2016
    Lamb Ribs....just wow
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LeeJuly 7, 2016
    Awesome food!! Nice cheese and sausage platter, good wine selection. Prefer outdoor sitting :)
  • Tom D.
    Tom DJuly 2, 2016
    Can't go wrong with anything best small plates inside the loop
  • Jon B.
    Jon BackhausJune 27, 2016
    Everything. Wine. Food. Ambiance. People. Bar. Location. Oxygen level. The works.
  • s h.
    s h .June 14, 2016
    Small plate sharing
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KushnirJune 10, 2016
    Everything
  • Camila
    CamilaJune 10, 2016
    Pig's shoulder with smashed potato is the best
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeckermanJune 3, 2016
    Awesomeness! - the foodie magician
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityJune 2, 2016
    Diners enjoy their meals on red leather bar stools at long, communal tables, and the overhanging patio gives the impression of being suspended within the city amongst its skyscrapers. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMay 31, 2016
    Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé ($12). "Fresh red raspberries and strawberries, with just a hint of grape spice is a fantastic pairing with our hummus smear." says sommelier Liz Martinez. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    The father-and-son Bannos duo's restaurant is a torch bearer for mediterranean small plates and charcuterie, and perhaps the best restaurant on the touristy Magnificent Mile. Be prepared for a wait. Read more
  • Sabina K.
    Sabina KajtezovicApril 30, 2016
    Smashed potatoes and pate
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BoeApril 29, 2016
    amazing foie gras, pork shoulder was a little bland, try all the desserts.
  • Harley A.
    Harley AcresApril 19, 2016
    High prices, small sizes the chicken thighs were decent though as are the smashed potatoes.
  • Weilyn
    WeilynMarch 29, 2016
    Milk braised pork shoulder, bone marrow smear on bread with cilantro salad were our favorites!!
  • Peter G.
    Peter GentMarch 13, 2016
    Pig ear and kale salad.
  • Jen
    JenFebruary 9, 2016
    Order the burrata, pork shoulder, bone marrow smear, and the crispy pig ears with kale. Delicious.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BarrientosFebruary 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey leg, beets and wine!
  • Lillian Z.
    Lillian ZhangFebruary 4, 2016
    One of the best pork dishes! Great food. Nice ambience. Good service
  • Xuchen L.
    Xuchen LiFebruary 4, 2016
    Highly recommend!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksFebruary 4, 2016
    This joint is one of the 15 best places in Chicago to get butternut squash, a trending taste this week. They're also ranked as Chicago's 2nd best place for wine. We wouldn't object if you get both.
  • Suzanne M.
    Suzanne ManitakosFebruary 4, 2016
    Best selection of charcuterie and the service was impeccable!
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangJanuary 23, 2016
    Lamb chops and anything wagyu (autocorrect almost changed that to warty!)
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22, 2016
    This is the best place in Chicago. Desserts are amazing. Charcuterie is excellent
  • R N.
    R NJanuary 13, 2016
    Missing the nutella-marshmallow-banana panini from the menu! :'(
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJanuary 1, 2016
    Amazing. Milk braised pork shoulder was da bomb
  • Carmen
    CarmenJanuary 1, 2016
    Original cocktails. I liked the cin-cin. I hear that pork chops are good. The taramosalad is bad. Mostly cream of wheat, almost no roe. And they thought it was *my* problem because I come from Europe
  • Philip C.
    Philip ChangDecember 27, 2015
    Bewildered, but not confused about the excitement over a hot topless restaurant on Michigan Avenue. And then I found out The Pig is about tapas. Ta-pas. Got it.
  • Varsha S.
    Varsha SheteDecember 26, 2015
    Oxtail soup & fried pig ears are great!
  • JY
    JYDecember 24, 2015
    They have good food. But don't venture beyond what people rage about. Sit by the bat is fun
  • Christian T.
    Christian TrappDecember 22, 2015
    The pork shoulder and beets are fire!
  • Celia A.
    Celia ArredondoDecember 19, 2015
    Pork neck & pork ears are really good! Great environment
  • Mario M.
    Mario MojerDecember 12, 2015
    The best place to eat in Chicago. The octopus and the duck are awesome
  • В В.
    В ВNovember 18, 2015
    Fantastic place to chill out in Chicago. Food is different then elsewhere( hot olives, fried beet root). Great selection of wine!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HNovember 9, 2015
    You can barely taste the texture of pig's ear in the pigs ear dish, the bone marrow was insufficient for two pple despite my questions to the server, the braised pork shoulder was too salty. Overhyped
  • Reka
    RekaNovember 4, 2015
    Was ok, but I think it is way overrated.
  • Moni C.
    Moni CerpaNovember 3, 2015
    Everything's it's incredible. The broccoli and Brussels sprouts are totally a must! Greens had never tasted any better
  • Nick R.
    Nick RunyanOctober 28, 2015
    Pig ear salad.
  • Helena H.
    Helena HounselOctober 21, 2015
    They don't take reservations so put your name down, give them your cell and walk around. The bar is also lively, really fun, and first come first serve.
  • Niki C.
    Niki ChaiOctober 18, 2015
    Lobsters is actually pretty good here. Pork should is too stick for my taste. Service is excellent.
  • Tony P.
    Tony POctober 4, 2015
    This place is a must! Sit at the bar and follow the recommendations, nice cheese selection, original dishes and a great peanut butter cheesecake
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LiuOctober 3, 2015
    Bone marrow is amazing.
  • Jessy G.
    Jessy GrimesOctober 2, 2015
    Bone marrow smear is delicious
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 25, 2015
    Foodies will love this place. Get a plate to share with friends and get cozy with the people seated next to you. Everything was amazing, from pig tongue to octopus to wine selection. Highly recommend.
  • Cami P.
    Cami PazosSeptember 22, 2015
    Everything
  • Joe B.
    Joe BechelySeptember 19, 2015
    Beets. Beets. And more beets. They are delicious. Sit all the way in the back to watch the organized chaos in the kitchen.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroSeptember 8, 2015
    Had potential but it was ok. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for this kind of food, or maybe this place isn't good for just 2 people. But even the deviled eggs were meh; elsewhere they're usually delicious
  • Bea V.
    Bea VelderrainAugust 30, 2015
    Best turkey leg I've had in my life!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻
  • Valerie Andrea D.
    Valerie Andrea DowlandAugust 23, 2015
    The best place to a MC Café
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 18, 2015
    Who knew vegetables could be so good
  • Julie F.
    Julie FredricksonAugust 9, 2015
    Get the braised milk pork. Sounds weird but is delicious
  • Adán A.
    Adán ArguetaAugust 7, 2015
    Everything is awesome just the girl who offers drinks while you wait for a table was rude :/
  • Mischa
    MischaAugust 4, 2015
    Do not fear the marrow, embrace it!
  • Regan A.
    Regan AlanesJuly 31, 2015
    Bone marrow. Do it.
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaJuly 30, 2015
    Hidden gem! Awesome food!
  • Emrah A.
    Emrah AltinokJuly 28, 2015
    Broccoli with roasted garlic
  • Mihaela I.
    Mihaela IsacJuly 26, 2015
    fried pig's ear with kale and the stuffed squid are really good!
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkJuly 26, 2015
    Personally prefer Gilt Bar's bone marrow but Purple Pig's is nice too. The food is on the saltier side so watch out for that but overall I love their dishes.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerJuly 19, 2015
    My favorite thing to do here is have the server bring you a dish or two to complement your meal. The menu is so extensive and it is nice to have some help while also getting a fun surprise.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanJuly 17, 2015
    a foodies dream! very cool selection of unique foods
  • Josh W.
    Josh WoodJuly 3, 2015
    Worth the wait.
  • Le@a
    Le@aJune 26, 2015
    Everything was delicious!
  • Keeli N.
    Keeli NikeJune 18, 2015
    Milk braised pork shoulder with mashed potatoes was TO DIE FOR!! The most tender pork I've ever had.
  • Ana W.
    Ana WitaszczykJune 14, 2015
    The food is great, the service is slow
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WoolfJune 8, 2015
    Anything on their menu is worth a try. My favorites include the bone marrow and the chicken kebabs.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MappJune 8, 2015
    Get the pork shoulder and octopus! So amazing!
  • Laura C.
    Laura Credidio2 weeks ago
    O barrow marrow e fantastico e o ombro de porco também
  • Dan R.
    Dan Rodriguez3 weeks ago
    Súper rico y con sabores muy raros pero delicioso 🏆
  • Karla K.
    Karla KernApril 24
    Muy bien lugar , ambiente , atención y comida. Buena carta de vinos. Aunque siempre está muy lleno. Prueba la coliflor carbonizada
  • Gabriel L.
    Local agitado e divertido, comida mediterrânea, carta de vinhos muito boa.
  • Adrian A.
    Adrian AlvaApril 14
    Todo está tremendo. Se pide al centro. Pide unos tres platillos y un postre para dos. Tuétano y pork shoulder un must. Llega temprano y sé paciente.
  • Antonio F.
    Buenísimo todo y la música de lujo
  • PPC
    PPCNovember 1, 2016
    Lugar lleno pero la atención veloz y de muy buen humor, la comida una delicia, la pierna de cerdo exquisita, muy buena el costo-calidad, super recomendado!
  • Alberto O.
    Alberto OteroOctober 9, 2016
    Probad el hot dog!
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LeiteApril 14, 2016
    Atendimento de primeira, ambiente muito bom. Porções de comidas minúsculas porém muito saborosas. Preço caro. Nota 7
  • Mary carmen D.
    Mary carmen De la moraFebruary 6, 2016
    Todo, absolutamente todo lo que pidan es delicioso. Pero él betabel con queso de cabra y pistache se lleva el premio!
    Downvoted Apr 14
  • Serrito
    SerritoOctober 15, 2015
    Brocoli, camalares y pulpo
  • Gustavo S.
    Gustavo SchuttOctober 15, 2015
    Todo lo que probamos: EXCELENTE!! Espuma de burrata con alcauciles a la judia, calamares rellenos y Paleta de verso con puré. De postre crostata de Durazno. Súper recomendable. Imperdible en Chicago b
  • Maria E R.
    Maria E R.CampaOctober 13, 2015
    Brocoli al ajo/ calamar con vinagreta/ sirloin/ pork shoulder/
  • Jieun K.
    Jieun KimAugust 13, 2015
    믿고 먹는 퍼플피그라며 뭘 먹어도 맛있다고 친구가 말해주네요. 전 turkey's leg랑 octupus with greenbean 추천. 서버가 맥주는 일리노이 로컬 드래프트 맥주를 추천해줘서 마셨는데 좋았어요. 맛도 분위기도 최고 👍
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