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Vera

Vera

Spanish Restaurant and Coffee Shop$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
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  • Curtis H.
    Fantastic service; very knowledgeable. Wine selection is unparalleled in the West Loop anymore.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 31
    Nortico Rosé ($10). "It's easy to drink on it's own, and fantastic with favorite summer snacks, for me I love it with ceviche and charcuterie,” says owner Liz Mendez. Read more
  • Diego R.
    Food is excelent although menu is a little small for a tapas place
  • Samantha H.
    The bacon wrapped dates are amazing!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMay 29, 2015
    The Spanish board was a knockout breakfast dish with serrano ham, peppers, olives and manchego cheese accompanied by toasted bread slices. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 8, 2015
    Get plenty of small dishes to share
  • Taylored W.
    Taylored WinesJanuary 6, 2015
    Stop by for the Sommelier Selection and enjoy trying new wines that you won't find by the glass anywhere else (at least not frequently)
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellDecember 15, 2014
    So many varieties of sherry that you're sure to find one (or more) to suit your palate.
  • vveerrgg e.
    vveerrgg eNovember 8, 2014
    Order the specia of the day. Delicious and deserts are grand!!! Chiros FTW!
  • Mike
    MikeOctober 25, 2014
    An exceptionally curated wine list. Go for the sommelier selection!
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortellAugust 26, 2014
    I love the ceviche, the papas bravas, the mushrooms and the fantastic wine selection. And I can't forget the amazing hospitality.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Slurp a case of the Mondays away with six-for-$6 fresh oysters and a sherry or vintage Madeira apéritif at this downtown Spanish tapas gem. Read more
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 2, 2014
    Love everything we ordered, especially the octopus and the whole shrimps; haven't had anything I didn't like yet
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BelozertsevaJanuary 24, 2014
    Romantic atmosphere, knowledgeable staff. We shared 5 plates and a cheese platter between 3 of us, and we were stuffed in the end (dates and mushrooms were so yummy). Also I loved vina sastre wine.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The garlic shrimp at Vera is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. http://tmout.us/rLOtk Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 2, 2013
    Looking for a West Loop restaurant that's actually warm and inviting instead of cavernous and intimidating? Vera is your respite.
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleJuly 12, 2013
    One word: paella
  • Mary Kay H.
    If it has an egg on it, I suggest you order it.
  • Elisa V.
    Elisa VApril 6, 2013
    Lamb bocadillo was excellent!
  • Lina
    LinaFebruary 9, 2013
    Service is always gracious & friendly. Food & wine outstanding! Great slow dinner spot...wine, cheese, some bites here and there with tons more wine/sherry in a feel good environment!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BDecember 1, 2012
    Be sure to say hi to Tod at the front door - he will take very good care of you while waiting for a table to open up. The Iberico ham, Brussels and cauliflower are to die for!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MendezAugust 16, 2012
    Anchovies are always a good bet, especially with a glass of fino sherry.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BauerAugust 5, 2012
    Love the atmosphere here with the music and the noise from the Green Line. The ciders are good if you don't like wine.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    A cute spot where you can go for a quick glass of Sherry or wine at the bar or have a romantic dinner over Spanish small plates. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZhangJune 9, 2012
    Great tapas addition to Chicago! Amazing pickled beef tongue, the stuff just melts! Nice twist with the hazelnut on the green onions too. Will be back!
  • Brad W.
    Brad WilkinsMay 19, 2012
    Pata de Cabra! Try it... Heaven in my mouth!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanMay 12, 2012
    This tip is for those writers at Thrillist... Look up the definition of "tapas".
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 10, 2012
    For drinks, draw from the section entitled "Sherry & Friends"--at least for a glass of Fino to sip with those first bites of olives or Serrano ham: Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 9, 2012
    Mark Mendez’s menu is not a love letter to Spain. It’s a marriage proposal. Try the $3 chicken liver: two little caramelized-onion toast points sag under an obscene amount of impeccable liver.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KlingbergFebruary 20, 2012
    Sherry Revolution.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BJanuary 21, 2012
    The caulis are outstanding, heart the Brussels too - this is the one place you should go veggie or go home ;)
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Crain's Chicago BusinessJanuary 20, 2012
    The $6 for bread is worth it: a warm loaf served with a platter of olive oil, garlic and chive butters. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineDecember 5, 2011
    The shell-on prawns are attractive and tasty but, oh, the sauce—think primal experience.
  • Chicago Realtor M.
    Megan at the bar is the best!
  • Mike F.
    Mike FishmanNovember 15, 2011
    When available, the La Claire Farms/Saxon creamery's Evalon cheese is a delicious mild cheese. Food is very seasonal so recommending menu items would probably be useless.
  • Valerie Q.
    Valerie QuernsNovember 5, 2011
    Bread and butter! So yummy.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 31, 2011
    Menu includes tapas crafted from locally sourced ingredients, housemade blood sausage, rack of lamb, and a Madrid-style tripe dish aiming to satisfy those who are looking for authentic flavors. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 19, 2011
    Similar to a tapas place, shared plates are what you'll be expecting. Try the saffron broth'd black cod w/ butifarra & clams. There's a special emphasis on Sherry, designed to pair with the plates. Read more
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