Parachute

4.6
1062 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired cuisine, that we like to call Korean American. Please understand although we strive to serve food and drink with distinction we are still a small independent family run restaurant. No smoke and mirrors here. Just food from the heart. Our space is limited and our staff is small. We believe that we have the ability and resources to make all of our guests happy while dining in our "home" (as we see it). It can get loud in here when we are full but we believe this adds to the convivial atmosphere we provide. We are always happy here and this shows in the spirit of our restaurant. We look forward to serving you with all of our hearts and a smile!

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The Infatuation
8.9

Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious. There are no questions about that. We were both full and felt great when we left. However, a few hours later I began to challenge the value for dollars spent. If there was more of an "experience" to compliment the meal it could be justified. In short next time we plan on going out for a nice dinner we will spend the same dollars somewhere else...

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JW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Parachute, and just over two years since my first visit. The service and food were impeccable. I will have dreams about the broccoli salad until my next visit.

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KR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. Fun communal dining. Smaller menu but felt like a lot of options. Great place for a special family celebration.

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AM
Chicago
135 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this place! Have now been twice in two months. The Bing bread is amazing, as its the tempura appetizer (like a tempura-ed seaweed roll containing rice noodles and veg, I think). The broccoli salad is divine. The lamb shank with curry - gorgeous. I love sitting at the bar where Karen, the most awesome server, pulls bottles of wine that aren't on the list and are delicious! This time: a SW Michigan Sauvignon/Semillon that was perfect with the food! First pairing I've had with a SW Michigan wine that was good, never mind downright delicious!

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M
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Our third visit is about a month and every meal has been different and DELICIOUS!

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O
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

The trip to Baja California to start the meal was amazing with the bing bread. Perfect goat stew and great service. Glad we brought our parachutes for V day.

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Parachute met my expectations -- and they were high! The only "negative" I came away with was circumstantial: I'm a vegetarian, and the menu isn't as veg-friendly as other spots -- although the vegetarian dishes on offer are great! The wine list is also great; lots of off-the-beaten-path bottles. Highly recommend!

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant experience I've ever had every single time I've been here.

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DD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. I tried the off the cuff menu, which is two of the chef’s favorites from each section of the menu. Everything was delicious and unique. It is on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.

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RD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Little bites packed with flavor still dreaming about bing bread and brocoli salad! Great staff!

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E
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group of 5 did the chef's tasting menu and it was one of the most exciting, unique, flavorful experiences I have had. Everything was so flavor forward, so different, and I never got bored. Even though I was full I couldn't wait for each next course to come out. Also - I recommend letting the server choose your wine for you, they have a lot of unique wines that I would never order, and I am so glad we trusted our server to choose for us. Incredible - thank you!

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Parachute! We can't wait to come back and try whatever delicious plate they have on their menu. I especially enjoyed the Japchae, BimBimBop, Pickles, Blood Sausage with Taro, and the Broccoli Salad with dates and pistachios. All in all it was all very delicious, every bite. I highly recommend Parachute if you want a five star dining experience and a really chill vibe.

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B
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small neighborhood location with a small menu, but OMG the food was outstanding and unique. The Bing bread is worth it, in fact I wanted 5 more. The broccoli salad was unique with middle eastern flavors. The lobster, bebimbop, and blood sausage were weirdly different but worked well together. The cocktails and wines brought it all together. Great dinner! Worthy of its Michelan rating.

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r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tried a few dishes - the japchae tempura was more novel looking than novel tasting, the broccoli salad was delicious, the bing bread was warm and good, the dukbokki was under spiced, and the bibimbap tuna was overcooked and the rice was burning?? Everything was still pretty tasty, but some dishes weren't executed well.

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A
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is the best. We love it so much. If you have a kid, dine early. There is a great kids' menu!

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant, which I chose for a client dinner based on multiple glowing reviews. It certainly lives up to the hype. The food was fantastic. Small plates are great for sharing. We had the bing bread, blood sausage, goat stew, lobster thermidor, and an assortment of sorbets. We were very impressed. Highly recommended. And we got a chance to chat with the owner, Beverly, who could not have been a better host.

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was great. We were seated by the entrance and it was soo very cold. It was so cold I had to wear my jacket for the entire dinner. The draft was so bad the curtain behind me kept blowing into the back of my head. This could be easily remedied.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing flavors and the service was great. I am pescatarian and they highlighted the menu for me so it was easy to select options.

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LJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was amazing, vibes were so fun! Only thing we didnt love the bimbipop...compared to the blood sausage which blew our minds it was very mellow. But overall great evening and woild love to go back!

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Not a pleasant experience. Had to wait 40 mins with reservation. Another 40 minute in between the courses. Am I supposed to have to spend 2 1/2 hours for a meal at a Michelin star restaurant? Not sure.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding! From the hospitality to the cocktails to the inspired Korean cooking! Highly recommended. A hired gem👍

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! My wife and I decided to do the off menu option and allow the chef to choose the courses. Do it!

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CL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love, love, love Parachute. Although it’s great in every season, I particularly love it on bitter winter nights. There is always something new and wonderful that takes the chill off. Or maybe a variation of an old favorite.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was super unique, creative, authentic and delishhhh. Creative menu that highlighted great flavors. We took the risk of getting the "off the cuff" tasting menu and just submitted to the mercy of the Chef, and it was totally worth it. The service was also first class in a non pretentious manner. The servers were very knowledgeable, approachable, and friendly. The head chef came out and chatted us up for a couple minutes, which I really appreciate. Will recommend and return again for sure.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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AR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service here! Overall it was a very positive experience, my only hesitation to write a positive review was the cost and value. The food is overall mediocre at best (despite all the hype I have read and heard) and it is very expensive. Otherwise great service and ambience!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met the head chef and she was lovely! Thank you for everything! My friends and I absolutely loved it :)

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SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The appetizers were excellent. The main course of the bibimbap and goat stew were strictly average. Not bad, but not what you expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Service is exceptional with all the servers being exceptionally friendly and helpful. Overall an average experience and its unlikely that we would repeat.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great food and excellent service. I also appreciated the interesting wine list.

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we eat popped with flavor! Well done!

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V
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This use to be one of the only Chicago restaurants I would repeat but the last couple times have not been good. The tofu taste like burnt rubber.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I was extremely excited to visit this Michelin rated restaurant and was sadly presented with a greatly underwhelming experience. The atmosphere was very inviting and comfy, and waiting staff was attentive and informative. However, as a food enthusiast on a student budget I was left with very limited dishes which I was expecting a lot from. I was surprised that no dish left a lasting impact and some were even under-seasoned all while being extremely small in portion. To top it all off, the waiter was kind enough to stir our final portion of the meal and (although no big deal) spilled a bit of food on the table. However, there was no effort to clean or even attempt to rectify the situation which they created. Sadly, I won't be coming back or recommending to others.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Pros: Wonderful service, good drinks, creative menu. Ambiance is nice; comfortably upscale.

Cons: The food was overhyped; Other local restaurants are tastier for a better price. The sharing menu gets expensive, fast. Overall the food was not good enough to encourage me to pay that price again. I left feeling as though I paid for the hype.

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WS
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Terriffic melding of flavors with the sums making for hits without misses; enthusiastic, helpful staff.

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JC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here for our 30th Anniversary. Parachute has a unique cuisine (for Chicago) that is a welcome change from the "New American" which pervades so many upper echelon restaurants in Chicago. We love Korean food, and this take on the cuisine fused with modern approaches really hit the spot. We did the tasting menu for our visit and were very pleased with the variety of dishes we sampled. Particular standouts were the bing bread, the jap chae tempura, and the goat stew. Parachute deserves its many accolades and its Michelin star.

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I
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone I know that has been to Parachute has highly recommended it. It was phenomenal. As a Korean American who has tried the many Korean fusion restaurants in Chicago, this one by far exceeds all of the others. They do a very good job of blending two different cuisines but still keeping the essence of the traditional Korean dishes that they are experimenting with. 10/10 would go again.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Well intended, friendly, and attentive wait staff. Because they all share tables, however, you end up being asked the same questions over and over, which I could do without.

The menu is fun and different. Food was good but probably not as amazing as local lore suggests. The oysters were incredible. Served with some sort of vinegar granita. Delicious. Small portions. The tuna dish I ordered was served in cast iron so it it continued cooking after service, which I also did not care for. It made me feel rushed and some of the meager portion ended up being scalded.

Atmosphere was dark and intimate with a bustling vibe, which I really enjoyed.

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n
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding- some of the best food any of us has eaten in a long time. Great, helpful, friendly service and refreshingly relaxed atmosphere.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good. Didn’t know what to expect having a Korean influence. Explosion of flavors. Everything presented and tasting exceptional.
Must bring friends back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish. Went for a foodie friends birthday. They loved it and hope to return.

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