Parachute

4.7
1120 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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and portions were reasonable. However, for its location and style of cuisine it is overpriced. I felt like everything I ordered should have been priced three to four dollars less per item. This is especially true given the location; there is no excuse of abnormally high rent in this portion of Logan Square.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the off the cuff tasting menu. It was a wonderful journey of flavors and the value for the price we paid was fantastic. So much food. So delicious. Service was wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Every drink and entree we ordered was amazing will DEFINITELY go back :)

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c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating staff, and wonderful service. For such o high level dining experience, the overall atmosphere is very comfortable and down to earth.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant prepares incredible food and drinks. Their staff are knowledgeable and helpful when exploring the drink and food menu. It was difficult to have a conversation with my partner as the shared table we were at created a larger space between us than I would have preferred. There were also many patrons in a small space, but overall this was a great experience and I will happily return. Thank you for sharing your talents!

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CC
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I highly enjoyed my dinner at Parachute. The initial preparation of bread and pickle dishes were very good, interesting. The highlight of the main dishes was the mackerel dish. The tartare dish was very good, also the tuna taco,. The broccoli salad was excellent. The non alcoholic Reisling was good not amazing. Overall a mix of excellent dishes and good to very good dishes. Would go back but in the competitive Chicago scene will try others before returning to Parachute. Reasonable value.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience - came to celebrate a birthday. Friendly staff, recommended 2 dishes from each section of the menu. We went with the potato bread (unique and delicious), oysters (super fresh), the broccoli salad (MUST TRY, NOT A JOKE), tteokbokki (almost like an Italian sauce on tteokbokki, wasabi mackerel (perfect textures, awesome flavors), and the pork ssam (ridiculously soft, melts in your mouth). Ended with a coffee and maple creme caramel (deep, rich, almost smoky maple flavor)

Want to try the “off the cuff” menu, next time!

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Impeccable food and service! We loved the bing bread and the cocktails in particular.

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1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

There is a lot of hype about the restaurant so we thought we would try it for a birthday. Two main courses came out cold lobster and short rib. Appetizers were good and so was pistachio broccoli salad. But everything seemed very rushed and like they were more interested in the regulars and getting us off the table. We were in and out of the restaurant in 45 min. Check was put down before offered dessert. So chugged the bottle of wine and left haha. Really disappointed in the overall experience. I really wanted to like the place especially since we just moved into the neighborhood.

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DC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. Every dish had a lot of thought put into the flavor layering. Service was excellent!

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CD
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! It was super busy so we had to wait a little bit for our reservation, but the hostess (Grace i believe) was SO accommodating and they were so nice. Plus, I love to see a fun local spot like this busy - it means they are doing well! Do NOT skip the potato bread or broccoli salad. The cocktails are amazing too! Only word of warning - the kimchi fried rice is spicy and seafood-forward. Very yummy, but not what we expected. Overall amazing meal and service, our server Justin was the best. Can’t wait to go back again!

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J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is creative, exciting and delicious. We did the chef’s choice menu with beverage pairings. The food was amazing, but a bit too much for two ladies - we did not finish most of the dishes. The beverage pairings were spot on and I would definitely recommend them. Service was wonderful and it was a great experience overall.

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W
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tried the tasting menu. Really liked the pickles, bread, and dessert. The mackerel and salad were fine. Nebbiolo rose recommended as we see spring around the corner. It will get loud when full, so find an off peak time if you want to hear each other.

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l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever had in Chicago! We had the most amazing tasting menu paired with non-alcoholic beverages. From the moment Grace greeted me at the door I felt welcome. Our server Justin was amazing and the entire staff was so accommodating to our fish allergy and vegetarian needs. The Bing Bread was a delicious start to the meal and the matcha tiramisu delivered to our table by Chef Beverly Kim was the perfect ending. I would highly recommend Parachute for a perfect meal and the best hospitality in town!

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HD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, memorable food. Service was top notch. Wine and cocktails were off beat, carefully selected and did not disappoint. Look forward to visiting again soon.

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A
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very interesting restaurant; although the previous reviews we read online overall gave the hint that this is a Korean restaurant, we found the menu is not entirely Korean and has many other elements. For example, we had Oyster for one of the appetizer selections; this dish was quite delicious but doesn't seem to be that Korean:) Fried Rice and "ddukbokki" with pork were the two more "Korean" dishes we ordered; my husband enjoyed the latter very much although I felt the flavor was a little bit too strong for me; I liked Fried Rice but it was so spicy:) Pork Belly and Stuffed Lobster were very tasty, but we were not too sure if these courses are "Korean" either:) Noise level was higher than a nice and quiet restaurant but since we read the reviews online first, it was not out of our expectation hence we were fine with that. Although this is not a typical Korean restaurant that you think you would just spend $30-40 per person, price is still very reasonable, especially considering this is a Michelin restaurant. It's definitely very unique and would give you some surprises. Would like to revisit sometime.

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World-class food and service. One of the best meals we've had in Chicago. Will be back.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Parachute to any food lover looking for a unique dining experience. We opted for the “off the cuff” chef’s selections for $65/each. We were served a variety of amazing dishes—the broccoli/date salad and beef tartare were our faves. The potato bread was unlike anything I have eaten (imagine a loaded baked potato and bread had a love child). The lamb curry was a miss for us (and the reason for my 4-star review instead of 5), unfortunately, due to the lamb being really fatty/chewy and the curry itself lacking some depth. It was a bummer because we typically love curry!
The servers were excellent. They made cocktail recommendations that we really enjoyed, and we never without anything. It’s not a pretentious staff, either. We were greeted very warmly and noticed smiles throughout; it certainly appears that the wait staff enjoys working at Parachute. I liked the vibe of the place, too—causal enough, not overly stuffy, and not trying too hard to be cool.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unusual and inspired with nuanced flavors that were really delightful! The service was attentive and especially helpful in guiding us towards the number of dishes and balance of overall flavors. Definitely would recommend!!

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GE
Chicago
186 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute remains one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

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BR
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My family and I spent $80 round-trip on an Uber to take us from downtown Chicago to Parachute, given the positive reviews I had read about it. However, I was surprised at how small the restaurant was -- people were very close to one another and it was hard for even the servers to move around. There were also a few things that had been highly rated in the reviews that were not on the menu. We ended up having to Google several items because the menu didn't adequately describe what they were. The food was very good, but the dishes were quite pricy and very small portions. In order to avoid leaving hungry, we had to order more food than we had anticipated, which resulted in a much higher bill by the time we left. In the end, we feel like we had a good meal and got to try out some creative dishes, but felt like that overall value was low, given the high prices, small quantities, small space, and the time and expense to get there. It would have been better to stay in downtown Chicago and find a restaurant with good food and a great view.

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London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and food

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SM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Parachute! The potato bread is out of this world and not to be missed, and that's just a starter. Broccoli salad presentation was clever and scrumptious. Every course was something deliciously interesting and compelling, including the MOST EXCELLENT kiwi and tahini ice creams. Do not pass Go, Do no collect $200; get thee to this restuarant.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

TLDR: food was interesting but hit and miss, and a bit overpriced.
Went on a Friday date night and sat on the edge of the communal section. It could get very noisy at times. Started with the amazing Bing Bread. Good wine/drink menu, if a bit pricey. he Tempura Japchae was... unnecessary. I guess I'd rather just have japchae or tempura separately. We had split decisions on the Dukbokki and Fried Rice. The Blood Sausage was great. We probably should have gone with the tasting menu. Overall it was fun, but overpriced and inconsistent.

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j
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My wife had selected Parachute from Check Please for one of her birthday dinners. We found it kind of expensive, and not too exciting for the money. Although part Korean, we are not all that impressed by the current trendiness, and were hoping for more value (and dare I say over-the-topness) from Chef Beverly, whom we have followed since Opera. The japchae tempura were just larger, assumedly house-made, versions of the freezer section snack. The mackerel, while having a nice green sauce, seemed more like just some kind of slightly dry white fish than the oily, tasty mackerel we grill at home. A lamb curry special was very lamb-y, which I didn’t mind, but it had that muttonesque redolence. The $9 pickles were the last straw for the wife. Cocktails were scanty. Street parking was plentiful. They were surely not lacking for clientele the Friday night we were there. Sitting at the communal table we were constantly brushed and bashed by staff behind us.

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AS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute was a phenomenal experience. The food was delicious, different and refreshing. We loved the space and the team was very helpful with recommendations. We look forward to returning!

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c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know that I've had too many dining experiences I'd call "perfect" but our night at Parachute certainly earned that moniker. There isn't a single thing I could point to and say "this could have been better".

We were warmly greeted when we walked in the door. We were a few minutes early for our table but they seated us right away. The staff were all warm, friendly and attentive throughout the evening. The specialty cocktails (I tried #s 1 and 3, rum and gin respectively) were well crafted and balanced. We chose the "Off The Cuff" option where the kitchen decides what you eat. Every single dish was amazing. My wife hates broccoli but wound up loving the broccoli salad so much she called it her favorite dish. Her other favorite was the arctic char. She admits that she would have ordered neither if she picked her own plates but wound up loving both. We were both absolutely stuffed by evening's end. And so happy with our experience that we can't wait to go back. It's a bit pricey, but well worth every penny!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better meals I have had in the city in quite some time. We opted to do the Off the Cuff tasting menu, which was described as being a 4 course chef's choice meal for $65 each. I think they are really underselling it because each "course" had multiple plates and dishes so we felt like we got way more than that.

Too many highlights to list them all but I'll just say if you haven't been here yet, you should.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and good service. We will go back with more friends soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, creative, tastefully done Asian fusion. Flavors that I’ve never had before!

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H
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Skip Parachute. There’s a few stand-out dishes but we found our experience lacking substance, especially when it came to the main dishes. Put simply, the food did not merit the reasonably high price.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sublime food and service. Creative, interesting. Just wish the restaurant were a bit quieter.

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MH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. We did not try any of the main items but shared also all of the apps and small dishes. The service was excellent, friendly and timely. The restaurant is a little cramped but the noise level was fine. Overall it lived up to our very high expectations.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great service was awesome. Chocolate cake blew my mind !

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and lovely atmosphere. MUST get the brocolli, tuna, and fried rice. I am gluten free and they greeted me with their menu that they had just highlighted with my options.

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NP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are on the small side but the food was incredible!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The broccoli salad is out of control delicious. We had to get another one

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated special occasion and opted chef’s choice ... it was a lot of food and enjoyed the food. We didn’t want the lamb stew or beef tartar and the kitchen was happy to accommodate our needs. Service was friendly and attentive. Loved the tuna, pork sofrito, broccoli salad, bing bread... the fried rice was too spicy to our liking but the mackerel was well prepared. Cocktails and wine selections are plenty to make for a lively and fun environment

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love parachute. It is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Inspired food at a reasonable price.

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PS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the experience! Food is interesting and very tasty. The drinks are great, and the recommended pairing is on point. Great interiors, small but cozy and not too loud even though the place was full. Friendly staff. Highly recommend!

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