What Insiders Are Saying
Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.
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...
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.
Delicious food, excellent service. Fun communal dining. Smaller menu but felt like a lot of options. Great place for a special family celebration.
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!
Amazing! Our third visit is about a month and every meal has been different and DELICIOUS!
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.
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!
The best restaurant experience I've ever had every single time I've been here.
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.
Little bites packed with flavor still dreaming about bing bread and brocoli salad! Great staff!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This restaurant is the best. We love it so much. If you have a kid, dine early. There is a great kids' menu!
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.
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.
Amazing flavors and the service was great. I am pescatarian and they highlighted the menu for me so it was easy to select options.
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!
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.
This restaurant is outstanding! From the hospitality to the cocktails to the inspired Korean cooking! Highly recommended. A hired gem👍
Fantastic! My wife and I decided to do the off menu option and allow the chef to choose the courses. Do it!
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.
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.
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!
Met the head chef and she was lovely! Thank you for everything! My friends and I absolutely loved it :)
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.
Really great food and excellent service. I also appreciated the interesting wine list.
Everything we eat popped with flavor! Well done!
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.
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.
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.
Terriffic melding of flavors with the sums making for hits without misses; enthusiastic, helpful staff.
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.
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.
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.
Outstanding- some of the best food any of us has eaten in a long time. Great, helpful, friendly service and refreshingly relaxed atmosphere.
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.
Delish. Went for a foodie friends birthday. They loved it and hope to return.