Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

4.6
249 reviews
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Wine Bar
Outstanding Quality - Nirvana procures small-batch wines and menu ingredients sourced from natural, sustainable, biodynamic, and organic producing artisans, farmers, and winemakers, whenever possible
Affordability - We seek the highest quality product at the best possible pricing and pass any savings on to our guests. Nirvana offers exceptional wines at half-off every day. We have established the Nirvana Market, an organic produce collective, and pass savings on to consumers.
Integrity - Nirvana food is simple, fresh, honest and founded on relationships. Our cheeses and charcuterie are crafted by award winning artisans, our winemakers" families have farmed the land and planted the grapes, we support farmers and fishermen who work sustainably with the earth.
Sharing - Here at Nirvana, we welcome guests into our home with food and wine. The Nirvana staff shares through expert, warm, professional and knowledgeable service.
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FW
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice little restaurant. Great food and service. The interior was very nicely done giving the place a classy yet comfortable atmosphere. We had a mushroom flatbread for an appetizer which was excellent. I had a braised beef short rib for my entree and the sauce that came with it was really outstanding! Great little place for a relaxing dinner.

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

Great food and atmosphere. The guitar player is a bonus.

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l
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite local spots for a great meal. Live entertianment on the weekends is a plus

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

Absolutely love Nirvana. Danny and his staff are the best. Highly recommend!

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B
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated New Years Eve with friends ( 8 of us ) for dinner . As always, it was excellent ! Mike was our waiter; he is always a wealth of knowledge with regards to the menu and the various wines. The atmosphere is cozy and the guitar player ( Dave I believe is his name ) played in the background some awesome music ! It was a perfect night and of course, we will be back soon !

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OT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I started out writing an honest review & decided if I can’t say enough nice things about this restaurant, I won’t say anything.

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KD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch if you like good food, good wine and good service

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband says this is the best steak in the area! We love Nirvana, the ambiance and the food are amazing. The cooking staff do not cut corners and the quality shows.

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CD
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined here early on New Year's Eve (6 p.m.) because we were attending a show. The restaurant called us a day before our reservation to let us know since it was a special night, our table seating time would only be for two hours. We were fine with that since we had a show. Even though our table dining time was limited to two hours, we never felt rushed while we were there. Our waiter was friendly and professional. He knew the menu and was able to answer any questions we had. We enjoyed cocktails, a cheese and charcuterie plate, two entrees (tuna and Moroccan chicken pie) and dessert (cheesecake) during our visit. We could already tell we will come back because the menu options are intriguing and our food was delicious. Don't pass this place by because it is in a strip mall. You'll step inside and feel like you are miles from a strip mall.

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OO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Only good thing about Nirvana was our waiter/server.

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L
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic staff and an overall phenomenal experience!

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SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a terrific experience at Nirvana! Food is consistently good and they do a wonderful job of changing up the menu items while still keeping staples available. I've only ever ordered shrimp and scallops there and have never had the same preparation twice (and we go a lot!!). The owner and wait staff are on top of their game and make you feel welcome whether you're a regular or new to the scene. Can't say enough great things about this place!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish it was closer! Highlight of the week for sure. Will go back if ever in the area again.

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OT
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a FABULOUS find! Great wine selection, wonderful food, terrific service and reasonably priced. Bonus was the music! Highly recommend

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and genuinely friendly staff. Great food, wine and atmosphere!

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W
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the wine, food and outstanding service

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; great service; always look forward to going back!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall, it was very good

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CP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with another couple and we were both celebrating our wedding anniversaries. The food, service, wine, and live music were perfect. The fish special (button snapper) was fantastic! Our compliments to the chef!

Another great night at Nirvana!

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G
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dinner was just fair - nothing to write home about.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthdays! Thor was a super fun waiter. He recognized our need for a long slow meal and surprised us when the musician sang happy birthday to us, using our names as he brought our desserts. Many diners joined in the singing, making this a truly special meal for these 2 lifelong friends. Thanks Nirvana. One of our nicest meals together in 30+ years!

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I
Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming one of my favorite places. The food is always outstanding, the service is great, the wines are top notch and the wine specials on certain nights helps with the budget. The owner is always friendly and engaging and cares about us loving the dining experience. I love this place for much we booked a private event for 35 people in June already.

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AH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Usually love it here. Service was awful this time.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Nirvana twice in the past month and both times were very pleased with the food and the service. Our first visit was on a very busy night and I believe they were short staffed but the waiter did an awesome job providing us his attention and focus even though he was managing many tables. He took the time to give us his recommendations and he was right on!! Both visits were very enjoyable and the food was excellent. WE will be back!!

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JK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Nirvana and it was a very good experience. Very knowledgeable staff in helping select wine and food selections. A great variety and the food was outstanding!

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T
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy a really really nice glass of wine or a flight of reds or flight of whites and want you opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere provided by an outstanding host an owner “Dan” this restaurant is for you.

The cheese selections are fantastic and in my humble opinion you’ll have a wonderful dining experience at this restaurant.

PS. the rack of lamb is always superb.

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TN
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best restaurants on north shore. Great wine list! Food is off the charts!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great live music on Friday. Very friendly service with great selection of wine and compliments. Will definitely go back.

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SW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow service and food less than average at that price point... seems like they are only really interested in selling wine.

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CP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic night at Nirvana. Great food, great wine, great music, great service, and a great host! Can't ask for anything better. Thank you!!!

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L
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The music is great!! It helps to create the ambiance of the place.

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G
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. We love this place. We didn’t realize that it was a wine tasting event so a bit noisier than we had hoped for but looked like fun. We were celebrating our anniversary. Food was great as always

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CR
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s hard to beat the delicious cuisine, outstanding service, and very esoteric wine list at Nirvana. Located in a strip mall in Vernon Hills you’ll find Nirvana. Don’t let the location fool you...this place serves up unique creative dishes complimented by a wine list filled with delicious choices. The wait staff is top notch...friendly, very wine savvy offering excellent suggestions. It’s great for a casual meal out or special occasion....delightful!!

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TC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I have been to Nirvana several times for lunch and the service was always outstanding. This time, for dinner, we were standing at check in for many minutes. The host knew we were there. He took a couple to outdoor seating and took forever to come back in. Our server got the food out slowly, even though he told us several times that the food “is coming right out”. And it was so very loud in the restaurant - loud tables and loud music. My daughter manages a restaurant and she will not be returning. Neither will my husband. I, however, love lunch there so I will return, but never for dinner.

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W
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, wine and the service is outstanding

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RD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and an outstanding wine list and incredible food!

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SW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nirvana! The staff is fantastic. They always have interesting wines. The food is delicious.

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EE
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding small production wines, exceptional friendliness and ambiance

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TB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were excellent! Our server was great! One of us ordered the white wine flight and did not like one of the wines. The server was great and substituted a different wine which was wonderful! There was a guitarist playing while we ate and it made for a very enjoyable and relaxing meal. All for five of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal! We will definitely be back!

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m
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great waiter who was very helpful.

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