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Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Wine Bar, Healthy
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701 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1556
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

This was our first visit to Nirvana. The space is a small storefront with a lot of hard surfaces. We went on a night when they had an amplified folk singer and it wasn't particularly relaxing to shout over the singing. Most of the tables are hard wooden bar stools. As noted by others, its not the most comfortable dining.... More 

1 Thank Bob C
Chicago, Illinois
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121 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Nirvana has an excellent wine list. I enjoyed one of the very best Chardonnays I have had. The food was very good. I was extremely impressed with the attentiveness of the manager, and how important it was to him that we enjoyed our experience there.

2 Thank Gerry L
Atlanta Area
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148 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Last year I remember reviewing as "pretentious" as another reviewer had indicated. One advantage this time was understanding the flatbread options. My grandson and I were able to create fairly decent little pizzas. Not busy on Thursday July 30th early afternoon. Good spot for my wife and her friend to catch up on news. Waitstaff was prompt and polite.

Thank Tom M
Durham, NC
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

During a visit with a friend in the Lake Forest, IL area we decided to have dinner at the nearby restaurant, Nirvana Wine and Grillerie, that is located in the Rivertree Court shopping center at Vernon Hills. The menu specialized in unusual categories, as well as the usual choices of soups, salads, and entrees Because it was a Thursday we... More 

1 Thank GundlachB
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Love this vibe. Great food. Good wine. Nice staff. A gem and one of our chosen places on date night! Earthy food. Wine list is great. Love the specials.

1 Thank Kwise6
Little Chute, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Have eaten here many times and always a joy. great salads and wine selection, try the hummus plate and flat breads.

1 Thank Paul V
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

The owner and staff of Nirvana have worked to make what could have been an average "strip mall" restaurant to and upscale intimate environment. I have visited several times and the food is consistently good. The cheese board, roast chicken and the chopped salad are among my favorites. The menu is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly but that doesn't mean... More 

1 Thank lennatravel
Libertyville, Illinois
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

The food here is very good and the staff is pleasant and well trained. We find that this is a perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon enjoying an excellent glass of wine and what we believe to have one of the best cheese offerings in Lake County. The wine list features several hard to find (in the suburbs) low... More 

1 Thank Kevn P
Gurnee, Illinois
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

Did I mention wine? The tables and stools are high. One room is available for groups of 10 or more reserved. Wait staff is attentive and accommodating. Those with multiple food allergies will find something on the menu. The offerings are high quality. The atmosphere is comfortable. Has a strong feminine vibe, welcoming and earthy. I didn't have a full... More 

1 Thank Julie T
Venice, Florida
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258 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

Have been here a few times. The food is very healthy and they have a great wine selection. They have also some special nights for wine tasting, get on their email list.

1 Thank Mike H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Wine Bar, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1556
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Vernon Hills
  • Phone Number: 8479187828
Nirvana Wine & Grillerie is an original wine bar & restaurant that simply wants to share the best with people. We welcome friends into our lives through food & wine with the family owned wineries that we represent, small batch wines, and food that is as fresh and natural as possible. Nirvana has a scratch kitchen that offers artisan hand crafted cheeses, farm-raised and hormone free chicken, wild-caught seafood, all natural hand-made flatbreads, and fresh daily ingredients.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?