Spanish, Coffee Shop
$ $ $
1023 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-9770
7:00am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 9:00pm


  • This tip is for those writers at Thrillist... Look up the definition of "tapas".
  • Mark Mendezs menu is not a love letter to Spain. Its a marriage proposal. Try the $3 chicken liver: two little caramelized-onion toast points sag under an obscene amount of impeccable liver.
  • If it has an egg on it, I suggest you order it.
  • Anchovies are always a good bet, especially with a glass of fino sherry.
  • A cute spot where you can go for a quick glass of Sherry or wine at the bar or have a romantic dinner over Spanish small plates. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Pata de Cabra! Try it... Heaven in my mouth!
  • Menu includes tapas crafted from locally sourced ingredients, housemade blood sausage, rack of lamb, and a Madrid-style tripe dish aiming to satisfy those who are looking for authentic flavors.
  • I love the ceviche, the papas bravas, the mushrooms and the fantastic wine selection. And I can't forget the amazing hospitality.
  • The garlic shrimp at Vera is one of the 100 best things we ate this year.
  • Looking for a West Loop restaurant that's actually warm and inviting instead of cavernous and intimidating? Vera is your respite.
  • One word: paella
  • Service is always gracious & friendly. Food & wine outstanding! Great slow dinner, cheese, some bites here and there with tons more wine/sherry in a feel good environment!
  • Great tapas addition to Chicago! Amazing pickled beef tongue, the stuff just melts! Nice twist with the hazelnut on the green onions too. Will be back!
  • The caulis are outstanding, heart the Brussels too - this is the one place you should go veggie or go home ;)
  • The $6 for bread is worth it: a warm loaf served with a platter of olive oil, garlic and chive butters.
  • Runner up for Best Wine Bar presented by Segura Viudas at the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards.
  • Prime date night location. If you're here for 2, order 4-5 plates and ask your waiter for recommendations on a wine pairing. You can order anything here and it's damn good.
  • Stop in for a quick bite off Mark Mendez's small-plates menu (mojama, or salt-cured tuna loin, is a treat), or settle in for several dishes or the paella of the day.
  • Fantastic service; very knowledgeable. Wine selection is unparalleled in the West Loop anymore.
  • Nortico Ros ($10). "It's easy to drink on it's own, and fantastic with favorite summer snacks, for me I love it with ceviche and charcuterie, says owner Liz Mendez.

Nearby places

955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.)
1200 W Randolph St (at N Racine Ave)
1901 W Madison St (btwn Wood St & Damen Ave)