City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
Me and my girlfriends came here for our annual Christmas party together. We had a reservation for 7:30 and once we got there I was a little confused on where to go but a gentleman showed us to our igloo. The minute we entered it reeked of marijuana (smoke) and the little windows were open to ventilate the smoke out I’m guessing. Then we proceeded to sit there and wait until 8 o clock when our server finally arrived saying that we needed to bear with him because he had 15 igloos he was taking care of and he was running back and forth and once we asked about the smoke smell, he stated that someone from off the river came up into the igloo and was smoking inside? Mind you, we have to pay a $25/person reservation fee for the igloo. Why would you ever say that to a customer?After all that, we ordered starters and a large bottle of wine. Our starters came and the bottle of wine. Fast forward about another 45 minutes and he still didn’t come back, mind you we had a minimum spending amount we had to reach and weren’t even close to that at this point. Finally he comes and we order basically everything else we wanted for the night because we were only slotted 2.5 hours. The rest of the food gets brought back and then about 10 minutes later our waiter comes in with the bill and says we need to “wrap up” because our time is ending. WE JUST GOT OUR FOOD TEN MINUTES AGO. I confirm that we had 2.5 hours reserved and that our reservation started at 7:30 and he didn’t come in until 8pm for us to order anything at all. He gets flustered and then says that I am correct. I asked him if we had met the minimum and he said yes you spent $254 just a little above our minimum but then when he left the bill it’s was $407! Honestly, the worst dining experience I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t believe we actually had to pay a $25 rental fee per person for that. None of us will ever go back there again. I wouldn’t recommend this experience to anyone.
We had so much fun in the dome! The service was great and the food was delicious.
We loved our afternoon in the City Winery Dome! With views of Marina City and the river, our Dome provided the perfect Riverwalk experience - in December! The food and wine were delicious. A service hiccup was handled graciously and generously and included a personal apology from the manager. Our group of 6 can’t wait to return.
Had lunch at the Riverwalk domes in the winter time. Loved how it was set up! Very nice experience! You have to order a lot of things to meet your $60 minimum per person so keep that in mind! We ordered lots of food!
We had dinner in the heated domes
very fun. we sat in one of the igloos.
an excellent place for day drinking!
The service was great!! The food menu was limited. The alcohol menu was plentiful. The prices for the food and drinks were reasonable. I didn't like the $25 per person reservation fee for the domes, although I do understand why they had them. The face that we were required to spend $60 per person while we dined in the dome made this cost prohibitive for me. The price for two of us to eat ended up being $175 before the tip. I find that to be exorbitant. It was a lovely experience that I wouldn't do again because of the price.
Reservation for 1230. Had to wait to get seated, but our reservation time didn’t get extended on the back end. When you’re paying for 2.5 hours that’s what I expect to get. The ambiance was of course lovely. Service a bit slow. Food was good. Unique way to get outside in the middle of winter. Price reasonable.
I don’t write many reviews on here......but I felt that there were enough poor ones I had to. This bubble/dome is a cool and different way to head out with friends and drink wine/eat, do whatever. If you’re looking for the most economical way to do this, obviously don’t go here. But as a riverfront adventure....sure! They could charge a fee per dome instead of per person in my opinion. We had good wine and apps, very nice server. We stayed warm the whole time w 2 space heaters except our feet towards the end. Play cards, play music, all acceptable. So wear some uggs or put on the provided extra socks.
Great views from the igloo and it was beautiful to watch the sunset. Although the food was just okay, the wine list and ambiance are to die for. Would recommend.
We had an excellent time sitting in the bubble at City Winery on the Riverfront. There were 4 of us and we really enjoyed the whole experience. It was warm enough even in the December cold. There are games and blue tooth speakers available to keep you entertained in between the food and drinks.
There aren't that many food options but we just wanted appetizers and drinks so we were plenty satisfied with the options and quality of the food.
Would highly recommend it for a special occasion or fun evening out with friends.
We booked a dome, and it was such a unique experience. The dome was well insulated, and quite warm and gave us a nice view of the city. Service and drinks were great! Food was good, but nothing special. It was a fun time and I would recommend to anyone looking for a different experience for drinks and socializing with friends!
I have been wanting to take advantage of the City Winery Domes for awhile, and was thrilled to get a reservation. The food was pretty good, and the atmosphere is obviously great. However it is very expensive once you take into account the reservation fee and the food minimum. Certainly worth it for the experience, but you're going to spend a lot. In addition, the domes are nice- with blankets, bluetooth, and heaters, but they are not well insulated. My friends and I were actually really cold.
The food in the dome was surprisingly poor and not warm for the amount of money we spent. The dessert was a joke.
Excellent service very attentive
Osiris is amazing and so personable, made our DOME experience extra special and entertaining. Atmosphere was up to par and food quality exceptional.
Do recommend this experience!
We love the concept of the domes, warm enough, plenty of room for8, fun. We enjoyed the food, drinks, playing cards. Our waiter started out good, but then seemed to be annoyed & short with us. Did we ask too many questions?! When we were ready to wrap things up, we were then told we still had credit available. We were offered to take food to go. Why didn't someone ask us earlier how we were doing & let us know that we still had credit to use?! The only other problem was because of a the rain, the carpet was wet. Loved the idea of the socks, but didn't want our feet wet! About half of us said we would do it again, the others said it was fun, but probably a one time deal due to cost.
The ambiance was great but the food wasn’t good. Both of our entrees were cold. My husband ordered the pork chop which was super dry and I ordered the sea bass. I ended having to remove multiple pin bones as I was trying to eat my dinner. $10 for the s’mores dessert was ridiculous, it definitely wasn’t worth the money and looked like it was thrown on a plate.
The domes were fun and I’m glad we went but not sure the money for the food was worth it. Kind of disappointed, not sure we’ll be back.
Me and my wife had a great time. Service was great, cheese platter and food was fantastic. Great wine and setting! Loved the board games as well. Definitely will recommend to others and do again next year!
Had to try one of the domes. The experience was very cool and one of a kind. The service was good. Unfortunately the food was underwhelming both in variety and taste. The menu was very, very limited. Cocktails were just ok. Come for the cool experience but don’t expect much beyond that.
Super expensive for the service they offer. Food is .... limited. Construction on the bridge is extremely noisy. And then again - expensive. 3 ladies 2 btlnof wine 1 shared salad 1 shared side 1 shared meal + rent and tip- $600
But i will go again.
We were 4 couples in a River Dome and we had an amazing time! So nice to be in a warm bubble on the river on a cold day! Great experience. A must do!
Everything was wonderful! We had the best time. Our server Nick was helpful and attentive. He made ordering easy, and had things cut so they were very shareable. Will definitely do it again!
I was really looking forward to this, but I was disappointed in so many ways. Outside air was
in the 20s, so a little tiny space heater in the dome does not cut it. So many of the strung lights inside were burnt out, so forget ambiance. The zipper to get inside and out of the dome kept sticking, so had a nice draft coming inside. The food was just so-so. The three of us spent $110 each, for this? I could have had a nice dinner indoors, next to a warm fireplace, instead I chose this? Even though socks and blankets were provided, and I kept my coat, scarf and gloves on, my toes were frozen by the end of our 2.5 hr "experience". As I thaw out, I'll be thinking about why this had to be so expensive and what the hype was all about.
Update: I have been contacted by Cassidy, service manager, regarding my review. She responded with the utmost professionalism and honesty. I commend City Winery for employing such a conscientious, responsible person. I will give The Domes another try knowing that City Winery truly cares about guests' experiences.
Don't go to the Igloos here. Not warm enough and furniture not comfy.
Our server Osirus was awesome, both him and Christian made our experience. The food was great, though I would have preferred a few more options. As far as Value, you are paying for the experience. It was fun to do once, but I wouldn't spend that again.
The wine domes on the river were very cool, but we had very poor service. Hoping it was just an off day as we had heard good things about City Winery. The service manager compensated us for the poor service, but it was not the experience we were hoping for.
We booked a dome for a fun couples-night-out excursion. We very much enjoyed the location along the beautiful, vibrant Riverwalk, and loved the intimate setting of the dome. Along with these awesome positive points, I need to mention the negatives as well. I felt that the $25 per person cover charge was a bit steep, as was the mandatory additional $60 per person food/drink minimum. Essentially we paid $85+ per person for great ambiance, but disappointing food quality and inattentive service from ever-changing wait staff. If the food and service were better, I wouldn't have minded the steep pricing. In any case, we enjoyed the unique experience, and were lucky to have booked way in advance as the Riverwalk domes booked up solid in a short period of time. Definitely would recommend giving it a try!
We had fun
Was far to cold, the food was meh, and the price was outrageous for what you got.
Seemed like a fun idea, but it’s overrated. Limited menu, weak space heater and big focus on whether we were meeting our minimum per person minimum. Won’t do it again. Note, there is a $25/person charge just to sit in the dome and a minimum $60/person spend requirement. That was not clear to us until the bill arrived. The manager tired to blame our waiter because English isn’t his first language. Our waiter was awesome and language was not an issue.
The food was pretty pricey for the taste. The dome was only heated by a small heater. Service was pretty slow. Overall, nice vibe but not worth the prices.
Had a great experience! Only have 2 complaints:
Salad with grilled cheese was gross and over salted.
The s'mores were a let down, just get the macaroons.
That igloo thing was so fun. It was heated with a space heater. There were games and a Bluetooth speaker. It was lit well and being on the riverfront was cool. The food was just ok, but that didn’t matter. We were there for the experience and the drinks!
My husband and I brought our friends to celebrate her birthday dinner! We knew it would be an awesome experience however, a $25 per person dome rental fee on top of the $60 minimum was a bit steep! We literally were there for 90 minutes and our bill was $391 excluding our cab rides and Uber to and from the western suburbs. Not something we will do again
City Winery at the Riverwalk was definitely a "must do"! Went there for lunch with my mom and can't wait to go back with a larger group! Excellent service, great food, and a super cool environment. It's like nothing I've ever done before!
We had a great Team outing in the Domes on the Riverwalk. It was a little colder than we had hoped, but, overall didnt stop us from having a great time.
We reserved a heated dome for 8. It was really fun! Our dome kept blowing a fuse and the lights and heater would go out. It got a little chilly in the there at times. HOWEVER, our server was great and was doing everything to remedy the situation. They also have blankets and socks in the dome. My only other issues was the seating only accommodated 7 adults. We asked for another chair and they brought a small metal chair. Nothing with a cushion which was sort of annoying for what you pay. City Winery did give us a discount for the issues which was appreciated! We all loved the burrata app, Brussels sprouts, the pork chop and the fish entree. The s’mores dessert was disappointing and not worth getting. City Winery - you need to do a better dessert! All in all it was a really fun night, great service and just a great alternative dining experience!
I had the dome and it was not worth $85 or person.
This was amazing. What a great idea. I wish they could continue all winter. We’ll definitely be back.