I|O Godfrey

4.2
167 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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From the 4th floor at the epicenter of River North you find I|O Godfrey. Basking in the sunlight throughout the day and as late afternoon yields to evening, uninterrupted views of the southern Chicago skyline radiate to life setting a brilliant backdrop.

Among the panoramic skyline views include a fire pit, shimmering water elements, a video wall, retractable roof and more. I|O Godfrey has more space and unique amenities to offer than any venue in the city.

Get started at the indoor bar with plush banquettes and a VIP area. Breeze through the sliding glass wall and you’ll find yourself sipping drinks at the outdoor bar during the day, after work, at night or on weekends in front of the commanding views of Chicago.

Experience I|O Godfrey, where you can enjoy the day and dress the night.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 2:00 pm–2:00 am (Kitchen open 2pm-11pm)
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am (Kitchen open 11am-11pm)
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am (Kitchen open 11am-11pm)
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Phone number
(312) 374-1830
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nathaniel Cayer
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Cross street
LaSalle
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Public transit
Redline Chicago and Grand.
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Special events & promotions
I|O Godfrey's fifth annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Event
May 5th, 2018
Doors open at noon

Limited Edition Makers Derby Mint Julep from the Makers bar for $25 - served in a collector's mug and includes an entry in a special Kentucky Derby Giveaway.
Bourbon 101 classes 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Reserve a spot and sample Makers Mark
Carving Station & Derby Day Menu
Remember to wear your best derby attire! We will have prizes for:
Best Dressed
Best Hat
Best Couple
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great view and ambience.

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L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I/O has a great view of Chicago's southern skyline, and while it's only on the 4th floor and therefore not in competition with the expansive view some of the higher rooftop bars, the view is still borderline stunning. The retractable roof, the small fountains and the fire pit all add to the ambience. The Happy Hour drink and food menu is solid although not extensive, with prices that are surprisingly low. We ordered some choices from the HH menu and some from the regular menu and they were all delicious. Every one of them. I'd return to I/O in a heartbeat. My only complaints are (1) that service is stellar in the early evening but as more people arrive, it takes a serious (serious) nosedive and (2) the server uniforms are really bad and imho rather demeaning. I get that those might be a conscious decision in order to serve more drinks but I think they'd do just fine if they upgraded the uniforms to something more tasteful for a River North bar. Just my two cents.

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and waitresses were so very absolutely excellent!

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SZ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Although I appreciate the ambiance of this restaurant, the brunch was very disappointing. The offerings were sub par and every time we thought the carving bar may be available, the "carvers" were no where to be found. We then had to put a order in for pasta, that took 25 minutes to arrive, and the portion size, although I am not a big eater, was at best a tasting for each of us. We were told that potato's (french fries) were offered at the carving station, but that, like the pasta, was not coming out in a timely fashion.. We asked the server/waitress if she could bring us some, and after 20 minutes, she arrived with the fries, and she was equally frustrated because I guess they were being scooped up as soon as they were put out. Overall, I would not recommend this place for a special occasion.

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CM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I come here for brunch often and the food is always great and the staff is so friendly and courteous... But in my opinion, I think the girls’ uniform should be a little more appropriate for family events... and perhaps more comfortable for them wear so they don’t have to keep pulling their shorts and skirts down.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was very intentional in picking the IO Godfrey for the ambiance and “roof top dining” experience. I was a little disappointed to not be uninformed about our table being away from the roof top portion. Although the taste and quality of the food was very good, our seats were cramped in tight spaces.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good view and pretty good happy hour special - 6 to 7 dollar drinks and food. Our waitress was also super attentive. Definitely Instagram worthy!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good, but horrible service. Almost impossible to get the food as well as drinks. The staff was absolutely awful - would not recommend dining here. This is the third time I’ve gone here and it’s been horrible service every time.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was for Easter brunch and it was a distaster. They were out of food and space even though with reservation. Service was awful and was incl. at 21% in the check.

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went for the Easter brunch, and were so happy with the whole experience. The brunch buffet was delicious, and the rooftop is so cute. Highly recommend IO Godfrey for future events!

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Reservation was for 6. Sat at a table for 4. Had to ask three times for 2 more chairs and then we were crammed in to a small space. No place settings or salt/pepper. Bloody mary was spilled on the chair by waitress, not cleaned up, and then guest sat in it. Waitress rarely came to table and then we were charged a 21% gratuity fee.

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PB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the Easter Brunch but for $40, I expected a dessert table too. No desserts whatsoever!

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MS
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a place! Great view, cool vibe, outstanding brunch, awesome service and yummy cocktails. Anytime i can sit outside in the winter...in the sun...with a great view...count me in!! Great find!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I thought this would be fun for my friend’s 30th birthday. We went for Boy Band Brunch, which was advertised to start at 11. We showed up on time for our reservation and were told they were still setting up and to wait in the lounge area.

We were seated around 11:15 and only some of the food had been set out. The food was just okay- it definitely felt like hotel food. The boy band music didn’t start until 12:30, which was extremely disappointing. There was no karaoke and no dessert table as advertised. I would not recommend coming here for any time of special event they advertise, because we were extremely disappointed. Come for the view only.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Stopped in for brunch on Sunday after church and to see if the space would be appropriate for my husband’s birthday bash this year. Once you step off the elevator, the space looks warm and inviting for light conversation, cocktails and appetizers. The decor was beautiful and I was greeted promptly and courteously. The bar area on the way to the main seating was quaint and seemed like the perfect spot.

Once seated in the indoor/ outdoor dining area, I noticed the contrast between the two spaces. The furniture in the main dining area (cream sofa style seating and white iron backed cushioned chairs was poorly maintained. The sofa was stained and torn and the chairs were discolored and stained. The white table clothes did not compliment the space and unfortunately, I had to move from my original table because of the crumb lined seat and hair on the tablecloth. After examining several other tables, I was led to one with sofa cushions less stained than the others but with tears and holes in the upholstery.

The avocado toast with smoked salmon and the strawberry mojito were a welcomed distraction from the disappointing decor. The toast was delicious and the mojito amazing. This may be a preppy spot for millennials but the 30 and over crowd may want to stick to the indoor seating area

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience and service. Highly recxomend

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London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a table booked for Friday evening to enjoy happy hour. When we arrived it turned out that the restaurant was in fact booked out for a corporate party and we were unable to get our reserved table. The host was very kind and apologetic and reserved us an igloo for the following day but we were quite disappointed that we had to leave on Friday night.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice atmosphere. Love the view that was going on. Josh was an awesome bartender; coming from another bartender, he really knew his stuff and flowed around the bar. Was in town for a couple days; and still in town for another day, so I might make another visit. Drinks were great and the truffle fries are to die for.

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was amazing and service was great! Definitely a place to have drinks after work or with friends. Not sure about the club scene.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We unfortunately had a not so great experience for our first time at IO Godfrey. We had reservations for Christmas night -- when we arrived the menu offered was not the one on the website, the kitchen was closed, so they had us order from the downstairs restaurant's menu, Dolce. I was a bit disappointed because I chose the restaurant based on what I saw on the menu...but I quickly got over it. My guest and I ordered our appetizers and meals; 40+ minutes later -- no food had arrived, no waitress checking on us -- yet people who came in 30+ minutes after us had their appetizers and were eating. I was confused and again disappointed. We decided to leave and find another restaurant open on that Christmas night.

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Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for thanksgiving buffet. Most of the dishes were excellent. The two carving station items, Turkey and prime rib, were moist, flavorful and well prepared. Similarly, most of the sides were very good. The only noticeable exception was the stuffing; mostly bread and bland. However, for downtown Chicago, the value was outstanding. We’d go back n

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect thanksgiving spot with equal parts casual and nice. Reservation was helpful and staff and accommodations were ready. Everyone left very satisfied!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A bargain at Thanksgiving timeThe food was delicious. Make sure you make a reservation They call to confirm and text Enjoyed the Brusselsprouts

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Thanksgiving day buffet.Packed in very tightly-difficult to just get to buffet. The carving station had prime rib and Turkey both of which were hard to get a decent piece- Turkey too dry,beef too fat.
2 soups,tomato basil and butternut squash were good even if you had to eat out of a paper cup. Salads were very minimal.All the sides were mediocre at best. Dessert bar nothing special but they did keep those restocked well. All this for $39 plus $3 for coffee that was thought to be included.

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LO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time, great food, and professional service. The view is nice, and parking nearby was very affordable. Will definitely go back soon.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Thanksgiving Buffet! The food was delicious, service was great, and the ambience was even better than expected.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Typical hotel restaurant. Overpriced, small servings, decent food but nothing special.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a blast at the Godfrey for my birthday!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

6 of us were seated in couches which was fine. The table for eating was knee high and 24 x 24. I told the girl we were there to each brunch not just have drinks. She said that was all they had. We had reservations and there was no way 6 people could eat off such a small table. We ended up leaving. We told her we were going to leave because there was no room to put all our plates and drinks down. She just said OK.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I attended the Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas or corona. Over an hour for food. Seating was outdoor and it rained. All of our food got wet and waiters just tossed it. Manager was rude and unaccomodating. Only good part is after contacting the event organizer I was given a refund minus the fees. I will not be going nor will I be recommending the Godfrey.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The reason I am disappointed by this place was that the wait was very long after ordering the food and when it was served it was already cold. Also me and my husband ordered same thing but we were not served at the same time. His took much more longer. By the time our food arrived my excitement about this place and food was already down.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word... A-MAZING! We were celebrating my daughter's birthday, by having a girl's weekend. We took advantage of their rooftop brunch, something none of us had done before... and we were NOT disappointed at all. The food was spot on delicious. The mimosa package was very appealing. Our server was outstanding and the view was awesome. Highly recommended!!

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous view! We should have sat indoors because it was too hot to sit outside for brunch.

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EI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cool view at this rooftop but food could be better. Limited menu options. Came here for brunch on a Sunday.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I expected a better experience for brunch. The server staff was confused about who was actually responsible for our table and when that was finally sorted out, the service was underwhelming. I won't be going back and I don't recommend it for brunch. The food is mediocre and hospitality is nonexistent.

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Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Music was WAY too loud for Sunday brunch. It isn't Saturday night.

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DL
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

my younger sister, her two friends, and i went for afternoon drinks - each cocktail was beautifully crafted; however, i thought mine was too strong.. i sent it back and got a new one that was still too strong (although beautiful - the colorful sangria i forget its name)... our waitress also took FOREVER to ask us what we wanted - it may have been the worst service i have ever received. HOWEVER, still an incredible view and i will likely still be back because of the view.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for brunch .had an amazing time ,we'll be back

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Mia was awesome and the Mojitos were delicious. The ambience was perfect and the music just right. Had a great time, we will be back for Mojitos at night.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with an even greater view. Happened to go during a holiday brunch. They offer a buffet with amazing waffles, omelette station, and a desert selection that is bar none! If you can have Steph as a server you will not be disappointed!

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