I|O Godfrey

4.2
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$31 to $50
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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.
What 213 People Are Saying
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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were more than accommodating with the seating, the servers and hostesses were on point, and even though the weather wasn't ideal, the staff made it a wonderful experience!!!!

PP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to celebrate my sisters 50th birthday and despite the rain - the Godfrey rooftop was a great choice!

EA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I loved the view and the food. We had some great drinks and ultimately had a great time. The only downside was our waitress seemed annoyed the whole time which was in turn annoying to us. But other than that it was great.

c
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quick to be seated. Food and drinks were beyond delicious. Loved this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The staff was very rude when we entered the restaurant. The wife and I ended up leaving the place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food sucked but great ambiance

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was attentive and friendly. The food and drinks were great.

SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and the staff was very friendly and Food is amazing!

b
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the rooftop atmosphere!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Super cute! Happy hour is awesome!

c
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was so slow. Literally took 30 minutes to get my margarita even though there were only a few tables. Cool venue, but there’s probably better substitutes out there

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, service, vibe & music! We all had a really great time!!

WH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool place to go for drinks and appetizers. Definitely enjoyed the scenery and music. Will definitely go back next time we are in the city.

R
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue ended up being very different than we were expecting. It was an amazing outdoor experience. The chef made cocktails were terrific. The staff was very attentive. Definitely a must when visiting Chicago.

GN
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at your rooftop and it didn’t disappoint! Beautiful surroundings. Beautiful rooftop seating and view! Food was fabulous and pours of wine are not too bad either! Wink wink!! Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, super nice place with a beautiful view. Although the place was pretty, it seemed more of a place to get drinks than eat brunch. Personally, I don’t like to eat off a couch and coffee table style seating. My only complaint is that it took around 40 minutes to order and have to food come out to us.

ER
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

They stopped serving brunch at 2:30 pm on a Saturday . Common it’s a Saturday . We had a reservation at 2:30. We reached there at 2:40 pm . And they didn’t serve us brunch . Very disappointing.

GA
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for drinks after work and had a great time.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was slow and the young 20 somethings were pretentious. The food was good. It's the kind of place summer college interns go to brag about and can no way afford unless using their parents money.

K
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I|O Godfrey was, unfortunately, a huge disappointment. The ambiance is really pretty, I have no objections for that. The view from the rooftop is beautiful! However, the service was terrible. We were seated outside and got a waitress that was showing up every 30 min to get our orders, ie we waited terribly long to get the food at almost 100 degrees outside. After we finished our lunch, she simply never came back. We could've just gone without paying the bill and no one would've noticed! I had to go inside to look for her but she just disappeared never to show up again. The bartender, who was really polite and apologized to us a couple of times, brought our check (first, the wrong check, but I don't blame him, why would he have to know what we had?). As a matter of fact, he is the reason why I gave 2 stars for the service, otherwise, I would've given 0. The food was mediocre. I ordered eggs benedict w/ steak. Eggs were good but the steak was overcooked and completely dry. My friend ordered scrambled eggs w/ steak. His steak was the same. The only good thing about this restaurant is the view and cocktails. Cocktails were great! I recommend this restaurant exclusively for drinks with the view. Make yourself a favor, eat somewhere else and go here for the refreshment - the service is terrible and food is overpriced.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour was cancelled at 3 pm

AQ
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very swanky rooftop bar. Service was excellent! Prices are a bit high, but then again...it's Chicago, so you have to expect that! We started there for drinks and dinner, went out on the town for a few hours, then came back at the end of the night and had another round before heading up to our room. Great location, fantastic atmosphere, unique drinks...would definitely come again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and complimentary champagne for anniversary!

CS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just stopped for drinks which were both interesting and excellent.

LA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! I will be back.

DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

If you're looking for quality gluten free options, I would not recommend dining here. While the waitress was kind, she stated that the drink I ordered, the Grapefruit Spritzer, was gluten free, it is definitely not- which I found out the hard way. They were out of two menu options for the other guests and we had a rather long wait for the amount of people that were there. The atmosphere is great, I just wish they would double check on any gluten free items for their customers who are explicit about having an allergy.

l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience!!!

b
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The venue is relatively nice, but as a whole, it appears to cater to a younger and likely 'trendy' type group. It is not seemingly as accommodating to a casual outing. The food was essentially average and the drinks were not particularly exciting or special for the price. The food and drink do not align with the ambiance of the restaurant. Essentially, you're paying for the view.

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in mid afternoon on a Friday and it was a very pleasant experience. The service, drinks and food were great. I will definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! The table was a bit too small to fit all our plates, but we made it work! Will be returning soon for the evening menu.

YR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, however our waitress had the worst attitude ever, you would think she absolutely hated her job. A huge red flag for us is how she didn’t ID me nor my boyfriend, we are both in our early 20s. This was the first time we haven’t been ID this is a major violation the restaurant could look at expensive fines. Good view, I’ll recommend it once they get friendly waitresses.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

TERRRIBLE service. Sat for quite a while before we could even put our drink/food order in. The waitress was very unpleasant. Took at least an hour to get our food, and it didn’t even come out at the same time. Wasn’t even busy at the restaurant! The view was pretty, but I’ll never be going back. Not worth it.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little overpriced and not the best view for a rooftop but drinks and food are great!

A
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and food! My only complaint is the table size. There were 4 people in my party and we had challenges finding space on the table for all the plates. Other than that, the place was awesome!

CM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food wasn't that great but everything else was nice.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

On Mother's Day, we had reservations for a party of 4. At first they seated us at a high top table and you couldn't get in and out to go to the buffet without interrupting someone else's meal by bumping into them. Plus my mother (who is a senior citizen) had trouble seating herself at the high top. We asked the waitress if we could be seated elsewhere and the high top issue for my mother was rectified. The next table was in back where you again couldn't get through to the buffet without bumping and sliding up against other guest. We ended up sitting by the door on metal patio chairs. I've never been in the restaurant business so I do not know what the root cause could of been but I'm sure there a better ways that this could of been handled. Maybe if the hostess would of told us that they are aware of the reservation but if we could wait for 30 minutes we would enjoy the Godfrey experience so much more. At least until tables cleared causing the aisles to free up. Why did they set up the tables so close to one another? We didn't have this issue during Thanksgiving. The wait staff seem calm under pressure but in the three times that I've been to the Godfrey the hostess staff always seems to struggle. And where was management - ensuring everything that everything runs smoothly. I understand Mother's Day is prime time but this experience has definitely had an impact on my view of the Godfrey. The food was good.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

I would not recommend for mothers day. I was telling my mom about the view and how nice the roof top was leading up to Mother's Day and we were put in a side room with a tiny window. We were not even in the restaurant. It was very disappointing!

OA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had to wait for the 1 hour to get a high chair for our child. We we also sat in the conference room instead of the roof top. The service was also bad to a point where we left an hour later. This was not a good Mother’s Day for my wife and mother in law.

ET
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to visit! Tasty food, great ambiance and awesome service!

GS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing I would suggest for next year is that we the face painter maybe moved to a better location. She was near the waffle bar and near the food which was a tight space, maybe by the easter bunny or the back room which I think was a hangout area? She did paint my daughter and it was wonderful !!! Great time!

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