Boleo

4.4
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
The cuisine and culture of Latin America make their way to the Windy City in our industrial-chic rooftop bar and lounge, Boleo, where you can find small plates for snacking and sharing, bottled cocktails that can be brought onto the dance floor, and DJs spinning music that will make you want to learn to salsa stat. Boleo is a 21+ venue during all hours of operation.
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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem. We were looking for a place for dinner and drinks downtown after seeing a show. This place came up on opentable and we decided to try it. Loved the ambiance and the service was outstanding. Cocktails were delicious, especially the pisco sour and the punch. We tried the empanadas carne, gambas, pollo a la brasa, and the papa rellena. All were delicious, but especially the pollo and the papa rellena. Would definitely recommend!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The food arrived with big time gaps from one plate to the other. I ordered the ribs and they had a lot of fat. The arroz chaufa had grains that were not well cooked. I felt I was paying more for the place, instead of paying for the quality of the food. Besides that, the enviroment and the music were really good. The table was ready on time and everything was very clean.

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PD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely revisit.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I hope they include more vegetarian options; other than that, it was great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HAPPY HOUR IS THE MOVE!!!!

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place! Love our server Nick! The food was outstanding!

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K
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

What a waste. Chef was at Kimpton touting the menu. Ummmm..Chef? Have you checked your front of house? Uninformed, barely trained.I asked for chef to give feedback and, of course he wasn't there. PASS.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food & drinks.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was surprisingly disappointing. We enjoy Peruvian food and go to a restaurant in the suburbs that is of much higher quality. I guess this is a place to go for trendy drinks and moderate expectations for tapas.

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

Marvelous experience

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful, food was average.

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AG
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience all around. The food, the ambiance, and the service was exceptional!

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was busy for middle of the week. I highly recommend getting reservations. Then only down side is that when we sat in the bar area, the round 2 tops were right on top of each other. Music was loud and you really had to speak up over the music and other people. The food was good; ordering a few small plates was perfect for 2 people. I would definitely like to go back when it is nice out so I can experience Boleo with the retractable roof open.

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MS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience. Nicholas was our waiter and did an amazing job!! Great venue. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and an overall wonderful dining experience.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, great service

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but with limited choices, long cocktail list

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A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived just before happy hour ended. The food is incredible, cocktails are to die for. Phenomenal friendly service! We had a really wonderful time!

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Peruvian restaurant that ran out of ceviche and octopus. Gave us some plantain chips to make up for it. Excessively overpriced, not worth what we paid for at all. Also had to grab the water pitcher to refill our own waters. Definitely not going back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

as others have said. food is not very good. empanadas are the best thing on the menu. the cold quinoa salad was drowning in vinegar. the yucca fries were overwhelmed with garlic. the steak skewers were good and tender. this place is okay for a drink and a snack maybe. ambience is nice.

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m
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and delicious food, excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - creations items - great happy hour - inviting ambience - fun cocktail choices - we sat at a table but lots of variety in seating including excellent bar seating. We will definitely return and can't wait to try it in the summer when the rooftop is open.

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AW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Valarie was awesome waitress and the music DJ Step was also good!! Highly recommend!

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique dishes and atmosphere perfect for a fun night out or a great dinner before a show. The authentic Peruvian spices and courses were fun and flavorful!

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MU
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was great! The food was delicious, our server was nice and attentive, the drinks were strong, and the setup is nice wether it’s for a romantic date or a quick bite with friends. Would recommend, however it would be nice if the serving on the tapas was a little more for the money but then again they are tapas so..! Haha would come here again and recommend.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Nice bar. Our server, Nick, did a fantastic job. A good place for dinner for two, but also appropriate for a business dinner.

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k
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I stayed at the Gray and decided to try Boleo. We were not disappointed. The food (loved the Ceviche) and drinks (Batida was my fav) were fabulous. We will be back!

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TR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great drinks. Food options were limited and not very diverse. Had some issues with food actually making it to the table. Otherwise a cool vibe and a good price.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This place has nice cocktails and a good staff. The food is a little bit more of a mishmash then I like. It’s supposedly Peruvian and Argentinian, but then there are definitely Asian elements mixed in. So if you’re meeting a date for a cocktail, great. If you’re going for your actual dinner, I don’t recommend it as much

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SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the ambience , food was great and service was excellent as well !!!!

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L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Boleo is in a beautiful space. It's lively and energetic, not the best for quiet conversation. It's a little pricey, more of a bar than a restaurant. But the food was good; Lomo Saltado, a very traditional Peruvian dish was very tasty but made with Waygu beef and therefore pretty $. The cocktails were delicious.

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L
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Not good food. Couldn’t even finish most dishes because they weren’t good quality. Some came out cold: Very limited choices on the menu. Nice atomosphere for a drink but too noisy for dinner.

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P
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience
Highly recommend

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AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to come back during warmer weather to experience the retractable roof. Definitely try the skewers!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Boleo for the Saturday dinner before the show. Everyone loved the place. The food was delicious. Just keep in mind, that you are ordering all entree parts separately - meat/fish , sides &etc. Like making your own plate :)
Overall great experience

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MH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in a rush to make a 7:30 show. We told our server as when we sat down and he instantly helped us efficiently order and had our first round of tapas coming out of the kitchen in no time! The food was amazing, especially the oysters! Our server got us or check immediately and we made our show with time to spare. We'll definitely be back for a more relaxed dinner.

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SM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Go for the drinks. Food is great but on the lighter side and high end for tapas; you'll leave hungry unless you spend a lot. The ambiance makes this the hip place for before or after dinner gatherings or date nights.

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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot after work, awesome roof top, good service and empanadas were killer.

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NL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Ambiance is really nice. Great to meet a friend up, or a quick small bite/ drink. Their food, is ridiculously overpriced and really small portions. Drinks are watered down. The set up is pretty, great location, but nothing impressive considering their prices for what they provide.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a nice time hanging out at Boleo, it felt like a backyard get away. Very comfy and relaxing. The food was great and was very filling, we had about 3 portions per person.

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