Boleo

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436 Reviews
$30 and under
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, delicious cocktails that transport you to Peru, and house music that will make you want to learn to salsa. Come rain or shine we have you covered with our retractable roof!

We hope you are staying safe and well in these difficult times. The health and safety of our guests and staff is always our top priority. Today, it is even more critical as we aim to reduce the spread of infection. Please find the high-level of standards we currently have in place at the Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago. These have been designed based on guidelines, insights and recommendations from the CDC

-Parties of 4 or less
-All party sizes will be limited to a maximum time of 90 minutes
-We kindly ask that guests wear masks when they are not seated or when interacting with servers and staff
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 436 people are saying
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4.3
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ZackL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great place for drink and some light food downtown

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IvoryY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

"Energetic" is not the word I would use to describe the noise level. Drunken sports bar is more appropriate. Ruined the overall aesthetic of the restaurant.

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vipCityDiner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun place and great ambiance. Interesting cocktails. Went before opera. Though menu is limited, we had choices and plenty to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Wine was ok, I am wondering why the yuca fries tasted extremely lemony and salty

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AnaVictoria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is okay, but not AMAZING. Menu is very limited. Ambience is nice and with a rooftop view!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the ceviche was amazing we had to order it twice tonight. Drinks were well done and the servers was very professional. The best part of tonight was when we were seated the table began to move off balance and immediately our sever noticed it and fixed the table right away. It’s the little things like this that makes a place reputation go above and beyond. I’ve been in places where similar situations have occurred and you have to remind the servers about the issues multiple times before it is fixed.

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vipmonia
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very limited menu - not many vegetarian options.
I went better restaurants. Rushed services even tho restaurant was empty and early sitting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Small menu but good for sharing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was salty and server told us it was just the Peruvian style.
They had run out of chicken empanadas by early in the dinner service
Cookies that server gave us as a complimentary dessert were the best thing we ate.

Cocktails good
Ambiance good except music super loud
Server was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and excellent cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boleo was fantastic. Excellent value and the food was amazing.

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Jennifer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was pretty bad and food was average. I had much higher expectations. Would not return..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Well I came in out of town to celebrate my birthday and saw this restaurant. Made a reservation weeks in advance, arrived and the hostess was very excited to see us coming in and knew we were celebrating a birthday. So far so good right… wrong. The decor is very nice and has a nice location but that’s where the nicest stops. Our waiter who I believe was named Alfredo came to take our drink order he recommended some presidente drink and said it was very good and fruity like we liked. Well that was not the case it was FILLED TO THE BRIM IN ICE had no fruity flavor. We looked at the menu which is VERY VERY SMALL AND LIMITED but decided we would go with something basic since the pictures we had seen when booking were not on the menu. We tried to order food twice but every time our waiter walked away expeditiously before we could even finish a sentence. After not liking the drinks and not having good customer service by the waiter and not being able to order a meal and celebrate my birthday, it was time for us to go. We were finally able to flag down the waiter to ask for the check!! Plot twist we NEVER ate any food only subpar drinks and had a bill of SIXTY FIVE DOLLARS!! Was it worth is no… the experience was bad, the waiters service was bad, the menu options were poor, I didn’t enjoy it one bit. We stayed at Boleo for less than 40 minutes when my reservation was for an hour and forty five minutes. I would not recommend this restaurant at all and especially not for a special occasion. Extremely disappointed my party and I ended up having to find another place to go to for a meal. All in all this has been the worst restaurant I’ve experienced while visiting Chicago.

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CamW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the first diners for the evening so the restaurant was quiet and service was prompt. The specialty cocktails were wonderful and the food was creative and well prepared. We enjoyed sitting beneath the massive open skylight (outdoors, indoors). We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience with the open roof. Service was well-paced. Drinks and food were delicious.

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vipSarahD
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This was the worst dining experience that we may have ever had. When you enter the hotel, there’s an exquisite marble entryway that’s beautiful, after seeing that I would recommend you leave. We were seated right away and despite not being full, they are still seating tables quite close - if I reached my arm out on either side I would have hit someone. Our table was also dirty so they had to come out and clean it from the previous guests. They had a lovely bus boy who quickly greeted us. Our server took forever and could barely give any insight on the food or recommendations. We ordered an appetizer and drinks. About 15 minutes later our drinks came and we ordered dinner. Our appetizer never came, but our dinner came about 10 minutes after we ordered it. When we cancelled the appetizer our waiter looked appalled. For our main course we ordered the fried rice; it was good, but nothing to write home about. We also ordered the skirt steak on fries. It came with maybe 10 small pieces of steak and the the entire plate was covered in peppers; I expected a higher meat to peppers ratio. There were about 10 fries and they were good.

The rooftop was closed due to the rain, so I can’t comment on that.

This could be a really amazing restaurant, but the service and food was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience!

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Jen4
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

My friends and I sat for 45 minutes prior to getting our drinks. We had to search out a server, and it still took another 30 to get the drinks/food out. Food came out before silverware. It was a bit of a disaster.

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Cfg825
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I came for my birthday,also stated that when making my reservation. We were seated right away which was nice, at first glance the place is small,the photos are a bit deceiving. When our waitress, Malika arrived she immediately asked us for our drinks. And this is were the good service ends. After about 15 minutes of waiting for 2 sodas, and 2 pisco sours she returns ready to take our order. The menu is so small that we were ready to order within 5 minutes but she was no where to be found. We place our order and not long after our chicken empanadas come out, those were delicious. We wait just a couple of more minutes 2 entrees come out. Now I’m used to all the entrees coming out at the same time but they didn’t. The limo was more vegetables than meat. Roughly 20 minutes go by and then the rest of the entrees come out, the smallest piece of res I have seen. But that wasn’t the issue, for $30 a plate the meat came with no sides. At this point we have been here for an hr and not once has our waitresses returned to ask if we needed refills or just how we were doing. Absolutely terrible service. We are ready for our check and are trying to get her attention, either she truly didn’t see us or she was ignoring us because both the hostess and another which were both standing next to her saw us, but she didn’t. The other waiter comes by to tell us that she will be right with us. We see her coming, my hand still in the air and she passes right by us and goes to another table. The other waiter sees this and comes and asks what we need. We ask for the check. She sees this and then comes by. We finally get our check and it takes another 30mins for us to be checked out. Overall it was really bad service, will not be returning and would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork sliders were amazing, we had to get two rounds! Drinks were good as well. All their plates are meant to be shared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had a birthday/family celebration here. It’s expensive for what it is. Service was not great, and the food was just okay. It’s not true Peruvian food. The tasting plates are expensive for what they are.

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Lizzi
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was okay the drinks were decent but expensive and the food portions were very small, I would recommend going just for drinks and maybe a snack before going out to dinner

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Tess
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Good drinks and great food, but the service is very slow. I would recommend ordering two drinks at a time. The food came out very fast, though, and was extremely tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas at the same spot we had our rehearsal dinner

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vipJayG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Boleo after almost 2 years. Our server was very friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent like before. The ambiance was perfect with very high energy (likely because a bachelor party was on). Enjoyed it very much.

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TianaC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to visit. Unique menu and tasty surprises. The Capirihna drink and pollo a la brasa appetizer are highly recommended.

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WillB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Entire glass of wine spilt on me by the waiter who proceeded to run away from the situation. Another waiter came over to offer us a “free ice cream” to apologize. Look at the menu and it is the cheapest thing on the menu: $3. Then, the waiter had the audacity to bring me the check with the wine spilt on me INCLUDED. Manager did not come out to apologize as well. Brutal experience for as nice of a restaurant as it first seemed.

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George
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service left a lot to be desired. I’d be hard pressed finding myself make a reservation here again.

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nikS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Not really a rooftop feel ; hard to describe but was able to be elegant and simple at the same time

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved it. Service was a little slow but understandably so. Seemed understaffed. Food and drinks were 10/10. Great spot.

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vipKeeley
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great rooftop in the loop. Would recommend for drinks!

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APhi
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not an actual rooftop. Food was mediocre. Would not return.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boleo was great for a fun, relaxed dinner! Keep in mind that plates are tapas style, so fairly small and meant to be shared. Make sure to ask the waiter how many pieces come with one order so everyone gets some! Our waiter Ray was great and made amazing recommendations--I was clueless about the drink menu, but he recommended the Esta Vez which I was OBSESSED with. The food was all delicious, unique, and exciting!

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Chinchi
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved the ambience. incredibly efficient service, attentive. however some of their food items were a bit too salty and requires a bit more quantity especially for the price. however overall it was great

CJ
vipCandaceJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it! Perfect date night location. Go! Experience and enjoy!

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Haven
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Casual young crowd. Limited menu. Great open air ambiance

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JeffR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Not good at all. Waiter said she was tired. Food was not good. Peruvian place but no ceviche! Weird.

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AmandaL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Creative drinks! Delicious food! Loved the ambiance!

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Ryan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boleo is one of my top places for good drinks and a bite. It's especially nice when the roof is open

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. service, atmosphere, even the couple next to us was nice to converse with.

FAQs

Boleo is rated 4 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.