Boleo

4.4
269 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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Specials

Boleo Happy Hour + Nightly Entertainment

$8 Vino
$6 Cerveza
$14 Cerveza + Shot
$12 Frozen Disco Punch
$5 Anticuchos

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 26, 2019

Ends: June 27, 2118

Availability: Wed-Fri 4:30PM-7:00PM

What 269 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

great food, terrible service

ER
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Yes but I would make sure they knew service was very bad and to expect to wait a long time for everything.

KO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious but the portions were small for their price. Expect an energetic atmosphere on a Friday evening. Service was good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

A group of 7 of us went to Boleo for a drink. We originally had no reservation, but the rooftop bar was half empty so we thought we could get a seat. Instead we were given 2 pub tables to stand at and we were not allowed to pull any chairs over. There were several empty couch areas to sit. I went through open table and saw we could reserve within the next 15 minutes. There was a ton of open availability. It was 10:00pm. We brought this to the hostess’s attention and were finally given a couch area to sit. This place definitely has the potential for great ambiance if they can improve their customer service skills. Our waiter was friendly.

M
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I booked a reservation for 2 at 6pm and requested a spot under the open roof for me and my date. We got there on time and they took us to a table buried in the back corner. I stepped away from the table to mention my previous request to the hostess. They said they couldn’t accommodate my request. She told me all the seats under the roof have been reserved, although there were spots available. I told her I had a reservation and specifically requested one of those seats! That’s fine if everything really was taken, but when someone requests a special seat you shouldn’t bury them in the worst seats in the house when there are plenty of good seats available. I work at a big company nearby that regularly hosts happy hours here that are always fun. I’ll continue to go to the happy hours, but I would not take another date here.

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour before a play.

k
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a good spot for happy hour. Good deals/ambiance, tasty cocktails and small bites. Dinner is a bit overpriced (though typical of the area) and the crowd thinned out quite a bit when we were there Thursday evening.

LL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch, the ambience was gorgeous, and the food and drinks were delicious! I will definitely be back.

JV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So chic! The food is good too. I would definitely recommend this place for a date, girls night out, or a private event.

n
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it-the food, the atmosphere and the great service . Their happy hour was so much fun.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

While it is described as a rooftop experience, you are surrounded by unattractive buildings, so it might not be the rooftop experience you are expecting. Our server didn't write anything down so after about 30 minutes when we were missing some of our small plates, we asked her and she said she would check. I am sure checking meant putting in the order for the first time. She was pleasant enough but in a small plates environment, the servers need to be perhaps overly attentive. Nevertheless, the food is excellent and the vibe is cool including a DJ spinning non-intrusive music.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Overall loved Boleo but both times I’ve been here with my girlfriend In the last year service was sub par. Both servers were slow and unknowledgeable. Other than that they make a great drink and have an outstanding atmosphere. Next time I think I’ll skip the food and go to the bar instead.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun for a Friday at 6pm. Drinks were good too. Choose the frozen punch while my partner choose a strawberry drink which she did not like. Other than that it was a good first experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

So loud it was impossible to talk without yelling. Food and drinks great, however.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So we went to happy hour this past Friday to celebrate a coworkers birthday and this place did not disappoint ! Service was so good and the shrimp skewers were amazing ! Drinks were good and the DJ took requests for songs and had a great attitude . Overall this was the best rooftop bar experience I’ve had in Chicago in terms of service , attitude , and ease of getting in . We did have reservations which was helpful . I will be recommending Boleo to all my friends!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour menu specials aren’t much of a deal. Hardly save anything compared to regular menu. Kebabs are too tiny! Otherwise, I absolutely love your frozen punch and the ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here numerous times and am always impressed with the food and service!

PT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Noise is blasting. Can't have a conversation at all. Lively yes but deafening. Food is limited. Drinks are ok.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great overall experience. Only complaint isn’t was that service was a little slow (but very good) given how few people were here at the time.

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Don't go if you want to catch up with a friend lest you want to lose your voice. But, wow was the food good!!!

i
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived a little before you reservation and were seated right away. The problem is, we were seated right next to a really large group that were actually yelling at each other to have a conversation over the really loud music. We had plenty of tables to the right of us where we would have asked to be moved. Problem is, we were not attended to for a long time. The host brought 2 more parties after us and sat them where we would have moved to. After 20min, our waiter finally came and told us we has 3 mins left to order for happy hour. Ill note that It was already after 7p. But thats fair, but the problem is, he was rushing us to place the order. We were talking amongst ourselves whether or not we want all 4 skewers or 3 of 4. And while we were deciding, the waiter said 'I have to go put these in before the time runs out' and quickly rushed away. I guess his time was a lot more important than our 20+ mins that we waited for him to even place the order. As a positive: the food and drinks were great, and the service did get better towards the end. But the overall experience was blah, and if we ever go back here, we would ask the host immediately to move further from large groups.

DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Trendy, but deafening. Delicious, overpriced tapas. Delicious cocktail (Abuela).

BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boleo was amazing! It's beautiful, the service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall enjoyed my experience. Very loud and crowded for happy hour so made it hard to talk but quieted down after happy hour ended. Drinks were ok, but a little pricey and kind of sneak up on you.

DB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but unfortunately the service we received was not. Hard to enjoy your meal if you’re constantly wondering where the server is when you want to order. He was at least somewhat aware and gave us a cocktail for seemingly no reason. Was still a nice place, would considering going back.

k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit back, in town for the Blue's Festival and love the place. The Chef knows what he's doing clearly. The food is inventive and the service was wonderful too, atmosphere can't be beat. Only weirdness happened at the end of the meal. This is where places seems to reveal their tiny flaw's in the coffee service, old coffee, not serving enough half and half, etc or something else is off. Here, it was bringing out equal. Yes, equal. We had to ask for sugar and then they brought it out in a glass cup like it was precious, like they were presenting us a line of cocaine. Ha! Gotta love it! Last time I checked equal is pretty dangerous stuff and if I'm going to pollute my body with something, I'll take real sugar, not some man-made chemical. I'm not sure but I think the server tried to make it up to us and brought us out a tray of cookies. Other than, that, Boleo was pretty fantastic! Equal or not, it wouldn't stop us from coming back!

JG
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and generous service, very tasty food, music a smidgen too loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Late night check-in. Everything was closed. Went up to Boleo and HOLY MACKEREL. They’re late-night “nosh” menu was better than most restaurant’s Chef Exclusive. The drinks were outstanding as well. It was a little loud, but overall a great experience.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Everything was great except for the hostesses. They were not accommodating when I had a reservation and they were snippy in their responses. I made a reservation to ensure I’d have seating, but when I arrived with my guest, I was told that I could not sit on the couches. They said I had to sit at the bar even though I had a reservation. I was very annoyed because the reason I made a reservation in advance was so that I could sit on the couches. I think they were being deceptive and were saving the couch seat it for others.

The reason I was irritated and annoyed was because every time I go there I sit on the couches and I arrived early when the seats were empty and now I can’t sit where I want? Bogus! To be clear, it’s not about the couches...it’s about the process of booking and reserving seating. It’s not consistent.

AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, superb service, yummy food and drinks. Loved it! This is my second time there and i'll be back.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service! Thank u.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from the staff even after the reservation had to be changed because people from our party cancelled. Very attentive staff that started conversations about the food and drink but still gave us the desired need for space. Drinks were exotic and very good for the price (nice portions) and food was delicious.

IC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The ambience here used to be more lounge-y, even on the weekends. Went here for Friday night dinner and it was more of a party vibe than I expected. I thought it would be a good place to eat, drink and catch up with friends. It was pretty loud and got progressively louder which made it hard to talk. Still, the food and drinks are great and we still sat for a while until it got extremely loud. Good place to eat/drink, maybe not for catching up with friends on a weekend.

EC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating with a large party.

MP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for happy hour - the skewers and punch are amazing! Fun environment, especially when it is sunny outside!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and music. Will certainly come back

PK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and drinks were excellent but it was way too loud for a dinnertime environment. Given how open the space is, sound travels and echoes in the room a lot and while the DJ music was cool and set the mood, it was so loud we had to yell to have a conversation and even then could barely make out what either of us was saying. The cocktails and skewers were delicious and we’ll go back, but I’m hoping that they’ll tone down the volume of the music during the dinner hour a bit!

LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The first cocktail we ordered was not the best. We have to return it. All the rest was perfect to celebrate my birthday!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

It took about 25 minutes for someone to even come to our table to ask for our drink order. Overall, service was incredibly slow and the food wasn’t great to even make it worth it.

v
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

good for drinks and a few appetizers

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