City Winery Chicago

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687 reviews
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City Winery - Chicago is the second of its kind, following the New York City flagship’s model: It’s a functioning winery, a top-notch music venue, and a full-service restaurant, all housed in a massive 33,000-square-foot facility in the West Loop.

The wines are exceptional: Grapes are imported from renowned regions around the country, then crushed and aged on site. Wines are poured by the glass or bottle, with many available on tap.

The menu features Mediterranean-inspired small plates designed to complement our extensive wine list. Burrata, arancini, flatbreads, and hearty meat dishes are varied enough to please a diverse crowd over a few rounds of wine. Servers are happy to point you toward their favorite bites and paired wines, and with a concert next door almost any given night, dinner at City Winery means there’s always something fun to experience.
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Celebrate Valentine's Day in urban wine country! Enjoy a delicious prix fixe menu or order a la carte. Indulge your sense with a glass of sparkling wine from our bubbles bar. Join us for a Chocolate and Wine Tasting Party or enjoy one of 4 concerts with 10,000 Maniacs: https://citywinery.com/chicago

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Sun 11:00AM - 12:30PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:30PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 12:30PM

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My party of 12 was celebrating a couple birthdays and had a great time. This venue can handle large parties well. It’s a beautiful, open venue with good energy - not too quiet to feel like a date place and not too loud so we could converse easily. Had enough space to leave my seat and talk to others at the end of the table without disturbing other tables.

The wine is nice, especially those on tap. Most dishes were excellent - really liked the risotto balls, Brussel sprouts and mushroom flat bread. The piece of steak I tried had good seasoning but was so chewy and with gristle that I could hardly swallow it.

Our server did I nice job of helping us select dishes, but he seemed annoyed that several ordered wine by the glass and not bottle; he didn’t come back as often as ideal. Just a minor, minor complaint about a fantastic evening. A few in the group had only been there for concerts and said they will return for dinner again. I’ll be back too.

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H
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, even better server.

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OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I love CW as a music venue. But as a restaurant it doesn’t seem like they are trying very hard. The menu is uninspired. The food was so so. Would not go back for the resto and would eat somewhere else before a concert.

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DC
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner and a concert. Waiter went out of his way to do a couple extra little things for my wife. It was her birthday.

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PG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, presentation and flavors, but the soup was not hot. Not even warm. Everything else was perfect.
Overall: very good.

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YD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The menu is not extensive. Certainly not a dinner menu. Food was ok, for taste. Value not so much. Loved my wine selection. Waiter seemed a little overwhelmed and service was not that great.
I know this review is about the restaurant. My experience included a concert that night as well. Not pleased with the set up. At all you are sitting with strangers and we are packed in there like sardines. This experience could have been so much more enjoyable. The majority of the table and chairs donot face stage. You have to turn your body and chair around space is so tight it is uncomfortable.
Please Management consider another floor place. You have a great concept here. Tweak it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great. Good valet. Good service. Pretty good dinner.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Our waiter was excellent! He had great wine and food recommendations! Even pointed out an excellent dessert wine we went and purchased the next day. Only downside was the Restuarant is a little “loud” so it’s tricky to carry on a conversation. Overall an excellent experience.

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MM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting, interesting dishes, wonderful service.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

As a return patron, this time around i was a bit disappointed with the presentation/quality of the Calamari appetizer - very meager portion and, to my dismay, no Ranch style sauce. Also I reserved (and phoned in advance to confirm) non-show seating for 2 in a private, upper level area. However, was unfortunately seated in the main dining area. Service was fair but seemed off a bit that night. Hopefully, if I return, it'll be a better experience.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Dined and attended a concert for my sister’s birthday. Enjoyable experience overall.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was average!! Service was just ok

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

Staff was attentive and friendly. Service was timely and the food was very good. It's a place to go for entertainment, conversation, and relaxation. Valet parking for $13 is a plus. Whether you eat before or after the show, I'd suggest a high boy for more privacy.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic and helped us pick a great wine and made honest suggestions about the food. I don’t know why it took me so long to come here, we will definitely be back!

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MR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was overpriced and terrible. Waitress was nice but rarely came by to check on us. We ordered drinks after being seated for over 20 minutes. Wouldn’t not come back.

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Open Table messed up the reservation which caused my reservation to not be seen at the host station. All ended up working out. Great Place - just call City Winery to confirm they received your request, even if they call you and confirm, just be sure and confirm again.

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LH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy the vibe and food at City Winery! It never disappoints.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The decor is beautiful! It’s a very cozy spot. Our server was alright. It took a while until someone came to our table to introduce themselves and ask for our drinks. We had to ask if the waiter could come take our order and even then we still had to wait on someone. They weren’t busy so I’m not sure what was the delay. The food was alright as well. We got burgers and our meat was dry without much flavor. My friend asked for a hot tottie (whiskey with tea) and you could smell the alcohol a mile away. It was so strong that she returned it back. I’m willing to give it another shot in the summer.

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I truly enjoyed the wine tasting, the black girl who took care of us was knowledgeable of the wines, and she was fun. Let's just say I was nice & toasty for my birthday.

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D
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner in the restaurant before a show. Worked out well. Love the wine tasting before committing to a full bottle. Great wine!

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OT
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Restaurant really needs to reconsider their offerings. Overall, food was bland and mediocre. We had dinner in the restaurant before the show. Seating was tight and one of our friends kept getting bumped by servers and bus staff without apologies. We first ordered the mushroom flatbread and it had absolutely no flavor. We should have returned it but didn't want to cause a fuss. We then ordered about 5 to 6 small plates and they weren't staggered. We assumed and the server didn't ask so we will take half the blame on that. Nothing was outstanding or very good. We ordered the brussel sprouts, truffle mac and cheese, burrata (which they forgot to bring) , shrimp and deviled eggs. Eggs are really the only thing that got a "good" from the group. We have been to this restaurant before and had much better meals. I just can't recommend it............ Not sure what changes had been made in the last 2 years?

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OT
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very weak early menu before a Sunday Hawks game.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Me and a few friends was so excited to visit City Winery as we visit many, over all the establishment is pretty nice. I scraped my lip on a chipped glass, the waitress said she said will tell the manger. No big deal, but I would have thought the manager would have come by and checked to see if everything was ok.

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AT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for a bday dinner before the Tab Benoit concert - my first time at City Winery and I cannot wait to return!! Very attentive service, awesome food and an incredible concert!! My only complaint was the valet service seemed disorganized. Otherwise, it was a perfect evening! Thank you!

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CB
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Just a so-so experience - limited menu, snarky and inattentive waiter, food was tepid when served - if you're eating before a show, have the burger or eat elsewhere! Wine was good - noise level requires near-shouting to have a conversation - overall, "skip it"....

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was very noisy and when we asked to move was told no tho there were lots of empty tables. Food came out at all different times. Food was mediocre and pricey for what it was. Wouldn’t rush back, even if going to a concert.

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

Holiday Lunch for Co-Workers.

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LL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service sucked. We were celebrating a birthday and it started out nice with the little table HB message and bubbly for toast. It went south quickly because the waiter took TOO long to take our order. No one ask for a drink order, and even after offering to "top off" our champagne while we waited, the bartender just came and took our glasses. We only had 3 people and when we arrived it wasn't crowded, but somehow our order was missing items. I actually saw one of our items being delivered to another table, and when we asked about it 20 minutes later (because who knows, maybe that was their order, right?) the waiter came back to say, it was missing. ARGH! They threw something together, not of quality, to give us for free, but again, I would say the service sucked. The saving grace and why I would try them again is that the found was great outside of the aforementioned issue, and the wine was delicious, once I finally tracked down someone to take my order. Nice, trendy feel, and great ambience, but allow plenty time and pack your patience if you decide to go.

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AN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

My review is mostly based on the food we received and slightly based on the service. I am particularly excited about restaurants on Randolph street. And TBH, I was very excited about this place. But this one let me down immensely. I was there with my wife and cousin for a brunch last Sunday. The place was huge, very pretty and rustic. We got our table immediately. The coffee that I had was great. The wine that my cousin ordered was also nice and subtle. I had major problems with the food. I ordered a Shakshouka. It tasted nice but served without a bread made very incomplete (which even our server Rachael agreed to!). The supervisor came in and said that this Shakshouka is 'their' take on the traditional one. I understand personal takes on food but you cant eliminate a major component of a dish and call it a take, when everything else tasted like a traditional Shakshouka. I was given some bread later on but it was too late. My cousin ordered an avocado toast. All the while I was under the impression that avocado is the hero of this dish, but the minuscule amount of avocado that was literally just spread like butter on a toast defeated that impression of mine as well. When a restaurant serves an avocado toast for $10-$12, I expect it to have decent amount of avocado on it. Even The Allis at Soho House, being a far more expensive place than this one has more avocado on their toast (and its costs the same). Cutting down on things like an avocado on an avocado toast does not go down well. The only saving grace was the chia bowl my wife ordered. Although small in size, it was amazing and tasted great. It was something we had never had before.
The service was extremely slow. Considering the place was barely occupied, I have no clue why the service was slow.
City Winery, I was hoping for a much better experience. Especially when you are in the vicinity of great brunch spots such as Beatrix and Publican.

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l
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Out waitress was the only one on the floor so she is not to blame she was very accommodating and helpful. However, a guest in our party has severe celiacs disease so she ordered what was thought to be and clearly labeled as gluten free on the menu. The dish showed up with bread in the dish, which anyone who has any allergy knows immediately that that is cross contamination and they cannot eat it. The manager came over and rudely explained that the only thing in the dish that had gluten was the bread and that the eggs were gluten free. He completely belittled a medical condition and repeatedly kept referring to “just the bread”. If my friend was not able to eat “just the bread” because of a fad diet she could’ve easily removed it. However, knowing how severely sick even “just the bread” touching the rest of her food would make her she couldn’t eat it. It took 30 minutes for the kitchen to remake the dish and my friend embarrassed to have to explain to a stranger that her gluten free needs were for a medically diagnosed reason not a personal choice.
It was very disappointing to see such a well known restaurant label their menu items as gluten free when it was indeed not. It is scary for people with potentially life threatening allergies to not be able to trust what they order if it is labeled as such. It was more disappointing to see how the manager reacted completely not addressing a medically diagnosed allergy and blaming their “graphic designer”.

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

I celebrated my birthday with a group of 12 at City Winery and had an awesome night! We were given a private room (no extra cost) and felt very special! Our waiters, James and James, were extremely attentive and made our dining experience great. I would highly recommend City Winery!!

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BT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Winery was suggested to me by one of my daughter's friends.
I took my sister for her birthday. Neither of us had been there before
so we were not sure what to expect. I am a wine lover so I was very excited
to see the vast collection !!! We arrived early for our reservation ,we were met by
one of the hostess who was so very nice and charming. I didn't get her name :(
She gave us a mini tour of the restaurant.... which was awesome !! She then took
us to our table and introduced us to our waitress Asia (: she was awesome even
when my sister couldn't make up her mind what she wanted. I got the burger
and fries,my sister got the egg white omelet, we were both very satisfied with our meals.
Asia bought my sister pistachio sorbet with a candle, we sang happy birthday and the
group next to us joined in (:
Everything was "AWESOME" and we will come back again with more friends.

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall had a great time at the City Winery. Service was only OK and why the rating wasn't higher.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was okay but nothing special. We thought we had reservations for the domes which we made October 17. We received a phone call on November 23 the day of our reservation telling us nay nay. On top of that we were told by city winery they were going to do something special for us and did nothing. It was such a disappointment as i made the reservation over a month ago. Oh well that happens but totally bummed.

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TH
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our reservation kept growing from 15 to 18 to 23 people. They did a fantastic job helping us! Put us in a private room. Food was great! DJ greeted us with a tasting. Everyone was very happy with their meals (except those who ordered mac n cheese - they said it was dry and not flavorful), with the ambiance, etc. Everyone kept thanking me.... I didn't do anything but make the reservation. City Winery did the rest!

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DS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and Wine was amazing. Service not to much. we were left waiting for the check way too long. Then we were waiting to be billed for over 15 mins.
Food and wine were amazing though. Ambiance is great. Valet parking for just 13 bucks thats a great thing too.

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L
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was delightful and suggested great food. She made the visit great.

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KG
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to City Winery for a concert and decided to eat there as well and glad we did! We made a dinner reservation with plenty of time to eat before the concert and we were able to eat at our reserved concert table. There was some confusion at the hostess stand with restaurant reservations and concert reservations and we were told we would have an hour wait, even with our reservation, until the hostess understood we were there for the concert. Once seated our service was great! Our server gave us very good recommendations for food and wine. The entertainment made for a perfect evening.

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K
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had booked a table for 7 a few nights before. We got to the restaurant a little bit late and they no longer had a table for us. As we had an event to get to , the restaurant was very accommodating. They set up a table in the foyer for us. The food was great and they served everything quickly , so we did not miss our event. I was very impressed with what they did and would recommend City Winery to anyone.

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