I have to be honest... I was quite disappointed in my visit to Joy District. I had been wanting to visit since the place opened, and an opportunity arose during the week in between Christmas and NYE. My wife and I got dressed and headed over on a Wednesday, and were blown away by the ambiance and the decor. This place is extremely stylish! We were seated in a nearly empty restaurant but could not wait to order our food. After receiving our $5 glasses of wine, we had no idea that they would be the highlight of the night, but they sort of were. First came our sushi rolls, which we ordered as apps. They were somewhat overpriced for the quality and taste, but we weren't disappointed in what we got. Just not blown away. Unfortunately the experience went downhill from there. My wife ordered the pan roasted red snapper, which was GROSSLY overcooked. I mean hard and dry. We could not believe it. I had the salmon, which was decent but the potatoes that came with it were really bad. Like worst than boxed. Mealy and just awful. Easily the worst I've ever had at a restaurant. We also ordered the Togarishi fries, which came out cold and unappealing (which cannot happen with fries that are so thick-cut). We did not even attempt to finish them. As the entire meal was bad we didn't bother with sending food back and trying again. In addition we were literally the only folks in the place except for the staff. I initially wrote off the experience as being an anomaly, likely due to the holidays and such, but as we left we walked past Hubbard Inn, which was packed to the gills! We ended up stopping there to have drinks, which sort of redeemed our night.
Overall a really cool place, but simply an awful food experience. I wouldn't go there again.
Our appetizers were great and they have an interesting cocktail menu that seems fun. We were one of two tables of people which always makes you wonder. The chicken roll was described to me as being rolled in something like wonton paper. In actuality it was the skin which for some would be great but was off-putting to me. Their menu is very interesting and I hope they succeed!
Great food experience! Impeccable service.
Service was atrocious and enough to never make me want to go back there again even though their food was tasty. The server was completely inattentive. It took over a hour for our food to be served. When they did serve our food they bought appetizers out with our mains. On top of that we saw the manager asking the table next to us how their meal was but he completely dodged me and my husband. I think this place is more concerned about how many tables they can reserve at their club than the restaurant portion of their business. They should just stop offering food altogether.
Food options were pretty good, though pricey. But our service was extremely slow. Was a 2 hour dinner and they had our food out super quick... so a lot of time waiting for a dessert option, check and refills.
Awesome service! Girl’s Night Out - funky decor, fun, high energy music. Waitress
Clued is in on 2 for 2 happy hour with plenty of time to double up on tasty, specialty house cocktails.
They changed the menu the week before we went (completely) so we a little disappointed before arriving when we learned this. We kept the reservation because they had Wagu beef on the menu. After ordering it and waiting, they came out of the kitchen to tell us they didn't have any. We left without eating and went somewhere else. In their defense, they did offer dessert on the house for their error.
So loud!! Service was great but couldn’t enjoy because it was night club loud at 6 pm.
young hip spot with good music and sake. friendly and attentive service.
Great vibe, ambience & cocktails but the food isn’t up to pare w/ the rest of Chicago’s trendy restaurants. We had over-cooked fried rice, paper thin fish on our tiny Sushi roll, tuna drowning in spices, etc. Go for drinks but leave it at that!
We went there for the deep fried brie lollipops that are on the menu shown on open table, but they weren't on the menu when we arrived. When we asked, the server was completely unsympathetic and said they were only for large group catering. I mentioned they were on the menu shown on open table, and she was completely disinterested and implied we were annoying her by asking more. Lots of other things on the menu shown on open table are not on the menu when you get there.
The food was great (Poke Bowl) and so was the cocktail. I eat poke a lot being from CA and for being in the Midwest, it was very good. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly, juicy and just seasoned enough to enjoy the natural flavor of the cut. The only thing that was disappointing were the beingets - a bit spongy and not warm enough when they came out of the kitchen. Fun atmosphere - two 30th bday parties, a bachelorette party and another big birthday group near us. Definitely a hot spot for large celebrations.
Great experience for a big group of 12.
The scenery was great. We had a table outside to people watch. The food was just okay. The value was terrible for the price. $14 for mashed potatoes and other apps. Then $36 for the chicken, without a side dish! I will not return or recommend due to this.
Drinks and burger were fabulous. I would go again just for the burger! Atmosphere on a Tuesday night was quiet. Perfect for a nice dinner.
This is not a rooftop restaurant as advertised. The rooftop is a completely separate situation. The food was not that great, and the menu selection was a bit all over the place. Wont be going back.
The service was really bad. We were one of two active tables in the restaurant so they were by no means busy. The server acted like a grounded teenager whose chore it was to wait on us. I would never go back and would not recommend to others.
The fried rice and lobster roll were tasteless...terrible. The cocktails were good. We're thinking the draw for business is cocktails and food is an afterthought.
Good ambiance and drinks, but the service was slow
Upon entering the restaurant, I couldn't figure out where to go, as four (no exaggeration) bouncers were surrounding the hostess to flirt, and k couldn't see he hostess stand. They didn't move when I approached. What is this? Are you going to ID me before I check in at 6:15 for dinner? So douchy.
Our waitress was dumb as rocks. She tried to tell us that the huge puddle under our table was from the air conditioner (on the ceiling)... Oh, so it soaked through the table?? Regardless, are you going to have someone wipe it up? Offer to switch our table? We ended up getting up and switching all out stuff ourselves.
She screwed up my dairy-free order, and had my food dripping in butter. When I had her take it back. She never reappeared with the food corrected, yet the item still appeared on my bill.
The bathrooms compared to that of a frat house, and another patron even walked in and immediately said "wow... It takes all kinds to leave something like this behind."
This place is so foul, so loud, so disgusting, and all the staff is so dumb and unapproachable, that I will be sure to go out of my way to let everyone know NEVER to come here. I'm a hotel manager. Big mistake.
First time there, we arrived took a couple minutes to get seated while someone cleaned a table for us. We were sat by the bar where there were a couple 2 person tables. Once settled in, our designated waitress never came to us. She instead took someone else's order and brought out their drinks. Didn't even acknowledge me, My boyfriend had to go find someone to take our order. Waited about 35 minutes after we ordered. (Rice bowl & lobster rolls) The people there were so rude bumping into our table, one drunk girl even blew our candle out. I suggest removing those tables from the bar area, since people have no regard for others. And wait staff have a hard time getting back there once drunk people start piling on top of each other. Rude service, and the "guests" are even worse.
The staff was incredibly rude and was not attentive at all. They made us feel very out of place on our girls trip due to us only buying one drink. We got checked on once by our waiter and the good was decent but not worth the hassle and money from very stuck up employees
Horrible. Worst restaurant in chicago.
The restaurant service staff were friendly but the doormen were horrible, selective and rude. When we arrived the doorman working just stuck his hand out to stop us from walking in and didn't say a word. I informed him that we had a reservation, he stated that they had a process and then another doorman came over and closed the rope to the stanchion in front of us. A few minutes later we were let in to check in with the host with no issue. The food, drink and our waitress were great. At the end of our dinner we wanted to go upstairs to the rooftop. We were directed to a doorman who said there was a $20 cover. We stated we had just eaten and spent $300 and he said he wanted proof -- the reciept or the waitress. I pulled out 3 of our credit card receipts bc we left the bill at the table and he said it didn't add up to $300. A gentleman who said he was the manager over heard this and instructed the doorman to give us stamps to get in bc we had dined in the restaurant. We were given stamps but as soon as we approached the stairs to go up, the security at the stairs got a call to let no one up bc they were at capacity. A minute later a group of people where allowed upstairs in the elevator. At this point we were done with the place but I wanted to let the manager know our experience. He checked into the situation and stated that they were at capacity. We informed him that a group of people had gone up after that announcement was made. He then offered to take us up and purchase a round for us, but at that point we were fed up with all of the rudeness, inconsistency and lack of professionalism. This place has potential but the doormen and security need better training and shouldn't be so rude.
This place has the worst service I've ever experienced. The waitress was high as a kite and the food is overpriced for what it is.
Great after work venue
Three of us sat on the patio for a business meeting and we were approach for cash or to buy candy/raffle tickets over 6 times in the course of two hours while the lazy security guard sat at the door stoned out of his skull just watching. When I approached two of them and asked that something be done about it, one turned to me and told me "I'm not on duty so not my problem. Talk to him".
Talk about a joke. When I brought all of this to managements attention, the manager was less than empathetic as well with him having a half crooked smile on his face.
The service was great. Appetizers were great. Drinks were great. But don't expect anything else. The management obviously does not care who they have working there.
Lee was amazing. She was sweet, personable and very good at her job.
This place was disappointing. We made a reservation at 9 PM only to order all our food and the waitress tells us they've started to shut down their kitchen and we couldn't order any of the things we initially wanted to, i.e. Sushi etc as they had already turned their fryer off. Why allow for reservations at 9 PM if your kitchen weirdly shuts down that early?? We were very disappointed and were forced to order one of the very few things that didn't require much cooking. Would not return.
Sushi was subpar and a bit warm. Service was absolutely terrible and no one was around to find us a table even though I had a reservation. Can't eat at the rooftop and even if you want to drink up there be prepared to pay a cover charge of 20 dollars if you are a male. Would never come here again.
Food was great as well as our server
Why the one star? I don't appreciate an establishment that appears to try to get over on its customers. It seemed pretty clear that they are short-pouring their sake servings. The menu says they serve the sake flights in 2oz portions, and MAYBE the tiny cup that they use can hold 2oz if filled to the very brim, but they don't even come close to filling it to the top. We ordered a small single sake, and the menu said it was a 3oz (not 2oz) pour, and yet it came in the same small sake cup as the supposed 2oz pours. What's up? We questioned the server, and she said everything was proper as far as she could tell. Because we were curious, we then went directly to ask the bartender, and two of them looked sheepishly at each other and literally said to us "Well . . . we didn't have any 3oz cups, so we used the 2oz cup." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This really struck me as a pre-planned schtick. It's not about the small extra amount of the pour, it's about honesty. We are very appreciative of good food and service, but a restaurant intentionally trying to fool its customers? That gets my gall.
Completely underwhelming experience from start to finish. Way overpriced for the quality of food and service.
Creative food. Good vibe. Beautiful staff.
Try their rolled chicken in chimichurri and carrot purée.
The food was original and very good flavor, innovative dishes
Check-in area is small and a little awkward. We waited while two people in front of us debated on what food to order from the menu for several minutes... We had a 9:30 reservation but our table wasn't ready so we had to wait in the overcrowded bar for about 25 minutes, which we think was full of other parties waiting. We like lively bars but it was tight. This restaurant had lots of large groups with 4-10 people at each table. I think we we're the only group of 2 there.
Fun drinks on menu! Food was ok. We had the spicy tuna-hamachi roll which was plain (not spicy at all). I'd skip the chicken roulade too. However, we liked the scallops! Cappuccino was good.
We went upstairs to the DJ/lounge area. It was worth checking out. It opens at 9pm. Guys we're $20 and girls had no cover. Nice decor. It was a little drafty with the tall ceilings. The room is kind of shaped like a the letter C. 1/3 of the place has people standing by the bar (entrance), 1/3 of the room has booths for table service aligning the wall, and 1/3 of the room has a dance floor for later in the night:)
A friend and I visited the restaurant during Chicago restaurant week.
We started off at the bar where Paris made us some phenomenal drinks. Keep up the good work Paris.
We had quite a pleasant experience. Our server was Scott, with two T's. He was definitely there to give us some suggestions about items on the menu, and he was sure to let us know that there was a Chicago restaurant week menu. We knew that already, but I was glad that he pointed it out.
We both got different dishes and share them. We pretty much enjoyed everything. The only things that were not our complete favorites were the starters that included the squash soup and another item which I can't recall. They were not bad they just want what we liked.
For a starter we had the squid tacos. Oh my goodness you might not think it, but they were quite delicious. Our main courses were pretty good also. I believe it was the lobster pot pie and oh my what was the fish. I can't recall but it was a fish dish that was quite tasty that came with some fantastic coconut rice.
We saw the chef at another table so I asked one of the employees if the shelf would stop by and speak with us. Not sure that he would but lo and behold he stop by and chatted with us for a while. He was quite a nice guy. He talked a little bit about the food that he made and we let him know how pleased we were with our selections and his presentation.
All in all it was quite a nice experience. Both of us indicated would like to visit the spot again.
Service was extremely slow. The hostess did not reference the restaurant week menu and it took forever to get drinks and for our courses to come out. The waiter was the highlight of the evening and offered great suggestions off of the menu. We realized that the restaurant used to be EPIC. I doubt that we will go back although the lobster pot pie was yummy!
Scott our server was very knowledgeable about both drinks and food. From the appetizers to the dessert we had a wonderful tasting experience. Fun take on desserts Apple pop tart was delicious