Homestead on the Roof
Interesting, great tasting food and drink selections; well presented; and a good value for the quality! Our server was a bit intense (fast, a bit frantic talking) in his initial introduction (and we noticed this with his other tables as well), but overall likable. There wasn't much interaction after the food was brought to the table. My wife and I would've appreciated a brief "re-introduction" of the items we ordered when they were delivered (esp. since most dishes have at least 1 or 2 interesting/lesser known ingredients), but it didn't hamper our experience much. The ambiance is fantastic. It's peaceful and the tables are spaced appropriately for not being a part of others' conversations. My wife, being vegetarian, was able to find plenty of items from which to pick, though a lot of the veggie items this time around were mushroom focused. Overall, a great experience for our first time and we'll definitely be back.
The benches they have are not very comfortable and maybe could be updated or at least padded ?
This place is very serious about the food and service they provide to customers, and it's clear it is their passion. They take farm to table to new heights (pun intended). I had a dinner here to celebrate my graduation from business school, and the food and drinks were delicious. Highly recommended!
Food was excellent. Service was fantastic. Drinks were very good.
Homestead is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I've never had anything but a pleasant experience there, although I have to admit this past visit was a bit underwhelming. Service was ok, despite having to wait an hour for our first plate to arrive... Also had requested to sit outside, although was told it wasn't open when we arrived. An hour later the host was seating people outside... I'll chalk this up too an anomaly instead of the norm and hope to return soon.
The Raclette was a good appetizer. The ramen was not a good main dish. The fried pork cube tasted like it was fried in month old grease. Wouldn't recommend!
Paloma was lackluster and the appetizer elements were off (artichoke fritter sauce way too salty, as was one of the bread basket accoutrement and the cauliflower was very vinegary). However, the fried chicken was delicious, and my dining partner liked his burger. Entrees seem to be the strong suit
We waited 30 mins for our drinks. Lovely atmosphere. They also ran out of duck.
We love Homestead! It's beautiful sitting outside by the rooftop gardens. The food and drinks are wonderful and tasty and interesting combinations. ALWAYS get the bread basket :)
Cheers put with picked, potatoes, bread to dip shockingly good... Bar service very slow
The rooftop was a beautiful location for a perfect Spring night dinner. We tried several small plates and all of them were excellent. The drinks were creative and delicious and the service was impeccable. Looking forward to going back later in the season when their garden is being utilized.
Great location, cutest rooftop ever. The service was good. The food was NOT. the lamb mousse and the steak were awful. Could barely chew the steak, I don’t understand how you can ruin steak. The mussels were not very fresh. The duck was ok. The racklette and the chicken were the only things we liked. The drinks were fine. We racked up 350 ish dollars of a bill for low quality food.
If you go, get drinks and the chicken. I took my whole family and was a bit embarrassed by how bad the food was.
I’ve been to this restaurant 3 time over the past 2 years and was very excited to take OOT family. What a disappointment. It was all table and no farm. Where were all the fresh vegetables and herbs? Why all the heavy sauces and dressings? And why try so hard on all your cocktails? Fresh is always best. Sadly not coming back.
I will definitely be back. The food and drinks were great-the mussels in particular were memorable-and the service and ambiance were top notch.
Loved everything. The only issue was the acoustics are awful. VERY loud, people have to yell to be heard. Would be great to find a way to adjust this...even just a little bit!
I love this place! Everything about it is fantastic. The food , service, ambiance, couldn't have been any better. Sarah our server was great and very helpful with recommendations. The bread basket is a must have. Living in the western suburbs we had about a 30 mile drive to get there but it was well worth the drive. We will definitely do it again!!
We requested outdoor rooftop as we were celebrating a special occasion. We were seated indoors where it was very bright and loud. We couldn’t hear each other or the waiter. Completely different vibe than the quiet rooftop that we wanted for my father’s 60th birthday. I felt embarrassed that my family came from out of town and I took them to a restaurant that felt like a noisy high school cafeteria. The outdoor area was about half full of other patrons. I don’t understand why they couldn’t honor our request for outdoor seating. Disappointing in that it created a completely different experience.
I had a great time whole here. The service could have been a little bit better but the food was delish. I highly recommend this place for anyone.
Just needs to work on the service. Tonight my server seemed stressed, cause of the sweat coming off his face, but the restaurant was not busy.
I went here a few years ago when it first opened and it was great. I decided to return for Mother’s Day which happened to be a brunch. The selection and food were both terrible. It reminded me of a continental breakfast at a cheap hotel. It’s no wonder there were only four tables dining. This place sadly has gone downhill. I definitely won’t be returning and advise others to look elsewhere.
Service and food were outstanding. Love the ambiance.
Sunday Mother’s Day Brunch was incredible. I would highly recommended for their special brunch dates.
The food was really good! Highly recommend the Raclette and Fried Chicken. Service was helpful and quick. With the weather was better to eat outside, but the space is beautiful!
My wife & I went for Easter brunch and really enjoyed ourselves. The space is amazing on a secluded, yet open rooftop that gave us plenty of sunlight in the early afternoon. The buffet was very good, but is probably not representative of the normal fare served on a daily basis. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We had a great time and can't wait to go back once it opens up for dinner in a couple of weeks.
Lee, Thank you so much for the kind words! It could not have been a more beautiful day on the roof. And you are correct, our buffets are more traditional whereas our Homestead menu is inventive and seasonally inspired. We open for our regular season Saturday, May 4 and hope you will stop by to see what our chefs have created! Please feel free to introduce yourself to either myself or my assistant manager, Aldo. I look forward to your next visit! Best, Liz, GM
Went for the Easter Sunday Brunch and it was great. Cant speak for the normal menu but if its anything like the brunch it is going to be good.
Tim, Thank you for joining us on Easter! The buffet had quite the spread :) We open for our regular reason on Saturday, May 4th, so please come and see us again soon. We have an exciting and delicious menu planned! Best, Liz, GM
Went to the Easter brunch. Not bad, not great. We got four drinks (two each) which basically doubled the price. For the amount of money spent, the overall value just didn't measure up. I have spent the same amount of money for some of the best meals/experiences I have ever had. Willing to give the restaurant another shot, but will not go to another brunch buffet. The staff didn't seem prepared when the first opened.
It was a wonderful evening- the food was lovely and I enjoyed the personalized service!
It was only open because of Restaurant week. Usually closed in the wintertime but open when the weather gets better. Heard they have a really nice garden worth checking out.
I recommend the place. Chill atmosphere, serveice was great, and food was good. A little confusing to get there since it's a "restaurant in a restaurant" but I would suggest it to others overall
This was a great Restaurant Week choice - normally Homestead on the Roof is closed all winter, so it was very special to be able to try it in January. Food was great and service was amazing. The manager himself waited on us for most of the night and was very attentive!
Amazing service!! Treated us so well on our anniversary
It was a treat to dine on the rooftop before it closed for the season. Our server was fantastic and made great suggestions. Amazing meal and great beverages too!
Homestead was wonderful! The food was very very good and so carefully and artfully prepared. The staff was incredibly kind, helpful and attentive and made great recommendations. The rooftop is quaint, quiet, and beautiful, a great ambiance for a relaxing and quiet dinner outside.
All around wonderful visit and will definitely be going back. Excited to see their menu next season!
Excellent evening celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary! Service was great and the food was excellent. Perfect for a date night. They even offered complimentary champagne when we told our server we were celebrating. Highly recommend!
Dinner meal was rushed as if the servers were ready to go home (if that is the case don't accept 9:45 reservations) , main entree was served even when not completing the appetizers, the fish entrees was undercooked even when sent back to the kitchen twice. Manager appologized for the bad experience. Offered to comp the main entrees which we never ate anyways and had to question them on the bill because I was still being charged for items that were supposedly being removed. Too many fantastic restaurants in Chicago definitely not worth going to this one.
The menu highlights more of a safe, mild palate. I could possibly see my grandparents enjoying the meal, but for me there was nothing that wowed me. The service was a bit on the slow side for a Friday evening. They seemed to be understaffed. Many of our food items did not come out very hot. The ambience outside was quite beautiful, but that would be the only reason I would recommend Homestead.
We didn’t have a server for several minutes but when I flagged someone down, he took us over immediately and was terrific. That is my only complaint. Otherwise it’s truly a special place with excellent food and otherwise terrific service!
Very romantic setting, candles, rooftop, not loud. We ate next to the rooftop garden. It is $$ but SO GOOD. The bread basket is amazing - came with honey butter, dipping oil, and southern chow chow. I believe the menu changes seasonally? We had pork chop which came with a delicious savory pie - very generous portion of pork - and the scallops with peas and bacon. Everything was perfectly cooked. Cocktails were great as well - had the cucumber/vodka/mint one, very refreshing! Will go back
It was amazing!! Food delicious & great drinks. One cold side & they took it off the bill! Knowledgeable staff- Great experience!
This was our first time at there. Everything from the food, ambiance and service was exceptional. The breadbasket is a great appetizer. Our waiter Aldo was fantastic. We will definitely come back.
This is a beautiful romantic rooftop spot with fresh and delicious local farm-to-table fare. The trout was amazing.
Good food, cute rooftop, slow service even though it wasnt a busy night.