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Vue Rooftop

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$5 - $30
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American, Bar, Healthy, Gastropub
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Takeout Available
  • Outdoor Seating Available
Updated 05/27/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 05/27/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to celebrate our anniversary on a Sunday night after receiving an Iowa City Gift Card. We didn’t have a reservation so we were limited - a spot outside with heavy sun (it was a hot July evening) or indoors in the middle of the...dining area. We chose the latter. Our server Quinn brought water and took drink order right after we were seated… a peanut butter cup and a sangria (Sunday special). The peanut butter cup was more chocolate than peanut butter and my husband was disappointed - the pb cup garnish was missing. He said it wasn’t what he expected and was ok. The sangria was very good - strawberry and blueberry fruit in a slightly sweet red wine. We ordered the focaccia bread appetizer while we looked over the main courses. It was very crisp and toasty (4 slices) served with an herb olive oil. I loved it. (Perfect for the pasta we each ordered for main course.) Everything on the menu looked great but we chose the lobster Mac & cheese and the cavatelli with chicken. The lobster Mac and cheese was very creamy and had generous lobster. The cavatelli was coated with olive oil and had mushrooms, spinach and cherry tomatoes with the chicken breast on top. I Definitely enjoyed everything about it. We decided on cheesecake with strawberries and creme brûlée with berries for dessert. The cheesecake was very good and the creme brûlée was as well (although lacking the berries). The server was very good, the atmosphere was great and there were amazing views from the outdoor area and the window seats (make a reservation if you want these views). The total bill came to $95 (before tip) for drinks, an appetizer, main course and dessert for two.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Jerri, thank you for leaving such a thoughtful review. We will pass this along to Quinn, as well. We'll be switching up our cocktail menu next month - the Sunset Sangria will be staying because it is one of our faves, but we'll be introducing...More

Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

Sunset sangria on the sunny rooftop - refreshing Porkbelly BLT on their lunch menu - life changing! Cheesecake - perfect end to a great meal Kate M was stellar!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for all the kind words! We will definitely pass this along to Kate. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed June 9, 2022 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Excellent service. Delicious food. Highly recommend. We had an enjoyable meal. Everything was tasty. A great option - you won’t be disappointed.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed June 2, 2022

Vue Rooftop is a lovely 12 floors up in the Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City. We think it's a great place to take visitors/guests for a meal and drinks, and to see a beautiful view of our city. Recently we went for supper, my hubby...ordered Braised Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, $28.00. He thought his meal was excellent. I ordered 1/2 Caesar Salad and added salmon, $14.00, very nice meal, and the salmon was a generous portion. We were swayed by the dessert menu and ordered Brioche Bread Pudding, $7.00, a very large serving and delicious. Our meals were very good. I will add that our server was very efficient, but I was taken aback when he called me "hun" the whole evening; not offended, but he was in the twenties range and I am in my seventies.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2022

Thank you Glenda for your raving review! We are so happy that you and your husband enjoyed your dinner! We hope to have you back soon!

Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

Good place for a meal and a view. I had the tomahawk porkchop which was good, but the star was the mashed potatoes which had a hint of cheese in them and were velvety. The service was great and quick and responsive all in all...a nice place to go have a drink and eat a good meal with a great view.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2022

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us! Thanks so much for leaving a review.

Reviewed March 13, 2022

Pros: We were seated at a nice table by the window and enjoyed watching the sun set and seeing the lights in IC come one. Our waiter was very friendly and nice. Cons: The menu is very limited. It is either burgers or very expensive...entrees. A member of our party got the salmon entree. The plate of food brought out was very small. The entree did not include soup, salad or bread. For a 26 dollar entree I would expect a bigger portion and for it to include soup or salad and bread. The rest of our party got burgers. They were tasty but it was 17 dollars for a burger and fries. I hope management will improve the menu and give people a better value for their dollar.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Vue R, Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2022

We are happy to hear you had personable service! We appreciate the constructive criticism, as well, and apologize that you didn't feel as if you got your money's worth. We do seasonally update our menu, so we hope to have you back to try some...More

Reviewed October 20, 2021 via mobile

We arrived around 840 and placed a food order. The absolute worst food we have ever been served. The fish and fries had to have been sitting out for days?? I ordered a martini and the bartender mixed Lemon and sugar with water forgot the...alcohol. I would not recommend this rooftop to anyoneMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2021

We are sorry to hear you feel this way. If you would like to discuss your food experience further, please reach out to our Food & Beverage Director at kpatton@kinseth.com.

Reviewed May 14, 2021

There were five of us and we all had a great meal. Two of us had salmon, one of us had steak and one had salad. Server was pleasant and we all felt we would go back. I am never sure how to rate the...cost of the meal. It was more than we would usually pay for a meal but we felt it was worth the extra cost for such good food and atmosphere. Meals ranged from about $20 - $40More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Vue R, Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2021

Sharon, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and service! Happy to hear to you would return in the future and we hope to see you in here again sometime soon.

Reviewed November 5, 2020 via mobile

Such a great, quiet experience. The atmosphere is pleasant. We ordered the warm bread for a simple appetizer. Perfect. Our Caesar salad and filet mignon were a great split for the two of us

Date of visit: November 2020
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Vue R, Marketing at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a five-star review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. We're delighted to know your Filet mignon and Caesar salad were great sharing dishes. Please come visit us soon!

Reviewed November 3, 2020

I needed a place for dinner on a Sunday evening and found they were open; spacing was excellent so I felt quite safe inside. Nice waitstaff, great service, and a yummy pasta dish!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2020

Thank you for the four-star review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience, and felt comfortable with all of our safety precautions. We hope to become one of your regular dining spots!

Reviewed October 16, 2020 via mobile

We stopped overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn. It was a pleasant surprise to find a Restaurant open. Service was friendly ( not quick) but we were not in a hurry. Warm bread appetizer was ok, herded oil needs more herbs, lol. Waiter brought warm...butter, yummy! Steaks were AMAXING, cooked perfectly, we cut them with our forks!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Vue R, Marketing at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon with more prompt friendly service!

Reviewed June 6, 2020 via mobile

The Vue has extraordinary views of Iowa City and really unique spaces to dine. We chose to go out for our anniversary after three months of dealing with the pandemic. Our experience was exceptional! The food was delicious and healthy(we had fish), and we had...excellent service. We felt comfortable with the social distancing etiquette. We will certainly return for a special evening out.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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vuer, Marketing at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and felt comfortable with all of our safety precautions. Come visit us for all of your occasions, we hope your night was extra special!

Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

The food was surprisingly good. Nice atmosphere and a great view. Don’t be afraid because it is at a hotel

Date of visit: March 2020
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vuer, Marketing at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2020

Thank you for the four star review! We take pride in our business with Hilton Garden Inn and hope every experience is the highest of quality.

Reviewed November 1, 2019

This resembled a sports bar more than a restaurant. It is possible that if it was possible to eat outside, it would be better. They have a happy hour from 3-6PM, which is good. The menu selection is OK.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Vue R, Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Hi SrgnFsh, Thank you for taking the time to leave our restaurant a review. Typically, during the warm months we serve food on the patio; however outdoor service is always weather dependent. Hopefully you can join us for dinner again when the weather is nicer!

Reviewed October 28, 2019

Ate with a group of 8 this past Saturday. Overall enjoyable experience. Good bar. Good lively atmosphere. Food was good - I had salmon and others had steak. All were happy. Service was good. No complaints - all good!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Vue R, Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2019

Hi Andyfreeman4, Thank you for the four-star review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience. Please let us know what we can improve in order to make it a five-star review!

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Vue Rooftop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5