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Vue Rooftop features a distinctly modern escape filled with a unique outdoor design. Enjoy a memorable experience with food, music, and fantastic views of the Iowa City skyline.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch
CUISINES
American, Bar, Healthy, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed January 15, 2024

The restaurant is located in Hilton Garden Inn on the top floor. When I arrived, I was seated promptly and had a wonderful, snowy view of Iowa City. The food was tasty. I had an Iowa Caesar salad, the Vue burger, and Hawktoberfest. Jen was...the server. i was impressed that the entire staff showed up and they were all happy. Kudos for everyone.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Vue Rooftop, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2024

Thank you for the wonderful compliments and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed November 1, 2023 via mobile

Wanting a good, healthier meal, I turned to the Vue Rooftop while in Iowa City. My dinner was a small Caesar salad, bisque soup, and vegetable pasta with grilled chicken. Accompanied by the Conundrum red blend… I was completely satisfied! The flavor spectacle was just...that! It was, however, a little pricey. The atmosphere wasn’t super formal, or high-end, demanding the higher cost. Still, I would recommend this place for a spectacular view, and smooth setting.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Vue Rooftop, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2023

We're happy to hear you were satisified! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated!

Reviewed July 10, 2023 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn this past weekend. We are from Texas and one of the reasons we chose the hotel is because we saw the The Vue Rooftop was the on-site restaurant (the online menu, reviews and pics looked great)....The Vue Rooftop did not disappoint! The craft cocktails were off the hook - the Perfect Pear was, well, PERFECT. My husband had the Sunrise Sangria, then another night, a Martini Flight. All were fantastic. We saw that there was a wine and bourbon flight as well, though we didn’t try it. For food we had the Lobster Risoto (absolutely delicious), the Firecracker Shrimp (my only regret is I can’t quit craving it), then also the Summer Vegetable Pasta, Cheese Curds and warm bread were delicious as well. The beautiful view that surrounds restaurant is breathtaking (day and night) and really adds to the experience. Lastly, but most importantly, the service - everyone was so friendly, skilled and professional It made our trip so enjoyable. Special shout outs to Dillon, Mia, Cade, Kaiden and Gage. You are the best! Also the male manager on Saturday and Sunday (sorry, the name slips!) and manager Marissa who was also helpful accommodating us. Amazing! Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Vue Rooftop, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2023

Lauren, we are so happy we got to make your stay in Iowa worthwhile! We can't wait to pass these comments along to our staff. We hope you stop by again whenever you are in town next. Safe travels!

Reviewed December 22, 2022 via mobile

Had a graduation dinner celebrating my grandson and his roommate from Iowa University, go Hawkeyes. There were 10 of us and the waitress did a fine job. I had a burger with the blackberry jam. My husband had the chicken salad. Everyone had a great...time.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Vue R, General Manager at Vue Rooftop, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2023

Thank you for choosing us to be a part of such an important day! We're glad we could help make special.

Reviewed July 17, 2022

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 July 18, 2022

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 July 18, 2022

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!

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  • Food: 4
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  • Value: 3.5