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Homestead On The Roof

Restaurants, Contemporary American East Village
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Photograph: Jason Little

Time Out says

Given a gorgeous roof deck above their pizzeria, Roots, Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner open what they’ve called “a literal farm-to-table restaurant.” The patio seats 80, and the menu draws ingredients from the organic rooftop garden.



Address: 1924 W Chicago Ave
Transport: Bus: 9, 50, 66.
Price: Average main course: $15
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Mon), (from Spring to end of September)
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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This rustic farm-to-table spot was perfect for date night! It wasn't tough to snag reservations but do make sure you check availability. While Homestead on the Roof does have a gorgeous rooftop deck with gardens in the summer we dined inside. While the menu is small, and changes with what is seasonally available my date and I were both able to find what appealed. The charcuterie was the perfect start and the raw oysters were delicate in flavor with a bright and citrusy jalapeno mignonette. While we enjoyed our starters we were both underwhelmed with the entrees. Our burger was rubbery even at medium rare and the cauliflower steaks were overcooked and a bit soggy. For a menu that boasts such few options I was expecting what they did have to blow me away.

This is a great place, fresh food, incredible drinks, outstanding atmosphere. Maybe because the roof is outdoors and only open in the summer that makes this place so great. Why do we live somewhere where it is freezing 8 months of the year?


I was excited to try the farm-to-table Homestead on the Roof for Chicago Chef week but was disappointed when the night of our reservation turned rainy! However the indoor space was just as lovely - rustic chic and farm inspired with cozy lighting and comfortable seating (I'm finding it rare recently to score a separate table with my date rather than being crammed into a long row of two tops)! I was able to request a vegetarian version of the menu that was well-rounded and delicious! Highlights included a brown butter tajarin with pea tendrils and perfectly grilled cauliflower steak. For a prix fixe meal the portions were extremely generous. The service could use some improvement with odd spacing at times and not 100% knowledge of the menu, but overall a great dinner experience.