Punch Bowl Social - Chicago

4.4
272 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
It's time for some foodertainment and real-world funning that is beyond the beyond. At Punch Bowl Social, we're all about experiences- from the artisanal punches, micro-beers and craft non-alcoholic beverages to the food fit for foodies and endless new school and old school gaming options. And we’re bringing it to you in a gorgeous design-forward atmosphere that’ll make you want to stay and play forever. We’ve been awarded more than a dozen national and local awards so come check us out at Punchbowlsocial.com. Here’s to going out right.

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What 272 People Are Saying
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CB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing tacos. Took forever. Ran out of ingredients for the quesadilla.

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great time- food was very good, service was excellent and a surprise to the day was the video game area which included Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man! The environment was cool without being pretentious. Would definitely return and recommend to others!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The mushroom gravy is out of this world.

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TO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Games need to be reservable! I tried to reserve bowling ahead of time etc but was told I couldn’t. I had a birthday party and would have loved to be able to have these games reserved.

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MZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The staff was very kind and flexible. The service was a little slow though I think our waiter just wasn't as attentive as I'd hope for but overall a great experience I will def be coming back.

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MB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Cool atmosphere and good service. Food really misses the mark. Not great flavors and overpriced. Go for the games and drinks but have dinner somewhere else.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Everyone was happy with the service. Our server did forget a beer and we had to wait a little longer than usual. Guacamole wasn’t the best, but the salsa on the side was a lot better.
The mules were good! Shots were actually doubles! Would definitely come again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Despite a few errors with food and communication from management, they went above and beyond to remedy the situation. The food we ate was delicious. And overall had a good time!

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SG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon entering, I was completely dissatisfied! I walked a very long way from my parking spot and saw I had an expired drivers license. It had the hole punched in it. However, you could still see my name, photo, date of birth (1985), and all information saying I can legally come in. I had my hubby to walk back to the car to get the accurate ID. Within 3 minutes, my sister and I witness these same “ID checkers” let someone in who had OUTSIDE ICE-CREAM. If anyone should’ve been turned away, it should’ve been him!!!
As time went on, our server was very busy but still took care of things. I had one terrible Long Island and talking with others and letting them taste, it was ONLY my drink that tastes like gin and a squirt of coke. Everything else was great. Food was good and hot, ambiance nice, staff nice, clean place, HUGE, and I was pleased.

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FR
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was good but all game areas were closed due to a private party. That should be noted on their website or when you make a reservation. We would not return there.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was inconsistent in not bustling environment. Slow, Inattentive overall underwhelming.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Bachelorette Party

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Casual Birthday brunch

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SG
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I always have a good time here, because I'm a big kid! My friend and I played bowling and virtual reality games. I enjoyed playing Fruit Ninja and I won the bowling game so the day was a plus. We had reservations for 11:30am because I wanted to have easy access to the games. I ordered a chicken sandwich with fries and the king milkshake. It was all delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I believe our sever name was Craig. He was simply amazing. We had a young lady with us that was full of issues and he handled it very well. I just want to thank y’all again for such great service

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VI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

We had alot of appetizers and they were ok. The shrimp tacos were very good. The best was spike punch bowls, the bowling the VR system. Staff is too laid back for my taste. Manager was on good. The place was empty so I was expecting excellent customer service. I spend alot of time looking for staff.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Needs more diverse music

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K
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

I had horrible service the waitress ruined my birthday with her nasty attitude. Very unprofessional and just down right bad customer service.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing time at punch bowl. I had a surprise party for my boyfriend and the staff was amazing at keeping it a secret and helping us celebrate. The food was incredible and we had a great time with the VR and bowling.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Could not play any games. EVERYTHING was rented out. What is the point of going if you can't play any games? Plus it was a Saturday night - would of been nice if they at least let us know. The food was not very good. Really heavy and greasy for how much you are paying.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The waiter basically forgot about us. We had to hunt him down to order our food and didn’t really come by to see if we needed more to drink. Our food was cold when we finally received it. You can tell it had been sitting for a long time. As some one who is industry it’s really disheartening when you yourself receive poor service.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Cute date spot

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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Punch Bowl Social has a great atmosphere! The food is unique and tasty, the service was great! There are tons of activities. My group came for dinner and drinks and had some fun walking around and people watching.

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E
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and vibe.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was great to take our clients who were in from out of town!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Only one pool table

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The waitress was not attentive. We had to flag her down numerous times to order food, drinks, and ask for our check. She also didn't get our order correct.

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SF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

I was excited to go to Punch Bowl Social, and after finally going, unfortunately I would not return. The food is mediocre and bland. The wait for the games was awful at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. I thought I could enjoy a few cocktails to pass the time as I waited for the VR game, however they werent great either. Due to the long wait, not so good food and basic cocktails, I would not return.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

While I enjoy the environment, food and drinks the gaming service was awful. Upon putting reservation for bowling at 8:30, I was not given access until 12:45, which is way too long of a wait for 2-3 lanes. Then once I was set to begin, there were balls jammed which prolonged my started time for 20 minutes yet we were only give an additional 5 minutes at the end. The whole point was to go there and enjoy the gaming options but by midnight more than half of the guest had left. Not to mention by 8:30 karaoke was fully booked for the night and other games were never accessible. Very disappointed and will not recommend others to have a party or celebration there. Maybe just go for food and drinks.

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J
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The service was poor it took hours for our food and drinks and they double charged us. The music was low and we couldn’t bowl or play pool because of long wait

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SH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great place to take young people too in a group! The prices are wonderful! Service was great!

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EA
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Nice idea, Poor execution, Service was horrible in the early afternoon when it wasn't packed. No one came to our table for 20 min after we sat down. After dining, we hovered around the circle bar waiting an extended length of time to get served. It's Chicago, I get the service is always hit or miss if it's packed but it wasn't. We rented out the massive foosball table and i'm not kidding, 10 min later a large group came up to our table and told us they also bought the table for the hour. It was a endless series of what can go wrong next. Get your stuff together. We're on your side, but it's hard to enjoy ourselves if its a continual struggle

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good. Sad that there was no pie for dessert

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a great time and plan on returning!

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a fun vibrant atmosphere! So many rooms to discover and people to see. Didn't eat much of the food, however the drinks were flowing. Will definitely be returning soon!

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D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We will definitely be back. The kids loved the arcade and were generally able to play the games without waiting. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was even better than expected - the shrimp tacos were especially good.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Overpriced for what is served. Bowls are way overpriced for what is served your paying $80 worth of ice. The servers don’t consistently check up on your party.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I did enjoy my time there I just wish I knew there was a 2 hour limit on the table i reserved. I wasn't aware, I may not have read the fine print. Waitress also forgot some drinks we ordered and had to remind her.

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for groups. Upscale entertainment experience.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really fun place that seems like it could either be a wild and fun night or a great night cap. I was pretty surprised at how cheap everything was considering the location. My server was super friendly and accommodating to our friends who were late. I’ll be back!

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