Refinery Rooftop

4.6
440 reviews
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Refinery Rooftop is the crowning jewel of Refinery Hotel named America's #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel Bar for 3 consecutive years by USA Today. With awe-inspiring views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan Skyline, Refinery Rooftop is one of NoMad's most dynamic spaces. By day, the fashion set come for chef Jeff Haskell’s full lunch menu—ordering Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Grilled Hanger Steak Flatbread and the Little Gem Caesar Salad. At night, a lively crowd gathers for our signature cocktail list—developed by In Good Company Hospitality's mixologists with a focus on natural ingredients paired in refreshing combinations. The industrial chic design features re-purposed water tower wood, vaulted brick walls and archways, terra cotta tiles, fairy lights, and a retractable glass roof atrium as well as a water fountain and fireplace. Refinery Rooftop is an all-season venue open 7 days a week serving lunch, brunch, evening small bites and open for late night cocktails.
Reservations encouraged.

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Refinery Rooftop is a rooftop bar in Midtown that actually isn’t the worst. If you work in the area, it’s a good spot for drinks with coworkers.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we showed up, the "bouncer" at the elevator stated that Refinery Rooftop does not participate in the Open Table program. When I showed him the confirmation on my phone, he said "that is not us". Clearly, not going to get anywhere with him, we left. Refinery needs to hire better employees or train them better.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Don't make a reservation for refinery on OpenTable. They don't check it! I was put on a wait list for a table for 2. Finally, I went back to the hostess after waiting at the bar for almost one hour, and she kindly got us table. Really not okay to take reservations if you don't honor them!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and beautiful rooftop!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot and great server

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Too crowded and the kitchen closed at 10. So no food after.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation - had a great table and our server was terrific.

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JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue!! Must go.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place for an informal business lunch. It would have been nice if we could sit outside but unfortunately that is only for 2 people or parties of 5 or more. Overall very good.

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r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

pretty restaurant, good vibe, good meal choices too.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

They said they didn’t take OT reservations so we had no reservation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to yoyo for accommodating us after an awful reservation experience. I made a reservation and the default should be to be seated in the outdoor area when available (this is a rooftop). We were seated inside (the first to be seated in this area in a long line) despite a lot of outdoor seating available. I immediately made mention to the server seating us who was directed by the hostess and I asked for a change, but was denied. I had a guest in town and would not have chosen this amazing rooftop if we were going to be seated indoors. When our server came (a very sweet young lady) she saw how disappointed I was and took my concern to management. Yoyo (sorry if I have spelled his name wrong) came by, explained the current policy for reservation and seating (which should change) and showed us options for seating. We did not mind the heat and wanted the sunshine and ended up having a great time with pictures a plenty for my friend to have.

I will certainly be back and have made so many recommendations for everyone to come by !

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The biggest negative was the reservation we made on opentable never got recognized by their system. Luckily they fit us in and we had a nice lunch. The vibe of the place was great. The service was very good. The food was not that memorable. We liked the food but go for the ambiance and accept that the food will be more ordinary than amazing

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice location with friendly staff.
Limited food menu but food is excellent !

Refinery Rooftop
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hi Christian, Thanks for taking the time to share your review! We're so glad you joined us and hope to see you again sometime soon. Cheers! Kate

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VM
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Many to young drunken teenies! Better controll ofthe ID‘s

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AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and fun place to meet friends. I know it’s NYC, but the drink prices are very expensive ($24!!).
The food was good but small portions and pricey.

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D
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, atmosphere and food quality. Will return!

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this place except making a reservation. Forced to use Open Table and three times I have arrived with a confirmed reservation and found that it was not at the front desk. I was accommodated, but I don't understand the mishaps.

Refinery Rooftop
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hi Nancy, Thank you for letting us know! We're so glad you took the time to share your feedback and are looking forward to your next visit. In the future, please feel free to reach out to reservations@igchospitality and someone from our reservations team would be happy to make sure your reservation is locked in. Cheers! Kate

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NJ
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great place for lunch or drinks when the weather is nice. Half outside and inside space. Limited menu, but hang out there for the ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a cool spot. I loved the decor, service was excellent. I recommend the crab dip & lamb sliders.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were not able to be seated as the restaurant did not have our confirmed open table booking in their system.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We were staying at the hotel where this is located, complete opposite of the service we received from the hotel and the Parker Quinn. The “couch” seat we were sat at I couldn’t sit up bc it was so far from table, it was so uncomfortable. We were seated so close to the parties next to us we couldn’t even speak to each other bc we were overpowered by both parties conversations. The “waitress” didn’t really do much for us except ask us what we would like to eat and hand us our bill. She looked pretty grumpy as she stood 2 ft away from us. When we asked for a pen for our bill to write our room number she acted snarky and annoyed. The food was good and the decor was cool. If you are going I’d say eat at the bar or reserve a spot with the view of the Empire State Building or the room closer to the elevators. We had never been and didn’t know to request these spots ahead of time.

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DJ
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a very rainy day so we sat in front of the fireplace. A very exciting type of restaurant and busy yet manageable Food and service was very good and the menu offered many things.. so we all agreed we will have to come back. Very easy going waitstaff that made note of some spice allergies and served some great dishes that we all enjoyed

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Great ambience. Amazing waitress who gave us free shiahitos for my birthday. Would go back definitely.

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C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome find, loved the fried chicken sandwich. Was a cloudy day, but still enjoyed the views and ambiance. Nice getaway from the crowded streets in the city.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

the security was incredibly rude, i have never been treated that way.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely glass enclosed venue with views of the empire state building. Super brunch...loved our waiter Derek😍

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the business lunch is priced perfectly. Soup, sandwich & a salad for $22.00. The tomato bisque soup was the best I have ever had.

The atmosphere is wonderful and a perfect place to meet for lunch.

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DC
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not all tables have good views! We were given the worst view!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved my brunch!!!I got the bottle of Prosecco and paired it with peach. I also got the waffle brunch and I couldn’t be more happy. Excellent service!

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OT
Jacksonville
46 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible location and service! We will surely be back, the view was incredible! As were the drinks!

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MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely afternoon lunching at the Refinery Rooftop! The food was terrific - plentiful and flavorful. The atmosphere and service really makes this place worth a visit. Cozy seating and lighting. Our server Aileen was top notch and so lovely. We will be back!

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful space with an inviting bar, a cocktail area with a fireplace, and a dining room with a glass roof made for a very pleasant lunch. There is a $22 two course 'business lunch' as well as a la carte. Seasoned olives, shishito peppers, hamburgers and flatbreads were all delicious and the service was gracious and attentive. Very well done.

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LS
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was amazing!

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Views and ambiance are great! Cocktails very good. Door good. Service was not great. Actually wanted more drinks and didn’t see a waitress until we had to leave. Not even crowded at 5:00 pm. But can’t beat the views.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was just OK but it’s a nice spot for a drink or to catch up with friends.

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NW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my husband's birthday and loved it! Great atmosphere and service. The drinks were delicious and they treated us to a free dessert. They also have a featured drink and some of the proceeds go to charity - loved that.

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TG
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good menu options. Tasty food. Great feel. Cool views.

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s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a beautiful place to eat a great meal, especially the outside area enclosed in the winter....only issue was the waiter had too many tables and couldn't provide excellent service.

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AF
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refinery rooftop isn’t a restaurant, it’s a bar, but the food is more sophisticated than typical bar food. The space is very nice. We visited during the winter and it was nice but I am sure it would be spectacular in the summer. Service was great and we enjoyed the evening very much. The sliders were great and I can also recommend the calamari.

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b
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

quality lunch menu, good value....expensive wine.......attractive, attentive staff...great spot !

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