Rivers
Rivers

Rivers

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riversrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3125591515
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Monday-Friday 7am to 10 am. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Sundays 5-8 on opera performance days only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Ivan Fonseca
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private & outdoor patio accommodations available. We have also opened a new Wine Bar with Private rooms available. Feel free to contact Dan Letcher at 708-299-9255
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Letcher 3125591515

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe & Madison
  • Public Transit: Wells Brown Line / Metra
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.
A word from Rivers
Rivers, located on the lobby level of The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. Rivers is an all occasion venue featuring a relaxed yet upscale dining room & a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining during warm weather months. Rivers is the perfect place for a business lunch, or for meeting friends after work for happy hour drinks or dinner. It's next-door proximity to the Civic Opera House, as well as all downtown theaters makes Rivers an excellent pre-theatre choice before the show begins. The United Center is also close by & Rivers is an ideal "first stop" for meeting friends for a Bulls or Hawks game. Please note: Rivers Restaurant does not take reservations online for parties larger than 9. Please call the restaurant for details.
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Rivers reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (85)great for lunch (84)scenic view (71)good for groups (54)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (17)romantic (13)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • RIVERS
    Dallas
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had a great dining experience, food excellent with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scrambler
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I thought that we were going to be able to order from the bistro menu,but that was only if we were in the bar. I did not know that reservations were only for the dining room , not the bistro. The food was good ,but since we were going to the opera for3 1/2 hours, we did not want a big meal. The appetizers were fine and we enjoyed the food. I would like a booth the next time, and the hostess made a note of it for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming disappointing
    ChicagoTomVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Rivers seems to be gently sliding downhill recently. The fish - remember the name of the restaurant! - has been mediocre. Our tuna entree this evening was of moderate quality and served blackened without being advertised as such. A beet salad had few and small slices of beet topped by a copious amount of fork-resistant frisee. The waiters cleared the table aggressively, as if it was needed and we were in the way. Perhaps this was just one evening of disappointing parts, because experience says Rivers is capable of much better. The west river edge of the loop needs good restaurants. Rivers should be leading the pack.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner before the opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been going to Rivers for many years. They always service exceptional food. The service is outstanding. We have never had a bad meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Night & Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a great time at Rivers as we usually do. Food was delicious & service was from the moment we entered until we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and Service
    OperaFanVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    AS usual Rivers was ready with a smile and great service. The service was great and the food better. I love this place for a wonderful meal and a short walk across the street to the Lyric Opera.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went here for my 5 year anniversary, and the place was great. Clean, delightful, and service was so nice. The food looked fantastic, and it tasted delicious as well. The place was very accommodating, and fulfilled specific request which really pleased me. I will definitely be back again, and recommending this place to others! Looking forward during warmer weather to sit outside on the deck.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lily
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    the food is very good and fast. I would go back again next time.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fit for opera buffs
    BFC15VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A perfect spot for pre-opera dining. We were on our way to Don Giovanni, and Rivers fit out bill. It's directly across the street from Lyric, the food is delicious, the service is strong. We don't worry about missing the curtain. We had a fine time at Rivers--and at Don Giovanni.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu
    Opquae
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall experience was good. However, the presentation of the "Specials" was deceitful. It was presented without the prices. Was this intentional or an oversight? It created an akaward situtation where we had to ask the price. It should be made clear up front, good transparency is a good business/PR tool. You operate in a competetive enviroment so you should do the best to keep your base. I plan to visit tonight with some friends. I hope this matter is addressed. If this practice continues, you will lose me and friends. Thank You.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cool restaurant with energy!
    MrMJ
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My first visit to this restaurant was to meet a client for lunch. It is a very nice place with energy and a good vibe. I will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but stuffed
    Anthony
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    If you are looking for a place to take a group of people, I recommend Rivers for being able to accommodate a group. I had the crab cakes with a great sauce that left a fulfilling taste in my mouth. The service made the dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gREAT FOR PRE OPERA DINING
    Corliss
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    rIVERS IS A GREAT SPOT FOR DINING BEFORE THE lYRIC oPERA ACROSS THE STREET. bEWILDERING WHY THEY DO NOT AHVE A SIGN OUTSIDE THE BUILDING ON wACKER dRIVE THOUGH TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE THERE!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BJHaz
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great place for a business lunch. Good food, quick service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera
    TackVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There is only one place to go before the opera: Rivers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    DLTGVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was not the first time we have eaten at Rivers so I was expecting better. The salad was very good. I ordered the special Rainbow trout. The trout was good but a very small portion for the price. The trout was served on a bed of mashed potatoes which were lukewarm as were the accompanying vegetables. The tomato sauce surrounding the potatoes tasted like tomato soup from a can. My husband's scallops were good, but his vegetables were also cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and view
    kenk
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great food and great patio on the river. Inside is a bit dated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gudseafud
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Good fish and seafood. Seafood ravioli is a standout. Our server was great
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Summer Spot
    DCPlanner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant has a lovely terrace overlooking the river in downtown Chicago. This is a large venue and a favorite spot for parties and weddings. Great wine list and excellent food. We were there on a Saturday night in the fall and it wasn't very lively, more of a summer outdoor dining spot. However, the food made up for the lack of activity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rivers
    YRSTRULYVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Although there is a huge lunch crowd , Rivers is a terrific place for lunch before a performance of the Chicago Lyric Opera on matinee days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vamuch
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very good food and service. Located vey close to the Lyric, thus convenient as well after the show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lov2dine
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great food and save room for desserts! Service could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    TonyWayman
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The atmosphere is great, dark woods and impressive paintings. Service was prompt and very friendly. We were going to the Lyric Opera, so the location was perfect. However, the food was of variable quality. The appetizer, seafood ravioli, while not truly ravioli, more seafood with pasta laid over it, was outstanding. However, for the main dishes the scallops were not seared, but fried. And the risotto was the worst I have ever had, more a dish of so-so rice, no creamy thick rice. This seems like an after work on Wacker drinks place and restaurant for opera goers. I would return only to sit outside during the summer and have a drink and that "ravioli" by the river.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Impressions
    HappyEater
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The New York strip and the filet mignon each had pretty decent sides (potatoes and some kind of vegetable), but the same could not be said for the meat. The filet was ordered medium rare, but came back medium, and it tasted excessively charred. The lack of flavor didn't help, but that was on account of my wife not wanting the red wine reduction that would have come with the order. My strip steak was a little tough, but it was ordered rare. Disclosure: We're more of a fan of the pan-seared-then-roasted method of cooking. There were no screaming children. Coupled with the outstanding service, Rivers has those things going for it, which is nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Restaurant
    Nick
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food. Their duck is very good but so are their other dishes. Have been going there for years, and always satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu - Great food!
    PugnaciousVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Meals made from scratch as they should be. Corn chowder and scallops with asiago cheese were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    Chicagodiner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have dined here many times, with colleagues and also with my family. My favorite is still the steak salad and the seabass. We love all the seafood entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    ChicagoGal
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've eaten here several times for work occasions/business meetings/interviews. Have really never had a bad meal or a bad experience. Just had breakfast here recently and didn't realize they serve breakfast. Had some great cinnamon french toast and my co-worker had an omlette which she said was great. Good service too. When it's warm out, ask to sit outside and you'll have a great view of the Chicago river.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FeedbackVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great view of river from outdoor patio totally RUINED by patrons allowed to smoke. Who wants to eat there and risk the health hazard of toxic cigarette smoke is blowing in your face and and in your mouth? Smoking on patio puts nonsmoking patrons at risk of cancer & other serious diseases. Secondhand smoke has 7000+ chemicals -100s that are toxic & about 70 that can cause cancer. Every major health organization agree that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opera gem
    Mack
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Going to the Lyric? Perfect place for dinner and/or drinks before or after the opera. It's across the street. Scallops are fantastic. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Duck unavailable because restaurant next door took the meat. Food was cold and had to be sent back. Order was incorrect. Server did not keep tabs on what was needed such as a knife to cut the slightly overlooked steak. This was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. I have eaten here many times but will not return again. It has declined substantially.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy but not superficial
    Bella
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A great place to lunch with collegues, nice location and friendly staff. It is a classy place but it still has the friendly atmosphere among diners and the server are very friendly. The food was good, I hjad the sokeyed salmon and it was fantastic. Will definitely go there again for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My business lunch standby
    RDCPA
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a standby for me on business lunches in the loop. The food is always very good and service has always been good also.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time visit, it was wonderful! The weiter was very friendly helping with our selection with wine and food! I already book my return with my costumers for intarteining them. The parking was free for the first 2 hrs. I strong recommend it!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always good for lunch....great outside patio. Too noisy inside to have meaningful,lunch conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Business Lunch
    HWJohn
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great Loop location which is great for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breakfast meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Perfect environment for a breakfast meeting. Fantastic service!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    GEgal15
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you want dinner or just drinks and appetizers after work - this is a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only flaw was the noise!
    Steve
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our server was informed, attentive and entertains with a very pleasant personal humor. But the food was, as always, fantastic! Our party had salads (charred beef salad...the best!), fish (tuna), beef tenderloin, and everyone loved every bite. It's a pretty loud lunch place, but you can't find a better meal...did I mention the chicken/andouille gumbo? Incredibly good, with the perfect amount of kick and flavor!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.