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
157 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (92)great for outdoor dining (89)scenic view (75)good for groups (53)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (14)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (10)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • First Impressions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    Maksim
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This place serves good fine food, with nicely decorated portions and quite tasty. The service was quite slow and even become a bit rude toward the end of our visit (around 7pm), spilling water and serving over guest private space. It is still one of the biggest places available around office, was good for our group of 8 colleagues from an office even on late notice, and not that pricey.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • River Styx
    casualnommer
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The souls of many lost dishes float alongside the patio as a reminder of what could have been. Lackluster service on a Monday evening with little rush and bland food at exorbitant prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • klydo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    great for happy hour our early dinner, enjoy during the summer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood and cocktails
    Scarlet
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had the calamari and scallops appetizer. It was cooked to perfection . The seafood was perfect. Cocktails were mixed well. Everyone at the table was pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for work lunch
    jsoviking
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a large group (12) for lunch. Food was well prepared. Service had a few slight misses, but overall a decent meal. Good enough for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normally reliable and good
    wayfoVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Probably an off day. Food came out so fast, you'd think it was sitting there already wiating for someone to want it... and tasted like it. House salad was overdressed and the raosted corn soup that is normally delicious was quickly room temparature and soon congealed slightly. Not at all what I've accustomed to from this restaurant. Presume it was an off day. Let's hope so becusae otherwise it's a disappointing turn as it's always been reliable and delicious and in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never received lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I made lunch reservations at Rivers nearly two weeks prior to dining there. Upon arrival we were promptly seated. Since my friend and I had already viewed the menu prior to visiting we ordered immediately after being seated. I chose a fish dish and my friend requested the veggie sandwich. Nearly 40 minutes later our food still had not arrived, yet everyone around us had already eaten! I found the server and informed him that we planned to leave. He responded that they were busy with people on the patio. Luckily the manager overheard the exchange. The manager apologized and provided us with gift cards for a future visit. I've been to Rivers a few times before and NEVER experienced such treatment. I was extremely disappointed.
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  • Poor Service
    unhappy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our party of 5 sat down for lunch at 11:45 a.m.m we received a basket of bread and nothing else. Asked for water 1/2 later and 45 minutes we asked the hostess for our waiter so he could take the order. So it took 1 1/4 hours just to order a salad for lunch! Once ordered, someone else brought us our salads, and we never saw the waiter again until we had to find him for our bill.
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  • Great Business Lunch
    DonnaHVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is a great spot for a business lunch. The waiters are very attentive and the food is delish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    lunchtime
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Nice spot for an outdoor lunch with friends or cowrokers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inside vs Outside
    ZooMom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The outside bar area is great if you get there early enough to snag a seat or table. It can be a bit loud. Male bartenders in general are A LOT more attentive than the female ones. People watching opps won't disappoint! Inside bar was excellent. Bartenders were entertaining and quick to serve. Inside dining, once we found someone to seat us, was awesome. Our server was great, very attentive, and she had a great knowledge of the menu and wine list!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    food4soul
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Met old friends for lunch at what we hoped would be a scenic spot on the river. The scenery did not disappoint. Unfortunately, the service was aloof - our waiter and other staff walked by our table several times without us being able to get their attention to get coffee refills - and the food was mediocre at best. The Chicken Cesar Salad was drab, the Sweet Potato Ravioli was barely room temperature and the cappuccino was 3/4 foam. I would not return or recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I requested a quiet area.
    meet
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Arrived early, staff seated us in an area easy to hold a conversation in; made for a successful meeting over a healthy salad. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    ChicagoGal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Came here for lunch with a friend on a Friday and was seated right away - got to sit outside right on the river on a gorgeous day so I was thrilled. The food was great - they even gave me a free fruit sorbet dessert because they gave me the wrong type of noodeles with my entree (which wasn't a big deal, and I was thrilled to get a free dessert). I've eaten here for lunch at least 10 times and have always had a great experience, except for one time when they were overly busy and we had slow service. My only complaint is that some menu items seem overpriced. I usually get the same dish that has pasta and chicken, and it's $17.95 which seems a bit high for just noodles and some sliced pieces of chicken breast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great loop restaurant
    Chicagodiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is one of my favorite Loop restaurants. Everything on the menu is good. Love the steak salad (only at lunch) and all the seafood entrees. The desserts are well presented and delicious. We usually share the chocolate cheesecake, it is too rich for one person. Nice atmosphere, ask for a booth or table with river view. Romantic and relaxed in the evening but also great for small group. Leave your children at home.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, indifferent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I took my mom and my daughter here for a pre-matinee lunch. We had an 11:30 reservation, and were seated promptly. The food was very good. I think from the moment we ordered iced teas instead of cocktails, though, the waiter lost interest. I do not expect to be fawned over, especially during lunch rush at a busy downtown spot, but the man's tone short to on the verge of surly. The bussing staff was right on their game though. So I think I have a problem with just one guy. The music was a little loud too -- I know where to ask to be seated in the places I frequent to accommodate aging ears, and possibly had we sat inside we would have done better Outside they've got speakers at regular intervals and there just isn't any escaping it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Bar, Creative Menu
    HollyH2
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Try the halibut! It was outstanding served with capers, artichoke hearts - done to perfection. We had 3 appetizers, the artichoke fritters, scallops (to die for) and teh Tuna Poke (tuna tartar) and they were all good! Great neighborhood spot - just the right size and outdoor dining to boot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    cab4dayz
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The margherita pizza and shrimp bruschetta were tasty. The chicken sandwich and burger were average. However, the main draw for us was the big patio where we could enjoy a couple glasses of wine. In this regard, it was perfect. The service was also good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for meetings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I often meet clients and friends here for breakfast or lunch. Food and service are great and the noise level is good for conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, atmosphere and wine
    Truparksmom
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Rivers is nicely set along the river, with indoor and outdoor seating. The wine is priced well. Good for large groups or couples. Staff really accommodating and nice. Food was excellent. Salmon was outstanding. Good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor dining for business lunch
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a business lunch meeting and the weather was beautiful. We enjoyed sitting by the river and breathing the fresh air. Menu was varied....albeit surprised that our when asked about making some changes to a salad (removing fish but adding grilled vegetables to make this vegan) the waiter responded that is fine but there will be additional charge. I thought this was funny as there was no deduction for the fact that I didn't have the expensive sashimi tuna on the salad and only had a few brussel sprouts, mushrooms and beets added....which were individually added to the cost of the entire sashimi tuna salad. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot!
    LisaC
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been coming here for business lunch quite often, service is consistently great and the food is delicious. The outdoor patio is awesome during warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun after work event
    happyhourguru
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I reserved a table for a co-workers going away party. I wanted outdoor seating but it was first come first serve. I got to the restaurant before 4:30pm and there still wasn't any seats available on the patio. I was slightly disappointed however our table inside was a nice size where everyone was able to fit comfortably. We order various types of bar food and I enjoyed everything but the calamari. It was not fried hard enough and was very spongy. Overall the food was good, the drinks were delicious and the atmosphere was great. It turned out to be a very fun evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even Breakfast is loud
    Cdj60031VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food is good for breakfast and lunch. Have not been for dinner. The noise level acoustics are very loud. Go to for breakfast meetings. Server was a bit clueless. Overall good food and convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.