Rockit Bar & Grill
Rockit Bar & Grill

Rockit Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rockitbarandgrill.com/
  • Phone: 3126456000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Amanda Downing
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: As the name implies, rock pervades every element of the Rockit Bar & Grill experience. From the old classics that will have you reminiscing of the original rock days (think Ozzie Osbourne and U2), to the innovative new sounds of groups like the White Stripes, Coldplay, No Doubt, and Outkast, the music adds yet another element to the casual, timeless atmosphere. Resident and guest DJ’s will also be given the opportunity to explore everything that can be defined as “rock.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State / Dearborn
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Grand
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Rockit Bar & Grill
Please note all reservations are for the first floor restaurant only. For second floor lounge please email- ReserveIt@RockitBarAndGrill.com


-Rockit Bar & Grill is located in the heart of booming River North. The brainchild of partners Billy Dec, Brad Young, & Arturo Gomez, Rockit leads the traditional bar and grill with a culinary twist and a comfortable, stylish atmosphere that blends natural elements with sleek, modern design. With an impressive team of culinary, design and management professionals, they filled an untapped niche in Chicago: an energetic restaurant & lounge featuring affordable, delicious cuisine in a highly designed space. Rockit Bar & Grill has been acclaimed by the Chicago Sun Times stating,” A sophisticated casually provocative restaurant; “
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Rockit Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (34)good for groups (30)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (29)great for brunch (28)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (25)great for outdoor dining (24)late-night find (21)special occasion (12)romantic (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Overall burgers were very good .only drawback very dark hard to see menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bestfinder
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    good food nice comfort food options very dark inside hard to read menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but LOUD
    WhiteStone8VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was a delicious dining experience. All of the food was well prepare and VERY GOOD!!!! The service by Ron was top notch!!!! The only drawback was the noise level....it was difficult to have conversation. Overall a good experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Options
    nmiles26
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The vegan/gluten free options were great! the food was flavorful but not full of fillers and our waiter was patient regarding my 'special' requests. And the prices were reasonable. I will definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Build your own bloody?!
    Chlojo
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The build your own Mary bar is a meal in itself! I have been here for dinner and brunch and both were great! The brunch was a little louder than normal with the acoustic guitar player but it wasn't too loud that you couldn't keep a conversation going. I would suggest requesting a table furtherest from the live music if you have a bigger group and want to talk! Great atmosphere and awesome service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rockit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great late night place to end the week, and unwind. Food is outstanding. Great place to sit with friends and a few drinks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great w food allergies
    Angela
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always a favorite w our allergy stricken family. Love the vintage album covered menus.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place
    shiggs
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Good food and neat vibe inside. Like the seperation between the bar and restaurant area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dark and Noisy
    Marygal
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    But the food is very good! Reasonably priced also. The place is painted black so it's very dark inside. Our food took 50 minutes (there were only three of us). The neighboring tables were getting served first, long after we ordered, so apparently the delay wasn't across the board, which is good I guess. The waitress did her best to check in with us. It would have gone a long way if she brought us an appetizer or something on the house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great brunch spot!
    Brit
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've only been here for brunch two times, which was great, but would absolutely love to come during another time of the day. Great food and environment!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    DinnerAt8
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Reservations are highly recommended as the place filled up quickly between 11-12. Very casual, some people were practically in t-shirts and pajama pants! The Bloody Mary's were very good and the Bloody Mary bar where you could choose your own toppings was fun. There are many brunch options from the breakfast and lunch side to satisfy a group. We had the Country Ham Benedict (yum!), Steel Cut Oatmeal, California Omelet, and 3 Eggs. All were very good. Home fries are excellent! Upon arrival there was 80's music playing but soon, we were treated to live music by a musician playing acoustic guitar and singing covers of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, etc. It was perfect, easy listening for brunch! Heard that the bar scene is fun too at night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Bloody Mary bar in Chicago
    Karen
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My absolute favorite restaurant in downtown Chicago. The Bloody Mary's use a homemade blend along with an Absolut pepper rimmed glass. Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, and Mojitas are only $5 for weekend brunch, which includes a fabulous Bloody Mary Bar. They have GREAT food, both breakfast and lunch. Best burgers around!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Burgers are great, but that's no surprise. What's surprisingly amazing is the buffalo chicken Mac n cheese and chipotle corn with bacon. Service is great. Space is a bit tight, but so worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    PolinaSVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Amazing food and great service! Our to-go spot for a girls night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Down to earth yet sophisticated
    SouthernBelle
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Rockit was a perfect restaurant for my diverse group of friends, who are new to the area, for dinner and a nightout. I needed a place that I could count on so everyone would be satisfied (not easy) and I definitely picked the right spot! Despite a very minor (and very understandable) mix up with one dish, which was quickly remedied to our every satisfaction, everything was perfect. The food was fantastic, great drinks, the service was top notch from every employee - host to waitress and management. Which is a very refreshing-positive change from the other restaurants in the Rivernorth area!! There is a great upscale but not pretentious atmosphere. It is also worth noting the great bar scene upstairs complete with pool tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night at Rockit!
    foodie23
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Overall we really enjoyed this restaurant! Great food, lots of options on the menu, fun drinks. Only complaints were that the tables were a little close and the food came out a little slow, but otherwise everything was excellent. We recommend all the burgers and the sweet potato fries are a hit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not amazing
    foodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I went to Rockit for brunch after hearing they had amazing food specifically for brunch. I got the pork belly skillet. It was just okay. The potatoes, onions and green peppers were barely cooked; almost raw. The eggs and pork belly were very tasty, however. My friends' food did look better than mine. Truffle fries were outstanding. Since it's summer their patio is open and therefore the front of the restaurant is open. It was VERY (I'm talking sweating) hot. The man singing was fantastic. I think I enjoyed him and his talent more than the food and would go again to try something else and to hear him perform again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent service
    Agagag
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went for brunch on Sat and came back for seconds on Sunday. Excellent brunch menu, everything tasted delicious. The banana bread French toast was my favorite. I will be coming back on my next visit to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great-service was lacking
    NR26
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I was suggested this restaurant by a friend bc of the truffle fries and vegitarian options. The food was VERY good. The service, however was abismal. Our waitress seemed annoyed to just be at work and forgot a few items from our orders. All in all, I would go back, just maybe a avoid her section. :/
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We're trying to be trendy
    DaveSchan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Rockit does well with all age groups but seems particularly good at attracting 20's and 30's. While we're well past these ages, we enjoy the food, service and decor of Rockit. Good selection on the menu. Good food and service at reasonable prices. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Angus burgers and fries are perfect
    Drew
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Cooked to perfection. Food came out extremely fast. We were VERY pleased with our experience. Great little place for a good meal for a good price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mac and Cheese Attack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    WOW! This was incredible! I am also vegetarian so they accommodated for me and allowed me to get the mac and cheese patty with a black bean burger. Totally worth the price, the wait, and the trip to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed but slow service
    KWes
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Overall, Rockit Bar was very good. Truffle dries were great. Service was a bit lacking but would go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Beachin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went here for lunch and once again it didn't disappoint I would highly recommend Rockit Bar and Grill. We have never had a bad experience and if you haven't had the ribs, you're missing out! Also brunch is fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent burger and beer joint
    DinePwr
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed a burger with sweet potato fries. The food was very good and would warrant a return visit, however the service was atrocious and will not encourage us to return. The server started out fine, when we first started our visit, however, as the rest around got busier, his attention was too distracted. It wasn't that he was too busy, but he was inefficient and simply chose to ignore us...at least that is how it came off. There are so many good restaurants in the area, it is not necessary to put up with mediocre, let alone poor service. Try it for the food, I hope that others get better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burgers, Not-so-Great Service
    LaceyUnderallVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I keep going back to Rockit, and bringing out-of-towners there, because the Rockit Burger is one of the best in town, and because the truffle fries are to die for. But the service at Rockit is SLOW, and I have made mention of this to the manager on more than one occasion. They seem content to understaff, and I'm sure the waiters are okay with it - most people will still leave 15% even if the service isn't great, so I'm sure the servers love having extra tables. I waited tables for years and know how many servers are needed to keep things running smoothly - Rockit flies about two short. Case in point: this is the third visit in a row where I've had to walk to the bar to get a refill on soda because the server is M.I.A.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They do it right again
    DaveSchan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoy the varied menu, the decor of the restaurant, and the prices of entrees. And when we have friends ask for suggestions on where to go that's a combination of good food, good prices, and trendy locations, Rockit is high on the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was in town by myself for business and went to enjoy dinner at Rockit. I was seated quickly and had attentive service. The food was pretty good (I got a cup of turkey chili and the buffalo calamari salad), and there were many things on the menu that I would certainly try if I were to go to Rockit again. They also have a nice beer list. My most negative review would be that it was very loud. I had a hard time hearing my server and it was just surprising how loud it was considering it was dinner time - the noise wasn't coming from a rowdy bar crowd, just other diners. Not something that would keep me away from the restaurant unless I wanted a quiet meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not disappoint!
    Sweetandspicy
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We went there for something different for a business lunch. Can't wait to get back there to try another burger!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Worst Service
    Victorious1MzV
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I love Rockit Bar & Grill ! But this trip there was not pleasant at all for me and my family smh we had by far the worst server in the world ! Our server was named Griselda she was by far the worst ! First she messed up my drink order she wrote down my drink which was the Rockit Punch but another waiter brought me a Bomb pop smh ! My cousin asked for lemons to go in her water the server said ok but went missing ! we dined from 9p-11:30p so after the kitchen staff brought our food out we needed extra stuff such as mayo, dressing etc we never seen the lady but get this when we finally seen her she didn't even attempt to come check on us & went missing again for at least 30mins than came out & never looked our way!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Brunch - not to be missed
    cathdavVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for Brunch and loved the food and the acoustic music. The service was very attentive and we loved dining here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good River North Spot
    Magen
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I like Rock It because it's been around River North for so long - you know what you're getting. The food is good and the service is not too bad. The $6 Bloody Mary's and Mimosas are definitely a steal for River North. The only downside for me was that we did request an outdoor table on our reservation and ended up pretty much as far away from the sunlight/patio as you could possibly get but we didn't let it ruin our brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 583 reviews are from the Rockit Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • the menus were old and tattered,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    back of menu was sticky - food is always excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun!
    Nutty1VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great drinks, appetizers and burgers! Great view! Great service! Great place to hang out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    a favorite for burgers and brunch for years. One would think a reservation would warrant a better table than a small booth next to service station. On the plus side, hostess was friendly and apologetic. Burger was delicious, fries a little cold. Turkey burger, while tasty, was lukewarm and pre cooked and reheated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual trip to The Rockit
    LovesMexicanFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was as great as ever! Bomb pops are delish!! Wait staff is top shelf!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Fries
    ChicagogurlVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I love this restaurant ! Impeccable service and smiles from all the employees. The food is high quality. Turkey burger and red bean burger were our delicious selections. The sweet potato fries topped with a brown sugar sprinkle were the best...right out of the kitchen and super hot and fresh!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rockit Bar & Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was my first visit to Rockit. I had heard good things, and was interested in checking it out. My friend and I visited for Burger Fest. We tried the special of the day (Chicken Enchilada Burger, and the Mac-n-cheese burger). Both were good, but everyone in our party enjoyed the Chicken Enchilada Burger best. The restaurant itself is nice: not too high-end, but not too casual. Nice decor and great looking bar. The regular menu looks appealing, so I will definitely be back to try that, and their brunch. Service was on point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!!!!
    manon
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The burgers are outstanding and the atmosphere is super.!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delicious
    BlazingwookieVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I've been here late night before for drinks, but had heard the food is really good. Went in the other day for dinner and was blown away by the delicious food. The butternut squash soup was delicious and so was the hamburger that I ordered. Even the fries were good, which I started giving up on lately because everyplace is so different. My friend ordered a salad and it was huge, I can't recall which one but the full portion was pretty large. Speaking of which, we both ordered a "cup" of soup which was pretty large as well, our server joked that the bowl was the size of the table. Word to the wise, wouldn't want too much of a good thing… highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.