South Branch
South Branch

South Branch

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southbranchchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3125466177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Fri, Open at 11am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Katz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: http://www.southbranchchicago.com/private-parties-pages-116.php

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located between Union and Ogilvie train stations. We are a short walk from the brown and blue line el trains, water taxis and numerous bus routes.
  • Parking: No
A word from South Branch
South Branch is Chicago’s hottest weekday gathering spot, and boldest riverside event space. Envision lavish outdoor parties in the warm summer sun or holiday parties where the sprawling views of snow falling on the Chicago River accentuate the occasion. Big enough to host the largest affairs, but versatile enough to accommodate many smaller gatherings at once, South Branch can handle groups from 20-500. Closed to the public on the weekends, South Branch is exclusively available for private events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
South Branch reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (70)great for outdoor dining (61)scenic view (38)vibrant bar scene (30)good for groups (29)hot spot (25)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (8)great for brunch (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great spot for lunch in the loop
    Coach
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I booked a reservation for 11am lunch time for our work group. We had a great time, had no issues, and would definitely return again. Service was quick and efficient, food was great and plentiful, and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    SNorthC
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a wonderful meal next to the water in comfortable seating and a beautiful view. Everything was great. The only somewhat negative would be 1) it closes early, chairs were being stacked and kitchen closing as our meal wrapped up (reservations were at 7:45). 2) the menu was the same or almost the same as their sister restaurant, Sweet Water which we happened to have visited the day before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and nice service &patio
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went there for a casual business lunch. Sat outside. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with co-workers
    ZofiaM
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Recently had lunch with co-workers at South Branch. Lovely outdoor dining area along the river, with a good variety of lunch options for even the pickiest eaters. Attentive and prompt service. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    dmtn2001
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great experience - from making reservation at the last minute, to being seated on time, to getting in a nice break during the day for lunch at a spot we don't get to visit often enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location / Outdoor Seating
    Chicagodiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nice restaurant / good food / outdoor seating very comfortable / a bit loud / pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot for lunch
    DonnaHVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    great spot for luch but they do not take noon reservations strange
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and nice outdoor dining
    jimenzc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service is aways good here. It's hard to get seating for outdoor dining or drinks at peak lunch hour or after work on nice days. There is a great view of the river and downtown buildings along the river.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    South Branch is a favorite dining choice for me! Its great for personal meetings as well as networking. I bring several clients to dine and meet and they always compliment the service, food and ambiance! Great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time.
    Happyhour
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The place is great, good food and perfect for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • looking4newspots
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant was good. The only problem I had was the server was not friendly. He didn't introduce himself, took a while before he took our order and other things. However that wouldn't stop me from returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner food at high-end prices
    BethVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Frozen packaged food used as basis for meals. - At least that's what it tasted like. I would not recommend for food. However, their jalatini drink was great if a little expensive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    MangiVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Have been to South Branch twice now and love it! Food, service, and atmosphere was fabulous. Will definitely return and recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Get-Together
    dcb75
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Met a few friends for lunch. Service and food were excellent. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food! Bad bar service...
    Taxgirl
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food at South Branch is fantastic! Everyone in our party raved about their selections. The service during the meal was great as well. However, after dinner, while sitting at the bar outside, the service was horrible. We waited for service that never came. When we approached the bar to try to order drinks, we were ignored by no less than three bar staff for about five minutes. When one came close and I flagged her down, she made us feel that we were inconveniencing her. I will go back for the food for sure but will stay clear of the outdoor bar for drinks :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    SOUTHB
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    There are many items to choose from..and they were all great. The restraurant is layed out nicely. There was energy in the place but not so much noise that you couldn't hear your friend. Great place for lunch or afterwork. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't remember what I ate
    dgmillsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having a customer being able to remember every course and taste should be the goal of all restaurants. South Branch has lots of choices, but nothing to write home about or remember. Average food with nice outdoor seating option
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GoldenGirls
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    South Branch is a great spot to get away from your desk. Outside the noise, South Branch has the most energetic team of workers. Food was great and filling. The only down side of South Branch was the temperature. It was pretty cold inside and the outside temperature was cool as well. Other than that I would recommend South Branch to a friend or group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations Were Too High
    CharmingendeavorVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    It was my first time at South Branch this week as a birthday lunch for my intern. The host was awkward and I had to initiate to mention my reservation, which I made specifically to mention the bday. He asked our indoor/outdoor preference (we chose in) and walked us back to a table adjacent to the bar - an odd choice given that there were plenty of tables with a view open. As for the food, I'm a vegetarian an had one clear option, the basil hummus wrap, which was good by itself; the fries were like the kind you'd find at a 24-hour greasy spoon diner. My intern had soup and a side salad and said both were good. Overall, the ambience was nice and the service was okay - although not a single "Happy Birthday" from anyone. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good; too busy for great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I generally enjoy South Branch. When the weather is good, though, it feels like they are much too busy to deliver great service. Our servers would regularly disappear and it took forever to get the check.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Menu
    KarenB123
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    While they don't have a gluten free menu (I am gluten intolerant so don't have to watch it as closely as others) but I had several excellent choices available to me, and the chopped salad (without the cheese) was excellent. Nice sized portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Friday spot
    Shivas
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Always good food and an enjoyable atmosphere, would return either for a gathering, brunch or lunch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safe bet for lunch or happy hour
    Yumyum
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    South Branch is a West Loop workers go to lunch or cocktail bar. They have a decent wine & beer list and yummy food. They have a great patio along the river. This is a solid spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Business Lunch
    cheech1006VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    South Branch is a great place for a business lunch. It's right in the loop along the river. The food is good and reasonably priced. The service is attentive and accommodating. The beer selection is good, although perhaps not quite as good some of The Bottle Neck Group's other locations (i.e. Old Town Pour House, The Boundary, Howell's and Hood). Overall, a very good restaurant to bring colleagues and/or clients.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is delicious and fresh
    NovaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We meet there now and again after work for drinks and have appetizers. The wine, drinks and food are always great. The bang bang shrimp has a great spicy flavor and the spinach dip is always good. The service is always wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great Food, comfortable seating, very professional staff, prompt service, great variety on menu - something for everyone, definite for repeat dining
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Lunch
    ChiBeria
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Excellent for business conversation, despite the large open room, it was an easy audible discussion. Always a solid, dependable choice for a customer lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ........
    111111111111111
    Dined on 6/6/2014
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    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dates
    kingovdajuice
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Good American food menu, energetic vibe, view of river, well-dressed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 272 reviews are from the South Branch reviews archive.
  • Second time wasn't a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I ordered the salmon with spinach and it was quite salty! This was my second dining experience and the meal was not up to expectations. The patio is great for outdoor cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The BBQ chicken sandwich
    SB123
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Liked the new menu and loved the new BBQ chicken sandwich.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • menu so good just did appetizers
    CarlaVZVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    But next time, and there will be a next time probably next week, I will try the rest of the menu! The food was fresh and delicious and the location is perfect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor quality and overpriced
    Looking4greatfood
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The salad I ordered was overpriced and it was not fresh. The lettuce was wilted and the toppings had a foul smell.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be back
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I used Open Table to find an outdoor dining spot near the office for a birthday lunch and couldn't be more pleased. The outdoor seating was spacious and comfortable, the service was perfect and both diners were more than pleased with their food. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went with a group of five
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I went with a group of five for lunch. Everyone seemed to like their food. My ahi tuna wrap was very good. The restaurant was noisy but that is, unfortunately, not unexpected. Some good beer on tap and lots of interesting bottled beer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre visit
    acadaVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    It was pretty straight forward food, nothing blew me away.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Delivery
    rich
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Extremely slow delvering food, close to 45 minutes after order placed. It around 1 Pm so the lunch rush was over.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HIGH ENERGY, LOW DRAG
    deanoVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    First time to South Branch, it was a pleasent surprise! Vibrant Bar Scene......bordering on "loud", but a "fun" Energy. Food was well prepared and "good value"! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Work Lunch Spot
    QuasiVeganFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Silly me for not having come here sooner for a meal. I seem to have had a mental block about walking west of Wacker Drive. The menu, atmosphere, service and food are perfect for a work lunch. I couldn't have been happier with my salmon salad and tater tots. Our waiter was very gracious, patient and accomadating. Despite a full room, he never made us feel rushed or like a burden. I can't wait to come back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great; Noise too much
    rluekens
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The four of us had a great time at South Branch before the opera, but as the restaurant filled up, the noise level became a distraction. It was hard for us to converse at our table. Our waitress was outstanding and helpful. With so much lunch business, I believe that they need to do something about reducing the noise level. We all had a dinner salad with grilled chicken that was superb as evidenced by four clean plates.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.