South Branch
South Branch

South Branch

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southbranchchicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 546-6177
  • 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
South Branch reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (78)great for outdoor dining (57)hot spot (45)scenic view (41)good for groups (39)vibrant bar scene (33)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (16)special occasion (13)notable wine list (9)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was very good and we were seated right away, which was helpful since we were on a time limit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Dine!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I love South Branch the scenic view, the ambiance, the food was more than I imagained! Thank you! for bringing such a great dining spot to the financial district in downtown Chicago! The lobster roll is my favorite. I also like the buffalo chicken wrap Having a view of the river was so relaxing. And in the summertime having lunch outside was refreshing with the breeze blowing from the lake.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is ave, service is below.
    ChicagodinerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food is average, service is below, the staff seems to think they do not need to cater to the customer. Nor do they care about the Opentable Reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Open for "Business"
    DiningDonna
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great spot for entertaining clients for business lunches. Always great food and service with the right amount of energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had the Cowboy Salad for lunch and it was phenomenal. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    solid location for lunch meetings downtown, will use again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Reservation was set to 12:15. Had to wait about 30 minutes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local / Open Table
    ChicagodinerVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Staff could be friendlier - they do not seem to like Open Table Reservations - noise level very high.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always the perfect lunch
    MWeirman
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Can't ever beat taking a friend or client to South Branch. Food is always well prepared. Make sure you get a reservation plenty in advance as it is very popular.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table of 8
    Teamus
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We came for lunch. We got seated right away, we made a reservation. The waitress came right over to bring water and take drink orders, service was relatively fast. The food was really good, no-one complained. The only comment I got outside of it's really good, was there wasn't enough pesto on the chicken pesto wrap, but still pretty good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I went during lunch and had the burger with the egg and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SJN2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    great food and service, but a little noisy for business lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Nicky
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My husband had the lobster roll and that was really good! We had the buffalo chicken rolls as an appetizer and the chicken was a little on the dry side. That's the only complaint I had. The Havana club was amazing & the service was excelled
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Taste
    OIUu
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is the restaurant I go at least once or twice a month because of it's convenience. It is pretty loud but not terrible. I am not a big fan of the food there either. It is not the quality but the taste is my concern!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Columbus Day Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Was glad to find the place not packed on Columbus Day holiday when friend was in town for work.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Kryss
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is not the first time I have been to South Branch and I will keep coming back because it is such an excellent dining experience. From the great food to the attentive service and reasonable pricing, South Branch has it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was a very suitable place for meeting a business partner. We've met here previously and it's always a good setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Fall lunch
    JTB3
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great spot for lunch on a beautiful Fall afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but pricey
    mousemaster
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Price but the food is very good and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was a little noisy for business conversaton, I did not remeber that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    casualnommer
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    For a business lunch, the prices are surprisingly with reason and the quality of the food actually mirrors and exceeds said pricing! The short rib was cooked to tender perfection and did not require a knife, however, the carrot puree was a little on the heavy side and the fried onion strings, which do provide a nice crunch, detract from the taste and presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Branch
    TransPerfect
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great business lunch spot. There a lot of seafood options, which doesn't do much for a non-seafood person like me. But, the salad options were excellent and filling. Enjoyed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    NedT
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I love South Branch. It's super convenient, the outdoor patio gets a great amount of sunlight to hold onto those final days of summer. Service could have been a little more attentive, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Co-worker Lunch
    Here4goodtime
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of my co-workers and I's favorite spots for an afternoon lunch. I have also had a lot of business meetings here, especially when the weather is nice! Great food, and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sandwich I have ever eaten!
    NativeTourist
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I absolutely loved South Branch. The atmosphere was great, the service was wonderful, and the food was delicious. I could eat their prime rib sandwich every day for the rest of my life and be happy. Definitely the place to dine if you're visiting Chicago and looking for something good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    ChicagodinerVIP
    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.
  • quicklunch
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Recommend early reservations just to get in. Tables are hard to come by from 11:30am-3:30pm but when you get there you will see a bunch of empty tables or tables not being used to full capacity. Service could make you feel like you are being rushed if you are not ordering alcoholic beverages. Would not recommend for a business lunch when trying to close a deal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 288 reviews are from the South Branch reviews archive.
  • 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.