South Branch

4.7
797 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Went here for lunch on a Thursday. Service and food were excellent

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was terrific! Great food.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good and lively atmosphere, very good service. At times a bit noisy and occasionally overpriced, especially salads.

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GP
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and our server was really very nice. Noise level was very high and it was difficult to carry on a lunch time conversation with the colleague that I met there.

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QE
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great first experience. The SB Chopped Salad was very good and quite filling. I was told that although I secured reservations, there may still be a wait. Fortunately, that wasn’t my experience and not what I would want to expect. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered menu options we weren’t aware of. Overall, a great experience..and only 2 blocks from my office. I’ll be back!

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad to hear you had a good time at South Branch! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything good, too noisy for what we needed, wouldn't want to transact business.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi there, thank you for leaving your feedback! We hope you'll be back again soon! - Staley

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R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently found South Branch while looking for a lunch place close to Union Station. The food and service were terrific. I am guessing it is really neat when the weather is nicer and the outdoor seating is open. I’ll definitely be back.

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Responded on March 28, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you had a nice time at South Branch! We look forward to seeing you again soon! :) - Staley

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent clients. It was as good as ever!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you had a nice time at South Branch! Thanks for making us your go-to spot :) - Staley

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very reasonable price for a business lunch!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad to hear you had a nice time at South Branch! We hope you'll be back again soon! :) - Staley

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress & staff were very friendly & attentive.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you had a nice time at South Branch! Come back again soon! :) - Staley

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place excellent customer service from all staff

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Hi Dana, I'm glad you had a nice time at South Branch! Come back again soon :) - Staley

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PF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

South Branch is a large, very busy restaurant located on the Chicago River at Monroe Street. It has a very attractive luncheon menu plus monthly specials. My guest and I had one of the entree specials, Shepherd's Pie, and we shared the monthly special dessert, butterscotch bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. I recommend both. The only negative: Our server was responsible for many tables, and the service suffered a bit. He needed three requests before providing us requested garlic bread (it was excellent, however) and brought us coffee that was not ordered.

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SD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

South Branch has good energy because it is a very popular place which makes it more fun. The food, however, is just ok. Both my friend's salad and mine were not very tasty and we had to ask for more dressing. Less is usually more when it comes to dressing, but these salads should have been more flavorful even without dressing.

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance. Service was a little slow (servers and food coming out). I did go during lunch rush, so that was understandable. I had a burger and my coworker had a turkey burger. The food was just average and the prices were pretty high. Therefore, I probably won't be back solely for the fact that I'm not willing to pay $15 for a burger that's just average.

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on Friday at 7:00, not very busy but the bar was hopping earlier. Overall it is pretty good. Close to the train which was our motivation for going there. Cons, very expensive cocktails. $22 Manhattan is crazy.

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A
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I've had positive experiences at South Branch. But this visit, with a colleague and client left a lot to be desired. The client and I both ordered Ahi Tuna salads, which at $18 each should have been great. There was about 2 oz of tuna over a bed of cabbage and greens. The menu indicated there would be almonds and mandarin oranges. I think they took 1-2 segments of mandarin orange and diced it into the salad. It was genuinely tiny bits. The almonds, however, were whole almonds with skin. They were so hard, that I actually thought I had bit into a bone when I ate one. The salad was so underdressed that it tasted like the dressing had been omitted. Our tab with 3 soft drinks and 3 salads + tax and tip was over $70 which was ridiculous. This location has been convenient and I like the river view. But it is always noisy to the point where you have to really speak up to be heard. There are better options, which I will exercise moving forwad.

South Branch
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Awilda, I'm very sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at South Branch. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad time! Getting there at 11ish..there is always a seat at the bar. We were at the back bar this time and Johnny was the bartender. Great guy-attentive-professional. Love this place!

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Responded on March 7, 2019

Hi John! We're so glad you had a great time at South Branch! I will pass your compliments on to Johnny, he'll be happy to hear them :) Come back again soon! - Staley

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VJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son was out of school and he asked to go to lunch at SouthBranch since he enjoyed it so much the last time

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Responded on March 4, 2019

Hi Vincent, I'm glad to hear to had a nice time with your son at South Branch! Come back again soon! :) - Staley

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G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always solid and the service is good. The atmosphere is lively and somewhat loud but bearable. Great place for lunch or after work drinks - especially during the summer when the outside patio areas along the river are open.

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LD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've only been to South Branch for lunch but have been there many times and for a combination of business lunches and lunch with friends. The food is good, it's busy but not so loud that it makes it difficult to have a conversation. For this last visit our server seemed not very keen on a menu substitution but it worked out and the kitchen was able to accommodate.

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Responded on February 14, 2019

Hi Leesa, I'm so glad to hear that you've had great experiences at South Branch! Thanks for stopping by—come back again soon! :) - Staley

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just ok. Didn't seem fresh.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed my lunch at the restaurant. I highly recommend the steak salad with chipotle dressing.

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AF
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. All family members find things to eat here and everything is good.

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Responded on January 16, 2019

Hi Alex, I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time at South Branch! Come back again soon! :) - Staley

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The reservation system is very poor. I could not make a noon reservation even though I made the reservation well in advance. Directing guest to11:30 AM orb12:00 PM is unacceptable.

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AG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

South Branch is always good. Good food and good drinks.

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j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service was good. Convenient pre theater location.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The manager and staff of this restaurant is very hospitable.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome, our server was friendly and ready with suggestions, the atmosphere was nice, somewhat loud, on a cold, December evening.

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JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner there with my family before going to see Nutcracker. Outstanding service and really good food. Only complaint is it was very noisy. But we are definitely coming back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch!! Food is delicious! Service is great! Recommend for a business lunch!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Many food options. Service was outstanding

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

our project team met for a get together and we really enjoyed the private room and awesome service

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was meh. We were given our menus immediately but he cruised past our table 6 times before we finally got his attention. The food and desserts were delicious though.

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JT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch downtown. The food was really good, had a Santa Fe Chicken wrap, service was spot on and the place was lively enough to feel like you were out but not too loud to have a conversation. I'll definitely be back, keep up the good work!

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RL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always my go-to dining experience, most consistent service, and food. My guests also have shared they enjoy the great food and service. If you haven't experienced this great treasure highly recommend for a client lunch or hanging out with friends.

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R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here before going to a show in the theatre district instead of one of the same old places closer to the theater. Go here instead. It is SO much better than any restaurant by the theatre. The food was outstanding, the service was friendly and impeccable and the prices were about the same as anywhere else in the city, although a better value than most restaurants because the food was so good.

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Responded on December 18, 2018

Hi Robert, I'm so happy to hear that you had a great time at South Branch. We hope you'll come visit again soon! :) - Staley

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience - buffalo won tons were excellent

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H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and fast service at the height of the lunch rush. Good people watching and options for vegetarians.

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JR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to South Branch very much. We came into the city from the burbs via Metra so the restaurant was really close to Ogilvie Transportation Center. Jenn our server was totally pro and we'll ask for her next visit. If you'd like to try a distinctively different hugely flavorful sandwich you won'y go wrong with the Lamb Pastrami. Amazing!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Had to wait for seating even though we had a reservation. Service seemed slow.

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Responded on December 4, 2018

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at South Branch. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support for our staff. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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