South Branch

4.7
984 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Kitchen closes at 8:00 pm Monday - Wednesday; Kitchen closes at 9:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 984 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio in a great location, excellent service and food.

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Christa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to the Lyric and were short on time due to traffic. We preordered our food on our way there. When we arrived everything was right on time. The staff went out of their way to help us make the most of our short time that we had to eat. And the food was delicious! Thank you!

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AmyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to be outdoors, convivial atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor views, and inside had a great modern dinning feel. Food was fantastic and quick! We were very happy with our choice for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow..what a wonderful place to dine and enjoy great service, great food and great drinks, Kudos to the manager and staff..the service provided was phenomenal! You can tell the employees truly enjoy working there..The ambiance was amazing! Will definitely be returning..

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JaneP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seating outdoors. Great service - I asked for water without ice and got it! Asked that the umbrella be put down so we could bask in the sun. They quickly accommodated.
And of course, the ahi tuna tacos were superb!

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jpr12345
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the ahi tuna and mahi-mahi tacos! Sat outside, and it was great!

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DonnaS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on patio and took our dogs. Great food and service. Lovely patio

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vipFCas
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our experience, and our server was a ninja.
We loved sitting outside, but the plants need to be further from the booths or some pesticide needs to be put on them, the bugs kept annoying us.

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vipWhitney
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to South Branch for the first time to connect with a colleague. Love that it’s right on the river and close to the office. Lots of menu options, really good food.

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vipBari4
Columbus
54 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahi tuna tacos with garlic mashed potatoes was fantastic! Hubby liked his ahi tuna salad and daughter really enjoyed her chicken wrap and tatro tots. Absolutely love the atmosphere and vibe on their patio!

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vipTNotch
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have had lunch there two days in a row this week so I must like it! The Cobb salad was very good and the Ahi tuna salad was good(it has been better in the past) but still tasty. I love the outdoor option in the Loop, great place for business lunch or after work happy hour. Still our go-to place in the financial district.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a little pricey but good location

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vipJulie
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great Friday night spot to slowdown

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw the restaurant on Facebook and decided to give it a try. Beautiful and clean place! Staff smiling and very polite. Right by the river. Outside patio amazing. Food was perfect.

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GailR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent selection of food and drinks. Very tasty!

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vipRebeccaJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks that work here are always fabulous. The food is good too!

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Nancy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A perfect place to meet and even better when the weather is nice and you can sit outside. Many great outdoor choices with fantastic views.

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EricS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely patio, attentive service and solid sandwich offerings

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night in Chicago! The food was excellent and all the staff members we interacted with were wonderful. Enjoyed it so much we made a reservation for the next evening!

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vipAbbyR
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

pretty view, good food and nice service!

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JesseeH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Server/bartender super nice. The lobster roll was a poor choice on our part, can tell it is just imitation lobster. The Buffalo rolls appetizer though was great.

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TeresaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was wonderful

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vipIsabelT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gathering place with great service, food and drinks

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Mike
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with the location, the seating, the food and the service. Great spot - very convenient. Server was very knowledgeable and the menu is quite extensive. Highly recommend.

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TxxxxxxxA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great drinks! I will keep this gem in my pocket for my next night out.

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Diner789
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - got there early and they accommodated us right away. Food was great as always!

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vipFrunchroom
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a request for a semi quiet space and they honored it. I was extremely happy with the service and the food. The cocktails came quick and I never felt rushed. Thanks again!

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KenB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service, food and efficiency was excellent!

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PhillyChiGirl
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Service was excellent. Food was amazing. Will definitely go back when I return to the office for work because it’s down the street.

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NateM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks. Very nice location. Would return.

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vipAnthonyW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were seated in a tight spot across from a party of 12 and it was quite noisy. You could barely hear yourself talk during the lunch hour. Not a good experience this time,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed up 10 minutes before the reservation and was told the place was full waiting time would be another 30 minutes. This place does not honor reservations. As there were a few people from multiple groups standing by the host desk having the same issue. Please take them off from this list. Very bad experience.

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vipLindaN
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time…/great time. Great food!

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DonnaC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience every time we go!

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vipDaveguido
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot indoors or outdoors. Be sure to make reservations.

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vipStreeterGirl
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent place for a drink and bite after a day of work or exploring the loop. The is a fairly generous outdoor space with some seating that faces the river (looking west). The outdoor bar, itself, was closed on this specific day; when open, it adds a lovely vibe to the experience. If South Branch would put back umbrellas that used to be at booths, I think it the atmosphere would be better!

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vipJacqueLovesYou33
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic and the service was perfection. It is extremely loud though - so I would not come here if you wanted to have a conversation or meeting.

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susanm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Finally! Happy hour is back! Had a great time going to South Branch for a work happy hour. Our table was ready right away and the servers were great.

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vipJules
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as delicious as I remembered. Brought a colleague in from another state and he also thought it was very good. Service was great - enough to felt well taken care of but not too much that they kept interrupting. I recommend the tater tots.

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South Branch is rated 4.7 stars by 984 OpenTable diners.

South Branch does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bottleneck-management-group/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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