South Branch

4.6
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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. Kitchen closes at 8:00 pm Monday - Wednesday; Kitchen closes at 9:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Never again! I had a lunch meeting for business and this was the worst possible place I could have picked. It was INCREDIBLY noisy. I couldn't even carry on a conversation with the person sitting next to me, let alone hear the person across from me. They seriously need to review the acoustics in this restaurant. I don't see how anyone could have a nice lunch or dinner. It felt like a hopping Friday night in a packed bar.
It looks nice, they have a good selection of food, the bathroom was clean, and the service was great. However, I would never come here again.

BD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and terrific service. We enjoyed our chopped salad! Close to Lyric Opera House.

MC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I was a bit disappointed with my chopped salad, it's usually on point, the lettuce was a bit watery and brown, not crisp like usually.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I appreciate the great service provided by Krista S!

SR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to South Branch! The food is great and the ambiance makes a great location for business meetings or catching up with colleagues.

E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

South Branch is highly recommended. Recently held a business lunch and found the restaurant to be excellent. Roomy and quiet and large, the space is accommodating for a business discussion. Also, the service is great.

RG
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great service, great food, a bit loud.

b
Chicago
202 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent option for pre-opera dinner. More of a bar atmosphere than a restaurant but the food was surprisingly good - enjoyed the salmon in the salmon salad. A little loud with the after work crowd in full swing. Service was prompt.

RM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would highly recommend this restaurant for a basic business lunch. It is not luxurious but the people at the restaurant are very accommodating, the service is prompt and polite, and the food is good. It is much better than other similar restaurants in the area.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

No vegan options for an actual meal

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for a business lunch and was very impressed. Quick service, delicious food and quiet atmosphere for a downtown restaurant. Would definitely like to visit again!

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Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Jane, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with South Branch! - Staley

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very noisy.

TJ
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very convenient location to the office. My boss usually makes it his first or second choice when he needs a reservation.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I had gotten my waiter’s name because his service was excellent! I had a client that was very picky and spoke very softly. The waiter was patient and helpful.

South Branch
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi there, I'm glad you had a great time at South Branch! :) - Staley

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for a sit down lunch. Might be too loud for a meeting.

UK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Our service was not good. Had to wait for everything and the order was wrong once

I
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for business lunches... We had a chopped salad and the beef stroganoff special which were both good.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good times!

T
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lively bar scene. Well prepared menu especially skirt steak. Responsive service.

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was slow. We spent way too much time for a weekday lunch. Food was good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep up the good work!!

MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and drinks. Our server Justin was excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get Buffalo Rolls, you won't regret it.

South Branch
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi there, I'm glad you're enjoying South Branch! Come back again soon! - Staley

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DF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good - service, food, etc. I would recommend this place for lunch.

South Branch
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hi Shelly, I'm glad you're enjoying South Branch! We hope you'll come back again soon! - Staley

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

No table available for 30 minutes despite reservation. Say at bar. Host was no help.

South Branch
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry to hear that you had a frustrating experience at South Branch. Thank you for providing your feedback. Would you mind providing me a few more details about your visit? We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your comments to improve! - Staley

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AS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very attentive and friendly wait staff. Great value for your money.

South Branch
Responded on October 28, 2019

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

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very noisy at dinner. Food good. Service excellent.

a
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was terrific. The chicken schnitzel sandwich special was dry, but maybe that’s how breaded chicken on a kaiser roll tastes. We had a great experience.

V
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We liked that you have expanded the menu. I was personally impressed that you had five decaffeinated teas; you won me over with that alone. Servers and hosts are very good, as usual. Noise level is a bit overwhelming at times which can be a bit much if one wants to relax after work. However, all in all very good. We will be back.

KL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent!! We went for a business lunch and it was overall a great experience, just a little too noisy.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Planned on sitting outside although it was raining so sat inside. VERY loud and hard to hear conversation. Food - lobster on lobster roll like rubber. Had to ASK for bread and then it came AFTER we started eating our meal. Pricey for the amount of food. Waitress seemed like she didn't want to be there.

D
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been to South Branch many times and it is usually a very good experience, however, yesterday it was not. A few of us took one of our coworkers out to lunch on her first day back after her father passed away, we had a reservation and requested a table outside if possible, when we arrived I asked for a booth that was not in the direct sun, and I noticed that there were some available, we were placed at a table with no umbrella in the direct sun. So we sat for a while before it became very uncomfortable, I went inside and asked our waiter if we could move as I saw several other tables outside that were not in the direct sun, the waitress that was standing with him rolled her eyes at me. He told me he would come and talk to me in a minute so I went back to our table in the sun. The hostess came out and seated us at a booth that we should have been seated at in the first place. Keep in mind when I talked to the waiter I asked if we could move but told him I was concerned about screwing him out of the table and hoping we could stay in his section. We were patient, courteous and appreciative and the waiter never once smiled or was in any way personable. We waited quite a long time for our food and were told that the server had a hard time finding us because we moved tables. Regarding the food, the salad that I always get was at best mediocre. It just wasn't a good experience over all, the waiter never smiled throughout the entire visit, we were kind and courteous and never unpleasant. Sorry to have to write this review, but I was really disappointed, especially because we were trying to cheer somebody up; and it was not a cheerful visit to South Branch at all.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with open feeling. Nice large booths. Food is excellent. Nice menu

South Branch
Responded on October 1, 2019

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

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating under an umbrella in a nice sunny day was fabulous. Impossible burger was excellent for those looking to go meatless

South Branch
Responded on September 26, 2019

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

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r
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an Amtrak layover. Went here for lunch. Arrived a few minutes before opening time. At opening, we were seated. Had a very polite, unobtrusive waitress; good food...a win win!

South Branch
Responded on September 18, 2019

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

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K
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Long wait for seating. Staff was generally glum faced and looked unhappy. Overall very disappointing.

SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Make sure Christa (Krista) is your server! She’s the best!!!

s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. We sat in the patio!

South Branch
Responded on September 9, 2019

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

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LG
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent vantage point to look at the river while eating. Tried the Impossible Burger and it was really good. Looked and had the consistency of a turkey burger rather than a beef burger. Asparagus were grilled well. Not overly expensive for a downtown lunch restaurant.

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