South Branch

4.5
777 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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What 777 People Are Saying
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
19 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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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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MB
Chicago
2 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
10 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 29, 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
2 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
2 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 19, 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
9 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
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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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OT
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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OT
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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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Have eaten here before and ambiance was great, food was okay. Tried it again but turkey burger wasn't cooked through and sweet potato fries were cold. Maybe lunch isn't the best time to eat here as they were very busy.

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VA
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Big place for business happy hours. Very busy after work

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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The NOLA salad is outstanding - the salmon is perfectly cooked.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food! Lovely views of the city and river, too! Will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! No issues!

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B
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Only complaint was that the mules had way too much lime juice. Mules are advertised with fresh lime juice but they tasted like the bartender just dumped Rose's lime juice in them. Only complaint, everything else was great.

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SS
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed place for a casual meal, the food was exactly as described and service was quick and friendly

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with the white bean hummus which came with some cool and different veggies plus pita bread. Everyone ordered something different and everything was delicious! The only issue was the noise level which is loud and muffled so you can barely hear your server or your friends across the table. But other than that, great place for dinner with friends!

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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was prompt and the atmosphere was energetic

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CB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the cobb salad. And the tater tots are a must!

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SH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Decent spot to grab a lunch or after work drinks/apps

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RM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, but don't expect to have much meaningful conversation. With high ceilings and glass walls, this popular place is noisy.

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NV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great quality, and an excellent spot for lunch with a group of coworkers.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Salad was not good

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Million "Thank You"s to Gabrielle, Mike, chefs and all personnel for delicious food, relaxing and friendly atmosphere, great attitude and awesome personalities! I love this Riverside location!

Best regards,
Galina

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A
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Work lunch. Food was good, came out pretty fast but service was questionable. Server took awhile to take our order. Poured a refill of iced tea only to spill most of of the pitcher with no apology just came back with a rag and mopped it up. Server wasn’t really friendly either. We came at 1245, it wasn’t too crowded. Empty tables. Not sure why service was slow.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for lunch even if you are visiting not just for business people. Vibrant, airy and good food.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu choices, delicious food and lively, fun atmosphere.

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AR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, located right on the Chicago river, downtown Chicago. An easy walk from the Union Station.
Good food, but is quite busy during the lunch hour. It gets a bit quieter (sound and people) for late lunch (after 1pm ish) and can have a productive business lunch meeting. Very attentive staff members.

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