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South Branch

4.6
4.6
1086 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 546-6177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josh Haske

  • Private party facilities

    South Branch offers many areas to perfectly accommodate your occasion. The Monroe Bar, Pavilion Patio, Main Dining Room, and Private Dining Room are available to book on their own or to combine for a larger gathering. Please fill out your information and our Event Coordinator will contact you soon.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (312) 546-6177

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Monroe

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,086 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KF

    KF56

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is extensive. The selections cover every eating genre.
  2. T

    Tamalpais101

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly staff and accommodating site. Excellent menu choices and execution. Very upbeat atmosphere
  3. P

    Pedro4440444

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A party of four, we had "handhelds": ahi tacos, skirtsteak wrap, Reuben, and sante fe wrap. We all enjoyed our entrees; grilled asparagus side was good though a few fibrous ends. Dessert menu was disappointing, though, so we skipped that. Noise level was ferocious; the server was kind enough to move us from next to the bar, which was totalling deafening, to a both which was merely very loud.
  4. A

    Ayoka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    South Branch is my go to spot for business lunch meetings!
  5. CS

    CathyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fast service. Always love dining here.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent good and service. Noisy to start out as they had a corporate social event, but was ok after an hour. Impossible Burger was awesome! Hummus plate was the best!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I had a reservation for 12:45. I checked in at 12:35 and the host said just a few seconds and I’ll be seated. The other half of my party (1) showed up at 12:45 and we still had not been seated. I checked in again at 12:55. We weren’t seated until a little after 1 and that was because I asked again. If I knew that would be the case I would reserve for a later time so that I don’t spend 20 minutes waiting. The waiter was great, checked in and was fast. The food came out slightly room temperature, as if it had been sitting out for some time. I like South Branch and I want to give another chance but I am unsure how that would go.
  8. BZ

    BillZ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. The next time we're in the city, we will consider going back!
  9. DS

    DowntownS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for an after-work or pre-theater meal and cocktails! Good food and service.
  10. KK

    KentK

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience3
    The server did not bring out one of the guests orders and was nowhere to be found for 15 minutes. My two clients had their food and were almost finished with lunch before I got my food. There were no concessions on the bill to comp us for the poor service.
  11. AM

    ArtM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    the food and service were really good. the place was pretty empty, and I imagine that it gets quite loud when it is full, as there is not much to absorb sound
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service started out not so hot but when Eric the bartender got to the table it all changed. He did a great job.
  13. DL

    DentonLobo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was cooked well and with great flavor. Our waitress was kind and attentive, despite the packed venue. Perfect for a date!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistently good food and great service. Staff is personable and accomodating.
  15. J

    Julie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Michaela was very attentive and accommodating. Food was good and very affordable!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Mikaela, was extraordinary.
  17. C

    Cavy

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time at South Branch. Loved the setting. Great room. Good variety and selection on menu and tasty food. Solid, attentive service. Not much to absorb noise...Room is SUPER loud.
  18. PA

    PAMM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic menu. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent.
  19. JR

    JoyceR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Great service and server.
  20. C

    Cruising

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Booth seating is very uncomfortable.
  21. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very lively atmosphere, service was super friendly and not rushed even though they were quite busy. Ordered a few appetizers and drinks, plenty for two of us.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Waitress was not the most friendly. We felt we were rushed.
  23. AH

    AHHL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place for food/dessert and close by the Lyric Opera House, where we were attending a performance.
  24. KA

    KarenA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff allowed us to savor our cocktails and then order and linger so we had a lovely 2 1/2 hour dining experience without feeling pressured to leave. We also had reservations but arrived early and the staff readily were able to accommodate us. Great food and views!
  25. r

    reviewer27

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Service and food were excellent, but we were not seated for our reservation due to overbooking, and the noise was almost unbearable.
  26. N

    Natashax4

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very loud as it's very crowded. Had to dine in with cooler temps. They had to keep door open to outside dining area so breeze was cold. Food was tasty. Service decent.
  27. RO

    ROSIE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and good choices of food and very tasty meal! Loved the seats by the window !
  28. PB

    PBJJ

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food is delicious and service was great. Very loud in there though!
  29. DM

    DianeM

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Service was a problem.
  30. BH

    BridgetH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch with some people from work. It was gorgeous out and we were able to sit outside. Michaela was our server and she was excellent with placing our orders and a to-go order! Everything was fresh and delicious!! We will definitely be back!
  31. JK

    JimK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, good prices, and outdoor dining to enjoy the nice weather.
  32. NF

    NicF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, drinks and atmosphere! We went for dinner and loved the river view
  33. T

    Travelers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a hidden gem along the Chicago Riverfront. Our service was terrific and the food was amazing. We were pleasantly surprised giving the ambience of the restaurant that it wasn’t more pricey. It was just right for our wallets and for a lovely downtown experience along the river. We would definitely recommend it to anybody.
  34. CC

    CurtisC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moms Birthday
  35. B

    Barbi

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    went there for lunch , had a southwest salad that was $16 dollars. I also had an iced tea. I went to there for lunch to meet former co workers , during the week. Customer service is excellent! From the host to the wait staff to the bus service. I will be back again. I didn't try any of the alcoholic drinks but will try to come back for happy hour. The menu looks interesting.
  36. AB

    AnnB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, quick service, wonderful food!
  37. JB

    JordanB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour spot, perfect location to meet in the loop
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot 👍🏻
  39. PB

    PauletteB

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Not one to write reviews, but might go down as one of the worst dining experiences of my life. Cocktails made with NO care - actually undrinkable, and thats a near impossibility; food bland and tasted like it had been prepared the week before. Amazing location, though.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best. Bang Bang Shrimp is delicious. Service was great. View if the river phenomenal. Would definitely go again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

South Branch is rated 4.6 stars by 1086 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Google Map for South Branch

100 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Monroe

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josh Haske

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 546-6177

  • Private party facilities

    South Branch offers many areas to perfectly accommodate your occasion. The Monroe Bar, Pavilion Patio, Main Dining Room, and Private Dining Room are available to book on their own or to combine for a larger gathering. Please fill out your information and our Event Coordinator will contact you soon.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (312) 546-6177

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