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About South Branch

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.

100 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri, Open at 11am.

Cross Street:
Monroe

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 546-6177

Website:
http://www.southbranchchicago.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Paul Katz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
http://www.southbranchchicago.com/private-parties-pages-116.php

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Private Dining

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

South Branch Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (18)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (13)
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Happy Hour (11)
Scenic View (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Waterfront (9)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and ambiance. Salmon was outstanding. Good beer selection

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Pretty good place for a business lunch. Nice view of the river. Our tomato basil soup lacked basil flavor and was a little rich. My turkey burger, while good, was constructed in such a way that it constantly fell apart. So knife and fork were employed. Overall, not bad and I will probably return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was my first time at South Branch. I had reservations for 2 for a business lunch. I have never been so rushed at a restaurant! From the time I arrived to the time I left, we were asked about 12 times if everything was OK, were we ready to sign the bill, did we have any questions, can we get something else for you, etc. We weren't even offered dessert. There was no line at the door so there was no reason for us to be rushed out of the restaurant. By the time I WAS ready to sign the check, I was thoroughly offended. I ordered the shrimp salad special and requested more romaine lettuce ; I didn't complain while I was there since I was already embarrassed; the restaurant was my choice.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was delicious waiter very attentive.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great spot for business lunch. Service was good and wait was minimal even after my reservation window expired. The view of the river nice

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Nice restaurant for dinner, it wasn't too crowded (but it was a Monday night). Service was good, as was the food.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The kale salad nicoise is always a winner, fresh ingredients, not too heavily dressed with haricot vert and olives.....simply delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent lunch spot. Our waitress was great and accomodated our late arrival 3rd person promptly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I ordered the Havana sandwich and it was a little dry. More of an after work place for a drink.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Hostes was brusque - informing us multiple times that we were a “no show” bc we were 15 mins late for a 4:15 res. The place wasn’t full and she could have been more gracious/accommodating. Drinks were expensive - and my old fashioned was week. A convenient spot to meet up in the way to the train so I’m sure they’ll be around

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Thje food here is great. Service was wonderful. It was my first time dining here and they did not dissapoint. I took a client for a business lunch and we were able to talk without backgroung noise getting in the way. It also has a nice airy atmosphere with tall windows yet still cozy.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food, service and close to work. Glad we tried something new, will be back for certain!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great options whether you are an adventurous foodie or looking for some comfort food (try the short ribs!!) Drinks are a little pricey, but well worth it. People watching at the bar window is also fabulous.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My daughter and I went here after an afternoon opera performance. It was definitely a bad choice. It was so loud we could barely converse. Our waiter showed up twice - to take our order and give us our check - otherwise bus staff did the work. No bread? Not sure if that is the restaurant policy or just was forgotten. Food was OK. My daughter's fish was bland, with very little caper sauce. My pasta was interesting - I liked the goat cheese touch. The coffee was a very nice dark roast. No dessert - we couldn't wait to get out of there it was so loud.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

worst waitress ever

all she wanted to do was rush our food!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always a great experience! Great food and fast service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Exceptionally lively with after work crowd. Service was top class and tasty food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Super cool venue
Been to Chicago several times and this wasn’t even on radar!!
Everyone should go b4 or after Willis/sears tower. Tons of cool food and drink choices. Great fall night to sit out by the river

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Spectacular place overlooking the river. Excellent food menu with good range of beers. Excellent to go with groups of friends. Fast service and good attentions. Clean and cozy.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

I met a cousin I hadn't seen in a decade who was in town for a trade show. Overall an excellent experience. Beautiful patio location overlooking the river. I had the Ahi Tuna Tacos which were good but not great, the only thing the menu is missing is steak entrees. I was a bit surprised by that but the bang bang shrimp was amazing and stole the show. I would definitely visit again, the patio is picturesque perfect.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

South Branch is great for client meetings because of how close it is to my office. However I do feel like the waitstaff wants you in and out. I get that the place gets busy so maybe South Branch should not be the place you go to if you want more time with your clients or just with a friend (if dining with a friend).

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My guest was very late for our reservation. I appreciated that the wait staff was very gracious and patient as I sat and waited.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The service and ambiance was great on the patio by the river. The only disappointing thing was their menu did not match what is posted online - I was hoping for a Caesar salad but they did not have one! The Cobb salad was fine as a substitute. It's a bit pricey, but I would consider coming back for another girls night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Waitress forgot my soup

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Overall I liked the restaurant, the ambiance and vibe was really fun. The food, however, was hit or miss. The shrimp with sesame seed appetizer was fantastic. The salmon was dry and bland, and the waitress was very kind to offer me whatever I wanted to take the place of the salmon.

I will go back and try some other dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

South Branch is always great place to visit in the city. Can’t beat the Summertime dining along the river.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, People Watching, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

A wonderful dining experience to celebrate a friend's birthday. Terrific service by Temeka and nice courtesy stop by from manager.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Love the atmosphere and the food! Will be back again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Their outdoor bar and seating was wonderful since we went on a beautiful day. Our server was super friendly. The food came out quicker than I expected which was great for a quick nice meal in the city. Great for dates, lunch, business meeting, etc. Salmon salad was amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was not busy. Probably because it is in more of a business area. Food was good but nothing special. Waiter was very friendly. Sat on the patio riverside.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Server was nice enough, but hardly ever came around. Drink and food orders were slow. The only time service was fast was when they were trying to close up (8:30 On a Friday evening) and get us out.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good pub-style fare that didn't break the bank. Servers were attentive without being overbearing. There is an outdoor space which was great for a drink and a nosh with friends after work.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 25, 2017

A great spot for after work drinks or dinner. Close to the train station. Calamari appetizer was excellent.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Sat outside for lunch- great salads
great setting . staff is friendly

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food and service were subpar, music was bad. Really bad! Sad, could be a pretty venue.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Always a great place for a business lunch. The specials are usually a great option!

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

The veggie burger and turkey burger we had was dry. It may have been cooked too long. Our moscule mule drinks were good, though.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Everyone was watching the eclipse - no service. Food was skimpy and not overdone. Very expensive for what you get.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Perfect downtown place. Great food, menu. good, fast service and good prices.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Baja fish tacos are amazing! Don't ever change that recipe! Outdoor seating is excellent and festive, but inside is just way too loud at the peak of lunch, so go in the summer! The only issues are that they do not have a Caesar salad, and their veggie burger is not anything like a veggie burger should be, all carbed up and flavorless. Stick with the tacos or the tuna!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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