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For 2
Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
8:30 PM
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South Branch

4.5
682 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Waterfront
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Mon-Fri, Open at 11am.
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Phone number
(312) 546-6177
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Katz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Monroe
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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.
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Special events & promotions
http://www.southbranchchicago.com/private-parties-pages-116.php
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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

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

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What 682 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

These guys are doing SOMETHING right! I was in Chicago last week for meetings and was looking for a restaurant near our next meeting. The Client recommended South Branch. The only available time was 11:15 until 1:00. The place was PACKED and is BIG. Right on the Chicago river, great menu selections, great vibe and energy. Our waitress was Jonny on the Spot. Highly recommend this place for lunch, Happy Hour, dinner!!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Really fresh, high quality tasty food. Great service, friendly, fast. Great for lunch, haven't tried for dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Ambiance was great, service was great but the food was mediocre at best. I ordered the mahi mahi fish tacos and though there was plenty of food it had absolutely no flavor...I mean none AND the fish was terribly dried out. If the food were better this would be the perfect spot for business meals, after dinner drinks and dinner morning, noon and night.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Bad food. Awful (awful) service.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I found this visit to the restaurant very relaxing, atmosphere was great, hood for business conversation, good service and food came to our table at very reasonable pace. A good experience, will comeback to this restaurant and will most likely recommend.

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

There was no problem with our service at all. The food was just not good and such a disappointment. We ordered buffalo egg rolls which were really salty and I love salt! We also ordered the guacamole and it was also very salty. We then split a salad and there was barely any dressing on the salad and just didn’t it seem as fresh as it should be.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent experience and vibe. For sure would recommend for anyone for a business meeting and happy hour

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The hostess at the front was extremely rude when I missed my open table reservation by 15 minutes. She embarrassed me in front of a new business prospect. We were late because he had to push back and I was in an uber multi-tasking to let others know and didn't have a chance to call the restaurant... They were virtually empty ANYWAY. So she embarrassed me, embarrassed him (b/c he knew it was on him)... and we both looked at each other like is this for real? ONE JOB as a hostess, HOST.

I leave reviews everywhere I go, and 8/10 are positive, in today's day with so much competition for consumers' share of wallet and attention span, it's imperative to deliver on the basics, customer service being the minimum.

Our waiter was great. The only other aside is I asked in my open table reservation for a quieter area as this waas a business social meeting, she sat us at a booth in the HEART of the bar aisle and mossesed us through a a wave of tipsy people when she could have easily walked us around. The crowd was even like WTF as our work bags were bumping into them... just bizare. The annoying part was other guests were seating in quiet areas so it came across as spiting us for wasting her time. Both of us wanted to leave. Super awkward.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Awesome experience and great staff. will recommend again anytime.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Good food, nice view, good ambiance. I'd def go back.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Always consistent along with a vibrant atmosphere. The service was very prompt.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great place to go for a business meeting. Nice natural light, good food and service. You can come after work for drinks and it's a great meet up place.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Service was excellent, food was very good. Unfortunately, we shared the restaurant with a corporate event that was extremely loud. I'd like to come back when it's a lot quieter!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Service was great! Food came out fast and it was delicious. The noise level was really loud, other than that, everything was great.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

It was a really good experience. The cheese curds were amazing, but my burger wasn’t very tasty, it was slightly dry. For the price, location, ambiance, and view it was very nice!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great summer location next to the river in the loop. Good food and good Ambiance

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Terrible food.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Went to meet an old colleague for dinner on a Thursday evening. There were three business groups there which made the place loud and crowded but we were seated at the quieter end so we could hear each other without raising our voices. We both had a blackened salmon salad and red wine and both were excellent. The service was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I'll be back.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Waited 20+ minutes to even order, then waited over 20 min again for food. A manager came out to tell us our food would be out shortly given they knew it was taking a long time.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Good place for lunch in the loop during the week. Food overall is good.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

South Branch is all around mediocre. It has underwhelming food for a high price tag ($11 for guacamole that was all mixed in with mayo and cream...). The location is great--right downtown--but that means it's loud and crowded with business happy hours and work events.

Probably good for a business event, but I would never recommend it for personal dining.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Love the salmon salad there, and the server was very helpful in assisting us in our choices. It gets pretty crowded around lunch time and noisy, but the food is really above average and in summer it is a fun outdoor bar scene as well.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Went for a lunch with a vendor. Food was good and noise level was low enough to hear each other but not so quite and close to others that it felt everyone was listening to what we said

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Lively venue, but not so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation. Great beer menu, it would be nice if they had more options on tap, but I was glad to see a menu that wasn't 90% full of IPAs. A good range of food options, but really, you come here for the beer, views, and location. Great place for an after-work dinner gathering.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

South Branch is a great choice for lunch, dates, happy hour, or events- it can play to many different crowds. The food is solid and the atmosphere is lively. The outdoor section on the water is tough to beat. I've had nothing but good visits.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect —within walking distance of theatre for pre play drinks & appetizers.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had to wait for about 10 minutes for our w but other than that all was good.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great, interesting menu options. Great service. Beautiful river view. A cozy retreat in this neighborhood that doesn't offer a lot of dining options.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I had two appetizers, the humus tray and chips. Service was prompt, however the waiter was not very personable. Gabrielle the manager was very friendly and I enjoyed my conversation with her. I'd come back.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Good food and great location!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic food. Great service

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Steak salad was very good, the right amount of dressing, enjoyed the peppercorn crusted steak.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a great spot for a quick bite to eat, business or personal.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

We just had salads, but they were very good! Service was speedy which was appreciated because we were trying to make a show. The space was large and nicely decorated.

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Great salad selection.... It was a day after the holiday so it was not as busy as usual which was nice...

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Have been there several times for dinner and lunch. However, the food was only "fair" the other day but the meal started with the hostess being extraordinarily rude. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Fabulous service and food. We were there for our anniversary and everyone greeted us with a very friendy greeting. The waiter took our picture and gave it to us in a personalized folder. Our menu was headlined with "Happy Anniversary" The food was amazing and the complimentary dessert incredible. We were able to leave our car with the valet after dinner and picked it up after the show. Lovely experience. Thanks Morton's and staff ❤

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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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2.0Dined 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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