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River Roast

4.6
2055 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Situated on the iconic Chicago River with stunning views of downtown, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place. The menu led by Executive Chef, Cedric Harden features contemporary American tavern fare with dramatic presentations of whole roasted chicken, whole roasted fish and slow roasted beef; all carved tableside. The food is handcrafted, yet rustic, with many plates designed for sharing. The bar offers a large selection of local beer, craft cocktails, beer, and wine. With one of the best patios in Chicago, River Roast is a great place to enjoy dining outside on a hot summer afternoon or a crisp fall evening. River Roast Private Events offers six spaces, all with spectacular views, for parties from 10 to 1,000. Saturday and Sunday features our Blues and Brews Brunch with live Chicago Blues Musicians performing from 12PM-3PM. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.
What 2055 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YeseniaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great views. The staff are extremely helpful and attentive.

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vipBrianW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and COVID protocols were excellent! Roast Branzino and bruschetta were delicious and the views fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband randomly picked this restaurant to celebrate with my son and his new wife and her parents just based on location and the views of the river. We were pleasantly surprised at how good our entire meal was from the drinks, appetizers, main course and dessert! Our server, Destiny, was outstanding! She made perfect recommendations on the food and let us know about the portion sizes so we shared a few things between the six of us. It was great! We sat outside and had the heater on us and it was just great!

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Moshooz
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!! Love it!!!! My son, myself and granddaughter loved the food, the seating outside was sunny and beautiful, our waiter was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the view and drinks

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Pete
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was top-shelf a little pricey but good great atmosphere great scenery inside and out I would love to do a private event here

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner was amazing!!! The food was excellent and service was on point.

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Brad
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a really great find for a Friday lunch outdoors. The food was delicious and portions were generous. The carrot dish and mushroom dish as sides were just as tasty as the roasted chicken. The river view is nice and fun to watch the boats go by.
We would definitely return.

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SaraD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, kind staff, and the palomas are the best palomas I've had to date!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing and so was the food! The view of the river was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view - best service I’ve had during COVID. People were so nice and the food was excellent. Will be returning in the near future

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MelDale
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted chicken was so tender and tasty. The outdoor seating gave spectacular views of the water. The waitstaff was very friendly and accommodating. I will definitely visit on my next stay in Chicago.

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KateM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible service. Food have no flavor. Will not be returning.

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vipScott
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great for lunch. Sunny deck with heaters when it gets cool.

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MichelleA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and the guest host were amazing! My husband and some friends went for brunch and food was out of this world!

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vipkennethk
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We sat inside and it felt like being outside- it was cold. People were wearing coats. It took the waiter 10 minutes before he came over after we sat down.He was apologetic. He was more attentive after that. We ordered salads which were very large and pretty good. I ordered the roast beef and it was done right, but not hot. My wifes fish didn't have much flavor. Then the bill came and we were surprised that it was $220 for 2 people- we did order drinks, but it wasnt cheap. Would not go back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC ALL AROUND! The view was amazing, host was helpful in helping us select food for our group, and the vibes were amazing!

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Martin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is great. Roasted chicken is recommended. Enjoy the food with the view of Chicago river.

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vipSankyPanky
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall a great experience. Food is always good and cocktails are outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!

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Divya
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view. Amazing food. Amazing service. Loved it!

River Roast
Responded on April 17, 2021

Divya! I'm so glad you had an amazing time! I see you joined us for lunch, but be sure to come back for dinner. The views during the twilight hours are to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an awesome experience! I can’t wait to go back!!

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MD15
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, beautiful view! Perfect for date night

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ChicagoFoodie
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for after work drinks and food on the river.

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vipDeniseB
South Dakota
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the Food & Service - Drink Wine because you get more for your money over the cocktails.

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KellyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Limited menu...server didn’t tell me there was an allergen comprise until 15 min after placing order then my alternate choice was served different from the menu and I was told that it was cross contaminated as well. Wasn’t told it would be different u til after it was served

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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Kartika
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time to eat at River Roast.....Love the foods and the view.

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vipNick
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just an FYI -- showed up for our reservation and doors were closed/locked. Restaurant should not accept Open Table if it is closed. Advice to others ... double check before traveling there.

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Nick
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really great meal and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, and a cool view on the Chicago River

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vipJens2Cents
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our daughter’s birthday and enjoying the amazing view! The abundance of patio heaters, evergreen trees and string lighting made for a very cozy and inviting atmosphere. The service was great and the distancing guidelines were in full effect. All of us enjoyed our entrees and would highly recommend the Mushroom Toast, Mac & Cheese, Prime Rib, and Chicken Pot Pie. They even brought out a huge slice chocolate birthday cake for my daughter! Very special!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. Staff was inattentive the moment we got there. After 25 minutes of being seated and no signs of our waiter, we left. We even flagged another server to grab our waiter and still, no one came.

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RodneyM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I would recommend good food great views and classy place8l

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinaria!! Gran servicio, la comida espléndida.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome view! Great food! Highly recommend

River Roast
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a great review! It's heartwarming to see that you had such a memorable experience with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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NoahA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great vibes. Be prepared to empty your wallets.

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi Noah, thank you so much for leaving us these kind words! Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere and great food + service

River Roast
Responded on November 20, 2020

We pride ourselves on our service, so this is great to see. Thank you so much for taking a moment to provide us with feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Elayne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best location and the heat lamps were perfect! Would recommend to anyone want to get drinks or dinner with a beautiful view of the river.

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

HI Elayne, thank you so much for the kind words. We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipafterholidays
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid protection was efficient at outdoor dining. Heat lamps were great!

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to rate us! I'm glad we could provide you such a memorable girls night out! Hope to see you again soon!

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You can order delivery directly from River Roast using the Order Online button. River Roast also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 822-0100.

River Roast is rated 4.6 stars by 2055 OpenTable diners.

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