About River Roast

Situated on the iconic Chicago River with stunning views of downtown, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place from James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan. The menu 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, beertails, 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.

315 N LaSalle Blvd
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
MON-THU: 11:30am-10:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-11:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:00am-11:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:00am-9:00pm
HAPPY HOUR MON-THU 4:30pm - 6:30pm BAR AREA
*limited menu offered from 3-5

Cross Street:
Kinzie

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 822-0100

Website:
http://www.riverroastchicago.com/

Entertainment:
Blues & Brews Brunch

(Saturdays & Sundays 12PM-3PM )
River Roast’s curated brunch menu by Chef John Hogan paired with his favorite live Chicago blues bands.

Executive Chef:
John Hogan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a grand affair for 1200 guests or an intimate dinner for eight, our experienced event team will work with you to create a memorable event. With six spaces to choose from, each paying tribute to our historical landmark building, the options for corporate and social events are endless.

Contact our Private Events Team by email or by phone, 312-527-1417.

Private Dining

With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.

River Roast Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (62)
Scenic View (57)
Great for Outdoor Dining (48)
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Comfort Food (44)
Good for Groups (36)
Casual (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Fun (29)
Good for a Date (26)
Great for Brunch (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Authentic (17)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Great Beer (14)
People Watching (14)
Seasonal (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Romantic (13)
Live Music (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
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Live Sports (1)
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·Dined a day ago

This is the third time I have been here and it gets better every time I try one of the other options on the menu that I didn't try previously.

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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Very nice experience. Enjoyed the crab and shrimp toast with the golden nuggets! We then enjoyed the pork and veggie roast. Pricey but high quality food! The veggies consisted of acorn squash, Brussel sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes and the filler topped with arugula. The pork and their special sauce was delightful.
Would come back with a group! On Saturday they had live music which was an unexpected terrific surprise!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

We tried River Roast with another couple for a holiday dinner. All in all, we were underwhelmed by the food. We started with the pork meatballs which we found rather bland. And while the roast chicken was tender, it, too, didn't have much flavor. Lastly, the wine we ordered was unavailable. For the prices charged, we didn't feel it measured up.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

The perfect place for comfort food on a cold night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Had the pork, carrots, mushrooms and cornbread. Delish. Great local beer selection.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is great and stays within the company rules! We ordered 3 roasts for 6 people and it worked great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nice place on the river, I'm sure more fun during warmer weather when you can sit outside. Food was very good, service was great too. If you buy the main roasted foods it comes to the table and the server slices it up for you right there. A bit loud on Sat Sun when they have live music, so be ware. I'd go back again.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was the fourth visit to River Roast, and it will be the last. We always had found the food delicious--well-prepared, good variety. This time, we both ordered the Boatload of Veggies, with cauliflower side. I didn't bother to order the brussel sprouts side, as brussel sprouts were, in the past, included in the Boatload. (Yes, I am a vegan and my husband doesn't care whether he eats meat or not. That we used to enjoy River Roast is a testament to the previous quality of the vegetables.) The boatload consisted of parsnips, carrots and sweet potatoes. No beets, no brussel sprouts, no other potatoes or root vegetables, not even onions. And, this is root vegetable season! Some of the vegetables were cooked al dente, and some were just hard. The cauliflower side was barely roasted, and had insufficient sauce. The sauce under the boatload of veggies was scant, which is a shame, since it had been really tasty in previous trips. The martini I ordered to have an olive and a twist arrived with a twist only, and was too lemony, so I sent it back. The cabernet sauvignon choice by the glass was too fruity; it was the first time I've had a fruity cab, which should be dry. Service was poor. Our server was slow and only seemed to notice us when it was time for the check. It's sad to see such a good restaurant deteriorate in a rapid time period.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Vegan
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fun presentation. The beet salad is amazing. I wish I would have ordered chicken or fish.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Unique offerings of whole roasts provide options yet opportunity to share at the table family style. We had the chicken, pork and whole fish and all were delicious. Excellent sides, as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were there for brunch and were pleasantly surprised! Attentive waitress made excellent recommendations and each one of them were very delicious!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Overall everything was very excellent. We had the monthly special which was the duck and it was out of this world. Would highly recommend this restaurant including the service which was very good. Coming from Milwaukee I was also impressed that they had Schlitz on tap. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We got the roasted chicken and potatoes for two. The chicken had very good fire roasted flavor and the potatoes were crispy just the way I like him. It was outstanding. It came out faster than we thought. Which worked out well because we had theater tickets. So we have plenty of time to get there. With the valet parking on LaSalle Street made it very convenient and stress-free

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Server made great suggestions for ordering just enough food for a party of 5 to share without over selling. Loved "family style" dining - allowing us to taste many different amazing meats in one dinner. Great views of the river - go early if you want a more quiet atmosphere, it gets busy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was great from appetizers to venison loin and all the meats and fish, very creative drinks menu. Desserts yummy.

Private party service was poor to terrible. 10 ppl and we saw Waiter 6 Times from welcome to payment. Apps came before drinks, never checked on drink refills two different times when he should have, collected bill and disappeared, we would have opened a new drink tab and he could have made a fortune on us. Lucky for us we won’t have a hangover.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best roast chicken EVER. All meat dishes were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Was not overly impressed with the breakfast. We have been there in the past but this is the first time we were disappointed.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I went here for thanksgiving buffet. I don’t feel it was a “buffet” very small selection in food. If you don’t eat meat you are going to starve. The food was dry and selections were very very limited. When you are spending a minimum of 55.00 per person you would think you would have a little more food and better quality. Needless to say this was the lowest point to our thanksgiving day with the family and to have dinner be the low point of thanksgiving is a real let down. You would think a restaurant would take pride in providing an amazing feast since a big part of thanksgiving is about families coming together to eat.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Reservation was for 4:45; we arrived at 4:35 and were told they were clearing tables and one would be ready soon. At 4:50 we were still waiting, so my husband asked and again they told him they were clearing tables and one would be ready soon. We were seated after 5:00. Tables were packed together and no one got much service - we had to wait for everything, but so did everyone around us. It was a serve yourself chef-station meal, and our plates were cleared efficiently. However, they should not accept more reservations than they can handle for each hour.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great tasting food, prepared very well. Had Thanksgiving dinner, it was buffet style and everything was AMAZING!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to celebrate Thhanksgiving as a family. We were seated in the back of the lower level and after one hour Still did not have a server. We watched two waiters argue in front of us over whose table it was. We asked 3 different people to please get us a server. The buffet spread for Thanksgiving was always out of every dish and half the food was burnt or over cooked. We would not recommend this to anyone. It cost us over $450.00 and was terrible.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great concept. Chefs table was so worth it.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

we enjoy the atmosphere as well as the food. will definetly go back for a regular menu. we had done the thanksgiving buffet.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was so good! All the traditional favorites plus creative veggies and salads. Desserts were wonderful especially the key lime and pumpkin pies! Also that great view of the river.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was very good for Thanksgiving, although I had previously had the holiday dinner there and felt it was better.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was awesome. Food and service was fantastic. We had a great time and it beat cooking!!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Absolutely outstanding Thanksgiving meal at River Roast. We loved every single thing we ate. Top class and definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great for a party of 8

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was really yummy!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the atmosphere, food and service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Cannot believe we were charged $96 for a roast at lunch. For that price $32 each we could have had a filet. Serving staff should have made us aware of the price difference between 16, 24 and 32 ounces. Very disappointing and since I brought two potential hires with me for lunch discussing the charge in front of them was not an option.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My boyfriend chooses river roast every year for his birthday and River Roast has always been kind to sing happy birthday and compliment our dinner with free dessert. This year it was not the same, we had to pay for our dessert and nobody sing happy birthday. I thought it was a little disappointing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was excellent; however, we came for the hyped/raved Cubanos to which we were extremely disappointed are not on the dinner menu. Note to self - lunch only. Our server was very stand off about the cubanos, refused to ask the kitchen if they would make them anyway (given we had come all the way for them) and his service was subpar. Venison loin was phenomenal, but come for lunch. Better value.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

9 people over $1,000.00 for average food. Wonderful ambience, terrific location and great service. But the ridiculous prices for casual dining makes this a hard one to consider again for a business group.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Get the pork it’s just so flavorful!! The food was delicious and ambiance was great. It was slow on a Sunday evening but that was expected.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The roasted chicken served tableside is the star in this place. It is served with perfectly crispy skin and crispy pan roasted potatoes. Yum. Everything is is good. The burger was great - what a wonderful blend of meats. I was slightly disappointed with the Branzino, wish it has more flavor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We joined our family of cousins together ( all millenials). Our table of 9 was ready for us and we had some great cocktails before ordering. We ordered the barrata appetizer and fried olives. Yum. Then we ordered 2 beef, one chicken, one pork. It was plenty of food for all and everyone raved about the roasted meats. Also, the sides of peas and brusselsprouts were delicious. Another favorite were the roast potatoes Thant come with the chicken. Everyone said they would go back to River Roast.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The meats were dry, next time will order sauces or au jus with them.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Picked it for convenience and from Opentable recommendations.. and boy I’m glad i did! Fantastic. Delicious. Kind and informative staff, comfortable , warm environment. Yes- a real neighborhood gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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