River Roast

4.6
1545 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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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
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Phone number
(312) 822-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Hogan
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Sales Manager: (855) 399-4084
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Cross street
Kinzie
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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.
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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.
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
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DJ
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a nice dinner as a treat for the Chicago marathon. The menu had options for my wife that's Vegan and has a gluten allergy. Seating was not geared to couples but we had a nice night in a busy and loud place.

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DS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and friendly, upbeat service. This place is best for groups, given the portion sizes. Good comfort food, as most of it is roasted and grilled.

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JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were from out of town and came to River Roast specifically for the Blues Brunch. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the music and we would wholeheartedly recommend it.

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p
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional. The venison roast was amazing. Everything we had was prepared perfectly, so it was a great evening!

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food (the chicken is always amazing!!) and great service. Definitely recommend going with a group, as all dishes are family style. If not, you will have great leftovers!

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s
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to expectations. Not a fine dining experience but fine dining in an informal way.
The chicken lives up to its hype, will return to sample more items

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in town!

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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at River Roast going out with family for my birthday. We were sat immediately and the service and food were great. Thank you.

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can slways count on a great meal at reasonable prices.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my family in town, and wanted them to have an on-the-river dining experience. I had heard from my friend that River Roast was excellent. She also told me they serve huge, shareable meats. Boy, did they!

It was a little too chilly to sit outside. So, we got a table by the windows. The view was still outstanding.

We ordered both a fried rabbit's leg and a ploughman's board apps. Wow, they were great! We then got the roasted chicken with potatoes as the main with a side of their blackeyed peas. Holy Cat's Eye! It was some of the best chicken we'd ever had.

No dessert was had for fear of popping.

I will definitely be back. This is a great place with a great staff. I highly recommend it.

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m
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was tasty but VERY overpriced. It is meant for sharing, so hard to go if everyone wants something different, for example, 3 of us went and 2 were meat eaters, one was not. Had to get 2 entrees, as since portions are shareable for large groups, needed to order much more than would have otherwise. Only one fish choice on the menu and happened to be one I do not care for (sea bass). Best thing on the menu were the appetizers. Had the burrata and the sauteed mushrooms. Both excellent!

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KO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian is the best server, ever! Great recos! We loved everything we ordered!

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CN
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the place, lively with a very nice view of the river. Food was savory and potions generous.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously best food I have ever had in my life. The chef is amazing! Stop reading, just choose this place.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent! We had the tomahawk pork and it was so tender and delicious. However, I wish there were more gluten-free options for bites (appetizers) and sides. Otherwise, I love this place and really enjoyed it. Would recommend to anybody!

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fried rabbit. The meat was verry tender inside and the outside was nice and crunchy. We also ordered the beet salad which was a blend of arugula, tomatoes, goat cheese and other tasty vegetables and seeds. Our dinner item was the stake. The portion was large and for the two of us was plenty of food. We ended taking half of it with us.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. My friends were raving about everything being just fantastic. Seated immediately. The views of the river were beautiful even on a rainy evening. Just go. You will love it.

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K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

They called last call before we got our main dishes. Our reservation was at 8 pm so it was not super late but the place was halfway shut down. I brought six out of town guests and was extremely disappointed with the experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best waiter ever

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MA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not your usual pancakes and eggs brunch. Interesting food with New Orleans twist. Very accommodating with requests for how you would prefer something cooked. Nice live music and lots of TVs for viewing Sunday football.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great for sunday brunch... bit a blues...bloody mary served up with beautiful food

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HD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful location. Food was just ok.

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RC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

First let me say we dine out often. My wife and I are foodies and frequent many of Chicago's top restaurants. River Roast was without a doubt our worst dining experience of 2018. What was described as the best roasted chicken in Chicago was dry and half of it came home for our dogs to finish. The prime rib was about 30% fat and the horseradish sauce was mostly sour cream with barely a hint of horseradish. I've had much better for less at Wildfire. As for desserts, I love key lime pie but have never seen it served with "torched meringue". It was kind of like marshmallow cream that had been torched and it detracted from a fairly decent pie. We ordered coffee with our dessert but it didn't arrive before we were done. It took at least another 20 minutes to get our server's attention to get our check and the restaurant wasn't even crowded at that time. I wound up apologizing to our guests for our choice of restaurants and just want to warn others so they don't make the same mistake.

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TS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the blues brunch-lively music and delicious food with terrific drinks on a Sunday early afternoon. The Bloody Mary with a daily skewer and a beer back was definitely a hit with our group. Service was exceptional, Jana was really pleasant and went over the top with service and hospitality.

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good but it was very noisy with the band

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H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s one of my favorite stops when I come to downtown. When the weather is nice, there’s really no better spot than their outdoor seating space. The wait staff is always top quality and of course the food is delicious

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t
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent views
Yummy food
Great service

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MJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took colleagues from Tokyo for Sunday brunch. The weather was perfect and we sat outside by the river. The view was outstanding and the food was great. Very attentive service. My friends enjoyed the outing very much.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to River roast, we sat outside along the river, it was a gorgeous night, wonderful food and great service. Our favorite dish by far was the roasted corn side dish- amazing! Didn't love the peach cobbler, biscuits were very dry, and overall I thought all the portions could have been larger, not quite enough to share between 4 people. But very good, we will be back!

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Second time there. Better to stick with Bar items and apps. Meat was disappointing. Service fair for a Saturday night. They were not that busy either. Perhaps it was just a bad night.

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e
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am gluten and dairy free due to medical conditions and I was very appreciative of the whole staff accommodating my needs. It was an amazing night on the river, service was prompt and friendly. Food was delicious and enough to take home for lunch the next day!

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Raw sausage!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Took too long to get our drink. Actually came after our food was over

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted a table outside and on river. Although empty tables outside told 45 minute wait. When made reservation for 6:30 requested outside. Entertainment inside was good though

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DB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be returning. We enjoyed the Food, service and having dinner along the river.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is amazing, This is a Must if you are Visiting Chicago. Take a Couple all meals are Family Style and plenty of food!!!! Make A reservation!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay is an excellent restaurant manager: cordial and friendly. Jana was a helpful and engaging server. We will be back!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is terrific but our waitress was a bit snarky. I have had great experiences here in the past though and will go again!

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MI
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, really liked the chicken and whole fish. Nice scenic view although there was no available outdoor seating. Good, friendly, knowledgable staff. Music was a bit too loud.

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