River Roast

4.5
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1860 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Patio was great! Food amazing

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sandy
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had great service, ambiance was great too. The food was solid. We had the crab & shrimp toast. Chicken sandwich and roast beef. Cocktails were great too. I tried “el diablo”

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not the best service from the host that seated us and the wait time to place a drink order was almost 30 mins. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job.

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AlexG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time eating on the patio. We were distanced from other fingers and the food was really good. You are paying for the ambiance but it was such a great day.

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Aggie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great for a girls brunch - food is always amazing!

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vipthelavishone21
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! Post COVID service was impeccable! I’m so pleased. We social distanced and everything. Food was was sooo good and fresh!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio for outdoor dining!

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carethaj
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! My mother and I really enjoy the food and view ! Can’t wait to go back 😋😋

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vipMikeC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is mediocre at best but it's cool setting overlooking the river

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JaVonW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service! Food was great! I recommend getting the monthly Roast special.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! No other way to describe food, atmosphere, and views.

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IssieR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and view!!! It's definitely one to put on the favorites list! Eibar was our server and he was excellent!

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3lanting
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s 21st birthday (which I mentioned in the Open Table reservation). Every staff member wished her a happy birthday and they offered her a free dessert. The food was spectacular and the service was great. You can’t beat dining riverside (there is a choice of sitting in a sunny area or shaded area). We chose shaded and the weather was perfect. The entrees are very large for lunch.

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tamaras
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Check the menu before you go. With everything going on right now a lot of restaurants are cutting down on menu items which is understandable. We didn’t end up eating because nothing really looked good. We had drinks. Def good but also def pricey for the amount of ice in them. I just wish restaurants would respect customers. If your drinks are quality I will splurge and pay for a $20 drink but it kills me when I feel like everywhere wants to rip you off.

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MichaelC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for Father’s Day. The patio was great. The service was outstanding and was very safe.

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vipFoodCritic
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roast chicken, carrots and dirt and mushrooms were delicious. Enough food to take home. Carrot cake was outstanding.

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Jena
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a good time, felt very safe, service slow but expected.

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vipLisaB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to covid restrictions, they sat everyone outside at the tables, 6 maximum per table. Beautiful view. Quick service. Good food - got the whole fried chicken which served 4 people no problem. The fried chicken sandwich was also good. Im sad I didnt go here sooner, and will definitely be back!

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AquaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was good experience the view was good

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jaqura
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. We only had wine and an appetizer but menu/food looked good. Good social distancing. Would be nice if their hand sanitizer was near both stairs and easy to spot.

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Janelle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the burrata, oysters and a fried chicken sandwich. Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a great time dining here. The ambience is everything I wanted. Definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was just ok. Service & ambience were great!

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect place to enjoy the views of the city and the river!

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was recommended by a friend for our daughters birthday. It was excellent and offered a variety of food as I tend to be a picky eater. Service was very good with all the precautions in effect.

Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is a bit too limited, but nevertheless the food was good. The lobster burger was delicious. So was the whole fish. The mixed drinks could use a little work, but overall it was a nice chill experience.

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Lisa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time venturing out and my party and I were pleased with how smooth things ran. We appreciated the scanning of the QR code to access the menu as well as our servers keeping their social distance as well as wearing their mask. Food was quick and delicious, drinks were refreshing -- what a beautiful brunch by the river!

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mary
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was pretty bad; we waited for over 30 minutes just to get our check. Also lacked space heaters for a chillier evening on the patio.

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vipsoloop
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful patio.

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Jen427
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and respectful of protocols put in place to keep the dining experience enjoyable and safe for everyone! Gorgeous spot on the river!

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girl friends and I came here for brunch. I ordered the chicken and waffles. I really liked that the chicken and the waffle was already cut into pieces (made it less messy and easier to eat). The views were absolutely beautiful. The service was great - respectful, answered our questions, and did not take too long.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love River Roast! Always enjoy the service and the food.

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CarolineH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and hospitality. Beautiful view--right on the river!

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LanetteA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great place - can't wait to try it outside in the summer

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great river spot, live music, good food! Service was a bit slow but overall, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. Chicken was cooked perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan, our server, was fantastic!!! The food was phenomenal, as usual, and the vibe was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brussel sprouts!!!!!😍😍😍

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vipbruceg
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weelends include live blues to gowith your wonderful food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday Brunch on March 1st and the food was great, our server was great and the band, Pat Smillie, was great!! We will go back!!

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River Roast offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 822-0100.

River Roast is rated 4.5 stars by 1860 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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