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River Roast, Chicago, IL
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River Roast

4.6
4.6
2370 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 Brunch menu from 11:30AM-3PM. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 822-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cedric Harden

  • 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.

    With six event spaces to choose from – each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in – the options for corporate and social events are endless.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (855) 399-4084

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Kinzie

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on the east side of LaSalle, just north the LaSalle Street Bridge.

  • Public transit

    We are conveniently located near the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop and the Clark and Lake Blue, Brown, Purple, Green, Orange & Pink Lines.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,370 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

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  • Chicago

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  1. KM

    KatherineM

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    Horrible waitress, turned into a poor dining experience. Would not visit again.

    River RoastResponded 1 day ago

    Thank you for the honest review, Katherine. We are so sorry you did not have a positive experience. If you wish to share further feedback, we would be happy to listen as we can only improve with more details. Please message us if you wish to share more!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was excellent! It was a graduation celebration!

    River RoastResponded 1 day ago

    Thank you for the 5 star review! We are thrilled you chose River Roast to host your graduation dinner, and so happy to hear you had an excellent experience! Please visit us again soon!

  3. PR

    PerryR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was excellent. The only drawback is that the menu is limited, i.e. has less selections than it has in the past. Popular items like fish sell out very quickly. Our dinner was at 7:15. By then, there was no fish and some of the small plates, e.g. were not available. We has the beef and roast chicken and macaroni and cheese which were all delicious.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Hello Perry, thank you for the review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the beef, chicken, and mac and cheese.. but so sorry you weren't able to order some dishes! We were disappointed to run out as well, and will do our best to be sure it doesn't happen again. Please come back again to enjoy the fish!

  4. FH

    FahmiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was the best dinner at Chicago area, food was great, hospitality was amazing

    River RoastResponded 1 day ago

    Thank you for the generous score, Fahmi! We are so glad you enjoyed amazing hospitality and great food! Please come back soon!

  5. KA

    KARLEENG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Patio ambiance is great. You will see geese walking on the patios, just don't feed them. Food is amazing. Try the whole roast fish!!!! Super yummy.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you for the great score! We are so glad you were able to enjoy the patio and roasted fish! Please come back soon!

  6. SB

    SofiaB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food we ordered was very tasty. However, the French toast was a little soggy in the middle but the lemon curd was absolutely amazing. Would come back for the ambiance.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Sofia! We will share your feedback with our culinary team so they can keep an eye on the French toast, and we will share your kind words about the lemon curd. Please visit us again soon!

  7. RB

    RichardB

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    I was late, tried to call twice, but got just voicemail, consequently the website stated "if show within 15 min, no problem"! I was only 15min late but they couldn't find my reservation, very unprofessional! Soon in time they found it and I was seated. Highly recommended otherwise with a great view of the Chicago Skyline and the River. The food was excellent!!!...especially the Whole Fish and the Roasted Chicken!

    River RoastResponded 1 day ago

    Hello Richard! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate the scores! We are so sorry for the confusion with your reservation, but we are glad it was figured out and you were able to enjoy a great dinner! We hope you visit us again!

  8. E

    Emma

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5

    Slow service, a lot of waiting for everything. Food was good not the best.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    Waiter didn’t even come to take our order for 30 min. I ordered a tequila soda and so did my mom- they filled a cup with maybe an inch of liquid and no ice. Then when we asked for ice, then charged us a service surcharge. We were there from 5:30-745 (we had reservations for an 8 pm show)- and despite asking multiple times they didn’t bring out food out until 7:30…. An hour and a half after we ordered our food. When we asked why it was taking so long, the waiter blamed us for not telling him we had a show at 8 (why on earth would it take an hour and a half to bring out our food??!) They also sat us in an empty room tucked away in the back. We asked right when we got there if we might be able to sit in the main area but they just said it “wasn’t possible” to add one chair to a table (we were a party of 6. All tables except for two in the main area had a sixth seat and they refused to accommodate us despite the fact that the tables were empty). So we sat in the empty back room, where waiters literally carried trash back and forth right next to us THE WHOLE TIME. We had maybe 12 minutes to enjoy our food before we had to literally sprint to our show, which we almost missed. Horrible experience

    River RoastResponded on May 9, 2022

    Hello, thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback. I am the manager you spoke with at the restaurant and I again want to apologize that you were let down from start to finish. We are sharing this with our teams to learn from our mistakes and be sure they never happen again. We expect every guest to have a fantastic time and regret that you were not provided our amazing service. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we are so sorry. -Annie, Assistant General Manager

  10. DQ

    DraeyQ

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great ambiance. Not to mention the god was amazing.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much for the rave review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed great service, please come back again soon!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, service was great and ambiance was on point. Beautiful restaurant!

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you for the great review! We hope you come back to enjoy more delicious food and great service!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered the branzino, roasted chicken, and the fried chicken. All three entrees were amazingly good. The roasted chicken is served and carved table side. We all agreed it was the best roasted chicken we’ve had. The asparagus with the tarragon butter were uniquely delicious. Ernesto, the manager, was very warm and very kind. He’s an asset to the restaurant. Highly recommend this restaurant. It’s quiet, elegant but casual with water views

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you for the amazing review! We agree with you- the roasted chicken is the best and Ernesto a huge asset to the restaurant! We will be sure to commend him on his warmth and kindness, and share your words with our culinary team as well! Please visit us again soon, our patio is open!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Nice and cozy by the river. Had a great view and the food was awesome!

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so glad you had such a positive experience, come back soon!

  14. A

    Aunt

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I first went to River Roast in 2021 for my nieces wedding and the food was outstanding! Returned yesterday with friends and we had the chicken, roast beef, Mac n cheese and berry crumble. The food is so good, if you haven't tried this place yet don't hesitate you wont be disappointed.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    We are so happy to see you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food so much! Thank you for recommending us and writing such a great review!

  15. JD

    JoelD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Awesome location with beautiful views and ambience. We got the pork and it was very vinegary which we weren't expecting.

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Hello Joel, thank you for writing a review! It's great to see that you enjoyed the views and ambiance! We will certainly share your feedback about the pork with Chef so keep an eye on that vinegary note you tasted. Please visit us again soon!

  16. M

    Mila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and absolutely loved the food. Very friendly and quick waiters with a great view next to the river.

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Thank you for the great review, Mila! Please come back again, we open outdoor seating soon!

  17. MK

    MaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really nice atmosphere with WONDERFUL food and service. The location is awesome.

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    So glad you enjoyed wonderful food and service! Thank you so much for taking the time to review!

  18. MJ

    MindyJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great food

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Thank you, Mindy! Please come back again soon!

  19. B

    Barley

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2

    Restaurant was very quiet. The service was very good. However, the drinks were mediocre at best but expensive. The menu is very limited and pricey. The lobster burger was horrible - very fishy. I complained and ordered a salad. They apologized but did not take it off the bill. We would not return.

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Hello! I do see that we actually did take the lobster burger off of your bill that day. If you would care to see a copy, please feel free to call the restaurant and ask for a manager. Thank you!

  20. J

    Jess

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would be great for a graduation or wedding reception!

    River RoastResponded 7 days ago

    Hello Jess! We do host graduation parties and wedding receptions! If you are interested in more information, please visit our website's "Private Events" page! Thanks for the great score!

  21. MD

    MelindaD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Small complaint in terms of ordering the Burrata as when it was brought out, it was garnished with pistachios (this was not listed on the menu) and unfortunately my daughter has a deathly allergy to pistachios. Otherwise, the food was simply fantastic and I believe one of the managers that periodically stopped by our table, was more than gracious as we were celebrating my daughter's 18th Birthday!

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Thank you for choosing River Roast to celebrate your daughter's birthday! We are so sorry about the pistachios, we will be more careful to ensure the description on the menu is accurate to avoid this in the future! We hope you come back again!!

  22. E

    Elaina

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great for groups! We love the concept of shared sizes and everything was delicious. We had 7 at our table and ordered the chicken, beef and whole fish. Plenty for all.

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Hello, Elaina! Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review. We agree- it is a great menu for groups to share! Glad you enjoyed everything, come back soon!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time! Excellent food! Thank you for helping us celebrate 30 years of marriage!

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! So glad you enjoyed your night at River Roast!

  24. AP

    AaronP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! And I loved my date. The food was coming quicker than I expected! Well done.

    River RoastResponded on April 29, 2022

    Thank you Aaron, come back soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very outgoing server, food was fantastic, request for river view honored, nice ambience. Will be back!

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    So glad you enjoyed your experience, thank you for the review!

  26. CF

    ChristineF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice view, attentive staff and good cocktails. We enjoyed a lovely lunch without a lot of noise.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thank you for the great review! Please come back soon!

  27. l

    luv2eat

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The quality of service, food, and ambience is consistently good.

  28. D

    David

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time, not last time. Great views, great food and great service. We had a Tomahawk Ribeye, Whole Chicken, broccolini, asparagus and mushrooms

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    David- we are thrilled you had a wonderful experience! Please come visit us again soon!

  29. SD

    SuziD

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The setting and decor of River Roast is very warm and cozy with a lovely view of the river, but we were very disappointed with the quality and availability of the menu offerings. They only have sour dough bread, so if you have an allergy to sour dough you are out of luck. The menu is very limited. I ordered the vegetarian squash and it was one of the worst vegetarian options I have ever experienced--lacking flavor and somewhat tough to chew. The bread pudding for dessert was also very bland- Sorry! Nothing to rave about here.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Hello Suzi- we are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal. We will share your feedback with our culinary team and assess our options for gluten-free bread. Thank you for the feedback!

  30. DL

    DonnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have a wonderful first visit to River Roast. Our server, Jorge, was fantastic and we will definitely be back.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thank you Donna! We will commend Jorge on a fantastic job and we look forward to your next visit!!

  31. B

    Brian

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    Food was not executed well Service was great though. Would not recommend

  32. JW

    JanetW

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    I ordered a chopped salad with chicken. The salad had nothing special in it besides lettuce and an abundance of olives. The chicken they put on top was gross. Not one piece of white meat. I picked it all off. Totally unsatisfied and disappointed.

  33. j

    jhanlon475

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. The food is always good, and the people friendly.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    So you glad to hear you love River Roast! Please come back soon!

  34. MA

    MichaelA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were looking for something special in downtown Chicago with a view, but not on a high floor, rather at a lower level near the river. This place was exactly what we were looking for. Exceptionally tasty food, the best service in quite a while, and a few tasty Mezcal cocktails just made our day! Give a toast with crab and shrimp a try!!!! Or a toast with mushrooms. Super good 👍

    River RoastResponded on April 6, 2022

    Thank you for the great review, Michael!! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience and enjoyed our cocktails and toasts! Please come back again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was excellent. Zesty fries were delicious, drinks were good.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thank you for your review, we are so glad you had an excellent experience!

  36. GG

    GracieG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience. The vibe and food was amazing. Our server and the hosts that assist on our our seat were very pleasant. The smiles they had made us so comfortable. Thank you River Roast! We highly recommend this establishment.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Gracie- thank you for such kind words and recommendation! It makes us so happy to hear you enjoyed a warm and pleasant experience, please come back soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food!

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thank you for the great review and score!

  38. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super friendly staff excellent roast beef and great drinks

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thanks for the great review, James!

  39. AS

    AudreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambiance, service and food was great! It seemed a little bit overpriced. Also - be warned that the desserts are HUGE! I had the squash and it was excellent. Other people at my table also commented that their food was delicious - especially the potatoes. Our server was friendly and helpful. The place was very inviting and love the view of the water. Other than the large bill we were all very pleased.

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Audrey- so glad you enjoyed the food! We will share your feedback about pricing with our teams, thank you for the feedback!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated some birthdays and Jorge was an amazing server!

    River RoastResponded on April 15, 2022

    Thank you for choosing River Roast to host your birthday celebrations! We will share with Jorge, we think he's amazing too!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from River Roast using the Order Online button. River Roast also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 2370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 122 times today

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Google Map for River Roast

315 N LaSalle Blvd Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kinzie

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is located on the east side of LaSalle, just north the LaSalle Street Bridge.

  • Public transit

    We are conveniently located near the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop and the Clark and Lake Blue, Brown, Purple, Green, Orange & Pink Lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cedric Harden

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 822-0100

  • 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.

    With six event spaces to choose from – each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in – the options for corporate and social events are endless.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (855) 399-4084

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