River Roast

4.6
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1788 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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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just engaged and would love to be married here!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We brunched here to celebrate a promotion and it was such a fun time. There was incredible live music. And the cocktails, charcuterie board and pork shank are some of the highlights of a fantastic meal. Will come again!

LF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was our first time at the restaurant. The server got our drinks (which keep in mind, not free refills for pop) and never offered a fresh glass or ice, just given the sprite/Diet Pepsi bottle. We were never told about the specials or menu until we asked but in my opinion the server should have picked up on our lack of knowledge about the place when there were four of us and ordered the meatballs, which we were notified there were two. We proceeded to order a second app, which worked out fine. When she can back to take our order we explained we were newbies and asked more about the menu, popular items, her favorite specials, etc. the first thing she told us was about something that wasn’t even on the menu. She tried to defend herself by saying she just got back from vacation, ok? Is that an excuse? She also told us the pot roast served 1-2... the four of us couldn’t even finish it! She tried to tell us about a couple other items on the menu but she couldn’t sell us in anything. Very subpar service when you spend $230 on dinner! Flavor was ok but certainly didn’t make up for the servers lack of knowledge. Also, didn’t help that we saw a rat scurry across their patio from our river view. Yikes!

SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to this restaurant. The food is outstanding, the price is fair and the restaurant setting is perfect. Love the views of the river. Highly recommend!

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was just a fun place with great food. The service was great too.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had the chicken and waffles Still looking for the chicken. More breading than chicken. Very disappointed

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just Okay

MS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved eating here with my family. Great food and service.

JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Possibly a place where my new finance and I get married so very invested in it!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Destiny made our night very pleasant and welcoming! Service was excellent and food as always. We enjoyed it every time.

YN
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and easily split between guests. Our table of 4 split the chicken, pork shank and acorn squash with yummy carrots.

PB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were very much looking forward to this dinner, and arrived early to have an appetizer and drink at the bar. However, from the very start we were not made to feel welcome. Staff was cold, and eventually down right rude and condescending. We paid almost $100 for 4 cocktails and a mediocre appetizer, and ended up leaving before we ate. Our waitress decided were not going to get a second drink until our food came (we were not being loud or unruly, just jovial) but instead of politely telling us, she just ignored us. When we finally flagged her down she hissed that the more we waved the longer we would wait. We paid for what we’d eaten/drank and left. She sent the bartender after us, but after agreeing we were square he let us go.

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved this restaurant. The family-style sharing of outstanding roasts is fun and delicious. The lamb shank literally fell off the bone, and the prime rib could have been cut with a butter knife. Good sides. Service was friendly, attentive, but never intrusive. Excellent about adjusting sides to meet gluten & dairy free dietary restrictions. River views great, even on a winter night. We'll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everyone here! I kept having to cancel/move reservations and they were extremely accommodating when I finally showed up. The food is always amazing, the service is always amazing, and I was so happy to listen to live music.

S
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Terry was wonderfully attentive. Food and ambiance are amazing. We attended the blues brunch on Sunday. The blues duo was wonderful: excellent musicians and really engaging with the crowd!
The views of the river and skyline are amazing! River Roast is a great choice!

GF
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Was immediately greeted and shown to a table. The ambiance and live music is awesome. We waited a little more than 20 minutes and no one attended our table so we left. Later, they called us to apologize and invited us back. We appreciate the follow up.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could give this restaurant 6 stars! The food was incredible, especially the acorn squash. The staff showed professionalism from the moment we walked in the door. Our waitress Dilyana was very attentive and manager Brian stopped by to check in on our experience. Will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! We ordered pretty much everything on the menu! The waitress was very friendly.

ER
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was really good. Service was so-so, I think our waiter was a little new. One order got lost but mgt stepped up, got it to our party and comped it. We had a table far removed from the river view which was pretty cramped. We liked the place and suspect it was just an off night.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday dinner

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great blues band!

AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sunday Brunch was fabulous. Great music (three-piece blues band) and flavorful food. First time there, will return!

SK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I have been several times to River Roast and like it very much. However, I had to ask twice for a server. I had allowed 2 hours for a pre-theatre matinee brunch and we had to rush.

SD
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

So sorry to report a huge decrease in service and food.
Waitress could have cared less that we were there and her English
Was so bad we could not understand her. Needless to say our
Order was wrong. How do you mess up a chicken? She just didn't
Pay attention. Oh well there are plenty of other choices in the city.
So sorry River Roast as you used to be a favorite.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and food. Staff is always so lovely and attentive

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but not great, a little dry and lacking flavor. We had the roasted chicken and beef roast.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. It also has an outstanding view of the river/city.

D
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always enjoy this restaurant. Service a bit slow this time around but you can’t beat the view.

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was amazing! Wondering meal experience!

JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my team out to dinner at River Roast. It was by far the best meal we all shared together! Everyone loved it and I cannot wait to come back with friends and family!

p
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good.. not exceptional however. Ordered lamb shanks and prime rib. Lamb was a bit tough and prime rib was very good. The brussel sprouts were a bit over oily, Mac n cheese and potato side dishes were very good. Had the chocolate cane and it was delicious. Staff was prompt and attentive. Overall pleasant experience.

OT
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time at River Roast ordering off the regular menu. Had previously been there for a holiday buffet. The food was outstanding and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Chicago as we were. Would definitely like to return in the summer where you can enjoy the river ambiance. Great meal with great people!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for pre Hamilton play. Service and staff were awesome! Would recommend for anyone.

f
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family did a ladies night out and came here before the play we were seeing. I am a frequent customer of River Roast because, they NEVER disappoint. We got the burrata and meatballs which are always great. Since we had a party of 6, we got 2 roasts. I will say the prime rib roast is perfection as is the chicken. I branched our and ordered the lamb shank and chicken. The shank meat fell off the bone and was so tender. The chicken was it’s usual perfection and was so juicy with crisp skin. The brussel sprouts are THE best you will ever have and the Mac and cheese was gold and bubbly goodness. This place is a staple in my life! It is also very important to say I screwed up and made the reservation for 2 instead of 6 and they rushed to accommodate me which many restaurants on a Saturday night would not do. We waited maybe 5 minutes for them to get us set up. Thank you River Roadt team!

PC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and overall experience was amazing

DC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. I love this place.

L
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went for the Sunday brunch... blues band and Santa! Blues band was GREAT. I requested a table to hear the band AND have a river view and it was granted- thanks! Food was delicious and plentiful. The extra skewer for the Bloody Mary was like a cheese plate on its own.. $3 and worth it. Will be back.

OS
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

ended up leaving, was pretty disappointed with the service. Have been here previously and enjoyed- however waited over 20 minutes and received no water or service...we left

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Staff was very attentive without being too much. Food was excellent. Restuarant has a great location, design, view and ambiance.

LL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I reserved a high top table and the hostess showed us to a table in a back corner - not a high top. When I asked if we could sit at a vacant table over by the windows that was brighter and had a better view she hesitated and told me that we couldn't because the table was reserved. We were in the restaurant for 1 1/2 hours and no one sat at that table the entire time. I was not pleased. That being said, the food and service from our server were terrific.

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