River Roast

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1722 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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 Cedric Harden. 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, 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.
What 1722 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service and food. A little pricey for what you get but overall we enjoyed the food.

LI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time at River Roast today. We were celebrating my husband’s 60th and our server, Jorge, was amazing! From the start he went out of his way to make it special. The other staff were attentive and friendly as well. They always are. You cannot go wrong. The food was the usual deliciousness we’ve come to love and the icing on the cake was that Lindsay Alexander was the Blues artist performing. Perfection! It was around our 7th ir
8th time here and we’ll be back for sure!

c
New England
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit to River Roast was amazing! Blew my expectations put of the water. Will absolutely recommend: that chicken is worth traveling for!

TL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was genuinely impressed.

VJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great setting next to the river. Appetizing smells and charming atmosphere. And Schlitz!

BP
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with great music. You can’t go wrong at River Roast

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Chicago from the east coast and visited this place for our last dinner before we flew out the next morning. We had the prime rib and both felt that it was the best prime rib we've ever had. Overall, this was a phenomenal choice. The food (sides included) was cooked to perfection. The waitress was friendly and attentive, and the restaraunt is located right on the river with a great view. We'll drfinitelynbe returning. Awesome spot!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food was delicious!

AA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to share a special occasion meal, the ambiance is fantastic! Our server was amazing and the food was delicious! Get the carrot cake, probably the best I've ever had in my life.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The experience was killed by having a server who knew little about the menu, was unable to communicate due to limited english and was overwhelmed by her "3 tables". We went based on someone telling us about the charcuterie - however our server was unable to explain the menu, knew nothing about the meat/cheese choices available. So we opted to skip the option entirely.

Our Roasted Potatoes were basically burnt - yet when we tried to explain to our server she really seemed to not even understand what burnt meant.

On a positive note, the Tomahawk steak was delicious, the chicken was delicious and the barata was amazing.

The restaurant is in a very busy river North location, there is no way they can't find more capable servers in the Chicago area.

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

trying to pay is a nightmare - no one knows what they are doing.

H
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fresh and amazing.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot. The food and service are always awesome! We love that they have live music during brunch on the weekends as well.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

very nice for the location, I would suggest some salt for the chicken but a very nice time

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unexpectedly I had to return my quiche two times because it was cold or lukewarm in the center. Fortunately, the experience was not lost on the manager and wait staff, who handled the situation with care and discretion. We were not charged for it and they brought out, as a peace offering of sorts, a chicken and waffles “dessert“, which really was a nice touch. Others in my group had the hangover soup, which they felt was the best they ever had. We definitely would come back, probably not get the quiche, though…

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service. Cool ambiance. Tasty food!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Potatoes were burnt to a crisp. Brussels sprouts were burnt too.

VD
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s been a while since I had been to river roast. Glad to see the same great quality. I took a few of my colleagues there for the first time and they really enjoyed it

A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. The food was well-executed and flavorful. They even had a GREAT vegan option, which was a delightful surprise and was likely the best thing we ordered. Great view and atmosphere, highly recommended.

L
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, but a great show was made of carving the chicken, which left a significant amount of meat on the bird, with no knife or assistance. Requested seating (in advance) not honored, and it could have been easily as it was available. The service was fine, other than that mentioned above. This was my second time at this restaurant, and the first time the service was very poor. The first time I dined solo — and was largely ignored. The food is very good, however, and with a few tweaks this could be a great place.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor atmosphere. Really enjoyed the whole chicken roast with Brussels and cauliflower. The warm mulled wine was tasty and something different to drink on a cold chilly day.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great location!

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Sunday band was too loud. I shouldn’t have to yell through breakfast

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food did not come out together. Potatoes were forgotten. Salt and pepper were not on table. Asked for ketchup - it felt like an eternity until it showed up. Waitress stated that Roasts were for 2-4 people. Clearly, the smallest was meant for one. The service started out decent, but deteriorated throughout.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, well made cocktails, good food and ambience.

DR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend River Roast for the ambiance and service! The food was delicious also!

D
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is so nice from the time you step in to the time you leave. My husband and I shared the chicken and it was to die for. Dont forget to try their homemade crackers.

D
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Looked forward to having Saturday Brunch on the river, so made a reservation for two. Wait was not long once we arrived. We were seated in the bar area, away from the windows, although we saw at least three available tables right by the windows. The point of making a reservation at RIVER Roast is to see the river. Bar tender served us, and was very personable. I ordered chicken and waffles, and the waffles came out cold; while the chicken was literally steaming hot. My friend ordered a skillet-type dish that looked great -- nachos, meat, cheese, and several other items on it. His entire dish was cold; but the plate that it was served on, was hot to the touch. His food was so cold that the melted cheese was totally hard. He was brought a new one, and enjoyed it very much. But by then, I was almost done with my cold waffles and my chicken nuggets (yes, the chicken of the chicken and waffles was in bites/nuggets, as if from a child's menu). Live music was just a guitarist who sang, and a drummer, but was very good. Overall, we were totally underwhelmed.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my moms birthday and they treated us like royalty

t
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was very lacking! Waited 20 minutes before the MGR. Came to the table to ask if anyone had "greeted us or took our order?"

R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & waitress for our employee appreciation lunch.

OT
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So accommodating as I was proposing to my fiance. Good was all great. Rack of pork was awesome

KB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a great dinner. Service was excellent and the food amazing. Nice change from the ordinary.

SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was good and the ambiance was nice

JK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely view of the river and delicious food. The service was great and the beer selection was a nice compliment to the menu.

KB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and Music!! Great Sunday afternoon lunch!!

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the band, loved the food! Would definitely go again!

TS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We went to Chicago for the weekend with another couple. Before leaving we went to River Roast for lunch before our car service picked us up. Food was good, until two of us became violently ill. We all shared appetizers and desserts, with the only difference in entrees. Two of us had the acorn squash with roasted vegetables, which is what made us very, very ill. I called the restaurant to inform them, but rude customer service on the phone and the message left for management has yet to be returned. Our only option is to call the health department so that others do not fall victim.

DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience from ambiance to service to food quality. Chicken was delicious and the crispy potatoes outstanding! So were all the sides...cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. So hard to pick 1 so we tried all 3! My birthday dessert (apple crisp) was amazing. Only one suggestion would be to offer a few wine selections, like Moscato or Reisling...Will be back.

TO
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server was very helpful in understanding the family style ordering concept. We are outside with Ana amazing view of the River and the only drawback was a fruit fly situation. All thinks equal, I might sit inside next time but if the fruit flies weren’t an issue we would have sat outside 100 times out of 100 on the weather day we had. We will be back for sure.

Tweets by River Roast