River Roast

4.6
2004 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 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a funny and fun experience 😄 I like to chew on my my oysters and my date said not to and I asked why and she said it was a rule... I had a long debate about the pointless purchase of oysters! She called several staff members and we all had a good laugh. Good times.

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great menu. Right on the water. Perfect views. Social distanced well. Staff was amazing.

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Loree
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roast chicken with potatoes and mac n cheese was delicious. Our waiter, Jorge, was the best!

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Chicagofoodie
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice space and nice patio weather permitting. Good selection of bourbon and drinks, food is always good.

River Roast
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Chicagofoodie. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide my team and I some feedback about your recent visit. We see you enjoyed yourself very much, and for that we are delighted. See you again soon!

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, Great staff, and Great view. Food was amazing and brought out quickly

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The menu could use some revamping to include a broader list of items to appeal to more people. Love the ambiance!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River front. Great food. Wonderful mussels. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice place to have a date at.

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Owen
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for an anniversary lunch and were not disappointed. Jorge was fantastic and the rest of the staff was beyond friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jorge was great

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vipLaurieP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The service was terrible. We waited 20 minutes for 2 beers. Then waited 40 minutes for a charcuterie tray which was ok. It took the manager another 20 minutes to see us about my complaint. They removed the charcuterie from the tab. Thought it was just us but the table next to us also complained about the poor service. The restaurant was not that busy.

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BeccaR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the river view was delightful. The menu did not have a whole lot of options, and I didn't like having to view the menu on our phones since we prefer to keep our phones out of sight/out of mind when we're out to dinner and I don't like peering at the small screen to read menu options. All told, that was a minor annoyance, but as mentioned, we didn't feel the selection was great. That said, the chicken and potatoes were delicious. The shishito peppers were also good, but spicier than we're used to because they were prepared in a chili paste. The drink was tasty, too. The waitstaff were polite. The prices were steep, but maybe typical for Chicago. A good experience overall, but not a place we feel we simply must go back to.

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MiaA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We were absolutely blown away. I am so glad that I booked reservations here. I would do it again.

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vipPatty
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent, and the location along the river was beautiful. Our waitress wasn’t very friendly or accommodating, and often absent. We would eat here again and hope that the service was just a one time issue.

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Deelicious
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Destiny, was wonderful. She explained things very well and provided great service. The view is beautiful and the location is perfect. The roasted pork shanks were so delicious I wanted to pick up the bone and chew the meat off. The beef roast lacked seasoning and was dry. I wished there was salt and pepper on the table to try to save it. Also, the gentleman that carved it made the slices too thick although we asked him for thinner slices. The roasted sweet potatoes with maple bourbon had no flavor at all. The roasted brussel sprouts with a vinaigrette were tasty as were the potato croquettes. I would go back but skip the beef and try another side.

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BeatrizP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. We were sitting for 15 minutes and no one approached us to take our order or inquire if we had any questions. Once the food did come, they didn't provide silverware. Again no one noticed and I had to get up and go inside (we were sitting on the outside terrace) to ask. For context, the restaurant wasn't busy and only had a couple of tables occupied. While my friend's burger was tasty, I believe there are much better places along the river.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time celebrating a birthday here! The entire staff was very friendly and all the food was delicious. We will definitely be coming back!

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vipLindaS
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the small bites especially the dirty carrots, but also the meatballs, chicken fritters, and potatoes. It was a beautiful day and we had lunch on one of the nicest patios in the city. Our server was wonderful.

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Malena
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious and so was the staff!

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Dear Malena, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at River Roast! Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to write a review, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MarkC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server seemed a bit grumpy. Food and atmosphere was fantastic

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vipMegan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jorge was an awesome waiter. He was very friendly, attentive and helpful in choosing our dishes. Will definitely go back for the food and request Jorge as a server!

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Dear Megan, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and the service that Jorge gave you! We are so lucky to have Jorge on our team and grateful for your business and your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipcccc
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a wonderful time at River Roast. It was my husband's birthday and although the restaurant did not note it, we had a fun meal. Originally we reserved a table on their outdoor patio, but the weather was not ideal. The restaurant was mostly empty, so we were offered an inside table by an open window and door. With COVID recommendations in place, this seemed like a fantastic compromise. Menus are accessed via QR scan. All staff wore masks (including their cow statue (noticed by my son as we entered the restaurant). We caught the tail end of Happy Hour so we enjoyed excellent beverages from the bar. My son had fun on the patio after he was done eating (as that was empty of guests) viewing the river and scenery. We are excited to return again soon!

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thank you for choosing River Roast to celebrate your husband's birthday! we are honored you choose us for a special occasion and happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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YvetteB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Nice setting on the river but no attempt to make the dining experience pleasant, especially given the prices. No candle or flower on the table, indifferent service. The whole roast fish was good but overpriced at $44. Very limited and pricey wine menu.

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JimL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We had two meals. The Three Cheese Platter was great. The Crispy Chicken Salad was not so great.
The salad had watery and insufficient dressing along with boring greens.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was extremely disappointed going here, I had seen many great reviews and had high expectations for this place. We had 3 different servers and then we waited for our food for over an hour when the restaurant was practically empty. We asked for silverware multiple times and they kept forgetting about it. Our waiter forgot to put in a side order we had asked for and never came by to ask if we needed a refill on our drinks I was super disappointed and our food wasn’t all that good for such a high price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal! We had the roasted chicken and side of street corn which was phenomenal! Appetizers were delicious also! Shrimp and crab mousse on brioche and chicken bites drizzled with honey. Will definitely be back!

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to write a review! We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience and we look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipJohnE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to host friends visiting Chicago. Beautiful river local. Solid food. Great cocktails- except for the poor rendition of a Hurricane ! Servers are attentive and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I went there with a few family members recently. The menu accommodated various dietary restrictions, which was great. The food was pretty good and service was wonderful. Unfortunately, we made a reservation on the patio and it was swarming with bees. With that being said, the restaurant moved us right inside - still some bees but not as many.

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thank you for joining us at River Roast! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience, but sorry to hear about the bees. Fortunately, the bees are gone now, so we hope you can make it back to our patio soon before it gets too cold.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit to River Roast was absolutely amazing. Every employee that we encountered before even getting to our table was incredibly sweet. Our server was INCREDIBLE. I cannot remember his name, although I have a feeling all of their servers there are just as great. The view of our outside table was beautiful, and our food and drinks were absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back next time we are in Chicago.

River Roast
Responded on October 8, 2020

Dear Olivia, Thank you so much for joining us at River Roast, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed everything and everyone on the team. We really appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KatieR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Such a beautiful location!!!! The beef roast was very flavorful!

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Will
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent views of the Chicago river walk! At sunset nothing was better than the el Diablo and the RR Burger!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elligant place. Nice views. But the food was just great. I don’t like chicken but my daughter ordered the roast. It was so good, I wished I could have the recipe. The sides were so delicious, that one day I want to just go and order sides. Loved it.

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Trinity
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I didn't like the Lobster burger, and I was told by one of the staff members that it was good. It taste like egg fu young, which is not what I expected it to taste like.

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LyndseyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch!! Been before for dinner and was amazing as well!

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AnnR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If you need shade on the patio at lunch, this is not the place for you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view from the patio is beautiful and the food and service were wonderful, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Waitress seemed annoyed for some reason but other than that, everything was good

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Tess
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our drinks, food and views of the river.

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vipNikE
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely to eat along the river. A wholly satisfying experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cosmo drink not as expected

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You can order delivery directly from River Roast using the Order Online button. 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 2004 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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