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River Roast, Chicago, IL
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River Roast

4.7
4.7
2628 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 features contemporary American tavern fare with dramatic presentations of whole roasted chicken, whole roasted fish and slow roasted beef; all carved table-side. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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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.

  • 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

Offers

  • Weekend Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM,Sat - 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Get your day off started the right way with a mimosa & a gorgeous view of the river. Our brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday between 11:30am-3pm. We’ve got something for everyone!
  • Delivery

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Tue - 11:30 AM - 7:45 PM,Wed - Fri - 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM,Sat - 11:30 AM - 8:15 PM
    Needing a night in but wanting a great meal? River Roast has got your back. Let us bring the goods to you! Order for delivery today.
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    The happiest of hours is at River Roast, Monday-Friday from 4pm-6pm. Whether your vibe is Bubbles & Chicken or a Miller High Life, we’ve got you covered!

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What 2,628 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for scenic views

  • Chicago

    Great for scenic views

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  1. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Take down the Christmas decorations!!! The Mac cheese needs some work; very flat, no flavor. Also, the pecan pie needs a presentation dress up. The piece we received looked liked it was from a Sears cafeteria.
  2. S

    Steve

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Overall Food was dry. Chicken and Res Velvet cake especially. Service was very good.

    River RoastResponded 3 days agoThank you for the honest feedback, Steve, we truly appreciate it. We will share with out Chefs and assess. Thanks again!

  3. OB

    OBonTheGo

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived in Chicago 30+ years and never been to River Roast. For us, it was a find! We will back. Has the roast chicken and branzino. Everything was very good! Salad was a hit, chicken flavorful and juicy! Branzino with a crisp Skin served o ver vegetables that were well seasoned and not over cooked. Collard greens were also seasoned well and not overly laden with artificial smoke flavoring. Only things slightly off were we requested salad dressing on the side- and it was served on the salad but thankfully was not soggy. We could have eaten the salad all night long!! - And the carrot cake was a little dry and bland and the cream cheeses icing was rather hard and bland. All that to say- the ambiance was nice and our servers were top notch. We will be back. S

    River RoastResponded 3 days agoWe are so happy you finally made it to River Roast! Thank you so much for providing such great detail of your experience, and we are glad that overall it was a great one. We will be sure to wow you when you return for another dinner!

  4. CD

    ChitownDoc

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great view of the river from our table. Servers and staff were attentive to our needs. Food very good overall. The roast chicken is a favorite and we will be back to have it again.

    River RoastResponded 3 days agoThank you for leaving a great review! We love to hear that you enjoyed the chicken and service. We are very much looking forward to your next visit!

  5. SH

    ShelbyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view of the river and city were beautiful and our server was outstanding! He was very friendly and made our experience so enjoyable! We all agreed that this meal was the best food we'd had during our trip to Chicago and would love to come again sometime! We were here during Restaurant Week and the selection was just perfect!!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you, Shelby! We love to hear great feedback like yours, and will compliment our team on a job well done. Please join us again on your next trip to Chicago!

  6. MK

    MariaK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The views, ambiance and our serving staff was amazing. The food is really good, just a bit basic, but good!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We're so happy to hear you had a great time, Maria! Thank you for the great review, we will share with our team. We hope to see you back soon!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    * Starter delivered with main course, asked for main course to be delivered later * waiter accepted the issue on their side only after the chicken had been carved up * waiter told us we would get a new main course vs the one incorrectly served and being kept alive under a warming lamp * same main course came back with the exact same carving up - they carve at the table too * had to complain but it was too late, they didn’t replace the meal just refunded it * we ordered crumble dessert and it came cold, we didn’t complain about this because of now seemingly a problem table * manager was too defensive and quick to throw his team under the bus as an explanation * we will prob stay away going forward sadly

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is disappointing to know we missed the mark and did not communicate clearly with your group. After speaking with your server and the manager from that night, it is obvious to us where honest mistakes occurred during your meal. We again thank you for your feedback, because we cannot improve without it!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!! I will be back!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for the great score and kind words! We can't wait to have you back at River Roast for another amazing experience!

  9. NB

    NBB63

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to River Roast for a pre-show dinner. It was great. We were seated by the window so we had a lovely river view. It's winter time and sometimes window seats are cold, but that wasn't the case here. The service was friendly, fast, and helpful. We had the roast beef, RR potatoes, and a caesar salad with kale and roasted chicken. Our meals were delicious - huge portions and well-priced. We shared a massive piece of carrot cake for dessert. We loved everything about the experience, and will definitely be back.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We can't thank you enough for leaving a great review! We are so glad you had such a positive experience and enjoyed friendly service and a delicious meal. We look forward to your next reservation!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant and view were beautiful. The food was delicious. And the service was excellent. I’ll definitely visit again.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you so much! We are thrilled you enjoyed excellent food, the view, and great service! We hope you visit again very soon!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Extremely mediocre and overpriced

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We appreciate your honest feedback, although we are disappointed you did not have a great experience. We hope you come back for a much better one!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was great except the family with their kids running around all over and the parents not paying attention. Only negative. Food and service was great.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We appreciate your great score and your honest feedback! We will definitely do a better job in the future of keeping our young guests busy at their table. We are disappointed that another table had a negative impact on the ambience and your experience. We hope you come back again despite!

  13. G

    Gerri

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We were immediately seated, which is great, but in the worst

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Hi Gerri, we are disappointed that you did not enjoy your time at River Roast. Your review seems to be unfinished, so we hope to see further feedback from you so we can get to the bottom of what happened.

  14. C

    Chicagotime

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Terrific space and food. Our waitress was wonderful at handling a large crowd. Definitely try the chicken tenders, they're great!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We appreciate the review so much! We will share with our team, especially your server. Please join us again soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my daughter’s birthday with lunch. We loved everything. The food was delicious- we especially loved the mushroom toast and will go back just for this. It was divine!! Great service and they even brought out free ice cream to help her celebrate! We will be back!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for sharing your experience and choosing River Roast to celebrate your daughter's birthday! We are so happy to hear it was a great time, and we agree that the mushroom toast is amazing. Please visit us again soon!

  16. E

    Ethan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The staff and service was wonderful! The food was just ok but for a place in downtown I don’t feel you can expect too much.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for the compliments to our team and service, Ethan! We wish you enjoyed your meal, we do expect our guests to have an amazing experience and delicious food. We appreciate your honesty!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great! Food and service were Both excellent

    River RoastResponded on January 10, 2023I'm so glad that you had such a great time! Thank you for the 5-stars!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was great
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated friends birthday. As always food is outstanding, we had a great time

    River RoastResponded on January 10, 2023Happy birthday! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate it with us! We hope to see you again soon!

  20. A

    Andy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    My beef was cold and the potatoes tasted like Teflon. The birthday dessert was also embarrassing. 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream is for a child. Overall, I hoped for a better experience for the birthday guest. On the other hand, the mac and cheese and chicken and waffles were very tasty.

    River RoastResponded on January 11, 2023Thank you very much for your feedback. While I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed some of your meal at River Roast, I am deeply disappointed to hear that you didn't enjoy others, especially on a special occasion. I'll be bringing your experience to the culinary team to ensure this doesn't happen in the future. We appreciate your feedback, and hopefully you will join us again soon for a better experience.

  21. CO

    CarolynO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This reservation was for my 18 year old son and his girlfriend’s one year anniversary They were given a drink menu and were told there was only three nonalcoholic cocktails they could get. He said he specifically asked if they could have soda or any type of pop, and were told no by the server. So they ordered 2 of the least spicy cocktails but did not like or finish them so just drank water. That was $26 in total. Also, they were given a complementary two scoops of ice cream and chocolate syrup, but were still charged one scoop of ice cream on the bill.

    River RoastResponded on January 11, 2023Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. While we do offer our a limited temperance menu, it's unacceptable for a server to refuse common non-alcoholic alternatives such as soda. We've directed this to the staff to ensure that it will not happen again. I apologize for the the the subpar service, which is not reflective of the high standard that we hope to achieve.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place!

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023We love that you love River Roast! Thank you for the great score and please visit us again soon!

  23. K

    Kimberly18

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for anniversary and had a delicious meal. The staff was attentive, and the manager was very personable. It was a wonderful evening.!

    River RoastResponded on January 11, 2023Happy anniversary! Thank you for choosing to celebrate it with us at River Roast. We're please to hear you enjoyed the experience so much! We hope to see you again soon!

  24. MS

    MariaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Birthday brunch everything was great!

    River RoastResponded on January 10, 2023Happy birthday from us at River Roast! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate it with us!

  25. RS

    RicardoS

    Monterrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good really good, totally recommended. Nice place.

    River RoastResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you so much Ricardo for the 5-stars! We hope to see you again soon!

  26. MH

    MojganH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy and pleasant, rustic place. We loved chicken roast wood fire and potatoes, I wish there was more varieties of desserts.

    River RoastResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you so much for joining us! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Our dessert selection changes on a seasonable basis, and I'd be happy to have you back when we have a different selection for you soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo estuvo excelente

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023¡Gracias por las amables palabras!

  28. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food Washington delicious, the service impecable and the music was great.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you so much Laura! Keep an eye out for when we have live music again!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We always enjoy the food at River Roast, especially roasted chicken with potatoes, Brussel sprouts and kids ordered double portion of mac’n cheese. We had NY dinner and had a great time.

    River RoastResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for ringing in the new year with us! We're happy to hear that you and your family had such a great time! We hope to see you again soon!

  30. t

    thesinglegourmand

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is roasted. Had a great brunch. The mushroom toast starter was great and I loved the eggs on roasted potatoes and peppers. The food and service after being seated was fantastic. The only complaint I have, our reservations were for 11:30a and we were about 20 minutes early. They do not open the doors until they open at 11:30a. So they sent us away instead of letting us stand in the warmth of their foyer. It was cold and that sucked. I was assisting a senor citizen that has trouble in the cold so we walked to the East side of the building and stood in the Kitchen American Bistro's entryway until the doors opened. BTW their food smelled pretty darn good too.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thank you for the compliments on your meal, we are glad you enjoyed it! We cannot be more disappointed that you were not offered the warmth of our lobby to wait for the restaurant to open. This is definitely not our standard of hospitality and not usual for our opening team. We are so sorry, and hope you come back to join us again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!

    River RoastResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you so much for joining us again, and for the 5-stars!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early reservation so service and noise level made it feel intimate.

    River RoastResponded on January 30, 2023Thanks for sharing, so glad you enjoyed a quiet early dinner! Come back soon!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Lovely music way too loud. The space is really cool but acoustically not conducive for live music during the dinner hour. Second cocktails lacked a proper garnish.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Una vista muy bonita al rio, la comida extraordinaria igual que el servicio
  35. TH

    TerriH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roast chicken & potatoes and roasted squash & vegetables were exceptional!

    River RoastResponded on December 29, 2022Thank you, Terri, we love to hear that your enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you back in soon!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food and service was good, but I’m not sure if there was something wrong with their heating that day. Restaurant was unusually cold, most guests were wearing coats.

    River RoastResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you so much for joining us, especially on such a cold day. We had spoken with the building to get our heating issues looked at, and I'm disappointed that they were not resolved by the time you came in. I'm pleased to hear that our food and service were good, and I hope that you'll join us again for some warmer weather!

  37. JR

    JohnR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Food was fair, restaurant was cold and was just an ok experience. Has potential but can be much better.

    River RoastResponded on December 28, 2022Thank you so much for joining us on such a cold day. We had spoken to the building earlier about the heat, and I'm very sorry that the issue hadn't been resolved when you came in. Nevertheless, I hope that you'd give us another chance, especially when warmer weather is on the horizon.

  38. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my 45th birthday at this establishment. One word to describe: EXCELLENT! Highly recommend!

    River RoastResponded on December 23, 2022Thank you so much for choosing us to celebrate your birthday! I'm glad that you had a great time, and we hope to see you again soon! Happy birthday!

  39. l

    localnightout

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience overall! The food was delicious and not your typical menu...mushroom pot pie and lobster cake burger, the sides... to die for.. the view amazing and the service -perfection. We will be back.

    River RoastResponded on December 23, 2022Thank you so much for joining us, and I'm glad to hear you had such a good time! Our pot pies are especially good during the cold of Chicago's winters! I'm so pleased that we exceeded your expectations. Thank you again, and we'll see you soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently outstanding! Thank you.

    River RoastResponded on December 23, 2022Thank you so much for visiting us again! I'm glad you had a great time, and thank you for the great review! Hopefully, we will see you soon!

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 4.7 stars by 2628 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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

  • 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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