River Roast

4.6
1516 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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 John Hogan. 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, beertails, 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
MON-THU: 11:30am-10:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-11:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:00am-11:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:00am-9:00pm
HAPPY HOUR MON-THU 4:30pm - 6:30pm BAR AREA
*limited menu offered from 3-5
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Phone number
(312) 822-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Hogan
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Cross street
Kinzie
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Whether you are planning a grand affair for 1200 guests or an intimate dinner for eight, our experienced event team will work with you to create a memorable event. With six spaces to choose from, each paying tribute to our historical landmark building, the options for corporate and social events are endless.

Contact our Private Events Team by email or by phone, 312-527-1417.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.

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What 1516 People Are Saying
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s one of my favorite stops when I come to downtown. When the weather is nice, there’s really no better spot than their outdoor seating space. The wait staff is always top quality and of course the food is delicious

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent views
Yummy food
Great service

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MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took colleagues from Tokyo for Sunday brunch. The weather was perfect and we sat outside by the river. The view was outstanding and the food was great. Very attentive service. My friends enjoyed the outing very much.

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JE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Second time there. Better to stick with Bar items and apps. Meat was disappointing. Service fair for a Saturday night. They were not that busy either. Perhaps it was just a bad night.

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e
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am gluten and dairy free due to medical conditions and I was very appreciative of the whole staff accommodating my needs. It was an amazing night on the river, service was prompt and friendly. Food was delicious and enough to take home for lunch the next day!

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Raw sausage!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Took too long to get our drink. Actually came after our food was over

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted a table outside and on river. Although empty tables outside told 45 minute wait. When made reservation for 6:30 requested outside. Entertainment inside was good though

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DB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be returning. We enjoyed the Food, service and having dinner along the river.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is amazing, This is a Must if you are Visiting Chicago. Take a Couple all meals are Family Style and plenty of food!!!! Make A reservation!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay is an excellent restaurant manager: cordial and friendly. Jana was a helpful and engaging server. We will be back!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is terrific but our waitress was a bit snarky. I have had great experiences here in the past though and will go again!

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GW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent setting right on the river. Very pleasant for a Sunday brunch in summertime Chicago. The beet salad was amazing. I'll definitely have to return for the Roast Chicken!

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MI
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, really liked the chicken and whole fish. Nice scenic view although there was no available outdoor seating. Good, friendly, knowledgable staff. Music was a bit too loud.

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IB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Good food. Great Riverfront location. Nice Blues Group that was good and not overpowering on volume...so we could enjoy our meal. But, above all the service was excellent. Michael really helped make the experience fun. I've been here 3 times before for Business lunches. This time with a group of friends for Sunday Blues Brunch. Always, the service has been outstanding.

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DP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We definitely enjoyed our brunch and the music. Our server was very good as well.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was awful. We waited over 30 minutes for our drinks - another 15 for appetizers and another 25 for the main course. Meat was tough and overall a HUGE disappointment. And, it was a birthday celebration.

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TM
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Pork was tough and unflavorful. I will say the ambiance and service was good.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time at river roast! Food is amazing and the servers make it even more enjoyable. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good service, beautiful space, but food just average. Overpriced..

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MK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun place with family style dining. The roasted meats and vegetables are delicious. It’s a unique dining experience!

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered the golden gobbets. VERY tasty, but thought I was going to get sick. The chicken was slightly undercooked and slimy and seemed to be served straight from the grease before being drained properly. I also think you should get a few more for the price.

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h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

I ordered roast chicken and the menu did say smoked but found it too smoky.

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and had such a great experience! Our waitress was very knowledgeable and make great recommendations. We ended up getting our drinks taken off of our receipt for our anniversary, which was such a nice gesture. Will definitely come back!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Pork chop wasn’t cooked

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good. Really loved the apps and sides. Great outdoor seating. Would go again.

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LY
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay met us at the desk and was the most friendly, accommodating, and charming person! He went out of his way to make sure a semi-disabled person in our group was taken care of and comfortable.
Our server, Ava, was exactly the same. Patient, attentive, and charming. He never made us feel rushed or intruded upon. Our entire experience was wonderful! I will definitely be back~

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J
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome Bloody Mary, food was good. Got the open face breakfast egg sandwich, too much bread and bacon while skimpy in tomato and egg. Husband got bagel, lox and cream cheese exactly as expected. Portions are huge but mostly because of bread. Great patio along Chicago’s river walk.

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NH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!!! You just can’t say enough about this gem

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BG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose the Roast Beef “Roast” for 2 option. It was cooked as ordered but the meat was a little dry and not much taste. Our appetizers of house made bbq chips and shrimp & crab toast were excellent as was the Chopped Salad. Will def go back to order the Whole Chicken “Roast” which smelled and looked amazing as it was being served around us.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

the place was very nice we sat down by the river outside. it was nice the appetizers are delicious the roasted chicken was good and so were the,drinks. the only problem is that it poured on us really bad in a second. our food was drenched and we were too. our waiter was very nice from the beginning but when that happened they didn't do anything we literally just ran to the wall and ended up going through the service area. then we walked to the bar. no one checked to see if they would replace our drinks since they were filled with rain and the food . there were no umbrellas and we had to wait almost an hour to get the valet to get the car i know we can't control the weather but at least check on guest guide them inside and when we asked for a table they said there is wait even tho we just got rained on. other then that its a nice place check it out

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J
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Entertaining friends in from out of town- good dinner experience from start to finish. Beef, pork, pickles, arugala sa look and beans. Wonderful.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the presentation of the meal. Menu was interesting and innovative. Will definitely return.

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DC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I truly love this place as the outside seating is outstanding. The food is really good. My only complaint is it takes a long time to get your drink order. Our appetizer was out before we got our wine. But no biggie.

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BP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I was sadly disappointed in the lunch menu choice and felt the lobster sandwich was poor.

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w
Chicago
172 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good, but it is expensive. I liked how we were given a piece of pie since it was our wedding Anniversary.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went here since we couldn't make the other reservation we had. It was a really nice atmosphere. I ordered the omelette and was a little underwhelming. I want to go back and try it again with their signature dishes. The server spoke quickly and was a bit fast paced, but other than that it was a pretty good experience. Lovely views of the river.

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RL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Extensive menu and delicious food. Came here for a birthday brunch on a Sunday. They were very accommodating of our group of 7 (plus 1 toddler) but we did make reservations. There’s plenty of seating but Thebes patio is first come dude serve. The only downside was our server was new and not very good. Bad idea to give him a large group on a busy brunch day. We had to ask for the manager who was very helpful and ended up comping 50% off our bill. Will definitely be back!

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HL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice setting. Good food, especially all the meats we sampled. Service a bit slow but that left us lots of time to relax and talk.

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