River Roast

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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 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.
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CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great venue. sat outside. beautiful day. waitress was great, server alittle confused, or didnt care. Overall , fun time

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious!

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MP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and wait staff were great. The hostess was confusing and even with a reservation and empty tables we waited 20-30 minutes for a table.

MM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfriendly table seating staff.
Slow service.
Food was cold.
Prime Rib Steak was almost rare (waitress did not asked how to prepare the steak.

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

I was hoping to be more excited with our meal, but everything was somewhat dry and not that flavorful.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food delicious- cosmopolitan drink very bad - they try to clear the plates too soon and keep returning and trying again - most annoying- friendly waitress

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went with my family for my dad’s 75th birthday. It was our 1st time. Unfortunately we didn’t initially get to sit on the patio for dinner but put our name down for the wait list and we were able to close our bill out and enjoy dessert outside. It was a beautiful day! Amazing views of the river. Dinner was excellent! Quality food! We had the large rotisserie chicken and 3 sides of different veggies. Everything was delicious! Service was great. Wait staff very attentive. I had the bannana/strawberry ice cream. My other family members had the key lime pie and s’mores ice cream sandwich. Large portions and everyone enjoyed their dessert. Overall great experience. Definitely recommend if you are in the city.

TT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose to do the family style option. The roast beef was excellent. The chicken was good. We also had the brussel sprouts which were ok. The corn was superb. The serving staff were great.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good, just too much of it. My server was very pleasant but did not help me understand, when I ordered two sides, that one side was enough for two or more. Especially when I discussed getting a small appetizer and she referred me to the tomato and artichoke salad. It was very good but not small at all. The beef was done beautifully.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for a bd celebratory lunch, excellent food , recommend the pesto bread

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebratory work luncheon. Could not have had a better time.

MP
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day, sat outside. Our expectations were high as we had held our daughter’s wedding reception for 225 shortly after it opened and the food was wonderful. An exceptional night.

The service was attentive and prompt. We shared fried chicken appetizer and wedge salad. Both of these were very good. However , the stuffed pablano was a disappointing dish, as was the pork. Bland. The sauce tasted more of flour than the intended flavors. We thought the hamburger at the next table looked a lot more appetizing.

The cinnamon apple cobbler was also lacking in flavor. And way too much for two people.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location! Right along the river walk. The food was tasting even thought we just shared a bunch of the small plates and sides. I do wish they had a better cocktail menu but overall it was a good 1st time visit

G
Adelaide / SA
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch place

Y
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything !

IG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view. Delicious flavors. Definitely looking forward to going back and trying more items on the menu.

PC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely return. Great food and atmosphere.

TS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio, loved the food and drinks while watching the river traffic and chatting. The brunch menu had some great choices-everything was good.

E
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime rib sandwich of the day was fantastic!

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We booked it for the view, and got sat by the kitchen which was unfortunate, but what was more unfortunate was the service and food. Our server was nice, but very inexperienced missing orders, giving people the wrong drinks, etc. The food was just OK plus they were out of some of their core menu items.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jazz trio was an unexpected treat. Food and service were excellent.

A
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked River Roast last minute looking for a place to eat lunch. We checked in and went downstairs to the the bar to wait for our reservations since we requested patio seating. I ordered a Bloody Mary and my husband ordered the Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee. Both were fantastic and hit the spot! The bartender provided excellent service. There was live music so we passed the time enjoying the band. 30 minutes later, we were seated outside overlooking the Riverwalk. The view alone is worth eating here. I ordered the Croquet Madame Plate and my husband, the Chef Hash. Both were large portions and we devoured our food it was so good. Definitely the best lunch we’ve had in Chicago! Our server was great, friendly, and attentive. River Roast provided the perfect place to relax, enjoy delicious food, and take in the sights of Chicago!

d
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the brunch great music

JC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we sat down to the time that we left we enjoyed ourselves. Our group of 12 was handled expertly! Will definitely recommend & be back to dine with you again. Oh and it’s the best Burger & Fries I’ve ever had!

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were fortunate to have an outside table on the river. Unbelievable view, kind staff who put us inside for dessert when it started raining. Whole fish and prime rib were yummy. Expect to pay the price for the location!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was amazing. My girlfriend loved it and that’s all matter :)

B
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joanna was very helpful & efficient & able to get us an outdoor table! She was delightful!
We enjoyed r first visit to RiverRoast!
It was a long way down & we needed to use the Elevator which was not the easiest to reach without assistance from Joanna!!

LA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful lunch on the deck on a fabulous summer day in Chicago

N
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening! And the food was to die for! I had the roast chicken and it was really tasty! Definitely recommend!

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, and the service was excellent.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had gone for our anniversary and were greeted with 2 glasses of champagne on the house! The cocktails were amazing. I had the pork shank and my boyfriend got the rack of pork. Both entrees were delicious. It really seems like no matter what the dish the food will not disappoint. Initially, I was bumped about the weather and not sitting on the patio but even inside I had a great time, great atmosphere!

TC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday at River Roast at lunchtime on a Sunday and we could not have wished for a better time. Food, service and view over the river were exceptional. This was not our first visit to River Roast and it will not be our last visit! Thank you

JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Delicious food.
Rushed service
Very pricey for the type of food offered

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met my niece and her husband to celebrate our wedding anniversaries. We chose to sit inside by a window overlooking the river. We ate "family style", sharing the burrata and meatball appetizers, the chopped salad, the prime rib AND the roasted chicken with a side order of the potato croquettes. We enjoyed it all with plenty of leftovers to take home. They treated us to a glass of champagne and a HUGE slice of their decadent chocolate cake for our celebration. Our server, Diliana was perfectly attentive without hovering or rushing us on busy Saturday night. Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back and try some of their other entrees.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience with flawless service, delicious food, and beautiful ambiance! We enjoyed the pork and friends did too. If we’re ever in Chicago again, we will definitely eat here again.

L
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is tasty but expensive. Wines by the glass are highly overpriced. Service is good, bussers in particular. Please go back to using Green Circle chickens, they are far superior to what you recently switched to. Management of outdoor seating needs work. Knowing it’s first come first serve should not mean when you request an outdoor table when making your reservation you are relegated indoors by this rule while watching many outdoor tables go unseated. The outdoor gate person told me that there was a wait list which I can respect - but tables remained empty during our entire meal. Work on that please, the season is short!

DV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Recently visited to celebrate our 20th anniversary - we wanted something fun and a bit casual on the riverfront. I had booked the reservations about a week ahead with a request for outdoor seating. Upon arrival, we were told it would be a 45-60 minute wait for an outdoor table. We decided to forego being outside and settled for staying in. The waitress was pleasant and took our drink orders. Upon receiving my drink I quickly noticed it was not what I had requested and confronted the waitress who told me they didn't have Captain Morgan's and gave me what they had without telling me. Needless to say, I didn't like and requested another drink --- about 15 minutes later, I finally received the drink. Upon ordering, it was clear the waitress was not at all happy that we had wanted prime rib cooked medium rare and requested a small little slice more well-done. She quickly told me we should order something else that was more well-done. Anyhow, the prime rib was ok. The roasted chicken, though it was juicy, had very little flavor. And, the sides were no big deal. I can't recommend this place nor will I return. A very disappointing dinner experience from start to finish.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!

D
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hasd lunch and was seated close to jazz band. While I enjoy the jazz band, it was impossible to have a conversation because we were too close to the band.

Would have preferred to sit outside. Was told 1 hour wait, however, others came in after me and were seated for 2 in a short time. Disappointing as I go there all the time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful table in the patio looking over the river. Our brunch was delicious, and the service was A+. Will be going again!

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