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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We waited 15 minutes for a server to come to our table. When nobody came I asked another server if we could order drinks. She took our drink order. When our server finally came she was kind and efficient.

w
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed. The appetizers—burrata and meatballs— were just fair. The meatballs in particular were exceptionally greasy. Burrata kinda tasteless. The server recommended the fried chicken and it really wasn’t tasty—rather bland. Given the numerous exceptional restaurants in Chicago, it is unlikely we would return.

TG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a joy to dine at RR. Always go with great anticipation.

Only critique is that the rest rooms seem to be miles away!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The food is delicious, meat cooked so well, and the vegetables are always full of flavor. The waitress we had was beyond nice and took time to answer all our questions and provide suggestions.

AD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is great! An excellent choice for tourists who want a good meal with a great view. The service was outstanding and the food was exceptional, although a bit pricey. Overall a must visit!

CC
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Items are family style. There was a live acoustic guitar player there the night we attended. The patio area is right on the river & offers beautiful views of both the river & city buildings.

RF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff was great! The weather was beautiful

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Sunny day, outside table is awesome

p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The only edible main was the roast chicken... everything else was tasteless and overcooked... the sides and appetisers were definitely better than the horrible mains... not worth the price and calories! Skip the cocktails as well.. never coming back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot on the river and everything was delicious

DI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Entertainment, cool views of the river and good food. Fried chicken sandwich was the bomb!

BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best hummus ever!

The Stuffed Poblano pepper was amazing.

Stuffed POBLANO
Black Beans, Corn, Cilantro,
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

SK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! The roast chicken was very moist and we especially enjoyed the creamy, elote corn and crispy Brussels sprouts. The roasted potatoes that came with the chicken were outstanding. I recommend ordering only a few sides. The crudités was good but not worth the cost. Same with the chopped salad. The roasted peppers are tasty but a bit too spicy for my palate. It’s a very fun place to go—just watch how much you order because it can get quite expensive!

AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, delicious food, courteous friendly service. Definitely recommended and will return

a
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere!

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

On a beautiful day, you cannot beat their spot by the river. Service was excellent, fast and attentive. Food was terrific but a bit pricey for sandwiches and chips.

BJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous table outside overlooking the river. Food was delicious. Excellent service.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I always bring friends and family from out of town to River Roast. Dinner and drinks as the sun sets and the buildings light up is a lovely sight.

k
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food mediocre...lobster sandwich a mush. Tastelessness for $22.00. Cosmopolitan cocktail not that good. Friend wanted medium rare burger but they could not prepare that way, it was well done, but delicious. Received carrott cake for desert
..heavy very little flavor even the frosting was bland.
But the ambience and service very nice.

SG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places to go, never disappoints

JH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

It was a birthday celebration for my daughter prior to a concert, I had put on the reservation that my daughter had a gluten allergy but when we got there and spoke with our waitress she seemed to not have a clue what my daughter could safely eat! After much discussion we were able to figure one item on the menu that might be safe! The waitress was gone a lot and we waited ages to get out check! Food was tasty but not sure I would go back

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loud because of the live music

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, delicious food and drinks. Highly recommend!!

S
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Get the Bloody Mary!

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at River Roast on a Saturday around 9:00 PM. The crowd was moderate and the ambiance was great. We ate inside due to rain but the atmosphere was great. The food was outstanding. For appetizers, we had Farmers Market Crudite and the Steamed Mussels. For the main course, we selected the roasting menu. Our selections were the Seafood Boil (great for two to share) and the roasted whole fish which was the Barramundi. The Seafood boil was delicious with steamed fish, mussels, shrimp, potato and andouille sausage, with moderate seasoning. The whole fish was light flaky and season nicely. The beer selection appeared to better than the wine selections, but overall a great dining experience. It's a good spot for a date or a group of friends especially on a warm night along the Chicago River.

JJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Jazz group was so loud at 1:30 lunch we couldn’t easily talk during our lunch. Group was very good, just too
loud for a lunch with family and friends.

ML
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Better for lunch or dinner not necessarily breakfast
Beautiful view on the patio - worth waiting for the outdoor tables or coming for dinner in the evening and enjoying the smoked food options

TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Scotch eggs, shrimp po'boy, and the baked french toast. They were very delicious. We also had the roast beef but this one is a bit hard to chew. Overall it was great! Got to sit by the river at the patio enjoying the live Jazz performance. Will come again!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive server! Great food and views!

CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing. I know that their policy is 1st come 1st serve on the outdoor patio,however, they didnt read my special instructions left on Open table around it being an an important wedding anniversary and how they could have saved 1 table on the outdoor patio at 8pm for dinner.

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious!

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MP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
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.

g
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Brunch food and live blues music were great.
Waitress not at all concerned when she dumped a drink on our table.

MM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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.

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