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River Roast

4.6
2023 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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4.6
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4.8
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really great meal and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, and a cool view on the Chicago River

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vipJens2Cents
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our daughter’s birthday and enjoying the amazing view! The abundance of patio heaters, evergreen trees and string lighting made for a very cozy and inviting atmosphere. The service was great and the distancing guidelines were in full effect. All of us enjoyed our entrees and would highly recommend the Mushroom Toast, Mac & Cheese, Prime Rib, and Chicken Pot Pie. They even brought out a huge slice chocolate birthday cake for my daughter! Very special!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. Staff was inattentive the moment we got there. After 25 minutes of being seated and no signs of our waiter, we left. We even flagged another server to grab our waiter and still, no one came.

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RodneyM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I would recommend good food great views and classy place8l

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinaria!! Gran servicio, la comida espléndida.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome view! Great food! Highly recommend

River Roast
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a great review! It's heartwarming to see that you had such a memorable experience with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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NoahA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great vibes. Be prepared to empty your wallets.

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi Noah, thank you so much for leaving us these kind words! Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere and great food + service

River Roast
Responded on November 20, 2020

We pride ourselves on our service, so this is great to see. Thank you so much for taking a moment to provide us with feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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Elayne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best location and the heat lamps were perfect! Would recommend to anyone want to get drinks or dinner with a beautiful view of the river.

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

HI Elayne, thank you so much for the kind words. We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipafterholidays
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid protection was efficient at outdoor dining. Heat lamps were great!

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to rate us! I'm glad we could provide you such a memorable girls night out! Hope to see you again soon!

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ErikaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Chicken Gobbets, Macaroni, and RR Burger are amazing!

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi Erika! I'm thrilled to here about your amazing experience. Sounds like you got a good taste of our delicious food. We can't wait to have you back!

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JackieP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating and views! We lucked out with the weather that particular day. The server was super friendly and helpful. The food was large portions and delicious! We will definitely be back!

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for the kind words. I'll be sure to pass this review along to your server. Hopefully we can see you again very soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting Chicago and wanted to meet up in a safe way. The patio at River Roast was not only great for that but was also gorgeous!! Service was excellent (not too pushy, not too distant) and the food and cocktails were amazing. There were no fruit garnishes in the Negroni or the Old Fashioned, but once we realized that’s because of COVID we were overjoyed at how they are keeping their diners safe. This will become our go to for visiting friends and I can’t wait to go back.

River Roast
Responded on November 15, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for our kind words. We take COVID precautions very seriously, and we appreciate you taking the time out of your day to acknowledge that! I'm thrilled your experience was a memorable for you and your out of town guests. We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipReviewer
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was a highlight. Our server and the hostess didn't just attend to our needs, they actually contributed to our fun!

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CR00
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was good. Great spot along the river.

River Roast
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that our team made your experience pleasant and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipTanyam
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We live down the street in Streeterville and have been a few times. It’s one of our go to spots. It is not the place it used to be. From the service and food quality, we will not be returning. Great view for waterfront dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The location is amazing, service was good, I had a drink that I can’t remember the name but wasn’t good. I had chicken and waffles and it was ok, the chicken was well seasoned but nothing out of this world, the waffle was really yummy, overall a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
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.

River Roast
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that our team made your experience pleasant and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

River Roast
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that our team made your experience pleasant and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Loree
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
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 on October 26, 2020

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

River Roast
Responded on October 30, 2020

Hi Nicholas! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that our team made your experience pleasant and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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!!

River Roast
Responded on October 30, 2020

Hi, and thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review about your experience for us. Feedback from our guests is the best way we can improve as a team so that your next visit can be elevated that much further. We do change up some items on our menu from month to month. So be sure to check in a few days for our November menu updates. Hopefully we can see you back again soon!

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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.

River Roast
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that our team made your experience pleasant and we look forward to seeing you again soon for a hopefully a second date!

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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
11 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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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 2023 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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