River Roast

4.5
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1910 Reviews
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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. 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the the rain stopped us from eating outside it didn’t stop us from having a great night. Destiny, our server did a great job checking on us , making recommendations and making sure we had a good time. 10/10

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KatyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service! It started to down pour right before our reservation the host was so kind and got us a table inside instead. Highly suggest for dinner with friends!

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JayS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just a perfect venue for Sunday brunch :)

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YaitzaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The ambience was wonderful and our waitress was very helpful, my only complaint was that the food was very overpriced and mediocre. Not worth it.

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KristinS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was very friendly and attentive. I accidentally booked an indoor table and due to limited capacity, they could not seat us outdoors. However, there was a cancellation, and they very kindly informed us and helped us move out to the riverside deck. In the summertime, it is obviously much nicer to be out on the deck next to the river!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Always a great experience. Great service

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JessieT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a BDay celebration and the Food was excellent. We will be back again.

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vipJen247
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My first trip back to River Roast since pandemic hit. Continues to be a terrific spot. Food was delicious, spacing and safety provisions were good. Service seemed a little slower than usual - particularly given smaller crowd. We kept needing to flag down our servers for water, napkin set-ups, to order more and our check. But will definitely keep coming back!

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devintarantino
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at River Roast!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of girlfriends and myself had dinner to celebrate one of our friends and the entire experience was great! The oysters, drinks, dessert, the ambiance and the waiter were all great!
We highly recommend and we will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Average fancy food, happy hour was amazing! Rec the hurricane! View of downtown was everything :)

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Nickname
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Gave this place 3 stars due to my overall experience. The food was delicious, the roast chicken was just ok, what really made that dish was the potatoes. The potatoes were the best. We sat on the patio because of the experience and view. The burger and side of corn were delicious! It was amazing being on the patio although it was on an extremely hot day. The service was just mediocre. The waitress didn’t check on us. We waited over an hour for our food. We kept asking for the simplest things such as straws and ice, and she kept saying “ok sure, I’ll be right back.” But when she came back (almost 15 minute later) she still didn’t provide us with it. I thought the service was slow because of the place was busy.... but when I went inside, the inside restaurant just had three tables filled with guests. I recommend coming only for the views and to eat along the River, that’s really what you’re paying for. Just know service is average. It’s sad, because I really wanted to come back and recommend this place to others.

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only1Micoa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Servers were not very attentive or timely - I am assuming it was due to them being short staffed as well as shift change at our reservation time and one not wanting to take on our table of 6 when new waitstaff was starting. Unfortunately, this caused my table to wait longer to be served and not get info about the menu and other items. It was our first time and that was a negative experience for all of us. Once it began to rain so we went inside and the Executive Chef as well as all other staff were wonderful! The food was AMAZING and the great personalities of the team once we were inside made up for the slow service we recieved on the patio.

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Ashley
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful, tasty, and enjoyable birthday dinner. The porterhouse was cooked more medium than the medium rare requested, but it was still tender and delicious.

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JKThomas
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Chicago celebrating our 5 yr wedding anniversary and saw this place on Best Things I ever Ate in the Foodnetwork. They said the whole roasted chicken with potatoes is as the best so we had to give it a try! Prom the presentation, to them cutting it up in front of you, to the crispy chicken dropped potatoes this fish was one of the best things we ever ate! Literally! We had the carrot cake for dessert which was beautiful in its presentation, but a little dry. The views from the patio were amazing! The staff was super friendly and didn’t make us feel rushed at all which sometimes in Chicago relaxing while eating is not a thing! River Roast is a must try next time you are in the area. I know we will be next time we head back down there!

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Mara
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place! Took a while after we got drinks to order as well as to keep ordering. However food and drinks were great.

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Jean
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting safe outside. Great service. Wonderful poblano entree.

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SBfromZville
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bear in mind this review is written in summer 2020 during the pandemic. Food was pretty good - I had the $44 sea bass (was very good) and my spouse had their $17 hamburger. I mention the price because, quite frankly, prices seemed inflated. We paid $14 for an abnormally-small (and unimpressive) Tito's martini. The location, however, could not be better - it alone made the trip to River Roast worth it.

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AdaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Roasted chicken with asparagus was Delish❤️ Asparagus sauce was spicy but so good!!

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vipartk
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening on the river. Our server was excellent and the food was outstanding.

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Mike
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great scenery by the river. The food was mediocre with nothing special about what they make. The only good thing this restaurant offers is the location and the scenery which is alongside the river.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time! Servers were nice, customers were nice. Got some cake for my birthday. Party of 6 all left with smiles on our faces. Everybody wanted to comeback. Had some of the best views of the river! Couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my birthday for a girls brunch.

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RayM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with my friends. We enjoyed the service and the food..thumbs up!

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barbie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Relaxing. Good food. Good drinks. Waitress was so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef and broccoli were AWESOME!!! It was my husband's birthday and he was made to feel very special!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to enjoy an outdoor dining experience along the river. Our reservation was honored. Our Server respected our time restrictions without making us feel rushed. Very cute!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good view/ambiance. The food was pretty good, but the cocktails were better. Typical food and good date spot

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Whitley
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and dining. Casually, yet upscale with amazing food and large portions. I also appreciated their post-Covid practices and distancing. Definitely a must do in the city!

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AmandaS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Beautiful view one the patio! Will be back again soon

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TinaS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good food and not crowded. Went for anniversary dinner and got a free insta pic to remember the moment. That was very nice. Also they carved the chicken right at table.

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vipLisa
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fabulous view from the patio. Very positive dining experience. All servers masked and guests ask to mask once leaving the table. We were able to reserve an outside table. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible staff! Destiny is wonderful

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TeresaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken and lobster sandwiches delicious. Outside dining and service exceptional! I will be back!

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vipVitaM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Ordered the special roast chicken. Very dry and not flavorful. Special potatoes must have been sitting for a week - not edible. Disappointed in meal. Great views of river and wonderful ambiance. I would only do drinks at this beautiful setting.

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RayR
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining offers a great view of the river. A little pricey but great food!

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cynthiab
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The river roast salad with romaine lettuce was old and very poor quality , The Diet Coke that we ordered was FLAT in fact we asked for another one we were told it was from a can . I think that was the worst Diet Coke ever my husband thought so too
The other quests took off their masks and changed tables twice
I informed the Head Hostess that I was unset , about this and then we left !
I was at river roast about 5 days prior to this and food much much better
In fact I think the salad should be removed from my bill I did not want to complain in front of our quest my daughter at the table.
I do not think I will return to river roast, because of the above issues
Our bill was 70.00. for lunch no alcohol and was a noon reservation I love the view but very disappointed

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TabT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted chicken and street corn was definitely a high point worth trying.

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MaxZ
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I wasn’t offered a preference for outside seating. I would have rather say on the side closer to the river. There were plenty of seats open. Soda was flat yet I was told it came out of a can. I was also charged for the refill which I would be okay with had they given me the can. I find it hard to believe it came out of a can since it was flat. Food was okay. The chicken could have had more flavor. The street corn was good.

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CarlA
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I loved the atmosphere on the river, with a great cheese board, drinks, and meals. Overall, it was a little pricey but I think the view and atmosphere is worth it!

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MichelleM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!! Lobster sandwich was amazing! My son loved the chicken sandwich! Beautiful way to have lunch outside watching the boats pass by! Strongly recommend.

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River Roast offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 822-0100.

River Roast is rated 4.5 stars by 1910 OpenTable diners.

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