River Roast

4.4
1595 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 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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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome night at River Roast. Wonderful food and beautiful views of the river.

OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not as good as expected with high prices for service, ambiance and food offered. Not worth going back; too bad...

d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chicken was a little cold otherwise food was amazing. The chocolate cake was very taste-less.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother in law here for her birthday. What a wonderful lunch! Beautiful table on the river, lovely waitress & awesome food. & the best carrot cake I’ve ever had as our complimentary dessert! Thank you to all the staff & the awesome chef(s)

n
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The area is right on the river. The food is VERY good. The only problem is the portions were too big; enough to share.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a large group of 7 adults. The table was well suited to our group although we had to sit inside as they cannot accommodate a group that size on the river patio. The whole chickens are great for sharing. The mussels were delicious. The table sliced roast beef was great. The only thing no one liked was the lobster burgers. There was so much tarragon it was overwhelming.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely spot on the river. Great outdoor seating. Expect "downtown" prices. The food was okay, not great. Our table servers where really terrific, as was the host.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service, especially for drinks, was very slow. River view was lovely; patio is quite loud due to conversation, so people who are hard of hearing might do better inside. Food absolutely lived up to expectations.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizer and entree great. Vegetable sides lacking. Dessert ok. Service great. Loud because we were near bad but thankfully no blasting music.

CN
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! We had the fall-off-the-bone pork shank. Service was terrific as well. Appreciated that even the venue is large and open, you did not need to scream to be heard with your dinner guests and that the background music was actually in the background.

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

Delicious food and a beautiful view of the Chicago River.

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

River side seating on patio makes this an irresistible location for Sunday afternoon appetizers and drinks. The meat tray was original and very friendly to our tastes. Very friendly and attentive service.

h
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Mediocre food that cashes in on a unique menu concept. Requested an outside table with the reservation. Despite several tables being vacant, we were told it would be an hour wait. Was it due to our ages or did they hope to force us to drink more at the bar. $100 wasted on poor food.

M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is great. Had to add person in morning and staff worked to accommodate our need for table of five versus 4, even though fairly full. Meal was great and staff attentive.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Staff was very friendly. Will definitely go back

LV
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very nice. Almost perfect. I would just suggest that they need more patio seating that is shaded. We were sweating in the sun which really took away from the experience. Hard to enjoy when you're going inside to get cooled off 1/2 way through the meal.

MK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

2nd time going and came from a Cubs game. Pretty sure they thought we were one time tourists and put our reservation on a high top in the bar. Ordered a lot of food and were given half sized plates because everything wouldn’t fit on the table. Food was carved on a cutting board that was placed on the table. Because of the small table fat was dripping off from the cutting board on my pants and then the table. Pretty perturbed at the lack of surface area in a half empty bar and asked to be reseated. Hostesses acted like we were asking for the world and took forever to move to the larger empty table behind. Food got cold and slipped on the fat on the floor when we moved.

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

The view was amazing and so was the food! Our server was very nice but I wouldn’t say the service was above and beyond. Very nice time would go again!

TP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service and food were above par. There was some repair/renovation work on the exterior doors leading to the patio being done during the lunch rush which made it difficult to have a conversation. Otherwise, really enjoyed my dining experience and will be back!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Took a very long time for our food. Their Roasted chicken was not very good and the fried potatoes were even less so.

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Brought 6 family members that had never been. The location is amazing, they enjoyed the riverfront very much. Hard to have a conversation at a long table of 8 especially with that noise level. Food was outstanding as usual. Server seemed super nice but a little inexperienced.

d
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect location riverside at LaSalle. Food was good.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch and sat outside with a great view of the river. Our water was awesome, and gave recommendations that we all loved, including the scotch egg and the chicken salad sandwich. Will definitely be back!

LS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food's really good here! I had the Asian chicken salad and it was very tasty! But, we had to wait way too long for our drinks (just a beer and a glass of wine). We even got the food before we got the drinks, and we had to remind the waitress to get them. She didn't even apologize for the delay. They're also doing construction right next door so it's pretty loud if you're sitting on the patio.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just ok. Table was right next to the door in high traffic area. Servers in and out with rolling tables. Hostess seated us and my chair was broken. Sat down hard and was obviously uncomfortable but the hostess just looked at me and walked away. Bus boy came over and removed the broken chair.
Food was good however we ordered the charcuterie for an appetizer but our entrees came out right away. Server brought the charcuterie right behind the entrees so we sent it back.

Overall a nice location but that is about it.

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly stuff, we enjoyed our corporate lunch! Will be back again.

J
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great so was the view. I'm just writing now to hit 50 characters

J
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I ate here because it was on the river and we could sit outdoors. We had made reservations for much later, but got done early. I checked in and the staff was very friendly, accommodated us with no problems!
The food was delicious; we ordered 2 whole roasted chickens (to split between 4 of us) and it was plenty of food! The chicken was also extremely tender and well flavored, some of the best cooked chicken I’ve had dinning out!
My husband and I split the shishito pepper appetizer, which had a unique lime taste to it, we enjoyed it. We also split the mushrooms which were very good, very flavorful and tender!
Our waiter was very attentive and friendly, it was a hotter day so we were all drinking a lot of water, and never once were any of us with an empty glass!
I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the whole trifecta; the atmosphere (it was so relaxing and nice to sit out and see the river), the service and the quality of food!

DV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

The chicken was raw and I continue to be noxious..

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Need better shade and pipe live music outside

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

our service experience was very poor. as we were waiting for our table outside, we decided to have a drink at the bar. we were seated for a good 10 minutes before someone even acknowledged our presence. we had to physically ask if we can get helped or even get water. i have never experience such poor service especially just trying to get a glass of water.

KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family enjoyed a lovely brunch on the patio on a very hot July Saturday. The food , service, and ambiance were all excellent! We had chilaquiles, quiche, chicken sandwich, and crab/shrimp, and avocado sandwiches. All was fabulous!

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Food was amazing, cocktails were delicious but overpriced.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. On the noisy side.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal on the Riverwalk on a beautiful day. The service was great the food was great the ambience was amazing

River Roast
Responded on July 28, 2019

Thank you so much for the feedback and we're so glad you enjoyed your experience! Please visit again soon.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guests were delayed significantly. Still the restaurant was enjoyable, the service and food were top notch and the staff made me feel at home.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

nice place will be going back beautiful atmosphere!

J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went to the River Roast for lunch before the theater. We were lucky enough to get a patio table on the River. It was such an enjoyable atmosphere. The food was delicious and the drinks were delightful.

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