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Rivers is the perfect place for a business lunch, or for meeting friends after work for happy hour drinks or dinner. It's next-door proximity to the Civic Opera House, as well as all downtown theaters makes Rivers an excellent pre-theatre choice before the show begins. The United Center is also close by & Rivers is an ideal "first stop" for meeting friends for a Bulls or Hawks game. Please note: Rivers Restaurant does not take reservations online for parties larger than 14. Reservations are for Dining Room only. Patio seating is on a first come basis.
Breakfast Monday-Friday 7am to 10 am. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sundays 5-8 on Lyric Opera performance days only.
Rivers is the perfect place for a dinner before the opera. I love this place and dine here often, the food always excellent and the menu changes with the season.
Thanks for the special birthday celebration! So sorry Rivers is not using Open Table going forward. I found Open table very convenient and helpful.
We had a very nice dinner at Rivers prior to the opera. Good service, good food, a bit pricey for the portions but otherwise a good choice for pre- or post-theater/opera/etc.
We just had 3 salads (med size with the smallest pieces of chicken ever) & iced tea. Bill w/tip was 100. Very expensive for what we got.
We had a reservation but were then told we'd have to be seated in a different area. Could not locate the hostess. Server was rude and bartender was incredibly snobby. The happy hour drinks were overpriced, slammed on the bar in front of people, and not made well.
We decided to leave shortly after arriving, and we won't be back.
The food was served quick and fresh. The salad and soups were delicious. We sat outside which is nicely shaded and vivacious. Recommend for a summer business lunch.
Good convenient location.
Quick service. Great soup and salad
Lovely atmosphere! Restaurant has windows that look out on the Chicago River but also interior of restaurant very nice. Delicious lunch options. Server was great and they let us sit there way after our meal was finished. Loved it!
The food was fantastic. We had a group of nine and the service was great.
Great place with plenty of outdoor seating
Good food; nice menu.
Food took too long at lunch period.
Not cheap. Loud interior noise. Outdoor patio on the river is quieter.
Was there for weekday lunch. Food and service were excellent. It was a little noisier than I would like. When a few bigger groups left it was better on the noise level.
Have had lunch there quite a few times over the years. Generally have the salad with strips of rare tuna. It is excellent every time. Inside is very nice with some interesting art that mimics famous painters. The restaurant is quiet enough to have a business lunch. The outdoor seating is expansive and is wonderful on a nice day, generally in the shade and overlooking the river - it is not a few tables added on the sidewalk just outside of the restaurant where everyone walking by is just a couple of feet away from you.
Drinks were weak. No alcohol in my Moscow Mule didn’t put a straw in the drink, had to stir it with a fork. The gin and tonic was made with soda not tonic- had to send it back. Restaurant wasn’t crowded for dinner yet it took 1 hour to get our dinner. We were never asked if we wanted drink refills.
Fantastic service! This place is a Chicago staple. We always enjoy dining here.
Great food and setting on the river.
Service was great and the food was delicious, our beverages were never less than half full
Took way too long for meals to arrive for a business lunch.
This was a business lunch and it was pretty tight and loud outside with poor service. The atmosphere was fun and lively so I could see going for a drink at end of the day. But the food was quite expensive for the quantity - 2 salads and 1 ice tea for $50! the salads even with protein choice were pretty minimal in size, with no bread or crackers or anything to go with it. We were both hungry a couple hours later.
Excellent food, great service, awesome staff, little pricey, but worth it. had a great meal!!
Cleanliness, food and hospitality were exceptional!
My reservation I made on Open Table never made it into the Rivers reservations list. My reservation was not in their system. Caused a huge delay as people had to catch trains out of the city. Given the delay, we only had enough time for appetizers. However; our server was outstanding!! I would request her again in a heart beat.
Worst business lunch experience I’ve ever had at Rivers. Our waitress took our orders and left us unattended for an hour. Two of us ordered soup as a first course which was delivered to the table, but it took over an hour to finally deliver our entrees (after one of us walked to the patio host stand to ask for an update).
The waitress was not apologetic but rude, and clearly agitated. She threw our plates on the table and mumbled expletives under her breath. After asking for a drink refill she again mumbled something under her breath which made our entire table very uncomfortable.
The lack of professionalism was appalling. I can also note, that one of the entree orders was incorrect (client ordered a burger but was given a club sandwich) and when we told the waitress she aggressively picked up the plate, so much so, that the cup of side soup nearly flew off the plate and onto our client!
Our bill was not modified or comped which I think would have been appropriate given how abysmal our service was that day.
Just below average, all the way around. Really slow service, way too loud, messy dirty environment and the food was pretty blah.
Pleasant summer outdoor dining! Took my family here for lunch on a perfect summer day. It was a little warm out, but the shaded patio was perfect. Great view of Chicago River and convenient location made it great for lunch. The value was probably on par with a high quality restaurant at this area.
The noise level was OK. We sat outside however far enough from the bar. Service and food were great
Our shrimp bruschetta appetizer was excellent as was my husband’s scallops. Unfortunately my salmon salad was over cooked and drowned in dressing. After I was finished a second salad was presented, but too late. The restaurant very nicely comped the salmon. There were a lot of small business groups occupying the deck.
Outstanding Food and Great choices of Fish. Will be back soon with other friends.
The chopped salad was super disappointing. My colleagues’ salads also looked mediocre at best. Service a bit slow during lunch time
Just had a business lunch at Rivers. The food was wonderful and the server very attentive. Will definitely go back. Like the great views of the river, and see the outside dining area is open now. Good place!
A repeat lunch visit. As always the food was outstanding and reasonably priced. But the noise level at lunch makes conversation impossible. AND, if you're in a section where your server has large tables ... large tables get all the attention while you get totally ignored. Almost didn't leave a tip but did anyway because I think this is a management, not a server, failure
Server took order, then said kitchen “lost orders” so had to re-take them. Then, no 2% or skim milk?
Everyone was very friendly and courteous, the charred steak salad is always excellent.
We have dined here many times over the years. Food is always good. Service is usually good as well, however, this time our waiter was not as attentive and it took a long time to get our order. I was meeting a friend for lunch (and using my lunch hour). It took way too long for the waiter to take our order and for the food to arrive. My friend requested fruit in place of fries with his order and he never got it and the waiter never checked back once the food had been delivered. It was difficult to get his attention though it was not a busy period considering the hour of the day.
Great business lunch place
Great food---our guests were very pleased! Thank you for the experience
Always a great location for a business lunch, with good service and food.
Great service.No view.Good food and nice atmosphere.Will try again after next visit to Lyric opera.
Wonderful lunch before Lyric event. We had the scallops and risotto which were fantastic. Our server was phenomenal and meal pacing was spot on.
This is a really busy lunch spot due to location, reservation is a must. When they are full it gets really loud, if sitting across from dining companion be prepared to yell.
Service was excellent. Had a show to get to and they moved everything right along without ever making us feel hurried. Food was well prepared and presented. Everyone like what they had. Walk along river was under some kind of construction but i could see where this would be pleasant for outdoor, water front eating.
Directly across the street from Lyric which was great for us.
One of those places which is on the noisy side but is set up acoustically so you can have a conversation at your table without strain or raised voices.