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About Rivers

Rivers, located on the lobby level of The CME Building, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. Rivers is an all occasion venue featuring a relaxed yet upscale dining room & a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining during warm weather months.
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.

10 & 30 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, European

Hours of Operation:
Reservations taken for Dining Room only. Patio seating is not reserved.
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.

Cross Street:
Monroe & Madison

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 559-1515

Website:
http://www.riversrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.

Public Transit:
Wells Brown Line / Metra

Executive Chef:
Ivan Fonseca

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Rivers, located on the lobby level of The CME Center, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing, contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. The adjoining wine bar, Rittergut, accommodates small private parties.

Rivers Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Always great for a business lunch

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Good service . Nice enough atmosphere. Food not good enough. Only go there when we go to the opera.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We chose Rivers as convenient for Lyric Opera, and had eaten here before for a similar occasion. It has improved in the last 5 years, and we would nothing to say against it; only that for frequent date dining it is rather expensive. But for once in a while or special occasion it is perfect.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We dined there before going to the Lyric Opera House, which is very close. But the only negative thing I could say is the noise level was really high. The brick walls and glass windows on the river side just didn't absorb the noise. HOWEVER, I can't wait to go back the food and service were excellent.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Noisy but the food was great! Good choice when attending an event at the Lyric Opera.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

A little hidden in the middle of a building's lobby, this is a great pre-theater option for the Opera. My martini took two tries, but at least the second one came back with a little extra in the shaker, which I'll admit made it a little hard to stay awake during the first act. But my steak was fantastic, so well cooked and seasoned, I've been thinking about virtually every night since we were at Rivers. The server was friendly and very aware of our theater engagement and made sure we got thru our meal with plenty of time to grab a drink at the Lyric!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

For the price, the food was only ok, spent $150 for 4 of us. Soup/salad, 2 pasta dishes and steak and shrimp.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience! We had tickets for the Lyric and they made sure we were out in enough time!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful dining experience after the matinee Straight No Chaser concert at Lyric Opera House.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We were planning on having dinner, but were running late so we ordered 3 appetizers. They were really not good. Guacamole tower, the guac was good, but the chips very greasy! Bruschetta white bread w/ tomato. It was edible. Crab cakes. Tasted OK, but they were the size of marbles. The service was very friendly and fast which we appreciated, just did not care for the food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Love this restaurant! I have never had a bad meal here! And the wine collection is great!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Convenient to Lyric Opera ; never have to miss the first Act.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service and food very good
Went to opera after dinner
Very convenient to opera house

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was good, but the grouper entree was very, very small for a dinner entree. The seafood ravioli appetizer was delicious. Service was not bad, but not great either. We were ignored for rather long periods while our server dealt with larger tables. Restaurant was not at all full, but we were seated directly outside the entrance to the kitchen.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was excellent. Our party tried several menus items and no one had a complaint. The service was excellent. Don't miss out on the gumbo.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was amazing! I would recommend to everyone! Photos don’t do this place justice! Service was wonderful!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent seafood offerings. Perfect for pre-opera dining; next door to Lyric.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We dine here frequently prior to attending the opera. Seafood dishes are always quite good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This has been a favorite for me for a long time (first ate at River's in the 90s). The dinner was great and the only suggestions would be to have the "early" diners provided with a bit more attention. We were there for an early pre-opera dinner and had to flag down the person for a bit more bread. Caesar salad is small, though the lettuce was fresh.
The seafood I had was terrific. The cappuccino was terrific.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We always enjoy our meal at Rivers..the staff and servers are always friendly and attentive. Food is always delicious, we’ve been coming for pre or after Opera - so convenient.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Pork chop is not center cut, as one would expect in a Chicago bone-in chop.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Rivers is the best place for a great dinner before the opera.
Lots of options for everything from a light dinner salad to a robust multi-course meal. They always have several wonderful fish options. I have also had really good lamb chops or pork dishes. Reasonably priced choice of wines by the glass or bottle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very enjoyable. The menu had plenty of good choices

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Rivers is a dependable restaurant for lunch. Food is well prepared, service is prompt and pleasant. Our server, Victor, was very polite and efficient. Rivers is fortunate to have Victor on its staff. I frequently dine at Rivers for lunch and will request to be seated in his area.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We went to Rivers on a Sunday after the opera matinee and they opened up on a Sunday to cover people like myself, which is very nice and good to know. The food is good and the service was fine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is one of the few nice restaurants open on a Sat. evening near the Lyric opera- which we were attending; from the clientele mostly finishing up and leaving right around 7 pm, I could guess that many other diners were also having their pre-opera repast. The food at Rivers is good--and I found the service above average, with every effort to accommodate any special requests, and needs related to getting to the opera on time. We all had pasta entrees -- and although not exception-- the offerings were tasty and fresh. I know we will find ourselves at The Rivers again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

High quality food located close to the opera house!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good food, great service, convenient location after opera. We go there regularly and always have a good dinner

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

After opera dining. Very convenient to Lyric Opera.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great place to go prior to an evening at Lyric Opera.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good service and nice lunch selections was enjoyed.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The spicy tomato soup was tasty with just the right amount of heat. The salad, however, seemed to have been dressed some time before it was served, and so was a little disappointing. The shrimp risotto was quite good, I'm told. Service, as always, was great.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Considering where it was located the noise wasn't loud and the food arrived quickly. Our server was very polite and got us done without haste.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wow! Terrific service, very nice food and beverage choices. Love the number of California chardonnay choices!

Tags: Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Friendly, pleasant and good. A delightful place to dine.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Rivers is a very good place to go before the opera.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very good food. Located right on the Chicago River. Superb outdoor dining patio along the river front. Very convenient location to the METRA stations.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food as always but miss the lobster bisque soup.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was excellent, the food drinks and service. Would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a good meal with a nice ambiance. The food was so good I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The crab cakes are a winner! Real Maryland quality.

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