About River Roast
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.
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
HAPPY HOUR MON-THU 4:30pm - 6:30pm BAR AREA
*limited menu offered from 3-5
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Blues & Brews Brunch
(Saturdays & Sundays 12PM-3PM )
River Roast’s curated brunch menu by Chef John Hogan paired with his favorite live Chicago blues bands.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a grand affair for 1200 guests or an intimate dinner for eight, our experienced event team will work with you to create a memorable event. With six spaces to choose from, each paying tribute to our historical landmark building, the options for corporate and social events are endless.
Contact our Private Events Team by email or by phone, 312-527-1417.
With stunning views of the river and downtown, River Roast Private Events offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place.
River Roast Ratings and Reviews
It was my first time here. My 4 friends ...
It was my first time here. My 4 friends and I split 6 different items (Supper Club Mushrooms, Mexican Street Corn, Shrimp & Crab Toast, Pork Meatballs, Chicago Style Sashimi, & the Golden Gobbets) with our drinks. My sangria was delicious, the early fall weather was fabulous, and our waiter was kind and funny. I'll definitely be coming back!
We started with the zucchini blossoms st ...
We started with the zucchini blossoms stuffed with fontina in a tomato sauce. They were very good. We moved on to sharing the pork roast, which was delicious and plentiful--enough for us both to take home another meal. Accompaniments were peas with onions and the wonderful roasted potatoes. I'm anxious to go back and try the chicken I saw being served to others.
The service was great! I thought some o ...
The service was great! I thought some of the dishes looked amazing, but I didn't love the soup I ordered (probably my fault for doing that instead of the divine looking egg dishes). I thought we probably paid an uptick on the food for the view of the river, but otherwise would go back again.
Had lunch with my out of town friends. W ...
Had lunch with my out of town friends. We sat outside by the river. It is a wonderful Chicago experience. I had a salad and asked them to add roasted chicken and that was no problem. The salads are great, not too big, and the turnips au gratin style were amazing. Will be going back!
What better way to enjoy a gorgeous summ ...
What better way to enjoy a gorgeous summer night then sitting outside on the riverfront. It was out first time at RR. There were 4 of us and we decided to have 2 salads and the cold smoked chicken. That was plenty of food. The salads were fresh and light. My husband and I shared the grilled baby romaine salad. It was yummy. Our friends did the chopped salad with roasted red peppers. We all cleaned out plates. The chicken was juicy tender and flavorful. The smokiness was an overwhelming at all. It came with roasted potatoes which were soaking up the juice from the bird. Tables around us ordered the pork and the steak both which looked amazing. The service was just okay but the scenery and the meal compensated for the lack luster waitress. We will go back.
The Riverview table was very nice on a S ...
The Riverview table was very nice on a Saturday afternoon while listening to some great Blues Band! The menu was a bit short but our food was very tasty. The Roasted meats were very good. The Po-Boy sandwhich was good although the bacon was still a bit underdone. Roasted potatoes were very good and a nice change from French Fries. I was happy at the Beer selection including the Draft micro-beers!
River Roast is a perfect example of a re ...
River Roast is a perfect example of a restaurant that focuses on a few things and executes perfectly. The menu is 1 page. It is built around 5 roasted choices: fish of the day, beef, chicken (whole), pork (several cuts) and a vegetable medley (it's a main course, not a side dish). The appetizers complement the roasted options and there are about 10 sides that you can order that are relatively simple, i.e., they are the ingredient without a lot of sauces or other distractions. We had the beef which came in 8-oz. increments. The whole roasted chicken at the table next to us looked perfect. I also saw the fish at another table which looked good. All meats come to the table in a single piece and are carved by the waitstaff at the table. Main courses are served on a wooden cutting board rather than a plate. Unfortunately, the cutting bards are warped and one allowed the juice to run freely off the board and onto my lap. Small price to pay for the quality of the food. Our server - Casey (?sp.) - could not have been better.
We sat outside and had a lovely view of ...
We sat outside and had a lovely view of the river and river walk across the way. The sun was behind a building for about the first 15 minutes, but then hit hard for the rest of the time, which was hot. Umbrellas or an additional awning would be a great addition. Our waiter was great and the rack of pork was superb, but they said it serves 2 and I think that number should be increased to at least 3 with leftovers, 4 with clean plates. It came with cornbread, which was delicious but they only give 1 muffin and when we asked for more, we received 1 more. Seemed a bit chinsy to me. The carrot and mixed bean sides were great and I would order them again. Overall, above average experience for me.
We selected River Roast to "show off" ou ...
We selected River Roast to "show off" our new city living to our suburban friends. We understood that the outdoor seating was first come, first served, and were delighted when we were seated outside by the river. The kind of Cajun style live music was great. The food was delicious, however, one in our party was disappointed the lobster special had already run out. We did not feel rushed as we continued conversation after finishing lunch. Excellent experience and great service.
The place is very nice, service is very ...
The place is very nice, service is very good but the food was not great. It wasn't flavorful and none of us (4) were impressed. Also, it took a while before we were served. Overall, I wouldn't return. The food needs to be better to match such a nice place.
The roasting method that you employ resu ...
The roasting method that you employ results in wonderful flavor. We took the waiter's suggestion and ordered the pork dish for two and a side of roasted veggies and loved the selection. We enjoyed our delicious meal at a waterfront table and this became a favorite memory from our most recent trip to Chicago. Thanks so much!
Got lucky with the weather and were seat ...
Got lucky with the weather and were seated outside on the riverside patio. The food was delicious - got the roast pork, zucchini blossoms, and veggie boat all to share. Perfect amount of food for 3 people, but the bill was a little salty for my tastes considering the portion sizes. Ah also got the ice cream sandwich which was amazing; vanilla ice cream in between two giant chocolate chip cookies. Service was excellent, and wasn't too noise outside. Overall a really good experience!
River Roast has a very strange menu. It ...
River Roast has a very strange menu. It is limited and odd. Sitting outside was the highpoint.
Service was inconsistent but the waiter was pleasant. There were 3 of us and it was pretty pricey. I haven't a problem with paying top dollar for a delicious meal with good service but I would not go back.
My cocktail was exceptional and along with the river view the only notable qualities of the restaurant .
Ok, the food was great - really deliciou ...
Ok, the food was great - really delicious. The presentation of a whole fish or chicken is fun, especially if you are part of a group. The side of mushrooms were crazy good - order for sure. Desserts were the weakest 'food' part of the meal and I might skip those. The room itself is lovely; it's large but still manages to feel 'cozy' and the location on the river makes for a nice view. However, our service was just not good. Our waiter was experienced and professional however I think he was just spread waaaayyyy too thin. There seemed to be other servers standing around chatting so I'm not sure if our guy was just overseated or had too many large tables? It was the experience we've all had at some point: having to flag down waiter to order another drink but then he runs from the table before anyone else can order; doesn't check back in to see if everything is ok when you really need a new fork because someone dropped theirs; no where to be seen when the 2nd drink you receive is made so differently from the 1st that it's not really drinkable; the waiting, waiting to order dessert and finally, to request the bill. I waited tables for many years and tend to be overly sympathetic to the waitstaff. We had a nice time but this was a drag and just gave the whole experience a bit of an 'off' feel.
It began as a good experience with the h ...
It began as a good experience with the hostesses wishing our son happy birthday. But our server was indifferent to say the least. I don't think I have ever contacted a restuarant to complain but we did this time. We received a very nice response in a very timely manner inviting us to try the restuarant one more time on them, which I think we will take the offer as the food was good and it was great sitting out on the river.
River Roast has already received a note, I don't see any reason to go over this again with them.
We were here this past Sunday for brunch ...
We were here this past Sunday for brunch...we booked a table on opentable and wanted to sit outside so it was a bit longer of a wait. The bar though is very inviting and we had drinks in the bar area while we wait and there was plenty of room...bartenders very friendly and attentive and they make a great bloody mary. We were seated not long after being notified by text that our table was ready and were seated right by the water. Our waiter was very friendly. Only hitch was they didn't have the golden bites appetizer that we so wanted but we settled on the shaved salad and shared the Roast Pork for 2. All was just so very good. It was a bit hot being full on in the sun but occasionally received a nice breeze off the lake. Very good blues band playing as well and it wasn't overly loud and we could even maintain a good conversation at our table. Just a very pleasant atmosphere and highly recommended
RIVER ROAST IS MOUTHWATERING DELICIOUS. ...
RIVER ROAST IS MOUTHWATERING DELICIOUS.
A whole roasted chicken is delivered tableside piping hot. As your waiter is carving it you will delight in the smoky aroma & see the very crispy skin cooked to perfection. The chicken is as tender as it could be.
We tried the fried chorizo stuffed olives with cheese fondue: it was savory & bursting with flavor. Then we enjoyed the scotch eggs, what a treat.
The grilled baby romaine lettuce with bacon, grape tomatoes, radishes & blue cheese was scrumptious.
I wish we lived in Chicago as I would frequent this restaurant. We will definitely return on on next visit to Chicago.
The views of the river are gorgeous and can be seen anywhere in the restaurant.
We have visited River Roast 3 times over ...
We have visited River Roast 3 times over the past 3 months. The experience has been off the charts every time. Personable, attentive wait staff and restaurant manager Charlie visible and always available for comments. For 2 of 3 visits we have had special requests made during meal and they delivered flawlessly. Food was great and outdoor seating provided a wonderful atmosphere. River Roast is and will always remain a favorite spot of ours.
I was torn between good and very good bu ...
I was torn between good and very good but I can only base it on what we ate. I noted that most other patrons were men and they were probably all eating roast chicken or beef and were probably very happy. It's one of the best views of the river and the staff is efficient if not overly friendly. We ordered the lobster burger and found out it was a chopped patty of lobster, shrimp and crab with what we think was a tarragon aoli, none of which was described on the menu. The flavorings totally overpowered the delicate seafood meat so it could have been any kind of fish because you only tasted the filler. It came with bbqd potato chips which were delicious. As much as we like the view we would only go back for drinks. I would recommend it to any meat eater to try and to enjoy the view but it's off my places to dine list.
Had a lovely pre-theatre dinner overlook ...
Had a lovely pre-theatre dinner overlooking the Chicago River. Tried 3 appetisers, 1 salad and split the Roast Beef which was supposed to be for one, but easily fed two. The staff was very conscious of our time schedule and brought out a mini birthday cake for my husband.
I took my girlfriend to River Roast to c ...
I took my girlfriend to River Roast to celebrate our anniversary as I wanted it to be a little more upscale and special. The patio seating on the river was fantastic. Food was top notch and delicious, you get what you pay for here. The fried olives, roast beef, and meatballs were great and plenty for two people. It was fun to watch the boats going by during the meal and the city backdrop was perfect.
Love love love this restaurant! Especial ...
Love love love this restaurant! Especially for brunch on a beautiful summer day. Sit overlooking the river front! On the weekends they have a band playing outside and THE BEST Bloody Mary's!!!
I suggest the restaurant get some umbrellas or a larger over hang because when the sun is out, it can be really hot! But not a big enough problem to keep me away :)
On recent trip to Chicago to visit our d ...
On recent trip to Chicago to visit our daughter-> we were looking for Sunday jazz brunch and thought River Roast was it. This is NOT a live jazz brunch venue, in spite of being billed as such by River Roast. Service wasn't memorable; however the food was fantastic. We opted to share a whole chcken and added a plate of vegetables which was more than ample for three. Our daughter raved: "...this is the best roasted chicken ever!"
Ordered the Chicken, Fish and Pork for p ...
Ordered the Chicken, Fish and Pork for party of 6. It was just enough food. Chicken was supposed to be what they are known for but I don't know why. It was a little dry and plainly seasoned, if at all. I know neighborhood places that have much better chicken for a fraction of the price. Pork was over cooked and tough to chew. Would not try them again.
This was our second time here and it was ...
This was our second time here and it was great again. The Big Fish and Pork were fabulous. Our service outstanding and the views were perfect. You can't get any better view from the Chicago River than River Roast.
We were in Chicago for college tours and ...
We were in Chicago for college tours and decided to have dinner on the river front. What a great place to have a meal. Make sure you ask for a patio table, they are worth the wait. Just watching the traffic on the river is worth it. We aren't big meat eaters, but this is the place. Pork rib roast and the massive filet were served on cutting boards and sliced by the waiter. There is more than enough for two on each of the entrees. I'm usually wary of pork, because many places tend to over cook it, but it was done still pink in the middle and very succulent. I will go back again.
My sons and I were celebrating two birt ...
My sons and I were celebrating two birthdays--mine and my son's girlfriend. River Roast was my first choice of restaurant, and it was wonderful! We sat on the terrace and enjoyed the Riverwalk and its fun atmosphere. Everything we ordered was delicious. We especially loved the roasted chicken and the pork, which were both juicy and tender. The roasted potatoes are beyond delicious! The cauliflower was tasty, with a bite to it, but not too fiery, just enough to make it interesting. My favorite dessert had custard, cherries, and whipped cream, but all the desserts, including the complimentary birthday selections, were great. I also enjoyed a glass of delicious sparkling brut with the meal. The servers were very attentive, and the only problem was that the live band made conversation very difficult during the time that they were playing. I would recommend River Roast anytime, whether on the patio in good weather or in the dining room. We'll all definitely be back!
What a great place to take out-of-town g ...
What a great place to take out-of-town guests to showcase our city! The view along the river was spectacular. The food selections are really, really fun -- the whole roast chicken was delicious and such a fun, unusual presentation. We had the roasted fish too, and it was cooked perfectly and also was delicious. The sides were amazing -- we had the corn and the roasted carrots. Every single one of us was thrilled with the experience and there were foodies among us.
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