About River Roast
Chicago, IL 60654
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
I was trying to take my date to a dress casual foodie Chicago hotspot and I procrastinated so I couldn't get a reservation at the girl and the goat. I did some reading and this seemed like it was going for a similar, "fantastic food first" dining experience. Wasn't too crowded but the reservation got us an awesome table looking out on the river. The food was really exceptional, everything was prepared marvelously and portions were really quite hefty. I was expecting something really pricey based on the asthetic but really the food was dished out generously enough to leave us both stuffed, and to be honest they could easily charge much more than they do and still be in business. They had oysters Rockefeller as a special and it was the best seafood I've had since leaving the west coast. Really an awesome restaurant with a fantastic location, ambiance and a cheff that has really worked some magic into their menu.
This was the 2nd time I've been here. Two of us split the pork and it was solid. However, it was not as good as the roast, which we had last time (and is awesome). Wait staff is good - they pay attention to you but don't rush you out or bother you non-stop. It's a little expensive for how little else you get with the meat, but it's a good choice overall. I'll definitely be back.
I ordered the "restaurant week" special which was a mistake. there was too much food and none stood out. I started with the chicken that had way too much breading and needed some dipping sauces. the salad was fine, but he beef I ordered was tough and not cut table side which our waiter should have mentioned. to his credit, he insisted on bringing out another steak which was just as tough as the first one. the red velvet cake tasted stale and dry and was under-whelming at best. really disappointed in the food especially for how much we spent. no need to ever go back.
We were very disappointed in the food and service at River Roast. For Restaurant Week, 3 of the 4 of us ordered the pork chop and it was not cooked the way we expected - it was tough. The red velvet cake was very dry. Although there seemed to be enough wait staff on the floor, service was poor - it took 2 hours for 4 courses to be served. We will not be returning.
We had a great meal of roast chicken served with crispy crispy roast potatoes, roast beef served with horseradish and bordelaise and a popover, and a boat of roasted veggies. It was all great and our server Matt was very friendly and informative about the menu and offerings. We'll be back!
Made a reservation for 2:30 on a Sunday through Open Table. The restaurant phoned me to tell me the brunch menu ended at 2:30 and if our party could arrive 15 minutes early we would be able to get brunch as opposed to the "in between menu." It was a push, but we arrived a few minutes early and were not rushed at all. Food, drinks and music were all top notch. Can't wait to return.
I've only came here once before for a work outing so figured I'd try it for a date. Wasn't disappoint at all. We got the pork and it was cooked great where it wasn't dry. The sauce was amazing. We had two craft beers she had the cider with a hint of raspberry she loved it. Only down side was we ordered sweet potato which was good, but it wasn't really warm enough. Came out a bit cold. Otherwise great experience with the waiter. Great location.
I've been to River Roast several times and always have enjoyed it. This visit was no different except for a bad experience with an ordered appetizer. I asked the waiter if the oysters were good and he said yes. However, they were very small and $42 per dozen. They were not worth even $12 with so many good restaurants nearby serving much better oysters at more reasonable prices.
As I had business guests I did not want to complain but if you visit RR - skip the oysters.
We were happy to be able to get a reservation a few hours before we wanted to eat. The service was great, the trio of toast appetizer was very good. We got the Roast Chicken as our main dish. The skin was nice and crispy, and the meat was tender and moist. If we go back, we will probably try a different main dish...there's only so much you can do with chicken.
Went for biz meets, brought a client: it was CRAZZYYY loud on a Thursday at around 6:30pm, both people and band, so not best bet for work discussions, but would be fun for after work happy hour with crew, or a 50th date.
Service a little slow, but very friendly - place was ridiculously packed, so that considered, pretty smooth.
Food was inventive and really good!
Went for lunch. The salad was great but the fish sandwich was way too deep fried, and didn't care for either the cole slaw nor the too-fried (again) chips that came with it. Would come again for dinner to try the chicken for two-- just too pricey for lunch.
Our group of four had a 6 pm reservation as we were going on to the goodman, so it wasn't exactly prime time. First table they took us to was next to a tv. We could do that at home. Second was next to a kitchen corridor. Finally, when asked about the four top next to the Window, we were seated and happy. Waitress was very perky and didn't push anything. We started with the shishito peppers -- pretty spicy -- and fried olives (yum). Of our two roasts-- branzini and pork-- the fish was particularly good, moist and flavorful. Dessert -- key lime soft serve and layered chocolate cake -- were okay but not exceptional. We liked it, but weren't sure we would rush bsck, simply because you basically have four entrees to choose from. recommend you have at least four people for this menu.
Pricier than I was expecting (I didn't read the menu closely before arriving), but all in all, it made for an enjoyable night with friends. It was nice to have the family style share plates where everyone got what they wanted. I don't think we wanted to pay that much, but we were all satisfied with the meal. A nice splurge.
We had a wonderful time. Nine of us from the office celebrated the new year and we were there for hours. The waiters were patient and respectful - there when we needed them and not when we didn't. The food was very good; we shared several large dishes plus starters and salads. Most of the desserts were good.
The time that I had at River Roast was amazing given to the fact I was with the love of my life there she enjoyed the food the crab salad bites are amazing & I than recommended RR to a buddy to take his girlfriend so we are booking a double date soon.....
The View of the river onto the south loop is amazing bet the patio seating better in the summer
Highly recommend this place for all folks.....
good service good food.... NO HASSLE ever
The houseslaw on the Cubano is amazing
The only thing I'll say is the BBQ chips were a little salty but all else was great & amazing
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