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
Went for lunch. The salad was great but ...
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 ...
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.
River Roast is a warm, upscale casual sp ...
River Roast is a warm, upscale casual space with very good food and service. They were very accommodating when we asked for a different table. Nice wine and beer list. Roast chicken for 2, shaved brussel sprout salad, and roasted mushrooms were delicious.
Food was good...but as someone that suff ...
Food was good...but as someone that suffers from a severe gluten allergy I was told on the phone that there was a separate menu but didn't seem to have as much ease when ordering. I would have eaten ahead of time had I known.
Pricier than I was expecting (I didn't r ...
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 ...
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 a ...
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
My boyfriend and I visited a few nights ...
My boyfriend and I visited a few nights ago. We had the Chicken with roasted potatoes, and the carrots and dirt. Everything was yummy and we will definitely go back when it warms up so we can sit outside and enjoy the river view.
We had a great server who was helpfully, ...
We had a great server who was helpfully, polite and willing. The concept of the 'roast' is very clever and was well received by our group of 7! I felt that the potatoes were over cooked as was parts of the chicken. Another challenge is from delivery then carving then eating the food gets cold.
Unfortunately we were seated next to the kitchen and not alongside the river as advised, so it was noisy and distracting st times.
Our overall experience was still good and we enjoyed our night out at River Roast.
We wanted to try the lunch menu, as we h ...
We wanted to try the lunch menu, as we have had the roasted chicken carved tableside twice before. The appetizers were delicious as always. Our favorites are the shrimp and lobster toast and the stuffed olives.
The lunch entrees were good, but not great. The lobster burger was not very good, as it was extremely salty. The Philly cheesesteak was ok, as was the meatball hoagie, though the meat was seasoned oddly. The atmosphere and service were great, and we will definitely be back, though our menu selections will be different next time.
The ambiance of River Roast was great! V ...
The ambiance of River Roast was great! Very modern and rustic look. Our waitress was great! Constantly checked on us and made great drink and food suggestions. The food was absolutely amazing! Great experience. Will definitely recommend.
We went to River Roast for our yearly ga ...
We went to River Roast for our yearly gathering of friends around Christmas time.
It was a perfect setting for great food, drinks, and conversation.
We ordered a ton of food and ate family style. It was ALL amazing. Do yourself a favor and don't skip the veggies!!! The brussel sprouts were so good, the carrots were amazing as well.
Had a great Saturday morning brunch, lis ...
Had a great Saturday morning brunch, listening to a wonderful blues band and overlooking the river. We had the omelet of the day, biscuits and gravy, quiche and a chicken sandwich. Everyone liked their food and said they would be back. To top it off we had the soft serve of the day, mocha, which was a large portion and we could all share. Was a nice time!
Second time to the restaurant and both v ...
Second time to the restaurant and both visits have been excellent. The Roasted Chicken for two is a great option. All the sides have excellent composition and flavor. Great wine and beer list too. River Roast is worth the visit.
After a rough start, we wound up having ...
After a rough start, we wound up having an incredibly good time at River Roast. Despite having an 8 pm reservation, we weren't seated until 8:30. Naturally that put us in a bad mood about the place.
But our night improved once we got to our table. We had a great view of the river and our server was prompt and answered all of our questions.
We got the roasted chicken with a side of brussel sprouts. Everything was bursting with flavor. The chicken, side potatoes and brussel sprouts were seasoned and prepared perfectly. I can't recall a meal more perfectly prepared.
For dessert we shared an ice cream sandwich, which is ice cream between two large fresh chocolate chip cookies. Wow is all I can say. Delightful.
Will definitely go back.
My young adult children and I had a wond ...
My young adult children and I had a wonderful meal and visit at the Saturday Brunch. Each of us enjoyed a delicious meal with live music. Service was excellent and we had a lovely city river view. Crafted beer and cocktails were enjoyed as well. I definitely plan to return to River Roast!
Chef John puts together some to the fine ...
Chef John puts together some to the finest gastronomic delights you could ever imagine. I confess that last Saturday I went for some simple comfort food for Brunch. Biscuits and gravy.
Never have I imagined that B's and G could be divine. You're probably saying, "c'mon now, really?" But it is so. It's all good. You can't go wrong at the River Roast !
Went for thanksgiving. Food was fine bu ...
Went for thanksgiving. Food was fine but not spectacular or imaginative...pretty mundane. Service was professional and attentive...better than the food. Good location with nice views but at their prices it's no value
One major issue- the restaurant concept! ...
One major issue- the restaurant concept!! We were a party of 5. Very confusing when you "have to" a the guidance of the menu and server purhcase meals for two and if one of you doesn't want what the other wants makes it very difficult! Also the sight of a whole chicken upside down for us was a bit disconcerting! The vege/pumpkin dish came highly recommended, and looked great but was a bit too firm and the whole thing just did not come together as a combined dish. Average wine bottle prices too high, need a wider range of prices.
Sorry, we really wanted to love it, but have cancelled our Christmas booking. Positives were the location on the river and ambience, fish was excellent, service excellent but concept is missing something to make it as special as we thought it would/could be! Meals options for one would be a great start!
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